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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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 kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: murky brown and amber mix. single finger head, not too much lace.

S: not much on the nose. Some wood and caramel notes.

T: lots of carame, brown sugar and red apple/cider taste. pear notes as well.

M: smooth. Thick bodied and light carbonation

Overall: too much cider flavor and consistency for my liking but this seems standard for belgian strongs.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 9/30/13.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and spice aromas. There is also a slight soy sauce aroma that comes out as the beer warms up but it's not really a negative thing. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and slight spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice dark fruit presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out as a nice amber colored ale. The head was frothy and white. The smell of the beer was semi-sweet and had a good spice to it. The flavor of yeast, spice and some sweet malts gave this beer a good flavor. The mouthfeel has some good bubbles throughout and a medium body. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. Worthy trying again.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy and very dark brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head. It is hard to see through, but it appears that particulates of yeast are floating near the bottom of the glass. The head died down, but left a thin layer of bubbles that mostly covered the surface and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits and clumped Yeast are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has flavors of yeast and dark fruits along with some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate anud has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of yeast in the taste, but also has nice amounts of dark fruits in the smell and the taste. No alcohol is perceptible.

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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 brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea cloudy brown color with a magnificant eggshell colored head that leaves some lacing as it disappears

Smell: Toffee and caramel, along with some rum-soaked raisins and holiday spices

Taste: Starts out like spice cake, with wonderful flavors of cinnamon, allspice and ginger; mid-palate some bitter herbal flavors kick in to complement the sweetness; after the swallow, there is a nice blend of the holiday fruitcake and bitter herbal flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: It doesn't get much better than this for holiday flavors; the beer is exceedingly well-balanced and hides the alcohol well

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown/burgundy color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some sweet apricot and a dry fig is totally sublime. Taste is a mix between great Belgian caramel malt with some dry figs and candi sugar with a creamy texture. Body is full and alcohol is totally not discernable. This beer somehow reminded me of Gouden Carolus Noel and maybe a bit of Rochefort 10 in there.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice; 9/2007 date on the cork. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, clove, light chocolate, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light chocolate, clove, herbal, floral, and toast/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and big robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast ester flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Ho-Ho Belgian Christmas, but have many aged bottles in the cellar and surprised I haven't reviewed this yet.

Creamy head that stick around forever, murky yeast filled brown rusty color.

Nose dark Belgian beer, candi sugar, Belgian dark malts, yeast, etc. Then dark fruit, brandy soaked raisins, light plum, light oxidized aroma I think, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg like spices, herbal, almost plum sweet wine like.

Taste similar, fruits, brandy soaked raisins, pear, apple, plum wine, bit of booze, nutty, cinnamon and nutmeg like spices, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, Belgian darker malts and yeast, light spicy, creamy and smooth. Finishes with more sweeteners with caramel candi sugar, etc. bit more booze, dark fruits.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall nice, great dark Belgian strong flavors fruits, spices, etc. good touch of booze.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short and dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruit.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruits. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while, but there are better ones within the style that I would pick first.

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

A: Pours a very hazy very dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass, significant amounts of large particulates in suspension, and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized thick patch of medium bubbles surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and toffee malt sweetness with moderate notes of brown sugar and dark fruit (raisins). Light aromas of spices (cinnamon and clove).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel and toffee malts with a moderate presence of brown sugar. There is a moderate presence of dark fruits (raisins) and moderate amounts of spices (cinnamon, clove, and allspice). Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

O: Really nice holiday spice flavors really complement the dark fruit flavors of the BSDA. Very easy to drink but it is obvious this is a big beer and quite enjoyable. Best sipped slowly and would probably be great while sitting by the fireplace on Christmas Eve while waiting for the fat man to come visit.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Stubby 11.2 oz. bottle - $3.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, reddish-brown body with a medium-sized, foamy, light beige head.

Smell: Fruity, sweet-smelling nose with touches of dark malts, fresh spices, a dash of brandy, and a savory blend of herbs.

Taste: Rich, dark maltiness with a mixture of toffee, dark caramel, dark candi sugar and cocoa powder. Yes, as you can easily imagine, it's quite sweet initially. Addition of earthy spices, particularly cinnamon and then nutmeg. Fruity flavors of sour cherry, strawberries, and white grapes. It's about this time the alcohol makes itself well known. Some herbal bitterness adds an extra layer of complexity. Minor sourish, chalky yeast component. Finishes with a mingled mixture of sweet malts, tart fruits, and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: On the better end of Christmastime Belgian beers. There's a little something for everyone!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky tawny with a modicum of brick red and generous edges of dark honey. The beer is capped by a pale caramel crown that filled at least half the glass following the pour and is still on the large side several minutes later. Tiny, pearl-like bubbles glitter and then burst, leaving miniscule craters as they do so. A good look; not a special one.

The same could be said for the nose. It's caramel malt dominant with aromas of fermented orchard fruit (apples and pears) and indeterminate spices. Although I like it just fine, there's nothing present to make it stand out from the Belgian crowd.

Cuvee de Noel is good beer. It tastes like quite a few other BSDAs that I could name, although it has a heavier spice load than most. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are guesses. I like it when the brewery publishes the spice bill since I enjoy trying to pick out the various flavors as I drink.

If I could change one thing, I'd give this beer a bigger malt load. I like my BSDAs, especially the holiday versions, to be bigger and sweeter than this (see Gouden Carolus Noel). This one possesses a sour fruitiness and a bitter hoppiness that are both more prominent than the toasted barley sweetness. I doubt that much candi sugar was added, but I'm sure some was needed to get the ABV up to 9%.

As noted above, the mouthfeel is lighter than I like on beer of this style. It's also a little more carbonated than I prefer. Since those two characteristics match up well, I can't complain too loudly. The body is firming up and the bubbles are settling down as the beer sits, so I've bumped the score accordingly.

Cuvee de Noel is my first Brasserie St. Feuillien beer. Although it isn't as good as a few other BSDAs that I could name, it's a delicious holiday ale that has no real faults, only attributes that don't quite match up with my preferences. I'm still enjoying the hell out of it and appreciate the opportunity to experience more Christmas cheer on Boxing Day.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep red brown, with a very nice head that lasted to the very last drop. Smell was very sweet and malty. A bit of a grainy smell as well. Taste hit you with the grain and fruit right up front. Very crisp, and no hint of alcohol at all. Very nicely carbonated, and light tasting, but not thin. This was very enjoyable, I would definatly try this again and was a treat at xmas eve at my parents house!

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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