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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël

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213 Reviews

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 306
Avg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website

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 bminor7
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml from Hoosick St. Beverage in Troy NY.

A - sudsy head, dissipating quickly. reddish brown color in light. yeasty bits floating about.

S - sweet caramel, vanilla. spicy phenols at warmer temps.

T - strong malt and alcohol flavor with some spices in the front. definitely a belgian. candi sugar in the aftertaste.

M - carbonation a bit high. mouthfeel a little thin.

D - for me, low. sugar is too predominant. i sturggled to finish 1/2 of the bottle while cold...let it warm up some.

my first from St. Feuillien..date on the bottle says best before end 0830157. was expecting more fireworks from a belgian christmas ale. If they pushed the recipe a little more I think they could really have something here.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A-- reddish brown color when poured. A light brown head that slowly died off leavin a 1 finger head. No lacing, not a lot of carbonation.

S-- Carmel, dried fruit. Not as big a candied sugar smell as other Belgian beers but it is still there. More toned down.

T-- Malty with a bite to it. Fig, plum, and rasin overtones to me. Do get the candied sugar taste in it now. Bigger taste than in the smell.

M-- somewhat heavy. left my tonuge a little numb. I think from the candied sugar. The spices come out more in the mouthfeel. Also a litttle more carbonation in the mouthfeel.

D-- solid but not mind blowing. Good Christmas ale but others are much better. First Belgian beer I would totally perfer as a 330 over a 750. Excellent nightcap on a cold night. This puppy will warm you up quick.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice reddish-brown color with a small head and some yeasty floaties. The head fades quickly, though, and there's no lacing. The nose is sweet, full of notes of ripe fruit, and lightly caramel. Good flavor: solid maltiness, lots of dark fruit, and some subtle spiciness that isn't quite identifiable, but adds a lot to the drinkability.

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Photo of Yesac
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly dark brown in color, translucent. Ring of head around the edge. Not much lacing on the glass.

S- Very sweet like juice. Fruits.

T- Complex. Strong toasty malt middle with a spice and sour finish. The 9% ABV is fairly present.

M- Thin bodied, medium carbonation. A bite from the 9% is left on the palate, not a pleasant aftertaste.

D- Not bad, but I'd rather have others in this category. This is however a great Christmas beer because of the spice and warming from the 9%.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2005 vintage (cork is dated "5/05"). tasted in late april/early may 2009

dark brown amber. almost clear, but sediment particles still get in. large, light tan/off-white head, fades to thin foamy layer, until finally just foamy wisps and ring. no lacing however.

aroma: maltose syrup and caramel, with apple juice and cherry juice concentrates, candied orange peel, cola, and hint of licorice. touch of earthy hop.

very similar flavors, though watered down slightly. mild to moderate bitterness, with touch of spice and phenols.

light to medium body, but decently smooth. touch of astringency in the finish. mild to moderate carbonation for some lift.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pops with lots of carb, careful to not allow overflow. Deep honey, lost of cottony off white head that is slow to leave. Lacing of the small bubbled sudsy type.

S - Bubble gum, cotton candy, light banana and base malt.

T - Taste close to smell, but add some coriander in there as well.

M - Medium body, lots of carb, maybe too much carb. Coating thinned by carb.

D - Big, pronounced beer. Would tire easily.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a chestnut with murk and a nice of white head. belgian carbonation. a smell of dark fruit and apple. the palate give as sweet plum, spiced with coriander, light cinnamon, orangepeel, vanilla, and nutmeg. a traditional form which doesn't step on any toes. solid. not as thick as expected... but quite effervescent. alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of weazal
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Predominant pear with some apple juice and spices to round it out. Rum soaked sweet bread. The longer it sits the more dark fruit takes over - specifically dates.

T: Immediate wash of amaretto at the beginning that is slowly saturated by dark fruits, leaving a moderate, but pleasant finish that makes you want to take another drink. The longer it sits, the sweeter it gets.

Mmm...a great Christmas beer. Sweet, nicely spiced, and easy to quaff. Perfect for a holiday party.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of checkfeet
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Richer than some Belgian Christmas ales, which have a candied-sweetmeat taste to balance the hefty alcohol content.

