Page 24 Bière De Noël - Brasserie Saint-Germain
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3.56/5 rDev -8%
one of a kind brew here, extremely odd. I never thought of a funky/sour beer as a holiday thing, but this changed my mind. hazy amber color with a massive off white head. the nose is so funky, its acidic and not really what I expected at all. underneath the crazy yeast complex is gingerbread and mulling spice, some dark fruit, and what smells like black pepper. its downright strange, muddled and confusing to me, and the taste clears nothing up at all. equally puzzling as the nose, is the lactic funk overtaking the spices. this is a 2011 vintage, and I have to imagine is broken down a bit in the bottle over time. ginger and raisins in the finish, sweet and funky at the same time, so weird. not sure if I like it or not. great feel though, tons of bubbles and only a medium body, it really tickles the tongue and makes me contemplate this even more. so interesting. a beer for the adventurous palate, that's for sure. I don't know what it tastes like fresh, but with some age the yeast does insane things to this. I hope more folks review it this season so we can compare notes. a total oddity.
12-11-2013 17:24:26 | More by StonedTrippin
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Page 24 Biere De Noel
LOOK: Pours an amber brown color. Large off white head forms leaving plenty of lace.
SMELL: Belgian yeast, toffee, hops, and raisin bread are all prominent in the nose. Smells truly rustic and enticing.
TASTE/FEEL: Spicy/fruity yeast notes with some herbal, fairly bitter hops that are very present in the taste. Mild dry spice note which could be attributed to the yeast and possibly a small amount of coriander or allspice. Toffee, caramels, firm malt body overall. Finishes bitter and somewhat dry for a true medium bodied ale. In the same vane as a Belgian strong dark ale, but lighter, hoppier and easier to drink quickly.
OVERALL: A fine Belgian table beer with a holiday theme. Light for the amount of flavor found within the beer. Paired perfectly with date and raisin crackers topped with fig chutney and blue cheese.
08-11-2012 21:43:24 | More by Stinkypuss
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Slightly hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is earthy and flavor is almost tart pear and earthy. $11.40 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
04-22-2012 22:12:44 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev +3.4%
a rather toasty late autumn clear brew. that has a touch of pilsner notes. this is a beer about the delicate expanding of the grain. mild sweets... nice toastiness... not particularly gritty and fruit accent from the interaction of abv and esters. pour is copper with an off white head. nose of orange peel and toasted malt. a bit of earthy tannins, that come through in the palate as hints of tobacco. subtle hop and boozy with sesame notes. rather dry mineral but all around a harvest food accompaniment.
05-12-2011 22:29:54 | More by rtepiak
4/5 rDev +3.4%
A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that took a long time to fade away.
S: The smell is somewhat earthy and has aromas of apple cider, caramel and spices.
T: There's a slight amount of sweetness in the taste, which is similar to the smell.
A very slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink.
01-21-2011 04:19:23 | More by metter98
4.18/5 rDev +8%
A: Nice amber color with a fluffy looking tan head
S: Clove spice some esters with some orange peel and lemon zest a complex and great smelling nose
T: yeasty spice with caramel fresh taste as well. some more complex notes in there as well.
M: light mouth high carbonation
D: high drinkability here
Overall: this really did remind me of a Christmas beer with the spice notes and it being a darker beer. Really a cool beer I liked it and the flip tops are always killer for home brew!
01-07-2011 21:28:40 | More by JamisonM
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
Beer bottle (75 cl.), tasted in dec. 2010.
Appearance : amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and spices aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : notes of caramel with spices flavours. Alcohol presence, leading to a spicy finish.
Drinkability : a honest beer (but not more) in the French style "bière de garde".
12-19-2010 20:54:07 | More by thierrynantes
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
This was one of the christmas presents from my fiance.
Appearance- good head, brownish color
Taste- malt, light flavor to me, warm sensation acoording to my brother in law
Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied
Drinkability- pretty good, flavor was kinda light to me but otherwise I enjoyed it.
04-11-2010 23:20:12 | More by jeffjeff1
4.35/5 rDev +12.4%
750ml flip-top bottle into big red wine glass.
Pours a murky dull brownish copper color, thin, fizzy light khaki head settles into not much of anything fairly quickly.
Nose is fairly light - caramel, delicate fruit notes that set somewhere in between apples and clementines, cherries, and a nice spiciness.
