Bière De Noël - Brasserie Thiriez
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3.31/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
12-13-2013 03:11:53 | More by JohnnyBarman
2.51/5 rDev -30.5%
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.
06-15-2013 04:32:34 | More by impending
3.69/5 rDev +2.2%
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
01-19-2013 01:42:09 | More by joemcgrath27
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
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
12-27-2012 05:12:28 | More by wordemupg
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-10-2012 04:02:51 | More by biboergosum
3.35/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
05-08-2012 22:41:45 | More by ksimons
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
03-05-2012 04:25:29 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
12-28-2011 19:16:10 | More by CuriousMonk
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
12-08-2011 16:00:36 | More by mrfrancis
2.63/5 rDev -27.1%
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.
11-08-2011 22:43:48 | More by WVbeergeek
3.5/5 rDev -3%
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.
05-30-2011 15:02:18 | More by THECPJ
Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez
82 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.