Bière De Noël - Brasserie Thiriez
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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
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
01-08-2009 02:58:02 | More by TheycallmeTim
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
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 isnt.
01-11-2008 07:16:46 | More by watchnerd
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
07-19-2009 02:44:41 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
04-30-2011 14:53:16 | More by tone77
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
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
12-27-2010 22:59:20 | More by scootny
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
3.5/5 rDev -3%
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.
04-04-2009 22:39:58 | More by Monkeyknife
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
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
750ml, this year's bottling (labeled 6.0%), poured into my Gavroche tulip,
the Bière De Noël is a cloudy golden auburn with a light, fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates after near overflowing, leaving light lace.
Smell is spicy and bright, honey, butter, caramel and nilla wafers.
Taste is malty melanoidin and light sweeter spices, with lots of orange like citrus fruit and a hint of must, which quickly fade to a limp, watery, sugary finish.
Mouthfeel is thin and oily. I paired this with beef wellington, and it really failed to stand up. In spite of the huge head on the pour, this beer feels flat in the mouth, although it easily is roused with an easy swirl.
Drinkability is OK I suppose, but I was hoping for a heartier offering for a Bière De Noël, and the lack of body leaves the spices overdone.
12-27-2007 03:25:50 | More by ccrida
3.45/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
01-07-2011 03:21:29 | More by metter98
3.43/5 rDev -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.
12-24-2009 21:10:13 | More by theboozecruise
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
01-01-2010 23:30:53 | More by jdhilt
3.35/5 rDev -7.2%
12oz picked up sometime last week at the Coop for about $4... poured into my New Belgium snifter.
1" head dies quickly leaving no lace... the brew is a hazy orange amber when held to a light... it seemed to be a fizzer so I only got about 2/3'rds of a glass out of it before the yeast dregs really started coming.
Aroma is like a caramely Belgian Amber... musty fruitiness with a fair amount of spiciness..
Not nearly as much sweetness in the flavor as expected.. definitely more of a Belgian brown ale.. yeasty fruitiness with some unidentifiable spices... maybe pepper and a lite dusting of coriander.. finish is sorta dry with an apple skin component..
very carbonated yet still with fine carbonation.. medium body is nearly wiped out by the carbonation.. burpy.
Really nothing great going on here... It's fine.. definitely not a drain pour.. but just pretty unremarkable.
12-20-2008 08:07:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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
3.31/5 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
Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez
82 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.