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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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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:
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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
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
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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
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 30, 2004
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 06, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

BlackHaddock, Apr 03, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

GClarkage, Jul 25, 2005
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

InspectorBob, May 21, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

weeare138, Dec 01, 2006
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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.

yourefragile, Mar 18, 2008
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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

barleywinefiend, Dec 08, 2011
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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?

wl0307, Mar 06, 2009
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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.

dbrauneis, May 18, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Georgiabeer, Nov 18, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

jdhilt, Feb 12, 2005
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

afsdan, May 29, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

superspak, Mar 27, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

ppoitras, Jun 08, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

biegaman, Dec 25, 2012
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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.

John_M, Feb 18, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

DrBier, Jul 24, 2014
St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
90 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.