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 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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Photo of Jason
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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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a surprisingly thin yet creamy off-white head.

S: Lots of banana esters to the nose along with raisins and plums. Plenty of nice caramel and brown sugar aromas to provide sweetness and just a subtle all-spice note.

T: Starts off with sweet brown sugar and caramel, and clove coming through after that. A fair amount of banana and raisins, perhaps a bit of cherries. A bit more alcohol presence that I had expected.

M: The body is medium to full with a pretty high carbonation that is typical for this style.

D: Not quite as good as some of the other Belgian Christmas beers, but this one was still pretty good. Would have this again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev 0%

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 rolltide8425
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazed caramel-colored. A thin head stays around leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of dark fruits, herbal/minty spicing, toffee and a touch of anise.

The taste is remarkably complex - spicy/minty/herbal with dark fruits, with a touch of anise. A toffeeish maltiness balances the spiciness - though not quite as forward as expected (which would make this just about perfect - if not so, IMO). Some earthy/hayish notes in the back add to complexity.

Medium-bodied and smooth despite high abv, the alcohol is warming without being too sharp or interfering in the taste. A complex winter treat!

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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 GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/23/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Date of orgin or freshness date unknown.

Appearance- Chestnut colored pour with a large and foamy head. Cork let with a furious pop. Fortunately didn't overflow though. Average to a tad thin lacing.

Smell- Very sweet and malty. Dark fruits galore. Mainly plums, figs and a strong backing of dark cherry.

Taste- Dates, figs, plums and what tasted like dark chocolate covered cherries. Kind of sickening sweet at times. Toffee flavors abound when the beer warms to the 55 degree point.

Mouthfeel- Medium to high carbonation level. Almost has a stout like creamyness. Very coating.

Drinkability- Not my number one choice for a Belgian Noel (that would go to either Delerium Noel or Gouden Carolus Noel), but very good and very drinkable. Has quite a different flavor than most other Christmas brews. Unique and worth trying for sure.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25%

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 afsdan
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750. Pours a dark garnet with foam that explodes out of the bottle. Settles down in the glass to thin cap. Nice. The smell is spicy with cinammon, nutmeg, and clove as well as sweet malt and candi sugar and glaced dark fruits. Taste is quite sweet as well, but with more of that delicious candied fruit and spice flavor as well as candi sugar and Belgian yeast notes.A little biscuity as well. Carbonated, full, creamy, and sweet in the mouth. A nice sweet complement to cheese or as a digestif.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anyone dreaming of a muddied marmalade Christmas? If so, St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël is a wish come true. In fact, the beer also doubles as a snow globe; thick clumps of sediment speck the glass. (I could have opted to exclude them but that would have entailed leaving nearly half the liquid behind.) Funny enough, however, there's little (if any) snow flakes atop.

Initially an acquired taste, I now have the greatest admiration for Belgian yeast strains. Where else do you find spicy and savory all rolled into one composite package? The nose sings a lovely holiday carol of candied orange rind, bread, nutmeg, black licorice, caramel apple, and savory herbs. Despite the beer's strength, the blend of citrus and spice is nice and mellow.

Cuvée De Noël features hints of plum, butterscotch, mulled apple cider, and has a spicy fruitcake, Cognac-like finish. As mentioned, the yeast is the kind to grip early and lock the palate down throughout. There is an almost tannin-like, black licorice bitterness. All considered, it is a fairly delicate beer (even despite the spicy flavours and 9% alcohol).

The fact that this is just past the 'consume before' date on the bottle explains a lot: the slightly tarnished complexion, the slightly dulled aromatics, and the more syrupy, liqueur-like mouthfeel. It has obviously passed its recommended window. Nevertheless, it makes a splendid, flattering Christmas ale, one which really defines the general style for these kinds of seasonal beers.

St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël is not far off the quality or brilliancy of Belgium's best Christmas ales, though it is not my personal favourite. It's definitely something I'd buy again, mind you, and it does provide all the fruity, spicy, savory (Christmas cake and Cognac) elements one could ask for in a holiday tipple. It is an offering of which I can say only good things, though 'great' compliments are bit harder to muster.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep ruby amber color and is topped by a light brown head that is fed by a prodigious carbonation. The aroma is thick with alcohol, underneath this are notes of rum, raisins, caramel. The taste is only lightly sweet, but it is quite malty and rich with notes of caramel a biscuits. There is a nice spiciness here as well, that is fed by the sharp alcohol notes. As this beer warms up a bit, the alcohol softens a bit, and the beer becomes softly fruity, with notes of plum, raisin, fig, pear, and apple.

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

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore.

The beer pours a lovely amber color with nuances of cherry color. The beer smells sweet and malty, with caramel and cherry. The flavors replicate the nose, with lots of cherry and rootbeer flavor. The beer is pretty sweet, but is also delicious. Medium mouthfeel, but the abv. becomes increasingly noticeable over time.

The quintessential X-mas beer in my book. It's rich, sweet and boozy; perfect for the cold wineter months.

It crossed my mind while sampling this that more then likely this is what Troeg's Mad Elf is modeled after. Not a bad model to use as an example I must say. Very nice beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark mahogany/apple butter like liquid that glows a reddish brown in the light. Large dense, bubbly tan head with amazing retention but very little lacing.
S: A pleasant sweet, malty, slightly biscuit and dark fruit smell with plenty of holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Fairly strong presence of alcohol as well, but not off putting.
T: This beer has a very nice complex, yet mellow taste. Body is highly carbonated, medium weight and very smooth and creamy. Overall taste is relatively sweet, balanced between spices like cinnamon and maltiness with dark fruit flavors. Overall, very nice balance and relatively subdued for a beer like this.

I really like this beer and style in general. However, this particular one has something slightly off putting for me in the finish that just doesn't fit for me with the rest of the beer. It's a slightly dry, bread-like taste, thats not bad, just not my favorite and keeps me from rating this higher.

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
4 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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