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


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RATINGS: 941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14659) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2004
Bottle. Dark chestnut colour. Big creamy head. Malty, sweet aroma. Malty, sweet, spicy and peppery flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2001
Firm, yeasty-malty palate. Faintest hint of apples & cinnamon. Lacks development of malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (13463) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2010
Tap @ Ris Ras. Murky brown with medium tan head. Flavour is malt, caramel, dark fruit, sweet, roasted malts and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13329) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12952) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12498) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12408) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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.

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