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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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HopGoblin on 12-31-2007)
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Photo of RollBounce
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of JxExM
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of rudy0908
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Goulash
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin traces of lace on glass.

S - It smelled very herbal and floral. A nice malty nose, too.

T - It had a very spicy bite at first sip. It tasted of dried fruits - dark fruits like plum and raisin. Just enough bready maltiness to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry clean finish.

O - This is a nice Belgian ale. I've enjoyed this Christmas 5 pack from Shelton Bros.

Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St: 750ml poured into a chalice. The bottle lists the ABV, but it does not list a DBD or BOD.

A: Cloudy light reddish-brown with a full-fingernail white rocky head. The head retention is very good; it sits on top for over a minute.The beer leaves light lacing.

S: Orange, clove, fig, vanilla, bread, and malt.

T: Lots of spice right up front: cinnamon, clove, and allspice. There is a smokey burn bread that joins up with some citrus orange peel on the finish. There is also some warming alcohol and more spice.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: Since this is a Belgian noel, I was not expecting the large amount of spice that dominates this beer. The finish is a bit abrasive and lingering. Overall, the spice could have been balanced better.

Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a murky brown color with a full two fingers worth of head that has trouble retaining before fizzing away to a 1/4 inch head. Good lacing.

S- Smells very sweet and flowery. Reminds me of Rosee d'Hibiscus by Dieu du Ciel. Black tea notes along with glazed doughnut. Quite nice.

T- Tastes like a maltier version of Rosee d'Hibiscus. The malts actually contrast with the flowery flavor pretty well. A slight metallic taste is easily ignored.

M- Very bubbly with bursts of CO2 bubbles in each sip. Medium body and a medium-high carbonation.

O- Strikingly similar to Rosee d'Hibiscus but tastes a bit better IMO.

Photo of RickS95
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy brownish color with reddish hues throughout. The head is huge, white, and lasts forever, eventually leaving a sticky white lace all over the glass. Very foamy.

There was little smell, even as the beer warmed. Only after sticking my nose most of the way to the foamy head did I start to pick up cloves and a bit of cherry or darker fruits. The funky fruity yeast the Belgians are known for also seemed present.

Same thing with the taste. What's there is good, it's just not very pronounced. There is enough dark fruits and cloves to go around, but there is also some peppery spice and a bit of candied sugar. Malt was there and if I didn't know better, I'd say some pilsner malt was used.

Mouthfeel was all over the place. It's sweet, spicy, fruity, bitter, dry. Medium bodied with a strange finish that left me feeling both syrupy and dry at the same time. Plenty of carbonation.

It's a strange beer, but it worked for me. The ABV level of 8.5% is perfect for a beer and despite the highish number, it was well hidden making it very drinkable. I'd love to have another one in the future.

Photo of drcarver
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a vivacious body that produces a huge head. deep amber color with a white head that has great lacing and retention.

S - candied fruit and lightly spiced. sweet with a bit of funk

T/m - sweetness followed but a bit of spice. It is not overwhelming. A bit of funk but again nothing too powerful. A dry finish with little after taste.

O - one of the nicer winter ales.

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

Pours out a caramel color, off white head, about 1/3" thick. Aroma was very candy-esque, plenty of spice, but not to the point it was overkill or offputting.

Alcohol remarkably hidden for 8.5% abv. Wish more of the BSDA style was like this, the brown sugar, sweetness isn't over the top and there isn't a ton of the fig, prune and raisin flavors. Its nice and mild, but then plenty sweet with a little bit of toffee then much more caramel malt. Maybe some cinnamon and vanilla make up part of the spicing.

Overall, this is a neat Christmas beer, the belgian yeast plays nice with all the other flavors, the spices are in the right proportion. Would definitely drink this again.

Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

On-tap at Rustico for their Festivus event.

A: Red-orange pour with a few fingers of off white head. Really nice coating down the side of my glass. 4.5

S: Funky saison type smell, malty with a decent spiciness. 4

T: The Christmas Ale / Saison mix here is interesting, but a bit too spicey for my palate. Funky, spicy, seasonal. 4

MF: High carbonation, light body, decently drinkable with a slightly dry finish. 4

O: Again, this was good but not great. Wouldn't buy this again. 3.5

Photo of MGBBob80
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like it! Very understated. Poured dark with a reddish hue. Head was off-white and dissipated quickly. Nice lacing on the glass. There is almost no aroma, the carbonation is adequate and it has an earthy taste that reminds me of good farming soil and old shoe leather. I did not pick up some of the plum and cherry mentioned by other reviewers, but that's probably my palate and not there's.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at Rustico:

Pours a dark brown color w/ a thin off white head. Minimal lacing on my snifter glass. The smell is really weak. I mean, REALLY weak... I barely get anything other than some woody notes, spices, and some malt. All extremely understated. The taste is slightly better. The woody-earthiness and spices are the main thing here, but still a little weak on taste. Feel is medium, with little carbonation and somewhat dry finish. Glad I got to try this, but probably won't look for it again. Cheers.

Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a small fizzy head. Decent lacing though.

Smells of cherries and dark frutis; figs and plums. A very faint chocolate note as well.

The taste has underlying notes of chocolate with cherries and dark fruit being most prominent. The finish brings out almost a woodiness that is hard to describe. Finished pretty clean with the alcohol well-hidden and barely detectable.

Overall a pretty respectable brew and one that is good for cold winter nights.

Photo of divineaudio
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tulip glass.

a - pours a dingy, chestnut brown color with a lot of yeast sediment floating around. only gave me a thin cap of coarse looking, tan head that calmed to a film right away. no lacing.

s - toasty with notes of blackberry, clove, sherry, old shoe leather.

t - fortunately it taste better than it looks or smells. carmel malt with a tangy sweetness reminiscent of dried cherries. clove, ginger, and nutmeg spice notes are present, but subdued. occasional notes of chocolate pop up before a mild bitterness and slightly dry finish. 8.5% is well hidden.

m - medium body with adequate carbonation. slightly chewy. medium co2 profile that is slightly fizzy.

o - i have to say i was pleasantly surprised by this one. not sure i'd want more than one of these at a time, but i'd buy it again. seems just right for a cold winter night or a holiday celebration.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass due to the lack of an oversized wine glass.

Look – dark amber, almost a dark ruby red color, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – somewhat phenolic, malty, and very sharp smelling. You can almost smell the abv in it.

Taste – it tastes “darker” than it smells. There’s a bit of a muskiness to it in the finish. In the middle there’s also a tinge of a chocolaty feel. It tastes more malty as well, but the taste has a strong and quick transition.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not leaning more toward one side over the other in terms of creamy vs. watery.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. It wouldn’t be my pick for a fave, but it definitely is intriguing and thought provoking!

Noël Des Géants from Brasserie Des Légendes
85 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.