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

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RATINGS: 1033   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle (330ml). Deep mahogany with a large foamy tan head. Sweet malt aroma, light spice, vanilla, raisins and slightly sharp yeast. Taste follows, yeastier, moderately peppery, nice mildly tart fruit finish, and building alcohol. Surprisingly light bodied, but very lively mouthfeel, a little bitter astringency to go with the spicy malt and alcohol main current - very nice, agood winter warmer, and very subtle too.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Clear ruby amber body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel spice and candi sugar aroma. Flavor of caramel and spice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1472) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2006
Store-bought bottle, enjoyed at home. Aroma of burnt cherries, caramel, alcohol, but not intense as promised. Deep reddish-brown color, thin lacy head. Really nice balance between three bigs: sugar, bitterness and alcohol. The subtleness of the alcohol belies the 9% abv. Could be drier. Finish is more alcohol, with hints of malt and dark cherry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (8007) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2006
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, 8 Dec) Dark ruby colour with frothy, brief, off-white head. Fruity, sweet nose with notes of dried fruit, apricots and dates. Fruity taste with dried fruit, prunes, raisins and cherries. Rather sweet, malty and spicy finish. Slightly vinous. On the sweet side, but nice and warming.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11652) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2006
Exspensive 750ml bottle shared with Finn and the ladies at Duvel Cafe in Stockholm. Gives a good shot when opened. Served in original glasses. Deep red-brown body with brownish foam. Spicy aroma with notes of coffee. Dark plums in flavour with candy sweetness and some yeasty hints. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Full palate (02.12.2006).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2006
bottle from World of Beer - creamy tan head, slightly sweet with light fruit aroma, spices, finishes a little tart and dry. Very enjoyable.....

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (1064) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2006
The 330 ml stubby brown bottle was opened and after pouring, the beer looked clearer than typical foe the style. The body was reddish brown in color, and the head that sat atop was steady at a thickness of two fingers, thanks to the Duvel tulip I had selected for the occasion. The aroma was simply fantastic. Sweet candy sugar, cherries, white pepper, and leather were present in the smell is quite abundant quantities. The taste couldn’t quite deliver the complexity that the nose promised. The yeast had pretty much consumed all simple sugars, leaving this beer rather dry and peppery. The body was also a little thin, and couldn’t quite keep up with the alcohol. Citric sourness tang remained however, making it hard to really dislike. I suppose one could consider this a pale ale in a dark disguise. Spices were quite up front, but did not overwhelm. This was well made, but fell short of the lofty heights reached by its other compatriots.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13898) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2006
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a lightly hazy garnet with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of sweet malt, spice and some fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of sweet malt, spice, apple andc a hint of raisin with a lingering sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Draft at Toronado. Unexciting. Pours dark with a small head. However aromas and flavors are fairly ordinary. Some yeast and fruit and some spices but nothing spectacular. Mouthfeel a bit too thin, finishes with a certain malty sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (6824) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Bottle 0,75l at Cafe Duvel, Stockholm 2 Dec 2006. Shared with Rune. Brown coloured. A light brown head that disappeared. Faint fruity aroma. Sparkling. Fruity flavour. Sweet sourish aftertaste. Malty bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden.


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