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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 993   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.


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 (9242) - 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 (5465) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16837) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 Bottle. Ruby colour, no head. Red berry aroma, over carbonated in mouth. Nice red berry fruit flavour throughout this. Fairly simple but I am a sucker for that red berry taste. Re-rate, a little too boozy, but otherwise it’s a drinkable Belgian strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Cloudy deep brown color, with a tan-colored head, with a sweet caramel malt, toasted malt, brown sugar, fruity notes, with a warm feeling in the aroma, follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a sweet dried fruity character, toasted malt, caramelized malt, brown sugar, toffeish accent, with a nice carbonation, the alcohol seems well hidden in this big beer, leading towards a sweet malted and mellow alcoholic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3707) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy brown body topped with a thin off-white frothy head. Nice and complex malty/hoppy aroma with various fruity notes (apple, banana, strawberry). Alcohol is very well hidden. Robust hoppy taste with woody and fruity hints. Ends with a long, strong and warm dry finish. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PLundsgaard (454) - 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

3.5
   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.

3.4
   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.


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