St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 305
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-22-2002

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Photo of roblowther
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Puts me in the holiday spirit (in January) just looking at it. Clear reddish brown with a tan head that says "if this beer's a rockin, come on a knockin". Smells of apricots, rasins, plums, chocolate, and other Christmas treats. Taste is phenomenal up front, then a bit thin/acidic at the back. Still, nice. Very, very nice. The fruits are sweet up front & dry at the end. Mouthfeel is carbonated but silky. Drinkability will easily see me through the bottle. Ho ho ho! (469 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany liquid with a red dirt-brown, noisy dough on top. The aromas are a gorgeous intermixture of spices, vanilla, baked fruits and sweet bread. Nutmeg, tangy, dried bananas and vanilla characterise the flavors. The texture is startling: medium-bodied and cut with seed and pod tannins, nevertheless it presents a mouthfilling mass of creamy substance before melting away effortlessly. This is an easy beer to drink. The finish displays charred banana peels, tangerine peels and oily coffee flavors and more brown spices. The alcohol drips off the back.

This is not a super obvious, steroid-pumped Belgian ale. Rather, it suggests compatibility with food and warmth. It might start rather than dominate a conversation. (724 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy murky deep amber chestnut hue going on, large off white tan head forming thick and rising high above the rim of my large Chimay chalice. Fine layer of Belgian style lacing coats the glass, appears to be a beautiful etched pattern laid down by the beer gods. Aroma has deep alcohol and fruits intertwined, raisin/grape skins sweet cherry notes. A hint of caramel/chocolate intertwined with spicy black pepper in the back ground with herbal hops to balance things out. Flavor is dark fruit mainly plums/raisins soaked in soothing alcohol with hints of spice mainly nutmeg and caramelized chocolate malts going on. It works as a Christmas ale but the body is flowing with effervescent carbonation and a silky smooth Belgian style body. Drinkability overall is very nice smooth drinking high alcohol Christmas ale pretty amazing stuff.

I've had bottles since last year sitting around let's try one...11.2 ounce or 330 ml bottle stubby in nature pours into a St Feuillien chalice. Persistent toasted bread drizzled with honey, a very nice biscuit malt profile with some plum puree fruit content. A bit of dry nutty yeast component coming through with an air of somewhat hidden booze. Flavor has dried out secondary fermentation in the bottle has lessened the residual sugars in this bottle, making it much more balanced and drinkable. Spices died down, and the yeast character is thriving a nutty dry finish amongst the honey drizzled toasted bread notes. Gets even better after a year is my final impression, carbonation is sturdy effervescent with a medium body. (1,576 characters)

Photo of weazal
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Predominant pear with some apple juice and spices to round it out. Rum soaked sweet bread. The longer it sits the more dark fruit takes over - specifically dates.

T: Immediate wash of amaretto at the beginning that is slowly saturated by dark fruits, leaving a moderate, but pleasant finish that makes you want to take another drink. The longer it sits, the sweeter it gets.

Mmm...a great Christmas beer. Sweet, nicely spiced, and easy to quaff. Perfect for a holiday party. (479 characters)

Photo of Minotaur
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both on tap and in various bottle sizes. But I am currently sipping from a Chimay goblet poured from a 75cl bottle. This is the direct Belgian import: a hard to find bottle discovered at Spinnerstown Hotel.

It is a light hazelnut colored brown-amber with tan highlights. A luxurious but not huge head which hangs around and recedes to a fine snowy looking lacing.

The aroma is plumb, raisin, cinnamon, a bit of hops. After warming a bit the smell of alcohol seeps in.

The taste is dense, sourdough bread with an underlying prune-raisin like sweetness. There is a strong ester flavor, nuttiness (reminds me of toasted filberts), a bit of bitter sourness from hops and alcohol. There is a fruitiness reminiscient of warm, mulled wine. I am reminded of lingon berry and holly. Perhaps there is a bit of spruce in there as well? Despite the sweetness there is ample bitterness in the finish - especially at the warmed end of the glass.

Had it with Chimay cheese, pretzel bread and bison sausage. The strong flavors of the food seemed to soften the slight sharpness in the aftertaste.

The texture, mouth feel (thick, full) - almost chewy. Which is perfect for the bread and toast-like flavors coming through in this brew.

The alcohol makes it smooth an quaff able - but I wouldn't say *drinkable* for many folks. I however drank it just fine.

An excellent example of a Belgian style winter ale. (1,410 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by the local beer store staff.

This beer pours a cloudy dark brown with a fluffy head and it seems to stay around.

The nose is dark fruit and a little sour smelling

Taste is exceptional. Dark fruit and spice prevail. Just a little sweet and a little sour.

