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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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213 Reviews

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 306
Avg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-22-2002

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a two finger espresso foam colored rocky head that has very good retention, and very good lacing. Body is a very dark brown. Looks great.

Smell - predominantly horse blanket, with hints of dried dark fruits like raisins and figs.

Taste - same as the smell. Almost entirely horse blanket. Hints of raisins and figs. The high abv is amazingly very well hidden. Overall, seemingly, an exercise in horse blanket sourness.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, fluid, and quite fizzy.

Drinkability - this is decent, not great, and the high abv supresses sessionability.

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Photo of jpiper
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too cold from the tap into a snifter.

Pours an amber brown with a thin layer of foam.

Smells of belgian yeast - nice. A sweet smell with honey, orange peel, and maybe cinnamon and clove. Pleasant.

The taste is of honey, bitter hops, but very sweet with a little funk. Yeasty and grainy. Nothing too exciting.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and definitely overcarbonated... but not bad.

Pretty easy drinking, but a bit hot for the ABV.

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Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two friends and I split a 750 mL bottle of Cuvee De Noel. It's a deep ruby color with a massive head as your pour that reduces quite a bit, but leaves a pretty lace on the glass. It smells lightly of malt. No hops or spice aroma I could detect.

I was expecting this beer to have quite the alcohol flavor, considering how strong it is. To my surprise, you really don't notice it. Its malty-sweet flavor nicely hides its strength. The spices used in this ale must be used very lightly because they don't stand out over the malt sweetness. The was no hint of aroma hops.

Cuvee De Noel has a full body, something I really enjoy. This ale is one of the more subtle of the Belgian Christmas ales I've had. Despite the strength, this beer is very drinkable.

If you are looking for something that won't knock your socks off, give this ale a try.

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Photo of kkipple
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml into my goblet.

Hmm... looks cloudy brown, hazy with a small head. Smells like caramel, malt and... figs? Something else too. Cotton candy?

Taste is sour malts blended with caramelized sugar, with that crazy Belgian yeast and hints of figs and perhaps grapes. The sweetness really stands out. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, initially dry on the tongue, moving to very warming in the mouth and back of the throat.

The sugar in this beer is pretty evident, and thus I'd rate it more of a good after-dinner sipping beer than a session.

This St. Feuillien (which gets its name from an Irish martyr in Belgium) is a good sweet brew that's quite warming, and thus, perfect for the cold season of the holidays. While not amazing, it's a solid brew and I'd certainly not turn down a glass next year.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short and dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruit.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruits. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while, but there are better ones within the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, this is a one year old bottle so it may not be the same as what some of the other reviewers experienced.

Pours a deep semi-opaque chestnut color. Two fingered toffee colored head, mild carbonation, and big chunks of yeast. (I should have been more careful in the pour.)

Smells of prunes, figs and dark fruits, some banana,nutmeg, and delicate traces of toffee.

Taste is bready, dark fruit, bananan, brown spice, a trace of honey, a little bit of caramel, and has alcohol warming in the back of the throat. Hopping is delicate and I'm also picking up hints of a wet blanket in the taste.

Mouthfeel is chewy, thick, silky smooth on the tongue, and coats the mouth with a spicey finish and lingering alcohol warmth.

Drinkability is enjoyable, even after 1.5 years old. I've had this beer in the past and much prefer the fresh version. I will review this one again when it comes out closer to the holidays.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 29-09-06. Nice yellowish lasting head and dark brown beer with red shine; clear and appealing. Nose is lots of candysugar, litle roast and good caramel, anis spiced and litle hops with it. Too bad there is an unfresh vegatblesmell with it that I can't appreciate. Good taste though giving full taste, not oversweet, alcoholic and lots of candy. Good maltyness in it also with dark arome but not much roast to detect. Anis and hops take aftertaste and are well balancedwith rest of the brew. Good carbonisation with it also and IMO well drinkable.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice deep ruby colour with an of white tight head that retains well.

S - Not much except soms small malt

T - Nice spicey flavour that is well balnced with sweet dark fruit, and a boozy kick at the end.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Makes for a decent winter warmer.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A-- reddish brown color when poured. A light brown head that slowly died off leavin a 1 finger head. No lacing, not a lot of carbonation.

S-- Carmel, dried fruit. Not as big a candied sugar smell as other Belgian beers but it is still there. More toned down.

T-- Malty with a bite to it. Fig, plum, and rasin overtones to me. Do get the candied sugar taste in it now. Bigger taste than in the smell.

M-- somewhat heavy. left my tonuge a little numb. I think from the candied sugar. The spices come out more in the mouthfeel. Also a litttle more carbonation in the mouthfeel.

D-- solid but not mind blowing. Good Christmas ale but others are much better. First Belgian beer I would totally perfer as a 330 over a 750. Excellent nightcap on a cold night. This puppy will warm you up quick.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle poured into Das Festhous pint glass.

