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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël - Brasserie St. Feuillien

St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

275 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%


Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-22-2002)
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice; 9/2007 date on the cork. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, clove, light chocolate, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light chocolate, clove, herbal, floral, and toast/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and big robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast ester flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 04:33:08 | More by superspak
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StJamesGate

New York

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly pale cherry amber with egg challah-yellow foam head that rims like mad.
Baked apple, spice, petrol, and ginger cake nose - deep.
Fruitcake malts, some poached pear esters, mild yeast spice, and grassy hops to end.
Cola finish and cherry stone linger.
Medium, round, smooth, chewy.

Shows lighter than expected, but nothing missing as far as flavor. Solid all arounder. No burn, yeast is under-, fruit and cake both - can't fault is as last beer of Christmas night.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 22:05:44 | More by StJamesGate
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qubit

Germany

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber color; luscious head.
Slightly alcholic on the nose. Pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, a very good beer but nothing that stands out and says "pick me!".

I'm going to put a bottle down and try it next year, then I'll re-review.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 13:13:14 | More by qubit
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nittoh

Japan

3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:32:53 | More by nittoh
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 03:11:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. Finishing 2012 and starting 2013 off with a good beer.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky crimson brown with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: super maltiness and dark fruit goodness. I do pick up some of that orange mamalade a lot of people are talking about, pepper, bready malts, a little chocolate, dark fruits, and lots of goodness.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate, and bready malts. Spicy pepper, raisins, oranges, some bitternes, and a lot of the mentioned flavors above too.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium to high carbonation, medium to full bodied, and some boozy alcohol.

Overall: Pretty solid BSDA that was quite the treat. Happy to have scored this a year ago. It is good to know that it stood the test of time. Best before was 9/30/13. Might have to see if the store has any more bottles kicking around.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 07:46:53 | More by Flounder57
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz caged bottle into pint. Pours a nice ruby hue brown with off white head. Really nice sweet dried fruity aromas...some cognac/sweet liquor notes. Great dried fruit and fruitcake belgian flavor, some banana and chocolate. Smooth but sharp flavor...well balanced and great spice chatacter but not overly done. Really nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:23:22 | More by DrinkSlurm
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anyone dreaming of a muddied marmalade Christmas? If so, St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël is a wish come true. In fact, the beer also doubles as a snow globe; thick clumps of sediment speck the glass. (I could have opted to exclude them but that would have entailed leaving nearly half the liquid behind.) Funny enough, however, there's little (if any) snow flakes atop.

Initially an acquired taste, I now have the greatest admiration for Belgian yeast strains. Where else do you find spicy and savory all rolled into one composite package? The nose sings a lovely holiday carol of candied orange rind, bread, nutmeg, black licorice, caramel apple, and savory herbs. Despite the beer's strength, the blend of citrus and spice is nice and mellow.

Cuvée De Noël features hints of plum, butterscotch, mulled apple cider, and has a spicy fruitcake, Cognac-like finish. As mentioned, the yeast is the kind to grip early and lock the palate down throughout. There is an almost tannin-like, black licorice bitterness. All considered, it is a fairly delicate beer (even despite the spicy flavours and 9% alcohol).

The fact that this is just past the 'consume before' date on the bottle explains a lot: the slightly tarnished complexion, the slightly dulled aromatics, and the more syrupy, liqueur-like mouthfeel. It has obviously passed its recommended window. Nevertheless, it makes a splendid, flattering Christmas ale, one which really defines the general style for these kinds of seasonal beers.

St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël is not far off the quality or brilliancy of Belgium's best Christmas ales, though it is not my personal favourite. It's definitely something I'd buy again, mind you, and it does provide all the fruity, spicy, savory (Christmas cake and Cognac) elements one could ask for in a holiday tipple. It is an offering of which I can say only good things, though 'great' compliments are bit harder to muster.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:50:27 | More by biegaman
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mactrail

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 07:18:51 | More by mactrail
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bushbeer75

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9.4 oz [750ml] cage and corked brown bottle

St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël Ale filled my snifter with a lightly cloudy dark russet brown that formed a bubbly tan 1-finger tan head and left behind spotty lacing. The nose is sweet, dominated by dark fruits and malts, with of brown sugar. The taste matches the nose with flavors of; caramel, toffee, raisins and some nuttiness added. No real bitterness detected. The mouth feel is light-medium [on the lighter side for the style], smooth, with a nice building alcohol warming as the ale is consumed.

Overall, a nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale that is very drinkable. Cuvee De Noel is a good holiday ale or for that matter anytime. Recommend if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 17:15:05 | More by bushbeer75
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange with a thick white head and lacing. Spicy dark fruit aroma. Nice medium to heavy body, dark fruits, sweet malt and Belgian and holiday spices. Sweet malt, spice finish with a hint of bitterness. A nice holiday ale that I will try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 17:43:30 | More by LiquidAmber
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rebel1771

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head and large bits of yeast floating around.

