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Noël Des Géants - Brasserie Des Légendes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

Bottle. Poured a semi-opaque Amber color with a proud head. Smells neutral. A little sweet, a little spicy. Malt forward; no hops. Maybe a bit medicinal. The first sip did nothing for me. The yeast brings a strong bite. The spices aren't overwhelming by any means but they also make me rear back a bit. The second sip and those following after are mostly more enjoyable. I adjust to the flavor and pick out some nuances. Almost like a spiced bread. It's not overly sweet,mwhich is a plus for my palate. The Belgian aspects of the beer aren't all-encompassing. I like that but I am also a bit confused as to what the thesis of this beer is. It's kinda Belgian, kinda spicy, kinda bland. I don't know. The best part of this one is its body and alcohol masking. The Anne Frank of alcohol. I had no idea; this one shiv'd me with its alcohol content. To finish the story, this one was not a beer I would come back to.

Photo of jcruelty
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of LivingTheDream84
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of irishpride
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of KJ2013
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of scottwurst
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of silverking
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy amber with sediment and lively carbonation. One finger of fluffy off white head lasts to the bottom of the glass and leaves well defined rings of lace.

S- leafy, peppery. orange peel, coriander.

T- crisp, astringent bitterness. Coriander and orange peel again. Slightly watery finish. Very herbal.

M- light. Active carbonation. Clean and crisp finish.

O- interesting. I was expecting more body from and winter seasonal.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Noël Des Géants has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, heavy lacing left behind, and an initially clear amber appearance, which, after one swishes the caked-on bottom bottle contents and pours them in, has a descending reddish, muddy cloud. The aroma is strong and sharp- sweet bread, spice, herbs, and other things I am not able to identify. Taste is of sharp, pronounced spices, a good hop bitterness, and rich bread. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy, and Noël Des Géants finishes dry, somewhat boozy, rich, and delicious. Drinkability isn’t bad, either. Overall, this is outstanding!

RJT

Photo of Chico1985
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slow gusher and lots of foam on the pour. The color is light brownish-orange with some haze and plenty of bubblin'. Thick off-white head retains and leaves great lace.

Smell is definitely big on the spices, clove and coriander come to mind. Banana, molasses, yeast and some citrus there as well.

Clove and banana are still most prevalent, generally spice-heavy with a base beer that brings elements of Belgian strong pales and dubbels - sweet caramel, molasses, toasted bread, candi sugar, earthy tones.

Body feels just a bit weak, a little too thin for the ABV. High-ish carbonation. A bit of a sipper.

Decent, definitely deserves the 'spiced beer' categorization, though the spices themselves and the beer in general aren't very remarkable.

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I just couldn't turn this bottle down after seeing it on the seasonal shelf at Total Wine. Damn this ticking urge... Anyway, it pours a partly-cloudy sunset bronze-amber topped by a finger or so of off-cream foam. The nose comprises pumpernickel, clove, brown sugar, dark fruits, light candied orange peel, and toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with an increased level of dark fruits, though, make no mistake, the rest (particularly the spices, especially newly-arrived ginger and cinnamon) doesn't fade without a fight. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid spiced Winter brew, if nothing all that special. I'd certainly have another, though.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of acevenom
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. The beer pours dark hazy copper with a finger and a half length off-white head. There are bubbles visible rising along the side of the glass. There are malty aromas as well as some scent of toffee, fruit, and some spice. The fruity aroma is akin to plum and fig. The spice notes are mostly coriander. The flavors are of bready pilsner malt with a stronger spice note in the flavor than in the nose. The coriander comes out, but I also get some hints of pepper, orange peel, and anise that other reviewers picked out. The sweetness is pretty balanced out with the abundant spice bouquet in this beer. The fruity notes come out a little stronger as the beer warms. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the alcohol provides a nice warming quality. Not much of the aftertaste lingers in this beer, allowing a stronger drinkability for this beer. This is a very good beer.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Noël Des Géants from Brasserie Des Légendes
85 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.