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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11784) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2008 Cloudy red, brown beer with a big bubbly, off-white, short lived head. Malt, orange and berries in the aroma. Has a pleasant bitterness in the flavour with a litte metallic note, and it has way too much carbonation for my taste. One year old: More pleasant carbonation? Same aroma. Fruity, toffee, spicy flavour, in excellent balance.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewolf (11490) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2005
An absolutely stunning beer. Quite sweet when you first taste it, but with several undertones of cinnamon, koriander and fruityness. It has a beautiful brown/yellow head. Recommended to drink it above 5 degrees C.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (11468) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 This is a real christmas-beer. Strong head and a magnificent golden colour. This beer is so inviting that you just need to smell and taste it. And you won´t be dissapointed. It smells and tastes just as good as it looks.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pinball (11404) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2008
large 70cl bottle. aroma is christmas spices, orange peel, alc. appears red brown, large yellowbrown head that selttles quickly. Strong is the first word that pops up in my mind to describe this brew. sweetness, caramel, alc. chrismas spices, slight sourish orange flavor. alc is too dominant, and it feels sort of onesided. lacks finesse and depth. perhaps they sell these in different qualities, or something. i’d never rate it 3.73, it’s more like a midrange european "macro" christmas brew, than a belgian beer.(okay, belgium is in europe, but their beer is generally out of this world)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2006
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a lightly hazy garnet with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of sweet malt, spice and some fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of sweet malt, spice, apple andc a hint of raisin with a lingering sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11148) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2006
Hazy dark brown ale with a thin moka head. Sweet candy malt with orange peels, coriander, cardamom, rich aroma. Rich malt in mouth, with nice classy hops, licorice, coriander, chocolate. Very rich bodied with smooth warming alcohol finish. Merci Chris. Shared with Chris, and Mike, November, 2005.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11111) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Chuncks of yeast float through this beer. Dough aroma with raisin. Good lacing. Sweet flavor with raisin, dough, licorice and orange. Full bodied, alcohol well hidden. Good beer! From tap @ Café Morshuis in Albergen, december 2009: malty aroma with dried figs and some roast. medium to full bdoied. Malty, slightly roasty flavor with butter, dried fruit and a hint of cinnamon. Sticky mouthfeel but satisfyingly balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Cuvee de Noel
Date: 12/09/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub

clear ruby red, big beige head, touch of lace, light fruity aroma, big spicy malt flavor with hints of cinamon and nutmeg, light bitter finish from the spices, settles down to be a creamy sweet and spicy beer with caramel sweetness on top of the spices,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10841) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Keg (Poirotti Eira, Helsinki) Rich ruby red. Thin light persistent head. Initially a cnadifloss sweet aroma with a sharp mint component, and a slight hint of banana too. Soft lightly carbonated, feels lovely in the mouth. Sweet malty body. Finally it clicks! The aroma has caroway in it, it’s almost like some aquavits. Classic strong Belgian beer. Rerate of (6-4-8-4-13=3.4) 330ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Winter Ales 2004) Distinctly belgian. Brown, with a fluffy head. Flowery but rich malty aroma. Brown (brun) malty taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
750 mL caged and corked bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy and sparkling brown with an average, fizzy, light brown head, lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, nutty), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (earth, dough) with notes of banana and apple. Full bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.


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