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


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RATINGS: 996   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (1048) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2006
The 330 ml stubby brown bottle was opened and after pouring, the beer looked clearer than typical foe the style. The body was reddish brown in color, and the head that sat atop was steady at a thickness of two fingers, thanks to the Duvel tulip I had selected for the occasion. The aroma was simply fantastic. Sweet candy sugar, cherries, white pepper, and leather were present in the smell is quite abundant quantities. The taste couldn’t quite deliver the complexity that the nose promised. The yeast had pretty much consumed all simple sugars, leaving this beer rather dry and peppery. The body was also a little thin, and couldn’t quite keep up with the alcohol. Citric sourness tang remained however, making it hard to really dislike. I suppose one could consider this a pale ale in a dark disguise. Spices were quite up front, but did not overwhelm. This was well made, but fell short of the lofty heights reached by its other compatriots.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1454) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2006
Store-bought bottle, enjoyed at home. Aroma of burnt cherries, caramel, alcohol, but not intense as promised. Deep reddish-brown color, thin lacy head. Really nice balance between three bigs: sugar, bitterness and alcohol. The subtleness of the alcohol belies the 9% abv. Could be drier. Finish is more alcohol, with hints of malt and dark cherry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Bottle 0,75l at Cafe Duvel, Stockholm 2 Dec 2006. Shared with Rune. Brown coloured. A light brown head that disappeared. Faint fruity aroma. Sparkling. Fruity flavour. Sweet sourish aftertaste. Malty bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Draft. Rich amber color with yeasty holiday spice aroma. Tan head. Fruity and smooth with mild sweetness coming through at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11551) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Poured a deep amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, spices, floral, citrus, and some sugary sweetness. Tastes of candi sugar, spices, lighter yeast, and citrus. Alcohol content well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Pours out a dark shade of amber with a big frothy off white head. Aroma is of yeast and some spice. Mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy. Flavor is mainly of some yeast, caramel, clove and some candi sugar. Taste doesn’t come full circle for me, but this wasn’t a bad beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 Appears a dense, crimson toned amber with a fluffy, beige head that retains well. Tons of sticky chunks of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is bready, bubblegum, sweet caramel, citrus, candi sugar, spicy Belgian yeast highlighted with brown sugar, cocoa, and pepper. Taste is of sweet, citrusy, sugar with bread. Overall, it’s a spiced version of the aromas with a mild grape flavor. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, sweet, citrusy, sugary, creamy smooth, sugary, along with a Belgian goodness that is sweet but not cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 1, 2006
On tap at Toronado - SF: To say that I was a little disappointed would be fairly accurate. I was hoping for a rich, complex, warming Christmas beer (a la Scaldis Noel), but what I got was somthing just a little below that. It was still a good beer, don’t get me wrong. An aroma of candi sugar, cloves, a little caramel and some molasses. The pour was a dark murky brown with a nice off-white fluffed head. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, not heavy but very drinkable. Flavors a nice combonation of the aroma plus a little toffee and cinnamon. A nice Christmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2006
On tap at the Drafting Room in Springhouse. Pours a translucent ruby amber with an average off white creamy head that laced. Aroma of various herbs and spices, floral, sugary sweet malt, Belgian yeast and spices. Flavor was malty sweet, hints of spices, candi sugar, Belgian yeast and some citrus and honey. Kind of dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2006
On tap at Hörnan, Stockholm. Amber with a great beige head. Fruity aroma, vanilla, sweet fruits and toffee notes. Fruity, citric flavor, some grapes andsome spices.

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