St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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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

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-22-2002

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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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml into tulip at 45 degrees.

Pours with a decent sized effervescent head that fades quickly, and doesn't leave any noticeable lacing. Deep orange-to-brown body, with tons of carbonation present.

Smells like apple cider ... cinnamon, slight alchohol warmth, and it wasn't until it hit the mid-50's in temp did the aromas of red licorice and dark fruits begin to appear.

Lightly bitter lime-citrus flavor, with cinnamon bun and ginger - strange bed fellows. Alcohol starts to bring the heat as it warms, and overall a bit thin IMO on the palate. Pretty dry finish, and fairly sharp mouthfeel from the carbonation. No velvety smoothness as you might expect from the style.

Drinkability slows a bit as it warms due to the noticeable alchohol, which makes it appear quite thick, even w/the high carbonation and dry finish. Not a bad representation, but not among the best either.

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

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber color. Clear. A big beige head is formed. Good retention. While it disappears many lacings are left

S: Traditional sweet and fruity smell. Notes of grapes. A bit metallic. Very malty and bready (dark bread) followed by the delicious Belgian yeasts. A little bit alcoholic end

T: Complex. Sweet upfront. Really fruity (dark fruits) and malty (caramel malts, mainly). Excellent earthy hops and the expected Belgian yeasts. Good example of "liquid bread". Nice bitterness. Finish is a bit alcoholic

M: Medium to heavy body. Molasses and reasonably carbonated for such strong beer. Alcoholic aftertaste

D: Goood stuuuuff

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

Poured into a goblet.

Aroma is fantastic. Fruity winter goodliness.

Taste is all Dickens and Sugarplums, nestled in my head. ABV is well masked. Figgy pudding, spicy, vanillas and malts. Not too sweet, not too dark. A little too phenolic is the only negative.

Carbonation is low, but it's a butt-kicker so maybe not ALL night but, certainly more than one.

Great boozy, treacley lingering aftertaste.

Photo of montecristo2
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a belgian chalice.

Took it out of the fridge, let it warm a bit. Pours a thick four fingers with a rocky, creamy head. By the time I was ready to drink, the head was gone leaving a thick lacing along the edges and a thin, tannish foam on the surface.

Color is a nice dark golden brown. Looks a bit cloudy, only slightly, but a nice color nonetheless.

Smells of holiday fruits and belgian yeast.

Taste is pretty good. Not as viscous as I thought it would be, and I assumed it would be more malty as well. I definitely note a slight metallic taste and smell that others have mentioned. This is not a terrible thing, but not necessarily something I would want to look for in a belgian. Maybe this one needs to sit longer in the cellar to blend before you drink it.

Worth a try, but there's better belgians and holiday ales out there. I love St. Feuillien's Brune- one of my favorites.

Cheers!

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 CHickman
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy chestnut brown with a foamy 2 finger head that faded pretty quickly; spotty lacing slid down the glass fast.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast, wet bread, caramel, cinnamon, spices, pine, alcohol like rum and some dark fruit; a nice aroma, but on the mellow side.

Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, wet bread, caramel, cinnamon, grass or herbs, spices like pepper, pine, rum, dark fruit like raisin or date, toasted grains and then it has that penny-like aftertaste from the yeast. After a second sip, or just the beer warming, there are hints of orange peel, vanilla, toffee and some nutmeg. Finish is on the dry side with some spices lingering and washing away most of that metallic taste. The alcohol is evident, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel is creamy and borders on oily, with very little to no carbonation and a medium to heavy body.

It was decent, but I would not seek it out again as it didn't blow me away. The metallic aftertaste just lingered too long and took away from the overall enjoyment of the beer to me.

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.

Photo of Joemark
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The aroma was pleasant and reminded me a lot of a belgian quad. Alcohol was not overbearing, although i do have an acquired taste for stronger beers. If you enjoy the quad-esque aroma, i would recommend that you try this beer. I know that I'll be tracking it down again.

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

Chilled 33ml poured into a slightly warmed tulip glass.