A: Clear, reddish-brown, rust color with huge pillowy off-white head that hangs on for a long time. Good lacing.

S: Nothing out of the ordinary for the style, dark fruits, yeast, spice.

T: Same as smells, but add slight taste of alcohol and malt.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, smooth texture. Leaves almost no aftertaste.

D: Slight booziness may decrease drinkability a little, but very good. Didn't realize it was 9% until I was almost done. It doesn't taste that strong. Decent beer overall, yet it reminds me of Wild Goose Amber, which is a lot cheaper and better IMO.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish amber in the Leffe chalice. An attractive foam Interesting rusty, malty smell. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel.

A candy flavor, though not all that sweet. Lots of warm malt, slightly roasted. A different sort of flavor, though in the Belgian strong fruity tradition. I keep tasting carrots and yams. Though there is no hint of hoppy aromas, it has some bitterness. Less of the typical Belgian dry yeasty taste. A pineapple flavor, but tart. Some other mystery fruit and a hint of pecans and butter.

More pleasant and complex as it warms. From the 33 cl stubby bottle brought back from Belgium in October.

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Photo of BierReise
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl cork dated 6/03. A beautiful clear cherry red with an active tan head that was rather small at first, yet became thick and frothy as the bottle warmed and I continued to pour another glass. Fruity aroma with hints of vanilla and caramel. Flavor is simple. Fruity malt. Some cherries in there as well. Nice rounded mouthfeel finishing crisp and slightly dry. Overall an average Belgian seasonal.

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Photo of thekanna
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Appearance: Pale, brownish color with 1 finger of head. Looks a bit like soda and not very impressive.

Smell: Cloves, mulling spices... almost like sniffing a spiced cider.

Taste: Belgian yeasts, spices, slight brown sugar, hops... definitely backed by a nutmeg flavor and nutty base.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery. Could improve with more thickness.

Drinkability: While the thinness of this brew improves the drinkability, it doesn't make this as full-bodied as, say, Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer. Some robustness could definitely boost the drinking experience of this beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk...

Poured a dark golden orange colour... White head poured quite loose and fizzy and faded quickly to almost nothing... some light wispy lacing around the glass... faint carbonation...

Aroma - Light caramel malts, some biscuity traces, light spices (clove, some allspice), light orange and fig fruitiness, candy sugar, light yeast, some spicy hops, peppery notes, alcohol not too noticeable..

Taste - Slightly watered down fruitiness (oranges and raisins), definite spiciness - cloves and light ginger ? Some light floral honey sweetness, light caramel malts, nice biscuit notes, quite peppery, some warming alcohol just makes itself known..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... medium bodied... Fairly drinkable for a 9% beer...

Overall - A decent enough Christmas brew but just lacking something... worth a try...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 9/30/13.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and spice aromas. There is also a slight soy sauce aroma that comes out as the beer warms up but it's not really a negative thing. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and slight spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice dark fruit presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark garnett color. This beer is thick, so thick that no light will pass thru it. Head is frothy, latte colored and littered with bizarre dark brown sediment....of the like I've never seen before.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, sugar cookies, ginger snaps and amaretto.

T: This tastes exactly like ginger break cookie dough. Lightly spiced...ginger, molasses, sugar and cinnamon. Dark breadiness saturated with brandy makes one think seasonal toasts. Yeasty and dank, somewhat mysterious yet straight forward. Finishes like cinnamon toast cereal. Alcohol is hidden remarkable well up until the final moments where it tickles the tip of the tongue.

M: Medium body with a sincere mouthfeel.

D: This beer is tasty but lacks a lot of depth. I appreciate this offer for what it is though....a unique and intriguing seasonal brew.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: murky brown and amber mix. single finger head, not too much lace.

S: not much on the nose. Some wood and caramel notes.

T: lots of carame, brown sugar and red apple/cider taste. pear notes as well.

M: smooth. Thick bodied and light carbonation

Overall: too much cider flavor and consistency for my liking but this seems standard for belgian strongs.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy ruby copper with yeast chunks floating around.
Nose shows wheaty bread, golden syrup, aromatic wood (cedar) and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg).
Flavours include more wheat, spicy alcohol (almost hot though), ginger and golden syrup.
Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown and cloudy with a small bubbled, fairly tight light tan head.
Aroma is all about sticky and chewy caramel and toffee a dash of grainy alcohol.
Flavor picks up some chocolate nots on top of the caramel and toffee notes as well as some dark wheat bread notes.
Mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied with not much in the way of bittering or spicing to cut malt heavy sweetness. Hint of alcohol is all that cuts the sweet notes.
Drinakbility is solid but not outstanding, seems to be a sort of unbalanced malt bomb. Looking for a little more in the seasonal spice department from this one.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : very dark amber color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : powerful, nice sweet, with alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

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