Bière De Noël | Brasserie Thiriez

Bière De NoëlBière De Noël
BA SCORE
47.2%
Liked This Beer
3.64 w/ 72 ratings
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
Ranking:
#31,937
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
72
Liked:
34
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
14.29%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i definitely have a little beer of the moment personal bias going on right now. i have come back into this recent full fledged love of rustic belgian (and here by proximity, french) ales of all persuasions. i got in waves with styles, usually drinking the season or honing in on something specifically, but lately i just cant get enough old world belgian stuff, and this is a great beer in that yeasty green bottle fashion. deeo amber to mahogany in color, an inch and then another inch with a twirl of head on it, creamy tan colored and fading only slowly. some fish food looking yeast flakes settle to the bottom of my red wine glass quickly. the aroma here is the same as the flavor, partial oxidation, strong rustic belgian yeast with a soft spice and a nice malty base thats both sturdy and interesting. dried apple and cherry notes to it, a little brown sugar sweetness, but this is neither sweet nor fruity. its balanced instead between the more bready elements of the grain and the yeast. the beer has a spice profile, earthy and dusty and festive, but the ale does not on the surface appear to be spiced, rather its a phenomenon of the yeast, which is the subtle star of this show. fuller body with a lot of bubbles, the texture is really right on for the holidays. we passed this around while opening presents on christmas eve, and while it didnt necessarily set the mood like the label implies that it might, it also did not seem out of place for this occasion. well done, i love these guys, wish more of their beers showed up in colorado...

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Photo of samEBC
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alucard
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- First off....incredible head on this brew; it reminds me straight away of a richly whipped meringue on a pie and is a very nice tan color that seems to have an indefinite retention span! The liquid is a medium brown, with tinges of orange and red blended in. There is a great amount of lacing on my glass as well, and the carbonation appears to be lazily rising to the top of the beer. Very nice looking beer overall!

S- The first aroma that greets my nose is of citrus fruits....grapefruit and tangerine rinds to be exact, along with darkly sweet malts and spices such as cinnamon, cloves to a lesser extent and pumpkin pie. There is really no hop presence to smell and also has a smidgen of booziness to it.....again, nice overall!

T- The flavors are quite different from the aromas for sure! There is a big flavor of dark dried fruits such as plum and fig, and has a rum like quality to it. The booze factor is noticeable in the flavor but doesn't hinder the overall taste. Sweet malts are also dominant with molasses and toffee flavors, that bind into an overall flavor that I can best describe as a light rum cake!

M/O- The mouthfeel leans towards full bodied but it's not quite there, and the carbonation is refined and smooth.....this could qualify as a desert beer and would do well with a plum pudding or with a slice of Christmas cake or Rum cake! It warms the senses and is quite nice on a wintery day such as the one I am reviewing this on! It's a decent beer and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy something a little more complex!

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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 seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +3%

12/25/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Strange brew. Not the usual sweet spices but pleasant nonetheless. Worth a try if you can score just one.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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 HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of impending
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
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 Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Michigan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - slighly hazy mahogany brown, solid two fingers of tan head that retained very well
S - very nutty, medium roastiness, subtle licorice and earthiness, definitely smells like a brown ale rather than a belgian dark
T - nutty start, raw leather, tobacco, and just a mild touch of pine resin, again more like an english brown than any kind of xmas or belgian
M - relatively light with an airy creaminess, finishes a little on the thin side
T - its fairly tasty and easy drinking, although in terms of flavour there are a couple of issues: it has nothing in the way of typical xmas or winter brew flavours, and it taste like a brown ale and not much like a belgian dark (although that is likely just miscategorized here), I did enjoy it but it was nothing like what I expected

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 26/12/12

A brownish cola with a big mocha head that hangs around for ages, there's some foam at the bottom and a a ring of lace followed by random patches

S earthy notes and leafy hops, coco, faint citrus, brown sugar, and yeast, there's some spice I can't place and a little top soil

T has a strange coco powder mixed with earth thing going for it, not a bad thing but hard to place and a small step back from the nose

M medium bodied with a soft creamy feel, nutty earthy aftertaste

O very earthy brew going on here, nice smell but the taste didn't quite match up, decent stuff but not the best I've had from this brewery

easy enough to drink but its missing a little something but I don't even know what I'm wishing for, interesting brew worth trying

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 326, which nicely reflects the Christmas tree lights.

This beer pours a muddled, dark orange-ish amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, caked beige head, which leaves a lot of pitted fuzzy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, some toasted nuts, a bit of earthy yeast, and spicy, leafy hops. The taste is softly bready caramel malt, some prominent oily nuttiness, weak savoury spices, a flinty mineral essence, a soft orchard fruitiness, and tame earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is mild, but still adequately supportive, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, just a small pithiness messing with things a bit. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit and nutty malt notes holding their steady pattern.

More of a brown ale, with slight Belgian affectations, than anything - and at the same time, eminently drinkable, the bittersweet nutty character urging you to put down the silly laptop, and just have some more.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez
Beer rating: 47.2% out of 100 with 72 ratings
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