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

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RATINGS: 849   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1691) - 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 (788) - 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 (1306) - Sydney, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2004
this is a gorgeous bottle, the label alone knocked my socks off-- or rather, my flip-flops--see, i’m having this christmas seasonal in august. there’s that dreamy pastoral scene: a post card perfect old world village, a windmill and pine tree heavy with snow and merry with ornaments-- locked in winter’s sleepy tranquility-- i can almost picture a nineteen year old julie andrews about to run out singing... like in "the sound of music"... to laugh and frolic and make a snow angel... and then get naked. well, maybe i’m getting a little TOO dreamy. back to business: the cork boomed upward with apparent aspirations of achieving orbit-- an ambitious voyage cut sadly short by smacking me in the face. the head was a huge snow sculpture, melting into soft focus. a baked apple-red chestnut pour, ruby and ambergris-- the lace was as thick and textured as stucco. the aroma is less winning: whiskey soaked toast, clay and brown paper bag, a bit of soap, sugary baked apple peel, graham cracker. tasting, there’s a champagne-like effect that seems upon first contact like it will translate as sweet, however, the hyper-carbonation rubs out the sweetness before it can take hold. a moderate copper penny bitterness comes to dominate the post-swallow ruminations. over an hour drinking-- and still that carb didn’t mello much: flinty and overly-assertive fizz is like a magician’s flashpowder that distracts from gestures elsewhere. sod grass and raisin flavored malts and corriander-orange backed bitterness. the bitterness is lingering, and the alcohol effect is increasing. oh yessh. in spite of a lovely buzz, i’ve got mixed feelings on this one. some hearty engagement, some disappointment. like spending the evening with an affable republican, it was mostly enjoyable, with a few tough moments of dissent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hojou (19) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Dubbel like christmas beer, prunes, caramel etc. taste - high alcohol but medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Nice Belgian profile, yeasty and musk, raisins, plums, a bit spicy. Sweet, alcohol. Dark brown-red murky, with light tan foamy lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium active carbonation, carbonic burn. Starts with deep subtle malts, grassy or earthy, with light sweetness, raisins, and obvious alcohol. Finish is warming, as is after, with good dry bitterness coming in, musty, plums, and some spices. Alcohol is very present at 9%. After is fairly clean, with residual warming and some dry spicyness. Pretty good stuff, this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Dark red-brown color, sweet spicy aroma and taste,Full body, dry finish. good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Pale, clouded, orangey brown appearance, good head formation. Yeasty, rich malt aroma, fruity, sweet strawberry, slight woodiness. Sweet fruity, jammy flavor, dry champagne like balance, well carbonated, bitter astringency in the finish.


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