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Noël Des Géants - Brasserie Des Légendes

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopGoblin on 12-31-2007

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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 124
Photo of smdshack
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at medium speed into a Westvletern goblet giving it plenty of room to form a nice 2" medium tan fluffy head. Head did not last long or lace, left a ring around the goblet on top of the beer. Foam felt kind of like cotton candy and was almost chewy. Very nice mouth feel. Beer itself was cloudy dark amber to medium blonde color around the edge when held to light. Could not see much carbonation from side of goblet, but top of beer showed signs of medium fizz action. First scent was lightly astringent and bready. Also detected slightly burnt sugary notes. Other scents detected were light caramel, malt, barley, mild orange, apple, and raisins. Taste presents all the scents, some very subtle. This beer is well balanced and smooth which leaves a slight tingle on the gums and has a pleasant dry hoppy finish. I would be happy to try another.

Photo of Kraken
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with one finger of rocky off white head.

Scent of spices, caramel, candi sugar, yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Great stuff, balanced well, not overpowering, a great smelling Belgian.

Taste of caramel, spices, earth, some sugars, a hint of alcohol, and yeast. Tasty stuff, which is nice considering it was a blind buy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange hazy look with a fluffy 2" head, really nice.

Yeast and candy suger on the nose, very inviting. Fruity esters, apples, raisins, and plums, oh my!

Taste not a strong as the smell, nice with the fruit, candy sugar, and bitterness at the end keeps it from being sweet, nice use of hops. It's balanced but not as complex tasting as expected from then nose.

Fizzy mouthfeel with good heaviness, a nice drinker. No abv nicely hidden, goes well with main dinner or afterward with dessert. Nice winter accompaniment.

Photo of tempest
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful dark red color, some thin floaties. Cream colored foam, good amount.
In the smell malt, caramel, biscuit. Not heavy at all, with a bit of back hopping. Red fruit.
Malty taste, with dark malts, honey and orange. Well balanced, with the right warming feeling.
Somme finish peppery.
Well balanced and drinkable.
Average body, right carbonation.
Dark malts in the aftertaste, with chestnut honey, spicy and peppery notes, and finishing hop.

Photo of mrquartetman
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of putnam
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

alluring roasted vanilla aromas. tightly wrapped berry phenols seem to lurk inside. crunchy ripe red and black berry skins. on the palate it is very sweet with alcohol. nice, silky texture. very low acidity. i tend to like more. still, natural feel, with sweet plummy prune licuor flavors. Nice.

Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a lightly hazed, semi-transparent deep orange toned brown. A small, light tan head quickly fades.
Smell is of caramel, ripe apple, cloves, cinnamon, raisins, and some earthy hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a fruity, baked apple pie like flavor coming through that seems to keep things interesting.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, highly carbonated, with some sugary fruit and heat found in the finish.

Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured less than half of the 11.2 oz glass and ended up with 3/4 foam in a 20 oz glass. Recedes in a rocky fashion. Spotty lace left on the glass. Slightly hazy, with a dark amber color liquor.

Sweet, mild rum-like aromas. I smell plums with sugar (does that make them sugar plums. I don't know what they would smell like).

Strong alcohol warmth, a little too potent for my tastes. Not as sweet as the smell would indicate. Relatively thin with a respectively high carbonation level. I can't detect any spices. The aftertaste is a pleasant blend of hop bitterness and the remnants of malt sugars. Still, the alcohol overwhelms all of the subtlety of this beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange amber with a nice head initially, but this fades to a ring. No real lacing. Smells of sweet malt and Christmas spices. Smells somewhat boozy and warming, in a good way. The taste is also malty, boozy, spicy, and with hints of vanilla and orange peel which blend nicely with the holiday spices. Warming and moderately sweet and well carbonated. This is a new brewery for me and based on this I'll definitely try some other offerings from them. There is a bite of ginger or some other spice on the finish that I particularly like. A nice holiday brew.

Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ybnorml
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy brown ale. Has a nice creamy egg nog colored head that leaves a nice lace. There sweet notes of peach and apricot up front in the aroma. Hints of cinnamon and clove hover in the background. At first the is a candy sweetness that brushes over the tip of the tongue. Followed by a herb/floral hop note that catches at the back of your throat. As it warms tabacco and cinnamon flavors dance around in your mouth.

Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle I picked up about 2 months ago, stored and served ~55F. Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Noël Des Géants is a murky, rusty dark bronze with a large, creamy light tan head that leaves pretty thick, foamy lace.

Smell is caramel, leafy hops, a touch of diacetyl.

Taste is pretty good but rather restrained, fruity farmhouse ester, grape and mismashed spices, citrus. Like a darker BdG, a bitter, almost astringent finish that comes from spices.

Mouthfeel is almost excessively carbonated, with a medium body.

Drinkability is ok, there's a lot going on if you try to break it down, but they all seem to almost neutralize each other, leaving a peppery burn that isn't helped by the crisp, foamy mouthfeel. The ABV isn't apparent, however it's not to digestible for whatever reason, an overspiced, dark farmhouse.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 picked up at the coop a week or so ago.. it's been sitting in the fridge waiting for me to get up the reviewin' gumption.... poured into my New Belgium snifter with a bunch of yeasty gunk left in the bottom of the bottle..

1" lite tan head ... great lacing... the brew is only slightly hazy deep chestnut amber..

the nose is spicy with a bunch of caramel and yeasty fruitiness.. I would guess... some cardamom.. lite peppercorns.. possibly cinnamon..

the flavor mirrors the nose with a little bit of juniper.. caramel and toasty toffee run well with the maltiness. fruitcake fruitiness with lite fruitcake spices.. only enough sweetness to try and tie all of this with a bow.. but I think it fails pretty readily.. the finish is dry with a caramel essence and orange peel and clove. The carbonation is big and flowery.. always peppery on every sip..

