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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 925   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
This beer had a pleasant appearance. It was a very carbonated beer that tasted great. This was the first beer I tried that was corked.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 Dark red-brown colour. Diminishing off white head. Aroma is caramel sweet hints of roasted. Full body, light bitter taste, little bit malty. Bitter sweet and alcoholic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Tasty, warm, strong. hints of a heated rum raisin, mixed with dark bread. Pleasurable mouthfeel, not to hot on the tongue, sits nice and heavy in the cheeks.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
08/03 on the cork: A hazy, light brown color with a red hue and a dense, tan head that is persistent. Aroma is heavy on milk chocolate and dark cherry. I smell no herbs or spices as suggested by the commercial description. Flavor is quite straightforward but very pleasant and shows an interesting profile. It starts very creamy and chocolatey, then acidity kicks in though mild, then the creamy chocolate along with cork kicks back in, and then a smack of bitterness breaks the palate again, then the butter, bubblegum, dark cherry, big sweetness, and chocolate lead into a velvety, lush finish. I remember this two years ago and it tasted like nothing but bubblegum and dark malt. This has improved considerably.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Pours brown with a generous tan head. Full bodied. Caramel aroma. Malt taste with caramel and banana undertones.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
FCØlogVand (1) - North Zeeland, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2005 does not count
Maybe the best x-mas beer for the typical danish x-mas meal of roast pork, red cabbage and gravy! A very rich body, smooth tast and with a fine overall appereance. Bottles with 0.75 / 1.5 liters are best!! Serve at 9-10 C./ 75 F.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (3079) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Nice lasting beige head. Ruby, brown colour. Aroma with caramel and fruit. Sweet caramel alcoholic flavour with notes of dried fruit, yeast and herbs. Mild finish. A favorite x-mas ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Had on tap. Wonderful apperance, with a very tight and long-lasting head atop a beautiful burgundy brew. Sweetish, complex, lots of fruit and that Belgian yeast flavor. Very good, warming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (7595) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
Draught. Medium, brownish head. Dark brown. Spicy, complex aroma and flavor. Not too sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
Red brownish colour. Taste of caramel and nuts. Medium lasting head. Nice full body with lots of taste


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