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
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France

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Naerhu on 10-03-2005

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 51
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 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 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 Absumaster
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
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 pmcadamis
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBE 06. Good head and a amber brown beer with quiet some haze. Nose is sweet gale and malts with camallic note. Overall decent and good but missing litle spark to make it great. Taste is good also having a fine sweet but fresh maltyness. Still dry overall caracter and smooth drinking. Aftertaste is litle peppery and low bitterness but enjoyable as this whole brew is. Drinks easy and though there is nothing heavy about it enjoyable to me; and IMO subtile taste.

Photo of putnam
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wilted brown malt, cascading vanilla in hubbard blossoms, aromas. The look is reddish brown paper. Clouded. More nostril pulls produce sweet peas, melon rind, strawberry greens, strawberries and tangerine. Now orange peels and brandy. On the palate it is dusty and licorice/sweet vermouth flavored before sun shines to reveal sprouts emerging from matted leaves.

This is not one of my favorite Thiriez beers.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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 impending
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
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 ksimons
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Naerhu
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was made for xmas 2004, but was drank on Oct. 4, 2005. Freshness may be an issue. Thanks to RobBeer for this beer.

A - dense off (far off) white head on a black brown body. Large amounts of floaties visible at the bottom of the glass.
S - light aroma of very dark malt, molasses, brown rice sugar.
T - Next to no bitterness. Very slightly sweet. Complex, but understated. Very nice play of malt and molasses, carob bean, chocolate covered coffee beans.
M - Light, next to no carbonation. Silky smooth.
D - I cannot believe that I have had a beer this good in my fridge for so long. Smooth, complex, yet understated. Perfect sipping 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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 jgasparine
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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 ChrisCage
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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 orangemoustache
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty looking amber/copper with a almond head that billows a good three and a half fingers tall,very carbonated(hint:pour slowly). Not an over abundance of lacing, just enough to add some nice flare. The nose smells like cider vinegar and soured pears, it burns my nose just a little, which is surprising considering the low ABV ,this is not a bad thing. A good malt backbone is accented with spice and tart fruit flavors. Wow this is super tart! Reminds me of a thin Flanders Red with lots more fruit tartness and spiciness. The body is on the light side, carbonation is on the high side, which gives a medium feel and excellent drinkability.

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 jibbyvonjibb
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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 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.

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