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


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RATINGS: 868   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Brown/Red Coloring with Off-White Head. Spice, Fruity and Spice Aroma. Bread Dough Flavor. Carbonation..Spice..Fruity..Subtle and Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
On tap, Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. cquiroga is right, this is like anchor’s christmas release Belgian style. Slightly spicy. Too sugary and sweeter than I like it. Overall this is not my type of beer. Still, it is very nicely made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Has a clouded brown color with a small off-white head. Smell is caramel and spice. Taste is of caramel malts spices and finishes with a slight alcohol flavor. Overall a nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2004
Exhuberant light brown head on top of a ruby red/brown body. This beer has a strong taste, with fruits and nuts, but also bitterness in the taste. What’s more, I could distinctly feel the alcohol in this brew, which is never very nice. I’d say it’s a half-failure as a Chisrtmas ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Very tasty... not the typical belgian nose, very fruity instead. Can’t remember much, hehe, had it at the SA fest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2004 Ruby. Nice, distinct Belgian aroma of dark fruits, dark malts (caramel and toffee) and spice. Mellow but still very balanced and immensely flavorful. Notes of butterscotch, caramel and chocolate and a touch of fruits, ones that are dark in color. Dry. Lingering. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2004
This beer pours a deep ruby amber color and is topped by a light brown head that is fed by a prodigious carbonation. The aroma is thick with alcohol, underneath this are notes of rum, raisins, caramel. The taste is only lightly sweet, but it is quite malty and rich with notes of caramel a biscuits. There is a nice spiciness here as well, that is fed by the sharp alcohol notes. As this beer warms up a bit, the alcohol softens a bit, and the beer becomes softly fruity, with notes of plum, raisin, fig, pear, and apple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
750 ml. bottle. Brownish orange in color with a tan head. Caramel aroma, musty. Chewy caramel flavor. Prune and raisin notes in the flavor too. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle shared with mkobes, maibockaddict & egajdis. Reddish brown color with nice sized head, which didn’t hang out too long. Taste is banana, malt with some port flavors and sweet caramel. Nice yeasty spiciness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2004 Vintage - 750 pours a beautiful deep amber red with a monster beige golden head and Belgian lace. The aroma is of dates and spices. The flavor is roasted, sweet, dark fruits, cinnamon, slightly yeasty, and banana. The palate is perfect BSA richness with a superior cleansing attitude that hits in the end. Overall, fine beer and a good one for my 500th rating.

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