Pours a cedar like tan color with a dullish dark egg shell white head that is extremely lively as it peaks out at about 4 fingers (possibly 3 if you compensate for the the tulip glass) before shrinking away to minor lacing. If you put your ear up to it you can listen the cacophony of exploding effervescent bubbles.

The body maintains the dark tan and appears somewhat cloudy when held to the light. The aroma on the nose already lead you to see this is going to be a "warming' beer and a good winter sipper. Aroma is dark roasted fruits and new leather with malt and very light hint of vanilla.

Warm dough, malts and brown sugars sit with the same dark fruits that dominate the aroma. In a way the taste is a little unique, interestingly, hops and bitter yeast are pretty much absent here.

Mouthfeel is tight with a full body (even if its a bit underweighted ) and moderate carbonation. Nice tastes linger on and the alcohol finish is warming. This is a good alternative to something like Gulden Draak which I would like to a double tasting with.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice deep ruby colour with an of white tight head that retains well.

S - Not much except soms small malt

T - Nice spicey flavour that is well balnced with sweet dark fruit, and a boozy kick at the end.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Makes for a decent winter warmer.

Photo of Fnord
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since I'm drinking this in mid-April, it's been on the shelf a while. I think it'll still be good, though, since this store takes care of its bottles.

Appearance - Transluscent red with a very thick, uneven off-white head.

Smell - Alcohol, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Taste - As the smell, plus oak, cherry, prune, yeast, and vanilla. Sweet malts predominate, but it's balanced by its smooth alcohol warmth and a touch of sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and high carbonation.

Notes - This beer was kind of a risky buy for me, since I've never had any of St. Feuillen's beers before. I definitely won this gamble, though. I guess I'll have to try more of them. As for the beer itself, it's a good example of a Belgian Christmas ale. I would say that I'd buy again, except that all Belgian Christmas ales are great, and there's so many more to try...

Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, this is a one year old bottle so it may not be the same as what some of the other reviewers experienced.

Pours a deep semi-opaque chestnut color. Two fingered toffee colored head, mild carbonation, and big chunks of yeast. (I should have been more careful in the pour.)

Smells of prunes, figs and dark fruits, some banana,nutmeg, and delicate traces of toffee.

Taste is bready, dark fruit, bananan, brown spice, a trace of honey, a little bit of caramel, and has alcohol warming in the back of the throat. Hopping is delicate and I'm also picking up hints of a wet blanket in the taste.

Mouthfeel is chewy, thick, silky smooth on the tongue, and coats the mouth with a spicey finish and lingering alcohol warmth.

Drinkability is enjoyable, even after 1.5 years old. I've had this beer in the past and much prefer the fresh version. I will review this one again when it comes out closer to the holidays.

Photo of Xul
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, translucent amber almost transitioning into a brown, topped by a long-lasting two finger white head.

S: Wheaty malt base with some dark fruits - some figs and cherries - along with winter spices. Not as heavily spiced as other holiday beers, but sufficient to the point that you know what you're drinking.

T: A bit muted from what I'd expect, even with the knowledge that it's not overly spiced. Malty base with the same dark fruits as the aroma, and some cinnamon and nutmeg that are barely poking through.

M: Moderate carbonation and a fairly slick mouthfeel.

D: Easy drinking and the ABV is well hidden, but I honestly have no interest in drinking more than one.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy ruby copper with yeast chunks floating around.
Nose shows wheaty bread, golden syrup, aromatic wood (cedar) and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg).
Flavours include more wheat, spicy alcohol (almost hot though), ginger and golden syrup.
Carbonation is too high.

Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazed brown with orange highlights. about a finger worth of head fades to a thick film.
the aroma is dominated by brown sugar, secondary to that is some malty dark fruitiness, including raisin, fig, plum. there is some ambiguous spiciness in there as well as some clove and bread crust.
the taste also brings a heavy dose of brown sugar, just shy of cloying though. moving up behing that is crusty brown bread and a touch of bubblegum. dark fruits are interwoven throughout. spicy clove and cinnamon makes an appearance too, and some soft subtle peppery-ness dries things out a bit. just for reference, this fell just short of a 4.5 for taste for me.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with just over a moderately active carbonation. this body coupled with the flavor profile works to great effect, it's a great texture of this beer.
the drinkability is a solid 4 is quite drinkable for the amount of sweet complexities going on in the flavor profile. it's kept reigned in just enough to have big flavors and stay just this side of being a sipper. a well masked 9% abv too. overall, a very nicely put together beer, not my first choice with all the great christmas beers out there, but i would definitely get it again.

Photo of Lunch
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 330ml bottle, purchased at Wells in Baltimore, MD, into my St. Feuillien goblet at an appropriate temperature (01/03/10).

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown with ruby hues and two fingers of a creamy off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Plesant aroma of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, raisins, plums, clove, brown sugar, and winter seasonal spice.

T: Brown sugar and raisins engulfed in cola hit the palate first with a layers of butterscotch, port, cinnamon, and a bready malt. The flavor profile is quite nice, but it seems to slightly miss the center of the palate.

M: Medium-bodied with lively yet appropriate carbonation with a mild degree of creaminess.

D: Certainly is quite easy to drink, but at times it seems a bit watery.

Overall this is a very nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a winter seasonal flair. Certainly not the best out there, but solid. Recommended.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent reddish brown amber with a moderate head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam and some lacing on the glass.

Rich smells of raisins, brown sugar, maple syrup, bread, some cinnamon and clove spice.

Tastes of cola, butterscotch, coffee, port, chocolate, raisins, dark Christmas pudding, ginger. Sweet up front, then a little dry in the finish with complex lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel is full and fresh, tight carbonation keeps the flavors coming back with each sip without being tiring. Light in body, strong in flavor.

This is a great winter beer, very flavorful, and complex, and I am enjoying it.

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

Poured into a St. Feuillien Chalice.

A: Cloudy deep copper, even with my careful pour. A huge and cloud like cream head slowly settles to a 1/4" pillow that stays the whole way down the glass.

S: Very fruity and warm. Dark fruits and bubblegum dominate. Pepper adds a touch of spiciness. Alcohol rounds out the experience with a warm tingle.

T: Starts out a little thin, to be honest. A rush of dark fruit let by cherries, currants and raisins quickly take care of that problem. Bitterness is very mild, as the beer stays sweet. A powerful alcohol warmth comes along in due time to quell the sweetness. Finishes with lingering dark fruit flavors.

M: The body is very light, given the strength at work. Carbonation is right on.

D: Overall, a very nice offering. I'm glad I took a chance with this one. A nice finish to this season of holiday beers.

Photo of mdagnew
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk...

Poured a dark golden orange colour... White head poured quite loose and fizzy and faded quickly to almost nothing... some light wispy lacing around the glass... faint carbonation...

Aroma - Light caramel malts, some biscuity traces, light spices (clove, some allspice), light orange and fig fruitiness, candy sugar, light yeast, some spicy hops, peppery notes, alcohol not too noticeable..

Taste - Slightly watered down fruitiness (oranges and raisins), definite spiciness - cloves and light ginger ? Some light floral honey sweetness, light caramel malts, nice biscuit notes, quite peppery, some warming alcohol just makes itself known..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... medium bodied... Fairly drinkable for a 9% beer...

Overall - A decent enough Christmas brew but just lacking something... worth a try...

Photo of Minotaur
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both on tap and in various bottle sizes. But I am currently sipping from a Chimay goblet poured from a 75cl bottle. This is the direct Belgian import: a hard to find bottle discovered at Spinnerstown Hotel.

It is a light hazelnut colored brown-amber with tan highlights. A luxurious but not huge head which hangs around and recedes to a fine snowy looking lacing.

The aroma is plumb, raisin, cinnamon, a bit of hops. After warming a bit the smell of alcohol seeps in.

