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

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RATINGS: 854   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (268) - Airvault, FRANCE - DEC 22, 2013
33cL. Bottle. Home. Brown unclear beer. Alive but not sparkling. Large creamy head. Caramel, alcohol, spices with red fruit and star anise notes. Sweet taste balanced with a good bitterness. Soft carbonation, warm bittersweet finish. A warming beer like all christmas beers should be (from my point of view).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - APR 7, 2004
75 cl bottle, served in Westmalle chalice. Deep brownish red; moderate head. There's a nice, warm fullness to the taste. Delicious malt character, and an impressively long, distinctive finish. Very good drinkability - it's so easy to forget the 9% abv... One of the better Christmas brews I've tasted, although it's not in the same league as Gouden Carolus Christmas or Affligem Nöel. A very nice beer, though, and very popular in Denmark - easily the most available imported Christmas brew this year, and winner of several Christmas beer tastings.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Christmas Beer and Cheese Tasting Summit’s Wayside Tavern...Poured an amber color with a smalll off white head...Aroma of sweet malts...Flavor was of caramel malts which dominated much of the beer...Very lightly spiced...a good Christmas offering

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2004
Bottle. Massive white head, deep red appearance, oranges and spice in the aroma. Taste wise there was lots of Caramel and spice. A rather pleasant beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle, pours dark brown with a creamy off-white almost lightbrown head. Nice malty and caramelly aroma. Flavour is nice and bready with a faint soury and spicy finish. A well composed yet complex beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - APR 19, 2009
Ruby red, a very belgian aroma of dried fruits. The taste is fruity, malty and spicy. Warms ones heart during cold times, a very xmasy beer, maybe the best seasonal beer that I have had in terms of capturing the spirit of season. Don’t be a grinch, have a go at this if you haven’t tried.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Forsberg_dk (258) - DENMARK - AUG 14, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 75 cl bottle, pours dark amber with a decent head, aroma of malt and dark fruit, taste is malty, dark fruits and brown sugar, fairly sweet, ok finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 7, 2008
TAP.Pours a cloudy brown with a thick but quickly dissipating head Aroma of dense fruit, featuring fig, raisin,and prune notes with a touch of chocolate Fantastic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
This Belgian poured a rich burgundy, with a nice thick, creamy head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Rich flavour, bursts in your mouth, and tickles the palate. I'd make a special trip to Belgium, just for this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2007
bottle. ruby color with a small head. nice spicy aromas of cloves and oranges with a touch of alcohol and sugar. spicy goodness up front with nice sweet candi sugar in the back balanced nicely with lightly roasted malt and burnt chocolate giving it a medium mouthfeel and a hint of bitterness, good stuff.


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