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Bière De Noël - Brasserie Thiriez

Bière De NoëlBière De Noël

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%

Brewed by:
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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 TheycallmeTim

New York

3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 02:58:02 | More by TheycallmeTim
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 05:12:28 | More by wordemupg
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Alberta (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:42:09 | More by joemcgrath27
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 11:42:49 | More by riversider76
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 04:02:51 | More by biboergosum
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 20:38:14 | More by scoobybrew
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 21:39:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 01:57:34 | More by ATPete
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy apricot beer with absolutely massice off-white chunky head. Had to wait several mintes for it to settle before thwe first taste. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell shows a light summer fruitiness (Apricots)
along with a noticeable amount of citrus.

Taste has a strong citrus character. some apple and peach flavors are also present.

Leaves a pleasant sweet taste in the mouth with nice retention.

Nicely drinkable. Much different from any other winter warmer I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 21:01:00 | More by tgbljb
Photo of dstc


4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 13:49:07 | More by dstc
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 19:16:10 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Available by the glass at the Annual Holiday Special at Max's.

The beer pours a honey peach color with very good head retention and decent lacing. Carbonation is very active in this one. On the nose I get an intense aroma of spicey sweet skunkiness, reminding me very much of heineken on steroids. There's some apple too, and despite the description, the aroma works for me. I like the way this beer smells. On the palate this beer is quite rich, with loads of honey, cherry, apple and melon. Also, as the beer sits in the glass and warms a bit, the skunkiness seems to dissipate more and more. Ulimately, this is a medium bodied beer with the abv. well disguised.

This is a very nice, easy drinking holiday beer. Not bad at all...

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 13:17:07 | More by johnmichaelsen
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4.03/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 17:59:50 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of paterlodie


4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 17:23:41 | More by paterlodie
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4.08/5  rDev +13%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 03:16:09 | More by jgasparine
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4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 21:36:46 | More by pmcadamis
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4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 16:43:04 | More by Naerhu
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2007 / 2008 Release; Sampled February 2007
An extremely careful pour still yields a six finger thick head that resides a good two fingers above the rim of my glass. Tightly beaded up top, but the bubbles get larger as you get closer to the beer, the head is a light tan color and has some incredible staying pour, it is at least a full five minutes before the head even recedes to the rim of the glass. The beer is almost brilliantly clear, it has a light amber hue to it, but when held up to the light it show a ton of mad, streaming carbonation bubbles and a lightly orange tinged, full copper color. The aroma is a mix of light fruit notes, malt character, and a hint of spice. The fruitiness can be a bit green at times with notes of unripe melon, ripe plum, rhubarb and a touch of cucumber. A hint of caramelized grain and a lightly toasty, cracker like malt character comes through the more I explore the aroma. There is an earthy, slightly woody, mildly phenolic, touch phenolic aromatic note here that I would be hard put to actually place, but must be influenced heavily by the allspice.

Luckily I am drinking out of a tulip glass so that the five fingers of head does not hinder my ability to taste the beer. It is also very well carbonated, though considering I had to wait quite some time to be able to taste the brew, it is no longer excessive; persistent, airy, with a peppery carbonic bite in the finish, the ample carbonation adds a rustic touch here and helps this beer to be quite quenching and drinkable. The beer has a nice, surprising yet welcome, tartness to it. The middle of the beer has a light malt sweetness that accentuates the fruit flavors found in this beer. The fruit notes remind me of a mix of Anjou pears, and grassy, yet ripe melons. This is nicely light bodied, really this is right in line with my idea of a Farmhouse Ale, which I would like to think this is. Spice flavors seem to accentuate the light tartness found in this brew; the spice notes are slightly woody, with a touch of phenolics, definitely peppery, but strangely lingering with an almost green vegetal note (but not really). The spice notes are really noticeable in the finish, though as the beer warms a bit an orange-zest note starts to become more noticeable in the middle of this brew. I should add though that if I had not known spices were added to this brew (and in fact I did not until I was part way through this beer), I would not have confidently said any were used here; they have been kept subtle, yet allowed to influence the flavor profile in interesting ways. The malt, which does provide a light sweetness, does not play a huge role here, especially for a holiday beer; caramelized bread-like notes in the middle play a role here and subtle notes of toasty grain, with soft soda-cracker notes are just noticeable in the finish.

It is hard to ask for more from the appearance of this rustic brew, the excessive carbonation produces a billowing, pillow like head that rests atop an almost brilliantly clear brew that has some color to it. The allspice adds an interesting dimension to this brew, it certainly did not take the path that I would expect and I am surprised how green the spice can be in the finish. In the end though I think it is a good choice for this brew, something like cinnamon or nutmeg would have clashed too much with the other flavors found in this brew. This is really a masterful use of spices by the brewer; light, subtle, yet significant and the particular choices really seem to work here. My second pour of the beer restores the ample carbonation and I realize how much I missed it; that peppery carbonic bit really makes this beer that much more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend drinking this beer quickly so that it retains the interesting carbonation (so share it, what else is a 750ml bottle for).

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 04:02:23 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours deep orange/brownish amber with a tall, foamy off-white head that slowly descends and stays, leaving lacing.

The smell is of apricot/dried fruits, some orange, light spicing (not necessarily of winter-type).

The taste is of dried fruits, caramel and honey, some breadiness (gingerbread?), orange marmalade. Sweet and lightly spicy with a citric/earthy hop touch in the finish. Unique, well-balanced and tasty! Not what I expected for a winter/Christmas - but it works splendidly! It has a pleasant, I would even say, refreshing, aftertaste.

It has a creamy, medium body - pushes towards full-bodied. Again - perhaps not Christmas/Winter-y, but, then could depend on your location (more moderate climates - this is winter-y enough, for sure!) Even caught in this cold winter climate, I'm far from complaining.

It is delicious - well-balanced. Spicy, but not overly so, with a nice maltiness and a touch of balancing, flavour-some bitterness. A unique, nicely brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 22:13:25 | More by jwc215
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 02:02:36 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 01:46:43 | More by putnam
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4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 01:01:07 | More by philipquarles
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a soft golden-amber body that is slightly dense but glow in the light. There is a sea of microbubbles racing upward to form a huge head of off-white soap suds that stick to the sides of the glass registering each sip.

S- The soft sweet smell of fresh honey malt has notes of Belgian monastery yeast, slightly fruity with some earthy qualities, and a faint soft hop green quality at the finish.

T- The initial taste is soft sweet light malt with a tartness aswell. Then the faint ripe orange note comes through and turns more tangerine and brightens up the flavor.
There is a soft pine finish that has a soft allspice flavor to it that leaves a soft sweet, spice, hop flavor to linger in your mouth.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat and a very soft carbonation that enhances the flavors at the finish.

D- The soft wild notes work well with the fresh malt flavors and the orange rind brightness bridges the malt and hops working in concert with the spices. This beer is not big and no overly complex but is very balanced and delcious.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 22:46:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez
82 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.