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

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RATINGS: 995   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Tasty, warm, strong. hints of a heated rum raisin, mixed with dark bread. Pleasurable mouthfeel, not to hot on the tongue, sits nice and heavy in the cheeks.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2011
Pours brown with a red shine. Small head. Aroma of malts and spices. Taste of caramel, malts and spices. High carbonation comes through in the taste while it is not very much noticable in the appearance. Should probably age some more but nice beer already.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marstonlad (747) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Appearance is really beautiful, the color of dark ruby with a big, rocky head. Aroma has strong dark fruitiness, sweet maltiness and spiciness; plum, pear, some caramel. Taste is medium to heavy sweet; maltiness and fruitiness are rich with Belgian yeast adding spicy elements. Hoppiness is mild to moderate, balancing a bit. Dried fruitiness and spices feature most. Spiciness is moderate, not over-the-top. Palate is medium to full bodied, quite smooth despite the carbonation being a bit lively. Nice sweet and attractive Christmas beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
Hazy dark brown, thin white head. Acidic, orange nose with some hints of alcohol. Acidic raisin flavour. Almost no bitterness. Small yeasty notes in finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauritsio (736) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle from Alko. Brown with xxl head. Dark berries with some alcohol. Lasting bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (735) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2016
Dark brown red beer with a tan head. Aroma is malty with some notes of alcohol. Flavour is similar with some spices and a bit of caramel. Very nice Christmas beer. (Bottle 33cl)

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strap (731) - Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2015
Dark with a red tint. Quickly diminishing off white head. Sweet with a licorice aroma. Nice blend of Christmas spices in the taste. Well done ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
valpoaj (729) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Tap pour - ruddy brown pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma is bold and yeasty...lots of spice, malt, bread, hint of licorice. Flavor is similarly yeasty and bready, slight hint of bittering hops, fruit (dark), anise note, and a good dose of spice...pretty intense stuff. Palate is medium bodied and the alcohol was quite evident in this brew...somewhat chewy. Good brew overall, though didn’t feel right drinking this with warm temps outside!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sjohnh (728) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Dark reddy brown body with a frothy tan head - very lively at first. Aroma of malt, brown sugar and sherry trifle. Good body, though no more than medium. Flavours include cherry, mulled wine, sugar and darker malts. Good, bit too sweet maybe.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours a deep orange/amber with a large tan head. Aroma is of raisin, caramel, lots of brown sugar. Flavor repeats the aromas but with the addition of Belgian yeast, heavy cream, some biscuit flavors. Ashy/sweet finish. Full mouthfeel/viscosity, medium carbonation. A very enjoyable Christmas ale from St. Feuillien, as anticipated. Overall, very good to excellent.


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