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

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RATINGS: 925   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Craggy , sudsy, light khaki head over a rich maroon beer with fine particulate. Candied ginger nose with a robust maltiness, melanoidin richness, and various candied dark fruits. Medium to high sweetness (accounting for some alcohol sweetness), moderate cola-like acidity and low bitterness. Malty and rose-like retronasal; aroma begins to show solvent notes. Medium body with a sticky texture and tingling carbonation. Some higher alcohols ding an otherwise straightforward, reasonably well attenuated and malty-fruity sipper. 19.11.2009 update, 33 cl bottle, best before 02.09.2011. Original rating. Muddy brown-red hue with a frothy tan and off-white head. Light caramel, heavy pears, fruity pebbles, vinous, fruit flavored sugar candy, herbal, cinnamon. Moderately-heavy sweet, moderately acidic (sharp) flavor. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, slick texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3605) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2005
Red brownish colour. Taste of caramel and nuts. Medium lasting head. Nice full body with lots of taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
Hazy dark brown, thin white head. Acidic, orange nose with some hints of alcohol. Acidic raisin flavour. Almost no bitterness. Small yeasty notes in finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Off-white ring covers the dark brown to ruby body. Immediately spicy aroma, straightforward cinnamon, nutmeg and mellow anise make a christmasty, spicy foreground backed by what might be the regular st-feuillien brune, or the dark malts are really similar. Caramel malt comes out cakey. A mild tart bite is quickly overturned by the spicy anise and curacao. Light-medium bodied, less full than expected, moderately high carbonation. Respectable, but unimpressive in the department of christmas ales, the spices are a bit too dominant on the flavor balance and sweetness seems less well integrated than in top examples..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Well, this may be licensed away to Affligem these days, but my version was from Brasserie Friart in Le Roeulx - the original home of the St. Feuillien range. Dark brown, very hazy - lots of impurities here. All the typical notes of sweet, dried fruits, roasted malts and candy sugar - with some spices. A very full-bodied, potent beer - almost the quintessence of a Christmas beer. Lovely. 200398

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 a mes rate: alcohol, candy sugar and liquorice nose with a hint of cough sweets. small but longish lasting cream head. the palate is just right with just a hint of carbonation. sweet malty and fruity with a wonderful slow, warm alcohol finish. christmas pudding but a tad nicer! decent stuff

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8751) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle. Sweet fruit juice (grape/apple) aroma. Dark tan color with ample head. Sweet grape and yeasty malt flavor with an astrigent/acidic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3233) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 30, 2005
750 ml bottle date 28 07 06 Deep mahogany pour holds up a firm thick off white head. Easily laces the glass while giving off a heavy complex aroma of malt, yeast, dough and fruit. Alcohol too. Smooth and light on the tongue but in no way thin or watery. The flavor has a light sweetness, very little bitterness yet remains complex and satisfying. Very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2004 750ml bottle:pours a deep ruby red with a nice light brown lumpy head.lots of yeast,bread,and fruit in the aroma.the first sip gave me a complex blend of yeast,pears,apples,malts,and oranges.the mouthfeel was a tiny bit acidic and a little watery.although i must say the complexity of the palate is delightful.this is a very fruity and tastey b.s.a.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9321) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
Had the bomber with friends. It was a close runner-up among four good xmas beers on March 25. Nicely carbonated, dark brown, nutmeg and some cinammon, maybe a tad of cardomon and vanilla. Wonderful with chocaloate. A crowd pleaser find from Cellars new store in Fort Lauderdale.


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