This one smells and tastes like a Christmas pudding: Brandy, raisins, plums, buckwheat and golden syrup. Each sip is quite a pleasure, with so many flavors to cycle through.

It pours a rich golden brown, with a creamy, pillowy head than dissolves into a slight film across the top.

Poured out of a bottle into a matching glass at the delightful Poechenellenkelder, across from the Mannequin Pis.

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Photo of NoHipTee
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

A: lighter amber appearance than I expected from a belgian winter warmer. Very pleasing head that had a moderate amount of staying power. Moderate lacing that diminished to a "thin enough to drink over without blowing" thickness by the time I had tipped back my glass several times. Some sediment as expected from a bottle aged beer.

S: a very subtle aroma that was not over powering but strong enough to add to the overall consumption experience. hints of malted fruit and sweet cookies with a very very slight suggestion of "dirt" or belgian wheat musk.

T: surprising flavor that gets more complex with each sip. I taste dark almost roasted figs but a sweet cookie or cake flavor as well. There is a bit of alcohol warmth and a musky earth tones that one would expect from a belgian white in the back ground. No lingering after taste that turns bitter.

M: very clean for all of the complex flavors. The alcohol is not over the top at all. Not as thick as I expected but very pleasant none the less. Easy to savor with very little alcohol after burn. Easy to hold this beer on the palate for a few seconds to enjoy.

D: top ratings in this catagory. I am so pleasantly taken back by the fact that this is smooth enough to be a backyard barbeque beer (for the discerning beer drinker) but flavorfull enough to be a special belgian ale. I finished the entire bottle and wish I had bought another.

A wonderfull surprise and a great way to enjoy a surprising snowy day in Seattle in March.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a squat bottle I found in Maine this beer was a murky, copper/amber color. The tan head was a full three-fingers thick and retained nicely as a puffy cap. The lacing was pretty good. The aroma was surprisingly citric with some touches of tropical fruit, spices, toasted malt and Belgian yeast. The flavors were curious and more malty than the aroma suggested but still appealing. I tasted caramel malt, toasted malt, alcohol heat, some dark fruit, Belgian yeast and a bit of spiciness making it akin to a Winter Warmer. Generally sweet but neither cloying nor heavy handed. The mouthfeel was soft, the body and carbonation medium.

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short and dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruit.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruits. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while, but there are better ones within the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Brownish color, left little lacing on the glass.

smell - Spicey, caramel.

taste - Has a spicey taste to it. Some cinnamon too here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice dark ale to kick off the end of winter? Wasn't bad, was all right for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby 11.2 oz. bottle - $3.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, reddish-brown body with a medium-sized, foamy, light beige head.

Smell: Fruity, sweet-smelling nose with touches of dark malts, fresh spices, a dash of brandy, and a savory blend of herbs.

Taste: Rich, dark maltiness with a mixture of toffee, dark caramel, dark candi sugar and cocoa powder. Yes, as you can easily imagine, it's quite sweet initially. Addition of earthy spices, particularly cinnamon and then nutmeg. Fruity flavors of sour cherry, strawberries, and white grapes. It's about this time the alcohol makes itself well known. Some herbal bitterness adds an extra layer of complexity. Minor sourish, chalky yeast component. Finishes with a mingled mixture of sweet malts, tart fruits, and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: On the better end of Christmastime Belgian beers. There's a little something for everyone!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, like an iced tea brewed from powder... half a tin of it. Head, like the others in the series, is quite creamy - though this one has a little more froth to it, and retention is quite good.

S: Gingersnap, graham cracker, cookie all stand out... perhaps some nutmeg in there, but the other aromas are basically putting this together.

T: Some similar flavours as found in the aroma - particularly graham cracker and some "honey-roasted" types of flavours. Quite a sweet beer, and in some ways, maybe a little much so. There's an interesting gin-like quality to it, albeit mild, that almost makes me wonder if there's actually juniper going on here - but not quite, if that makes any sense at all.

M + D: Sparkling carbonation, body is a little fuller, and slick... a big sipper, but alcohol his hidden surprisingly well. Sweetness can be a bit much after a while, but not horribly so. I still found myself swigging it rather carefree.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork and cage 750 really pops upon opening - off to a good start with the opaque mahogany brown pour which produces an insanely thick tan head.