ABV is apparent and mouthfeel is bubbly but wet. Leaves your tongue very slick.
This is an excellent beer. Only drawbacks were alcohol is up front and nose was a little weak. Taste more than makes up for it. My kind of beer!! (501 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tan, two finger-head that stays as a creamy foam leaving some lace, pour slowly. Some yeast left in bottle. Cloudy amber color. Very good carbonation. Nose is malts and raisins. Medium bodied. Starts and finishes malty and sweet the high ABV is not noticeable. $8.25 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma. (327 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

* Caged and corked 750 ml
* 2004 edition; cellared since August '05

Well, I guess that's how it goes with cellaring. After setting this one aside and waiting patiently for that perfect winter's night to break it out, I just went down there the other night, saw it and went "Eh... fuck it." So let's see what this decidedly non-perfect summer afternoon has in store.

Appearance: Wow, this is a beaut. Stunning clear ruby red with mahogany undertones. A thick, pocked berg of espresso foam with excellent retention tops it. Great lacing.

Smell: Wonderful. Booming base of chocolate malt topped by waves of toffee, caramel, tart cherries, hard candy and butterscotch -- wow!

Taste: Chocolate port? Very rich and deep, vinous with sweet milk chocolate throughout. No unusual spicing or typical "noel" flavors. Finishes tight and dry. The mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown, thin and a bit flat.

Drinkability: One of the better BSDAs I've had. For a somewhat obscure "fake" abbey, this brewery puts out some fantastic beers. Recommended. (1,045 characters)

Photo of keyserkeg
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 330 ml bottle into wide mouth St. Feuillien chalice.

Ruby and dark copper color topped by a one finger head with sustained lacing. Aroma of ripe black cherries, spice, and toffee (particularly captivating).

Interesting counter of malty sweet, tart, and earthy spiciness with a fleeting hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium, with a palate cleansing dryness finishing like a toasted Ginger Snap. Alcohol presence is more of a footnote.

Impressive offering from St. Feuillien. Unique, festive, and will be a repeat buy in the 2008 Holiday Season. (550 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $8.99...
A hefty pour resulted in a mohagany-brown hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited marvelous staying power before slowly receding and depositing a tremendous amount of lacing...
Malty, nutty aroma with essences of cinnamon and caramel with spices...
Rich, thick, creamy taste bursting with heavy malt flavor that included nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, caramel, hazlenut, vanilla, and a touch of cloves... Flavorful taste departed a hint of butter as well... Besides their Triple, this one was another top-class beer from a great Belgian brewery...
Rich mouthfeel with undeniable flavors make this one a winner...
Easy level of drinkability with no cloying or interfering, unwanted flavor or nuances...
Excellent stuff...
Definitely recommended... (858 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent reddish brown amber with a moderate head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam and some lacing on the glass.

Rich smells of raisins, brown sugar, maple syrup, bread, some cinnamon and clove spice.

Tastes of cola, butterscotch, coffee, port, chocolate, raisins, dark Christmas pudding, ginger. Sweet up front, then a little dry in the finish with complex lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel is full and fresh, tight carbonation keeps the flavors coming back with each sip without being tiring. Light in body, strong in flavor.

This is a great winter beer, very flavorful, and complex, and I am enjoying it. (642 characters)

Photo of taigor
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost non-transparent color with a small head that quickly dissipated leaving thin lacing around the glass.

S - Dark fruits like figs, plums and raisins with hints of bananas and caramel and definitely bready yeast.

T - Very sweet with brown sugar, honey and caramel with dark fruits. Belgian yeast makes it very filling.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation which doesn't impact the quality of beer.

O - Excellent Belgian Noel and even though has very similar characteristics as others it is distinct. I would highly recommend it. (589 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 with no dates into a chalice.

Deep reddish brown with a tan head that falls quickly leaving some lacework.

Nice pairing of spice and yeast in the nose. There's a touch of alcohol underneath. Mouthwatering.

Tastes dry overall, but the spices mix with the carbonation for a quick bite into a lingering finish. No alcohol detected even after it warms a bit.

Nice full mouthfeel that works well with the carbonation. About as drinkable as a BSDA can be.

Not as bold as some others in the style, but highly recommended. (554 characters)

Photo of Joemark
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The aroma was pleasant and reminded me a lot of a belgian quad. Alcohol was not overbearing, although i do have an acquired taste for stronger beers. If you enjoy the quad-esque aroma, i would recommend that you try this beer. I know that I'll be tracking it down again. (327 characters)

Photo of macster
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy, murky brown with a touch of orange highlights. Produces a thick, dense beige head which fades to a wispy film. No substantial lacing noted. Nose is slightly muted, but noted are pleasant aromas of ripe pear and apple, along with hints of caramel, malt, orange zest, spices and some faint alcohol. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and chewy with a tongue-tingling carbonation. Beautiful complex flavors emerge of cocoa, toffee, caramel, dark wheat bread, fig, brown sugar and a touch of various spices. The alcohol is flavor enhancing and pleasantly warming. Finishes with a moderately firm herbal/hop bitterness which nicely counters the ale’s sweet characteristics. Very classy. (688 characters)

Photo of badbeer
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL poured into a Tripel Karmeliet chalice.

