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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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89
very good

213 Reviews
THE BROS
77
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Reviews: 213
Hads: 305
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 bubseymour
2.24/5  rDev -44%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Sorry but this beer looks like vomit. Very hazy orange brown in color with lots of active carbonation and yeast particles moving throughout. Actually kinda scary looking to drink...looks like a mad scientist elixir or something

Smell - like a strong Belgian Ale

Taste - heavy, sweet and spices with a definite alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - warm and creamy

Drinkability - high alcohol and spicy. A definite winter time sipper

Overall - A dark Belgian Ale probably worth sampling but not one I cared for at all. The appearance really bothers me though with that yeast floating around. I have a second single that I'm putting in cellar storage. Perhaps I'll pull in out in a year to re-try since I already own a 2nd. Definitely won't re-buy. (780 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
2.82/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Saving this for the right occasion. Right now it's January and it's raining and it's cold. This would be the aforementioned right occasion.

750ml bottle cellared for 20 months... I'll be brave and take this one on by myself. Served at cellar temperature in a Chimay chalice with its trademark etching for proper head replenishment.

Appearance- After the deafening, sudden pop of the cork (no overflow, thankfully), the beer pours a clear, light ruby. Tiny particles of yeast are floating here and there, while the inch-high crown settles to a transparent film. A central stream of carbonation races wildly to the surface.

Smell- Alcohol soaked plums and prunes with berries and spices. There's a mulled wine aroma that incorporates potpourri as well, adding an interesting holiday character.

Taste- The 9% alcohol really overpowers even the spices here... this could be a lot more balanced and complex. I can't get past the "hot" element that detracts from what could be a wonderful tasting. The caramel malts are obvious and feel heavy in the mouth, while the fruity, spicy character continues to battle the alcohol presence. Certainly not the tasting experience I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Just as in the glass, the carbonation swells nicely at first but then goes ballistic in the mouth... it goes on to the point of being totally out of control and annoying. Take a can of soda and shake it like an idiot, then serve it... yeah, kind of like that. I couldn't recommend this with a clear concience, with all the other terrific Winter beers available. (1,583 characters)

Photo of CHickman
2.92/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy chestnut brown with a foamy 2 finger head that faded pretty quickly; spotty lacing slid down the glass fast.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast, wet bread, caramel, cinnamon, spices, pine, alcohol like rum and some dark fruit; a nice aroma, but on the mellow side.

Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, wet bread, caramel, cinnamon, grass or herbs, spices like pepper, pine, rum, dark fruit like raisin or date, toasted grains and then it has that penny-like aftertaste from the yeast. After a second sip, or just the beer warming, there are hints of orange peel, vanilla, toffee and some nutmeg. Finish is on the dry side with some spices lingering and washing away most of that metallic taste. The alcohol is evident, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel is creamy and borders on oily, with very little to no carbonation and a medium to heavy body.

It was decent, but I would not seek it out again as it didn't blow me away. The metallic aftertaste just lingered too long and took away from the overall enjoyment of the beer to me. (1,033 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber in color, beige head, quite compact, average persistence.
Fruity smell, with dry fruit, and raisins. Liqueurous. Peach in syrup, vanilla. And light notes of floreal.
In the taste slightly roasted, dry fruit, more definite. It is quite prickly, and the alcohol is a little too perceptible. Less harmonic and round of one can expect after the smell. Dry finish, lightly liqueurous, but it ends too quickly. Not so round in the mouth. In any case, it warms.
Medium body, but the alcoholic taste is too present.
In the aftertaste again the liqueurous effect, and dry fruit. (584 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark deep brown beer with a small head.

Smell is caramel and burned/roasted of the dark malts with some alcohol whiffs and spices.

Taste is burned with lots of caramel and candysugar. The beer is slightly sticky and there is a lot of excessive carbonation. Body is very thin, like a lot of sugar has been used.

Maybe it is because I have a slight cold, but the beer wasn't very complex and body was thin. (417 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy brown with an orange tint. A thin head on the surface. Only specks of lacing.

S - Bananas, heather and caramel malt.

T - Caramel malt with a strong floral hop profile, lillies and heather.

M - Smooth, carbonation tingles a bit, a little refreshing, medium body.

