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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-22-2002

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Photo of rkhaze
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with ruby highlights. Active bubbly and creamy tan head.
Smells of sweet malt, brown sugar, ripe red fruits, banana, a smidge of alcohol and a mild Belgian yeast presence.
Tangy sweet earthy malt flavor upfront, dark brown sugar, red fruits (plums, raisins), banana, a hint of baking spices and a pleasant bitterness to round it out. There was a hint of tart yeast in the finish that cut the richness a bit. Nice melange of good flavors.
Light to medium bodied with a full creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation.
The alcohol, while present was hidden real well. Very flavorful beer.

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 Paddez
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't resist picking this one up when I saw it at my local supermarket. I'm a big fan of the blonde, so I really felt obliged to pick it up.

It pours a very dark ruby brown brew with a very nice and attractive head that settles for a while and slowly drops to a thick layer of foam that seems to stay around forever.
The aroma is fruity and rather sweet. Mainly dark fruits and banana's. There's also some caramel, spices and alcohol. Nice and classic, although it's nothing that hasn't been done before.
The taste has lots of dark fruits again and is pretty malty. Some chocolate and earthy notes also present themselves. Finished off with a pleasant, spicy sweet-bitter aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is good and smooth but there isn't enough carbonation for my taste. Great drinkabillity considering the relativley high alcohol content.

This brew reminded me of the Chimay Grande Réserve in many ways. But although this beer is tasty and highly drinkable, it can't quite stand against the Chimay or some of the other better beers in this style. Still, it's a very solid and tasty beer that deserves good marks and is worth checking out.

Photo of merlin48
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle, a 2003 edition according to the cork. Pours into a goblet a dark brown, opaque body. No light gets through this, even when backlit to a 150 watt bulb. A two finger, tightknit head is tan in color, and lasts forever. Very attractive, island chain lace adorns my goblet.
Aroma is heavy with thick malts. Chocolate and caramel, raisins and figs, lots of spices, and fusel alcohol.
Mouthfeel is full and rich. Very heavy feeling, with a note of ethanol.
This is a very interesting ale to review. I had to let this warm to room temperature, before getting a real sense of its character. Malty, in a heavy sense, with a thick feeling of sticky burnt caramel and candy sugar, backed by dark fruits, and ignited by a strong ethanol and spice presence. Nutmeg, ginger, coriander, and allspice, combine with some floral hops for a strong bittering presence. Finish is, likewise, bitter with spices and a yeast twang. I just realized that I spent two hours with this one. It was a battle to finish, with so much going on. Too many spices, and a little too much ethanol presence to really say that I enjoyed it. It's an excellent, Belgian winter warmer, that's for sure. Just leave this in the cellar, if the temperature outside is well above freezing.

Photo of RedBaron
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yummy Belgian Christmas gift.

Appearance: A beautiful dark garnet color, with a tannish, thinning head.
Smell: A faint smell of yeastiness and passion fruit. This beer isn't about the aroma.
Taste: Wonderfully complex. Initial taste is a dance between roasted malts and allspice, with a fruity, apple-like middle and nice yeast bite, followed by a rich, sweet port-like and fig/date finish. Goddamn.
Mouthfeel: Balanced in its myriad complexities. The malts used are accented at just the right time (up front) leaving the finishing palette hungering for more of the fat fruits it leaves behind.
Drinkability: Truly, this is a great Christmas ale that needs to be savored. My only regrets? 1) No one here with me at the moment to share it with, and 2) I don't have another bottle to lay down. May make a stop later this week to my local beer shop to buy another to put to bed 'til next Jule.

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

Pours a dark amber with a fluffy tan head that adorns the top of this attractive ale. Artistic shapes of lace decorate the sides of the glass as I drink it.

Carmel, toffee and spice greet the nose in this very aromatic brew. This is very sweet and very sugary in the nose--this is almost a confectionary aroma.

This is one tasty brew. It is sweet, smooth and infinitely drinkable. There is the malt sweetness that is joined by the yeast and spice to create a flavor explosion in the mouth. A touch of alcohol finishes the sweetness nicely and enhances the quality of the taste.

This is as smooth as silk and very sturdy in the mouth. Despite the body, this is a very easy beer to drink because it is so smooth and rich.