Poured wonderful red brown color with a very soft head leaving good lacing. In the aroma I found caramel, various spices, dark fruit and bread. Has an earthy taste mixed with spice and plum, brown sugar is hidden in there as well. Has a nice alcohol warmth going down the throat. Light to medium carbonation with medium bodied. Excellent holiday, or for that matter any time of the year beer. (441 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with ruby highlights. Active bubbly and creamy tan head.
Smells of sweet malt, brown sugar, ripe red fruits, banana, a smidge of alcohol and a mild Belgian yeast presence.
Tangy sweet earthy malt flavor upfront, dark brown sugar, red fruits (plums, raisins), banana, a hint of baking spices and a pleasant bitterness to round it out. There was a hint of tart yeast in the finish that cut the richness a bit. Nice melange of good flavors.
Light to medium bodied with a full creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation.
The alcohol, while present was hidden real well. Very flavorful beer. (606 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer abandons the 750ml brown corked bottle a deep clear brow with a magisterial creamy tan head that slowly fades leaving a satin sheet of lace to coat the glass. Nose has a sweet fruit aroma with hints of spice, light sweet milk chocolate comes to mind, fresh and pleasing; start is somewhat sweet with a potent malt profile and a middling top. Finish is strikingly acidic with a definite hop spicy bite, tart and tingly, very dry and the 9 percent ABV shows in the finish and aftertaste, a delightful beer that I liked. (526 characters)

Photo of luvND
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 750 cc cork bottle

A: Gorgeous ruby red color, sticky, thick rocky head, 2 fingers easily

S: Really nice, bread, yeast, malt, candied fruit and brown sugar

T: Sugars and fruit hit first, some ripe banana, a trace of mint in the aftertase, almost like Northern Brewer hops

M: Well balanced, not too thin, not too thick

D: Pretty drinkable given the alcohol, I don't pick it up much in the aftertaste.

Notes: A really nice Belgian Dark Strong, this might make the "have one every Christmas" list (514 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a muddy brown burgundy with a small near white head that left nice lace. Smelled of a sweet cocoa and caramel with fruity melons and red grapes capped off with a dry, spicy yeast. Tasted of molasses, sweet plumbs and figs, and a cocktail of warm winter spices. This delightfully blended mixture finishes with a dry earthy hop, a sharp yeast and a touch of alcohol. The mouth feel was medium bodied with only a little carbonation. This beer is a must for the winter season. I look forward to trying it again next year. (532 characters)

Photo of happygnome
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice hazy brown color with about a half inch of big pillowy head that doesnt dissapear too fast leaves sticky lacing aroung the edge of the glass as the beer level drops
s: dark fruits: raisins, prunes? hints of brown sugar alcohol and rum
t: dark fruits similar to the aroma hints of rum as well
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this was an exceptional brew (400 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazed caramel-colored. A thin head stays around leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of dark fruits, herbal/minty spicing, toffee and a touch of anise.

The taste is remarkably complex - spicy/minty/herbal with dark fruits, with a touch of anise. A toffeeish maltiness balances the spiciness - though not quite as forward as expected (which would make this just about perfect - if not so, IMO). Some earthy/hayish notes in the back add to complexity.

Medium-bodied and smooth despite high abv, the alcohol is warming without being too sharp or interfering in the taste. A complex winter treat! (667 characters)

Photo of jahred
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought this back from Amsteram this summer, and figured it was close enough to XMas to drink. Bottle is dated 26-08-05, consumed 1 week before Christmas '04. Pours a dark brown color with a thick, foamy tan head. A goodly amount of what are presumably yeast bits are floating around in my glass, even without me agitating the bottom of the bottle. I don't imagine that it will spoil the taste, but it's a strange sight to see white bits swimming in my beer.

The scent is rather strong - plums and other dark fruit, along with chocolate smells, followed by a blast of alcohol. As the beer warms, tropical fruit flavors start to mix in to the scent as well.

The taste starts off right away with the dark fruit notes, followed by creamy chocolate flavors. And then the pineapple. Lots of pineapple, intermingled with more chocolate. A strange, but delicious combination. Were those pineapple bits floating around, perhaps, in my beer? There's a slight spicy alcoholic bitterness and vague lemony hops that linger and help round out the beer. 'Nummy. (1,055 characters)

Photo of ToolHead
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle, served in Westmalle chalice.
Deep brownish red; moderate head. There's a nice, warm fullness to the taste. Delicious malt character, and an impressively long, distinctive finish. Very good drinkability - it's so easy to forget the 9% abv...
One of the better Christmas brews I've tasted, although it's not in the same league as Gouden Carolus Christmas or Affligem Nöel. A very nice beer, though, and very popular in Denmark - easily the most available imported Christmas brew this year, and winner of several Christmas beer tastings. (551 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle on Christmas day. This was a significant drink by every measure, and a perfect choice with Christmas lunch/dinner.

The beer is dark brown, hazy with floaters and/or yeast, with a thick creamy head. The smell is kind of like a spiced barleywine, a little bit like pumpkin pie spices mixed with sweet malts and a little alcohol. The taste is even better, initially sweet and than a little spice bite, followed by a warm burn as the alcohol runs through the body. A great beer for cold winter days, 3 thumbs up. (537 characters)

St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
89 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.