Noël Des Géants | Brasserie Des Légendes

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Noël Des GéantsNoël Des Géants

Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Légendes

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by HopGoblin on 12-31-2007

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Noël Des Géants has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, heavy lacing left behind, and an initially clear amber appearance, which, after one swishes the caked-on bottom bottle contents and pours them in, has a descending reddish, muddy cloud. The aroma is strong and sharp- sweet bread, spice, herbs, and other things I am not able to identify. Taste is of sharp, pronounced spices, a good hop bitterness, and rich bread. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy, and Noël Des Géants finishes dry, somewhat boozy, rich, and delicious. Drinkability isn’t bad, either. Overall, this is outstanding!


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Photo of mrquartetman
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This splendid Belgian Christmas ale is sort of a combination dubbel and strong ale. It is a big, sweet, highly malty beer.

Appearance: Reddish gold, big head on the pour, head dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Malty, vanilla, candy aroma, lots of plummy fruit in the nose.

Taste: Big, sweet malt with noticeable sugar and background spiciness. The spice in the beer is subtle and unidentifiable. Subsequent swallow reveals an also subtle hop that arises in mid-palate and disappears.

Mouthfeel: Among the best of this season, a very dense, lasting flavor that invites further drinking.

Drinkability: This highly drinkable ale is potentially dangerous, since it would go well with some strong foods, particularly certain creamy cheeses, and one might just keep on going without engaging the thinking area.

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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 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 PreacherBrewer
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - pours a murky brownish orange color with a generous tan head.

S - yeasty, dried fruit, spices...

T - fermented apple cider/various aged fruit drinks. spices are abundant. very slight floral hop bite hits you on the aftershock. pretty complex. lots going on.

M - to me, this is the beers highlight. it's got such a unique mouthfeel that IMHO it's in it;s own league. bubbly, soft, ticklish, yet full. it makes this beer what it is. lovely stuff.

D - overall, what a great brew. this is a very solid beer with a lot going on. it's not your every-day kinda beer. even for a belgian! it's unique. thats what i like about it. i will be visiting this one again for sure.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Noël Des Géants (poured into a snifter) is hazy amber with a small, creamy white head on top. Once the foam is gone a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is fruity with a touch of spice. Raisins and dates are blended with orange peel and rye bread. Almost reminds me of a fruit cake.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and smooth on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet with fruity notes of raisin and plum along with a bready malt sweetness. The spices don't seem as strong as the aroma, but orange peel and pepper are present. It finishes sweet with lingering spices when gone.

This is a great Christmas beer. Lots of sweet fruity flavor with a touch of spice. Quite drinkable, but better to sip and savor.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Add this to your Christmas ale rotation, a not-too-heavy spiced ale that creates a holiday for your mouth.

Pours a quiet, dark cider color. Minimal head (I'm a side-of-the-glass man myself) that persists and forms little colonies of bubbles.

The aroma is complex, spicy and malty with a whiff of yeast. This is a beer to enjoy before it hits the lips!

Tastes of dark wine, ripe raisin, Belgian yeast and toasted ginger. All this in an ale! You can feel the alcohol heat...on n cold winter's night that ain't so bad.

There's a lot of carbonation to make this ale dance on the tongue. A lively holiday ale.

Overall, this is one I'm going to look for each season to go with my other favorite Christmas ales.

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Photo of Farrell
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought randomly from an equally desolate looking establishment, Noel Des Genats turned out to be one of the best winter brews I had and is in serious contention for one of the best beers I have had.

Starting off with a mid brownish hue and an impressive head, this beer incorporated such great flavors as caramelized sugar, plum, raisin, cinnamon, caramel, bread notes, and candied fruits all with a mild hop finish. If I were to make a comparison, it had a similar taste profile as Rochefort 10, but was lighter, smother, and more drinkable.

My only regret is that I only bought one bottle and will most likely have to wait until next Christmas to drink it again.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a bottle from a local beer fest. Thank you, Mr. Volunteer dude!!!

A: Nice audible fizz when opened. Color a hazy amber hue. Decent size head.

