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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 989   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2318) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Tap at Brouwers.

Pours a hazy red-tinted brown. The aroma is mildly sweet, noticably spiced; the flavor is dark caramel with mulling spices and raisins, a slightly salty, even a hint of tobacco.

Certain well crafted and enjoyable enough, but I didn’t get outright excited about this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (42843) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle. Brown with a large light brown head, good lacings. Aroma heavy malty (sweet brown fruits, roasted, brown sugar, spices), light hoppy and yeasty. Flavor heavy sweet, light to moderate bitter, spicy. Medium to full body, creamy, soft carbonated. The strength is not felt. A very good Christmas ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Poured a murky reddish brown with a thick lasting light tan head. Aroma is quite complex, I almost enjoy smelling this beer more than drinking it. Spiced candied cherries soaked in brandy and vanilla. Flavor is quite smooth and all of the different tastes blend together beautifully. There is a robust caramel maltiness with a light roasted character mixed with gentle spicing and a gab bag of dark fruits. Hops are used quite heavily for a belgian beer, mostly leaving a soft bitterness that helps dry the beer out. Finish is pleasant to say the least, sweet but not cloying, bitter but not overpowering the malt, and lasts on the tongue so you can enjoy this one for a long time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1143) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark brown and ruby brew with a huge beige head. Aroma is citrus, spices, caramel, yeast, dark fruits and malt. Taste is roasted malts, yeast, spices, raisins, plums, caramel. It is well balanced, sweet with some bitterness, full body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmarthomebrew (18) - USA - JUN 6, 2006
Nice slightly cloudy appearance. I like a bottle fermented beer that isn’t transparant. Nice citrusy aroma with a little hint of sourness. Warm mouthfeel with complex presentation of flavors. Nice sweet roasted malt flavor with secondary hints of yeast and citrus. Slight bitter aftertaste but not so much as to take away from the overall pleasure. Overall a decent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Cork reads 5/05. Being a Noel brew, I’m guessing this is a best by date? Could be wrong. Dark brown/ruby with a large, rocky, light brown head. Nose of rich and toasty caramel, pungent and past ripe dark fruits, doughy yeast, spices - anise and others unnameable, candi sugar?, cocoa powder, green plants, incense. Very nice. Flavor adds a pronounced bitterness throughout. Some from hops, some herbs or spices. I should not be drinking this before dinner. It will only increase my appetite.....for more beer. Full, smooth, soft palate. Aftertaste is sharp - herbal, yeasty, toasty, sweet, alcoholic. After tasting I would guess the 5/05 is a bottled date, makes sense with the commercial description. Excellent winter brew, even in Florida in June. Our heat index was in the upper 140’s today. Can’t wait for them supercharged Hurricanes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2006
750 ml. Pour dark brown and relatively clear. Almost looks like a cola. Heavy molasses scent, with a good note of hops. Very heavy and sweet. A very good beer for the price.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2006
very interesting brew. cloudy brown color with thin fast disappearing head. flavors of pears, carmel, molasses, nutty flavors, and some strange peppermint flavor to it...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9134) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2006
1.5l bottle, so I’m drinking the real Friart thing Huge foxy-beige head, dense; over red-amber beer. Very vinous nose, explosion of wine-like aroma’s upon opening the bottle. Further green wood, woodstripper, coloured malts, oatmeal, brown sugar, harvest-ripe grains. Very good & aromatic. Typical caramel-covered light-roasted grains; sweet-bitter, but not hoppy. Spiced malts dominating. Faint fish oil penetrating, more aroma than taste, and not oppressive. Bit gassy feel, smooth-slick texture in a very well bodied beer, making it almost viscous. Very good Christmas ale, that is dangerously drinkable for all its power. Superb job from this small brewery that is getting more interesting by the month.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5373) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2006
Pours deep brown with a slightly lighter brown head. Not much head retention. Aroma has toffee, figs, spice, musty rich maltiness and earthy Belgium yeast. Possibly some cinnamon and cloves in the aroma as well. Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Taste has dark maltiness with toffee, caramel and spiciness. The finish is mainly the earthy yeast and some sourness from the hops. Further down there are aspects of anise and brown sugar. A respectable Belgium winter offering.


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