Noël Des Géants | Brasserie Des Légendes

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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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Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Nothing too dramatic. Poured with a nice large off white to light tan head that lasts a a while and great lace. Color is a slightly hazy copper. Aroma is a little malty and caramel, a hint of fruit and yeast. Flavor is mild - mostly caramel and malt with a hint of perfume. Body is nice and so is carbonation . Definite alcohol in the finish. Decent beer in a general sort of way.

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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 edmedina
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured the beer I noticed a lite head on it. Almost as if the beer appeared to be a little under carbonated. The color was a light golden brown and very clear. Aroma wise I picked up a nutty raisin like quality. Tasting this beer I got a nice nutmeg like flavor. I also picked up a yeasty character with hints of brown sugar. The after taste was mild tarty that left very little flavor. Over all I enjoyed this beer as it got warmer. This was a easy sipper that would be great after spending a full day shopping with the family.

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Photo of corby112
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked a bottle of this up on a recent Xmas beer run. 11.2 oz. poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown with mahogany edges and dark golden ruby edges when held to a light source and a frothy two finger off-white head with great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that streaks the tulip with splotches of soapy lacing.

Estery dark fruit aroma with lots of sour dark cherry, plum and raisin. Slightly medicinal with some sweet cloying syrupy notes. Spicy pepper/peppermint with slight roasted malt and pine needle.

Soft carbonation up front with a lot of sweet estery belgian yeast providing some nice dark fruit notes followed by an earthy toasted subtle malt body and slightly syrupy cloyingly sweet medicinal flavor. Subtle spice, mostly peppery peppermint and pine needle. Very subtly tart with a bit of vinegar feel. Astringent alcohol taste in the finish.

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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 timtim
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very attractive hazy brownish/burnt orange with an off white head that leaves tons of lace. nose is mild, but very nice. lots of burnt toffee, caramel, dark sugars, dark fruit and a touch of spiciness all on top of a bit of a musty, cellary character that is synonymous with proper belgian breweries. taste is more of the same ringing out in pretty good balance with a dry, earthy, herbal, finish that definitely involves a little bit of a hopping. relatively slick mouthfeel that carries a touch of bitter without being prickly. nice one. shelton brothers don't seem to dissapoint. try goliath from the same brewer if you can find it.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a murky golden color with a nice thick white head that leaves some nice cascading.

S-Herbal, very malty. Apple and pear notes are present. The nose reminds me of apple cider.

T-Very spicy. apple, clove, white pepper, ginger. It tastes similar to apple cider, especially as it warms.

M-Rich and creamy.

D-The fact that this beer reminds me of apple cider significantly cuts into its drinkability. For me its a one and done beer. I was glad to try it, but its doubtful I will ever purchase it again.

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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 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 PatrickJR
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into St. Bernardus chalice.

A - Hazy, tawny brown with 3 fingers of light tan head. Retention is decent, with a moderate cap still remaining after a few minutes. Minimal lacing.

S - Spice takes the forefront immediately. I'm not sure what it is, but it smells a bit like a combination of cinnamon, anise, and pine. Not the hop sort of piney, more like actual pine needles. Spices/herbs are backed by lots of brown sugar with a touch of hazelnut and banana.

T - Very sweet from the beginning with lots of brown sugar and the nutty/slightly fruit flavors from the nose. Somewhat bready, though this is quickly eclipsed by the brew's big spice element. Cinnamon and anise still come to mind with an almost overwhelming presence of pine and something almost like mint and hawthorne berries. Very strange and bordering on that sort of minty cooling effect. Huge sweetness eventually subsides by about half late palate, though the minty/piney/herbal flavor is in full force providing a touch of bitterness. Finish is still quite sweet and somehow translates into a quick flash of dark chocolate.

M - The body falls somewhere between light and medium, though surprisingly Noel des Geants seems fairly light. Carbonation is moderate-low. Part of me is unsatisfied and wants this to be a heavier brew, but then again I'm a little afraid of how a thicker beer might augment the already audacious presence of the herbs/spices.

D - Although this beer is going down mostly smooth without the alcohol peeking through, the intense spice component is a little rough after about half the bottle, as is the huge sweetness. Overall an interesting beer; perhaps a treat to share with a friend after dessert, but on it's own it's quite in-your-face.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger, pale tan head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a some lace. Cloudy brown/amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Woody/raisiny nose. Flavor is almost sweet, woody, spicy and herbal. $3.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Luminous Longhorns orange with oodles of uprushing carbonation that results in a massive crown of pastel gold colored froth. The foam looks sticky (airy, cotton candy texture), but there isn't much lace at all. The second pour adds an appealing murkiness as the yeasties get into the act.

The nose is underpowered to say the least. And it's uninteresting to say the most. Noel Des Geants smells like a Belgian amber ale that has a woody sort of herbal quality. The brewers added a 'special aromatic herb from the region of the brewery', but won't say what it is. I need more to go on to make any guesses.

Whatever was added is both prominent and distinctive, but isn't immediately obvious. It's woodsy and herbal and earthy, almost like ground bark of some sort. Here's what it isn't: coriander, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise or grains of paradise. Lightbulb on... juniper bark perhaps? Enough with the guesses, let's move on.

There's a fair amount of 'brown' malt that doesn't add much sweetness. Nor does it taste or feel like candi sugar was added. Noel Des Geants come across as a Belgian dubbel, to which has been added a hefty amount of herbal spiciness. This beer is more interesting than good.

On a negative note, the mouthfeel is on the light side for the ABV. On a positive note, it has a decent amount of creaminess and a fair amount of inflation, thanks to bubbles that are still on the boisterous side.