D - It is alright, not much frills either way. It smells better than it tastes, but it isn't a real joy to drink. I think I will pass in the future, but I will check out this brewery's other offerings. (486 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper in color with a grainy, tan head with heavy lacing. Pour quickly after opening, the brew likes to gush out of the bottle.

S: Raisins, apples, and cloves are well balanced and robust.

T: Molasses dominates with cloves and raisins in the background.

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation.

D: A decent Belgian strong, but not worth seeking out. Simply a well made ale. (379 characters)

Photo of nittoh
3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Phenolic, spicy aroma.
Appearance: Amber color, head is huge.
Flavor: Sweet. Spicy flavor is dominant. Sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body and alcoholic character. A little bit hot.
Overall: Sweet spicy Belgian ale. Too sweetness destroys total balance. (266 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle from the makeshift "cellar", 2004 vintage.
Poured into a mini tulip it forms a loose khaki head that leaves little to no lace. Dark brown body is cloudy. Corked and caged with a nice "pop" of air as I opened it.

Murky brown body. It has some of the points you would expect but lacks complexity. For instance, there is an underlying dark fruit belly but it is watered and subdued. Its not rich at all to a point of being a fault. Mild smokey quality to it kind of throws a wrench in the overall picture. On the bright side the lighter fruits have a chance to shine in this and pineapple sticks out especially as it warms up a bit. Its not all that heavy on the palate and the moderate carbonation lets this weave around the palate. A brew that changes dramatically as you let it warm.

Notes: Some upside some downside. I would reccomend not aging this 4 years. I've had a bottle of this same vintage every year and this was the worst. 1 year under its belt was the best but still not in the upper class for the style. Decent. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Xul
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, translucent amber almost transitioning into a brown, topped by a long-lasting two finger white head.

S: Wheaty malt base with some dark fruits - some figs and cherries - along with winter spices. Not as heavily spiced as other holiday beers, but sufficient to the point that you know what you're drinking.

T: A bit muted from what I'd expect, even with the knowledge that it's not overly spiced. Malty base with the same dark fruits as the aroma, and some cinnamon and nutmeg that are barely poking through.

M: Moderate carbonation and a fairly slick mouthfeel.

D: Easy drinking and the ABV is well hidden, but I honestly have no interest in drinking more than one. (686 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are mainly earthy with some flowery hops mixed in. I am surprised by the lack of malt aromas but there is some faint dark fruit from the malts and faint clovey yeastiness as it warms.

The taste is fairly malt centric with biscuitiness and sourdough breads dominating the initial flavor profile. The yeast follows with some clove and light banana notes. As it warms you get a lot more caramel malts with a distinct candy sweetness, never overpowering, just enjoyable Belgian ale characteristics. No alcohol is detectable at all on draft here. The finish has this distinct odd cola quality which isn't bad, just intriguing.

Mouthfeel is chewy, thick, silky smooth on the tongue, and coats the mouth with a spicy clove finish. Overall this is enjoyable and quite drinkable although I could not handle this is large quantities to be honest. (846 characters)

Photo of Rmason104
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark deep brown w/ light beige head

S: malts and toasted bread, some spice

T: not quite the depth of other holiday beers. Starts off with the maltiness and toasted bread and just kind of stays there. Not the spices I expected of a Noel beer

M: not bad, but not as thick as I had hoped

D: decent,'but not great

Not my fave holiday beer so far. Not horrible, but the bar has been set high by Delirium & St. Bernardus. (423 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

The name dates back to the 7th century. An Irish monk by the name of Feuillien was preaching the holy word in what is now called Le Roeulx. For this, he got his head lopped off. His disciples built a chapel in his memory, and the beer started flowing.

Their Cuvée De Noël is their biggest beer, weighing in at a hefty 9 percent, perfect for wintertime sipping. Pours with a vigorous tan head, and an inviting dark brown color. Malty, graham cracker aroma with hints of spice and dark fruit in the nose. Suggestions of baker's chocolate, licorice root and pie spices layer between the maltiness and warming alcohol. Light-footed on the hops, no real bitterness, though there is an herbal flavor underneath the malt. Finishes sweet with caramelized sugar and a spike of spicy alcohol. Paired especially well with a buttery blue cheese and ripe fi gs. (924 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 version.
On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival in Pasadena.

