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Noël Des Géants - Brasserie Des Légendes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Légendes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopGoblin on 12-31-2007)
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Reviews by buffettfan:
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buffettfan

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from the bottle, into my Allagash glass.

A - Hazy, cloudy amber color body, good thick, off white head, laces well.

S - Spicy and piney, with a sweet caramel, and lots of fruitiness, was that plum??

T - hops surprised me, upfront piney, almost grassy notes. Fruity, carmaly sweetness. dry finish. Quite a bit going on with this beer, more then I was expecting.

M -light and very smooth but flavorful good balance

D- VERY a good holiday ale. Not as heavy, dark and warm as some of my favorite Christmas ales, but a very good one, and I will be getting again!

12-13-2010 14:52:54 | More by buffettfan
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-25-2014 03:26:53 | More by tbryan5
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Lots of foam is not saying enough, it not a gusher but when the liquid hits the glass beware and pour gently. On the bright side it produced a gigantic head which showcased a spectacular head retention. Candied fruit , fennel, powdered clove, and molasses bread in the complex aroma. Sweet malty palate upfront with suggestions of oatmeal raisin cookie dough, and a cinnamon latte. Alcohol is warming with some fruity esters, nothing that goes overboard. Hint of herbal phenols and faint herbal hop middle to end. Slowly drying finish tells you to take another sip.

No doubt this is one of the top winter seasonals I have had. The complex flavors are there and the drinkability is there as well, overall an exceptional beer.

01-21-2008 05:19:17 | More by Jason
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mrquartetman

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +21.7%

This splendid Belgian Christmas ale is sort of a combination dubbel and strong ale. It is a big, sweet, highly malty beer.

Appearance: Reddish gold, big head on the pour, head dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Malty, vanilla, candy aroma, lots of plummy fruit in the nose.

Taste: Big, sweet malt with noticeable sugar and background spiciness. The spice in the beer is subtle and unidentifiable. Subsequent swallow reveals an also subtle hop that arises in mid-palate and disappears.

Mouthfeel: Among the best of this season, a very dense, lasting flavor that invites further drinking.

Drinkability: This highly drinkable ale is potentially dangerous, since it would go well with some strong foods, particularly certain creamy cheeses, and one might just keep on going without engaging the thinking area.

01-19-2009 00:14:56 | More by mrquartetman
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Kraken

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Reviewed 2/12/09

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a 16 oz pint glass. Massive spewing head, issues forth with only a mild pour. Head is a slightly off white, cloud like, think cumulonimbus, and rocky with impressive staying power and a heavy lace. Color is a an opaque walnut.

Nose- Mild sweet peaches, pears, and fresh bread.

Palate- Nice. Fresh bread, unsweetened caramel. Heavy nutty tones, walnut and almond. Silky smooth. Some bittering hops in the finish. Faintly sweet, dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Dry, very nice.

Drinkability- Good. This is a nice un-Christmasy Christmas beer.

02-13-2009 01:27:47 | More by Kraken
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours out a caramel color, off white head, about 1/3" thick. Aroma was very candy-esque, plenty of spice, but not to the point it was overkill or offputting.

Alcohol remarkably hidden for 8.5% abv. Wish more of the BSDA style was like this, the brown sugar, sweetness isn't over the top and there isn't a ton of the fig, prune and raisin flavors. Its nice and mild, but then plenty sweet with a little bit of toffee then much more caramel malt. Maybe some cinnamon and vanilla make up part of the spicing.

Overall, this is a neat Christmas beer, the belgian yeast plays nice with all the other flavors, the spices are in the right proportion. Would definitely drink this again.

12-26-2011 01:16:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-09-2013 14:46:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

St: 750ml poured into a chalice. The bottle lists the ABV, but it does not list a DBD or BOD.

A: Cloudy light reddish-brown with a full-fingernail white rocky head. The head retention is very good; it sits on top for over a minute.The beer leaves light lacing.

S: Orange, clove, fig, vanilla, bread, and malt.

