St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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3.98/5
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St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium
st-feuillien.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,136
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
359
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
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12
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Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 359
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of qubit
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber color; luscious head.
Slightly alcholic on the nose. Pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, a very good beer but nothing that stands out and says "pick me!".

I'm going to put a bottle down and try it next year, then I'll re-review.

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Photo of Jono0284
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice amber color with a tall but medium bodied head into a tulip glass. As I drank there was no lacing on the first glass but the second one it showed up. Was about 40 degrees F when poured but needed to sit and warm up before it could be fully appreciated.

Very little on the nose or on the palate initially but once the beer opened up (a trend I am finding with these Belgians) I got a caramel bouquet.

The taste was originally spice but nothing in particular jumped out. However, once the beer sat I could taste nutmeg as the dominant spice. The overwhelming flavor though was golden raisins. This then went to a sweet flavor. I would liken this to drinking the liquid form of a traditional bread pudding.

This beer had a great malty bread like quality and was a great beer to drink as we decorated our Christmas tree.

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Photo of CHickman
2.92/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of NightINgale
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange with a thick white head and lacing. Spicy dark fruit aroma. Nice medium to heavy body, dark fruits, sweet malt and Belgian and holiday spices. Sweet malt, spice finish with a hint of bitterness. A nice holiday ale that I will try again.

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Photo of weazal
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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 mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish amber in the Leffe chalice. An attractive foam Interesting rusty, malty smell. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel.

A candy flavor, though not all that sweet. Lots of warm malt, slightly roasted. A different sort of flavor, though in the Belgian strong fruity tradition. I keep tasting carrots and yams. Though there is no hint of hoppy aromas, it has some bitterness. Less of the typical Belgian dry yeasty taste. A pineapple flavor, but tart. Some other mystery fruit and a hint of pecans and butter.

More pleasant and complex as it warms. From the 33 cl stubby bottle brought back from Belgium in October.

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Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Joemark
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01/15/14 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This stuff doesn't mess. Should be in those little barrels they hang around the St Bernard rescue dogs. Bracing. Spicy hits that great spot between bitter & sweet. Catch it if you can.

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Photo of bminor7
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ThaCreep
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown, tan color, with a good lather. The nose offers a style caramel malt flavor but the yeast can also think of the candy. The mouth is very reminiscent of the Binchoise Christmas Special (which is very close) but with less spice though. Easy to drink, touch of cinnamon, is still spicy with good bitterness and a good well rounded spicy finish. An excellent Christmas beer.

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Photo of taigor
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost non-transparent color with a small head that quickly dissipated leaving thin lacing around the glass.

S - Dark fruits like figs, plums and raisins with hints of bananas and caramel and definitely bready yeast.

T - Very sweet with brown sugar, honey and caramel with dark fruits. Belgian yeast makes it very filling.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation which doesn't impact the quality of beer.

O - Excellent Belgian Noel and even though has very similar characteristics as others it is distinct. I would highly recommend it.

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 359 ratings