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Noël Des Géants - Brasserie Des Légendes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

161 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at drewone's place.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, yeast, spices, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

drewone, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

cliff1066, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of WanderingFool
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Noël Des Géants (poured into a snifter) is hazy amber with a small, creamy white head on top. Once the foam is gone a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is fruity with a touch of spice. Raisins and dates are blended with orange peel and rye bread. Almost reminds me of a fruit cake.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and smooth on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet with fruity notes of raisin and plum along with a bready malt sweetness. The spices don't seem as strong as the aroma, but orange peel and pepper are present. It finishes sweet with lingering spices when gone.

This is a great Christmas beer. Lots of sweet fruity flavor with a touch of spice. Quite drinkable, but better to sip and savor.

WanderingFool, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.6%

ejimhof, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Dreamer
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Dreamer, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of mttaylor1066
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Add this to your Christmas ale rotation, a not-too-heavy spiced ale that creates a holiday for your mouth.

Pours a quiet, dark cider color. Minimal head (I'm a side-of-the-glass man myself) that persists and forms little colonies of bubbles.

The aroma is complex, spicy and malty with a whiff of yeast. This is a beer to enjoy before it hits the lips!

Tastes of dark wine, ripe raisin, Belgian yeast and toasted ginger. All this in an ale! You can feel the alcohol heat...on n cold winter's night that ain't so bad.

There's a lot of carbonation to make this ale dance on the tongue. A lively holiday ale.

Overall, this is one I'm going to look for each season to go with my other favorite Christmas ales.

mttaylor1066, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of kayrex
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kayrex, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Christmas celebrations in the land of the giants evokes the notions of larger than life beers of tremendous taste, robust textures, and bewildering spicy alcohols. Although Noel des Geants releases a more somber taste, it is an elegant and satisfying taste nevertheless.

Poured into a brandy snifter, the body shows off the beer's robust deep straw colors of goldenrod and burnt orange while favoring lighter cider colors on the edge. Lightly hazed from the dissolved yeast, the beer projects a whimsical glow when back lit. The beer releases a dainty and creamy head that skirts the rim evenly and while the head lightens, it never completely collapses, rather lacing on the glass with intermittent island structures.

Perfumy, fruity, and sternly rooted in a grainy sweet foundation, the beer sings the praises of Belgian ales of moderate intensity. Aromas of freshly dried pilsner malt gives a bready impression with yeast and dough. Highly floral, the beer's bouquet really opens up with a flowery scent of honeysuckle. Soft spices of coriander, dried orange peel, and star anise decorate the nose and offer balance to the sweet malt and fruity esters.

Supple bready-sweet pilsner malts seem to fuse with honey and confectioner's sugar that give the fruit flavors a candy-coated effect. Apricots, oranges, pears, and figs are among the esters that can be pulled from the flavor profile. And a counterbalance of potpourri and alcohol offer juxtaposition to the fruit and candy and signal a turn to closure. Turning ever bitter, earthy, and raw- the taste of grain and straw offers a rustic and genuine farmhouse-type taste to finish.

Medium bodied and incredibly soft, the beer lays gently on the tongue and gives a feminine presence with light chamomile-type oiliness and a sultry powdery note to close. Pleasantly warm and with a gentle spice- the ale is dry and lightly tannin to end the session.

Despite its "giant" references, the beer is small on the palate and stomach, making it supple and elegant ale. It's both charming and soft. But its overall light profile keeps me wanting more strength, power, and complexity.

BEERchitect, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Vec2267
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - burnt orange, lots of bubbles, huge frothy head, minimal lacing

S - fruit/apricots, yeast spicieness, herbal, alcohol

T - again fruity, very dry, spice (pepper/clove), alcohol

M - medium bodied

O - lots of complexity bu too many disconnected flavors to be appealing

Vec2267, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Bouleboubier, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

rolltide8425, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of jrfehon33
3.25/5  rDev -14%

jrfehon33, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy red orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, clove, allspice, ginger, tea, cinnamon, molasses, bread, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, toast, biscuit, caramel, molasses, clove, ginger, earth, nuttiness, tea, allspice, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, nuttiness, ginger, tea, herbal, and clove on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; nice balance of malt and holiday spice flavors; zero cloying on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian spiced beer. Nice spice/malt balance and complexity; very smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable and unique offering.

superspak, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

t0rin0, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -14%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of bigd84
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

bigd84, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale brown with hints of orange, with generous white head that is silky smooth and leaves ample lace. Nose is bready & fruity. Palate offers a good balance of dark fruits, dark bready flavors, fennel seeds and a few miscellaneous baking spices. Finish has a slight burnt, toasty sugary quality. Easy drinking.

yemenmocha, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of RollBounce
3/5  rDev -20.6%

RollBounce, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle from Bevmo La Quinta CA for 5$

Appearance - Hazy reddish-brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's too hazy to make out the amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 2 or 3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, grapes/raisins/dates, anise, spruce

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapes/raisins/dates, and some leather. There is also a bit of a anise or spruce/mint flavour. It ends with a dark fruit spicy aftertaste.

Overall - The taste reminded me a bit of a fruitcake, which is a good thing for a Christmas themed beer I guess. Problem is, I'm not a huge fan of fruitcake. Still glad i gave it a shot, but I wouldn't pick this up again.

spinrsx, Jun 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

OriolesFan1008, May 29, 2012
Photo of JxExM
4/5  rDev +5.8%

JxExM, May 06, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter with bright copper that is gem clear displaying lively carbonation throughout. The color is closer to that of aged and weathered cedar. A big, white, foamy head slowly settles to puffs of sea foam, leaving big, thick patches of lace.

The aroma gives a first impression of Band-Aids followed by herbal spices. Overall it is a touch astringent.

The malts give off crisp flavors, a little sweet with some earthiness. Ginger and possibly juniper accentuate a modest finish that is neither sweet nor dry. As this one warms, one can perceive hints of mint.

Alcohol is lower than expected in this medium bodied beer with lots of carbonation.

This is clearly a holiday specialty but should not be confused with the more spectacular beers of the season.

SLeffler27, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 20, 2012
Noël Des Géants from Brasserie Des Légendes
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.