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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rugamu (100) - SPAIN - DEC 10, 2013
Espuma persistente y alta carbonatacion. Al principio del sorbo se nota el alcohol y después se aprecian toques de caramelo y sirope, al final regusto algo amargo que equilibra prefectamente el dulzor previo. Cuerpo consistente. Repetiria aunque no sería mi primera opción, para mi gusto el acohol se hace, tal vez, demasiado presente.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mutz (547) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2013
Roodbruine kleur, veel kraag en veel koolzuur. Ruikt moutig, maar ook naar roodfruit, snoep. Smaakt naar...... Ik weet het niet..... Maar wel goed te drinken. Aroma is complexer dan de smaak.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thellgren (255) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
0.33 l bottle from Alko. Great head and copper brown colour. Not as dark as I expected. Taste resembles toffee with a hint of bitterness. Interesting, this is different than most of the winter or chrismas beers or ales. I’m glad this is in a small bottle, since the 9% of alcohol might be too much unless your are having a company.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dermi (625) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2013
33 cl, bottled. Pours ruby with a fine beige head. Aroma: Leather, veriohukainen (blood, maybe iron with malt, interesting.). Taste: Some sour notes, pleasantly bitter. Quite sweet as well as expected. Palate: Near medium body, noticeable carbonation. Quite bitter aftertaste with some sweetness. Interesting and pleasant. The body could’ve been fuller. Anyway pretty nice one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (454) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 1, 2013
Belle couleur ambree, mousse beige et dense. Nez malté. Gout fort de malt grillé,de fruits noirs assez doux et note d’alcool. Laisse en bouche un gout de prune sucrée; Pas mal

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sdmmb (686) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Dark strong almost liquorice tasting beer. Strong at 9%. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (2716) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2013
At uilenspiegel Pours very dark pink/ red / brown / Rubyred Small white foam Malty smell High carbo Fleshy , malty , caramely taste. Rather sweet . Good

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2146) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Had in a flute glass at MacGregor’s. Dark orange, hazy, murky. Funky sour nose with a bit of spice and dark fruit. Much dark fruit in the palate. Hidden alcohol. Sticky thick syrupy mouthfeel. Excellent.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (1882) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Old rating rerated 30.11.2013, 0,33l bottle (2012) @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly fruity, caramel malts, dried fruits, almonds, grass, flowers, alcohol. Taste is kind of harsh and metallic, caramel malts, alcohol, almond essence, grass, hay, dried fruits. Medium bitterness, high carbonation. Not even close to as good as I remember it many years ago with a several year old bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Turboninja (87) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Semi-strong a bit sour aroma with sweet raisin. Clear semi-light copper appearance with light head. Strong taste has caramel, raisin, malts and some hoppyness. Wide taste spectrum. A bit sterile taste (although not as sterile as Chimay Blue) transforms more organic on quite long aftertaste. Light palate with strong carbonation.


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