Noël Christmas Weihnacht | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stcules on 03-29-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rastaman
2.24/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A strange one. Aroma is a mixture of shortbread, sweet n' sour sauce, with some lemon. Pretty nice texture, except for that slight sourness that feels a bit out of place to me. Mild, fairly pleasant, savoury. But doesn't taste quite right. I'm a fan of Verhaeghe all the way, but this is a bit thin and sweet.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.94/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a small pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma is incredibly sweet – like if they had drop an extra bag of candi sugar – and doesn’t provide me with any enjoyment. Taste is also totally sweet and gross – a bit like a cough syrup with extra glucose. Body is very average and alcohol is well hidden. Probably one of the worse Christmas Belgian that I’ve tried.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schaffer9252
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dry, light

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Started out really bad, clear light golden color. Smell was a slight improvement, you get a little bit of sweet and then some of the classic pils odor. The taste was not decent, a little bit of sweet with an almost metallic aftertaste that I did not care for but was not overwhelming. Not completely thin on the feel like I expected from appearance. Okay, but not good.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Barbe chalice.

Look: Medium to light cooper body under a light cream colored head. Nice head retention, minimal lacing.

Aroma: Smells like a Euro pale lager. Strong white grape aroma, blended with sweet malts. Subtle white pepper.

Taste: The white grape aroma translates to taste. Noticeable cherry tart, some lemongrass and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Tastes too much like a Euro pale lager to even get a Christmas vibe from it. Not my thing.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep golden color, lots of bubbles, a creamy stand of off-white foam, some lace

Aroma: fruity and clovey, a touch of banana, sweet, some malt, light hops

Flavor: slightly sweet and some tang, quite a bit of hop flavor and a ballsy bitterness, finish is semi-sweet with a peach-pit bitterness lingering far into the aftertaste, not much in the way of spices

Mouthfeel: medium body, spritzy carbonation, alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: Not too bad, but not too great either. More bitter than most Belgian ales. It is not bottle-conditioned.

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Photo of WynnO
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paterlodie
2.61/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours in fine with a nice haed that lasts. Nice orange-golden color and quiet clear but not completely and without botle fermentation. Smell is oxidised and malty, no hops.
Taste is oxidised, porty, malty and not fresh. Hardly any bitterness left so no pleasure to finish this one and after just half a glass a pour out.

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Photo of janubio
1.73/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle, 25cl. Golden colour with small head that does not last much. Smells very sweet, I would say artificial, and maybe some fruit, a littel winey but after a little while is only a metallic or oxid aroma. Taste is again artificially sweet and very metallic. Metallic is the main aroma and taste. Dissapointing, plus I can't find any of the christmas beers features.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD 12/04/07

Pours 15% head into a caracole glass. Moderately hoppy spicy odor. As noted in other reviews, no sediment at all, filtered (pasteurized?) beer.

Taste is pleasant malty carbonated beer, some slight metallic aspect. This beer came recently from belgium and tastes fairly fresh, as far as that goes. There are hops in the nose but not nearly as much in the mouth. The alcohol is not notable in the taste.

Aftertaste is mildly malty, even a hint of roast but just barely. This brewery makes some excellent flemish sour products and I am somewhat surprised to find such a mediocre yellow beer in their portfolio. One to try if you are bored or a collector, otherwise a thousand things to try first.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours amber with vibrant head, quickly dissipating to a ring around the edges. The scent is vaguely lager like and the flavor is similar. Decent.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Belgiuminabox. In Teku glass. Playing Life is Strange. 2 years after bbf. No christmasty but very belgian, with notes not white grapes, green apple, belgian yeast. Nicely musty

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Photo of ggourde
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of mothmanscott
2.69/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear deep straw producing almost 2 fingers of, finely bubbled, somewhat lasting, white head that leaves no lace above the surface collar. Lots of carbonation bubbles continuing to rise long after the pour. Aroma is sweet pale malt, fruity, cloves, with hints of banana, white wine, Belgian yeast must & faintly hoppy. There are metallic, oxidized & skunked off hints as well. Taste is nicer with sweet, fruity, crisp biscuit/cracker malt, grass, light lemon notes & a hint of clove but the banana of the nose is not detectable & unfortunately there is a hint of skunkiness. Finishes off with skunk & metallic hints that last into the lightly malty, sour fruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with active moderate-high carbonation, alcohol warmth, peppery prickle, wet up front with a dry finish & a dry, astringent aftertaste. Overall a little off & something is not quiteright in both the nose and the mouth.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjdevel
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp and clear light gold in color. Just over a 1 finger head. Stays pretty fizzy. Some Belgian yeast aroma and some maltiness and biscuit. Tastes quite good as it is a bit sweet and very malty. There is evedence of Belgian yeast flavors and some hints of white wine. Some spice. Medium mouthfeel. Overall a really good beer. Im not sure why it doesnt have a higher rating. I could keep this one in stock as a go to beer when you dont want something dark or super hoppy. Ill have to grab a few more before they are gone for the season.

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Photo of bobv
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

interesting that this beer isnt better liked, i thought it was a pretty solid belgian blonde ale, with a cool and classic old world belgian yeast profile to it, some fruitiness there, and an overall general lightness and crispness that make it quite distinct in the belgian world. nothing at all about is says christmas though, no spices, no rich malt, no strong booze, sweetness, none of that. its just a belgian pale type, but its a very good one, i just dont know how it is supposed to be a holiday beer, is there some tradition in belgium i am unaware of that suggests drinking this kind of beer around the holidays? for me its more of a summer thing. white grape notes, slight oxidation (these sit around on shelves here, largely due to price point i would think), peppery and fruit mature belgian yeast, and a light crackery malt base that stays in the background. awesome carbonation and really dry for the style, i like both of those aspects here, and there is a little hop bitterness that arises late, making this just a bit different from others like it. festive if you let it be, but not outwardly so. well made beer, better than its ratings but not a real head turner...

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Photo of brandonld23
3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stcules
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The foam is compact and creamy, the colour is gold and clear. Fresh and pleasant flavour, with notes of citrus ftuits (orange and citron), cane sugar. The taste is a little different, and it could surprise, at the first sip. Anyway this beer is no resoluted and characterized, even if it is quite plesant.The aftertaste is sweet, and the body is scarce.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into tulip.
Pours clear golden with orange hues, big white froth, good retention.
Smell - white grape, yeasts, metallic, skunky.
Taste - pale malts, decent hop bitterness, metallic, lager-like in common with belgian yeasts pronounce.
Medium body and carbonation. Poor.

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Photo of dannyboygaga
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean transparent pilsner like yellow. Smell is very reminiscent of Stella Artois, taste is also pilsner like with a slightly higher bitterness from the hops, a bit metallic. Nothing in this beer is true to the Christmas style ale nor a Belgian strong pale ale. Overall, a huge disappointment for a beer that comes from the brewery that makes Duchesse de Bourgogne.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Smells like Heineken. Tastes like Stella. It's unusual for an Xmas beer.

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Noël Christmas Weihnacht from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 25 ratings