T: Lots of spice right up front: cinnamon, clove, and allspice. There is a smokey burn bread that joins up with some citrus orange peel on the finish. There is also some warming alcohol and more spice.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: Since this is a Belgian noel, I was not expecting the large amount of spice that dominates this beer. The finish is a bit abrasive and lingering. Overall, the spice could have been balanced better.

01-27-2012 00:59:49 | More by ianjsullivan
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- The dark brown body turns a glowing orange-brown in the light with a spongy off-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There are strands of tiny carbonation that trail up the sides of the glass.
S- The bright apple and malt flavor has a sweetened condensed mil note and a perfumed mead finish.
T- The cidery notes meld into caramel notes and sawdust notes that both turn into a dark toffee as the beer warms. There is a nice soft hop snap at the finish and a light brown sugar hint when warm.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight fizzy finish that enhances the plastic fusel alcohol heat notes.
D- This beer has some nice layers of dry sugar flavors that balance with the fizz notes and the hop notes. There are interesting apple qualities that remain in the background.

11-30-2009 23:02:20 | More by rhoadsrage
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - The brew has a mahogany body with a small ring of tan head. Spotty lacing along the glass.

S - A bit of spicy cinnamon up front as well as some other holiday spices. The malts are also present in the nose as well.

T - Christmas spices and Belgian yeast up front. The beer has a nice malt background which rounds it out very nicely.

M - Medium body with the right amount of carbonation that makes it feel really good on the palate.

D - Not bad for a Christmas beer, a bit spicy but I wouldn't turn this one down if offered.

01-07-2011 04:34:55 | More by BennyL1
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brewerburgundy

California

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

11.2oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, no freshness date.

A shade darker and deeper than a hearty IPA, the head isn't large but consistent. There was yeast in the bottle, as there should be, and I poured some but not all.

Other than classic Belgian yeast must, a nasally refreshing wintergreen lends almost physical coolness that can also be perceived as clean lemon. It could also even be clean pine, but not in a hoppy way.

Lemon grass, ginger, smaller wintergreen. Banana and clove via the yeast. This is a nice, complex, controlled beer of this style. Moderate Belgian biscuity malt, a little like its been sitting out in humidity. More cool lemon peel.

There is nothing special other than the flavors in the mouth and it's thin.

I can't taste the alcohol, and because it adds nothing past intoxication potential I can't see why this beer needs to be 8.5% ABV.

06-21-2010 21:04:55 | More by brewerburgundy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%

Brasserie Des Géants "Noël Des Géants"
25.4 oz. bottle, simply capped beneath a capsule.
Imported by Shelton Brothers; no freshness dating.
$8.49 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Poured from a long-standing refrigerated bottle the first pour is crystal clear. The body is an interesting color, a light russet brown. The light tan head rises up majestically and holds, slowly dropping to an eventual collar around the glass... unfortunate. Even more-so, the lacing is limited to splashes and spots about the glass. It's not bad, but it could be so much better.

In the nose it's herbal and somewhat floral over a delicate sweet-bread note. Just a flicker of juicy red fruit is present as well. Interesting. It's not complex but the herbal character is quite clear, and quite compelling. It's subtly piney, a hint minty like tarragon, and a bit drying and softly raspy like oregano.

As might be expected (or perhaps not), the herbal character found in the aroma carries over into the aroma. It's quite clear, and present throughout, but it's also fairly delicate. It doesn't press or nudge, it just lays there within the malt, which is in itself, not particularly bold, just lightly bready/nutty and softly caramelish and honey-like (perhaps even threaded through with notes of light molasses). There's a hint of yeastiness (some red fruit and some minor dark fruitiness) and a slight touch of something mildly leathery, subtly metallic, and even a hint musty (although that's probably just a perception due to the herbal character). It's not bitter, but perfectly balanced due to the spicing, and it finishes dry with a hint of soft oregano left behind.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body; and the moderate carbonation level gives just a delicate bristle to the tongue.

