Feest Noel | Three Taverns Craft Brewery

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Three Taverns Craft Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Feest Noel is merriment in a glass - a spiced Christmas ale meant to evoke joy and mystery. This Belgian-syle quad uses dark roasted malts, imported Belgian dark candy sugar and spiced accents of cardamom, allspice and clove.

Added by dbrelsfo on 11-18-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 47
Photo of Jadjunk
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Feest Noel is merriment in a glass - a spiced Christmas ale meant to evoke joy and mystery. This Belgian-style Quadrupel uses dark roasted malts, imported Belgian Dark Candy Sugar, and spiced accents of cardamom, allspice and cloves. Make this rich ale a part of your holiday celebration." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Quadrupel with spice added. Available in seasonal 750ml. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy cream head of a pale tan color over a murky dark brown body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Very potent spices forward; mace and allspice most prevalent, with fading undertones of cardamom, atop a nicely caramelized malt body of dark candied sugars, delicate roasted barley, bread malts and dark fruit. Potency is moderate/full. 4.25

(Taste) Potent spiciness of allspice and mace forward against a bread malt and dark fruit body with a creeping pinch of grain alcohol. The dark candied sugar and fruit is a pleasant aspect, but it grates against a somewhat rougher-than-expected malt body. I had hoped that this vintage would have held up a bit better. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, silky, lightly chewy, medium to briskly dry. Carbonation is moderate to full, generating a medium frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is moderately earthy and peppery spice and slight grain esters over sweetness. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This 2014 vintage seemed to suggest that storing a bottle was a viable option, and for the most part, it has held up decent, although there is a bit more exposed grain alcohol heat than is probably tolerable at this point. I don't think this should be held onto for two years, possibly one, but fresh is the most sound choice, especially considering the fragility of the cardamom, which is nearly absent two years down the road. 3.75

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Photo of Omniwar
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

'14 bottle opened at the brewery. Deep copper-brown with light tan head.

Tons of Christmas spice on the nose and on the pallet; cardamon, nutmeg, allspice , cloves. Decent amount of carbonation for a Quad. Sweet but not overwhelmingly so, well balanced between the malt and the spices. Great beer for a winter weekend.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: clear, dark reddish brown. Moderate off white head that mostly dissipates and leaves messy lingering, lacing.
smell: subtle aromatic spice and peppermint. Malty, yeasty quad underneath.
taste: Kind of the nose in reverse. The base quad isa more prominent and the holiday stuff there but in the backseat.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable. The spice flavors are there, but not overly powerful or overwhelming to the palate. This is a good thing. The mouth feel was surprisingly light and clean, especially given the alcohol content. Definitely good for sipping on during the Holiday season / winter months.

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Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a growler. Pours a nice dark brown with a small head. Smells exactly as advertised. The spices come out in the taste as well. Good amount of carbonation to give it some balance. Not very boozy for 9%. Great holiday beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

750mL bottle from Green's (Atlanta, GA). 10.99. No bottling date but released 11/14. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours an opaque chestnut brown with two fingers ecrue head. Maintains a thin layer of haze throughout but leaves only a few small spots of lace.

The spices come through loud and clear in the aroma. Allspice, cardamon, clove, plums, raisins, bread and sugar.

Taste follows the nose in that those spices rule the roost. Allspice, clove, cardamon, sugar dusted prunes, bannana nut bread, vague sherry notes, burnt caramel, cocoa and a mild dose of alcohol. Spicy, bready and sweet.

Creamy, full feel with rather mild carbonation. Allspice, sugar, sweet bread and dark fruit in the finish.

Feest Noel is another enjoyable brew from Three Taverns. Perhaps not what I'd reach for when I'm craving a quad but the spices make for a nice holiday twist that I will certainly enjoy at least a couple more times this winter.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque coffee brown with a thin light tan head, but the thin head must be from how it was poured. Rich aroma fills the nose with caramel, molasses, even a whiff for horehound. Flavor echoes all the delights of the aroma and adds a hint of peppermint and a touch of licorice. Mouthfeel is thick and firm, almost syrupy, and quite fizzy. Fairly sweet, but not cloying, with a malty hint. Merry whatever you celebrate this time of year!

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Feest Noel from Three Taverns Craft Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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