Biere De Noël | Big Sky Brewing Company

Biere De NoëlBiere De Noël
BA SCORE
65.4%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 78 ratings
Biere De NoëlBiere De Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Added by GClarkage on 05-22-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,540
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
78
Liked:
51
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
15.2%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
10
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 37
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1.5/5  rDev -60%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2.46/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SrMonkey
2.67/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 022 of 2012 vintage.

Virtually no carbonation even with a hard pour, and the cork was on tight. Lighter brown in color. Has a nice dubbel aroma, dark fruits, clove. Flavors are muted, sweet upfront with fig, other dark fruit, phenols pop up on the finish. As it warms alcohol becomes more prominent on the finish. For style and abv the body is thin.

Mediocre for the style, luckily it was on holiday clearance.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 vintage. Bottle # 1348/3240.

10% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and super malty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that has some subdued aromas and muddled flavors that aren't being helped by the lack of carbonation.

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Crosling
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pros: Naturally carbonated giving a nice appearance to the ale. Caressing body is very nice.

Cons: Doesn't have much depth or concentration. It's not a complex ale, not a lot of definition, not much to describe.

While a beer of high quality, I feel the brewery could make some improvements on the recipe.

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3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle 3072 of 3240. 2012 Vintage.

Pours a crimson color with a one finger head after an aggressive pour. Has fair retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has figs, dates, cherries, and brown sugar.

Tastes sweet and somewhat boozy with figs, dates, cherries, and brown sugar. Two letdowns for me are the fact that the alcohol is not well hidden. and there is very little carbonation. While the carbonation is a mouth feel issue, it does decrease my enjoyment of this beer.

Medium bodied, and as previously mentioned, very little carbonation. Has an alcohol aftertaste. Overall, not very well made. The biggest of the 2 main problems is the lack of carbonation.If the carbonation was adequate, and the alcohol was properly hidden, this could be a nice beer.

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3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Vintage 2012, bottle 809/3240.

Appearance: Pours a turbid ruby color with mahogany highlights. After already having one flat/nearly flat bottle of this beer I gave it a very hard pour that yielded a few soapy bubbles and maybe a light whisp of head. It did not last long.

Smell: Predominant dark fruit smell. Figs, dates, and candi sugar come to mind. Definitely a Belgian yeast component to this as well.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Figs and dates, candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Good alcohol kick on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouth feel is light-medium bodied, and essentially completely flat. Overall, I feel like this could have been a very good beer had it been carbonated. All of the requisite flavors were there, and in the right proportions. Unfortunately the lack of carbonation really did it in the whole way around.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 bottling... ABV is up to 10%... Picked up tonight at Brewforia Meridian for a pricey $16ish on the way home after a long day at work... Bottle# 1816/3240

Poured into my slim tulip... Fairly clear dark walnut brew... short lasting head... no real lacing or cap.

Nose is nice.. fairly rich mix of dark toasty malt.. caramel.. Belgian qualities are a little light leaning toward golden raisin, lighter dried cherries, and some figgy notes.. Nothing is wrong, aromas just lean toward the lighter side.

Flavor is about the same... all nasal notes are amplified, but are still a bit light to be a great BSDA... also seems to be more sweet than should be.. not quite enough bitterness to balance..

Very low carbonation, especially for the style.. needs a lot more bubbles..

Decent brew as it stands... I wonder if more time in the bottle would help... right now, it is woefully undercarbonated and certainly too sweet.

I hoped to like this one more, but this year's Biere De Noel needs to be dialed down for 2013.

I feel bad about writing reviews when the best thing I can give props for is the aroma.. that is this case unfortunately.

3.5/4/3.5/3/3

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev -4%

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Biere De Noël from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 65.4% out of 100 with 78 ratings
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