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

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RATINGS: 924   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.


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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Copper red body with a dense white head. Aroma has a warming alcohol feeling . Also some hint of fruit in the background here. Flavor is sweet malt, candy sugar, citrus and herbs. A full bodied beer with a complex taste of Christmas.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rami_pl (304) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Butelka, warka do 14-08-2016. Brazowo-czerwonawe, opalizujace, z bardzo wysoka piana, powoli opadajaca i zostajaca bialawa, cienka warstewka az do konca. Aromaty slodowe, owocowe (zwlaszcza owocowe, i to nie tylko typowe owoce dla BDSA jak sliwki, figi, rodzynki, ale rowniez maliny? wisnie?), przyprawowe, zbozowe, karmelowe. Czasami tez belgijskie drozdze, choc tylko w tle. Nieco winne aromaty tez chwilami. Smak dosc analogiczny - przy czym od innych swiatecznych w charakterze piw rozni je duzo mniejsza przyprawowosc a duzo wyzsza owocowosc. W ustach pozostaja mocno slodkie i slabsze kwaskowato-owocowe posmaki. Goryczka - przyprawowa - dosc wysoka jak na styl. Wysycenie srednie. Alkohol dobrze ukryty. Niemalo ciala. W ustach nieco lepkie, syropowe. Bardzo dobre, bardzo zlozone, ladnie ulozone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (775) - CROATIA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle; cloudy brown with an off white head; has a fruity aroma with caramel, yeast, and spices; taste is sweet with caramel, dark fruits, and yeast; dry spicy finish; good beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kustie (304) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 24, 2015
Bottle. Brown color with thick light brown head. Aroma has ripe fruits, caramel and malt. Taste is malty sweet with quite long a bit dry aftertaste. Flavors of raisin, ripe fruits, caramel and chocolate. Some alcohol warmth also present. Quite high carbonated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3545) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 15, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear dark copper color. Massive beige-brown head, stays. Looks beautiful. Fruity, peach, slightly sour, raisins, berries, hints of white chocolate in aroma. Caramel, toffee, raisins, white chocolate, berries, touch of Belgian yeast in taste. Quite high carbonation, but it’s not disturbing. Malts and white chocolate with raisins in aftertaste. Nice brew!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirstyrabbit (1320) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 12, 2015
Small bottle. Reddish brown body, medium off-white head. Aroma has spices and some rye bread. Dark caramelly taste with more spices and rye bread. Later a hint of plum skin. High carbonation. Finish has herbal bitterness. I’m not a big fan of herbal bitterness but otherwise it’s alright.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1284) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 11, 2015
0,33L bottle (from Wine of Galilee). Pours copper-ruby with tan head. The head stays forever. Aroma is very sweet, fruits, spices, malt. Flavor is sweet, spices, malt, fruits, plums, toffee, and some alcohol. Finish is burnt sugar bitterness with spices and some alcohol. Overall: nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1410) - Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2015
Old rating. Dark red brown. Anise, spice, candy sugar, caramel, booze, pretty strong bitter finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13373) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
Bottle at home in London with Lyoli - picked up from Beermerchants. Pours clear amber with a modest, frothy khaki head. The nose holds licorice, Belgian yeast, lightly toasted bread. Medium sweet flavor with some wintery spices, more bread, light bitter leaves, berries, more licorice, plums, yeast. Full bodied with lively, massaging carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with notes of ripe fruits, bread, grain, faint rubber, anise. So so.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (4016) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
On draft at Trio in Kill Devill HIlls, NC. Pours cloudy brown with a thin ecru head. Peppermint nose. Flavors of caramel and butterscotch with herbal notes. Crisp finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
29.12.2014. Brown reddish. Aroma of anise, liquorice, caramel malts and dark fruits. Tastes dark fruits, liquorice, spices. Great. Less sweet version of Gouden Carolus Christmas if I recall correctly.


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