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

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RATINGS: 1080   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 corked: This beer has an extremely dense, pillowy, creamy, swirly, off-tan head with wonderful retention. Aroma is of yeast, herbs, cinnamon stick, vagina (i am not trying to be funny either)), black cherries (as beer reaches room temp) and hops. This beer is definitely not smooth as the description states. Over carbonated, IMO, too bitter, salty, and no malt depth at all. In other words, lacking complexity. The first disappointment from this brewery. Ordered from Belgium. Boy, at the end of this 'magnum,' it has really improved. With the yeast added and near room temp, this beer has drastically changed. Some pine was noticed up front (very reminiscent of Anchor OSA) as were the malts (finally!), in the dry finish.

3.9
jonas (8551) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2002
caramel and malt balanced well against hoparomas. A bit vinous but not too heavy.

3.8
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 25, 2001
It has a nice amber-brown colour with a beautiful head and lace. Its aroma is fresh, floral and pleasant. It is fruity, quite sweet with a touch of pleasant acidity. The aftertaste is long and pleasant.

4.2
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 23, 2001
Chestnut brown with a quick, compact head, emanating an aroma with elements of black grape, cherry, berry, melon, and cantaloupe. Flavor is rather ripe, as the cherry, melon, and subtle almond/amaretto flavors compliment the chewy, smooth maltiness. Finish is malty, fruity, and slightly alcoholic. If it weren't for the harsh beginning, I would have no complaints. I didn't experience the bitterness fishman mentions, although he did let his warm considerably longer.

3.8
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 23, 2001
Warming and alcoholic. Great spice character and decent malt presence in a smooth body. The finish was a bit harsh, very bitter in the back of the throat, but overall very good.

3.8
Bov (13456) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 19, 2001
dark red-brown colour, giant head, very (too) yeasty and spicy, creamy, tart and heavy, lacking of character, long dry finish with a touch of caramel

3.8
PhillyBeer2112 (2942) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2001
Very nice, and surprising, hop character....................................

2.9
Oakes (19569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2001
Firm, yeasty-malty palate. Faintest hint of apples & cinnamon. Lacks development of malt character.


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