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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16704) - 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 (3640) - 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 (446) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2006
On bottle at a friends place, had been stored about a year after it was purchased. Bought some time in the end of 2004. Dark nice color, very big head with a brownish color. Not very spicy/seasoned, the way I like my christmas beers. Heavy taste, but not really any distinct alcohol in it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Brown with a huge tannish, foamy head. Nose is a bit dusty with caramel, dark fruits and tons of malts. A bit earthy. The flavor is robust and full of hops and malts. A bit roasty, somewhat toasty. The hops are fruity along with a huge presence of spices. Coriander maybe. Some bitterness and a touch of bubblegum. There is something here I cannot place. Probably the carmelized malts. Thick and chewy, leaves a pretty strong coating in the mouth. The end is sweet, almost syrupy with a touch of fruit and caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle. 2004 Vintage. Amber-brown beer with a big light cocoa colored head. Spicey, malty, yeasty aroma. Sweet malt flavor with lots of yeast and dried fruits. Some Xmas spice. Rich and complex, yet easy to drink. Alcohol makes itself known in the background.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
On tap @ Kafe Belgie, Utrecht. Dark borwn with hints of red under a large tan head. Didn’t pick up much in the nose, but I had a cold. Flavor is slightly fruity and not too sweet. Alcohol is present, but not too strong. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Would love to try this again.


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