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Cazeau Tournay De Noël - Brasserie De Cazeau

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86
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 04-17-2009

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by Sigmund:
Photo of Sigmund
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 8.2%. Very dark brown colour, moderate cream-coloured head, nice lacing. Strong sweetish and "perfumed" aroma, notes of flowers (lilies?) and dark dried fruits, also notes of caramel and brown kandi sugar. The flavour is sweet and malty, notes of caramel and brown kandi sugar again, also spicy notes, hints of anise, tolerable hops in the finish. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Tournay de Noel pours a very deep chestnut brown body with ruby-orange highlights beneath a massive head of creamy off-white. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves solid sheets of thin lacing about the glass.

The aroma expresses dark caramel, fruit, and spice.

In the mouth it's surprisingly soft and velvety smooth with a very-fine bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation, and a full, dextrinous body.

The flavor is rich and lush. It appears somewhat sweet at the first sip, delivering dark brown sugar, golden caramel, soft fruit, and subtle spice, but the further you go the more the spice builds until it balances the malt. And at that point you can also notice the hop bitterness behind it. The spicing is really well done so as to be a soft, velvety blend, and not much is readily distinguishable. I get some anise and clove coming through in the finish. And perhaps some cardamom, as I do get a soft cola-like note. Additionally, as it warms a bit, a delicate touch of roastiness appears. Finally, the alcohol may add a bit to the spiciness of the finish, but otherwise it's completely hidden.

Overall it's really quite nice! It's rich and flavorful, but not overdone. Absolutely worth trying!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep burgundy color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and super good lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt with some dry and grainy ester. Taste is a mix between some spice cake with notes of unrefined grainy malt and a dry malt base. A bit more sweetness would have benefited this beer IMHO. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

Photo of thekanna
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Piraat snifter. Dark chestnut brown body, small effervescent bubbles. About 2 1/2 fingers of off-white, extremely thick, sticky-looking frothy head which clings to the side of the glass and takes forever to go away.

S: Relatively light smell for what I was expecting. Sweet roasted malts, caramel and toffee-like chewiness, some Christmas spices (nutmeg, mostly).

T/M: Slightly thin body followed by a flood of taste. Sweet malts, slight caramel and molasses, bit of hops, slight peppercorn and nutmeg. Followed by a large helping of warming alcohol.

D: Great to sip; nice, homely and warming beer.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy off white head that has good retention properties.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark malts and notes of dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some mild bitterness and flavors of spices, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite drinkable and goes down easily because the alcohol is well hidden and none of the flavors are overpowering.

Photo of zac16125
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into a chalice
not bottling dates, but bought it this year so presumably 2014 vintage

A: Pours a dark mahogany, nearly opaque, with less than 1/2 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves only very faint patches of lacing. 4

S: Tons of dark fruits, very vinous, with a tartness thats a bit rough. Has a rancid, spoiled fruit like character that I don’t dig at all. Some ethanol boozy characters as well. 3.25

T: Taste is not at all like the nose, and is much better. Cocoa, nice sweet dark fruits like dates and fig, yeast. Tons of sweetness, but not cloying. Tasty. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, ABV well masked, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Didn’t like the aroma at all, but was a big fan of the taste. Overall, worth a try, but not something I will likely go back to next year. 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Fancy finding this in the summertime. And the bar claimed they were the ONLY one in the US that had this beer available. Interesting if true.

Poured into a tulip glass a nice chestnut brown with a foamy inch of tan head. Mild aroma of sugar and spice, mostly malty. Dark caramel malts as the flavor base, woody, nutshells, with tastes of dark dried fruits--raisins, prunes, black figs--an underlying sensation of sugar and spice, but not too pronounced; earthy hops. A bit of cocoa-ish bitterness in there too. Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied, and quite drinkable.

Since this review I have seen and had this beer again on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA (Jan. '12).

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, candy sugar and spice, especially cinnamon. In the taste, licorice with a mellow spiciness, but cinnamon stands out. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon and candy sugar like aftertaste. The licorice was a sleeper, nice, but just above average.

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, almost black ale pours a thick, white, two-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving behind a thick foam all around the glass and ends in a thick lace.

