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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
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by NeroFiddled on 10-22-2002

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Reviews by jdense:
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 biboergosum
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!

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Photo of stevoj
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!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful, dark brown in color with some active carbonation and a nice head that left a quarter-sized pool of foam on top and in the center of the liquid.

Smell – The darkish malts and light brown dough have a sizable heaping of sweets tossed in for good measure. The raisins and dates are big, and they are accompanied by a hefty dose of prune juice. I can also pick up some dark spicing, but it’s hard to break down.

Taste – The malts really come together at the taste. The bready dough is just barely there though, more of a compliment really, and the main attraction here seems to be the fruits from the nose. They aren’t sugary. The prunes and raisins have a hint of cherry sweetness to them. This is a very complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost full in the body with some terrific carbonation. There is so much going on with this BSDA you just want to hold every drink in between your cheeks.

Drinkability – This really is a terrific winter ale that is right at home any time of the year.

Comments – This delicious sample was bottled in January 2004. It’s already a year old and could age for another two or three, but is quite tasty right now.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

The name dates back to the 7th century. An Irish monk by the name of Feuillien was preaching the holy word in what is now called Le Roeulx. For this, he got his head lopped off. His disciples built a chapel in his memory, and the beer started flowing.

Their Cuvée De Noël is their biggest beer, weighing in at a hefty 9 percent, perfect for wintertime sipping. Pours with a vigorous tan head, and an inviting dark brown color. Malty, graham cracker aroma with hints of spice and dark fruit in the nose. Suggestions of baker's chocolate, licorice root and pie spices layer between the maltiness and warming alcohol. Light-footed on the hops, no real bitterness, though there is an herbal flavor underneath the malt. Finishes sweet with caramelized sugar and a spike of spicy alcohol. Paired especially well with a buttery blue cheese and ripe fi gs.

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Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

This is a two-year-old 750 ml bottle of this brew, cellared in the dark at 55 degrees. Yeast packs solid onto the bottom. Took a good 30 seconds to get the cork out of this one, and at that I had to go VERY carefully to release the carbonation. No foaming, no gushing - good sign.

Medium brown with reddish highlights, fairly high carbonation, an offwhite head that lasts a LONG time. Aroma of toffee, marzipan, cocoa, slight alcohol, very slight oxidation if any - no cardboard.

VERY earthy, marzipan-like flavor - depth is off the charts. Pinpoint carbonation and lots of it prevents the true flavors from revealing themselves off the bat. The alcohol kicks in, along with a faint smokiness, about halfway through the sip. The finish adds in dried cherries and hints of banana that last through the finish. Prickly carbonation lightens the mouthfeel. Would love to have another bottle, but alas, I only cellared one.

This brew is eminently suitable for cellaring - give it a shot!

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of merlin48
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle, a 2003 edition according to the cork. Pours into a goblet a dark brown, opaque body. No light gets through this, even when backlit to a 150 watt bulb. A two finger, tightknit head is tan in color, and lasts forever. Very attractive, island chain lace adorns my goblet.
Aroma is heavy with thick malts. Chocolate and caramel, raisins and figs, lots of spices, and fusel alcohol.
Mouthfeel is full and rich. Very heavy feeling, with a note of ethanol.
This is a very interesting ale to review. I had to let this warm to room temperature, before getting a real sense of its character. Malty, in a heavy sense, with a thick feeling of sticky burnt caramel and candy sugar, backed by dark fruits, and ignited by a strong ethanol and spice presence. Nutmeg, ginger, coriander, and allspice, combine with some floral hops for a strong bittering presence. Finish is, likewise, bitter with spices and a yeast twang. I just realized that I spent two hours with this one. It was a battle to finish, with so much going on. Too many spices, and a little too much ethanol presence to really say that I enjoyed it. It's an excellent, Belgian winter warmer, that's for sure. Just leave this in the cellar, if the temperature outside is well above freezing.

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Photo of badbeer
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL poured into a Tripel Karmeliet chalice.

Poured wonderful red brown color with a very soft head leaving good lacing. In the aroma I found caramel, various spices, dark fruit and bread. Has an earthy taste mixed with spice and plum, brown sugar is hidden in there as well. Has a nice alcohol warmth going down the throat. Light to medium carbonation with medium bodied. Excellent holiday, or for that matter any time of the year beer.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy orangish-brown with not too much head (but it was from tap and I didn't see the pour).

Smell: Hard to pinpoint, but I am getting traces of overripe fruits, raisins, butterscotch, fruitcake and spices.

