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

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RATINGS: 933   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
azzie (501) - - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle 0.33l. Thick chestnut cloudy liquid with soft yellow foam. Full body, soft carbonation. Smell of wine, taste like fruit juice. Apricot, melon, honey. Rich and very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eManu (494) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2009
Pours a clear dark copper color with a tan color head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits like plums and apples and brown sugars. Flavors of roasted malts, caramels, cinnamon, and spices with a hint of walnuts. Good carbonation with a little sweet bitterness and a little granny texture ending. A warm brew and quite complex and enjoyable winter beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
08/03 on the cork: A hazy, light brown color with a red hue and a dense, tan head that is persistent. Aroma is heavy on milk chocolate and dark cherry. I smell no herbs or spices as suggested by the commercial description. Flavor is quite straightforward but very pleasant and shows an interesting profile. It starts very creamy and chocolatey, then acidity kicks in though mild, then the creamy chocolate along with cork kicks back in, and then a smack of bitterness breaks the palate again, then the butter, bubblegum, dark cherry, big sweetness, and chocolate lead into a velvety, lush finish. I remember this two years ago and it tasted like nothing but bubblegum and dark malt. This has improved considerably.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Red-brown colour, nice well lasting head. Sweet caramel and some roasted malts in the aroma. Good caramellic and malty flavour with some alcohol. Bit creamy. Tasty beer!

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 25, 2007
RE_RATE PENDING ****** Though I’m quite fond of their blond and tripel, i’ve found this Cuvée, on tap, quite useless. Weak aroma, little taste but strong bodied and ethilic. Since i trust who served me, I wait to sample bottled version.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Yeast aroma. Very balanced, mellow, woody flavors with some spice. Roastiness somewhere in there. Herbal finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Muddy brown color – sharp quickly dissipating white head - tons of sediment - nose of orange , cherry / chocolate , and yeast - taste of sour red fruits ( cherries , and raspberries ) , oranges , malt , brown sugar , and acidic - medium body - aftertaste of sour acidic red fruit , malts and brown sugar

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thellgren (475) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
0.33 l bottle from Alko. Great head and copper brown colour. Not as dark as I expected. Taste resembles toffee with a hint of bitterness. Interesting, this is different than most of the winter or chrismas beers or ales. I’m glad this is in a small bottle, since the 9% of alcohol might be too much unless your are having a company.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sjohnh (474) - 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.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2007
on tap - mcmenamin’s (philadelphia) - pours a ruby brown. aroma was not very pleasant- spices and sweaty feet (not good sweaty feet like some cheeses). Flavor was thin, mild, and slightly unpleasant. Not a favorite.


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