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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

286 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the bomber with friends. It was a close runner-up among four good xmas beers on March 25. Nicely carbonated, dark brown, nutmeg and some cinammon, maybe a tad of cardomon and vanilla. Wonderful with chocaloate. A crowd pleaser find from Cellars new store in Fort Lauderdale.

Sammy, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.2%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy and very dark brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head. It is hard to see through, but it appears that particulates of yeast are floating near the bottom of the glass. The head died down, but left a thin layer of bubbles that mostly covered the surface and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits and clumped Yeast are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has flavors of yeast and dark fruits along with some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate anud has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of yeast in the taste, but also has nice amounts of dark fruits in the smell and the taste. No alcohol is perceptible.

metter98, May 18, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea cloudy brown color with a magnificant eggshell colored head that leaves some lacing as it disappears

Smell: Toffee and caramel, along with some rum-soaked raisins and holiday spices

Taste: Starts out like spice cake, with wonderful flavors of cinnamon, allspice and ginger; mid-palate some bitter herbal flavors kick in to complement the sweetness; after the swallow, there is a nice blend of the holiday fruitcake and bitter herbal flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: It doesn't get much better than this for holiday flavors; the beer is exceedingly well-balanced and hides the alcohol well

brentk56, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky tawny with a modicum of brick red and generous edges of dark honey. The beer is capped by a pale caramel crown that filled at least half the glass following the pour and is still on the large side several minutes later. Tiny, pearl-like bubbles glitter and then burst, leaving miniscule craters as they do so. A good look; not a special one.

The same could be said for the nose. It's caramel malt dominant with aromas of fermented orchard fruit (apples and pears) and indeterminate spices. Although I like it just fine, there's nothing present to make it stand out from the Belgian crowd.

Cuvee de Noel is good beer. It tastes like quite a few other BSDAs that I could name, although it has a heavier spice load than most. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are guesses. I like it when the brewery publishes the spice bill since I enjoy trying to pick out the various flavors as I drink.

If I could change one thing, I'd give this beer a bigger malt load. I like my BSDAs, especially the holiday versions, to be bigger and sweeter than this (see Gouden Carolus Noel). This one possesses a sour fruitiness and a bitter hoppiness that are both more prominent than the toasted barley sweetness. I doubt that much candi sugar was added, but I'm sure some was needed to get the ABV up to 9%.

As noted above, the mouthfeel is lighter than I like on beer of this style. It's also a little more carbonated than I prefer. Since those two characteristics match up well, I can't complain too loudly. The body is firming up and the bubbles are settling down as the beer sits, so I've bumped the score accordingly.

Cuvee de Noel is my first Brasserie St. Feuillien beer. Although it isn't as good as a few other BSDAs that I could name, it's a delicious holiday ale that has no real faults, only attributes that don't quite match up with my preferences. I'm still enjoying the hell out of it and appreciate the opportunity to experience more Christmas cheer on Boxing Day.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 26, 2006
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown/burgundy color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some sweet apricot and a dry fig is totally sublime. Taste is a mix between great Belgian caramel malt with some dry figs and candi sugar with a creamy texture. Body is full and alcohol is totally not discernable. This beer somehow reminded me of Gouden Carolus Noel and maybe a bit of Rochefort 10 in there.

Phyl21ca, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep red brown, with a very nice head that lasted to the very last drop. Smell was very sweet and malty. A bit of a grainy smell as well. Taste hit you with the grain and fruit right up front. Very crisp, and no hint of alcohol at all. Very nicely carbonated, and light tasting, but not thin. This was very enjoyable, I would definatly try this again and was a treat at xmas eve at my parents house!

mikesgroove, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a surprisingly thin yet creamy off-white head.

S: Lots of banana esters to the nose along with raisins and plums. Plenty of nice caramel and brown sugar aromas to provide sweetness and just a subtle all-spice note.

