St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël
Brasserie St. Feuillien

St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël
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From:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
 
Belgium
Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #75
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,809
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.06%
Ratings:
372
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 10, 2022
Added:
Oct 22, 2002
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  19
SCORE
89
Very Good
St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël
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3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Apr 10, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

Pours a hazy ruby-brown in the goblet, the head explodes no matter how careful the pour. What results is a three finger thick, foamy and rocky head that slowly collapses over the course of a few minutes into a one inch thick, dense ring that leaves generous lacing all the way through.

Immediate notes of incredibly strong malt and yeast, caramel, spices, nutmeg and dark fleshy fruits.

Taste follows the nose but in the opposite way, with spices hitting your palate before the malt. Mild hop bitterness on the finish, and I’m taking the lessened bitterness/hop character relative to other reviews as my bottle is a few months older than most others (it is definitely not Christmas anymore).

Mild chocolate, cherries, sticky toffee pudding are the main sweet flavours. Cognac or brandy add to the spicy category (the abv% likely helping his perception) a little bit of cinnamon flavours, some nutmeg, and general yeasty phenolic spices. Licorice is at the forefront of the spices but is much milder than I expected from what I had heard. Don’t get too much from the hop side other than a general bitterness, but definite yeasty, malty, caramel soaked goodness from the grainy side. Really enjoyable melding of multiple flavours. Buttery smooth on the finish. Tastes like I just had some toasted bread with butter and cinnamon.

Body is surprisingly medium light, easily drinkable and not too heavy. The carbonation is quite good, especially for my bottle which is more than a few months out. Surprised me in its character — it’s prickly at your tongue and foamy in the mouth. For me I always enjoy slightly less carbonation on higher abv% beers with lots of subtle character, as the carbonation can ‘wash’ some of the flavours away, but this is still really good. Not bad at all, just unexpected.

As with most Belgians and many other complex styles, this beer continues to evolve in character and feel as it warms. Always recommend letting it get that air and warm up. Some of the stronger flavours are tamped down and meld more, revealing other subtle notes, such as ginger. The molasses character comes out more too.

Overall a really nice winter beer, one I particularly enjoyed as I’ve been looking for spice forward beers. The winter ales and warmers I’ve had are all American style, while complex in the hop department, malty spicey goodness is always my first love. Enjoyable, easily distinguishable from other Belgian offerings, suitably complex, I simply do not understand some of the poorer ratings in regards to too much aniseed. It’s possible my bottle mellowed in the months in the bottle, but this was great with a lot of subtle character without anything being too overwhelming.

I’d say anyone who tried it and found any aspect too overwhelming, let the rest of your bottles sit for half a year or longer if you’d like. It very clearly mellows out the brew, making it eminently enjoyable

Mar 05, 2022
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3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

Medium brown body with a hint of ruby, showing glimmers through the unfiltered body; toasted almond head forms high and stick around with solid retention of several minutes.
Warm caramel malt aroma, touch of sticky toffee pudding, but also a crisp freshness like fresh mountain water. Not sweet.
Flavour shows caramel again, muted fruity esters, plum, dashes of alcohol heat and buttery fat, whisps of spice in the finish; some stickiness to the feel, but it's not sugary/syrupy, which I'd feared it might be as a christmas beer; finish is off dry, medium body, medium, prickly carbonation.

A fine, easy-drinking Belgian brew that is fitting for cooler months, but the flavour is one-noted and doesn't express a real 'christmas-y' character to make it distinct or very interesting.

Feb 04, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bmaslakov from Russian Federation

Looks clear dark caramel and chestnut, weak light foam. Tastes roasted nut with butter finish, very sweet. Something fresh, too, maybe spearmint? The aftertaste not extremely pleasant, sugary and syrop-y. Nose cognac, hay, wood. Feels chewy and well carbonated.

Jan 23, 2022
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3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Currently ranked #79 in the top "Strong Ale - Belgian Dark" beers list.

9% ABV.

1.5L magnum bottle (brown glass with a hood and wire cage over a cork) served chilled into an Orval goblet in Colorado. Nabbed from a local beer store at the tail end of the Christmas season.