S: Strong Belgium flavor with aroma of caramel, toffee, spices.

T: Slight spiciness upfront. Chocolate & caramel flavors. It's like biting into a candy bar - very nice!

M: Nice creamy feel that coats the mouth with each sip.

D: Smells like a Belgian, but finishes very sweet & rich. I'll look for this in a singles store, but doubt I'd buy a case because I'm sure it fetches a pretty penny.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Des Géants "Noël Des Géants"
25.4 oz. bottle, simply capped beneath a capsule.
Imported by Shelton Brothers; no freshness dating.
$8.49 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Poured from a long-standing refrigerated bottle the first pour is crystal clear. The body is an interesting color, a light russet brown. The light tan head rises up majestically and holds, slowly dropping to an eventual collar around the glass... unfortunate. Even more-so, the lacing is limited to splashes and spots about the glass. It's not bad, but it could be so much better.

In the nose it's herbal and somewhat floral over a delicate sweet-bread note. Just a flicker of juicy red fruit is present as well. Interesting. It's not complex but the herbal character is quite clear, and quite compelling. It's subtly piney, a hint minty like tarragon, and a bit drying and softly raspy like oregano.

As might be expected (or perhaps not), the herbal character found in the aroma carries over into the aroma. It's quite clear, and present throughout, but it's also fairly delicate. It doesn't press or nudge, it just lays there within the malt, which is in itself, not particularly bold, just lightly bready/nutty and softly caramelish and honey-like (perhaps even threaded through with notes of light molasses). There's a hint of yeastiness (some red fruit and some minor dark fruitiness) and a slight touch of something mildly leathery, subtly metallic, and even a hint musty (although that's probably just a perception due to the herbal character). It's not bitter, but perfectly balanced due to the spicing, and it finishes dry with a hint of soft oregano left behind.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body; and the moderate carbonation level gives just a delicate bristle to the tongue.

The Belgians are great at delicately spicing their beers to deliver a perfect, soft balance, and this one is no exception. Even the supple mouthfeel lends to its very accessible character - yet it's got an interesting herbal character that some might find off-putting if it was even just a hint fuller because they're not used to it. That, however, is exactly the thing that makes it work for the initiated. It's sophisticated and refined, and quite charming and drinkable despite its 8.5% abv. Soft and smooth like a warming blanket, this one can put you right to sleep if you're not careful.

It's one of the best X-mas beers I've ever enjoyed, and apparently it's under-rated. It's not a kick-you in the head with flavor beer, but it really satisfies as a unique sipper. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Besides being very interested in this beer because of the fact that it is brewed in a medieval castle... This is a damn good beer! It pours a hazy light brown with specs of hops and spices floating around. The color almost resembles an iced tea. Right on the first taste, I noticed the crisp brightness. It is very refreshing and the spices blended work well with the non-filtered brew. Belgium beers never disappoint, this one is very good. The 8.5% alc/vol is hidden well with the almost creamy aftertaste, but it warms you nicely. I would love to drink this outdoors on a cold night. Overall, I would highly suggest trying this one before the cold weather ends.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- The dark brown body turns a glowing orange-brown in the light with a spongy off-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There are strands of tiny carbonation that trail up the sides of the glass.
S- The bright apple and malt flavor has a sweetened condensed mil note and a perfumed mead finish.
T- The cidery notes meld into caramel notes and sawdust notes that both turn into a dark toffee as the beer warms. There is a nice soft hop snap at the finish and a light brown sugar hint when warm.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight fizzy finish that enhances the plastic fusel alcohol heat notes.
D- This beer has some nice layers of dry sugar flavors that balance with the fizz notes and the hop notes. There are interesting apple qualities that remain in the background.

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Photo of buffettfan
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, into my Allagash glass.

A - Hazy, cloudy amber color body, good thick, off white head, laces well.

S - Spicy and piney, with a sweet caramel, and lots of fruitiness, was that plum??

T - hops surprised me, upfront piney, almost grassy notes. Fruity, carmaly sweetness. dry finish. Quite a bit going on with this beer, more then I was expecting.

