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Bière De Noël - Brasserie Thiriez

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 66
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Naerhu on 10-03-2005

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- First off....incredible head on this brew; it reminds me straight away of a richly whipped meringue on a pie and is a very nice tan color that seems to have an indefinite retention span! The liquid is a medium brown, with tinges of orange and red blended in. There is a great amount of lacing on my glass as well, and the carbonation appears to be lazily rising to the top of the beer. Very nice looking beer overall!

S- The first aroma that greets my nose is of citrus fruits....grapefruit and tangerine rinds to be exact, along with darkly sweet malts and spices such as cinnamon, cloves to a lesser extent and pumpkin pie. There is really no hop presence to smell and also has a smidgen of booziness to it.....again, nice overall!

T- The flavors are quite different from the aromas for sure! There is a big flavor of dark dried fruits such as plum and fig, and has a rum like quality to it. The booze factor is noticeable in the flavor but doesn't hinder the overall taste. Sweet malts are also dominant with molasses and toffee flavors, that bind into an overall flavor that I can best describe as a light rum cake!

M/O- The mouthfeel leans towards full bodied but it's not quite there, and the carbonation is refined and smooth.....this could qualify as a desert beer and would do well with a plum pudding or with a slice of Christmas cake or Rum cake! It warms the senses and is quite nice on a wintery day such as the one I am reviewing this on! It's a decent beer and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy something a little more complex! (1,575 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color is a muddled medium brown that actually leans darker but interestingly shows a lot of orange in the light. The head is a tan foam that peaks at under a finger It fades to the point of leaving a broken island and some edging, and some decent lace is dropped on the glass.
The smell is some tangy fruits with an earthy backing and light kitchen spicing with a bit of yeasty must.
The taste starts off sweeter before going a little more bitter, spices showing strongly without being overbearing and a bit of orange peel lingering. Some sourdough elements linger.
The dry and bitter tang almost feels like felt on the tongue initially, though a light crispness and good carbonation makes for a soft fluffiness. (719 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Poured into a snifter, shared while doing some Christmas baking.

Dark ruby caramel in colour, hazy, and with a thin head that survives as a faint ring.

Nose is, for me, strong of raw honey, with a bit of spice, nuts, and biscuit.

Tastes much the same - spice, honey, sweet malt, a bit of Belgian yeast, dry finish.

Mild bodied, oily, moderate to low carbonation.

Tasty enough, sweet and spicy. (448 characters)

Photo of impending
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

C-

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep, nearly clear copper amber walnut, dense towering egg cream colored head, nice lacing.

The aroma is worrisome. Strong phenolic spiciness with a touch of oxidation and potential sour, musty yeast.

The first sip just creates dissonance. My initial reaction to each sip is that it has started to turn but mid point to long lasting significantly evolving aftertaste says it is all by design, it is intended. The problem being I must incur the beginning to get to the end.
Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd (548 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - slighly hazy mahogany brown, solid two fingers of tan head that retained very well
S - very nutty, medium roastiness, subtle licorice and earthiness, definitely smells like a brown ale rather than a belgian dark
T - nutty start, raw leather, tobacco, and just a mild touch of pine resin, again more like an english brown than any kind of xmas or belgian
M - relatively light with an airy creaminess, finishes a little on the thin side
T - its fairly tasty and easy drinking, although in terms of flavour there are a couple of issues: it has nothing in the way of typical xmas or winter brew flavours, and it taste like a brown ale and not much like a belgian dark (although that is likely just miscategorized here), I did enjoy it but it was nothing like what I expected (774 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 26/12/12

A brownish cola with a big mocha head that hangs around for ages, there's some foam at the bottom and a a ring of lace followed by random patches

S earthy notes and leafy hops, coco, faint citrus, brown sugar, and yeast, there's some spice I can't place and a little top soil

T has a strange coco powder mixed with earth thing going for it, not a bad thing but hard to place and a small step back from the nose

M medium bodied with a soft creamy feel, nutty earthy aftertaste

O very earthy brew going on here, nice smell but the taste didn't quite match up, decent stuff but not the best I've had from this brewery

easy enough to drink but its missing a little something but I don't even know what I'm wishing for, interesting brew worth trying (796 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 326, which nicely reflects the Christmas tree lights.

This beer pours a muddled, dark orange-ish amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, caked beige head, which leaves a lot of pitted fuzzy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, some toasted nuts, a bit of earthy yeast, and spicy, leafy hops. The taste is softly bready caramel malt, some prominent oily nuttiness, weak savoury spices, a flinty mineral essence, a soft orchard fruitiness, and tame earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is mild, but still adequately supportive, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, just a small pithiness messing with things a bit. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit and nutty malt notes holding their steady pattern.

