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


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RATINGS: 915   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2014
Stereotypical but well-made, classic Belgian Christmas ale, sweetish and malty, candied fruits, spicy as expected, pretty complex and though cliché, this is very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (752) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2014
750 bottle, pours reddish brown. 2012 on the cork. Lite lacing on the sides. Mild dark fruit nose, some cola like aromas. Explicit prune and fig flavors with brown sugar and anise in the background. Mild sweetness. Chirstmas in Aug. pretty good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14454) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Golden brown w/ thick white head. Caramel aroma. Medium mouth. VERY caramel taste with light hops, so a bit more bitter (in a nice way!) than most Christmas ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikske79 (1274) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Een van de lekkerste kerstbieren dat ik al geprobeerd heb. Echt een aanrader.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (482) - HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2014
Elegáns, rubinvörös színét vastag, gyorsan fejlődő habkorona takarja, mely minden mozdulatot követően csipkés bevonatot hagy a pohár falán. Illata különleges, ánizsos, a Gouden Carolus Christmasnél megismert illatokat idéző, melyek egy elnyúló, élesztős alapon állnak, valamint egy mézben áztatott mogyorós-diós lepelbe vannak burkolva. Íze legalább ennyire sokrétű, ebben a főszerepet szintén a kissé mentolos, medvecukros zamatok játsszák, ezt színesíti egy grillázsszerű, kissé lágyabb aroma, majd egy visszafogottan kesernyés, stílusos zárás következik. Mindez egy közepes testű és szénsavtartalmú ital képében, mely egyébként remekül megkomponált és megnyugtatóan tökéletes ünnepi nedű.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sulawang (680) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
Pours pale copper brown with a large lasting creamy head, sticky lacing, a good layer of retention, and surprisingly almost no activity. Nose: Brown sugar malts with a hint of spices. (lvl-4)-pungency Attack: bubbly-tingly/fizzy crisp mouthfeel, incoming malts + alcohol Mid-palate: (metallic copper taste-bottle contamination?), continued fizzy, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) toffee malts, brown sugar, alcohol, molasses, cola, dark fruit Finish: bloated, alcohol, metallic malty bitter finish. Summary: Perhaps I got a bad bottle but this had an off-putting metallic taste to it. Coupled with it’s over booziness and excessive fizzy texture, I can’t recommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (9267) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 28, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig süß, fruchtig, leicht würzig. Geschmack fruchtig malzig, überreife Früchte, nur leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (1207) - CROATIA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle 750 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours hazy red brown with beige head. Malty and spicy aroma. Sweet caramel, malty flavor with some fruits as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3070) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
750 ml bottle into signature chalice; 9/2007 date on the cork. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, clove, light chocolate, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light chocolate, clove, herbal, floral, and toast/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and big robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast ester flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (531) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2014
Heel goed bier, donker bruin van kleur met heel veel koolzuur. Schuim blijft lang staan. Smaak, kruidig, iets zoet, cholcolade, citroen en fruit en anijs. Eén ven de betere Kerstbieren. Fles 33cl waarvan etiket is aangepast.

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