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 ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St: 750ml poured into a chalice. The bottle lists the ABV, but it does not list a DBD or BOD.

A: Cloudy light reddish-brown with a full-fingernail white rocky head. The head retention is very good; it sits on top for over a minute.The beer leaves light lacing.

S: Orange, clove, fig, vanilla, bread, and malt.

T: Lots of spice right up front: cinnamon, clove, and allspice. There is a smokey burn bread that joins up with some citrus orange peel on the finish. There is also some warming alcohol and more spice.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: Since this is a Belgian noel, I was not expecting the large amount of spice that dominates this beer. The finish is a bit abrasive and lingering. Overall, the spice could have been balanced better.

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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 RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy brownish color with reddish hues throughout. The head is huge, white, and lasts forever, eventually leaving a sticky white lace all over the glass. Very foamy.

There was little smell, even as the beer warmed. Only after sticking my nose most of the way to the foamy head did I start to pick up cloves and a bit of cherry or darker fruits. The funky fruity yeast the Belgians are known for also seemed present.

Same thing with the taste. What's there is good, it's just not very pronounced. There is enough dark fruits and cloves to go around, but there is also some peppery spice and a bit of candied sugar. Malt was there and if I didn't know better, I'd say some pilsner malt was used.

Mouthfeel was all over the place. It's sweet, spicy, fruity, bitter, dry. Medium bodied with a strange finish that left me feeling both syrupy and dry at the same time. Plenty of carbonation.

It's a strange beer, but it worked for me. The ABV level of 8.5% is perfect for a beer and despite the highish number, it was well hidden making it very drinkable. I'd love to have another one in the future.

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

A - a vivacious body that produces a huge head. deep amber color with a white head that has great lacing and retention.

S - candied fruit and lightly spiced. sweet with a bit of funk

T/m - sweetness followed but a bit of spice. It is not overwhelming. A bit of funk but again nothing too powerful. A dry finish with little after taste.

O - one of the nicer winter ales.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a caramel color, off white head, about 1/3" thick. Aroma was very candy-esque, plenty of spice, but not to the point it was overkill or offputting.

Alcohol remarkably hidden for 8.5% abv. Wish more of the BSDA style was like this, the brown sugar, sweetness isn't over the top and there isn't a ton of the fig, prune and raisin flavors. Its nice and mild, but then plenty sweet with a little bit of toffee then much more caramel malt. Maybe some cinnamon and vanilla make up part of the spicing.

Overall, this is a neat Christmas beer, the belgian yeast plays nice with all the other flavors, the spices are in the right proportion. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rustico for their Festivus event.

A: Red-orange pour with a few fingers of off white head. Really nice coating down the side of my glass. 4.5

S: Funky saison type smell, malty with a decent spiciness. 4

T: The Christmas Ale / Saison mix here is interesting, but a bit too spicey for my palate. Funky, spicy, seasonal. 4

MF: High carbonation, light body, decently drinkable with a slightly dry finish. 4

O: Again, this was good but not great. Wouldn't buy this again. 3.5

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Photo of MGBBob80
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like it! Very understated. Poured dark with a reddish hue. Head was off-white and dissipated quickly. Nice lacing on the glass. There is almost no aroma, the carbonation is adequate and it has an earthy taste that reminds me of good farming soil and old shoe leather. I did not pick up some of the plum and cherry mentioned by other reviewers, but that's probably my palate and not there's.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at Rustico:

Pours a dark brown color w/ a thin off white head. Minimal lacing on my snifter glass. The smell is really weak. I mean, REALLY weak... I barely get anything other than some woody notes, spices, and some malt. All extremely understated. The taste is slightly better. The woody-earthiness and spices are the main thing here, but still a little weak on taste. Feel is medium, with little carbonation and somewhat dry finish. Glad I got to try this, but probably won't look for it again. Cheers.