Taste is quite nice. Clearly spiced, notes of what I'm placing as clove, orange zest, maybe cinnamon? lead into a beautiful, dry body that carries amazing notes of fresh fruit (the aforementioned apples and clementines, more cherries, maybe plums), whispers of caramel and a bit of grain, and a faintly toasty character towards the finish. Beautiful.
Mouthfeel is dry, medium-full bodied, faint carbonation that just caresses the tongue. Again, fantastic.
Drinkability is amazing - I could drink a liter and a half of this without my palate tiring at all, I think.
03-11-2010 02:36:32 | More by JohnQVegas
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy.
Beer pours orange with a white head. The aroma is toffee, honey and some sweet malts. The flavor is more of the same with a nice earthy hop bitterness to prevent the beer from being too sweet. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
02-02-2010 18:12:32 | More by Mora2000
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a coppery amber, with a small head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam and little or no lacing.
Smells of hay, a little wet horseblanket, brown sugar, tropical fruits.
Tastes of citrus (orange peel), grapefruit, brown sugar, butterscotch, burnt caramel, banana, malt, ginger, wilted spinach. A little metallic cola taste from the yeast. Balanced by a nice bitter hop finish. There are a bunch of subtle, complex flavors in this beer.
Creamy mouthfeel with enough tight carbonation to make it palate cleansing. Nicely balanced sensations of sweet and bitter.
This takes Biere de Garde into an interesting direction, with some tripel elements (tropical fruits), while also having some darker winterish tastes (burnt caramel). A light bodied and taste satisfying Noel ale that is very drinkable.
12-28-2009 01:09:59 | More by Beerenauslese
4.22/5 rDev +9%
Pours a golden amber into a La Chouffe tulip. Some head but not all that high and fluffy for the style.
Aroma is of cinnamon apples, apple pie filling, generally...nice!
On the palate it comes off as malty, a little goosey funk and apple pie spicing as noted above, mostly cinnamon I think. Probably a little too sweet for the style, but can I really complain about that when it's this tasty?
Feel is velvety-soft.
Very drinkable, it's only the slightly too-high sweetness and lazy foam that keeps this from being a 4.5-5.0 biere de garde, IMO. Otherwise, it nails the style, and the modest spicing is a cool touch. Easy drinker with low-ish alcohol and enough complexity to keep it interesting.
12-25-2009 19:45:32 | More by Patrick999
4.22/5 rDev +9%
A- Poured from the bottle with a thin cream-colored head, which quickly receded to a collar. The body was a well-carbonated medium amber color.
S- Sweet bready malts dominate the nose, along with some significant aromas of Belgian yeast and estery notes as well... Just a hint of non-descript spice somewhere in there too. Smells just wonderful!
T- A super bready version of the nose. Sweet bready malts combine well with yeasty and estery flavors... finishes with that tinge of spice that I can't quite put my finger on (but certainly enjoy!)
M- I'd describe the body somewhere between medium and large... there's a decent amount of unattenuated sugar here and a nice soft carbonation. Definitely a great mouthfeel for a 6.9% ABV biere de garde!
D- Umm, this is SUPER drinkable... quaffable even. I could drink it year-round and on a regular basis (if it weren't for its scarcity and price!)
12-16-2009 14:37:23 | More by jgasparine
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured from 75 cL bottle into snifter. Style I believe is technically a holiday Biere de Garde.
A: Pours a dark coppery amber color with moderate carbonation producing a 1/2 inch white frothy head.
S: Farmhouse musty, spice (?cinnamon?), belgian yeast, fruit, honey, and alcoholic esters. Fresh and intoxicating aroma.
T: Follows aroma well, but not as aggressive. Farmhouse musty, cinnamon, and berries up front. Hint of wood (oak), yeast, and honey in the background. With warming a cloying whiff of mini bananas (the ones that taste like a combo of apple and banana) and maraschino cherries. Pleasantly complex, but not overstimulating.
M: Soft and clean. Medium body. At first there is a mildly acidic fruit bite. Finish is quite pleasant with taste lingering on the palate and turns to more soft fruit notes.
D: A very drinkable winter seasonal. I find many winter seasonals too heavy on the spice or too overdone. This brew has wonderful subtleties of typical winter brew notes. The style matches the flavor profile extremely well. Good sessionability and would pair well with food too (lighter chicken and turkey dishes especially). Definitely recommended and I hope I can get my hands on another one of these again!
11-26-2009 05:14:29 | More by mwilbur
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