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Biere Au Nougat - Brasserie Bourganel

Biere Au NougatBiere Au Nougat

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 26.87%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Bourganel visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 10-03-2007)
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Tone

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orange color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Does not fit the style of a Biere de Garde. It more closely resembles and Amber Ale with nougat. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla, hint of hop, and a hint of nut. Overall, weak appearance and aroma is muted, but the feel, blend, and body are good. I will have to give it a poor rating as it is currently classified as a Biere de Garde.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2012 15:15:11 | More by Tone
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out of the bottle a standard amber color with a flash head and light amounts of lacing left behind on the glass. Smells of sweet toasted chestnuts, almond marzipan, and candy bar nougat. Has a sweet cream soda flavor, with even more candy-filled nougat. There are also minor nutella aspects once the glass warms up somewhat. Has a medium texture with light carbonation. It's essentially liquid high-end confectionary in a glass, for all the positives and negatives that brings. If you love cream soda and candy bar fillings, this is pretty much a beer version of that.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:34:35 | More by WastingFreetime
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer intrigued me simply because it was brew with Nougat. Figured this would be a nice opportunity to see what this beer had going on in it. The pour was pretty simple, comes out looking like a lightly hazed yellowish gold color with a thin white head on top. The head fades just leaving a sporadic white film on top. The smell to me is impressive. I see this beer doesn't go over too well with some people but for me the nose is very very nice. The Nougat really shines through, the sweet nuttiness reminds me of hazelnut a little bit, it has no hop aroma at all. The taste of the beer isn't cloying in my opinion, I can see how people would say that but I think it's ok. The beer is a sweet brew, there isn't much bitterness to balance it out. I do like the sweet nutty flavors it has with the hidden vanilla notes in there too. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and doesn't feel syrupy even for the amount of sugars that are probably in it. The carbonation is minimal making this beer is bit on the flatter side. Overall I think this beer could be enjoyed best after a meal or as a night cap (like I'm doing now). I feel like I need to have this beer again and I wouldn't mind picking up a few more bottles in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 04:05:04 | More by Knapp85
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an attractive brown tinged amber with moderate one finger head that fades to a film.
the aroma is like nutty(hazelnut, almond) maltball flowers. i think that about sums it up.
the taste has a lot of sweet flavored things going on. At every turn you think it's going to get cloying, but it never does somehow. there are notes of honey, vanilla, a few different kinds of nuttiness, light fruitiness (sort of like sam adams cherry wheat if you're familiar), kids breakfast cereal malted graininess. just a bit of bitterness really cleans up the finish.
the mouthfeel is a little slickly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.
overall, one of the most unique beers i've ever had. in 750ml format it's a bit much for one person, and if you don't like nougat this beer will make you want to jump off a cliff, but it's well crafted ofr what it is and i'm glad i had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:08:51 | More by kmo1030
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

1.63/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Bright golden color. White, brief, head. Intense fruity nougat to the nose, slightly yeasty/bready aroma. All flavors are dominated by nougat with a cloying sweetness. Medium body, medium carbonation. Even for a sweet-toothed the overall is fat, bland & flat. I´ve felt like drinking a Pale Lager with a fudge ice-cream ball inside.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 18:28:57 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half finger tall white head. The head reduces to a very thin layer at the edges of the glass but never completely goes away. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Smells slightly like a liquid candy bar - the aroma of the nougat is very present and intense. Lots of sweetness present including honey, vanilla, and definitely some nuts. Very enticing and very inviting aroma.

T: Flavor is might lighter than expected from the aroma - very light in flavor and kind of refreshing. You get hints of vanilla, honey, and nuts along with the nougat flavor.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Much lighter than expected.

O: I did not expect to enjoy this beer but I found it to be one of the beers I really enjoyed. Glad I had the opportunity to share in this one with friends. One of the more interesting beers I have ever tried and definitely the only nougat beer I have ever heard about. Really enjoyed the lightness of the flavor. Not sure it is something anyone would want to session, but it is one I would sample at another time.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:54:12 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell has intense yet pleasant sweet aromas of nougat along with notes of notes.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of nougat and also has notes of sweetness, hazelnuts and vanilla along with hints of honey.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was a pleasant surprise and has an interesting taste. The smell is extremely strong but luckily the flavors in the taste were a little more subdued.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 00:47:12 | More by metter98
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Chris(Pro). Poured into tulip.

