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

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RATINGS: 924   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StueyD (1360) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
A reddish brown coloured beer with a frothy beige head. A strong a distinctive spicy aroma, liquorice and aniseed lead off, then clove and cinnamon usher in a caramel malt aroma. Dry mouthfeel. A mild bittersweet taste, loads of spice dominated by the liquorice, dark caramel then bring forth a dark fruit flavour. The finish is lengthy and full of caramel and liquorice, aniseed spice. Tasted at Moeder Lambic "Fontainas" Brussels. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2271) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2015
33cl bottle. 2012. Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Clear, dark red. Head starts off big, and rocky, then settles and becomes dense, sticky, and lasts. Very perfumed, floral, dark cherry fruits. Sugary, toffee malts. Smells lovely. Taste is thick, chewy sweet. A stone fruit bitterness aids balance. Smooth, rich palate. Pretty easy drinking, though. Finishes mostly sweet, with a light, spicy bitterness. Very nice. Bit sweet, but easy drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2426) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2015
2012 vintage, shared 12/2014 @Post-Nikolaus tasting. Subtle aniseed and liquorice yeast accents plus good hop bitterness lay a near-savoury blanket over dry caramelised malt layers, herbal honey, cranberry marmelade. Well-balanced (partly thanks to aging?) example of the slightly anachronistic sweet & spiced Wallonian-style Belgian strong ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenriqueBraga (125) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 7, 2015
Dark ruby, nice long foam sort of cream-colored foam. Prune, apricot, black pepper, sherry, brandy, caramel, honey aromas. Tastes of sweetness and alcohol together with aromas. Long sweet finish. Warming, some viscosity. Full bodied a average to soft carbonation. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
azzie (385) - - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle 0.33l. Thick chestnut cloudy liquid with soft yellow foam. Full body, soft carbonation. Smell of wine, taste like fruit juice. Apricot, melon, honey. Rich and very tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bewyder (189) - FRANCE - JAN 6, 2015
Rubis cuivrée assez onctueuse, rondeur et bon caractère en bouche. A retester. Bouteille bue au bar Le Falstaf, Paris, France, le 25/12/2012.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5531) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 5, 2015
Tap at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels. Poured a crystal clear reddish brown with a round bubbly head. The aroma is spicy over ripe red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate sweet with a smooth rich fruity, dry mineral, light alcoholic bitter palate. Medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
bastarda (156) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2015
shared by bartlebier. Sweetish nose, but layered enough: breme brulée, caramel, rum raisins. Tastes mainly of caramel with a cotton candy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tandembrauer (452) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
At Cardinal Den Store Juleøl Testen 2014. Pours dark ruby with small head. Aroma of star anis/liquorice, Christmas spices, and dried dark fruits. Fruity taste with star anis, very sweet aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (302) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle at home. Dried plum, caramel, cinnamon sweetness. Dark and malty. Very nice festive drink indeed. Hohoho.


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