Cazeau Tournay De Noël
Brasserie De Cazeau

Cazeau Tournay De NoëlCazeau Tournay De Noël
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #177
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,431
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 7.46%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
49
From:
Brasserie De Cazeau
 
Belgium
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
86
Very Good
Cazeau Tournay De NoëlCazeau Tournay De Noël
Notes: Roundness to be enjoyed by the side of an open fire!
We wanted to create a more palateful, stronger beer, but without spices, unlike the majority of Christmas beers.
The work therefore first of all focused on the selection of the barley malts. We needed a mixture of five different barley malts for obtaining the dark ruby colour and the body that we wanted.

Then, we wanted hops that were not too strong, in order to contribute to that typical roundness of winter beers. This is why we have mainly opted for the Slovenian Styrian Golding, not very bitter, but used in great quantity and combined with a little Cascade, for a very fine hopping.
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Guaro from Italy

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amaranth color with ruby ​​reflections, fine and compact ivory foam with excellent hold. Scent of caramel, bread crust, light chocolate, dates. On the palate it is sweet with a medium and soft body, the carbonation is moderately lively and the finish is spicy, bitter and dry.

Dec 26, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Deep ruby-red/chestnut brown. Pours with minor sediment - I managed to leave almost all the sediment in the bottle. 1Cm pillowy tan head.
S- Complex, I get raisons, reminding me of a Brit Xmas pudding.
T- Oh wow... deep complex, cheeky ABV% clearly poking it's head up to be ID'd. If you could get a Brit Xmas pudding, reduce it's sweetness somewhat and magic it into beer it might taste like this.
F- Pungent yet balanced by decent hopping. Certainly deep, a slow-sipping beer rather than one to rush. Carbonation in the glass and mouth are appropriate for the style.
O- It's very nice. If you were into pairing food with beer then this would pair well with dessert.
Not cheap at £3.49/330ml but as a treat it's lovely. Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery. BB ... hmmm... perhaps on the cap that I discarded earlier!

Oct 18, 2020
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MAB from Canada (AB)

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day 24 of the advent calendar 2019.

The style is not at all apparent from the label. It pours a lovely brown color with a fair bit of head, which subsides reasonably quickly but hangs around for the duration.
There are some spice notes of clove but mainly sweetness from the malt. The alcohol is well-disguished, as this one drinks easily and quickly.

Dec 26, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One year old bottle. Pretty average dark/brown belgian ale.
Pours a murky brown with a one finger head. Notes of biscuit, dark fruits and some citrusy/earthy notes.
Moderate carbonation. Sweet

Dec 13, 2018
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EmperorBevis from England

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a jet black body with huge foaming off white head
Chocolate and treacle aroma with hints of dark fruits
Boozy sugar cane flavour. . Most comforting

Oct 10, 2016
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into a chalice
not bottling dates, but bought it this year so presumably 2014 vintage

A: Pours a dark mahogany, nearly opaque, with less than 1/2 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves only very faint patches of lacing. 4

S: Tons of dark fruits, very vinous, with a tartness thats a bit rough. Has a rancid, spoiled fruit like character that I don’t dig at all. Some ethanol boozy characters as well. 3.25

T: Taste is not at all like the nose, and is much better. Cocoa, nice sweet dark fruits like dates and fig, yeast. Tons of sweetness, but not cloying. Tasty. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, ABV well masked, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Didn’t like the aroma at all, but was a big fan of the taste. Overall, worth a try, but not something I will likely go back to next year. 4

Dec 24, 2014
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seedyone from New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02/27/14 From a label-less bottle. I'm not exactly sure this is what was in the bottle as the label was missing, but according to the cap it was from Cazeau.

I've been having a lot of winter/holiday brews lately and the spices led me to conclude this was the Tournay De Noël.

I was hoping for a bit more influence from the yeast, which makes me pay so much attention to all things Belgian. I enjoyed it enough to leave the door open to other Brasserie de Cazeau beers.

Sep 06, 2014
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Twincrasher

4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice mouthfeel. First bottle was off and flavor profile was very flat. Second was very nice on its own. Decent balance and very malty. Nose of chocolate and mild spice. Some esters - not overpowering. Recommend serving temperature above 43 degrees. Dark amber color.

Nov 12, 2012
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky garnet with an impressive, puffy khaki head.

S: Aromas of spicy yeast, chalk, dark fruit, and slightly burnt toast are present on the nose.

