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

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RATINGS: 849   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.


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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2004
Deep dusky ruby red colour. Luxuriant beige head, which dies down quite quickly. Lots of tiny bits in suspension. Loads of old roast malt in the aroma. The taste is of sweet fruit cake, malt loaf and raisins. Alcohol is noticeable. Sweet on the finish, with a lasting treacle toffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Very warming, but not hugely complex. Not really my favoured style, but quite pleasant. 330ml bottle (bottle conditioned) from beersofeurope.co.uk

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Great beer for noble hops. Translusent, but dark brownish red enough that it is hard to see through the glass. Frothy pour. Aroma of rich maybe Munich malt(something dark) carmel, and (light) molasses. Reminds me of a Martzen almost. Noble hops are abundant in this one. Very unusually for a Noel beer. Full bodied and almost syrupy, like a Martzen. Sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Decent beige head which disspates to a thin foam. Decent carbonation keeps the foam on top. Slightly cloudy dark orange/brown. Thick, malty aroma with some dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Slighty sweet, malty flavor with more alcohol. Perhaps some caramel in there. Nothing very distinctive. Nice and warming on the way down. Finish is sweet and leaves a thin film in the mouth. Not a spicy as I would have expected for a winter brew. A good belgian but nothing distinctive to set it apart.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Reddish brown appearance with a medium sized, off white head. Complex aroma with a backdrop of spices, licorice, pinecones and yeast. Malty, spicy, earthy taste with a full-bodied mouthfeel and a good carbonation level. Dry, spicy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Clear sparkling garnet color out of the corked 750 ml bottle. Lasting big beige head. Lively on the tongue but not distracting. Candi sugar and alcohol nose. Complex flavors of dried fruit, dark bread and sweet malts. Very well balanced with a pleasant alcohol warming sensation as it goes down. Great beer.


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