Beer poured a darkish brown. Not much of a head on this beer, even with swirling. Malty and spicey all the way. Carbonation was on the very low end... spices were subtle. I prefer American winter beers over this one, it just didn't hit the spot. (324 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out as a nice amber colored ale. The head was frothy and white. The smell of the beer was semi-sweet and had a good spice to it. The flavor of yeast, spice and some sweet malts gave this beer a good flavor. The mouthfeel has some good bubbles throughout and a medium body. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. Worthy trying again. (342 characters)

Photo of dherling
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a reddish brown color with a half inch thick fizzy head that dissapears quickly leaving minimal lacing. The nose has bunched of astringent alcohol, and christmas spice. Smells like uncle Frank after a few too many during Christmas dinner. There's also brown sugar, malt, and some spicy yeast. The taste has strong, overbearing spice, yeast, tropical fruits, mollasses, and brown sugar. And lots of alcohol, give it a rest! Has a finish reminiscent of cheap coffee cake with a cinnamon kicker. Light carbonation, slick mouthfeel, nothing special in the mouthfeel. Somewhat drinkable for the style, but not enjoyable overall to me. (640 characters)

Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a nice Belgian seasonal, if you enjoy good Belgian-style beer.

As for me, however, I guess I was expecting something more along the lines of a more English or German holiday-beer and was therefore feeling like something didn't quite match, in the taste. I guess a loose example would be something like putting sugar instead of salt on one's mashed potatoes, or putting salt on one's breakfast cereal instead of sugar, or something.

A= nice appearance, a bit cloudy-gravy brown, nice head.

S= not as much as I'd expected, I felt like I had to search for distinguising scents. Whiffs of dry brandy or something, hints of floral hops and chalky chocolate.

T= much like a good Belgian beer with some raisins, weak chocolate, brandy and floral hops.

M= mellow but a bit confused.

D= I had one glass from the 750ml, my 1/4th-share and I really didn't care to have more. Probably a very nice dry dessert-beer to offset overly-sweet cakes or chocolates etc. (963 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle, a 2003 edition according to the cork. Pours into a goblet a dark brown, opaque body. No light gets through this, even when backlit to a 150 watt bulb. A two finger, tightknit head is tan in color, and lasts forever. Very attractive, island chain lace adorns my goblet.
Aroma is heavy with thick malts. Chocolate and caramel, raisins and figs, lots of spices, and fusel alcohol.
Mouthfeel is full and rich. Very heavy feeling, with a note of ethanol.
This is a very interesting ale to review. I had to let this warm to room temperature, before getting a real sense of its character. Malty, in a heavy sense, with a thick feeling of sticky burnt caramel and candy sugar, backed by dark fruits, and ignited by a strong ethanol and spice presence. Nutmeg, ginger, coriander, and allspice, combine with some floral hops for a strong bittering presence. Finish is, likewise, bitter with spices and a yeast twang. I just realized that I spent two hours with this one. It was a battle to finish, with so much going on. Too many spices, and a little too much ethanol presence to really say that I enjoyed it. It's an excellent, Belgian winter warmer, that's for sure. Just leave this in the cellar, if the temperature outside is well above freezing. (1,276 characters)

Photo of Whadawookie
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am semi-unfamiliar with this style, but it tastes pretty good to me. It has some wild particle action suspended throughout the deep red/brown brew. I poured into a chalice,not much head retention. It leaves a very fine film on the top of the beer. No lacing on the side of the glass. Definitely some fall harvest sort of fruit smells coming from it and same goes for the taste. A very faint cinnamon spice? It's a pretty good beer, kinda in the vein of a hard cider or something like that. I don't drink as many belgians as I do of american ales, but I am enjoying this. It was a good price at Beertopia for the quality of the brew. I definitely see why this would be a good winter beer, it leaves your belly feeling warm and fuzzy. It is a bit sweet, and wouldn't be a brew I would drink all that often. (806 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

latest release of this winter Belgian special ale...09'

A: pours a reddish copper/brown color and has a pretty aggressive tightly bubbled head. Decent head retention and excellent lacing. Looks pretty solid.

