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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 | website

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
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
322
Avg:
4
pDev:
12.75%
 
 
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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a muddy brown burgundy with a small near white head that left nice lace. Smelled of a sweet cocoa and caramel with fruity melons and red grapes capped off with a dry, spicy yeast. Tasted of molasses, sweet plumbs and figs, and a cocktail of warm winter spices. This delightfully blended mixture finishes with a dry earthy hop, a sharp yeast and a touch of alcohol. The mouth feel was medium bodied with only a little carbonation. This beer is a must for the winter season. I look forward to trying it again next year.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber hazy hue topped with a frothy inch high tan headcap that settles to a thin coating.

Huge aroma of pastry dough and sugar. Slightly rum boozy in the nose with a slightly orange citrus note

First swigs: Sugary sweet with some light cinammon and apple cider. A cake like malty sweet treat.

Feel is smooth and medium bodied. Foamy frothy feel that foams in the palate. Undetectable 9% ABV.

Last swigs: Tea and rummy apple cider. 53/3.97

Beer is good. Happy Noël beering.

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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 GCBrewingCo
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep amber brown with a light tan head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong aroma of dark fruits, namely raisins and prunes. The malty and fruity aroma was alluring with notes of light spices and caramel. The aroma contained an almost candylike character coupled with a hint of earthiness.

The flavor was fairly even with a bit of bittering here and a bit of maltiness there. The flavor began with a fruity maltiness and ended with a bittering earthy character. The malty characteristics contained caramel and some fruitiness, dark fruits, raisins and plums at a moderate level. On the bittering and earthy side the hops were lightly bittered and slightly spicy while maintaining an earthy presence. The flavor was interesting, but just starting to be complex. As the beer warmed some spicy nature became apparent.

The finish was dry with lasting bits of earthy, fruity and bittering presence into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly high carbonation level. A nice beer with decent complexity. The alcohol was most apparent in the warming that happened after consumption.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. Purchased at Southern Season for $9.50.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 29-09-06. Nice yellowish lasting head and dark brown beer with red shine; clear and appealing. Nose is lots of candysugar, litle roast and good caramel, anis spiced and litle hops with it. Too bad there is an unfresh vegatblesmell with it that I can't appreciate. Good taste though giving full taste, not oversweet, alcoholic and lots of candy. Good maltyness in it also with dark arome but not much roast to detect. Anis and hops take aftertaste and are well balancedwith rest of the brew. Good carbonisation with it also and IMO well drinkable.

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Photo of stcules
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber in color, beige head, quite compact, average persistence.
Fruity smell, with dry fruit, and raisins. Liqueurous. Peach in syrup, vanilla. And light notes of floreal.
In the taste slightly roasted, dry fruit, more definite. It is quite prickly, and the alcohol is a little too perceptible. Less harmonic and round of one can expect after the smell. Dry finish, lightly liqueurous, but it ends too quickly. Not so round in the mouth. In any case, it warms.
Medium body, but the alcoholic taste is too present.
In the aftertaste again the liqueurous effect, and dry fruit.

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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 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 ppoitras
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle from, well, I don't remember. <sigh> Guess I need to keep better track of my purchases... Cork notes a date of 0/03.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" tan head which cintued to rejuvenate itself with the brew's extensive carbonation for quite some time. Beer was a murky, somewhat translucent liquid, and of a deep reddish amber hue. Heavy foam lacing prevalent and long-lasting. Aroma is lightly of Belgian spicing and malts, with a touch of dark fruitiness. What was there was nice, but more intensity would have been appreciated. Taste starts with a smooth maltiness, hits a somewhat sour fruitiness in the middle, then closes with a tartness that lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, and this brew is highly drinkable for the abv. Alcohol is hardly tasted or noticed until the bottle's almost gone. An interesting and enjoyable holiday brew.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 with no dates into a chalice.

Deep reddish brown with a tan head that falls quickly leaving some lacework.

