Thiriez Biere De Noel

Reviewed by on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasserie Thiriez

  • Origin: France

  • Rated On: N/A

  • Best Before: None Apparent (Batch 326)

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and room temperature

  • Style: Belgian Dark Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

If you do a bit of searching you’ll discover a number of Bieres De Noel from a variety of breweries. This particular version was made by Brasserie Thirez, a French brewery located in a region of Flanders located a few miles from Belgium. A unique version is produced each year, so let’s discuss 2012’s edition.

2012’s beer is a Belgian-style Dark Ale, and pours a clear brown beer that displays lots of ruby highlights in direct light and a thick tan head. Its aroma is quite interesting, with a combination of spicy, vegetal, earthy and nutty notes. It’s pretty unique versus other ales.

On first taste this beer displays very mild bitterness, with some slight grassy hops, slight smoky and roasted malt notes and finishes with a herbal, green pepper quality. It’s medium bodied, moderately carbonated and creamy.

This one was a bit of a tough one to call; it gets points for being quite unique but it’s hard to consider an exemplar of the Belgian Dark Ale style. This beer is unique each year, so it’s valid it is very experimental. It’s also strangely endearing.

Greg Zeschuk

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