St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by NeroFiddled on 10-22-2002

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Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 329
Photo of PorterLambic
4.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a big head initially with a bad pour then a 1 1/2" tan covering for a rich, dark amber/orange slightly hazy liquid. Drops to a few chunks of foam, leaving a little lace.
Smell is malt, apples, grapes, raisins, yeast. A bit like fruitcake (yummy, maybe I should have a piece). Great complexity.
Taste is apples, malt ,yeast, grapes, raisins, alcohol. Extremely well balanced.
Smooth warming, medium effervescence, medium full body. Taste flows smoothly into aftertaste uninterrupted. I highly recommend this beer. After 900 years of brewing, they have it down.

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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 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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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 version, from a 750 ml bottle tasted in January 2007. Price and location not recorded.

I open this caged and corked beauty to a fanfare of a pop and pretty gunsmoke. For a lark I stuck my nose the the bottle and was very pleasantly greeted by dark ale beery goodness. Slightl sweetness, roasted nuts, and a hint of spices come up- the specifics aren't nearly as important as much as how well the whole aroma package worked together.

A downside is the look of the beer- kind of muddy, a lot of chunky dark yeast stirs up quickly to muddy it even further- head is pretty much a bunch of tan soap bubbles that quickly pop.

But the flavor more than makes up for it. Yummy in my tummy! Baked brown sugar cookies with gentle but definite winter spices- cinnamon and cloves and nutmeg. And drinkable! 9% ABV and it goes down like chocolate milk. Something else. It does have a hint of the alcohol strength in the mouthfeel, that's a minor quibble.

Overall one of my new fan favorites. Can I have some more, please!

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Photo of HombreWing
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 11.2oz is medium sized tulip

Eyes: Tan head forms and leaves like a friend on a quick flight out of town but there is a little presence that always stays behind. Gorgeous deep russet, bright, effervescent.

Nose: Sweet malt...spicy yeast

Tongue: Malty dark fruit...plum, raisin...pleasant alcohol heat, yeast spice.

Texture: I like the way it rolls over the tongue and down the throat.

Over all experience : I want this every Christmas season !

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


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 matuka123
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a cool Saint Feuillien Belgian beer. 750ml big bottle with the cork on it that pops. Dark bottle. 9%
Bottle is very good. It looks dark and amber'y colour. Classic belgian style. High quality beer this one is.
Smell is very nice and fruity, it smells well blended notes. 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.

Only negative is that the alcohol bites a little hard for my tastes :D usually beers hide the ABV so well, even a 10-12% one. but this one feels like it bites tongue a little with alcohol/clove/pepper. But its fine. :)

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another fantastic Belgian Christmas Ale. This pours a rich brown with a silky tan head. The nose has candy malts, fruits, spices and Belgian yeasts. The taste is a nice blend between dried pitted fruits, caramel, peppery yeasts, spices and big bready malts. Full body with nice carbonation.

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Photo of ZAP
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy ruby red....nice off white notch nosecookie dough...Tom and Jerry Batter...spiced rum...some vanilla...outstanding.

Very tasty as well....although it doesn't quite match the nose...malty and sweet with a nice spicy layer....some brown sugar and rum...Tom and Jerry batter again....cookie dough....

Body is full...creamy texture...finishes slightly dry with just a hint of citric orange peel...

Hiighly drinkable..this is my kind of beer...what a treat!! Highly recommended if you like these types if beers.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yummy Belgian Christmas gift.

Appearance: A beautiful dark garnet color, with a tannish, thinning head.
Smell: A faint smell of yeastiness and passion fruit. This beer isn't about the aroma.
Taste: Wonderfully complex. Initial taste is a dance between roasted malts and allspice, with a fruity, apple-like middle and nice yeast bite, followed by a rich, sweet port-like and fig/date finish. Goddamn.
Mouthfeel: Balanced in its myriad complexities. The malts used are accented at just the right time (up front) leaving the finishing palette hungering for more of the fat fruits it leaves behind.
Drinkability: Truly, this is a great Christmas ale that needs to be savored. My only regrets? 1) No one here with me at the moment to share it with, and 2) I don't have another bottle to lay down. May make a stop later this week to my local beer shop to buy another to put to bed 'til next Jule.

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Photo of stephendr
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy brown color – sharp quickly dissipating white head - tons of sediment - nose of orange , cherry / chocolate , and yeast - taste of sour red fruits ( cherries , and raspberries ) , oranges , malt , brown sugar , and acidic - medium body - aftertaste of sour acidic red fruit , malts and brown sugar

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No dating on 75 cl cork and caged bottle. Pours a deep cola brown color with a generous tan colored head that is hardly willing to go down. Nice, signature lacing. Good roasted malt and candi sugar aroma with some woody esters, a fair amount of spicing, and a light fruitiness. Tastes great. A thorough malty front (like a good Belgian brown ale) with some astringency that intermixed with faint spicing more towards the finish. Berry-like fruitiness melded with the chocolatey, earthy maltiness. Lightly herbal/hoppy and lightly yeasty as well. Crisp and lively carbonated, giving it a good mouthfeel considering the gravity of the beer. Slick and malty, yet crisp in the finish. I just knew this beer was going to be outstanding, and it is.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle with a nice wintery scene on the label.

