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Noël Des Géants - Brasserie Des Légendes

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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 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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of rudy0908
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

rudy0908, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Goulash
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Goulash, Feb 18, 2012
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.

zeff80, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Kahlerbock, Jan 27, 2012
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.

ianjsullivan, Jan 27, 2012
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.

Immortale25, Jan 26, 2012
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.

RickS95, Jan 09, 2012
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.

drcarver, Jan 03, 2012
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jak, Dec 25, 2011
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

russwbeck, Dec 21, 2011
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.

MGBBob80, Dec 20, 2011
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.

jayhawk73, Dec 17, 2011
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.

rangerred, Dec 14, 2011
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.

divineaudio, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -20.4%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
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!

Nerudamann, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is on sale at Rollin' Oats for $0.99 a bottle right now. Needless to say, my fridge is full of Christmas Giant beer. The brew pours a rustic golden mauve-ish hue, and is capped with a finger's worth of antique white head. The nose is spicy, and earthy, and seems to have notes of chamomile and ginger. The flavor is very similar, with a flavor best described as something between Sahti and BSPA. It is not terribly sweet, it hides ABV well, and is quite tea-like overall. I like it, but I could see it being a big turn-off for others.

ktrillionaire, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a cloudy red colored body. The head was white and fluffy. It settles within a minute or so and leaves a light lacing. The smell of the beer has some spicy herbal notes on the nose. The taste of the beer is yeasty and a bit spicy. The mouthfeel of the beer is decent, had a nice carbonation level and body mass. Overall it's not a bad winter brew but I could have been better. I would probably try this one again if I saw it again.

Knapp85, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Total Wine in late January for $9.99.

Beer poured a burgundy brown with a bubbly off white head that is hanging around.

Nose is cinnamon and cloves.

Taste is a big malt base with cinammon and cloves. Finish is a nice dry hop. Tastes like a holiday cookie.

Mouthfeel has hints of classic belgian yeast smoothness, but not as good as hoped.

Overall this beer is pretty well made, the spices are not overdone. Initially i thought i was getting into a belgian dark strong ale but was very surprised to be greeted by the big spice nose.

arizcards, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So in the first week of May, I'm bustin' out a holiday beer. Xmas year round...bottles were on sale for $1.99 each so I picked one up during my weekly beer run. Poured beautifully with a nice foamy head that held on for a good long time. Color was brown and "warm". Nose was fig like with hints of spice; cinnamon mostly. Taste was comforting and Christmas-sy. Alcohol was very well hidden, and the beer was extremely drinkable; kinda wish I had bought a few more at this price. I'd be opening up my second or third by this point. Nice beer overall.

Ralphs66, May 07, 2011
Photo of Sigmund
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 8.5%. Dark amber to copper colour, cloudy in the end, big off-white head. Malty aroma with notes of brown bread and caramel, hints of brown kandi sugar and oak. The flavour is malty and medium sweet with notes of caramel, brown sugar and brown bread, some spicy notes too, moderate hops in the finish. Warming mouthfeel. Quite nice.

Sigmund, Mar 13, 2011
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