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Bière De NoëlBière De Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez
France
brasseriethiriez.com

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Naerhu on 10-03-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
70
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
17.13%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 70
Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a pretty cloudy caramel color, but the score will be bumped down a notch because there is no head whatsoever. Smell is of spices, some fruits. Taste starts of with green apples, some spices, grapes, a bit wine like. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a different and solid beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most over-carbonated beer I've ever experienced in my life. As soon as the cap came off, this gushered like a fire hydrant at full pressure, within 10 seconds, there was only two inches of beer in the 750 ml bottle, making this the most expensive tiny half glass of beer I've ever purchased. This is the second massive gusher in three days and I'm not a happy camper. I envy the other reviewer who had no carbonation. Poured the remainder into a Gulden Draak tulip. The massive head dissipated very quickly to a ring around the glass, off-white in color. The remaining beer is a murky dark mahogany brown. Aroma of dark and sour fruit, a hint of caramel and earthy spicing. Taste is subdued, light flavor of dark and light fruit (cherries, plum and apple), sour cherry. Finishes sour with light spicing. Much closer to a saison or biere de garde than a Belgian dark ale. The spicing somewhat overwhelms the other flavors and I'd like a bit more malt for a Belgian dark. Light bodied, but nicely carbonated once it settled down. This was a miss for me.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Different label than the one pictured. Despite the name, not really what I think of as a Xmas ale, being lighter in both body, alcohol, and presence than your typical winter ale. Nonetheless, enjoyable, with fruity notes typical of a Belgian Bruin, even though it isn’t.

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Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge head of beige hue. Flecks and bits of stuff mixed in. Cloudy orangey brown. Smell is lightly spiced with orange atop a firm malt bed. A touch of earth and a farmhouse fruitiness. Some caramel sweetness mixed in as well. Taste is light sweet malts with the orange and spice from the nose. A touch of wine and some tannic notes along with what seems like some light oak and vanilla. Dry lightly tart finish. Light supple feel with a nice carbonation and somewhat creamy fullness. Good drinkability and a nice lighter alternative for a holiday ale.

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color is a muddled medium brown that actually leans darker but interestingly shows a lot of orange in the light. The head is a tan foam that peaks at under a finger It fades to the point of leaving a broken island and some edging, and some decent lace is dropped on the glass.
The smell is some tangy fruits with an earthy backing and light kitchen spicing with a bit of yeasty must.
The taste starts off sweeter before going a little more bitter, spices showing strongly without being overbearing and a bit of orange peel lingering. Some sourdough elements linger.
The dry and bitter tang almost feels like felt on the tongue initially, though a light crispness and good carbonation makes for a soft fluffiness.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky, hazy amber with a thin, creamy off-white mousse.

S: The nose is dominated by spices, with aromas of caramel, cream, toffee, and roasted nuts playing second fiddle. Already, this one seems somewhat out of whack.

T: Notes of honey roasted nuts, heavy cream, dark bread, caramel, toffee, and vanilla bean are gradually overwhelmed by heavy spicing. The finish is rich with caramel, nut, bread, and spice notes.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat firm. Carbonation is mild, yet crisp. I was actually hoping for a higher alcohol content to mitigate the heavy spicing and make this one feel more like a holiday beer.

O: This is a decent beer, but one that I will likely not revisit. The spicing is just too heavy and it lacks that little bit of extra power to really warm you up when the weather turns cold. This isn't a bad effort, but it's not great either.

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Photo of ccrida
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml, this year's bottling (labeled 6.0%), poured into my Gavroche tulip,
the Bière De Noël is a cloudy golden auburn with a light, fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates after near overflowing, leaving light lace.

Smell is spicy and bright, honey, butter, caramel and nilla wafers.

Taste is malty melanoidin and light sweeter spices, with lots of orange like citrus fruit and a hint of must, which quickly fade to a limp, watery, sugary finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and oily. I paired this with beef wellington, and it really failed to stand up. In spite of the huge head on the pour, this beer feels flat in the mouth, although it easily is roused with an easy swirl.

Drinkability is OK I suppose, but I was hoping for a heartier offering for a Bière De Noël, and the lack of body leaves the spices overdone.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy tea color with a thin off-white head.

