St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël
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St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #57
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,641
Avg:
4 | pDev: 10.75%
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
363
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Brasserie St. Feuillien
 
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  18
SCORE
89
Very Good
St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël
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scott451 from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A very slightly hazy reddish brown. A big three finger off white head that sticks around to the end. Subdued spice smells. A very soft hop finish. Very smooth and full bodied. Overall an excellent strong dark.

Nov 18, 2020
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another Christmas Beer yippeee! Albeit consumed on a scorching hot afternoon, but hey take one for the team and all that!

Pours a delightfully dark and hazy fig coloured body, head is initially fantastic but abates quickly leaving not much. The lacing is pretty good which salvages it.

Aroma is sweet, ripened fruits with ever such a faint liquorice. Really rather good, very inviting.

Taste is of same standard, not too rich, but sweet and spicy in equal measures, plenty of malt and fruit. Lovely caramelized aftertaste.

Feel is good, nice and smooth and the 9%abv is spot on, no need for crazy strength.

Overall, another quality seasonal brew. Belgian Christmas beers really are the front runners of world brewing period! Craft IPA scene take note!

May 28, 2020
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle bought at the LCBO at least two years ago; best before 11/09/2019 and served at cellar temperature. Merry belated Christmas, BA!

Pours a clear, brick red hue with ruby-coloured highlights. A full inch of fluffy, smoker's teeth yellow-tinged head erupts from the surface, slowly settling off over the next five-plus minutes; a creamy, quarter-inch cap remains in place, with a generous coat of lace also having been left behind. Looks great to me. On the nose, I'm getting a cherry cola-like vibe that I quickly grew fond of - candi sugar sweetness comes through for sure, with hints of liquorice, root beer, nutmeg, and plenty of miscellaneous dark fruit character, particularly cherry and raisin.

A lovely brew - though technically out of date, it's still extremely smooth and quite appealing IMO. I'm still getting that cherry cola flavour, especially at the forefront, with molasses, candi sugar, raisin and fig also contributing to the overall effort. Liquorice root, ethanol and spiciness join the fray towards the back end, with suggestions of nutmeg and sarsaparilla completing the profile; a tad boozy on the back end, with liquorice and yeasty spiciness lingering into the aftertaste, reinforcing its warming qualities. Medium-full in body, with moderately strong carbonation that results in a frothy, relatively smooth mouthfeel. I downed this serving with no fuss whatsoever, and wouldn't have minded another top-off.

Final Grade: 4.23, an A-. Your opinion of St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël will most likely hinge around your appreciation for liquorice - it's one of the more noticeable aspects of the flavour profile, so if you're one of those folks who picks around the black jelly beans then this might not be the beer for you. Personally, I would buy this again without hesitation, but I have unfortunately not seen it for a few years, so I'll have to keep my fingers crossed for a 2020 LCBO re-appearance.

Dec 27, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'50th Year' Edition. Bottle-conditioned. I'd rested/chilled this well but it still overflowed (slightly) on opening - ease the cap off veeery slowly just in case.
L- Very deep chestnut red. Effectively clear. Pours with fat 2Cm darker tan head; holds well.
S- Christmas pudding (UK), spices and timber.
T- Deep pungent molasses, with equally deep (baked) fruit notes, cherry and apple perhaps. There is some bitter/dryness that gives it good balance for a beer of this ABV%.
F- Deep, a slow-sipping winter-warmer type beer to me. It's also quite rich, but that's balanced out (as^). It has real presence, beyond the ABV%, working as a whole.
O- I could happily drink this with dinner during winter, in place of wine. Come to think of it, it's overall profile is a touch wine-like, in the ABV% zing in the mouth, the fruit, the prominent mouth-feel and so on. I've had some beers that have been aged in ex-wine barrels and this is what they remind me of.
Very nice indeed, I can't find any negatives here to note, at all, and I'd happily drink it again - but for the price.
Bought from Wholefoods, London W8, 330ml bottle £3.99 [!] BB: 13/07/2021

Nov 23, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Almost clear deep reddish color with tan head. Aroma has caramelized malt, brown sugar and liquorice. Taste is spicy, yeasty, quite liquorice forward, overall well balanced with a soft bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. A bit boozy but that's expected for the style.

Feb 21, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep ruby and somewhat filtered, with lots of carbonation and 3 fingers of beige head.

Smells of molasses, cherries, fruit cake, and christmas pudding.

The taste is of coke and molasses candy, with hints of dark fruits like prunes and figs.

Medium, highly foamy body.

Got at LCBO, drinking May 19th, 2018 in Brackenrig, ON, on Lake Rousseau.

May 20, 2018
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cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

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

330ml bottle
9.0% ABV
Best Before: September 11, 2019
Main/Bronte LCBO Outlet (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
April 17, 2018
$3.95
The beer pours a slightlu hazy golden red colour with a bubbly pinkish head which quickly recedes to a lacing. The aroma is berries, spices, caramel malt, and weak hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is dominated by Belgian yeasty notes, some caramel, some weak hops, and grainy malts. The beer does not taste as good as it smells, but still tastes pretty good.

