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Bière De Noël - Brasserie Thiriez

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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France

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 10-03-2005)
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Reviews by Crosling:
Photo of Crosling
2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fresh from France, this ale pours with a red burgundy color and has a long lasting collar of white foam. Aroma is depthless, but shows a touch of sweet malt and green bottle skunk. A fresh bottle, but still shows a lot of green bottle character. Thin mouth feel. Poorly flavored and very mild in character. No yeast or malt character. Undrinkable.

Crosling, Mar 25, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a soft golden-amber body that is slightly dense but glow in the light. There is a sea of microbubbles racing upward to form a huge head of off-white soap suds that stick to the sides of the glass registering each sip.

S- The soft sweet smell of fresh honey malt has notes of Belgian monastery yeast, slightly fruity with some earthy qualities, and a faint soft hop green quality at the finish.

T- The initial taste is soft sweet light malt with a tartness aswell. Then the faint ripe orange note comes through and turns more tangerine and brightens up the flavor.
There is a soft pine finish that has a soft allspice flavor to it that leaves a soft sweet, spice, hop flavor to linger in your mouth.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat and a very soft carbonation that enhances the flavors at the finish.

D- The soft wild notes work well with the fresh malt flavors and the orange rind brightness bridges the malt and hops working in concert with the spices. This beer is not big and no overly complex but is very balanced and delcious.

rhoadsrage, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Brenden, Thursday at 05:39 AM
Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Typical ludicrous Thiriez head. I was careful so there was no overflowing, but the foam threatened in wave upon wave of both gigantic gale on the ocean sized bubbles and tiny fizzers alike--maybe four fingers that dies pretty quickly and tames itself to a creamy nest on top of a honey colored body that's a little more brown than Thiriez's Amber. Body actually lightens to yellow toward the bottom. Carbonation persisted throughout the tasting and there was plenty of lacing. Very active, very exciting, alive beer--I like all the head whereas many others find it obnoxious.

S--Not as much as I would have liked. Mostly lemony and a little candied sugar with the typical farmhouse yeast strain. Some green apple notes mix with the lemon bite and make for a great effervescent, almost aperitif-like smell. Other than that, though, not much, and certainly less than the stray hay strands plucked from the underside of a pig funk you often get with Thiriez.

T--Not so winter warmer like, but tasty all the same. Very vibrant, not just for the style or time of year, but in general. A wicked departure from where I've been with beers lately, and a welcome one, in all honesty. This was so bright and refreshing, with more lemon and slightly sweeter orange (couldn't taste any spice, which was a disappointment) and soft sweetish and sour notes from the malt and yeast. I didn't get much from the hops, certainly nothing like the Blonde, but the finish is clean and light. An acidic, tangy beer--nearly tart, in fact--that you can really taste on the front of your tongue.

M&D--Mouthfeel is awesome, bubbly and restless and more than a kissing cousin to a saison/biere de garde. Manages to be a little creamy, too. Drinkability is fine, as there's a ton going on here for 6%, but shouldn't it be a little more warm for a WW?

Seems like a polarizing beer--all of Thiriez's brews seem to challenge expectation--but one I at least give a thumbs up. Reminded me of first-rate champagne, and would be an excellent substitute to pop open (or in this case uncap) come midnight on New Year's.

TheycallmeTim, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a saison, this beer has a mild spiciness and a light mouthfeel. It is also substantialy creamy and grew on me throughout the meal. Pours golden yellow with lots of white foam and lace. Sweet and spicy, not bad for France. Refreshing. Carbonation suprisingly above average.

Sammy, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy deep ruby-garnet (the color of beets) with a massive three finger head of off-white foam. This leaves some nice lace on the glass, and the color reminds me of the deep crimson-purple of raw steak.

S - Red wine vinegar, sour rotten apple, and cider. When I used to mow the lawn in my parents back yard, I hated mowing under the two apple trees because the rotten apples that had fallen off of the tree were covered in bees who did not appreciate being disturbed by the law mower. This smells like the vinegary-sweet notes rising from those bee-infested apples in the summer.