A - Pours golden yellow, cream-colored head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Pretty high level of sweetness, which I attribute to the nougat (obviously), some vanilla, and molasses. It's not overly sweet, but I would get tired of this rather quickly.

T - Similar to the nose. Huge nougat, caramel, and vanilla notes. The sweetness is really in-your-face to enjoy a large amount of this beer, but in a smaller dose, I like it. Finish is sweet, sweet, with some more sweetness.

M - Light, good carbonation, sweet finish.

O - Well, it lives up to its name...lots of nougat, which is cool. That said, it's hard to drink much of this stuff and my pour was plenty. This would be an excellent beer to pair with some kind of dessert.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 17:17:51 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ChrisPro for this obscure Euro-tick. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Half-finger of white foam settles to wispy patches, thick collar, and a few small splotches of lace. Clear bronze body.

S - Wow! It smells like nougat. Very convincing, with honey, toffee, and other sweet things. This is actually pretty good.

T - Unfortunately the flavor isn't as convincing. The nougat is there, but further in the periphery. It's been overwhelmed with generic malt flavors and actually comes off watery.

M - Watery, medium-light body, smooth texture, with light stickiness in the finish. Minimal carbonation.

D - Well, the aroma was promising. A bit bland, but thankfully there aren't any off-flavors. The watery flavor and low carbonation makes it pretty easy to drink, but it's not all that rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 22:06:46 | More by MasterSki
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mwilbur

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear, pale yellow with just a hint of white bubbly head that quickly recedes.
S: A quick half-second whiff of hops followed quickly by loads and loads of nougat. Not a heck of a lot of complexity here.
T: Watery, citrus hops mixed ackwardly with nougat. Nut and vanilla notes.
M: Watery and thin. Light body with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste (flat nougat and mildly sour grains).
D: If you love--and I mean LOVE--nougat, then you might like this beer. Otherwise don't waste your time. DP.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:51:40 | More by mwilbur
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/copper color with minimal ring of white bubbles. Scent is of almond paste as the name would lead me to believe, splashes of honey and powdered sugar, light splash of stale, earthy hops. Taste began with a quick and light sweetness along with the almond paste, doesn't last too long as it settles into notes of light honey and stale, dried hops. Thin and needs a lot more carbonation and a little more sweetness to come across a bit better. Fun experience, great scent, taste just didn't last too long.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 16:47:47 | More by rfgetz
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I am now one step closer to my homemade Cuvee de Snickers... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by a half-finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose is a blast of straight nougat. Nothing else. Nougat, nougat, and more nougat. Death by nougat. Damn. I like it... The taste seems to literally water things down, the nougat still coming through but in a haze of mineral water. Not nearly as good as the smell would have me believe. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, an interesting beer to say the least. I now kinda wish there had been some variation, some boldness on the tongue, just for the sake of it, but for what it is it's a lot better than you'd prolly think...

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 08:00:54 | More by TMoney2591
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rdickey

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, medium pale gold, with a half-finger head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Whoa… I feel like I just opened a box of Christmas candies. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Almonds, honey… I can’t get much else.

Taste: Well, it’s certainly interesting and unusual. The almond and honey sweetness combination continues to dominate, augmented by a big blast of vanilla. I can’t identify any hop presence at all.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, and despite the sweetness, it finishes surprisingly clean.

Drinkability: It’s more drinkable than I would expect due to the mouthfeel, but if you’re not in the mood for a candy bar masquerading as a beer, you might struggle with this one. I appreciate the brewer’s creativity, but unless you’re looking for something to address a very specific beer need (maybe the last beer at a Christmas party), this might not be what you’re looking for.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:08:32 | More by rdickey
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a CBS snifter.

A) Nothing to write home about here. This is a straw yellow. It's pretty clean and clear. There was a finger of bubbly white head that dissipated rather quickly. No lacing...

S) This smells fantastic... This is all about the almond. It's like almond extract + beer. It really comes together, and works quite well.

T) Almonds, vanilla and a touch of honey. The beer flavors are really pretty light, but they're present. Decent finish and aftertaste.

M) The low point of this brew in my opinion. This seemed thin and kind of flat. It went down easy enough, all things considered.