APPEARANCE: Deep dark ruby body. Pale khaki head. Head sticks around about 3-4 minutes. Head could be thicker, more robust, creamier, and/or fuller.

Appears well carbonated with all the benefits of bottle conditioning on display.

AROMA: Sweet and malty, bringing heavy caramelized sugars and gooey malts. Hints of spice do surface...brewers orange peel, clove. Hits on dark fruits and stone fruit flavours as well, bringing raisin, plum, date, and fig but never leaning on them as heavily as something like a Quadrupel would.

ABV seems well disguised.

Promises a sweet Christmas ale with some spicy and fruity accents.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Caramel, vanilla, raisin, plum, date, fig, dried orange peel, clove, biscuity Belgian saccharomyces, brown malt sweetness.

Has plenty of something from the licorice/anise family of herbs. Fruitcake, sassafras, a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom, maybe nutmeg?

Soft and silky on the palate, lending it a light mouthfeel that's a bit dangerous at this ABV...it's quite drinkable for a 9% ale. Perfectly carbonated. Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, unrefreshing. Not a meal in a glass nor a filling beer, but there is some warm alcohol glow in the belly while drinking it. Honestly, I'm surprised to say I find it a bit too thin for the intended style.

High in residual sugars. The kind of rich Belgian ale that makes one remember to schedule a dental appointment...

OVERALL: Sort of a Christmas spice meets Belgian dark ale sort of beer, which works well for it. I don't know that a magnum is the right packaging format for a beer this high in ABV, but I guess once a year it's a understandable treat.

It doesn't upset Chimay Blue, Gouden Carolus, or the like in terms of Belgian strong dark ales, but regarded as a Christmas beer specifically I think it's fair to say it's a classic. I'd rather buy a 4-pack of Chimay, which is both a better beer and better bang for the buck, but I imagine I'd revisit this if I chanced across a smaller serving size of it for a fair price in Belgium.

Not worth seeking out, but a nice little Christmas ale.

Low B- / WORTHY

Jan 18, 2022
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2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared 330 ml bottle from Vinmonopolet, at Cardinal Yule beer tasting. Reddish colour, moderate beige head. Strong aroma of Christmas spices, too much anise / aniseed (as in a couple other beers from this brewery). Fizzy mouthfeel. The flavour is spicy and medium sweet, again with too much anise / aniseed.

Jan 04, 2022
 
4.12 by arzt from Russian Federation on Dec 18, 2021
 
2.89 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Dec 01, 2021
 
3.71 by TheHammer from Canada (ON) on Dec 26, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by scott451 from Canada (ON)

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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4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by The_Bujon from Ireland

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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4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

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
 
4 by paulish from New York on Dec 13, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

'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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3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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
 
4.13 by BelgianBeerChef from Romania on Jan 19, 2019
 
4.1 by mishi_d from Romania on Dec 25, 2018
 
3.98 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Dec 11, 2018
 
3.94 by quadmad from Canada (ON) on Nov 28, 2018
 
3.96 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Jul 30, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

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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3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

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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3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

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
 
3.98 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON) on Mar 15, 2018
 
4.23 by DaftCaskBC from Canada (BC) on Mar 04, 2018
 
3.76 by nullbort from Canada (ON) on Mar 02, 2018
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1.43/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
by Batheinfire from Canada (ON)

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
 
3.53 by Glorithm from Canada (ON) on Mar 01, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

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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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

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
 
3.85 by Nunya from Ohio on Feb 04, 2018
 
3.81 by WormGod from New York on Jan 04, 2018
 
3.87 by bird_soul from Netherlands on Jan 01, 2018
 
4.34 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Dec 25, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by OlaB from Norway

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
 
4.14 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Dec 22, 2017
 
3.73 by Tschude from Switzerland on Dec 21, 2017
 
3.42 by ZachT from Canada (BC) on Dec 20, 2017
 
4 by Hanyuu from Finland on Dec 17, 2017
 
4 by 123321123321 from Alabama on Dec 12, 2017
St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 372 ratings