S: Strong Belgium malt aroma with hints of dark fruits and spices.

T: Dark rich Belgium ale with a generous sweetness. Flavors of dark fruits, caramel and spcies.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and heavy carbonation

O: Wow – picked this beer up at half price, but would have paid full price. Excellent dark Belgium beer. Very well balanced brew and easily drinkable.

Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with some mahagony highlights. A nice 2" head lingers a bit and some thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: soft spices and some earthy tones create a mild aroma.

Taste: thin but bready malt base here with some prunes and raisins, a hint of bitter chocolate, a strange cola-like flavor, and some moderate bitterness. There is a late arriving soft spiciness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother and very dry at the finish.

Drinkability: another slow sipping Belgian Christmas beer that fits the season. Not overly exciting but decent.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color Ok head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose is attractive, with a considerable amount of chocolate, brown sugar and underlying spice. Flavors repicate the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet beer, with a bit more hoppy bitterness then I was expecting from the aroma profile. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and is a bit thinner then I was expecting given the abv. Otherwise, there's something of a soft, creamy mouthfeel that I like. Alcohol is pretty well disguised in this beer, and so drinkability is quite good.

Have had better, but this is still a very tasty, very easy to appreciate Belgian brune/dark ale. Nice...

Photo of Twincrasher
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice mouthfeel. First bottle was off and flavor profile was very flat. Second was very nice on its own. Decent balance and very malty. Nose of chocolate and mild spice. Some esters - not overpowering. Recommend serving temperature above 43 degrees. Dark amber color.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tournay De Noël
Brasserie De Cazeau

Pours a opaque deep brown color, soapy off white head retains very well. Looks every bit like a Belgian strong dark.

Aromas of gingerbread like malt, light spices, Belgian yeast, and echos of fruit.

In the taste, well balanced with an expressive Belgian yeast strain, dark fruits (fig, raisin, prune) and just a hint of spice and dryness in the finish. The spice is lightly peppery, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mostly, dark fruits and quite balanced and tasty at that. Hop bitterness is low, with only enough to balance this delicious brew.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated yet soft and semi dry in the finish.

Overall, I found this to be a very impressive offering. It has been cellar-ed for a few months and could hold up much longer. Definitely my favorite from Cazeau so far.

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color with ruby tints and a slightly hazy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet, spicy aroma, with traces of malt and sugars.

T: A Christmas kind of flavor with spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), malt, and caramel. Surprisingly subtle and clean flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking the 2010 version from a 75 cl bottle obtained at the Essen kerstbier festival.

Poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice, it is reddish brown/dark copper in color, and is topped by a tan foamy head that dissipates to a fine layer, leaving thick lace curtains on the glass.

Aromas of sweet roasted malt, straw, plum/currants, hops, and salt. Nose is subtle, but develops as the beer warms.

Tastes dominantly of roasted malt, with some dark fruit/prune/currant flavors, coffee, cacao, liquorice and cola. Finishes quite dry with some ginger/coriander spice. I like that it is not very sweet and has a little sour dimension.

Body is medium, and the carbonation is smooth, giving this a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a good kerst ale, defined by nice charred malt flavors (it has Pilsener, Munich, cara 60 and 150 and black malts), not too sweet, moderate in body, a bit hoppy (it has Tomahwk, Styrian Goldings and Cascade hops), and nicely spiced. It is very well balanced. Last year's Tournay de Noel has become the Tournay Noire Belgian Stout which is now made year round; the 2010 version is a new Tournay de Noel recipe. The alcohol level is moderate, and together with the interesting flavors, it is a very drinkable kerst ale.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice brownish color with a lace of cream head.
S: malty notes with a sweet and sour aroma with some spicy notes.
T: Nice crisp dark malt flavor, slight breadiness and good sweetness that reminds me of plums or figs.
D/M: Crisp and refreshing considering the weight of the beer. And very bubbly very drinkable considering the alcohol content.