Apr 20, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into a goblet. An LCBo purchase for about $3.75 CDN. Best before Fall of 2019. Finally got around to this one after sitting on it for a couple months.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown colored beer, some clarity and lots of bubbles. Topped with two fingers of tan-white head, diminishes quickly to less than a finger but after that the cap is pervasive. Minimal lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell - Spicy with lots of grainy notes, Christmas baking and fruitcake. Plenty of pepper and spices to go around. Nutmeg seems prevalent. Mineral notes here too.

Taste - Medium sweet, with some earthy hops. Baking spices of nutmeg and bits of cinnamon. Some vanilla mixed in with the grainy and bready base. Decidedly not sweet.

Mouthfeel -Smooth, well carbonated with a dry finish. Body is lighter than expected, carbonation is a touch on the heavy side. Nice holiday / ice storm and can't go anywhere type of beer.

Overall - A fine strong and dark Belgian, but not exemplary given the competition. A worthwhile purchase though anyway.

Apr 15, 2018
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Batheinfire from Canada (ON)

1.43/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours brown and appear very similar to most other in this style.Heavy smell of anise overpowering everything else. Taste unfortunately is bang on the same as the smell, way to much anise overpowering any dark fruit, candied sugars, or any other flavors to be enjoyed. Not what I was hoping for, sad to say I've found a beer in my favorite style that I do not enjoy.

Mar 01, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby brown in color, with an enormous 4 finger head. The head lasts a while, and when it breaks a decent cap and collar and some lacing.

Smell is typical for a BSDA, full of dark fruits and malts. Molasses and Belgian yeast also creep in.

Taste brings some spices forward and then typical flavors for the style. Some molasses and dark fruits, a touch of a booze and just a bit of Belgian yeast.

Feel is medium but carbonation is quite fizzy and prickly. Bit of a boozy finish.

An average BSDA in my opinion. Not great, but not bad. I found it was a little lighter than I'd expect, and the booze is a little too present.

Feb 11, 2018
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of course this is great but something seems to be ever so lightly missing here. The taste is muted (except for the tingling alcohol) and not as flavourful as others in this style, noel or not. I would gladly drink it in the future, even though the licorice almost ruins this one.

Feb 05, 2018
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OlaB from Norway

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown color with a huge top off beige head that disolves in a quite fast pace. Aroma is off caramel,bread,dark fruits,anis,licorice and brown sugar.
The taste is sweet with dark fruits and licorice, and roasted malts strong in the back. Finish is light bitter with spices.Good lenght in the aftertaste and the flavours are balanced great. The strong alcohol content are hidden well.This is a beer I get a christmas feel off. Medium body with a light carbonation. Oily and creamy mouthfeel.
This is a powerfull beer. Delicious and enjoyable with a really nice and balanced flavour. Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 edition, on tap, god i love an old belgian christmas strong ale! i know this is only appealing to a small corner of beer nerdom, but its my corner alright! this is gorgeous in the glass, looks like a belgian from a mile away, frothy three fingers of khaki head, soft as a pillow and permanent, heavy hanging lace as it drinks down to a glass of suds at the end, crimson colored lightly hazy brew, so attractive. slightly oxidized in the nose, but this type of beer was made for that, cool sugars from candy sugar to honey to molasses in the nose and taste, with a soft spice quality, probably yeast driven, insanely mature at this stage of its journey. the belgian yeast aspect is tame to me though in the nose and flavor, i get more cherry and red wine notes in the malt, more gingerbread and dense dried fruitiness than i do yeast esters, phenols, or spiciness. its complex though, but also old enough that its so smoothed out its hard to really try to break it apart analytically. rather, its best to just appreciate it as it is, a wintery warming glass of belgian goodness, fancy and distinct, the kind of beer that only works this time of year but works so well. an absolute joy to drink!

Dec 05, 2017
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brown. huge head

pear drops, fake pear aroma, green apple, sweet shop , liquorice allsorts

Taste includes some caramel, more liquoice and star anise. Thin body for abv, dryness on the end. Bit of citric acidity

Not bad

Dec 31, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33 l bottle into trappist goblet.
L: Dark brown with a medium foam head.
S: Belgian yeasts, sourness, lime.
T: Roasted bread, dark fruits, caramel, long-lasting aftertaste!
F: Tight body , low carbonation.
O: Complex flavour bsda. Above average!

Dec 24, 2016
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matuka123 from Finland

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a cool Saint Feuillien Belgian beer. 750ml big bottle with the cork that pops on it. Dark bottle. 9%.
Bottle is very good. It looks dark and ambery. Classic belgian style. High quality beer this one. Smell is very nice and fruity, it smells well blended. Liquorice, anis, fruit, pear. Dry. Scrumptious. Medium to high carbonation. belg yeast. Good taste. Overall it's a great festive christmas beer, I really enjoy it.

