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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (16214) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (15204) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Golden brown w/ thick white head. Caramel aroma. Medium mouth. VERY caramel taste with light hops, so a bit more bitter (in a nice way!) than most Christmas ales.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14935) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2007
Bottled, 75cl champagne cork. An unclear, reddish brown beer with a tan head. Nice roasted aroma with some caramel. The roastiness is a bit toned down in the flavor, and there’s also some sugar and cellar, as well as caramel. Fullbodied, sweet mouthfeel and a nice, sweet and spiced finish. Nice one. (061229)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (14873) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14490) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
1,5 liter bottle: Dark amber with fine creamy head. Sweet malty & spicy notes. Ok filling body. Lively carbonated almost sparkling. Soft & smooth texture. Lasting spicy bitter finish. Very enjoyable on a cold night!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14459) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
Red brownish colour. Taste of caramel and nuts. Medium lasting head. Nice full body with lots of taste

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14292) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
Bottle at home. Dark brown - white head. A lot of dried dark fruits (Raisins, prunes), nice hopped, sweet malty, licorice, cherry, spicy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14257) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2004
Bottle. Dark chestnut colour. Big creamy head. Malty, sweet aroma. Malty, sweet, spicy and peppery flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (13718) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2004
Bottled (BB 09/2006)
Dark brown with good cloudy brown head, some lace. Malty, ashy nose. Sweetish, fruity medium-bodied malty body. Warming aftertaste. Good dessert for christmas meal.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13615) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
Bottle at home in London with Lyoli - picked up from Beermerchants. Pours clear amber with a modest, frothy khaki head. The nose holds licorice, Belgian yeast, lightly toasted bread. Medium sweet flavor with some wintery spices, more bread, light bitter leaves, berries, more licorice, plums, yeast. Full bodied with lively, massaging carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with notes of ripe fruits, bread, grain, faint rubber, anise. So so.


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