I enjoyed this beer immensely and could easliy recommend it to others.

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

750 ml corked and caged, Dark reddish- orange in color, big thick clingy light brown head, sweet fruity, bready aroma, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, smooth and velvety mouthfeel, finishes sweet, this is a great Belgian ale, very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No dating on 75 cl cork and caged bottle. Pours a deep cola brown color with a generous tan colored head that is hardly willing to go down. Nice, signature lacing. Good roasted malt and candi sugar aroma with some woody esters, a fair amount of spicing, and a light fruitiness. Tastes great. A thorough malty front (like a good Belgian brown ale) with some astringency that intermixed with faint spicing more towards the finish. Berry-like fruitiness melded with the chocolatey, earthy maltiness. Lightly herbal/hoppy and lightly yeasty as well. Crisp and lively carbonated, giving it a good mouthfeel considering the gravity of the beer. Slick and malty, yet crisp in the finish. I just knew this beer was going to be outstanding, and it is.

Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany liquid with a red dirt-brown, noisy dough on top. The aromas are a gorgeous intermixture of spices, vanilla, baked fruits and sweet bread. Nutmeg, tangy, dried bananas and vanilla characterise the flavors. The texture is startling: medium-bodied and cut with seed and pod tannins, nevertheless it presents a mouthfilling mass of creamy substance before melting away effortlessly. This is an easy beer to drink. The finish displays charred banana peels, tangerine peels and oily coffee flavors and more brown spices. The alcohol drips off the back.

This is not a super obvious, steroid-pumped Belgian ale. Rather, it suggests compatibility with food and warmth. It might start rather than dominate a conversation.

Photo of jahred
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought this back from Amsteram this summer, and figured it was close enough to XMas to drink. Bottle is dated 26-08-05, consumed 1 week before Christmas '04. Pours a dark brown color with a thick, foamy tan head. A goodly amount of what are presumably yeast bits are floating around in my glass, even without me agitating the bottom of the bottle. I don't imagine that it will spoil the taste, but it's a strange sight to see white bits swimming in my beer.

The scent is rather strong - plums and other dark fruit, along with chocolate smells, followed by a blast of alcohol. As the beer warms, tropical fruit flavors start to mix in to the scent as well.

The taste starts off right away with the dark fruit notes, followed by creamy chocolate flavors. And then the pineapple. Lots of pineapple, intermingled with more chocolate. A strange, but delicious combination. Were those pineapple bits floating around, perhaps, in my beer? There's a slight spicy alcoholic bitterness and vague lemony hops that linger and help round out the beer. 'Nummy.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml brown glass bottle with a thumbed cork retained in a gold colored wire cage and metal cap. Corked is easily removed and dated 1/04. Colorful ‘St. Feuillien’ label which has the usual SF scene but this time it is snow-covered. Listed as ‘Cuvée de Noël’, it has a multi-lingual label which describes the brew as ‘Bière d’abbaye - Abdijbier’, as well as ‘Anno 1125’, but this relates to the Abbey and not the Brewery which is as recent (sic) as 1873. Listed at 9.0% ABV and recommended to be served between 50-55°F.

Appearance: Hazy body, ruddy brown with a ruby hue when backlit. Crusty head rises quickly, light tan in color, it is comprised of finely attenuated bubbles that slowly collapse to form a thin but sturdy covering which leaves some fine lacing on the glass walls. Subsequent top-ups reinstate a nice even looking ¼” head but the lace soon disappears down into the body of the beer. Perfect conditioning levels.

Nose: Deep malts and spices in the nose. Somehow simplistic but very appealing nose that seems to improve in its depth as it warms. Light caramel and dark fruits build with time, not that this one stayed in my Glass for too long though!

Taste: Malty start with some background milk chocolate and light spices at first. This turns fruity in the central portion to reveal some figs, plums and raisins. Slight orange bitterness in the back end but still no alcohol is discernable. Lingering tasty and a spicy malty finish which seemingly lasts forever….Damn Tasty!

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth feel licks the tongue throughout. Fine conditioning leaves a very smooth feel in the mouth, decent carbonation levels and a very slick presentation throughout.

