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

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RATINGS: 929   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (13904) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2011
Hazy dark brown with a big light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dried fruit, yeasty and very spicy. Flavor is very sweet and light bitter. Full bodied and smooth. The finish is sweet and very spicy. Too spicy and sweet for my liking, but otherwise a great beer. 121109

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2001
Firm, yeasty-malty palate. Faintest hint of apples & cinnamon. Lacks development of malt character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (13387) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2006
On tap at Hörnan, Stockholm. Amber with a great beige head. Fruity aroma, vanilla, sweet fruits and toffee notes. Fruity, citric flavor, some grapes andsome spices.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (13245) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a surprisingly thin yet creamy off-white head. S: Lots of banana esters to the nose along with raisins and plums. Plenty of nice caramel and brown sugar aromas to provide sweetness and just a subtle all-spice note. T: Starts off with sweet brown sugar and caramel, and clove coming through after that. A fair amount of banana and raisins, perhaps a bit of cherries. A bit more alcohol presence that I had expected. M: The body is medium to full with a pretty high carbonation that is typical for this style. D: Not quite as good as some of the other Belgian Christmas beers, but this one was still pretty good. Would have this again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (12653) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2010
Tap @ Ris Ras. Murky brown with medium tan head. Flavour is malt, caramel, dark fruit, sweet, roasted malts and spices.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12460) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
750 ml bottle. Aroma of medium dark fruit and caramel. Brilliant ruby color with a decent tan head. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Starts with a bit of heat, followed by dark berry, strong caramel, and some bitter at all points. It’s got a spicy fresh impression. It’s dry and sweet all at once. Perhaps a bit woody in the end. The bottle claims to be full of sumptious, exciting contrasts. Right on.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (12416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is candis sugar, alcohol, caramel. Flavour is sweet, candis sugar, alcohol, roasted, caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2005
(750 ml bottle) Pours a clear mahogany body with a large rocky light tan head. Aroma of toffee, yeast, apples, and spices. Complex yeast and spices. Smooth, creamy palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Creamy tan head with mahogany body. Aroma is champagne, fruity (white grape), and malty. Taste is medium sweet, malty, and fruity, with a mild whiskey-ish finish. Creamy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11911) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured hazy brown color with a large fizzy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma was as complex modetate spicy sweet and yeast. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish with a small alcohol bite. Good brew.


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