Cazeau Tournay De Noël | Brasserie De Cazeau

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Cazeau Tournay De NoëlCazeau Tournay De Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Cazeau
Belgium
brasseriedecazeau.be

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phyl21ca on 04-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
7.99%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of sideshowe
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Fcip78
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep burgundy color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and super good lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt with some dry and grainy ester. Taste is a mix between some spice cake with notes of unrefined grainy malt and a dry malt base. A bit more sweetness would have benefited this beer IMHO. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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'.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of impending
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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).

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Photo of zac16125
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of Sigmund
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark. Thinner tannish head. Pretty thick flavor profile with a good bit of spices in there as well. Robust and hearty. A bit heavy for July (Christmas beers in July!), so not so much a session ale, but it's nice enough I suppose. Probably better to sample in colder months.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Travlr
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark chestnut brown with a lively light beige head that lasts a few minutes then reduces to a fine layer with reasonable lacing.
S: aroma of alcohol, caramel, cinnamon and nutmeg.
T: flavor begins with caramel and scotch, then progresses to light spice with cinnamon, then ends with a slightly bitter edge.
M: very nice body, smooth, creamy and full.
D: a nice Christmas beer, worth seeking out. I'd like to find it in a larger bottle and store it for a year or two.

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Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Cazeau Tournay De Noël from Brasserie De Cazeau
3.88 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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