O) The aroma was the highlight for me, but if almond isn't your thing, this would hardly be the case. The taste is drinkable, and not even close to drain pour territory. I give the brewer an A for effort, and an A for creativity. I can see how this beer isn't for everyone, but really, for what it is, it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:00:00 | More by RoamingGnome
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phichifiji00

California

4.45/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: golden amber in color, pours 1 inch of thick white head that fades slowly, light lacing, clear.

Smell: almonds, toffee, nougat, bready, honey.

Taste: almonds, nougat, bready, honey, sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy.

Overall: Wow!!! This beer amazed me. Great complexity. The taste and aroma are incredible. This beer is definitely a dessert beer. It is very sweet and tastes and smells just as promised. It is like a liquid candy bar. Drinkability is high, but definitely plan on sharing.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 19:00:37 | More by phichifiji00
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Dope

Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A slightly cloudy, pale golden pour. Decent slightly offwhite head. A little bit of lacing is present.

S: Smells like old cigars at first. Inhaling deeply I can pick up the nougat, smells like it's been burnt though. Smells very sweet and like marshmellaws that you let burn over the fire when making s'mores. No sign of hops or malt. While not completely unpleasant (only mostly), I'm afraid to try tasting it.

T: The taste is pretty much exactly as it smells. Like charred marshmallows. And not in a pleasant way. I get a little bit of melted plastic in there too. Please don't make me drink any more of this.

M: Thin, watery, low carbonation.

O: I will say that I appreciate attempts at unique beers. This is a unique beer, by a long shot. Never had anything even close to resembling this (thankfully). It's lacking almost all normal beer characteristics and even worse, it's just not a very good drink regardless. It's not horrible enough to give it 1s or anything, but it's not pleasant enough for me to drink. I'll open something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 04:37:12 | More by Dope
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Roeters

Michigan

2.35/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass,

pale yellow to straw with thin white head

the aroma is of eggnog, unbaked cherry pie, toffee, and a little nutty. I really liked the smell but still not sure if it should have been coming off of a beer.

a little nutty and iron comes to mind, with a residual sweetness that sits in the back of the mouth.

drinks very thin no real body to speak of

I was very excited for this beer after opening and getting the first touch of the aroma, this subsided and got board with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 00:15:38 | More by Roeters
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Hex92

Virginia

1.8/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Skip this beer.

Smells like it is going to something really interesting, but doesn't taste like much. Doesn't really taste like a beer...more like it is an artificially flavored malt beverage.

Hardy any carbonation, weak head.

Has about as much mouth feel as a Coors light.

I got 2 of these...don't know what I will do with the other. I don't want it, but I can't pass it off to someone else because it sucks.

I poured half of this beer down the sink....~$7.50 that I threw out....it was that bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:54:27 | More by Hex92
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brc

Michigan

1.45/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a one finger head, dissipates quickly. Gold color.

No mistaking what's in this one. Smells of toffee, almonds, cream, eggnog, rum. Very strong aroma.

Taste is unsettling, from sweetness? Although it's not especially sweet. There is some almond toffee taste, but not in a good way. It tastes like some foods that were never meant to go together all mashed up. Like peas, almonds, and apple juice. Not much bitterness, lingering sweetness in the finish.

There is not much carbonation in the mouthfeel. It's difficult to separate the mouthfeel, since the taste is so offputting.

This one didn't hit the spot for me. The rest is going down the drain, alas.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 11:21:42 | More by brc
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gregmurer

France

1.3/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

impossible to finish the glass, this is certainly not a beer, and this shall not be called beer by anyone that ever drunk a beer...
it's appearance is like usual, without head, but it's not the most important...
It smell nougat... not beer... it taste like nougat... not beer... The mouthfeel is totally inexistant, and the drinkability is awful.

Is it a mistake from the brewer?

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 15:25:04 | More by gregmurer
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought by a friend from Germany and shared at our monthly beer club. Light brown/yellow body with a white head. Smells a lot like nougatty chocolate with hazlenuts and biscuity odors too. Interesting smell but a bit artificial. Tastes not-very-beer-like. Kind of like a kit-kat bar melted into a drink. It tastes good, but not like a beer really. Thin mouthfeel. Overall, how you feel about this beer probably depends on what you want from it...if you want a sweet candy-like drink/beer hybrid...this is the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 15:27:55 | More by aforbes10
Biere Au Nougat from Brasserie Bourganel
71 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.