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Noël Des Géants - Brasserie Des Légendes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Légendes visit their website
Belgium

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
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.78/5  rDev 0%
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 +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.65/5  rDev +23%
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
3.55/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -0.8%

Photo of acevenom
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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Noël Des Géants from Brasserie Des Légendes
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