Nice pairing of spice and yeast in the nose. There's a touch of alcohol underneath. Mouthwatering.

Tastes dry overall, but the spices mix with the carbonation for a quick bite into a lingering finish. No alcohol detected even after it warms a bit.

Nice full mouthfeel that works well with the carbonation. About as drinkable as a BSDA can be.

Not as bold as some others in the style, but highly recommended.

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

The beer abandons the 750ml brown corked bottle a deep clear brow with a magisterial creamy tan head that slowly fades leaving a satin sheet of lace to coat the glass. Nose has a sweet fruit aroma with hints of spice, light sweet milk chocolate comes to mind, fresh and pleasing; start is somewhat sweet with a potent malt profile and a middling top. Finish is strikingly acidic with a definite hop spicy bite, tart and tingly, very dry and the 9 percent ABV shows in the finish and aftertaste, a delightful beer that I liked.

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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 jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tan, two finger-head that stays as a creamy foam leaving some lace, pour slowly. Some yeast left in bottle. Cloudy amber color. Very good carbonation. Nose is malts and raisins. Medium bodied. Starts and finishes malty and sweet the high ABV is not noticeable. $8.25 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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

Pours a dark amber with ruby highlights. Active bubbly and creamy tan head.
Smells of sweet malt, brown sugar, ripe red fruits, banana, a smidge of alcohol and a mild Belgian yeast presence.
Tangy sweet earthy malt flavor upfront, dark brown sugar, red fruits (plums, raisins), banana, a hint of baking spices and a pleasant bitterness to round it out. There was a hint of tart yeast in the finish that cut the richness a bit. Nice melange of good flavors.
Light to medium bodied with a full creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation.
The alcohol, while present was hidden real well. Very flavorful beer.

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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 Paddez
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't resist picking this one up when I saw it at my local supermarket. I'm a big fan of the blonde, so I really felt obliged to pick it up.

It pours a very dark ruby brown brew with a very nice and attractive head that settles for a while and slowly drops to a thick layer of foam that seems to stay around forever.
The aroma is fruity and rather sweet. Mainly dark fruits and banana's. There's also some caramel, spices and alcohol. Nice and classic, although it's nothing that hasn't been done before.
The taste has lots of dark fruits again and is pretty malty. Some chocolate and earthy notes also present themselves. Finished off with a pleasant, spicy sweet-bitter aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is good and smooth but there isn't enough carbonation for my taste. Great drinkabillity considering the relativley high alcohol content.

This brew reminded me of the Chimay Grande Réserve in many ways. But although this beer is tasty and highly drinkable, it can't quite stand against the Chimay or some of the other better beers in this style. Still, it's a very solid and tasty beer that deserves good marks and is worth checking out.

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

750 ml corked and caged, Dark reddish- orange in color, big thick clingy light brown head, sweet fruity, bready aroma, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, smooth and velvety mouthfeel, finishes sweet, this is a great Belgian ale, very drinkable and tasty.

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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 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 jahred
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought this back from Amsteram this summer, and figured it was close enough to XMas to drink. Bottle is dated 26-08-05, consumed 1 week before Christmas '04. Pours a dark brown color with a thick, foamy tan head. A goodly amount of what are presumably yeast bits are floating around in my glass, even without me agitating the bottom of the bottle. I don't imagine that it will spoil the taste, but it's a strange sight to see white bits swimming in my beer.

The scent is rather strong - plums and other dark fruit, along with chocolate smells, followed by a blast of alcohol. As the beer warms, tropical fruit flavors start to mix in to the scent as well.

The taste starts off right away with the dark fruit notes, followed by creamy chocolate flavors. And then the pineapple. Lots of pineapple, intermingled with more chocolate. A strange, but delicious combination. Were those pineapple bits floating around, perhaps, in my beer? There's a slight spicy alcoholic bitterness and vague lemony hops that linger and help round out the beer. 'Nummy.

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
89 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.
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