Being glad that the bottle is only 330 ml rather than 750 ml is never a good sign. Noel Des Geants (Christmas Of The Giants... whatever that means) is decent beer that doesn't get it done because it doesn't have an overly appealing spice bill. Goliath (Gouyasse Triple) is still Brasserie Des Geants best beer.

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Photo of DIM
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a hazy reddish copper color. It poured with a big, sticky, creamy white head.

s: Perfumed, solventy alcohol punctuated by flowery cherries and musky artificial sweetner.

t: Sweet from start to finish. Starts off with sugary artificial cherriesthat fade to a harsh, solventy, pink packet chalkiness.

m: Creamy and mildly fizzy carbonation along with a fairly viscous body.

d: Pleasant enough up front, even if it was one dimensional. The finish was was quite harsh though.

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Photo of smdshack
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at medium speed into a Westvletern goblet giving it plenty of room to form a nice 2" medium tan fluffy head. Head did not last long or lace, left a ring around the goblet on top of the beer. Foam felt kind of like cotton candy and was almost chewy. Very nice mouth feel. Beer itself was cloudy dark amber to medium blonde color around the edge when held to light. Could not see much carbonation from side of goblet, but top of beer showed signs of medium fizz action. First scent was lightly astringent and bready. Also detected slightly burnt sugary notes. Other scents detected were light caramel, malt, barley, mild orange, apple, and raisins. Taste presents all the scents, some very subtle. This beer is well balanced and smooth which leaves a slight tingle on the gums and has a pleasant dry hoppy finish. I would be happy to try another.

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Photo of Kraken
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/12/09

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a 16 oz pint glass. Massive spewing head, issues forth with only a mild pour. Head is a slightly off white, cloud like, think cumulonimbus, and rocky with impressive staying power and a heavy lace. Color is a an opaque walnut.

Nose- Mild sweet peaches, pears, and fresh bread.

Palate- Nice. Fresh bread, unsweetened caramel. Heavy nutty tones, walnut and almond. Silky smooth. Some bittering hops in the finish. Faintly sweet, dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Dry, very nice.

Drinkability- Good. This is a nice un-Christmasy Christmas 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 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 tempest
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to a friend for sharing this one, but I'm not a fan. I got a strong dry hay flavor over rubbery caramel. That sounds worse than this beer truly tastes, and I know some folks like this, it may just not be for me. The appearnce was a murky dark red-brown with a tan head. Overall, the beer is balanced, but I just don't like how it tastes.

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Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful dark red color, some thin floaties. Cream colored foam, good amount.
In the smell malt, caramel, biscuit. Not heavy at all, with a bit of back hopping. Red fruit.
Malty taste, with dark malts, honey and orange. Well balanced, with the right warming feeling.
Somme finish peppery.
Well balanced and drinkable.
Average body, right carbonation.
Dark malts in the aftertaste, with chestnut honey, spicy and peppery notes, and finishing hop.
Pleasant.

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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 putnam
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

alluring roasted vanilla aromas. tightly wrapped berry phenols seem to lurk inside. crunchy ripe red and black berry skins. on the palate it is very sweet with alcohol. nice, silky texture. very low acidity. i tend to like more. still, natural feel, with sweet plummy prune licuor flavors. Nice.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a lightly hazed, semi-transparent deep orange toned brown. A small, light tan head quickly fades.
Smell is of caramel, ripe apple, cloves, cinnamon, raisins, and some earthy hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a fruity, baked apple pie like flavor coming through that seems to keep things interesting.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, highly carbonated, with some sugary fruit and heat found in the finish.

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured less than half of the 11.2 oz glass and ended up with 3/4 foam in a 20 oz glass. Recedes in a rocky fashion. Spotty lace left on the glass. Slightly hazy, with a dark amber color liquor.

Sweet, mild rum-like aromas. I smell plums with sugar (does that make them sugar plums. I don't know what they would smell like).

Strong alcohol warmth, a little too potent for my tastes. Not as sweet as the smell would indicate. Relatively thin with a respectively high carbonation level. I can't detect any spices. The aftertaste is a pleasant blend of hop bitterness and the remnants of malt sugars. Still, the alcohol overwhelms all of the subtlety of this beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange amber with a nice head initially, but this fades to a ring. No real lacing. Smells of sweet malt and Christmas spices. Smells somewhat boozy and warming, in a good way. The taste is also malty, boozy, spicy, and with hints of vanilla and orange peel which blend nicely with the holiday spices. Warming and moderately sweet and well carbonated. This is a new brewery for me and based on this I'll definitely try some other offerings from them. There is a bite of ginger or some other spice on the finish that I particularly like. A nice holiday brew.

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Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 33 cl bottle into the Chimay chalice. A very dark red ale with clouds of sediment in the glass. A beautiful head of a couple of fingers and superb retention and lacing all the way down. A modicum of carbonation activity as I drink.

Smell is sweet with light banana, black cherry, Belgian yeast and spices. Some malt and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is black cherry and spices. A banana bread malt backbone that has a hint of almond macaroon. More spices as I swallow and short quick hops cutting in to dry the long finish. A bit of alcohol works in to add heat and complexity. Macaroon lingers on the palate with herbal alcohol aromatics on the mouth and throat.

Moutfeel is thick and creamy. Just a nice sensation that brings you back for sip after sip.

Drinkability sets you up for a night of steady sipping and sipping. The process is so enjoyable you don't want to slow down or stop but you must if you want to be able to walk and talk.

A great Holiday ale that has depth and complexity. While alcohol is not invisible it never calls attention to itself, inviting a session that should never be. A beer worth seeking out.

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