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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.


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2004
Bottled (BB 09/2006)
Dark brown with good cloudy brown head, some lace. Malty, ashy nose. Sweetish, fruity medium-bodied malty body. Warming aftertaste. Good dessert for christmas meal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11111) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2008 Cloudy red, brown beer with a big bubbly, off-white, short lived head. Malt, orange and berries in the aroma. Has a pleasant bitterness in the flavour with a litte metallic note, and it has way too much carbonation for my taste. One year old: More pleasant carbonation? Same aroma. Fruity, toffee, spicy flavour, in excellent balance.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2004
Bottle. Dark chestnut colour. Big creamy head. Malty, sweet aroma. Malty, sweet, spicy and peppery flavour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2004
At ’t Brugs Beertje in Bruges. Dark brown beer with reddish shine and with a ivory colored head. It has aroma’s of soft spices, molassas, brown sugar, light roasted malts and a mistical touch of herbal and vegetal hints like sage, basil, thime and anise. It has a smooth attack with touches of burned caramel, dried fruits like plums, dates,figgs and again this herbal effect in the afthertaste. It ends with a medicinale hint of pectorale sirup.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Bottled. Size is 750mL. Dark reddish brown with a medium tan head. Nose is sweetened malt, brown sugar, light spices, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Flavor is huge fruitiness, brown sugar, light spices (cinnamon), some oatmeal cookie-ish notes, and decent maltiness. Body is medium but has a huge carbonation feel and some sharpness as a result. Finishes with more sweetned malt notes, brown sugar, dark fruits and lighter spices. Damn good beer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Brown, with a tan head. Aromas of malt, brown sugar, and spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, spicy, malty, brown sugar, dark fruit and some hops too. Carbonation and body are just right. A nice holiday brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenH (834) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2004
Dark brown-red. A very nice, smooth belgian. The beer is malty, Spicy & slightly sweet. A very well balanced beer. One of the best christmas-beers

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2004
a very nice, smooth and mellow belgian, not too over the top in any one direction. lovely marzipan, cointreau and fresh bread smells. taste is luscious buttery cinnamon and raisin toast. with prunes. with a dry spicy coriandery finish. very nice, in the top echelon of belgians in my book.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Appearance: beautiful bright burgundy/ ruby red color, with a huge, flowering, earthy tan head, large with lace. Aroma: deep and heady, rich with spice and fruit, some citrus, bread, loads of sour notes, too. On the palate: big, tasty hops, rich, fruity taste. Medium-length finish, but sweet, tasty, rewarding in every way! Tangy, zippy, bright, full-bodied, with a generous texture, and memorably fruity flavor. Delicious and delicate balance. Hops and malt are felt, but they merge for the most part and create a blessed union. Yeast in this brew, too, contributes considerably to the flavor and enjoyment. A delicious Belgian ale that’s hard to beat. Just as tasty as they get! Perfect to warm the cockles in the winter (though I drink it in May!).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2004
Dark reddish colour with solid head. Aroma has lot of spices. Flavor is malty, but a bit too sweet for me. Palate is nice.


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