Photo of Travlr
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark chestnut brown with a lively light beige head that lasts a few minutes then reduces to a fine layer with reasonable lacing.
S: aroma of alcohol, caramel, cinnamon and nutmeg.
T: flavor begins with caramel and scotch, then progresses to light spice with cinnamon, then ends with a slightly bitter edge.
M: very nice body, smooth, creamy and full.
D: a nice Christmas beer, worth seeking out. I'd like to find it in a larger bottle and store it for a year or two.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark. Thinner tannish head. Pretty thick flavor profile with a good bit of spices in there as well. Robust and hearty. A bit heavy for July (Christmas beers in July!), so not so much a session ale, but it's nice enough I suppose. Probably better to sample in colder months.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a very short cream-colored head that turns to a creamy foam, over a deep brown body with orange edges. Touch of lacing.

Tons of anise in the aroma - but really well balanced with some molasses and a touch of caramel. Loved the aroma.

A bit thin on the palate, leading to flavors of roasted malts, lots of spice, a bit of cola, and some bitter ginger-like finish.

High amount of carbonation, and a very dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty nice - but a touch too bitter to get a higher rating. If you have someone who digs gin & tonics, you might shock them with how much they enjoy this 'dark beer'.

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02/27/14 From a label-less bottle. I'm not exactly sure this is what was in the bottle as the label was missing, but according to the cap it was from Cazeau.

I've been having a lot of winter/holiday brews lately and the spices led me to conclude this was the Tournay De Noël.

I was hoping for a bit more influence from the yeast, which makes me pay so much attention to all things Belgian. I enjoyed it enough to leave the door open to other Brasserie de Cazeau beers.

Photo of kbutler1
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark reddish brown color with a large flufy slightly tan head that slowly settles. Head leaves nice lace on the glass as it settles down. Caramel, dark fruit, and very slight spice fill out the nose on this. Medium mouthfeel. Raisin is what comes to mind at first when I take my first drink followed by other dark fruit, some chocolate, spice, and some hop bitterness. Ends with some dryness. Not so sure I woul call this a Saison as it is classified as it doesn't really fit that description.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky garnet with an impressive, puffy khaki head.

S: Aromas of spicy yeast, chalk, dark fruit, and slightly burnt toast are present on the nose.

T: Notes of dark chocolate, burnt toast, chalk, minerals, spicy yeast, dark bread, dried black cherry, black currant, and overripe plum develop on the palate. The finish is oddly short with plum, currant, and chocolate flavors swept aside by a burnt toast flavor.

M: Light-to-medium in body compared to many Belgian dark ales. Carbonation is active, but not particularly intrusive. Alcohol presence is barely noticeable.

O: I'm not really sure why this one gets such high ratings. The nose is very bland and the taste is oddly out of whack for the style. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this ale is doing nothing for me. Still, it's drinkable. I'll give it that.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside River Horse Belgian Freeze.

A: Slightly hazy dark amber with tiny particles and a three-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a while. Good lacing.

S: Dark fruit and malt. A bit of earthy spice.

T: Solid sweetness and light bitterness. Spicy and malty.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy. Slightly warm.

O: Looks and feels fantastic. Smells and tastes good too. I liked this better than the River Horse Belgian Freeze.

Photo of impending
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours an opaque coca cola, minor head, ok lacing.

Aroma has a cleanliness found in some Noëls. Nicely spiced.

The spices in the nose seem not the same as in the taste. Roasty more than expected, mildly astringent finish. Complex aftertaste, evolves significantly with warmth. Somewhat thin but creamy mouthfeel.

I like this quite a bit but in flavor it is a weak attempt as a Noël.
cheers
jd

Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, great label except the writing's in French so I can't interpret it,

A: Pours brown with a frothy light tan head, spotty thick lace, good retention.

S: Lots of dark malt, straightforward malt character for a Belgian brew, cacao, winter spice.

T: The dark malt flavour is full, and as with the nose, the direct Belgian yeast character is not really here. Some fig, black currant/tannin type notes are there. But it's nothing like Carolus or Delirium Noel, so don't go in thinking that. In the end a tasty malt dominated brew with a mild yeast character.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, very soft Belgian carbonation.

D: Nice beer all around, very French feel to this beer at times, the yeast is mild here, good taste, an enjoyable effort.

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Cazeau Tournay De Noël from Brasserie De Cazeau
86 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.