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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 divineaudio
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tulip glass.

a - pours a dingy, chestnut brown color with a lot of yeast sediment floating around. only gave me a thin cap of coarse looking, tan head that calmed to a film right away. no lacing.

s - toasty with notes of blackberry, clove, sherry, old shoe leather.

t - fortunately it taste better than it looks or smells. carmel malt with a tangy sweetness reminiscent of dried cherries. clove, ginger, and nutmeg spice notes are present, but subdued. occasional notes of chocolate pop up before a mild bitterness and slightly dry finish. 8.5% is well hidden.

m - medium body with adequate carbonation. slightly chewy. medium co2 profile that is slightly fizzy.

o - i have to say i was pleasantly surprised by this one. not sure i'd want more than one of these at a time, but i'd buy it again. seems just right for a cold winter night or a holiday celebration.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass due to the lack of an oversized wine glass.

Look – dark amber, almost a dark ruby red color, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – somewhat phenolic, malty, and very sharp smelling. You can almost smell the abv in it.

Taste – it tastes “darker” than it smells. There’s a bit of a muskiness to it in the finish. In the middle there’s also a tinge of a chocolaty feel. It tastes more malty as well, but the taste has a strong and quick transition.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not leaning more toward one side over the other in terms of creamy vs. watery.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. It wouldn’t be my pick for a fave, but it definitely is intriguing and thought provoking!

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

This brew is on sale at Rollin' Oats for $0.99 a bottle right now. Needless to say, my fridge is full of Christmas Giant beer. The brew pours a rustic golden mauve-ish hue, and is capped with a finger's worth of antique white head. The nose is spicy, and earthy, and seems to have notes of chamomile and ginger. The flavor is very similar, with a flavor best described as something between Sahti and BSPA. It is not terribly sweet, it hides ABV well, and is quite tea-like overall. I like it, but I could see it being a big turn-off for others.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a cloudy red colored body. The head was white and fluffy. It settles within a minute or so and leaves a light lacing. The smell of the beer has some spicy herbal notes on the nose. The taste of the beer is yeasty and a bit spicy. The mouthfeel of the beer is decent, had a nice carbonation level and body mass. Overall it's not a bad winter brew but I could have been better. I would probably try this one again if I saw it again.

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Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Total Wine in late January for $9.99.

Beer poured a burgundy brown with a bubbly off white head that is hanging around.

Nose is cinnamon and cloves.

Taste is a big malt base with cinammon and cloves. Finish is a nice dry hop. Tastes like a holiday cookie.

Mouthfeel has hints of classic belgian yeast smoothness, but not as good as hoped.

Overall this beer is pretty well made, the spices are not overdone. Initially i thought i was getting into a belgian dark strong ale but was very surprised to be greeted by the big spice nose.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So in the first week of May, I'm bustin' out a holiday beer. Xmas year round...bottles were on sale for $1.99 each so I picked one up during my weekly beer run. Poured beautifully with a nice foamy head that held on for a good long time. Color was brown and "warm". Nose was fig like with hints of spice; cinnamon mostly. Taste was comforting and Christmas-sy. Alcohol was very well hidden, and the beer was extremely drinkable; kinda wish I had bought a few more at this price. I'd be opening up my second or third by this point. Nice beer overall.

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

330 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 8.5%. Dark amber to copper colour, cloudy in the end, big off-white head. Malty aroma with notes of brown bread and caramel, hints of brown kandi sugar and oak. The flavour is malty and medium sweet with notes of caramel, brown sugar and brown bread, some spicy notes too, moderate hops in the finish. Warming mouthfeel. Quite nice.

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

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. I did not see a freshness date.

A: clear orange-gold color, fluffy orange-white head dies down to a skinny cap with good lacing.

S: spicy, woodsy, oak, some wheat and rye bread notes, not overly sweet.

T: nutmeg, allspice, clove and cinnamon mix with a dry, bread-like malt to create a spicy rye bread-like flavor along with a dry wheat bread flavor, there is a bit of alcohol, but not too hot, the woodsy character is accentuated in the middle, and the finish is dry, spicy, and accentuated with woody/earthy hops.

M: medium-bodied, creamy texture, abundant carbonation.