The aroma is slightly sour with a dark fruitiness to it.

The taste is much like the aroma with the sourness and dark fruit.

Lighter bodied, tart, and moderately carbonated.

An average winter warmer at best.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark murky brown with orange hue and minimal head

smell: strawberry, banana, spices, sweet, malts

taste: little sour, strawberry, spices, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: I really think this beer is more of biere de garde but anyways. It's was an interesting beer and quite enjoyed it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish amber in color and poured into a snifter glass with a three finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are earthy aromas of spices and yeast in the nose along with some hints of fruits.
T: Like the smell, flavors of spices stand out in the overall taste, which also has some notes of sour apples.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but nothing really stands out in particular to make this an interesting Christmas beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy light chestnut with a huge amount of light tan head

S-nice roasted malt, spices, caramel, light fruitiness, and some Belgian yeast

T-taste is different than what I expected, not as malty as I would have thought. Still have a decent amount of bread like taste with a bit of sour cherry, and a mild spiciness, though I wouldn't necessarily describe them as holidayish.

M-light to medium body, moderate carbonation, leaves a bit of sourness on the tongue

Overall not the best holiday beer, but not the worst either. Most likely won't try this again.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass... hazy amber color, trending towards red... super bubbly head, the beer overflowed after popping the top so the carbonation is there for sure.

Smells a little sour, wild, like a saison perhaps, the sour overtones dominate more than any other.

The taste is more of the same, the sour taste hits first and fades into a little hoppy fruity flavor... not as much spice as I would hope from a winter warmer, but I still like it. Lots of carbonation in each sip... very bubbly and effervescent. Kinda light to medium in body, and failry easy to drink.

I've had better for sure... this is a drinkable, slightly above average beer in my opinion.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Cloudy brown color. Spices and tart nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is tart like a farmhouse ale with holiday spices. Expensive at $12.50 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up sometime last week at the Coop for about $4... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head dies quickly leaving no lace... the brew is a hazy orange amber when held to a light... it seemed to be a fizzer so I only got about 2/3'rds of a glass out of it before the yeast dregs really started coming.

Aroma is like a caramely Belgian Amber... musty fruitiness with a fair amount of spiciness..

Not nearly as much sweetness in the flavor as expected.. definitely more of a Belgian brown ale.. yeasty fruitiness with some unidentifiable spices... maybe pepper and a lite dusting of coriander.. finish is sorta dry with an apple skin component..

very carbonated yet still with fine carbonation.. medium body is nearly wiped out by the carbonation.. burpy.

Really nothing great going on here... It's fine.. definitely not a drain pour.. but just pretty unremarkable.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Poured into a snifter, shared while doing some Christmas baking.

Dark ruby caramel in colour, hazy, and with a thin head that survives as a faint ring.

Nose is, for me, strong of raw honey, with a bit of spice, nuts, and biscuit.

Tastes much the same - spice, honey, sweet malt, a bit of Belgian yeast, dry finish.

Mild bodied, oily, moderate to low carbonation.

Tasty enough, sweet and spicy.

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Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy and dark amber/brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Dank and musky malt. Some caramel. Bread, biscuit and yeast.
T: Sweet, grainy malt, bread, and biscuit. Light yeast. Pretty bland.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink, but I don't really want to come back for more.

Just kind of bland. There is nothing much here. Not the worst thing, but not something I would recommend either.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a murky maple amber with a soft fizzy white head. This one was a bit of a gusher. Good head retention, no lace.

S: Fragrant nose of holiday spice and fruitcake. Cherry cordial and gingerbread make an appearance. Interesting and complex.

T: Dark fig component initially with a light sour cherry note, wine-like flavours midway through. Spiced bread and some acidity finish the brew. Gets medicinal/cough syrupy at the end with some astringent grapey fruit.

M: Rather light and fizzy, thin. Feels like it disappears as soon as it hits the tongue. Bit too much carbonation.

D: A drinkable brew for me, but not much else, a lot better winter brews out there. Some solid spice flavours, but the overall character of the beer is thin and lacking.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

02/12/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, 2008 vintage. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- About a dead on caramel colored pour. 1/2 inch head on pour. Slight rim remains for the duration. Some lacing at first, but fades quickly.