The Belgians are great at delicately spicing their beers to deliver a perfect, soft balance, and this one is no exception. Even the supple mouthfeel lends to its very accessible character - yet it's got an interesting herbal character that some might find off-putting if it was even just a hint fuller because they're not used to it. That, however, is exactly the thing that makes it work for the initiated. It's sophisticated and refined, and quite charming and drinkable despite its 8.5% abv. Soft and smooth like a warming blanket, this one can put you right to sleep if you're not careful.

It's one of the best X-mas beers I've ever enjoyed, and apparently it's under-rated. It's not a kick-you in the head with flavor beer, but it really satisfies as a unique sipper. Worth seeking out.

02-20-2012 01:30:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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RickS95

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a burgundy brownish color with reddish hues throughout. The head is huge, white, and lasts forever, eventually leaving a sticky white lace all over the glass. Very foamy.

There was little smell, even as the beer warmed. Only after sticking my nose most of the way to the foamy head did I start to pick up cloves and a bit of cherry or darker fruits. The funky fruity yeast the Belgians are known for also seemed present.

Same thing with the taste. What's there is good, it's just not very pronounced. There is enough dark fruits and cloves to go around, but there is also some peppery spice and a bit of candied sugar. Malt was there and if I didn't know better, I'd say some pilsner malt was used.

Mouthfeel was all over the place. It's sweet, spicy, fruity, bitter, dry. Medium bodied with a strange finish that left me feeling both syrupy and dry at the same time. Plenty of carbonation.

It's a strange beer, but it worked for me. The ABV level of 8.5% is perfect for a beer and despite the highish number, it was well hidden making it very drinkable. I'd love to have another one in the future.

01-09-2012 02:49:14 | More by RickS95
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -24.6%

Thanks to a friend for sharing this one, but I'm not a fan. I got a strong dry hay flavor over rubbery caramel. That sounds worse than this beer truly tastes, and I know some folks like this, it may just not be for me. The appearnce was a murky dark red-brown with a tan head. Overall, the beer is balanced, but I just don't like how it tastes.

01-25-2009 18:33:28 | More by tempest
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-04-2013 16:26:09 | More by cliff1066
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Farrell

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

Bought randomly from an equally desolate looking establishment, Noel Des Genats turned out to be one of the best winter brews I had and is in serious contention for one of the best beers I have had.

Starting off with a mid brownish hue and an impressive head, this beer incorporated such great flavors as caramelized sugar, plum, raisin, cinnamon, caramel, bread notes, and candied fruits all with a mild hop finish. If I were to make a comparison, it had a similar taste profile as Rochefort 10, but was lighter, smother, and more drinkable.

My only regret is that I only bought one bottle and will most likely have to wait until next Christmas to drink it again.

02-22-2010 02:31:12 | More by Farrell
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

So in the first week of May, I'm bustin' out a holiday beer. Xmas year round...bottles were on sale for $1.99 each so I picked one up during my weekly beer run. Poured beautifully with a nice foamy head that held on for a good long time. Color was brown and "warm". Nose was fig like with hints of spice; cinnamon mostly. Taste was comforting and Christmas-sy. Alcohol was very well hidden, and the beer was extremely drinkable; kinda wish I had bought a few more at this price. I'd be opening up my second or third by this point. Nice beer overall.

05-07-2011 21:12:20 | More by Ralphs66
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

On tap @ Teresa's Next Door (Wayne, PA) on 11/24/10. Served in a 10 oz tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear amber, with a ½ finger cap of bright-white foamy head. Retains with about half of that, leaving a rich cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of sugars and bread, with notes of earth and fruit and some definite spicy activity. This is pleasant enough I guess but just doesn't seem to be giving up a whole lot of flavor here.

The taste is doughy and honeyed feeling with sweetness, along some dark fruit accents, and some herbal bitterness. A festive spiciness trails into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little bit fuller feeling, with a prickly carbonation that sits on top some underlying thickness. This stays pretty crisp feeling on the palate for the most part though and this is definitely a nice steady sipper for the size.