A: Pours a murky dark plum brownish color. Frothy pillow like looking whiteish head. Nice puffy retention on this guy.
S: Dark fruit of plums, bubblegum, banana, apple, and pear notes all strike the senses. Theres a spicy quality to the fruit. Slight champagne like aromas also. Very soft smelling.
T/M: Thick and syrupy with dark fruit notes of prunes, raisins, and plums. Slight nuttiness to the malt profile. Nuttiness and caramel comes out more as it warms. Hop bitterness is present in the aftertaste with a subtle stinging on the tongue. Spicy character shows off the high abv, although it's very well controlled. Soft and silky on the palate--amazingly smooth.
D: Damn drinkable Christmas belgian brew--definitely one I'd get next year. Easy drinking once it warms up a bunch.

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Photo of ntillemans
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured out into Duvel glass. The cork on this one unexpectedly popped off as soon as I loosened the harness holding it on.

A - Cloudy red-brown, maybe a little orangey even...but very red and a nice head...a finger or two...with about a quarter inch of head that lingered throughout the whole experience.

S - It smelled a lot like caramel with a little fruitiness.

T - I liked the complexity of this one. The caramel notes are really strong at first. That sweet caramel taste flowers into a fruity flavor, then a slight bitterness and finally leaves the taste of black licorice in its wake. Nice.

M - A light creamy feel that left my mouth tingling and refreshed in the end.

D - Very drinkable. A beer like this makes me wish my wallet were larger and my tolerance for alcohol were a little higher. At 9% ABV this would shut me down before I'd ever be ready to stop drinking. ;)

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark reddish-brown ale this has an excellent head that's smooth and undetourable, it's soft and pillowy-like you could fall into it. A sweet smell of alcohol is reminiscent of a Belgian triple or quadruple. Sweet and candy-like, but still with a good balance of bitter hops. It's refreshing and crisp, then it's warming. The mouthfeel is very smooth and heady. I really enjoyed this ale.

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

Pours a dark amber with a fluffy tan head that adorns the top of this attractive ale. Artistic shapes of lace decorate the sides of the glass as I drink it.

Carmel, toffee and spice greet the nose in this very aromatic brew. This is very sweet and very sugary in the nose--this is almost a confectionary aroma.

This is one tasty brew. It is sweet, smooth and infinitely drinkable. There is the malt sweetness that is joined by the yeast and spice to create a flavor explosion in the mouth. A touch of alcohol finishes the sweetness nicely and enhances the quality of the taste.

This is as smooth as silk and very sturdy in the mouth. Despite the body, this is a very easy beer to drink because it is so smooth and rich.

I enjoyed this beer immensely and could easliy recommend it to others.

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

Cork says "11-02"

Tarnished auburn/ brown tone. Good sized meringue-like dirty white head. I leaves thick rings of lace behind. Aroma is sweet and earthy at the same time. Musty and candied. Bready and spicy. Very solid. The flavors follow suit and are quite nice, yet subtle. This one really has a lot of nuances going on and the EtOH is well hidden. Raisins, prunes, dark fruits, figs and yeasty mustiness come to mind. There's a wash of biscuit like malt tones and a lingering dryness/bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and delicate. A little airy as well. Overall, this beer is very enjoyable. I wonder what it tastes like fresh.

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

Someone on this site put up the idea of Belgian Abbey Dubbel being ever-more appreciated after something like a PBR. Well, I'm coming off of a Corona, so this should rock my world!
Appearance: beautiful bright burgundy/ ruby red color, with a huge, flowering, earthy tan head, large with lace.
Aroma: deep and heady, rich with spice and fruit, some citrus, bread, loads of sour notes, too.
On the palate: big, tasty hops, rich, fruity taste. Medium-length finish, but sweet, tasty, rewarding in every way! Tangy, zippy, bright, full-bodied, with a generous texture, and memorably fruity flavor. Delicious and delicate balance.
Hops and malt are felt, but they merge for the most part and create a blessed union. Yeast in this brew, too, contributes considerably to the flavor and enjoyment.
A delicious Belgian ale that's hard to beat. Just as tasty as they get!
Perfect to warm the cockles in the winter (though I drink it in May!).

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1-year old 750ml

pours like blood.. murky brown with a serious magenta glow. pillowy fluff rests atop this and lacing holds a steadfast position. nose carries sweet plums and a belgian candi sugar profile.. like a trappist 12 with a vinous, aged fruity something extra and molasses backbone. diving right in, i get an initial flavor of fresh white grapes. continues dryly with a balanced caramel sweetness possessing a rich finish of candied dates and assorted christmas spices.. ginger and a splash of nutmeg. slight etoh comes through as a result of a silky, thin body.. a healthy dose of carbonation adds crispness and continued dryness. turns quickly into green apple fresh tartness and finishes sweet and bready. complex and a great holiday treat. highly recommended, especially at 1 year.

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

Puts me in the holiday spirit (in January) just looking at it. Clear reddish brown with a tan head that says "if this beer's a rockin, come on a knockin". Smells of apricots, rasins, plums, chocolate, and other Christmas treats. Taste is phenomenal up front, then a bit thin/acidic at the back. Still, nice. Very, very nice. The fruits are sweet up front & dry at the end. Mouthfeel is carbonated but silky. Drinkability will easily see me through the bottle. Ho ho ho!

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

Mahogany liquid with a red dirt-brown, noisy dough on top. The aromas are a gorgeous intermixture of spices, vanilla, baked fruits and sweet bread. Nutmeg, tangy, dried bananas and vanilla characterise the flavors. The texture is startling: medium-bodied and cut with seed and pod tannins, nevertheless it presents a mouthfilling mass of creamy substance before melting away effortlessly. This is an easy beer to drink. The finish displays charred banana peels, tangerine peels and oily coffee flavors and more brown spices. The alcohol drips off the back.

This is not a super obvious, steroid-pumped Belgian ale. Rather, it suggests compatibility with food and warmth. It might start rather than dominate a conversation.

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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 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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