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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 889   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JAN 5, 2005
(on 70 cl bottle) This brew has been "x-mas beer of the year" in Denmark for what; 3 years now? Why I don´t know, but´s it is a relativy easydrinkable ale. Lots og of toffee and malt in the sent, more malts and atad of alcohol in the mouth; moving on here...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2005
750 ml corked and caged, Dark reddish- orange in color, big thick clingy light brown head, sweet fruity, bready aroma, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, smooth and velvety mouthfeel, finishes sweet, this is a great Belgian ale, very drinkable and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Pours a deep amber hue with a small, sllight, off-white head. Less than average lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, honey and a little port wine. Flavors that tingle on the tongue of roasted malts, floral (roses), and a slight spice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Draft version- Rich dark red color, aroma is grapes, candy sugar, bakery smell. Light, sweet tast. Way too easy to drink!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Bottle pours a murky brown, slight plum hue, large foamy sand colored head, lively carbonation, with attractive lacing.   Fruity nose, sweet, somewhat biscuity, with fig/dates and chocolate covered cherries on the nose.   Bubbly on the tongue, slight bitterness up front, with apple skin, figs, dates, and a hint of chocolate covered cherries.   Full bodied, bubbly mouthfeel.   The 9% ABV isn’t noticable, but definitely warms you up quite quickly.   Lingering bitterness, albeit very subtle, with dark pitted fruit lightly hanging on.   Slightly bready as well.   Glad I saved this for after Christmas so as I would enjoy it all to myself.   YUM!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2004
750 ml bottle shared with family on Christmas Day 2004. A creamy, soupy head with medium duration tops the translucent molasses-hued body...licorice underlies the burnt caramel, lightly tobacco-inflected and orange-peel overlaid nose...alcohol underpins the yeasty, moderately sweet body and late spicy pepperiness tingles the warm, happy tongue...lovely, a perfect Christmas treat!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2004
(draft) One of those beers that takes a long time to pour. Once in a glass, the head faded fairly quickly. I detected a strong oak smell until the head had gone, then lots of malt and alcohol with some fruit. The alcohol-bitter aftertaste reminded me strongly of bourbon. I liked this, but I’d recommend it to close out a session instead of beginning one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5740) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2004
Bottled Hazy brown with a beige head. Sweet, grassy aroma with marcipan and some toffee. Fine sweetness and nice, warm alko-feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Dark brown with a billowing head. Nice dark sweet aroma, very fruity--plums and figs. Kiss of hops and vaguely spicy. Long rich sweet maltiness. Yeasty and a bit spicy, but no single spice sticks out, could be the yeast for all I know. I really like this.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (10784) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 This is a real christmas-beer. Strong head and a magnificent golden colour. This beer is so inviting that you just need to smell and taste it. And you won´t be dissapointed. It smells and tastes just as good as it looks.


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