This was OK. It definitely had that festive gingerbread cookie/fruit cake thing going on with it that a lot of these Christmas beers seem to shoot for. I don't know. I just didn't get the complexity out of this that some other reviewers did. This was a pleasant but ultimately didn't leave a huge impression on me.

11-29-2010 20:19:46 | More by Kegatron
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Gmann

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a musty brown color with a nice pillowy head that slowly dissipated into a puffy cap. The aroma is faint, I pick up some candied plums with a hint of spice. The taste is earthy/sprucey, some dark bready malt, grassy hops, candi sugar and a light berry fruit. A different take on an Belgian X-mas brew, earthy and bitter rather than boozy and sweet. The feel is chewy with heavy carbonation, finishes slightly bitter. A nice christmas brew, not a cloying sugar bomb, quite drinkable.

12-19-2008 03:11:43 | More by Gmann
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scootny

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

A 33 cl bottle into the Chimay chalice. A very dark red ale with clouds of sediment in the glass. A beautiful head of a couple of fingers and superb retention and lacing all the way down. A modicum of carbonation activity as I drink.

Smell is sweet with light banana, black cherry, Belgian yeast and spices. Some malt and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is black cherry and spices. A banana bread malt backbone that has a hint of almond macaroon. More spices as I swallow and short quick hops cutting in to dry the long finish. A bit of alcohol works in to add heat and complexity. Macaroon lingers on the palate with herbal alcohol aromatics on the mouth and throat.

Moutfeel is thick and creamy. Just a nice sensation that brings you back for sip after sip.

Drinkability sets you up for a night of steady sipping and sipping. The process is so enjoyable you don't want to slow down or stop but you must if you want to be able to walk and talk.

A great Holiday ale that has depth and complexity. While alcohol is not invisible it never calls attention to itself, inviting a session that should never be. A beer worth seeking out.

12-27-2008 05:41:31 | More by scootny
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

A - a vivacious body that produces a huge head. deep amber color with a white head that has great lacing and retention.

S - candied fruit and lightly spiced. sweet with a bit of funk

T/m - sweetness followed but a bit of spice. It is not overwhelming. A bit of funk but again nothing too powerful. A dry finish with little after taste.

O - one of the nicer winter ales.

01-03-2012 00:28:44 | More by drcarver
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a reddish brown color with a great off-white to tan head that dissipates in a couple minutes but eaves a half finger ring until the beer is finished. would have given it a 5 but the lacing was a bit disappointing.

Smells of caramel malts, with some dark fruits and a bit of alcohol.

Tastes of dark fruits up front, with the caramel a bit subdued as compared to the smell. Has a bit of spice, and a nice amount of warming alcohol. a bit of a syrupy mouthfeel, coats the mouth and feels fairly nice.

overall a solid brew.

12-26-2009 03:48:05 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-26-2014 20:42:04 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev 0%

- Brewed in Medieval Castle of Irchonwelz.

A: Poured a burnt rustic-orange with a thick haze. The head was soapy, 1 finger high, and quick to dissolve to a patchy covering. The lacing was soapy as well with a weak adherence factor. Against the light reveals a heavy turbidity of macro particles that danced within the glass from the strong carbonation.

S: A bit of sour yeastiness and sour dough is evident first on the nose. Musky fruit of apples and pears come along with a slight sour twang of lemons. Warm cola and dried honey rounds things out.

T: A spicy bite opens things up on the flavor. Musky fruit of apples and pears combine with semi-dry lemons are the most noticeable. Dried honey adds a bit of sweetness while warm pine needles adds a bit of evergreen appeal along with notes of boozy licorice. The finish finds a spiciness of tarragon along with a complimentary maltiness that provides a nice toasted sweetness.

M: The mouthful was bright with a good carbonation factor felt on the tongue. A warm booziness and licorice also comes through on the hold. A good maltiness lies on the tongue with an almost powdery feel.

D: Good for a single serving. The abv is moderate at 8.5%abv provides just the right amount of warmth without hinderance. Warm piney with licorice and dried honey gives this a wintery feel worthy of a try.

04-26-2010 22:37:21 | More by beerthulhu
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