The taste is dense, sourdough bread with an underlying prune-raisin like sweetness. There is a strong ester flavor, nuttiness (reminds me of toasted filberts), a bit of bitter sourness from hops and alcohol. There is a fruitiness reminiscient of warm, mulled wine. I am reminded of lingon berry and holly. Perhaps there is a bit of spruce in there as well? Despite the sweetness there is ample bitterness in the finish - especially at the warmed end of the glass.

Had it with Chimay cheese, pretzel bread and bison sausage. The strong flavors of the food seemed to soften the slight sharpness in the aftertaste.

The texture, mouth feel (thick, full) - almost chewy. Which is perfect for the bread and toast-like flavors coming through in this brew.

The alcohol makes it smooth an quaff able - but I wouldn't say *drinkable* for many folks. I however drank it just fine.

An excellent example of a Belgian style winter ale.

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

Poured from 33cl brown bottle into a clear, St. Feuillien chalice. Drink by date not easily decipherable on back label. Purchased as part of a St. Feuillien gift pack for $13.99.

A: Plum with 1/2-finger beige head with spare trickles of lace.

S: Malty with berry flavors, leather, and herbal hops aromas

T: Dark fruity malts are complex with leather, berry-cherry, and woody flavors accented with light herbal hops. Cinnamon and nutmeg are noticeable but not overpowering.

M: Smooth not as full-bodied though as I would have imagined. Aftertaste is musty malty and woody.

D: Easy to drink for the ABV. Some time will help fill this brew out a little I think.

Photo of Avagadro
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper in color with a grainy, tan head with heavy lacing. Pour quickly after opening, the brew likes to gush out of the bottle.

S: Raisins, apples, and cloves are well balanced and robust.

T: Molasses dominates with cloves and raisins in the background.

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation.

D: A decent Belgian strong, but not worth seeking out. Simply a well made ale.

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

Served in a Deleirum Tremens Tulip/Snifter glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark reddish copper or cherry wood finish color with a 1/8" light tan head that recedes soon to leave behind a nice ring of foam and a lager patch on the surface of the liquid. By the end of the beer the patch has gone and the ring is a very tiny one. Initially sipping leaves sheets and a ring of foam that turn into speckled and leggy lacing. By the end of the beer there are still scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, sweet, malty and slightly yeasty and lightly spiced. There are fruits here but it's a mixed basket with both green fruits (green apple and pear) and hints of some darker fruits (e.g., cherry).

Taste: The flavors include some light caramel and chocolate along with the yeast, the fruits, and some hoppy bitterness. It is reasonably complex with the yeast and spices and other flavors all spending their time coming into and out of focus. My best guess as to the faint flavor of spice is cinnamon and/or nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with the moderate but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long, begins in sweet fruitiness and ends with some dry bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer. Sipping one's way through this is pleasure. Even better, however, is the lunchtime pairing of this beer with the Rabbit Sausage Ragout that was served half way through the beer--an excellent pairing and one to be recommended. As for having another, I could easily drink a second and an third glass of this one (but the ABV would catch up with me pretty quickly ☺ ).

Photo of flannelman808
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

latest release of this winter Belgian special ale...09'

A: pours a reddish copper/brown color and has a pretty aggressive tightly bubbled head. Decent head retention and excellent lacing. Looks pretty solid.

S: There is a candied fruit bouquet...roasted macintosh apples and fresh fig. There is a very sweet brown sugar thing happening. It smells like it is going to be very rich and very sweet. I feel like im picking up on some diacetyl as well.. a little bit metallic.

T: There is a surprisingly bready quality to this beer. like a fresh doughy quality that hits me first which is really weird given the nose. I get that roasted apple quality again... like cinnamon apple roasted in the oven along with a fresh cake or something. definitely lots of cinnamon. The spice actually balances what smells like it should be a cloyingly sweet beer. Its pretty good all things considered.

M: delightful on the tongue... prickly and carbonated but rich and mouthfilling all at once.

D: Not a super drinkable brew but its much more drinkable then the beers bouquet would lead on... points for balance!

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