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Bière De Noël - Brasserie Thiriez

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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France

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 Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of watchnerd
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Different label than the one pictured. Despite the name, not really what I think of as a Xmas ale, being lighter in both body, alcohol, and presence than your typical winter ale. Nonetheless, enjoyable, with fruity notes typical of a Belgian Bruin, even though it isn’t.

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.66/5  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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12/25/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Strange brew. Not the usual sweet spices but pleasant nonetheless. Worth a try if you can score just one.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Michigan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of riversider76
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a fluffy head. Decent retention and a nice laceing. Aroma is of dark ripe fruits and yeast. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is like a light Belgin Ale.Fruity with hints of spice.A bit late in the season for a Winter beer,but worth the try.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a chalice.

A - light copper color, decent head that settles but is retained well

S - fruity yeast character with malt sweetness noted

T - nice yeast fruitiness with clove-like accents accompanying the sweet malt; faint trace of hops on the finish

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - decent Christmas beer, enjoyable, but I wouldn't want more than one during a session

Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, very fresh

label states 6%

Pours a reddish brown color with a massive yeast cloud that slowly settles and becomes one with the brew. Fruity yeast esters, plum, green apple, melon, chocolate, rich berry notes, cinnamon and a mild tone of oxidation. Creamy in body at first as the bubbles invade the tongue, the beer falls off the palate very quickly, a fruity, malty aftertaste is left lingering. Very drinkable, an odd but welcome Winter offering.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crazily bubbled kumquat that is barely visible thanks to a featherlight mass of beige foam that fills 9/10s of the glass immediately after the pour. It looks like a little patience will be in order. Once the bubbles settle down, a gentle snowstorm of yeast comes into view.

In years past, this particular offering was a Belgian dark ale/brune. For 2007, Brasserie Thiriez decided to brew a witbier. Tangy wheat dominates the aroma, followed by lemon peel (which wasn't used), orange peel and allspice. BDN smells like a saison-witbier hybrid and should be mighty tasty.

Biere De Noel tastes more like a summer cooler than a winter warmer. Winter warmers should be dark, rich and spiced; not light, light and spiced. Ah, who cares? It's pretty good beer and that's all that matters. Even though this particular vintage has held up remarkably well over the past nine months, I'd drink whatever you have before this year's batch is released.

The flavor is nearly as tart and tangy as a Berliner weissbier. It really does tastes more lemon-like than orange-like, and there's a hint of kiwi and an herbal woodiness as well. That last one is typical for a farmhouse ale. It's good that the allspice is zesty because the 6.0% ABV won't exactly warm your cockles.

It's rarely a good sign when there's a huge escape of carbonation on crown cracking and when foam threatens to exit the bottle seconds thereafter. The mouthfeel is usually too chaotic at first, passes through perfect in a flash, and is then energy deficient. That's what happened here, although it wasn't quite that dramatic.

Thireiz Biere De Noel might be an appropriate winter beer for the the Cote d'Azur, but those living in more northerly regions of France will want something more substantial. While this is enjoyable beer (especially in late summer), I hope the brewery gives us something completely different the next time around.

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.