T - This one tastes much like it smells. Sweet-n-sour apple funk, bitter unsweetened apple cider, mixed fruit juice, and beet juice. This tastes nothing like I expected from a "winter warmer" though I've learned that this category is really nothing more than a catch-all place to throw beers that the brewer calls a winter beer (ie SN Celebration, wassail-type brews, stouts, and witbiers with extra spice are all in this category and are nothing alike).

M - Sour-pucker face! This is pretty aggressively sour and astringent, and I like it! Makes it a bit rough to drink quickly, but that's not the point with artisan brews like this. The finish is off-dry and slightly sour. Nice!

D - Definitely good beer! I will pick this up again come next Christmas. The sourness is appetizing, and is a nice change from all of the super-malty winter beers.

pmcadamis, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

cliff1066, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.69/5  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

joemcgrath27, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

scootny, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
2.33/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

GRG1313, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cL bottle of the 2008 release. Pours a beautiful honey orange with a billowing eggshell cap and lots of sediment. Very effervescent. The foam cap is resilient, eventually dying down to a thick film while leaving sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass. Aromas of sour apples, vinegar, lemon zest, barnyard yeast, and a faint malt background blend to give it a very nice scent. The sour character is dampened on the palate, with a pleasantly sweet, slightly fruity character balancing the a bit of tartness. Again citrus comes to mind, along with some earthiness and spice. Hops are evident in the finish. I love beers like this--very complex, lots of character, and yet a low(ish) ABV.

philipquarles, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

tone77, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up sometime last week at the Coop for about $4... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head dies quickly leaving no lace... the brew is a hazy orange amber when held to a light... it seemed to be a fizzer so I only got about 2/3'rds of a glass out of it before the yeast dregs really started coming.

Aroma is like a caramely Belgian Amber... musty fruitiness with a fair amount of spiciness..

Not nearly as much sweetness in the flavor as expected.. definitely more of a Belgian brown ale.. yeasty fruitiness with some unidentifiable spices... maybe pepper and a lite dusting of coriander.. finish is sorta dry with an apple skin component..

very carbonated yet still with fine carbonation.. medium body is nearly wiped out by the carbonation.. burpy.

Really nothing great going on here... It's fine.. definitely not a drain pour.. but just pretty unremarkable.

JohnGalt1, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

metter98, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

dstc, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

jibbyvonjibb, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Absumaster
2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bright, brown, copper beer with a settling head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruity with notes of overripe melons. Some musty notes. The kind of dry yeast notes. A bit oxidized.

Taste is musty and very fruity with some dirty socks. This is a sort of Belgian Pale ale, the malt is a bit dark and it has some candi sugar notes, but nothing too crazy. Bitterness is low. Carbonation is out of control, every sip is a mouth full of gas. This makes the drinkability poor.

Absumaster, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours deep orange/brownish amber with a tall, foamy off-white head that slowly descends and stays, leaving lacing.

The smell is of apricot/dried fruits, some orange, light spicing (not necessarily of winter-type).

The taste is of dried fruits, caramel and honey, some breadiness (gingerbread?), orange marmalade. Sweet and lightly spicy with a citric/earthy hop touch in the finish. Unique, well-balanced and tasty! Not what I expected for a winter/Christmas - but it works splendidly! It has a pleasant, I would even say, refreshing, aftertaste.

It has a creamy, medium body - pushes towards full-bodied. Again - perhaps not Christmas/Winter-y, but, then could depend on your location (more moderate climates - this is winter-y enough, for sure!) Even caught in this cold winter climate, I'm far from complaining.

It is delicious - well-balanced. Spicy, but not overly so, with a nice maltiness and a touch of balancing, flavour-some bitterness. A unique, nicely brew.

jwc215, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of yossarian14
3.25/5  rDev -10%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy tea color with a thin off-white head.

The aroma is slightly sour with a dark fruitiness to it.

The taste is much like the aroma with the sourness and dark fruit.

Lighter bodied, tart, and moderately carbonated.

An average winter warmer at best.

Monkeyknife, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.