The second entry into this year’s Christmas beer review is one I haven’t seen before. When looking for Christmas beers, I tend to keep an eye out for “Noel” in the name because those reference Christmas beers brewed up by Belgian/French breweries. And I love me some “noel” beers.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Noël des Gèants, Brasserie des Légendes, 8.5% ABV
This Holiday beer pours out a bright copper color with an off-white head. The aroma reminds me of dried apricots, or peaches, with a soft alcohol quality and slight peppery note. The flavor is of lightly toasted malts, with a noticeable fruity character, and earthy hop flavor. Hop bitterness is medium-low. Despite the higher alcohol level, the body of this beer is medium-low/medium, with an effervescent carbonation.
This is a delicious beer. There’s a complexity in its flavor that is hidden behind its delicate nature. It’s surprisingly easy drinking. Its light body is probably the result of using candy sugar to up its alcohol content. I can easily see myself sipping on several glasses of this ale with a group of friends as we sit around talking about Christmas past.
Trying to get back into blogging is taking a bit of effort. There’s a rhythm to writing that I’m not used to, at least not yet, but it’s coming back fairly quickly. I just need to get used to taking photos with my phone as I no longer have a camera at my disposal. In any event, here’s to day 2.