Notes of dark fruit mixed within the malt in the aroma. Spiced cherry also bubbles up.

Spice fruit dominate the quaff, smooth and enticing. Luv the fig and green apple notes. Damn full bodied, winter sipper for sure, although it does thin out a bit by mid-bottle - but that may be the well-hidden high alcohol. Tons of yeasties on the bottle bottom add to the pleasure. Don't pass this one up.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle from Belmont Party.

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate tart citrus, yeast and small spice aroma.

T - Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - This beer met my expectations.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I grabbed a 25.4 oz. bottle at the frequently aforementioned Neil St. Piccadilly, enjoyed it colder than the label-recommended 50-55 degrees, and with a big bowl of leftover spicy Hunan vegetables with white rice. Two fingers of slightly tan froth top a muddy brown body with reddish-orange highlights. Though the head is durable, there is practically no lacing on the trusty Ommegang glass. I don't remember the last time I experienced that. Still, a very fine appearance.

With Cuvee De Noel, the nose grows as it warms, but certainly starts well. There is a vinous aroma at first, a testament to the prevalent grape, followed by dried fruit such as fig and a good deal of chocolate. This very much parallels the taste, which proceeds from a sweet start from the grape and I believe cherry to a mix of sweet and tart--all awash in creamy smooth malt flavor dominated by chocolate and caramel. Most impressive.

The mouthfeel is ideal for a BSDA--creamy smooth with persistent effervescence. That describes Cuvee De Noel to a tee. It is a most impressive beer, easily one of the very best new BSDAs I've tried in quite some time. I've kept myself on a fairly tight beer budget, but grabbing a few of these for cellaring just might induce some deficit spending. Ahhh, what the hell.


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

from corked 22oz. purchased at Grapevine Market in Austin.

A BIG holiday offering from one of Belgium's lesser known breweries. Poured into a brandy snifter. Big rocky head over a caramel brown body, more malty than hoppy. A bit sweet on the palate but very deceptively drinkable for a high alcohol offering. Big regret that I didn't take one back home to Beervana to stash for next year. Looking forward to checking out other offerings from St Feuillen, especially the Tripel. I'd suggest a Stilton pairing for holiday sipping. A strong example of Belgian holiday brews, highly recommended.

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Photo of thekanna
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Appearance: Pale, brownish color with 1 finger of head. Looks a bit like soda and not very impressive.

Smell: Cloves, mulling spices... almost like sniffing a spiced cider.

Taste: Belgian yeasts, spices, slight brown sugar, hops... definitely backed by a nutmeg flavor and nutty base.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery. Could improve with more thickness.

Drinkability: While the thinness of this brew improves the drinkability, it doesn't make this as full-bodied as, say, Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer. Some robustness could definitely boost the drinking experience of this beer.

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Photo of gregmurer
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

exceptional, it's the right thing to say... served on bottle, it's just another great beer, but on-tap... my goood, it's simply perfect... amazing... a gorgeous color, one of the best color i ever seen for a christmas ale, a smell to be damned, a taste like heaven, a mouthfeel that bring all competitors to bud-type-piss, and a drinkability that is amazing... i remember the firts 10, after that, i never remember is i drink more...

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Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of 14/08/09. Pours a murky reddish brown with 1/2 inch tan head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Very little lacing is left on the glass. I smell caramel and dark fruit. Some alcohol wafts of the liquid and is picked up. The taste consists of figs, dates, prunes. Mostly dark fruit qualities. I do not get much spice from the yeast. Alcohol is well masked. Just a bit of warmth going down the throat. The carbonation is a little fizzy but otherwise has a nice texture. A good representation of the style. Not as big and flavorful as others but it makes this much more drinkable despite the high ABV.

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Photo of jpiper
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too cold from the tap into a snifter.

Pours an amber brown with a thin layer of foam.

Smells of belgian yeast - nice. A sweet smell with honey, orange peel, and maybe cinnamon and clove. Pleasant.

The taste is of honey, bitter hops, but very sweet with a little funk. Yeasty and grainy. Nothing too exciting.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and definitely overcarbonated... but not bad.

Pretty easy drinking, but a bit hot for the ABV.

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
89 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.