Taste: Like the aroma, this is a wide mix of notes that mostly work well together but make it hard to describe. Plum, raisin, butterscotch, fruitcake, coconut and licorice all seem to be in there. The finish is lightly spicy and even a little cognac like.

Feel: Medium to full body that is smooth and chewy. Carbonation is lower than it would be if from the bottle.

Overall: This really does have a Christmas vibe going on. I like it.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADR
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brownish appearance, small 1/8 of an inch head, tannish. Laces in simpler webs than many. Aroma is slightly rummy and ginger-like, dark dried fruits and a raisiny tone. Good coating body and lower carbonation. Slighlty overly sweet but pleasant early -- sugary with pronounced molasses and over ripe dates. Dries considerably at the finish, almost too harshly in the transition. Not a bad beer, fine aroma and beginning, the end is more astringent and thinner than I anticipated. Alcohol is not immediately noticeable but more apparent on warming. Storing this a while might help smooth the profile.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty nice, you wouldn't really pick that it was 9%, pretty well hidden, dried fruit flavour, slightly gassy, soft yeast character and slightly spicy, i think it was nice, not sweet at all, which is always nice in the stronger brews. Elegant in every way. Beautiful soft texture, with some acidic notes.

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Photo of bestrent24
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AxlSkull
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaevaS
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Leathery brown with copper, caramel and ruby tints, hazy and nearly opaque, a beautiful beer to look at, and that's saying nothing of the creamy head, made of tight and tiny bubbles. Small colonies of lace hug the side of the glass.

Aroma sends up nothing unusual for a Belgian dark, just a pleasing mix of cocoa, dark fruits, chocolate shavings, pie spices and heavy yeast.

Chocolate and rum-soaked raisin come through first in the sip, then you're hit with a huge glow from the alcohol, which expands and eventually takes over by the finish. A little too boozy, swallowing some of the subtle flavors, like the toffee, cinnamon and caramel characteristics that try to get through.

Nice milky smoothness to the mouthfeel, balanced by enough carbonation and cooling dryness to give the beer more depth.

A bit unbalanced no thanks to the too-dominant alcohol, but if you want a slow-sipping holiday beer that'll turn the cheeks rosy, hey, you could do way worse than this.

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Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'03

Intense, luminous black cherry crowned with inches of pale khaki foam. Retention and lace are second to none.
The nose sent me reeling back in shock and delight. So famliar. So delicious. It's a near dead-ringer for Abbaye des Rocs, aroma-wise. Full of caramel and rummy tropical fruits, traced with Belgo-yeast spiciness. It eventually diverts from this well-known path as a vanilla-tinged, root beer quality is manifest as it warms.
It begins with a bready maltiness that seems covered in caramel and raisin. Brightens as it progresses with notes of star fruit, kiwi, and passionfruit. Reverts to a molasses twanginess, then back to fruit with black cherries and phantoms of green grape tartness. Dusty yeast hues add more earthy qualities than spice, but a definitive clove essense is here as well as some muted white pepper. Generally though, it's chalkboards and wet pavement. Ends with a dilute brown sugar/caramelized pineapple notion. A vague rendition of dead leaves is the hops only contribution.
This is full in stature, but light feeling with its fizzy carbonation. Up front, it's too much, but it assembles nicely as it sits.
I'm forced to love anything that reminds me this much of des Rocs. It's got some coarseness, and a few akward moments, but in sum, this is straight glorious, and one of the biggest surprises I've had in a while, especially since their Tripel left me cold.

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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the bomber with friends. It was a close runner-up among four good xmas beers on March 25. Nicely carbonated, dark brown, nutmeg and some cinammon, maybe a tad of cardomon and vanilla. Wonderful with chocaloate. A crowd pleaser find from Cellars new store in Fort Lauderdale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, corked & caged. The bottle is dated 24-08-02. I assume they give this a year before the "expiration" date which would make this 14 months old. After tasting it now and finding it in excellent condition, I'm hoping to find a few more bottles to put away for a few more months. It pours a hazy reddish-brown topped by a solid 1/4" of densely creamy, light-tan froth. The head has exceptional holding power but oddly leaves little lace. The aroma is fruity, sweetish, lightly musty and very lightly spicy. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation which leaves it quite creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is quite supple and extremely well-rounded after aging. It starts fruity (strawberries, light raspberries & cream, raisins, maybe some fig?) with a sweet and very lightly chocolatey malt, then dries out in the finish with some supportive bitterness. Everything then carries over into a long aftertaste! Exceptional. Full of interesting character and quite drinkable as well. Well worth trying when it's first released, and also a great candidate for cellaring.

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