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

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RATINGS: 923   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4563) - Shropshire, - MAY 1, 2012
April 2009: Brown 33cl bottle, best before Oct 09, it had been hanging around in my stash for a couple of years and I decided its time had come! I knew it could produce a stupidly large head, so I used my equally large ’Judas’ glass to review it in. Because the glass could take it, the beer looked fantastic. The body was a dark ruby colour, but clear when held to the light. On top sat a wonderfully full off-white, slightly tanned head. At the end of the review there was still a full covering of head, thinner but still a full covering, with heavy lacing down the glass. The smell is toffee apple with malted biscuits, cinnamon and liquorice, I’ll let you decide which is the strongest when you try the beer. A hidden sweetness comes through in the taste, not the sickly over-sweet flavour some Belgian Christmas beers have, but never-the-less, it has a sweet side to it. For me the liquorice is the dominant feature of the taste, this gives the beer a dryness that the first sweet impression doesn’t even hint at. Other Christmas type spices arrive as the beer warms (chives?), very moorish! Rich but not creamy (the liquorice sees to that), the flavours do hang around and the 9% was more and more evident as the review progressed. For the last two years I’ve been to the ’Belgian Christmas Beer Festival’ in Essen. I like to think I know a bit about this type of beer and this one is worth getting hold of.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (767) - 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 (298) - 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 (3533) - 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 (1263) - 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 (1403) - 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 (13280) - 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 (4008) - 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 (1357) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (1695) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2015
Rødbrun klar med fingerhøyt beige skum. Søtlig lukt, røde bær, fudge og krydderlukt. Fyldig øl, smaker salt lakris, anis, mørke frukter, rosin og noe fudgesmak. Kort. Sitter igjen med søtsalt ettersmak. litt oljete


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