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


on tap

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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PLundsgaard (433) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2006
Aroma/Malty-toasted, Appearance Head/Initial-creamy, Head/Color-off white, Head/Longevity-fully lasting, Body/Hue-brown, Initial Flavor-acidic light, Palate/Body-medium to full Verry good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2006
22 oz bottle. 2005 vintage. Pours a very deep brown with a large, lasting head. Aroma is malty, fruity, spicy. The taste is typical Belgian Strong Ale with a little holiday spice for the season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2006
This pours a plumb rouge that is nearly black with a swampy, diminishing head. The nose is strongly of sweet, fermented malts and alcohol. Ah, this is lightly spiced as well. The taste is all sweetness save for the upfront bitterness of the alcohol. What fruitiness that is there is all plumbs and chewy, sugar coated candies. The hops are, well, not really there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9283) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2006
On bottle at a friends place, had been stored about a year after it was purchased. Bought some time in the end of 2004. Dark nice color, very big head with a brownish color. Not very spicy/seasoned, the way I like my christmas beers. Heavy taste, but not really any distinct alcohol in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Brown with a huge tannish, foamy head. Nose is a bit dusty with caramel, dark fruits and tons of malts. A bit earthy. The flavor is robust and full of hops and malts. A bit roasty, somewhat toasty. The hops are fruity along with a huge presence of spices. Coriander maybe. Some bitterness and a touch of bubblegum. There is something here I cannot place. Probably the carmelized malts. Thick and chewy, leaves a pretty strong coating in the mouth. The end is sweet, almost syrupy with a touch of fruit and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle. 2004 Vintage. Amber-brown beer with a big light cocoa colored head. Spicey, malty, yeasty aroma. Sweet malt flavor with lots of yeast and dried fruits. Some Xmas spice. Rich and complex, yet easy to drink. Alcohol makes itself known in the background.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
On tap @ Kafe Belgie, Utrecht. Dark borwn with hints of red under a large tan head. Didn’t pick up much in the nose, but I had a cold. Flavor is slightly fruity and not too sweet. Alcohol is present, but not too strong. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Would love to try this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - JAN 23, 2006
(bottle) Pours hazy reddish brown with beige stable head and quite strong carbonation. The taste is complex (in a very plesant way) with notes of dried fruits (primarilly prunes and apricots), roasted malts, toffee and coffee. One of the best cristmas beers around.. :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2006
Powerful sweet, spicy aroma with hints of prunes, banana and nutmeg. Brown/red colour with a quite long-lasting light brown foam and a lot of carbonation. Nice flavour a little on the dry side, where sweet roasted malts dominate the flavour. Nice filling mouth feel but aftertaste is not overly long. A very nice beer though...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2010 Bottled. A dark purply-brown coloured beer with a small tan coloured head. Big aroma of dried fruit together with a little oakiness, rum and brown sugar. The taste is yeasty and very fruity. Lots of different berries compete with candy sugar and alcohol. Quite complex and very tasty but the initial joy can give way to a little cloyingness.Score 3.5
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5 and 3.6. Score unchanged

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