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

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RATINGS: 852   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle. Brown with a large light brown head, good lacings. Aroma heavy malty (sweet brown fruits, roasted, brown sugar, spices), light hoppy and yeasty. Flavor heavy sweet, light to moderate bitter, spicy. Medium to full body, creamy, soft carbonated. The strength is not felt. A very good Christmas ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2006
75 cL bottle. Pours brown with light brown and creamy head. Fruity and caramel smell with alcohol elements. Sweet taste with aroma hops that gives taste of fruit together with malts that provides darker roasted like notes. Caramel taste too. Round and well balanced into the aftertaste. Very drinkable beer. Well suited for the wide audience as a good belgian x-mas beer experience.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29207) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2002
A very dark amber beer with an OK head - very sparkeling. It has a very fruity aroma - as belgium ales most often have. The taste is very powerful, nice sweet and prickling - with no hints of the alcohol content. Definately a very nice ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25088) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20640) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2005
Brown colour with a big beige head. Sweet aroma with notes of yeast, spices and alcohol. Very carbonated. Sweet aroma with notes of dried fruit and yeast.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 Bottled. Hazy dark nutbrown colour with small beige head. Aroma of sweet plum and some hops. Flavour is sweet alcohol with plummy hints and some toffee.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19308) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2002
Mahogany coloured. Toffee aroma. Sweet initially, fruity and butterscotchy, but bitterish and somewhat dryish finish. Complex and tasty, but IMO not really as good as their tripel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty spicy, yeasty aroma. Whith some hints of dark fruits. Sweet malty spicy flavor hints of yeast and dark fruits. Warming sweet malty fruity finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
12th June 2008. Sour molasses tinged malt with a fruity undertone. Finishes with a Belgian candy sugar dryness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
Keg, 2003-11-29, 9-5-9-4-18
Dark ruby color. Alcoholic malty nose, honey, herbs (Drambuie). Incredible flavor: malty, sweet, a lot of raisins; then caramel, spices (nutmeg, coriander, …), gingerbread, sweet orange peel. Gorgeous! The best Belgian ale on keg that I had!

Keg, 2003-01-13, 5-5-7-3-14
Wonderful ruby color, thick generous head. Malt aroma, pretty sweet, too poor hop, a bit metallic, missing a real character. Caramel in the final.


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