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


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RATINGS: 1047   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gangstergafje (945) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2016
The beer looks good, and pretty much like a good Christmas beer should. The beer is dark. The color of the brew is a beautiful ruby red/brown. The beer sure has some cloudiness. This is not weird, since it’s yeasted in the bottle. On top of the beer a thick rough layer of slightly brownish foam is formed, that collapses rather quickly, leaving a thin drape. The smell of the beer is nice. It’s a little bit familiar. I smell some nice sweet malts, a slight toasty bitterness, some bitter and fresh hops and delicious aroma’s of herbs and liquorice. The smell is very dark and warming, both sweet and bitter. I also smell some anise. The herbs give the smell a nice kick, making the smell more interesting. The taste of the beer also is good. It is quite bitter for a Belgian Strong Ale. The bitterness comes mainly from some of the herbs. I taste liquorice and anise. The bitterness is balanced by a nice malty sweetness. Bitters and sweets are in perfect harmony. The herbs give the taste a nice kick. The herbal kick is tasted long after the beer is finished. The bitter and slightly sweet aroma’s fulfil the long finish. It is like you have been eating sweet licorices. The beer has a nice full body with an average carbonation. The beer is good and perfectly suitable for the cold, dark winter evenings around Christmas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jybi (237) - FRANCE - DEC 17, 2016
Petit papa Saint Feuillien nous présente ici son opus de fin d’année, avec au programme de la réglisse, 22 d’EBU et un titrage alcoolique de 9 % Abv, honorable pour une bière de fin de Noël. Sa parure est d’un brun clair limpide, parsemée de bulles de moyen diamètre et parée d’une mousse beige s’affaissant cependant rapidement. Le nez est discret sur les céréales, le pruneau, le caramel et légèrement épicé. Mais c’est à la dégustation que notre bière se révèle, et nous laisse découvrir une véritable bière de Noël chaleureuse. L’attaque est très agréable, sur les céréales et des arômes d’agrumes. La seconde bouche, qui laisse apparaître l’amertume est d’une belle homogénéité entre une amertume aromatique, un alcool chaleureux et un caramel tout en rondeur. la corpulence est appréciable, et le final laisse s’exprimer plus en avant les arômes de pruneaux teintées d’une point d’épices. L’ensemble s’intègre d’une belle façon et en bonne compagnie, à côté d’un magnifique sapin, tout est réuni pour passer une excellente soirée hivernale. S’il fallait retenir deux petits défauts toutefois, il est possible de regretter une force aromatique notamment des épices un peu en deçà et un final qui manque légèrement de puissance. Mais nous sommes dans la haute exigence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (2158) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2016
0,7L Bottle: Clear dark red colour, nice creamy head. Aroma is dominated of caramelly, belgian yesty, fruits and citrus, and vanilla, lakris is there too.. Flavor had a nice mix of Woody, vanilla, lkakris fruits belgian yeasty and salty lakris! Nice belgian Christmas beer. Vith a medium body, and a lng fruity yesty/larits finish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrumpy369 (677) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 13, 2016
Bottle at hopaholic. Deep copper, almost brown colour small white head. Nose is anise and karamom. Taste is medium sweetness, strong kardamom. A little bit too much for me. Nice otherwise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
comperchris (130) - - DEC 11, 2016
Pours deep & dark with a lively but quickly diminishing head. Smells anise and spice with a tang of Roquefort? Hides the alcohol content well behind liquorice, cloves and anise. Tastes of raisins, dark fruit with Smokey caramel. A lovely Christmas beer example.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (14380) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2016
Bottle - Anise and spice. Clear Amber with a rich off white head. Tons of liquorice and a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LLaurin (437) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2016
Nose is light fruity and with some freshness. Pours dark red amber with rich head in of white. Taste is also fruity with yeast and light sour. Palate is rather short but sharp with even some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (1141) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2016
750 ml bottle. Deep reddish brown colour, thick off-white head. Sweetish, spicy malty aroma with dried fruit. The flavour is sweetish malty, with liquorice, aniseed, dried fruits and yeasty notes, and a spicy finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fombe89 (3101) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 8, 2016
On tap @Le Trappiste, Brujas 02/12/16. Color marron oscuro, sabor espaciado, dulce, rica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybion (180) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours clear dark red with a substantial amount of soapy off-white head that settles down quickly. Moderate amount of visible carb, medium bubbles, thick lacing. Sweet, fruity, confectionery-esque aroma with lots of orange, brown sugar, rich caramel, some berries (though no tartness), hint of dark fruit and spices - bit of clove and coriander. Bit of a cakey undertone and slightly buttery. Taste is moderately sweet with fruit (orange, some lemon, slightly sharp), sugar and yeasty spice up front followed up by dark fruit and cakey, bready, moderately bitter malts for the finish, which is quite abrupt and dry. Lingering mild bitter aftertaste. Body is full, texture is thick and smooth, carbonation is moderate, leaving a bit of a tingle.

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