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Biere De Noël - Big Sky Brewing Company

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
35 IBU

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 05-22-2007)
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beergil

Montana

1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

07-20-2013 01:19:59 | More by beergil
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spoonhawk

Iowa

2/5  rDev -46.4%

01-28-2013 02:38:24 | More by spoonhawk
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SrMonkey

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -29%

Bottle 022 of 2012 vintage.

Virtually no carbonation even with a hard pour, and the cork was on tight. Lighter brown in color. Has a nice dubbel aroma, dark fruits, clove. Flavors are muted, sweet upfront with fig, other dark fruit, phenols pop up on the finish. As it warms alcohol becomes more prominent on the finish. For style and abv the body is thin.

Mediocre for the style, luckily it was on holiday clearance.

12-30-2012 16:13:33 | More by SrMonkey
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-16-2013 04:11:14 | More by GRG1313
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cyrushire

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-28-2013 06:07:27 | More by cyrushire
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UCLABrewN84

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

2012 vintage. Bottle # 1348/3240.

10% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and super malty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that has some subdued aromas and muddled flavors that aren't being helped by the lack of carbonation.

07-04-2013 03:42:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

Bottle 3072 of 3240. 2012 Vintage.

Pours a crimson color with a one finger head after an aggressive pour. Has fair retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has figs, dates, cherries, and brown sugar.

Tastes sweet and somewhat boozy with figs, dates, cherries, and brown sugar. Two letdowns for me are the fact that the alcohol is not well hidden. and there is very little carbonation. While the carbonation is a mouth feel issue, it does decrease my enjoyment of this beer.

Medium bodied, and as previously mentioned, very little carbonation. Has an alcohol aftertaste. Overall, not very well made. The biggest of the 2 main problems is the lack of carbonation.If the carbonation was adequate, and the alcohol was properly hidden, this could be a nice beer.

12-05-2012 03:38:40 | More by hardy008
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Crosling

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%

Pros: Naturally carbonated giving a nice appearance to the ale. Caressing body is very nice.

Cons: Doesn't have much depth or concentration. It's not a complex ale, not a lot of definition, not much to describe.

While a beer of high quality, I feel the brewery could make some improvements on the recipe.

03-25-2009 14:23:14 | More by Crosling
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zhanson88

California

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

Vintage 2012, bottle 809/3240.

Appearance: Pours a turbid ruby color with mahogany highlights. After already having one flat/nearly flat bottle of this beer I gave it a very hard pour that yielded a few soapy bubbles and maybe a light whisp of head. It did not last long.

Smell: Predominant dark fruit smell. Figs, dates, and candi sugar come to mind. Definitely a Belgian yeast component to this as well.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Figs and dates, candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Good alcohol kick on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouth feel is light-medium bodied, and essentially completely flat. Overall, I feel like this could have been a very good beer had it been carbonated. All of the requisite flavors were there, and in the right proportions. Unfortunately the lack of carbonation really did it in the whole way around.

05-30-2013 03:58:00 | More by zhanson88
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DeekNayvuz

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-22-2013 19:20:27 | More by DeekNayvuz
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Jameswoody

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

03-27-2013 19:42:56 | More by Jameswoody
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Kamui_2004


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

07-06-2014 13:51:30 | More by Kamui_2004
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

04-20-2014 14:09:36 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

2012 bottling... ABV is up to 10%... Picked up tonight at Brewforia Meridian for a pricey $16ish on the way home after a long day at work... Bottle# 1816/3240

Poured into my slim tulip... Fairly clear dark walnut brew... short lasting head... no real lacing or cap.

Nose is nice.. fairly rich mix of dark toasty malt.. caramel.. Belgian qualities are a little light leaning toward golden raisin, lighter dried cherries, and some figgy notes.. Nothing is wrong, aromas just lean toward the lighter side.

Flavor is about the same... all nasal notes are amplified, but are still a bit light to be a great BSDA... also seems to be more sweet than should be.. not quite enough bitterness to balance..

Very low carbonation, especially for the style.. needs a lot more bubbles..

Decent brew as it stands... I wonder if more time in the bottle would help... right now, it is woefully undercarbonated and certainly too sweet.

I hoped to like this one more, but this year's Biere De Noel needs to be dialed down for 2013.

I feel bad about writing reviews when the best thing I can give props for is the aroma.. that is this case unfortunately.

3.5/4/3.5/3/3

11-28-2012 06:02:21 | More by JohnGalt1
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neckbeered

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-11-2013 02:14:41 | More by neckbeered
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Vitacca

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-05-2013 02:56:56 | More by Vitacca
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-01-2013 03:39:39 | More by Whiskeydeez
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mpenning13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-08-2013 22:39:59 | More by mpenning13
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

Deep amber with a tan head.

Rich maple and raisin on the nose. Reminds me of a doppelbock with a Belgian twist.

Flavor is a bit of a let down. Sweet plump raisin with some heat, caramel, and maple.

It's rich but unrefined. Shows potential but needs work across the board. So far, the Olde Bluehair is the only beer from this series that I would look forward to trying again.

01-01-2010 20:44:53 | More by brownbeer
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DenverLogan

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%

Corked bottle...poured in a St Bernardus chalice. Bottle 1467 of 3240 (I also drank #1444 and fully reviewed it, but took so long that when I hit "Review" it was lost :()
Small cork pop...pours a copper - brown with small head of various sized bubbles.
Aroma of tropical fruit yogurt, cherry cola, menthol tobacco, dark malts.
Low carbonation...big sweet mouthfeel.
Oooh...malt bomb...lots of malts... flavors of candy sugar, bitter tropical fruit rind, cola, sage, cream of tartar, powdered sugar, figs, raisins, rosemary, liquorice, anise, alcohol, bitter chocolate, caramel, toffee, carob...lots of rich flavors...also something slightly mouth puckering bitter. Let's give it 5 minutes...
OK...head is still there, but minimal, aroma of funky fruit rind, big sweet malt flavors with phenols and holiday spice notes. Somewhat like an English barleywine...strong, low carbonation, big malt flavors, a little hot. I can't call this an easy drinker like, say, many Belgian noels/holiday beers, but not as sweet as a Thomas Hardy or J.W. Lees. It's rough like a Montana winter!
Feb 24...having bottle 1471 of 3240, 2012 batch. The above description holds, with perhaps a bit more mellowness, which is good, but still a big sweet malt bomb. I'll bet a year of aging could help.
May 16...having bottle 1864 of 3240, 2012 batch. I'm upping the overall score as this has mellowed and aging has reduced some of the sweetness.

02-03-2013 02:52:53 | More by DenverLogan
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-21-2012 18:02:25 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-17-2013 13:47:07 | More by sgttibbs
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-03-2013 23:45:07 | More by zeff80
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-23-2013 00:06:19 | More by HoistinBrews
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-09-2013 07:28:07 | More by strongaf
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Biere De Noël from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.