Drinkability: Geez….where did this one disappear to!?!?! Fuck me if I wasn’t at the bottom of the bottle in literally no time whatsoever. Extremely refreshing, inviting, smooth and really tasty. Incredibly easy to drink for a 9% brew. I found this to be a solid drinker, the 750ml I had was soon drained.

Overall: Fresh this is a rather simplistic but very tasty and easy drinking Xmas-cum-Winter brew, I have a feeling that this will improve given a year or two in the cellar, and for the price it’s well worth taking the risk. Recommended.

Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a decent head that has some retention and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of pepper, spice, caramel and alcohol. The flavor is comprised mainly of a sweet caramel flavor followed by huge spiciness. Has a thick body. The alcohol is apparent in the flavor. I enjoyed this one a lot.

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

Oh damn! Dark brown, clearish body and a tight, cream froth head that lasts 4ever. High cling on the glass. Nose is boozy and laced with cinnamon, which continues powerfully in the taste. Sweet and potent, with a rough booziness in the feel. There's a hop-cringe within the alcohol that seemed more pronounced than it should. Notes of milk chocolate.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with 3 fingers of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is really spicey, with some caramel and faint hints of coffee. The flavor is spicey belgian to start, but finishes wtih a really sweet molasses and brown sugar sweetness. Very nice. I like the full on flavors of this one. The beer is also nice and thick, maybe some creamyness. Drinkability suffers just a touch from the alcohol intertwined with the spiceyness. Just a bit too much for me, but still a good beer. Thanks go clvand0 for sharing this treat with me.

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 cokes
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Intense, luminous black cherry crowned with inches of pale khaki foam. Retention and lace are second to none.
The nose sent me reeling back in shock and delight. So famliar. So delicious. It's a near dead-ringer for Abbaye des Rocs, aroma-wise. Full of caramel and rummy tropical fruits, traced with Belgo-yeast spiciness. It eventually diverts from this well-known path as a vanilla-tinged, root beer quality is manifest as it warms.
It begins with a bready maltiness that seems covered in caramel and raisin. Brightens as it progresses with notes of star fruit, kiwi, and passionfruit. Reverts to a molasses twanginess, then back to fruit with black cherries and phantoms of green grape tartness. Dusty yeast hues add more earthy qualities than spice, but a definitive clove essense is here as well as some muted white pepper. Generally though, it's chalkboards and wet pavement. Ends with a dilute brown sugar/caramelized pineapple notion. A vague rendition of dead leaves is the hops only contribution.
This is full in stature, but light feeling with its fizzy carbonation. Up front, it's too much, but it assembles nicely as it sits.
I'm forced to love anything that reminds me this much of des Rocs. It's got some coarseness, and a few akward moments, but in sum, this is straight glorious, and one of the biggest surprises I've had in a while, especially since their Tripel left me cold.

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a substitution for a Babar Winterbok (methinks) in an order from beersofeurope. I was disappointed at the loss of the winterbok, until I tried this...

Fantastic deep ruby colour. Voluminous head (just a bit too much, I thought). The real joy, as always, comes from the taste, though. A great rich, deep, full flavour. I get hints of cognac and whiskey in the strength. Fully developed spiciness, hints of cinnamon.

Smooth and tasty... easy to polish off the bottle. I likes.

Photo of ToolHead
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle, served in Westmalle chalice.
Deep brownish red; moderate head. There's a nice, warm fullness to the taste. Delicious malt character, and an impressively long, distinctive finish. Very good drinkability - it's so easy to forget the 9% abv...
One of the better Christmas brews I've tasted, although it's not in the same league as Gouden Carolus Christmas or Affligem Nöel. A very nice beer, though, and very popular in Denmark - easily the most available imported Christmas brew this year, and winner of several Christmas beer tastings.

Photo of ADR
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brownish appearance, small 1/8 of an inch head, tannish. Laces in simpler webs than many. Aroma is slightly rummy and ginger-like, dark dried fruits and a raisiny tone. Good coating body and lower carbonation. Slighlty overly sweet but pleasant early -- sugary with pronounced molasses and over ripe dates. Dries considerably at the finish, almost too harshly in the transition. Not a bad beer, fine aroma and beginning, the end is more astringent and thinner than I anticipated. Alcohol is not immediately noticeable but more apparent on warming. Storing this a while might help smooth the profile.

Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BierReise
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rumrunner
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of rastaman
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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