S: There is a candied fruit bouquet...roasted macintosh apples and fresh fig. There is a very sweet brown sugar thing happening. It smells like it is going to be very rich and very sweet. I feel like im picking up on some diacetyl as well.. a little bit metallic.

T: There is a surprisingly bready quality to this beer. like a fresh doughy quality that hits me first which is really weird given the nose. I get that roasted apple quality again... like cinnamon apple roasted in the oven along with a fresh cake or something. definitely lots of cinnamon. The spice actually balances what smells like it should be a cloyingly sweet beer. Its pretty good all things considered.

M: delightful on the tongue... prickly and carbonated but rich and mouthfilling all at once.

D: Not a super drinkable brew but its much more drinkable then the beers bouquet would lead on... points for balance! (1,099 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, quite sweet, with notes of caramel and spice. In the taste, sticky sweet caramel, and a cinnamon like spice. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and sticky sweet cinnamon like spice. A bit sweet, but a nice presnce of cinnamon spice. (330 characters)

Photo of montecristo2
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a belgian chalice.

Took it out of the fridge, let it warm a bit. Pours a thick four fingers with a rocky, creamy head. By the time I was ready to drink, the head was gone leaving a thick lacing along the edges and a thin, tannish foam on the surface.

Color is a nice dark golden brown. Looks a bit cloudy, only slightly, but a nice color nonetheless.

Smells of holiday fruits and belgian yeast.

Taste is pretty good. Not as viscous as I thought it would be, and I assumed it would be more malty as well. I definitely note a slight metallic taste and smell that others have mentioned. This is not a terrible thing, but not necessarily something I would want to look for in a belgian. Maybe this one needs to sit longer in the cellar to blend before you drink it.

Worth a try, but there's better belgians and holiday ales out there. I love St. Feuillien's Brune- one of my favorites.

Cheers! (923 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml into tulip at 45 degrees.

Pours with a decent sized effervescent head that fades quickly, and doesn't leave any noticeable lacing. Deep orange-to-brown body, with tons of carbonation present.

Smells like apple cider ... cinnamon, slight alchohol warmth, and it wasn't until it hit the mid-50's in temp did the aromas of red licorice and dark fruits begin to appear.

Lightly bitter lime-citrus flavor, with cinnamon bun and ginger - strange bed fellows. Alcohol starts to bring the heat as it warms, and overall a bit thin IMO on the palate. Pretty dry finish, and fairly sharp mouthfeel from the carbonation. No velvety smoothness as you might expect from the style.

Drinkability slows a bit as it warms due to the noticeable alchohol, which makes it appear quite thick, even w/the high carbonation and dry finish. Not a bad representation, but not among the best either. (882 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St. Feuillien glass. (It's like a stubby snifter with a very tall stem.)

Got this guy 'cause it was discounted (and in a gift set...I'm a sucker for glassware) at Stateline. It pours a very hazy dark auburn topped by a half-finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, yeast, honey, booze, figs, nutmeg, biscuits, and a touch of coriander. The booziness burns the nose a bit throughout the smell. The taste cuts down on this burn, emphasizing instead the spicy flavor combinations: rye bread, yeast, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, buttery biscuits, orange zest, cardamom, figs, raisins, cloves, and a hint of flowers. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and a decently smooth feel. Overall, a solid BSDA with a nicely varied flavor, but I think there's just a bit too much going on, with nothing really standing out, to allow this guy to achieve real greatness. Definitely worth a taste, though. (943 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a 5/05 written on the cork.

Appearance- Pours a spritzy, one finger head into my Leffe Goblet. Some "ring around the beer" retention remains only half way through the glassfull. Lots of good and consistant lacing prevalent throughout the entire beer. Colro is a shoe leather borwn with some ruby hints.

Smell- Pretty lame, for a true Belgian ale. Maybe I'm guessing I didn't let it sit long enough in the cellar. Hints of roasted and toasted malts with some sugar water. A hint of chocolate syrup whipped into a cherry soda.

Taste- Starst out with a heavy carbonation and wheat mix. This the leads to a sweet bready mix of toasted malts and candy. The finish is a little dry and spritzy. (731 characters)

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