St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël - Brasserie St. Feuillien
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3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
01-20-2004 00:45:01 | More by Shaw
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
01-15-2004 21:17:33 | More by BierReise
3.8/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours a nice deep burgandy color with bright red highlights on the side. A big off white head which stays close to the end. Sadly no lacing. Scents are very mild. Some fruit,candy and sour tang are the strongest. A wine quality as well.
This is two ales in one. After the initial pour the flavors are strong fruits and white wine. Very grape and sour. Heavy alcohol as well. Somewhat unrefined. Once it settles and sits the flavors become more rounded and balanced. Dark fruits prevail. The alcohol mellows. Deep malts and bread and biscuit appear. A nice gingerbread flavor finishes this ale up. The alcohol takes on a more brandy quality. The flavors really come together after this ale relaxes some. Go slow.
Mouthfeel is harsh at first. It relaxes as time goes by. Becoming more creamy and smooth. It then drinks very easily. It is medium bodied. A nice holiday ale.
11-28-2003 08:57:31 | More by Rumrunner
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Sweet candi like aroma. Sourness noted and a backing of malt.
Large full fluffy head. Dark amber to brown and fairly clear.
Subdued alcohol flavor considering 9%. Dark malt candi noted swetness, some hard water qualities, slight bite. Not as fruity as I expected. Slight raison quality and some bitterness.
Nice ale smoothness.
Overall more muted and dull than I expected.
10-26-2003 17:16:54 | More by garymuchow
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
Just an all-around great tasting beer. This is a lovely dark ale that gives full-bodied experience without seeming at al full. The delicate spicing and lovely malt base blend beautifully in creating a most drinkable beer for the relatively high ABV. Smooth and creamy without being syrupy in feel, I think this is just one really good brew.
10-26-2003 16:00:36 | More by AtLagerHeads
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Pretty nice, you wouldn't really pick that it was 9%, pretty well hidden, dried fruit flavour, slightly gassy, soft yeast character and slightly spicy, i think it was nice, not sweet at all, which is always nice in the stronger brews. Elegant in every way. Beautiful soft texture, with some acidic notes.
05-25-2003 04:27:31 | More by rastaman
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
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!).
05-25-2003 02:26:14 | More by feloniousmonk
4.83/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
10-22-2002 18:37:55 | More by NeroFiddled
St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
90 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.