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

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RATINGS: 854   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suedehead288 (360) - BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2013
2013.12 - met dank aan Klaas - bruinrood bier, schuim was bij ’tasting’ reeds verdwenen - zowel neus als mond : zoete porto.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1760) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2013
1,5L bottle, THX Klaas for the glass. Expired 2012 APPEARANCE: clear brown beer, no foam. NOSE: caramel, little oxidated, some port. TASTE: caramel, little oxidated, quite some port. Very decently aged!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (2122) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle at xmas tasting. Ruby, liquorice and spices on nose, sweet, bit fizzy, aniseed, caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niller (583) - Hammel, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle from Fleggaard, Harrislee. Dark amber colour with an off-white presistent head. Sweet roasted malts, yeasts, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, some spices. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Good warm finish. Great Belgium Christmas beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_cross (600) - 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 (576) - 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 (2226) - 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 (577) - 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 (902) - 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 (1836) - 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.


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