T: Notes of dark chocolate, burnt toast, chalk, minerals, spicy yeast, dark bread, dried black cherry, black currant, and overripe plum develop on the palate. The finish is oddly short with plum, currant, and chocolate flavors swept aside by a burnt toast flavor.

M: Light-to-medium in body compared to many Belgian dark ales. Carbonation is active, but not particularly intrusive. Alcohol presence is barely noticeable.

O: I'm not really sure why this one gets such high ratings. The nose is very bland and the taste is oddly out of whack for the style. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this ale is doing nothing for me. Still, it's drinkable. I'll give it that.

Jun 07, 2012
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tournay De Noël
Brasserie De Cazeau

Pours a opaque deep brown color, soapy off white head retains very well. Looks every bit like a Belgian strong dark.

Aromas of gingerbread like malt, light spices, Belgian yeast, and echos of fruit.

In the taste, well balanced with an expressive Belgian yeast strain, dark fruits (fig, raisin, prune) and just a hint of spice and dryness in the finish. The spice is lightly peppery, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mostly, dark fruits and quite balanced and tasty at that. Hop bitterness is low, with only enough to balance this delicious brew.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated yet soft and semi dry in the finish.

Overall, I found this to be a very impressive offering. It has been cellar-ed for a few months and could hold up much longer. Definitely my favorite from Cazeau so far.

Apr 06, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Fruity yeast and dark, sugary malt with notes of plum, red apple, cinnamon, and perhaps a hint of licorice.

T - Dark, fruity caramel up front with a hint of chocolate. Some plum and raisin comes out in the middle along with spicy notes of coriander, allspice, and licorice. The beer finishes with plum, dark brown sugar, and star anise as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This beer has all of the elements that one needs in a dark Belgian ale, but somehow it just doesn't quite come together the way it should. It has a spicy character to the yeast profile that goes a bit over the top and fails to merge with the dark sugar and subtle fruit.

Jan 17, 2012
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, candy sugar and spice, especially cinnamon. In the taste, licorice with a mellow spiciness, but cinnamon stands out. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon and candy sugar like aftertaste. The licorice was a sleeper, nice, but just above average.

Dec 19, 2011
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SolipsismalCat from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside River Horse Belgian Freeze.

A: Slightly hazy dark amber with tiny particles and a three-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a while. Good lacing.

S: Dark fruit and malt. A bit of earthy spice.

T: Solid sweetness and light bitterness. Spicy and malty.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy. Slightly warm.

O: Looks and feels fantastic. Smells and tastes good too. I liked this better than the River Horse Belgian Freeze.

Dec 18, 2011
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ckollias from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, almost black ale pours a thick, white, two-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving behind a thick foam all around the glass and ends in a thick lace.

S: Strong Belgium malt aroma with hints of dark fruits and spices.

T: Dark rich Belgium ale with a generous sweetness. Flavors of dark fruits, caramel and spcies.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and heavy carbonation

O: Wow – picked this beer up at half price, but would have paid full price. Excellent dark Belgium beer. Very well balanced brew and easily drinkable.

Sep 29, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Fancy finding this in the summertime. And the bar claimed they were the ONLY one in the US that had this beer available. Interesting if true.

Poured into a tulip glass a nice chestnut brown with a foamy inch of tan head. Mild aroma of sugar and spice, mostly malty. Dark caramel malts as the flavor base, woody, nutshells, with tastes of dark dried fruits--raisins, prunes, black figs--an underlying sensation of sugar and spice, but not too pronounced; earthy hops. A bit of cocoa-ish bitterness in there too. Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied, and quite drinkable.

Since this review I have seen and had this beer again on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA (Jan. '12).

Jun 09, 2011
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pzrhsau from District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice brownish color with a lace of cream head.
S: malty notes with a sweet and sour aroma with some spicy notes.
T: Nice crisp dark malt flavor, slight breadiness and good sweetness that reminds me of plums or figs.
D/M: Crisp and refreshing considering the weight of the beer. And very bubbly very drinkable considering the alcohol content.

Apr 16, 2011
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Sigmund from Norway

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 8.2%. Very dark brown colour, moderate cream-coloured head, nice lacing. Strong sweetish and "perfumed" aroma, notes of flowers (lilies?) and dark dried fruits, also notes of caramel and brown kandi sugar. The flavour is sweet and malty, notes of caramel and brown kandi sugar again, also spicy notes, hints of anise, tolerable hops in the finish. Quite enjoyable.

