Biere De Noël - Big Sky Brewing Company

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.04%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a dark walnut amber with virtually no carbonation and a quick pour leaves only a slight ring around the glass. Aroma of dark and dark dried fruit, caramel malt, holiday spicing of cinnamon, cloves and vanilla, only a hint of Belgian spicing. Flavor follows aroma with caramel malt, rich dark dried fruit, lighter cherry and stone fruit, a deft touch of the same holiday spicing with a touch of Belgian yeast. Finishes with dark fruit, sligthly earthy and spicy. A relief after the pour, there is light carbonation to give a medium body and pleasant enough mouth feel. A nicely made holiday ale that is well balanced between malt, fruit and spicing. Needs a bit more carbonation, but maybe this was an anomalous bottle. I will still look for this next year.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with large bubbled white head.

Nose seems somewhat off to me. It has dark fruits, maybe a suggestion of vegetables or mushroom. I can't decide if this "funkiness" is supposed to be there or if I received a bad bottle.

The taste is fine, which leads me to think it is supposed to be this way. Sweet and sour with some fruit and a velvetty smooth texture. Carbonation rolls well at the end on the finish, and again a very smooth quality impresses well.

Only detracting feature is the somewhat funky nose.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Day 12 of the BeerAdvent calendar.

Pours light caramel brown with a white head which disappears and leaves no living.

Nose has some dark fruit, raisin, and some cinnamon and spice.

Taste follows nose with a little boozy finish yet remains smooth.

I really liked this beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, 10.1% ABV, day 12 of the 2014 Craft Beer Advent calendar - now we're getting down to brass tacks for the Christmas beer goodness.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and generally fizzy beige head, which leaves but a few remote and isolated dots of lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sweet caramel malt, a touch of drier toffee, brown sugar, somewhat pungent dark fruit - yer typical figs, dates, and besotted raisins, with maybe a bit of saucy maraschino cherry as well - laid-back yeast, a touch of muddled seasonal confection spice, and a bristling, sort of nose-hair twitching, alcohol heat. The taste is doughy caramel malt, toffee pudding, slightly charred simple syrup, indistinct warming spices, a nice black fruitiness - dates, prunes, and plump raisins - ethereal Belgian yeast, and a bit of earthy, weedy hops, ones who inadvertently slipped into a big ol' vat o' booze.

The bubbles are pretty well understated, barely showing some frothy leg for our amusement, the body a heady medium-full weight, generally smooth and mildly creamy, the alcohol the only transgressor here, and it apparently has other things on its mind. It finishes on the sweet side, sure, but the various contributors are aligned in that certain old-world way, one which avoids any thought of scraping one's tongue.

A rather enjoyable ode to the Belgian BSDA greats - complex, fruity, and with a big whack of mostly undetectable booze - yup, that's what does it for me during Yuletide. Good on this brewery for reminding me why I enjoyed myself in their town so much a few years ago, even if it was summertime then.

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 batch pours an effervescent brown/crimson with a sliver of cream colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Pears, raisins, brown sugar & apricots, cherries & a bit of Brandy

T: Rich figgy, jammy notes, a touch of cinnamon & brown sugar too up front, plus slightly boozey. A touch of candi sugar, leafy hops & whisper of maraschino cherry, a bit of boozey jammyness, more leafy hops & touch white grape as this warms. Finishes dry, & jammy with a bit of boozeyness

MF: Fairly smooth, noticeable carbonation, warming, a bit of stickiness as well

A super solid Belgian Dark, not sure what this was like young, but 8+ months of aging has done it proud, still a bit boozey for my tastes. I can see this holding up for at least 2 years

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Wonderful! This brew is a great representative of the style and the season. This tastes like Christmas Cake in a glass, bread, dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel with a boozy warmth at the end. I'm a big fan of Big Sky and I'm very glad this was part of my Craft Beer Advent calendar this year.

Photo of Yeti1979
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of optiontwo
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml poured into Stella glass

Appearance: Ruby/brown with a one inch white head. Slightly translucent.

Smell: Brown sugar right away, then bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and citrus. Smells nice and complex.

Taste: Plenty going on, sour cherry, grape and toffee start it off and it finishes with some chocolate, spice, and a small hop bite at the end. The taste is just as complex as the smell and that's a very good thing.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Medium bodied so not too much to take.

Drinkability: So-so. I definitely am not cruising through this bottle but I would pick one up again to share with someone.

Overall: Having had a Belgian double earlier in the day it gave me a good basis for comparison and even though this is an American brewery's take on a Belgian double, I enjoyed this more. Pick it up if you can, there's only 1800.

Photo of DenverLogan
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Corson
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of FrankHammer
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of neckbeered
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Vitacca
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of sloelco
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Biere De Noël from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.