Smell- Has a very funky smell on opening the bottle. Smells more skunked than funk though. Actually smells a bit like a Heineken. When it warms, it has a bit of a caramel malt scent and swhat smells like mole and ancho powder. Kinda odd for sure.

Taste- Has a touch of nutmeg and cinnimon...note just a touch. Has a medium sour taste on the back of the tongue and a light sweet taste on the tip of the tongue. Lightly hopped and some other various spices mixed in.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Light sour aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not really feeling winter as I sit here on a golf course in Arizona. Decent flavors and fairly easy to drink, but not the best winter beer I have had. Maybe even less than average. Still not bad though. Just a touch boring.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clouded, medium brown body with a fizzy, fine, white head.

Smell: We have a nose of basic bread crusts and a few tired, begrudging notes of stale chocolate powder and spice. There's also a sourish fruit character in the backdrop. Many things make me think of Christmastime, the aroma of this beer is not one of them.

Taste: Sugared toasted bread crusts mingled with lesser tastes of caramel and cocoa powder. Sourish fruitiness akin to substandard plum products. This one offers very little in the hop and bitterness department, and, I hate to say it, very little in terms of festive spice character as well. All-spice? More like no-spice! The finish is quite effervescent, suspiciously so, even, and carries with it a final hint of both light sourness and toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thing body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, unfortunately, this one wasn't very good and one I cannot recommend. For me, it's less of a Bière De Noël and more of a Bière de No Thanks. Everything from the spice character to the malt profile, it's all so mild and uninteresting.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Maybe the harshest spiced beer I've ever had, clouded amber brown body...fine khaki tan head even lacing. Aroma has a nice pleasant fruitiness with Christmas spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and tart tropical fruit nose really makes this beer nice in the nose. Flavor is full of carbonation and a rush of cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, cardamon almost burns the palate with spice doesn't really let the base beer shine at all. Mouthfeel is super carbonated, medium bodied but the long lasting spice factor coats the palate to the point of sickening spice. Overall, the nose was nice I liked the tropical tart fruit nose, but the barrage of harsh spice really ruins this beer.

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Photo of impending
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

C-

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep, nearly clear copper amber walnut, dense towering egg cream colored head, nice lacing.

The aroma is worrisome. Strong phenolic spiciness with a touch of oxidation and potential sour, musty yeast.

The first sip just creates dissonance. My initial reaction to each sip is that it has started to turn but mid point to long lasting significantly evolving aftertaste says it is all by design, it is intended. The problem being I must incur the beginning to get to the end.
Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of clearlydiluted
2.46/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a - a dark amber/brown color with a massive pillowy head

s - phenols that suggets a flanders red in it's sweet earthy tones, light spice notes

t - rather tame, hints of earthiness, light cherry notes, finishes dry and watery. lightly tart.

m - light-medium body with high carbonation.

d - drinkable but unremarkable.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bright, brown, copper beer with a settling head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruity with notes of overripe melons. Some musty notes. The kind of dry yeast notes. A bit oxidized.

Taste is musty and very fruity with some dirty socks. This is a sort of Belgian Pale ale, the malt is a bit dark and it has some candi sugar notes, but nothing too crazy. Bitterness is low. Carbonation is out of control, every sip is a mouth full of gas. This makes the drinkability poor.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.37/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pour a dark copper with a light tan head that quickly fades.

Nose is all big ripe banana malt character with hints of some alspice and undertones of sweet walnuts.

Mouthfeel is thin, weak and watery.

Flavors are watered malt, fruit and bananas but thin, weak and unappealing.

Short finish is very light malt.

This one is sort of like a bad waterly soda. No need to try again.

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Photo of Crosling
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fresh from France, this ale pours with a red burgundy color and has a long lasting collar of white foam. Aroma is depthless, but shows a touch of sweet malt and green bottle skunk. A fresh bottle, but still shows a lot of green bottle character. Thin mouth feel. Poorly flavored and very mild in character. No yeast or malt character. Undrinkable.

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Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez
3.62 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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