More of a brown ale, with slight Belgian affectations, than anything - and at the same time, eminently drinkable, the bittersweet nutty character urging you to put down the silly laptop, and just have some more. (1,000 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy light chestnut with a huge amount of light tan head

S-nice roasted malt, spices, caramel, light fruitiness, and some Belgian yeast

T-taste is different than what I expected, not as malty as I would have thought. Still have a decent amount of bread like taste with a bit of sour cherry, and a mild spiciness, though I wouldn't necessarily describe them as holidayish.

M-light to medium body, moderate carbonation, leaves a bit of sourness on the tongue

Overall not the best holiday beer, but not the worst either. Most likely won't try this again. (566 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most over-carbonated beer I've ever experienced in my life. As soon as the cap came off, this gushered like a fire hydrant at full pressure, within 10 seconds, there was only two inches of beer in the 750 ml bottle, making this the most expensive tiny half glass of beer I've ever purchased. This is the second massive gusher in three days and I'm not a happy camper. I envy the other reviewer who had no carbonation. Poured the remainder into a Gulden Draak tulip. The massive head dissipated very quickly to a ring around the glass, off-white in color. The remaining beer is a murky dark mahogany brown. Aroma of dark and sour fruit, a hint of caramel and earthy spicing. Taste is subdued, light flavor of dark and light fruit (cherries, plum and apple), sour cherry. Finishes sour with light spicing. Much closer to a saison or biere de garde than a Belgian dark ale. The spicing somewhat overwhelms the other flavors and I'd like a bit more malt for a Belgian dark. Light bodied, but nicely carbonated once it settled down. This was a miss for me. (1,055 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holiday Tasting event 2011. Poured into sampler glass. Pours a deep orange-brown body. Nose of sour berries, nutmeg and other earthy spices, toasted chestnut, and a sharp acetic acid note. Flavor starts with lots of tart cherry and berries, then has some toasted nut and oak. Hints of caramel, spiced wine, and sweet-salted peanut. Medium body is lightly carbonated and watery, but finishes with a spiced wooden dryness. (420 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky, hazy amber with a thin, creamy off-white mousse.

S: The nose is dominated by spices, with aromas of caramel, cream, toffee, and roasted nuts playing second fiddle. Already, this one seems somewhat out of whack.

T: Notes of honey roasted nuts, heavy cream, dark bread, caramel, toffee, and vanilla bean are gradually overwhelmed by heavy spicing. The finish is rich with caramel, nut, bread, and spice notes.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat firm. Carbonation is mild, yet crisp. I was actually hoping for a higher alcohol content to mitigate the heavy spicing and make this one feel more like a holiday beer.

O: This is a decent beer, but one that I will likely not revisit. The spicing is just too heavy and it lacks that little bit of extra power to really warm you up when the weather turns cold. This isn't a bad effort, but it's not great either. (870 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.72/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Maybe the harshest spiced beer I've ever had, clouded amber brown body...fine khaki tan head even lacing. Aroma has a nice pleasant fruitiness with Christmas spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and tart tropical fruit nose really makes this beer nice in the nose. Flavor is full of carbonation and a rush of cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, cardamon almost burns the palate with spice doesn't really let the base beer shine at all. Mouthfeel is super carbonated, medium bodied but the long lasting spice factor coats the palate to the point of sickening spice. Overall, the nose was nice I liked the tropical tart fruit nose, but the barrage of harsh spice really ruins this beer. (670 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark murky brown with orange hue and minimal head

smell: strawberry, banana, spices, sweet, malts

taste: little sour, strawberry, spices, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: I really think this beer is more of biere de garde but anyways. It's was an interesting beer and quite enjoyed it.

