St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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90
outstanding

305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy very dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass, significant amounts of large particulates in suspension, and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized thick patch of medium bubbles surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and toffee malt sweetness with moderate notes of brown sugar and dark fruit (raisins). Light aromas of spices (cinnamon and clove).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel and toffee malts with a moderate presence of brown sugar. There is a moderate presence of dark fruits (raisins) and moderate amounts of spices (cinnamon, clove, and allspice). Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

O: Really nice holiday spice flavors really complement the dark fruit flavors of the BSDA. Very easy to drink but it is obvious this is a big beer and quite enjoyable. Best sipped slowly and would probably be great while sitting by the fireplace on Christmas Eve while waiting for the fat man to come visit.

Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/23/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Date of orgin or freshness date unknown.

Appearance- Chestnut colored pour with a large and foamy head. Cork let with a furious pop. Fortunately didn't overflow though. Average to a tad thin lacing.

Smell- Very sweet and malty. Dark fruits galore. Mainly plums, figs and a strong backing of dark cherry.

Taste- Dates, figs, plums and what tasted like dark chocolate covered cherries. Kind of sickening sweet at times. Toffee flavors abound when the beer warms to the 55 degree point.

Mouthfeel- Medium to high carbonation level. Almost has a stout like creamyness. Very coating.

Drinkability- Not my number one choice for a Belgian Noel (that would go to either Delerium Noel or Gouden Carolus Noel), but very good and very drinkable. Has quite a different flavor than most other Christmas brews. Unique and worth trying for sure.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep ruby amber color and is topped by a light brown head that is fed by a prodigious carbonation. The aroma is thick with alcohol, underneath this are notes of rum, raisins, caramel. The taste is only lightly sweet, but it is quite malty and rich with notes of caramel a biscuits. There is a nice spiciness here as well, that is fed by the sharp alcohol notes. As this beer warms up a bit, the alcohol softens a bit, and the beer becomes softly fruity, with notes of plum, raisin, fig, pear, and apple.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, '09 vintage,

A: Pours a ruddy dark brown with a poofy white head, good lace.

S: Plum pudding, raisins, very Belgian with a noticable minerality.

T: Again, similar to the smell. Plums and raisins with caramelized molasses/sweet brown sugar. Belgian yeast character is heavy, quite tasty.

M: Very soft carbonation, frothy, medium-bodied.

D: An attractive Belgian Christmas beer. Not super complex like St. Bernardus, but an enjoyable effort for sure.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Oct 09, it had been hanging around in my stash for a couple of years and I decided its time had come!

I knew it could produce a stupidly large head, so I used my equally large 'Judas' glass to review it in.

Because the glass could take it, the beer looked fantastic. The body was a dark ruby colour, but clear when held to the light. On top sat a wonderfully full off-white, slightly tanned head. At the end of the review there was still a full covering of head, thinner but still a full covering, with heavy lacing down the glass.

The smell is toffee apple with malted biscuits, cinnamon and liquorice, I'll let you decide which is the strongest when you try the beer.

A hidden sweetness comes through in the taste, not the sickly over-sweet flavour some Belgian Christmas beers have, but never-the-less, it has a sweet side to it. For me the liquorice is the dominant feature of the taste, this gives the beer a dryness that the first sweet impression doesn't even hint at. Other Christmas type spices arrive as the beer warms (chives?), very moorish!

Rich but not creamy (the liquorice sees to that), the flavours do hang around and the 9% was more and more evident as the review progressed.

For the last two years I've been to the 'Belgian Christmas Beer Festival' in Essen. I like to think I know a bit about this type of beer and this one is worth getting hold of.

Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark mahogany/apple butter like liquid that glows a reddish brown in the light. Large dense, bubbly tan head with amazing retention but very little lacing.
S: A pleasant sweet, malty, slightly biscuit and dark fruit smell with plenty of holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Fairly strong presence of alcohol as well, but not off putting.
T: This beer has a very nice complex, yet mellow taste. Body is highly carbonated, medium weight and very smooth and creamy. Overall taste is relatively sweet, balanced between spices like cinnamon and maltiness with dark fruit flavors. Overall, very nice balance and relatively subdued for a beer like this.

I really like this beer and style in general. However, this particular one has something slightly off putting for me in the finish that just doesn't fit for me with the rest of the beer. It's a slightly dry, bread-like taste, thats not bad, just not my favorite and keeps me from rating this higher.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750. Pours a dark garnet with foam that explodes out of the bottle. Settles down in the glass to thin cap. Nice. The smell is spicy with cinammon, nutmeg, and clove as well as sweet malt and candi sugar and glaced dark fruits. Taste is quite sweet as well, but with more of that delicious candied fruit and spice flavor as well as candi sugar and Belgian yeast notes.A little biscuity as well. Carbonated, full, creamy, and sweet in the mouth. A nice sweet complement to cheese or as a digestif.

Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark chestnut brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is very powerful noticeable immediately after cork is popped. Strong scent of spices and hers, alcohol, sugar and pepper.Full-bodied with a fizzy carbonation up front. Strong spicy peppery flavor up front balanced out by a malty dry finish. Slight spicy atertaste. Yummy winter beer.

Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, crimson toned amber with a fluffy, beige head that retains well. Tons of sticky chunks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is bready, bubblegum, sweet caramel, citrus, candi sugar, spicy Belgian yeast highlighted with brown sugar, cocoa, and pepper.
Taste is of sweet, citrusy, sugar with bread. Overall, it's a spiced version of the aromas with a mild grape flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, sweet, citrusy, sugary, creamy smooth, sugary, along with a Belgian goodness that is sweet but not cloying.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium brown color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white head

S: Loads of toffee, caramel, dark fruits

T: Brown sugar, toffee, caramel upfront with a faded clove and some dark fruits

M: Full bodied and tasty

O: Pretty good overall

Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 5th beer on my 2008-9 Belgian Winter Ale tasting "panel". Coming in a cute/tiny and slim 250ml brown bottle, BB 27/09/08, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: very dark russet brown in colour, with a murky appearance, coming with medium-level carbonation and an inch-thick, beige fluffy head with great retention.
S: the aroma is dominated by Chinese dark prunes and sour-sweet berry-ish notes like cherry preserve, backed by plenty of brown sugar and dark malts, while the estery fruitiness doesn't come too much... If free of the muddy yeasty hints, the aroma actually reminds me a lot of the Eggenberg Sanmichlaus Bier that I tasted just a week ago, especially as regards the deepening and rich prune-ish sour-sweetness. Discreetly, a touch of powdered herbs and coconut also lingers, but only just...
T: a sour&bittersweet foretaste comes rather yeasty and prune-ish fruity upfront, decently complex, featuring hawthorn-fruits, sweet cherries, fig-jam, toasted sliced apples, a bitter edge of burned brown sugar, and licorice candy... then, seamlessly, transforming into a pleasantly dry and lightly bitter finish that is full of (restrained) hop bitterness and more herbally-yeasty undertones that are in good control and never too much.
M&D: the mouthfeel shows very good work of the bottle-conditioning - super soft, yet never short of microscopic fizz to provide a soothing support. Overall this full-flavoured X'mas ale tastes so light but retaining a decent body to stand up to the decent flavour profile. I can't feel any kickback of the alc. now that half-an-hour has past since starting tasting this beer, so I guess highly-drinkable or even "quaffable" is the right adjective?

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore.

The beer pours a lovely amber color with nuances of cherry color. The beer smells sweet and malty, with caramel and cherry. The flavors replicate the nose, with lots of cherry and rootbeer flavor. The beer is pretty sweet, but is also delicious. Medium mouthfeel, but the abv. becomes increasingly noticeable over time.

The quintessential X-mas beer in my book. It's rich, sweet and boozy; perfect for the cold wineter months.

It crossed my mind while sampling this that more then likely this is what Troeg's Mad Elf is modeled after. Not a bad model to use as an example I must say. Very nice beer.

Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle from, well, I don't remember. <sigh> Guess I need to keep better track of my purchases... Cork notes a date of 0/03.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" tan head which cintued to rejuvenate itself with the brew's extensive carbonation for quite some time. Beer was a murky, somewhat translucent liquid, and of a deep reddish amber hue. Heavy foam lacing prevalent and long-lasting. Aroma is lightly of Belgian spicing and malts, with a touch of dark fruitiness. What was there was nice, but more intensity would have been appreciated. Taste starts with a smooth maltiness, hits a somewhat sour fruitiness in the middle, then closes with a tartness that lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, and this brew is highly drinkable for the abv. Alcohol is hardly tasted or noticed until the bottle's almost gone. An interesting and enjoyable holiday brew.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says "11-02"

Tarnished auburn/ brown tone. Good sized meringue-like dirty white head. I leaves thick rings of lace behind. Aroma is sweet and earthy at the same time. Musty and candied. Bready and spicy. Very solid. The flavors follow suit and are quite nice, yet subtle. This one really has a lot of nuances going on and the EtOH is well hidden. Raisins, prunes, dark fruits, figs and yeasty mustiness come to mind. There's a wash of biscuit like malt tones and a lingering dryness/bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and delicate. A little airy as well. Overall, this beer is very enjoyable. I wonder what it tastes like fresh.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St. Feuillien chalice, the beer pours a brown/chestnut color with a half inch tan head. It smells like dark fruit, caramel and bananas. The beer starts off sweet, wtih a caramel, spicy, plum and raisin taste, and then has a good hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, with high (but not too much) carbonation, and medium body. Drinkability is OK, but not great. I think this is a good beer, but I don't think it's one I'd go out of my way to buy.

Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of stcules
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy ruby red....nice off white head...top notch nosecookie dough...Tom and Jerry Batter...spiced rum...some vanilla...outstanding.

Very tasty as well....although it doesn't quite match the nose...malty and sweet with a nice spicy layer....some brown sugar and rum...Tom and Jerry batter again....cookie dough....

Body is full...creamy texture...finishes slightly dry with just a hint of citric orange peel...

Hiighly drinkable..this is my kind of beer...what a treat!! Highly recommended if you like these types if beers.

Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish-amber color with small cap of light-tan colored head, chunks of yeast floating all around, decent lacing. Scent brings a decent amount of winter spice, apple cider and dar fruit with a muted belgian yeast prescence. Taste starts off with the winter spices (cinnamin, clove, allspice) and dark sweet fruits and moves into a blend of grahmn crackery malt and apple cider. Back end has some boozyness and yeasty qualities. Medium bodied, could use some more heft. A beer that hits the spirit of a Christmas ale on the head.

St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
90 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.