The only negative is that the alcohol bites a little hard for my taste :D usually beers hide the ABV so well, even a 10-12% one. But this one feels like it bites the tongue a little with alcohol/clove/pepper. But it's ok :).

Nov 23, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle - 'tis almost the season around here, as we don't have to wait until Yankee Thanksgiving to begin the craziness. We've got mandarin oranges already, but no snow - that should change soon.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with a veritably glass-filling tower of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy beige head, which leaves some thick and sudsy forked lightning lace around the glass as it gradually sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, some edgy and musty Belgian yeastiness, a clove, nutmeg, and metallic cinnamon savoury spice character, muddled overripe pome fruit esters, brown sugar syrup, a further indistinct dark orchard fruitiness, and a sense of not quite alighting alcohol astringency. The taste is vinous fruit (cherries and red grapes), bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, treacle, estery Low Countries yeast, a reduced spice contingent from that in the aroma - nutmeg and cinnamon, mostly - a still hovering and lurking booziness, and some really hard to pin down generic (ok, 'old-world') hop bitterness.

The bubbles are quite active in their supportive and tingly frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with maybe a slight yeasty and spiced intruder gently treading on the rose bushes here. It finishes off-dry, but not by as much as one might have been expecting - lots of off-setting measures duly lingering.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough iteration of one of my favourite styles, especially as the coming holiday season (session?) rolls around. Not too sweet, and with a deft application of the usual suspects, not to mention the essentially hidden 18-proof wowee sauce quotient. I could see grabbing another of these for Christmas, er, whatever!

Nov 16, 2016
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MrDell from Switzerland

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22.04.2016

St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël
Belgian Strong Dark Ale – 9% - 330ml Bottle - Bottled 27.07.2017

Appearance: Pours brown with a nice deep red tinge and a beautiful, just off white head. The beer is clear upon fist pour, despite being bottle conditioned. Quite a lively beer with lots of fast moving carbonation. Good head retention.

Aroma: Lovely Belgian yeast aroma backed up with spices. Also dark sugar, a classic Belgian Christmas beer aroma.

Taste: Sweet malts, a slightly bitter liquorice hit in the middle and then it's sweet and spicy in the finish with loads of cinnamon. Nice bit of warming alcohol after swallowing -perfect for a cold evening.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied and well balanced all around.

Overall: I did enjoy this one, you get exactly what you expect with this Belgian abbey Christmas beer - it's dark, sweet, full of spices and strong, however, I did find the spices a little overpowering and started it to become a little sickly-sweet towards end of the bottle (330ml).

Apr 22, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice winter warmer. Alcohol is present only in noticeable tanginess in flavor. Hints of figs, raisins and prunes.... Nice brown color with sticky beige foam. Aroma hits you smack in the nose (used a tulip) when lifted to the mouth.... With this type if beer being seasonal, I can’t wait for Christmas!

Mar 11, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. After dinner. Surprisingly drinkable for its high ABV. Just the adequate spicy touch. A bit drier than my favourites but great still

Feb 24, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours dark clear ruby red with huge dense tan head. Aroma cherries, brandy, raisins, dates, cinnamon, spices. Taste follows the nose as well as caramel, prune, grapes. Very nice.

Feb 10, 2016
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Pegasus from Texas

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

Appearance: Cloudy, deep amber brown in color, with a large, dense off-white head, which retains superbly. Thin, glass-coating lacing adorns the glass walls. While I cannot see the carbonation through the haze, masses of fat bubbles decorate the glass walls.

Aroma: Massive aroma of vinous alcohol, sweet caramel, toasted malt, bitter apples , pears, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The alcohol is quite notable in the aroma.

Taste: Opens with a wave of sweet alcohol, dark malt and bitter apples, as the taste progresses, there is a subdued wave of caramel, spices , cinnamon and ginger. Later the taste becomes extremely sweet, mostly from the alcohol. Finishes with sweet alcohol and a bit of herbal hoppiness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, sot, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, although I wish it were a bit more over-the-top.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml Belgian bomber with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Dec 25, 2014
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jonb5 from England

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Dark ruby, bronzy in colour, looked thick without being opaque, medium slightly tanned head, pretty good head retention.

S: Cherry, molasses.

T: Fig, prune, grape, brown sugar, some cherry which faded before any sourness could kick in, something made me think of mouse. Kept the booze under wraps.

M: Light texture, moderate carbonation.

O: Good beer to accompany a heavy meal on a cold day, does what its supposed to.

Dec 24, 2014
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Brabander from Netherlands

4/5  rDev 0%

Outstanding good Christmas beer for the colder day at the end of the year. Had it from tap which made this beer really enjoyable. Some nice spices which makes this beer very drinkable.

Dec 14, 2014
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janubio from Spain

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Brown-reddish colour, with huge head that leaves a good lace and crown. Smell of dark fruits, spices, nutmeg, licorice, cinnamon and almonds. Medium body, good carbonation. Taste is similar to the smell: spices, licorice, almonds, dark fruits.

Dec 03, 2014
St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 363 ratings