Noël Des Géants | Brasserie Des Légendes

BA SCORE
85
very good
193 Ratings
Noël Des GéantsNoël Des Géants
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Légendes
Belgium
brasseriedesgeants.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopGoblin on 12-31-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
130
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of Bshipman8993
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden amber color. It was very carbonated like many Belgian styles. nice head with lacing that stays for a while.
Smells of candied malts with a touch of floral and citrus maybe. Can't really put my finger on it but smells nice but not as overly aromatic as many of my favorites of this style.
Taste is initially great with floral and fruity spice combined with the dark malts that hit with the carbonation and then the candied malt aftertaste that almost breathes out your nose. As it warms in the glass you get more of the toffee and candied malty goodness that I love so much from this style of beer.
It is a little over carbonated initially but as it warms up a little it looses some of that and the feel of it gets smoother and flavors more pronounced. I would recommend pouring and giving it a few min of admiration before drinking.
Overall a very good Belgian ale that I would drink way more often if I could find it as it way cheaper than similar beers from the area and just as good.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Opened with a little bit of gushing. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with tiny particles throughout, probably because of the turbid pour. Half finger white head dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, peach and apricot, hints of orange and clove. Flavor is caramel malt, light stone fruit, orange rind, clove and earthy green herbs. Finishes dry with clove, cinnamon and herb bitterness. Medium bodied with hyperactive carbonation. A nice semi-dry pale Belgian ale with a strong spice and bitter herb presence. Initially has a Belgian pale ale profile, but changes to a more winter warmer, spicy finish. Tastes good with a slight medicinal herbalness, but this is well handled. The carbonation is a bit high, but otherwise a quite enjoyable holiday ale. It only arrived in our market in Spring, but I'd get this again for a winter warmer with a strong Belgian profile.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2-ounce bottle into a tumbler, as soon as the gusher died down. Hazy caramel-sauce color, with loads of soft off-white foam. Aromas and flavors of sweet caramel, tart fruit, and spice, with a slightly bitter and peppery finish. Interesting flavor profile and a very good beer.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dacord421
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like auburn amber colored beer, good head surpassing the half inch line. Aroma was like belgian candy, still had the spice rack thing going for it, but not overly done.

Hides alcohol well, smooth, plenty of brown malt and sugar giving the beer a well placed balance. Any dark fruit notes don't come off overly harsh or bitter. Toffee is a smoothing agent here.

Not too many Belgian xmas ales I'd recommend, but this one was actually enjoyable.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlabs
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tzieser
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 11.2oz bottle.

L: hazy, ruby in color with a bubbly white head that settles into a thick lacing.

S: it has that classic Belgian yeast aroma (bananas, cloves) with an added sweet fruity malt aroma

T: delicious complex. lots of sugary malts showing dried fruit notes. Candied Apple, banana, clove and perhaps a hint of anise. ABV is very well hidden. A great Belgian winter warmer.

M: dry mouthfeel

O: a great winter beer that's worth checking out

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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Came slowly oozing out of the bottle as soon as I cracked it. Has a cloudy medium brown color with a 1.5 inch head. Smell is lots of spices, malts. Taste is spices, malts, some ginger, just a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied and very carbonated in the mouth and overall is unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of seedyone
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Still cold outside but the spiceness is missing the spot. Rather then warming they are a bit biting. The body/mouthfeel is good, but the fullness of flavor was behind the texture. It filled out as it warmed, but still came up short.

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Photo of tylerbrowe
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium brown-orange hue with a pretty strong haze and a thin layer of ivory foam. There's a decent lace left on the glass as the head dissipates.

Smell: sweet with plenty of malt. I don't get a lot of herbal or spicy character, but it's got a decent winter warmer-type strength to it.

Taste: very malty with plenty of sweetness and a lightly wintry spicing, perhaps nutmeg and a dash of cinnamon. It's subdued but quite effective. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a satisfyingly Belgian creaminess. I dig it.

Overall: not a bad beer at all. It definitely drinks below its ABV, and the light hand used in the spicing works well in this application.

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Photo of coolandy007
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some yeasty fruit aromas with some spice – probably nutmeg dominate the nose. It pours reddish gold to garnet chestnut under a finely bubbled 1” tan tinted white foam collar. The palate begins with dried fruit flavors, a trace of earthiness, some toffee sweetness, dark sugars and a range of spices including nutmeg. It has a very creamy medium bodied texture driven by very fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of peripatetic
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gajo74
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Noël Des Géants from Brasserie Des Légendes
3.81 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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