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Cazeau Tournay De Noël - Brasserie De Cazeau

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Cazeau Tournay De NoëlCazeau Tournay De Noël

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BA SCORE
86
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Cazeau visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 04-17-2009)
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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

metter98, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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!

NeroFiddled, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Fruity yeast and dark, sugary malt with notes of plum, red apple, cinnamon, and perhaps a hint of licorice.

T - Dark, fruity caramel up front with a hint of chocolate. Some plum and raisin comes out in the middle along with spicy notes of coriander, allspice, and licorice. The beer finishes with plum, dark brown sugar, and star anise as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This beer has all of the elements that one needs in a dark Belgian ale, but somehow it just doesn't quite come together the way it should. It has a spicy character to the yeast profile that goes a bit over the top and fails to merge with the dark sugar and subtle fruit.

nickfl, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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).

Rifugium, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Halcyondays, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

Gavage, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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...

John_M, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

avalon07, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

OWSLEY069, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +3.4%

WOLFGANG, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

mrfrancis, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

buckyp, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JohnK17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

UltimateLivewire, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of kbutler1
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

kbutler1, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +3.4%

samEBC, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev +8%

first noel i've had in the last few weeks that has a picture perfect belgian head. nice tight small bubble of a mocha head on a cloudy mahogany brown. at first i noticed dark fruit... particularly black currant and black berry. as it expands the nose is belgian sugar and lemon zest with hints of malt characteristics which definitely come out in the palate. a nice chocolate with a quality black berry that is quite prominent. a tad toasty and a tad spiced make it a very well balanced brew. completely sustainable abv. not boozy. a hint of hay munich malt bitter.

rtepiak, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

ckollias, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
3/5  rDev -22.5%

sideshowe, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of impending
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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

impending, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Sigmund
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Sigmund, Mar 13, 2011
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Cazeau Tournay De Noël from Brasserie De Cazeau
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.