Cheers,
The CPJ (365 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a pretty cloudy caramel color, but the score will be bumped down a notch because there is no head whatsoever. Smell is of spices, some fruits. Taste starts of with green apples, some spices, grapes, a bit wine like. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a different and solid beer. (332 characters)

Photo of clearlydiluted
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a - a dark amber/brown color with a massive pillowy head

s - phenols that suggets a flanders red in it's sweet earthy tones, light spice notes

t - rather tame, hints of earthiness, light cherry notes, finishes dry and watery. lightly tart.

m - light-medium body with high carbonation.

d - drinkable but unremarkable. (320 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish amber in color and poured into a snifter glass with a three finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are earthy aromas of spices and yeast in the nose along with some hints of fruits.
T: Like the smell, flavors of spices stand out in the overall taste, which also has some notes of sour apples.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but nothing really stands out in particular to make this an interesting Christmas beer. (676 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge head of beige hue. Flecks and bits of stuff mixed in. Cloudy orangey brown. Smell is lightly spiced with orange atop a firm malt bed. A touch of earth and a farmhouse fruitiness. Some caramel sweetness mixed in as well. Taste is light sweet malts with the orange and spice from the nose. A touch of wine and some tannic notes along with what seems like some light oak and vanilla. Dry lightly tart finish. Light supple feel with a nice carbonation and somewhat creamy fullness. Good drinkability and a nice lighter alternative for a holiday ale. (550 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color. Cloudy.
T: Bit tart. Dark berry flavors from malt and/or spices. Orange peel citrus. Cocoa in background. Don't sense any farmhouse funk.
M: Medium body and carbonation.
O: An instant favorite. Love the fruitiness of the spices and the malt. A superb fruity Saison on par with Fantomes. (307 characters)

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, orangish brown with a tan head. Head falls slow yet stays. Thin, coating lace.

Aroma is of that farmhouse funk you'd expect from a northern French brewer. Smells sour and of spices.

Tangy tartness hits you up front in the taste. Malt backbone with little hops. Spicy. Sour and dry finish.

Medium bodied and fizzy in the mouth.

Decent enough brew, enjoyed it. Does not scream Christmas beer to me but still good. (434 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy and dark amber/brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Dank and musky malt. Some caramel. Bread, biscuit and yeast.
T: Sweet, grainy malt, bread, and biscuit. Light yeast. Pretty bland.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink, but I don't really want to come back for more.

Just kind of bland. There is nothing much here. Not the worst thing, but not something I would recommend either. (489 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Cloudy brown color. Spices and tart nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is tart like a farmhouse ale with holiday spices. Expensive at $12.50 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (279 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A careful pour yielded a 1" high creamy head, which slowly gave-way to some incredible lacing. Body was a lightly carbonated, homogenously sedimented, honey color. Just picture-perfect.

S- Crackerlike malt, metal, cidery notes and Belgian yeast aromas comprise the nose. Smells nice- a promise of good things to come?

T- An *explosion* of flavor. Malts seem more bready than anticipated. Like a loaf of fresh bread baked with Belgian yeast and subtle hints of spice (nutmeg?). A delicious Christmas beer.

M- Medium body- nicely underattenuated. However, the carbonation here is coarse and somewhat bloating. This is a big negative in my book.

D- Very drinkable despite the carbonation issue. Wouldn't mind making this a Christmas tradition!

Note: I noticed lesser reviews for this beer. I have been aging this particular bottle for over a year. Perhaps this age has improved the beer? (892 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a murky maple amber with a soft fizzy white head. This one was a bit of a gusher. Good head retention, no lace.

S: Fragrant nose of holiday spice and fruitcake. Cherry cordial and gingerbread make an appearance. Interesting and complex.

T: Dark fig component initially with a light sour cherry note, wine-like flavours midway through. Spiced bread and some acidity finish the brew. Gets medicinal/cough syrupy at the end with some astringent grapey fruit.

M: Rather light and fizzy, thin. Feels like it disappears as soon as it hits the tongue. Bit too much carbonation.

D: A drinkable brew for me, but not much else, a lot better winter brews out there. Some solid spice flavours, but the overall character of the beer is thin and lacking. (775 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass... hazy amber color, trending towards red... super bubbly head, the beer overflowed after popping the top so the carbonation is there for sure.

Smells a little sour, wild, like a saison perhaps, the sour overtones dominate more than any other.

The taste is more of the same, the sour taste hits first and fades into a little hoppy fruity flavor... not as much spice as I would hope from a winter warmer, but I still like it. Lots of carbonation in each sip... very bubbly and effervescent. Kinda light to medium in body, and failry easy to drink.

I've had better for sure... this is a drinkable, slightly above average beer in my opinion. (697 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.37/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pour a dark copper with a light tan head that quickly fades.

Nose is all big ripe banana malt character with hints of some alspice and undertones of sweet walnuts.

Mouthfeel is thin, weak and watery.

Flavors are watered malt, fruit and bananas but thin, weak and unappealing.

Short finish is very light malt.

This one is sort of like a bad waterly soda. No need to try again. (385 characters)

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Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez
82 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.