T: Starts off with sweet brown sugar and caramel, and clove coming through after that. A fair amount of banana and raisins, perhaps a bit of cherries. A bit more alcohol presence that I had expected.

M: The body is medium to full with a pretty high carbonation that is typical for this style.

D: Not quite as good as some of the other Belgian Christmas beers, but this one was still pretty good. Would have this again.

womencantsail, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

ygtbsm94, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 21, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby 11.2 oz. bottle - $3.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, reddish-brown body with a medium-sized, foamy, light beige head.

Smell: Fruity, sweet-smelling nose with touches of dark malts, fresh spices, a dash of brandy, and a savory blend of herbs.

Taste: Rich, dark maltiness with a mixture of toffee, dark caramel, dark candi sugar and cocoa powder. Yes, as you can easily imagine, it's quite sweet initially. Addition of earthy spices, particularly cinnamon and then nutmeg. Fruity flavors of sour cherry, strawberries, and white grapes. It's about this time the alcohol makes itself well known. Some herbal bitterness adds an extra layer of complexity. Minor sourish, chalky yeast component. Finishes with a mingled mixture of sweet malts, tart fruits, and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: On the better end of Christmastime Belgian beers. There's a little something for everyone!

ChainGangGuy, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  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.

Knapp85, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, corked & caged. The bottle is dated 24-08-02. I assume they give this a year before the "expiration" date which would make this 14 months old. After tasting it now and finding it in excellent condition, I'm hoping to find a few more bottles to put away for a few more months. It pours a hazy reddish-brown topped by a solid 1/4" of densely creamy, light-tan froth. The head has exceptional holding power but oddly leaves little lace. The aroma is fruity, sweetish, lightly musty and very lightly spicy. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation which leaves it quite creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is quite supple and extremely well-rounded after aging. It starts fruity (strawberries, light raspberries & cream, raisins, maybe some fig?) with a sweet and very lightly chocolatey malt, then dries out in the finish with some supportive bitterness. Everything then carries over into a long aftertaste! Exceptional. Full of interesting character and quite drinkable as well. Well worth trying when it's first released, and also a great candidate for cellaring.

NeroFiddled, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jason, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Someone on this site put up the idea of Belgian Abbey Dubbel being ever-more appreciated after something like a PBR. Well, I'm coming off of a Corona, so this should rock my world!
Appearance: beautiful bright burgundy/ ruby red color, with a huge, flowering, earthy tan head, large with lace.
Aroma: deep and heady, rich with spice and fruit, some citrus, bread, loads of sour notes, too.
On the palate: big, tasty hops, rich, fruity taste. Medium-length finish, but sweet, tasty, rewarding in every way! Tangy, zippy, bright, full-bodied, with a generous texture, and memorably fruity flavor. Delicious and delicate balance.
Hops and malt are felt, but they merge for the most part and create a blessed union. Yeast in this brew, too, contributes considerably to the flavor and enjoyment.
A delicious Belgian ale that's hard to beat. Just as tasty as they get!
Perfect to warm the cockles in the winter (though I drink it in May!).

feloniousmonk, May 25, 2003
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Ho-Ho Belgian Christmas, but have many aged bottles in the cellar and surprised I haven't reviewed this yet.

Creamy head that stick around forever, murky yeast filled brown rusty color.

Nose dark Belgian beer, candi sugar, Belgian dark malts, yeast, etc. Then dark fruit, brandy soaked raisins, light plum, light oxidized aroma I think, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg like spices, herbal, almost plum sweet wine like.

Taste similar, fruits, brandy soaked raisins, pear, apple, plum wine, bit of booze, nutty, cinnamon and nutmeg like spices, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, Belgian darker malts and yeast, light spicy, creamy and smooth. Finishes with more sweeteners with caramel candi sugar, etc. bit more booze, dark fruits.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall nice, great dark Belgian strong flavors fruits, spices, etc. good touch of booze.

jlindros, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

mactrail, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  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!

jwc215, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
90 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.