S: Boozy, bready aroma with candied fruit notes.

T: Heavy sweet malt flavor dominates with a strong alcohol punch. The same candied fruits from the aroma show up here. Thick almost chewy mouthfeel.

O: This is a nice holiday treat, a couple will definitely put you in the holiday spirit.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:55:38 | More by rebel1771
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep amber body with some lighter gold & ruby highlights under a finger of soft, pillowy khaki head that drops to a thin coating & a nice collar. Some sediment floaties.

Smells of honey, banana, some grape jelly, a little baking spice. Sweet & very present, good stuff. Can detect a little booze, but just a hint, even a little spicy hop character at times.

Taste is very similar to the smell, moving through many of the same movements but turning dry & alcoholic toward the end. A nice round toffee character shows up in the finish, as well as a little grape cough syrup.

First couple sips are a little too active for me, with a prickly carbonation that then mellows out & turns smoother. A little on the thin side from what I was expecting, but still good. Dryness wears a little bit on the tongue.

This is a keeper, for sure. I love that clear honey presence in the smell, that's really doing it for me. Would definitely go back to this.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 23:21:39 | More by OneDropSoup
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, hazy amber with subtle ruby highlights and a thin tan mousse that sticks around far longer than expected. If held up to the light, little chunks of yeast can be seen suspended in the liquid.

S: Very gentle, subtle aromas of dark bread, cream, toffee, caramel, raisins, and figs are present on the nose, but take some time to detect. This ale smells nice, but I do wish that the aromas were a bit more assertive.

T: Notes of cream, prunes, raisins, figs, dark bread, cocoa, subtle spice, caramel, and toffee, as well as a restrained, earthy hop bitterness are present on the palate. The finish is smooth and delicate with caramel, toffee, cocoa, and earthy hop notes.

M: Full bodied, luscious, and velvety, yet somewhat on the dry side for this style. Carbonation is initially prickly, but quickly mellows out, fading to a delicate tingle in the background. The alcohol is very restrained and just barely noticeable. Goes down very smoothly.

O: Beers like this are quickly confirming my high opinion of St. Feuillien. Overall, I feel that this brewery produces some of the best artisanal ales in Belgium and Cuvee de Noel does absolutely nothing to convince me otherwise. This is a very balanced, flavorful beer, one that fans of Belgian strong dark ales really ought to try at some point.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 13:59:05 | More by mrfrancis
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Whadawookie

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:44:15 | More by Whadawookie
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brown color w/ a nice one finger cocoa head. Excellent head, carbonation and lacing. Lots of floaties hanging out in this brew.

S- Apple, pear, malt, spices. A little weak- would like it to be stronger for a higher score. Still, it's a nicely spiced christmas beer in the belgian style.

T- Very nice spices and fruit dominate the palate. Very balanced and pleasant, but nothing outstanding. Nice spice aftertaste on the back end which lingers for a while.

M- Fairly smooth, w/ a spice bite, but it's on the thin side and not as warming as I'd like for this style.

O- Good beer that just lacks a few things from being outstanding. Recommended if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 20:53:52 | More by jayhawk73
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NurseJody

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner stemmed glass....at World of Beer

This beer was amazing! For an Abbey Ale, this takes the mark!

Season ales always surprise me... I only wish they were around all year long, but then again - it makes you look forward to something special!

Pouring, about a one fingered head, was amber like in color. Little to no lace...On the nose, there were slight hints of caramel....

Taste was quite amazing! It almost tasted like caramel corn! Felt like I was at an upper classed fair! Deep malts of caramel, with just a slight hint of sweetness - honey? The ABV was/is high, yet you don't taste it.

Overall, I would recommend this beer. Due to it only being a seasonal beer, I would highly recommend it to those who can get it around xmas time :)

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:18:50 | More by NurseJody
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 20:18:39 | More by Knapp85
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KidsDoc

California

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip

A: perfect. soft brown with faint burnt orange hues at the edges. Billowing tan head barely contained in this glass. Settles to leave full layer of fine tan lacing. As you sip the soft foam coats the side of the glass in SHEETS not patches. Also visible is the active carbonation and flecks of yeast floaties.

S: Dark fruit and sweet caramel malt, ?butterscotch, banana. Nice full bready yeast. Very light floral/sweet aroma

T: Similar to the nose but stronger with the sweet caramel malt dominating with everything else taking a back seat. Still with a strong yeast presence. Brown sugar noted.

M: light and silky smooth on the tongue. Active bubbly caronation. Sneaky drying finish.

D: great sipping beer with warming qualities. A little heavily carbonated but otherwise sits well. 9% ABV noticeable by feel but not taste which was very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 23:09:34 | More by KidsDoc
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prototypic

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cuvée De Noël pours an attractive copper color. It's a little hazy, and has a wealth of yeasty particles swimming around (even after a careful pour). Backlighting reveals deep crimson highlights. A tan head caps it and stands about a finger and a half tall. It receded to a surface covering quickly, but held there for a while. Lacing was light.

