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

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RATINGS: 860   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewslurp (18) - - DEC 29, 2012
33 cl bottle, best before end 21.09.11, tasted in Kasteel 11 glass Bottle had a thick ring around the neck with tons of yeast floaties when poured. Aroma-musty, earthy, burlap, sweet-sour tart fruit. Appearance-fluffy lively tan head, murky brown color. Taste-a creamy well-balanced mix of sweet cinnamon, pepper, candy sugar, caramel, a touch of anise with a slightly sour-flinty-herbal finish. Palate-medium bodied, creamy, lively carbonation. The 9% alcohol is hidden quite well. A very good beer despite being past its date.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LasseVPedersen (260) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle, 75cl. Pours dark ruby amber color, towards brown, with a big, foamy, dense beige head. Strong, good retention and lacings. Rich aroma, dark fruits, raisin, prune, figs, Belgium yeast, bread, cola, spices, cloves, herbal hops and earthiness. Taste is moderate to heavily sweet, spices, dark fruits, prune and figs, malty, lots of earthy herbal hops along Belgian yeast. Brown, candy sugar and anise as well. Med-full bodied character and richness. Alcohol very well hidden, understated and mostly explicit in its warming present as it ends in a slight dry matter. Delightful strong ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (1016) - NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Shared magnum bottle at RB/HD at Tau 18.10.14. Unclear copper colour. Persistent beige head. Aroma of spices and star anis Similar taste, with caramel abd sweet malt.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ulysse (46) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
Abundant foam. Weak aroma. Didn’t notice the 9 percent. A weak Christmas beer. A beer you can drink lots.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (872) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a beautiful dark amber color. Clear. A big beige head is formed. Good retention. While it disappears many lacings are left S: Traditional sweet and fruity smell. Notes of grapes. A bit metallic. Very malty and bready (dark bread) followed by the delicious Belgian yeasts. A little bit alcoholic end T: Complex. Sweet upfront. Really fruity (dark fruits) and malty (caramel malts, mainly). Excellent earthy hops and the expected Belgian yeasts. Good example of "liquid bread". Nice bitterness. Finish is a bit alcoholic M: Medium to heavy body. Molasses and reasonably carbonated for such strong beer. Alcoholic aftertaste D: Goood stuuuuff [ BA Review @ 11/26/2010 ]

5
   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2124) - BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2014
Stereotypical but well-made, classic Belgian Christmas ale, sweetish and malty, candied fruits, spicy as expected, pretty complex and though cliché, this is very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (700) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2014
750 bottle, pours reddish brown. 2012 on the cork. Lite lacing on the sides. Mild dark fruit nose, some cola like aromas. Explicit prune and fig flavors with brown sugar and anise in the background. Mild sweetness. Chirstmas in Aug. pretty good!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (12383) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Golden brown w/ thick white head. Caramel aroma. Medium mouth. VERY caramel taste with light hops, so a bit more bitter (in a nice way!) than most Christmas ales.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikske79 (1246) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Een van de lekkerste kerstbieren dat ik al geprobeerd heb. Echt een aanrader.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (427) - HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2014
Elegáns, rubinvörös színét vastag, gyorsan fejlődő habkorona takarja, mely minden mozdulatot követően csipkés bevonatot hagy a pohár falán. Illata különleges, ánizsos, a Gouden Carolus Christmasnél megismert illatokat idéző, melyek egy elnyúló, élesztős alapon állnak, valamint egy mézben áztatott mogyorós-diós lepelbe vannak burkolva. Íze legalább ennyire sokrétű, ebben a főszerepet szintén a kissé mentolos, medvecukros zamatok játsszák, ezt színesíti egy grillázsszerű, kissé lágyabb aroma, majd egy visszafogottan kesernyés, stílusos zárás következik. Mindez egy közepes testű és szénsavtartalmú ital képében, mely egyébként remekül megkomponált és megnyugtatóan tökéletes ünnepi nedű.


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