Noël Des Géants - Brasserie Des Légendes
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4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-27-2008 05:57:44 | More by shivtim
3.93/5 rDev +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.
11-22-2008 02:12:00 | More by albern
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
08-09-2008 21:38:51 | More by tgbljb
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
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!
08-01-2008 16:02:18 | More by beerphilosopher
3.18/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
06-05-2008 02:06:01 | More by connecticutpoet
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
faintly hazed ruby brown. with a good sized light tan head.
the aroma is very decent, the first thing i pick out is ripe red baking apples. clove weaves in and out of a light caramel maltiness. basically while a little understated, it smells like apple pie filling. i detect what may be some hop spiciness. it's a little brandy-like.
the taste is more bready than the aroma lets on. it's like an apple-y raisin bread. the alcohol is fairly prevalent. there are more hops than the aroma would let on also, it has a fair amount of spicy hop flavor middle to back, with a fair dose of bitterness. pretty dry, but it also has a little bit of a harsh tang to it.
the body is a little thin for the flavor, with carbonation that's a little too prickly.
fair drinkability... the alcohol is a little too present and there is something odd about the bitterness at the finish. certainly not bad though.
02-29-2008 00:30:03 | More by kmo1030
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
The draft list was a bit disappointing at Max's on superbowl Sunday (they were out of lot of stuff - though thankfully the coors lite girls were in attendance to "liten" things up, yuk, yuk), so when I saw this on the bottle list, I thought what the hell...
The beer pours a hazy rootbeer color with a creamy, pillowy head. There is very good head retention and lacing to this beer. The nose is fairly mute, showing some sweet malt, pepper and spice. There is an almost cinnamon and brown sugar aroma to this beer. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose. The beer is moderately sweet, with a baked apple and cherry flavor profile. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, but is pretty smooth and almost creamy. Very nice mouthfeel to this beer. Drinkability is very good considering the abv., and the beer has a moderately long finish.
This is a beer that grew on me the longer I sipped on it and let it sit in the glass. There is almost a winter warmer aspect to this beer, reminding me of spiced apple pie. Very, very nice beer.
02-04-2008 00:36:06 | More by John_M
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
3.93/5 rDev +4%
This was poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
A - deep amber color with a thick foamy head that is well retained
S - sweet malt aroma followed with some yeast fruitiness; some slight hop accents
T - sweet malt dominates with some yeast fruity character; there are some hops lurking and it finishes a little dry (styrian goldings used?)
M - medium-light body with high carbonation
D - This was a decent Christmas beer, I like the subtle hop accents in it. However, I don't think I could have more than one per session - based on the sweetness.
01-01-2008 20:48:26 | More by scoobybrew
3/5 rDev -20.6%
sampled from a 330ml bottle: Pours deep caramel with ruby highlights. Fluffy, off white, two finger head adorns the top of the glass. Aromas of candy sugar, dark fruit with sweet floral aroma. First taste is a bit sweet, with honey flavors. Then out of nowhere comes a strong herb flavor, which reminds me of a Chirtmas tree (The Shelton Brothers website says they use a special aromatic herb from the region of the brewery?). The aftertaste of this herb is a bit funky and it really dries out the mouth. Nothing special on this one, in fact it is tough to finish the 330ml bottle.
12-31-2007 01:55:55 | More by HopGoblin
Noël Des Géants from Brasserie Des Légendes
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