Noël Des Géants - Brasserie Des Légendes

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: HopGoblin on 12-31-2007)
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Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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%
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..

4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +6.1%
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%
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
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +8.8%
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
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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
3.83/5  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
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of HopGoblin
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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