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

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RATINGS: 854   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2004
this is a gorgeous bottle, the label alone knocked my socks off-- or rather, my flip-flops--see, i’m having this christmas seasonal in august. there’s that dreamy pastoral scene: a post card perfect old world village, a windmill and pine tree heavy with snow and merry with ornaments-- locked in winter’s sleepy tranquility-- i can almost picture a nineteen year old julie andrews about to run out singing... like in "the sound of music"... to laugh and frolic and make a snow angel... and then get naked. well, maybe i’m getting a little TOO dreamy. back to business: the cork boomed upward with apparent aspirations of achieving orbit-- an ambitious voyage cut sadly short by smacking me in the face. the head was a huge snow sculpture, melting into soft focus. a baked apple-red chestnut pour, ruby and ambergris-- the lace was as thick and textured as stucco. the aroma is less winning: whiskey soaked toast, clay and brown paper bag, a bit of soap, sugary baked apple peel, graham cracker. tasting, there’s a champagne-like effect that seems upon first contact like it will translate as sweet, however, the hyper-carbonation rubs out the sweetness before it can take hold. a moderate copper penny bitterness comes to dominate the post-swallow ruminations. over an hour drinking-- and still that carb didn’t mello much: flinty and overly-assertive fizz is like a magician’s flashpowder that distracts from gestures elsewhere. sod grass and raisin flavored malts and corriander-orange backed bitterness. the bitterness is lingering, and the alcohol effect is increasing. oh yessh. in spite of a lovely buzz, i’ve got mixed feelings on this one. some hearty engagement, some disappointment. like spending the evening with an affable republican, it was mostly enjoyable, with a few tough moments of dissent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hojou (19) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Dubbel like christmas beer, prunes, caramel etc. taste - high alcohol but medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Nice Belgian profile, yeasty and musk, raisins, plums, a bit spicy. Sweet, alcohol. Dark brown-red murky, with light tan foamy lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium active carbonation, carbonic burn. Starts with deep subtle malts, grassy or earthy, with light sweetness, raisins, and obvious alcohol. Finish is warming, as is after, with good dry bitterness coming in, musty, plums, and some spices. Alcohol is very present at 9%. After is fairly clean, with residual warming and some dry spicyness. Pretty good stuff, this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Dark red-brown color, sweet spicy aroma and taste,Full body, dry finish. good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Pale, clouded, orangey brown appearance, good head formation. Yeasty, rich malt aroma, fruity, sweet strawberry, slight woodiness. Sweet fruity, jammy flavor, dry champagne like balance, well carbonated, bitter astringency in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 Bottle from The Wine Company, Slough. Dark, with a decent head. The beer is malty, Spicy & slightly sweet. A very well balanced beer. Third in my midsummer Belgian christmas fest!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 75 cl corked bottle. Dark red/brown color, with high beige head. Belgian laces down the side of the glass. Spicy aroma with sweet/sour tone. Wonderful taste with lot of spices. Quite dry. Longlasting aftertaste of spices and hops. Powerful carbonation and lively mouthfeel.<P> (rerate 2004 edition) Chocolate malt and dryness

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Deep mahogany ruby-orange hue. Thick creamy pale tan head. Dark fruit, fruitcake, raison, toffee nose. Rather sweet, butterscotch, raison, orange, fruitcake, champagne, dark chocolate, medium to full bodied, finishing with a winey dryness, faint bitterness, yeast and subtle alcohol. Very drinkable, a perfect winter warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2004
reddish brown color, tan head, medium lasting. great lacing. sugary nose, flavor goes in sweet. low caronation. slight hop, alcohol finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - APR 7, 2004
75 cl bottle, served in Westmalle chalice. Deep brownish red; moderate head. There's a nice, warm fullness to the taste. Delicious malt character, and an impressively long, distinctive finish. Very good drinkability - it's so easy to forget the 9% abv... One of the better Christmas brews I've tasted, although it's not in the same league as Gouden Carolus Christmas or Affligem Nöel. A very nice beer, though, and very popular in Denmark - easily the most available imported Christmas brew this year, and winner of several Christmas beer tastings.


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