This may be better with food... I would actually assume so.. but as a beer in a snifter on a late snowy night.... I am not too big of a fan..


Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish to a deep amber color with a big light tan head. In the aroma, orange peel, cinnamon, and candy sugar. In the taste, cinnamon primarily, yet a nice orange like citrus, and an array of other spices in there. A spicey bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Nice spices, almost saison like, quite nice.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Poured to a light reddish-brown with thin white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Nose was a pleasant mix of spciy clove and banana, as well as a hint of other fruitiness. Mouthfeel of this medium-bodied beer was carbonated and tingly with a spicy, malty flavor with just the right amount of hoppy fruit. This all rounded to a nice, dry, clinging finish.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy rust color with a light beige cap of foam.

Sharp aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet malts, fruit cocktail, mango, and booze.

Tastes of fruit cocktail, yeast, sweet malts, bubble gum, and candy sugar. Can't really pick out any spices in this one. Light alcohol found in the finish.

Medium bodied, dry and sticky, with moderate carbonation.

I really wouldn't consider this one a spiced beer. Very subtle to non-existent. Still, it's a solid Belgian brew and a nice drinker.

Photo of kirkmichel
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- dark brownish amber. v. thick tan foam.
s - a little metallic and a bit malty; no spice or friut to speak of
t - zingy carbonation with a bunch of fruit: bananas, cherry, fig, am I reaching - maybe...I want to love this beer, but it's just "good"
m - great on the mouth, a but viscous and refreshing.
d - tasts good and you could have more, but i'll probably just have one. too malty for me, and not enough spice.

Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Brick Store Pub, served in a chalice. Extremely excited that they had something like this on tap.

Nice cloudy, slightly translucent deep brown color, with a huge beige head that fades into a nice lasting lacing. Nose is very sweet malts, hay, and anise/spices. Taste is sweet Belgian malts, bourbon, and some vague nuttiness. Good mouthfeel. Nice wintery beer. Very drinkable, despite ABV.

Photo of albern
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good, and very complex seasonal Belgian beer. It pours a very thick, foamy, and frothy off white head that retains and laces. The beer is a nice cloudy mahogany, unfiltered, with some yeasty bits floating about. The aroma is slightly musty out of the bottle but segues into a candied sugar, sweet malt, Belgian yeastiness, and some spiciness in the allspice family. There are loads of sweet malts in this beer.

The taste is very complex. There is definitely warming alcohol, fermented candied sugars, sweet caramels and maybe some florals, spices that are difficult to pin down but maybe fennel, and maybe a dark licorice flavor towards the finish. There is an ABV bite towards the finish and this gets more pronounced as the beer warms. This is a fairly carbonated beer with a spritely mouthfeel, a bit pricklish on the tongue. The complexity of the beer and waves of overlapping experiences make this a very interesting and worthwhile beer to sample.

Photo of tgbljb
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep cloudy amber color with moderate white foamy head.

Smell demonstrates a distinct 'belgian ale' presence with some nice yeast and candy sugar notes.

Taste is really dissapointing. I just cannot find much of anything. Very neutral.

The ending follows the taste. There just is not that much flavor.

Very esy to drink. The alcohol content takes over at the finish.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Holiday seasonal from Brasserie Des Geants pours a rather deep, ruddy medium brown color and produces a massive, bubbly head of just off-white foam that threatened to overtake the rim of the tall tulip glass I've poured into. Tiny flecks of yeast in suspension are disbursed all throughout this beer, even after a very careful and slow pour like so many snowflakes in a holiday snow globe. Active carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass, sustaining the epic head and adding to the bustling activity within the glass.

The nose is all of candy and fruit, upfront. Following the sweet beginnings, notes of holiday spices like cinnamon, clove and allspice can be detected albeit in subtle quantities. This beer smells a little bit like cotton candy or maybe a jar of hard holiday candies being melted into a potpourri with spices. Very festive.

The palate was much drier than indicated by the nose, and delivers rich, lightly roasted malt notes, accentuated by a dash or two of honey and burnt caramel. The carbonation level of this beer is ample, to put it mildly, causing a lively, crisp effervescence in the mouth that is a nice contrast to the sugary sweetness in the nose. This also lends to a surprisingly clean mouth feel without any trace of cloying sweetness lingering long.

The finish is decidedly dry and the hops, what there is of them, assert themselves only a little very late in the back of the mouth. A lingering alcohol warmth rounds out the dryness and amplifies the spiciness in the beer long after the glass is empty. The combined effect of the high carbonation and substantial alcohol create a mild "burn" in the mouth that is both pleasant and warming without being "hot" or boozy. You could probably drink more of this beer than you should, quite easily. All in all, a very worthy holiday offering from a very interesting brewery - this may be my favorite beer from Des Geants to date.

May you have the happiest of Holidays!

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was an interesting orange-brown color, hazy, with lots of tiny floaters in it. There was a half finger head that fizzed loudly, but rather than subsiding quickly, it reduced to a thin layer which persisted, and left a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was spicy, with hints of cinnamon. There was some slightly musty earthen malt aromas, and maybe a hint of sweetness - but not much.

Taste was moderately sweet, with honey overtones. Caramel and medium malts formed the middle, and finish was dry with spiciness. Hops were in there but not prominent.

Mouthfeel was dry, as the taste, and slightly astringent. This reminded me a lot of an oak-aged beer, but without the tannins or vanilla character.

Drinkability has to take a little hit because of the spiciness. It's OK, but that's about it. Nothing that stands out as memorable - it's not an easily identified spice, as clove or cinnamon would be, for example. It's more herbal.

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