D: Not cloyingly sweet like some holiday beers, and the spiciness is balanced by a nice, dry maltiness. Good stuff.

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

A- Amber-brown, with a foamy head that reduces slightly, but hangs around.

S- I get yeast, white pepper, a little hop, some date and an herbal aroma that lies somewhere near clove but not nearly as sweet.

T- That herbal flavor is present, I can't put my finger on it, but I've tasted it before, it has a fennel to almost anise quality... maybe they put a little tarragon in. Anyways, the flavor kind of revolves around that, with it being complimented by a mild yeasty fruitiness, hints of date and some bitterness.

M- Medium, good carbonation.

O- Interesting brew... Tastes great, the spice was done to the max it can be done without being overpowering, creating a unite drink.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.72/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

330mL bottle.

appears a hazy brown color with amber highlights. thin white head of tiny bubbles that stays to the end. pine and juniper aroma. I was expecting christmas mulling spices, but I pick up more earthy spices. I swear as it warms it smells dead-on like a heavily herbed italian pasta sauce. very odd.

tastes of yeast, juniper, rosemary, herbal. the taste is hard to separate from the aroma. smooth mouthfeel though.

drinkability definitely takes a hit because for me, the aroma distracts from the taste and makes it harder to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 11.2oz bottle into tulip. Deep caramel brown with a bit of a chill haze and thick egg shell white head. Aroma is sweet and malty...apples, caramel, brown sugar, candied cherries, with some earthiness. Tight Belgian carbonation and medium to medium light body feel. Some sediments linger which is a turn of for me personally. Sweet bready brown sugar flavor up front and then into some Belgian esters but mostly apple. Light spiciness and a pretty forward yeast flavor as well.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking 750 ml bottle from Cost Plus World cork though. Only $2.79 on clearance. Slightly murky amber coloured ale..with a nice thick cream coloured head. Ok aroma, typically Belgian but kinda muted..doughy, some slight barnyard funk and a bit of fresh cut hay. The flavour is a bit more livelly though..very spicy/peppery..some clove.Earthy with a touch of ginger. Nice palate..well carbonated. Overall a nice winter ale and very good value for that clearance price.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: good head retention amber brown, dubbel looking.

smell: apple, belgian yeast, and mulling spices like cinnamon etc.

taste: bland, spices are dulled, not much there.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: this was aged for a year. disappointng. was expecting a homerun by any means but this was just plain.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - The brew has a mahogany body with a small ring of tan head. Spotty lacing along the glass.

S - A bit of spicy cinnamon up front as well as some other holiday spices. The malts are also present in the nose as well.

T - Christmas spices and Belgian yeast up front. The beer has a nice malt background which rounds it out very nicely.

M - Medium body with the right amount of carbonation that makes it feel really good on the palate.

D - Not bad for a Christmas beer, a bit spicy but I wouldn't turn this one down if offered.

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Photo of teromous
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

My bottle was very different from the one displayed, it looked more like a champagne bottle and was 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ, same 8.5% as shown above.

A: It pours a light hazelnut brown, and is pretty hazy but clear enough to see there is a generous amount of carbonation. It keeps an off-white head the size of my pinky finger and retains very well.

S: Smells yeasty and a little metallic. There is a familiar Belgian scent to it.

T: It tastes a little roasted, with slight bitterness. It seems to be a little more on the hoppy side. There is a slight funk to it...probably not from the yeast but maybe the water? It adds a nice character to it. It tastes a little thin going down and leaves very little malt in the aftertaste.

M: As mentioned in the taste section, it is a little thin. It isn't all that balanced, but nothing really jumps out impressively either.

D: It's drinkable, and it's a good beer. It's not very bitter or strong in flavor, so it's pretty easy to drink. The transition from the nose to the mouth as you drink is very pleasant, but there are better Belgian style beers (even ones not authentically Belgian).

Overall, I think this is a good beer. I think it's one drink a person should have at least once (because of the history behind the brewery) but the price of the beer reflects its rareness, and honestly...not its quality.

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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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Noël Des Géants from Brasserie Des Légendes
3.81 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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