M -light and very smooth but flavorful good balance

D- VERY a good holiday ale. Not as heavy, dark and warm as some of my favorite Christmas ales, but a very good one, and I will be getting again!

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange hazy look with a fluffy 2" head, really nice.

Yeast and candy suger on the nose, very inviting. Fruity esters, apples, raisins, and plums, oh my!

Taste not a strong as the smell, nice with the fruit, candy sugar, and bitterness at the end keeps it from being sweet, nice use of hops. It's balanced but not as complex tasting as expected from then nose.

Fizzy mouthfeel with good heaviness, a nice drinker. No abv nicely hidden, goes well with main dinner or afterward with dessert. Nice winter accompaniment.

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Photo of dstc
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown color with an orangish tint. Light tan head falls to a minimal one. Nice lace.

Smells like a Belgian beer (you know what that means). Sweet malts and Belgian yeasts.

Rather tangy taste with spicy malts. Fennel and clove are present as is the alcohol.

Medium bodied, mild and smooth in the mouth.

Nice Christmas brew that is easy and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Held on to this one for the past year, and figured it was about time to review yesterday. Split w/ a friend who is a very experienced beer judge and home brewer...

Fat head with great lacing... fairly clear amber-to-brown body.

First impression on the aroma was 'animal' (i.e. dogs and cats)... but after letting it breathe, got some plum and raisin in the aroma. As it warmed, got some strong chewing tobacco quality.

Initial flavors were also unimpressive - started off as unsweetened iced tea, and musty. As it warmed, I picked up some ginger bread and lite tobacco. Decent holiday-spice, but not overpowering. Lot of herbal qualities come thru... almost lavendar like.

Slightly thin (but not watery) on the mouthfeel, which turned me off initially, until I could appreciate all that was going on in this beer. Medium parts sweet and dry, with a light herbal bitterness in the finish.

Drinkabilty was huge - would never have guessed this was 8.5% ABV.

** Recommendation - let this one warm into the high 50's before reviewing. **

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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 John_M
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The draft list was a bit disappointing at Max's on superbowl Sunday (they were out of lot of stuff - though thankfully the coors lite girls were in attendance to "liten" things up, yuk, yuk), so when I saw this on the bottle list, I thought what the hell...

The beer pours a hazy rootbeer color with a creamy, pillowy head. There is very good head retention and lacing to this beer. The nose is fairly mute, showing some sweet malt, pepper and spice. There is an almost cinnamon and brown sugar aroma to this beer. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose. The beer is moderately sweet, with a baked apple and cherry flavor profile. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, but is pretty smooth and almost creamy. Very nice mouthfeel to this beer. Drinkability is very good considering the abv., and the beer has a moderately long finish.

This is a beer that grew on me the longer I sipped on it and let it sit in the glass. There is almost a winter warmer aspect to this beer, reminding me of spiced apple pie. Very, very nice beer.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with one finger of rocky off white head.

Scent of spices, caramel, candi sugar, yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Great stuff, balanced well, not overpowering, a great smelling Belgian.

Taste of caramel, spices, earth, some sugars, a hint of alcohol, and yeast. Tasty stuff, which is nice considering it was a blind buy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

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Photo of rangerred
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a small fizzy head. Decent lacing though.

Smells of cherries and dark frutis; figs and plums. A very faint chocolate note as well.

The taste has underlying notes of chocolate with cherries and dark fruit being most prominent. The finish brings out almost a woodiness that is hard to describe. Finished pretty clean with the alcohol well-hidden and barely detectable.

Overall a pretty respectable brew and one that is good for cold winter nights.

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Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Corsondonk stemmed tulip glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is nice rich brown color with 1" light tan head which is creamy looking and which leaves patches of foam that slide back down to the head. At first sipping leaves little lacing as the sides of the class are coated with the sheets of foam. Eventually, as the head recedes, sipping leaves some leggy and speckled lacing. The head thins a lot but persists pretty much to the end of the beer.