The nose is pretty good, but isn't quite a standout. It lacks a little in the strength department. It does feature some caramel/toffee notes up front. It doesn't smell all that sweet though. There are some light spicy notes, mostly holiday spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the most apparent. Pear seems to be the only real fruity scent. Belgian yeast is there, but it's not strong. More would be good. Alcohol is blended well and doesn't come through strong at all.

The flavor is a bit better than the nose. It warrants a score bump. The festivities are kicked off with a not so sweet mix of caramel and toffee. It's alright for a malt base, but could be more substantial. Holiday spices follow. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and to a lesser extent, ginger are noted. They're not very strong, but have a nice effect. Light apple and pear and a fruity twist, but are subtle. Belgian yeast is a little more prominent and is responsible for the score bump. Alcohol is masked very well. Finishes a little spicy and yeasty.

Cuvée De Noël has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation looks quite active, but the bubbles feel light. Drinkability is above average. I'm enjoying this beer, but there are much better choices out there if you're looking for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, a holiday ale, or a combination of the two. For what it is, it goes down relatively easy.

I believe this is my first encounter with Brasserie St. Feuillien. It's been a good overall experience, but Cuvée De Noël could easily be improved. Bolstering the flavor would be the place to start. More fruit, spices, and malts sounds like the ticket. Not a bad Belgian holiday beer though. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 03:25:44 | More by prototypic
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky chestnut brown with plenty of floaties. A good sized, foamy, light, bubbly, whispy, white head. Pretty good retention with some patchy lace.

S - Dominated by caramel malt and golden and dark fruit. Some spices and a touch of alcohol. Sweet, slightly spiced aroma. A touch of sweet baked bread.

T - Tons of sweet dark fruit on the tongue. I get a lot of sweet raisin and date with some fig. Caramel malt and a slight breadiness also occur. Apple and pear make a faint appearance toward the finish. Christmasy spices mid to finish sip, they don't overpower but provide a subtle kick.

M - Medium body with average or slightly below average carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy.

D - Goes down really easy. It is sweet, but not cloying. A nice touch of spice also helps.

Notes: Nice Christmas BSDA with plenty of fruitiness. A bit of spiciness, but nothing overpowering. Alcohol is very well hidden. I enjoyed this quite a bit for a Christmas beer. Didn't necessarily stand out from others, but I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 07:33:46 | More by FreshHawk
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bubseymour

Maryland

2.28/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:10:49 | More by bubseymour
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nickthetick

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best Before End: 0930132 whatever that means.

A: hazy thick mahogany with a lot of visible yeast, poured into a st feuillien chalice. Half a finger of khaki head that fizzles away quickly to a little island of condensed head in the middle of the glass. Not very effervescent looking and the suspended yeast makes it look thick as molasses, in fact it looks like organic maple syrup in a glass.

S: strong caramel malt and brown sugar right off the bat with some figs and plums mixed in. Nutmeg and other christmas like spices are slightly cloying and the alcohol is noticeable.

T: well there's the brown sugar and spices I smelled and noticeable dark fruit. Mild hop bitterness and some leather in the middle(in a good way). The alcohol is defiantly there, and the yeast presents a small amount apple.

MF: heavy and the floating yeast is felt around the tongue. The alcohol warms a bit and it is almost overly sweet and not very bitter.
D: a fine beer especially in the winter but not one I would go out of my way for. If I see it again with the glass I would get it and maybe put a year on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 22:58:28 | More by nickthetick
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mithrascruor

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with reddish tints. Light tan head is fairly foamy. Decent retention, and leaves a fairly dense film.

Smell: Aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Some hints of booze, cloves, and raisins.

Taste: Lots of brown sugar and caramel. Spicy raisin flavors come out and persist through the finish. Sweet, with a bit of underlying bitterness, in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation (a bit distracting).

Drinkability: Strong, but no alcohol hints in the flavor. Pretty easy to drink.

A tasty beer - not particularly complex and a bit too carbonated, but a pretty enjoyable Xmas ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 00:59:37 | More by mithrascruor
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a dark mahogany with a huge fluffy light khaki head that retains well and laces ok.

some toasty, bready malts with plenty of fruitiness. fruit runs the gamut from tropical to citrus to dark to tart. bananas, orange, plums, raisins, blackberries, and more. the full bouquet doesnt present itself until it opens up and warms.

flavor starts with caramel, goes fruity, and ends with caramel again with some spices mixed in between. brown sugar, leather, light molasses, toasted wheat bread. banana, orange, plum, currants, dates, figs, raisins, blackberries, cranberries. cinnamon, nutmeg, light pepper. nice, but there is a touch of a metallic off-flavor hidden underneath.

bubbly, but not prickly on a medium bodied brew serves the style well.

drinks well, but booze is there though not harsh. would drink again next holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 06:13:26 | More by silentjay
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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
90 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.