On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Page 24 Biere de Noel, Brasserie St. Germain, 6.9%
Up until this review this was a beer that I hadn’t tried, let alone seen prior to this holiday season. I really enjoy Belgian “Noel” beers for a variety of reasons. I love their complex malt character, the smoothness of their flavor, and their restrained Belgian yeast character.
This beer pours out a dark caramel color with amber highlights and a beige colored head. The aroma is fruity, like dates and bits of raisin. There’s a subtle peppery note as well. The flavor is of deeply toasted malts, with some caramel character, and fruity notes (dates, raisins, and plums). Hop bitterness is medium-low. I can also taste some Belgian candi sugar flavors. There’s a soft alcohol quality that permeates through this beer that is pleasant and not hot or harsh. This is a full bodied beer with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.
What a wonderful little find! I picked this beer up in a bottle shop in Mountain View. Just happened to walk in and saw this beer on the shelf. It’s beers like this that reinforce why I love holiday beers.