Smell: The faint aroma is rich with brown sugar and toffee with some dark fruit and some sort of spice(s) in the background that I find hard to identify. (This must be the aromatic herb mentioned in the brewery's description of the beer.)

Taste: The flavor is moderately complex, with brown sugar, toffee, traces of cocoa, dark fruits, and some spicy bitter undertones. (There is no candi sugar used in brewing this beer so the rather enjoyable sweetness is all from the malts and possibly the alcohol.)

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied, soft, and creamy with the ample moderate carbonation. The finish is medium to long, begins in the pleasant malty sweetness and ends dry, lightly bitter, and with an almost astringent character

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable, with nothing being over done. There is lots of subtle balance and with moderate sweetness that refreshes rather than cloys and dominates. The operative words for this beer are "balanced" and "subtle." I certainly will be drinking this one again when the opportunity presents.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a murky brown color with a full two fingers worth of head that has trouble retaining before fizzing away to a 1/4 inch head. Good lacing.

S- Smells very sweet and flowery. Reminds me of Rosee d'Hibiscus by Dieu du Ciel. Black tea notes along with glazed doughnut. Quite nice.

T- Tastes like a maltier version of Rosee d'Hibiscus. The malts actually contrast with the flowery flavor pretty well. A slight metallic taste is easily ignored.

M- Very bubbly with bursts of CO2 bubbles in each sip. Medium body and a medium-high carbonation.

O- Strikingly similar to Rosee d'Hibiscus but tastes a bit better IMO.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet

A: Pours a nice golden amber hue with a two finger head that falls quickly to a thin foam leaving pretty good lacing behind.

S: Nice aroma of fruit esters (raisiny with a hint of banana) and spice (cinnamon, anise, cloves). Bready yeast in the background along with some nice toffee and hazelnut aromas as well. Very nice smell.

T: Pretty complex and nicely spiced. Follows the nose with added sweetness. Lots of sugared fruit upfront, the yeast lifts in the mid palate ever so slightly and then is quickly eclipsed by spice...anise really jumps out at me. Brown sugar and toffee come through as well as hazelnuts. A little too heavy on the spice for my liking but tasty nonetheless.

M: Medium to light body, lots of carbonation. Not as smooth as I would prefer but the abv goes unnoticed.

D: The carbonation and hops on the finish crisp things up nicely and make this very drinkable. But the spices and sweetness force you to slow down and sip on this one for awhile, which is nice during the colder months!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciated mughugger sharing this at last night's Christmas Bash for the Lancaster County Brewer's '10. Poured from the curvaceous 25 oz bottle into a cervoise.

The color is medium brown like cinnamon w/ light toasted color and caramel w/ white cap that settles to a tightly formed bead ring. The lace clings spottily. The smell is like a perfume, potpourri or simply a spicy fragrant belgian ale! The scent of dates wood spice and dried fruit w/ very light cocoa and hints of vinous aroma w/ gentle biscuit and mild raisin. The complex quality is something I enjoy, with light tobacco and other earthy aromas that seem to go with the season. The feel is moderately carbonated w/ mild fruitiness and light tannin w/ a roasted element but bits of woodiness add to the texture and earthy elements are at the forefront.

The flavor is nice w/ mild dry spice and wood-cinnamony w/ a hint of date and light brown sugar like a spice cookie w/ some woody resinous textures playing off the spice and malt sweetness in a way that melds well. I dig the mild tannin keeping it in the front of the palate and slight blend of raisin, date and grassy elements with mild nuttiness in the finish. This is a seriously complex beer that I didn't think much of til it got warmer toward cellar temp it really opens up and the last drops of yeast added some nice belgian character along with the malty spice _ I would not drink multiples of but great for what it is

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy iced tea color with a full finger loose light tan colored head that fades quickly leaving spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is really nice and complex; an aggressive earthy fruity fig apple and caramel. A nice amount of creamy effervescence, bright and tangy, the mouth feel is medium-full bodied. The flavors aren't as pronounced as the nose, but the earthy harvest fruit and caramel characteristics are savory. The 8.5% ABV is a bit of a warmer, but otherwise well integrated. I recommend giving this one a spin.

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