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

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common

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RATINGS: 850   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_cross (593) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Ruby crown, clear, emitting a fireside warmth, large foamy beige head; aroma is sticky sweet malts; taste is malty, both toffeeish and sweet yet toasty too; the Christmas spices are present but subtle; the alcohol gives it a lovely warmth; slightly bitter with a clear dry finish; really good festive fare.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sissio (539) - Orsenigo, ITALY - DEC 28, 2013
Clear dark amber, cappuccino head. Aroma honey, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Taste sweet, roasted cereals, some caramel, liquorice, spices.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2200) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2013
malty fuity and full of alcohol. somewhat roasty and smooth with a good malty aroma and flavor. candy caramel and a hint of yeast. bit of smooth frothy carbonation with little hop.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (545) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
750 mL bottle shared at a tasting on December 15. The pour is a pretty clear ruby-ish brown. The white head foams up and settled down to a cap of about a finger and a half. The lacing that’s left on this is also pretty intense. The aroma picks up a few subtle different things, but nothing that is especially great. It’s got some dark fruits, some light spice, maybe a bit of caramel, and some spiciness to accompany the typical Belgian yeast. There is a pretty bready and malty taste, just like I’d expect. I’ve tried a few, but it seems that the Belgians just aren’t my thing in this type of configuration

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DwarfeD (839) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2013
75cl bottle at home. Clear reddish brown with a small off-white head. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Sweet with some herbal bitter notes. Raisin, spices, herbs, caramel and dark fruits. An ok winter brew, not too special.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (1700) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle from Voldby Købmandsgaard - pours brown with a good beige persistent head and lacing. Sweet malts, slightly roasted, sweet yeasts, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, slight spices, nice mouthfeel/palate. Great Belgium Christmas beer this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sebilinz (447) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle nice dark brown color with lasting tan head aroma is typical belgium yeast with dried fruits and some malt taste is caramell with some fruits aftertaste is slightly bitter nice belgium beer but nothing special

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neur0 (848) - GERMANY - DEC 22, 2013
(Flasche) Es hat eine dunkelbraune Farbe, ist nur leicht trüb mit einer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma hat was von Birne und Litschi und ist ganz leicht erdig. Der Geschmack ist samtig, prickeld, wie das Aroma und es schmeckt etwas nach Lehm. Es ist wenig bitter und der Abgang ist samtig.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (219) - Airvault, FRANCE - DEC 22, 2013
33cL. Bottle. Home. Brown unclear beer. Alive but not sparkling. Large creamy head. Caramel, alcohol, spices with red fruit and star anise notes. Sweet taste balanced with a good bitterness. Soft carbonation, warm bittersweet finish. A warming beer like all christmas beers should be (from my point of view).

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
poech73 (149) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2013
De la Saint-Feuililen noëlisée achetée au Match du coin. Bière brune bien dans la tradition : lourde en sucre en malt et en alcool; le genre qui te fait croire au ptit jésus - l’espace d’un instant - parce qu’on déchante vite à cause de cet arrière goût métallique qu’elle laisse dans la bouche. A l’attaque, elle offre pourtant ce bouquet à la fois aigre et fruité libérant des saveurs herbacée. Mais en bouche, le fruité de la St-Feuillien originale disparaît au profit d’ester alcooliques fortes accompagnées de ce biscuité moelleux sur des notes de café caramélisé. Peu amérisée. Donc, un bière sympa sauf sur la fin.


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