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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
330
Reviews:
221
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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.

Tremendous.

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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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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 bottle...glass 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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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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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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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 head...top 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 zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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