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Brewed by Brasserie St-Feuillien / Friart
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Le Roeulx, Belgium

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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Also sold as ’St Feuillien Spéciale’ in the USA. This beer has a generous head - compact and firm. Its slightly brown colour is the result of the roasted barley. It has a dark ruby brown colour and a very intense aroma. The aromatic herbs and spices used greatly enhance its delicious smell. This beer is full-bodied with a smoothness that is the result of the synergy of caramelized malts, carefully controlled fermentation and long cold storage. St Feuillien Cuvée de Noël has a very subtle bitterness that is the dominant flavour in this harmonious ale that strikes a perfect balance between all the different ingredients.


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltznbelg (5) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
This beer is as good as taffy. A treat each season with its mellow mouth feel and seasonal pleasure. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (168) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
33cl bottle in a Delirium Noel glass. Pours a ruby brown colour with a wonderful amount of white head. Very well carbonated and flavoursome. Dark fruits and liquorice dominate with quite a bitter finish. One of my favourite Christmas beers which I revisit every year. Exemplary.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1269) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Very, very enjoyable. Splendid carbonated Belgian yeast ale, and at that point is quite good. But flavored subtly with holiday spices, and that makes it great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
budedou (398) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - JAN 19, 2014
Pas exceptionnelle.... Gout réglissé, trop alcoolisé... Manque de caractère...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (2339) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml at home, into a tulip glass. ABV 9% Dark red brown colour on the body with two fingers o f thick light beige head. Okay retention, light lacing left on the glass. Aroma of spices, caramel, a bit faint ot be honest. Taste is more intense, again caramel, lots of spices and specifically anise, some herbs. Light bitterness on the aftetaste. Highly carbonated, medium thin body. Overall a good one, although I expected more.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hallstein (129) - Skogn, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2014
Very spicy, anise-ish flavor and aroma. Good carbonation. Yeasty, bubblegum’ish with a licorice flavor clearly apparent on the palate. Full-bodied good belgian beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardW (1528) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Beers of Europe. Pleasant and not overpowering Aniseed and dried fruit aroma. Deep reddy purple colour, very effervescent with a fizzy pour. Palate is semi sweet but with a dry finish, the aniseed comes back in late on, with a warmth developing in the chest. Very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3072) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 10, 2014
Keg@bat
mid ruby with spicy star anise/candy sugar nose. Full bodied, spicey, sweet candy sugar, gentle carbonation, fruity rich finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1797) - WALES - JAN 10, 2014
Came recommended by an acquaintance. 2012 vintage into tulip. Dark red, sparkling, huge foamy beige head endures. Smell - sweet malts, some cherry, sharp alcohol. Body is medium, very foamy, carbonation is quite low. Taste - mostly malts, slightly metallic, some sweet cherry towards the end but it’s toned down. Quite easy drinking for a 9% beverage, though the alcohol does show up. OK but there’s just not enough flavour for me.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
boxofrane (2143) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Draft at craft ale house. Pours hazy brown with a small white head. The aroma is mostly plum and sweetness. The taste is sweet plum, prune, pear.


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