Bière De Noël - Brasserie Thiriez

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
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 atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

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 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 kmanjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of impending
2.51/5  rDev -30.7%
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

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Michigan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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 cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 yossarian14
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ksimons
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  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.

Photo of brotherloco
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez
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