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


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RATINGS: 881   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
44fire44 (1) - DENMARK - NOV 24, 2013 does not count
Bold spicy taste - exactly like a christmas brew should be like. Good strength (alcohol) but not too alcohol’y in the taste. Definitly my favorite brew this time of the year!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djbans (3) - - OCT 14, 2014 does not count
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (700) - BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2013
Ah Noël, quelle belle période pour la bière ! Bon ici on approche de la Chandeleur, mais c’est autorisé comme bière d’hiver, et donc tout va bien... 9% abv, tout ceci doit réchauffer quelque peu. Couleur roux foncé, un rien cuivré en transparence. Clarté opaque, sauf en transparence. Bulles moyennes bien vivantes au centre du verre. Mousse beige moyen qui tombe et nappe mais sans aspect crémeux. Odeurs de prune, poire cuite, pointe de candi, pruneau, épices fines. Volume plus liquide que soyeux. 1ère bouche d’un bel ensemble vin/fruits/bois mais paradoxalement sans texture stucturée. 2ème bouche sur le croissant, la cassonnade, la prune, mais toujours aussi souple. 3ème avec un nez d’avoine et un équilibre céréale/houblon. Arrière-bouche un peu vineuse. Longueur sur la pomme de terre, les fruits mûrs, très bien mais pas de réel décolage. Levure souple et vineuse. Alcool bien dosé, sans excès. La finale manque jute d’une texture plus « solide ». Donc beaucoup d’espoir, une très belle réalisation, qui manque juste à 1/50ème...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
As soon as I popped the cork on the 750 ml bottle, I could smell this wonderful caramel malt aroma. Further inspection led to a sweet yeasty bread and some brown sugar. The beer is the red/brown color of strong tea, slightly hazed, and topped by an impressive head of creamy tan foam. Good head retention and lacing. One delicious brew - with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and fig. There is a hop bitterness for balance that is not detected in the flavor until the finish - where it is a bit spicy with a mild citrus character. Toffee, black tea, leather, spice, bread dough, and alcohol linger in the aftertaste. Medium to full body, with gentle but very full carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Stefano (1886) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Attractive aroma, a bit of holiday cheer and a tingle of season felicitations. Malty flavor with some classic saltiness provided by the frothy, vigorous palate, which bursts with carbonation and then fades quickly from the reddish body. Enjoyable caramel and touch of spice. My favorite Christmas beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gerbeer (1992) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2012
330 ml bottle. 2011 vintage. Pours a very dark brown/red with huge head. Full aroma of toffee and roasted malts. Flavors of sweet toffee with light spices. Incredibly creamy and warm. A great Belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Mostly clear red-amber with massive, flotsam, tan head / Lively, bright nose of candied, medicinal orchard fruit and herbs / Medium body, vibrant fine-bubble carbonation, lightly sour and modest sweetness, delicate with good hopping, and some bitterness on the finish / Elegant flavors of turning apple, caramel, pecan, leather, root beer and other herb, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, and oak / Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Preben (3) - Taastrup, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2003 does not count
A spectacular christmas ale, with scents of all the christmas spices. It's the most convincing seasonal brew, I have tasted. It supports heavy christmas food perfectly and it's become a christmas tradition itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 3, 2012
Bottled under Speciale. Red tinted amber with a retaining off white head. The nose is my only complaint as it is a bit shy and doesn’t develop much. The palate however... this enters with some sweet flavors, develops defined sweet cherry and caramel through the mid palate and a bit of black tea on the finish. Gorgeous!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane (101) - Skævinge, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2003
No doubt about it. This is an exellent Christmas Brew from Belgian. Not to bitter, nor to sweet. Nice dark-brown color, with a longlasting creamy head.

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