Noël De Silenrieux | Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)

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Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 03-29-2003

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage. Lot 1. Sampled December 2008.

A fine cognac amber with cherrywood polish when held against the light. It gleams and glistens with a constant stream of bubbles that palpitate from under. A moment of patience was required from the first pour, which generated a near abundance of head. The top still appears like a froth of freshly whipped cream.

I'm starting to snuggle up to this aroma as if it were a warm blanket on a cold winter night. The smell of dried, candied fruits - candied cherries in particular - is tantalizing. Although it's hard to pin-point exact scents, there is definitely a lot going on with this yeast. All things considered, the aroma isn't actually too far from a cherry brandy.

The taste suits its aroma by sharing similar notes of dried, candied fruits. Along with the cherries, we taste hints of crab apples, red currants and muscat grapes. The sensation of steeped plums is what stays with you the most. Together with these candied fruits is the flavour of dry, bready yeast and just a trace of dark toffee.

With such a presence of yeast I had expected more spice; perhaps the two full years spent refermenting in the bottle has served to mellow that element out. The yeast still manages to dry the beer, but also seems to have added a sort of highly tannic oak sensation.

This was your prototypical Belgian ale: it had a thick, creamy head, discerning bouquet, a balance of palatable flavours, and an exceptionally refined character that's come with aging. This was more than pleasurable. Its creators called this "the beer that can make you dream". It certainly has me dreaming of having a few more bottles for Christmas' to come.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle (2006), ABV is now 6%. Now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). Deep chestnut hazy colour, huge and creamy tan head. Pleasant aroma of dried fruits, candy sugar and oak, vinous notes. Flavour is slightly less complex, moderately spicy and herbal with some oaky and vinous notes, definitely acceptable but not quite as good as top notch Belgians. Mouthfeel could have been fuller.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2005 BBE 2008 6% ABV. Nice presentation with good head and dark brown beer with orange shine in the light, nice and clean as the rest of the brew is. Nose gives lots of clove, cinnamon and probably some others giving it a spicy and real christmas like IMO. Taste is on the dry side peppery sipy and probably some cinnamon and liquorice also. Finishes even more peppery and dry but in between there was good full taste with balanced alcohol. Feels good in the mouth though and fine to drink. Great brew and a fine christmasdrink, happy to find a christmasbeer with "moderate" alcohollevel and still the whole enjoyment of these fine belgium winterbrews.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first impression of the smell is wine-like, muscat grapes, grappa of raisin. Hints of almonds, and wine barrique. Good marsala, and maybe liquorice (more evident in the taste). The taste is marzapane, liquorice, plum, artichoke (?). The colour is coppered (maybe). The head is scarce and not persistent, the body is flowing and fast.

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Noël De Silenrieux from Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)
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