Mar 13, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark reddish brown color with a large flufy slightly tan head that slowly settles. Head leaves nice lace on the glass as it settles down. Caramel, dark fruit, and very slight spice fill out the nose on this. Medium mouthfeel. Raisin is what comes to mind at first when I take my first drink followed by other dark fruit, some chocolate, spice, and some hop bitterness. Ends with some dryness. Not so sure I woul call this a Saison as it is classified as it doesn't really fit that description.

Jan 19, 2011
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Gavage from Nevada

3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with some mahagony highlights. A nice 2" head lingers a bit and some thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: soft spices and some earthy tones create a mild aroma.

Taste: thin but bready malt base here with some prunes and raisins, a hint of bitter chocolate, a strange cola-like flavor, and some moderate bitterness. There is a late arriving soft spiciness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother and very dry at the finish.

Drinkability: another slow sipping Belgian Christmas beer that fits the season. Not overly exciting but decent.

Jan 08, 2011
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metter98 from New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy off white head that has good retention properties.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark malts and notes of dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some mild bitterness and flavors of spices, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite drinkable and goes down easily because the alcohol is well hidden and none of the flavors are overpowering.

Jan 01, 2011
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impending from California

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours an opaque coca cola, minor head, ok lacing.

Aroma has a cleanliness found in some Noëls. Nicely spiced.

The spices in the nose seem not the same as in the taste. Roasty more than expected, mildly astringent finish. Complex aftertaste, evolves significantly with warmth. Somewhat thin but creamy mouthfeel.

I like this quite a bit but in flavor it is a weak attempt as a Noël.
cheers
jd

Dec 30, 2010
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Beerenauslese from California

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking the 2010 version from a 75 cl bottle obtained at the Essen kerstbier festival.

Poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice, it is reddish brown/dark copper in color, and is topped by a tan foamy head that dissipates to a fine layer, leaving thick lace curtains on the glass.

Aromas of sweet roasted malt, straw, plum/currants, hops, and salt. Nose is subtle, but develops as the beer warms.

Tastes dominantly of roasted malt, with some dark fruit/prune/currant flavors, coffee, cacao, liquorice and cola. Finishes quite dry with some ginger/coriander spice. I like that it is not very sweet and has a little sour dimension.

Body is medium, and the carbonation is smooth, giving this a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a good kerst ale, defined by nice charred malt flavors (it has Pilsener, Munich, cara 60 and 150 and black malts), not too sweet, moderate in body, a bit hoppy (it has Tomahwk, Styrian Goldings and Cascade hops), and nicely spiced. It is very well balanced. Last year's Tournay de Noel has become the Tournay Noire Belgian Stout which is now made year round; the 2010 version is a new Tournay de Noel recipe. The alcohol level is moderate, and together with the interesting flavors, it is a very drinkable kerst ale.

Dec 28, 2010
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Halcyondays from California

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, great label except the writing's in French so I can't interpret it,

A: Pours brown with a frothy light tan head, spotty thick lace, good retention.

S: Lots of dark malt, straightforward malt character for a Belgian brew, cacao, winter spice.

T: The dark malt flavour is full, and as with the nose, the direct Belgian yeast character is not really here. Some fig, black currant/tannin type notes are there. But it's nothing like Carolus or Delirium Noel, so don't go in thinking that. In the end a tasty malt dominated brew with a mild yeast character.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, very soft Belgian carbonation.

D: Nice beer all around, very French feel to this beer at times, the yeast is mild here, good taste, an enjoyable effort.

Dec 11, 2010
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rtepiak from Poland

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first noel i've had in the last few weeks that has a picture perfect belgian head. nice tight small bubble of a mocha head on a cloudy mahogany brown. at first i noticed dark fruit... particularly black currant and black berry. as it expands the nose is belgian sugar and lemon zest with hints of malt characteristics which definitely come out in the palate. a nice chocolate with a quality black berry that is quite prominent. a tad toasty and a tad spiced make it a very well balanced brew. completely sustainable abv. not boozy. a hint of hay munich malt bitter.

Dec 04, 2010
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a very short cream-colored head that turns to a creamy foam, over a deep brown body with orange edges. Touch of lacing.

Tons of anise in the aroma - but really well balanced with some molasses and a touch of caramel. Loved the aroma.

A bit thin on the palate, leading to flavors of roasted malts, lots of spice, a bit of cola, and some bitter ginger-like finish.

High amount of carbonation, and a very dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty nice - but a touch too bitter to get a higher rating. If you have someone who digs gin & tonics, you might shock them with how much they enjoy this 'dark beer'.

Nov 30, 2010
Cazeau Tournay De Noël from Brasserie De Cazeau
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 49 ratings