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Bière De Noël - Brasserie Thiriez

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BA SCORE
83
good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez visit their website
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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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 brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  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.

Photo of clearlydiluted
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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 jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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 champ103
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  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.

Photo of jgasparine
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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?

Photo of Halcyondays
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

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 ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clouded, medium brown body with a fizzy, fine, white head.

Smell: We have a nose of basic bread crusts and a few tired, begrudging notes of stale chocolate powder and spice. There's also a sourish fruit character in the backdrop. Many things make me think of Christmastime, the aroma of this beer is not one of them.

Taste: Sugared toasted bread crusts mingled with lesser tastes of caramel and cocoa powder. Sourish fruitiness akin to substandard plum products. This one offers very little in the hop and bitterness department, and, I hate to say it, very little in terms of festive spice character as well. All-spice? More like no-spice! The finish is quite effervescent, suspiciously so, even, and carries with it a final hint of both light sourness and toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thing body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, unfortunately, this one wasn't very good and one I cannot recommend. For me, it's less of a Bière De Noël and more of a Bière de No Thanks. Everything from the spice character to the malt profile, it's all so mild and uninteresting.

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 riversider76
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of Crosling
2/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

02/12/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, 2008 vintage. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- About a dead on caramel colored pour. 1/2 inch head on pour. Slight rim remains for the duration. Some lacing at first, but fades quickly.

Smell- Has a very funky smell on opening the bottle. Smells more skunked than funk though. Actually smells a bit like a Heineken. When it warms, it has a bit of a caramel malt scent and swhat smells like mole and ancho powder. Kinda odd for sure.

Taste- Has a touch of nutmeg and cinnimon...note just a touch. Has a medium sour taste on the back of the tongue and a light sweet taste on the tip of the tongue. Lightly hopped and some other various spices mixed in.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Light sour aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not really feeling winter as I sit here on a golf course in Arizona. Decent flavors and fairly easy to drink, but not the best winter beer I have had. Maybe even less than average. Still not bad though. Just a touch boring.

Photo of philipquarles
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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