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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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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

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

Chilled 33ml poured into a slightly warmed tulip glass.

Pours a cedar like tan color with a dullish dark egg shell white head that is extremely lively as it peaks out at about 4 fingers (possibly 3 if you compensate for the the tulip glass) before shrinking away to minor lacing. If you put your ear up to it you can listen the cacophony of exploding effervescent bubbles.

The body maintains the dark tan and appears somewhat cloudy when held to the light. The aroma on the nose already lead you to see this is going to be a "warming' beer and a good winter sipper. Aroma is dark roasted fruits and new leather with malt and very light hint of vanilla.

Warm dough, malts and brown sugars sit with the same dark fruits that dominate the aroma. In a way the taste is a little unique, interestingly, hops and bitter yeast are pretty much absent here.

Mouthfeel is tight with a full body (even if its a bit underweighted ) and moderate carbonation. Nice tastes linger on and the alcohol finish is warming. This is a good alternative to something like Gulden Draak which I would like to a double tasting with.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice deep ruby colour with an of white tight head that retains well.

S - Not much except some small malt

T - Nice spicy flavour that is well balanced with sweet dark fruit, and a boozy kick at the end.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Makes for a decent winter warmer.

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Photo of Fnord
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since I'm drinking this in mid-April, it's been on the shelf a while. I think it'll still be good, though, since this store takes care of its bottles.

Appearance - Transluscent red with a very thick, uneven off-white head.

Smell - Alcohol, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Taste - As the smell, plus oak, cherry, prune, yeast, and vanilla. Sweet malts predominate, but it's balanced by its smooth alcohol warmth and a touch of sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and high carbonation.

Notes - This beer was kind of a risky buy for me, since I've never had any of St. Feuillen's beers before. I definitely won this gamble, though. I guess I'll have to try more of them. As for the beer itself, it's a good example of a Belgian Christmas ale. I would say that I'd buy again, except that all Belgian Christmas ales are great, and there's so many more to try...

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

First, this is a one year old bottle so it may not be the same as what some of the other reviewers experienced.

Pours a deep semi-opaque chestnut color. Two fingered toffee colored head, mild carbonation, and big chunks of yeast. (I should have been more careful in the pour.)

Smells of prunes, figs and dark fruits, some banana,nutmeg, and delicate traces of toffee.

Taste is bready, dark fruit, bananan, brown spice, a trace of honey, a little bit of caramel, and has alcohol warming in the back of the throat. Hopping is delicate and I'm also picking up hints of a wet blanket in the taste.

Mouthfeel is chewy, thick, silky smooth on the tongue, and coats the mouth with a spicey finish and lingering alcohol warmth.

Drinkability is enjoyable, even after 1.5 years old. I've had this beer in the past and much prefer the fresh version. I will review this one again when it comes out closer to the holidays.

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Photo of Xul
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, translucent amber almost transitioning into a brown, topped by a long-lasting two finger white head.

S: Wheaty malt base with some dark fruits - some figs and cherries - along with winter spices. Not as heavily spiced as other holiday beers, but sufficient to the point that you know what you're drinking.

T: A bit muted from what I'd expect, even with the knowledge that it's not overly spiced. Malty base with the same dark fruits as the aroma, and some cinnamon and nutmeg that are barely poking through.

M: Moderate carbonation and a fairly slick mouthfeel.

D: Easy drinking and the ABV is well hidden, but I honestly have no interest in drinking more than one.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy ruby copper with yeast chunks floating around.
Nose shows wheaty bread, golden syrup, aromatic wood (cedar) and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg).
Flavours include more wheat, spicy alcohol (almost hot though), ginger and golden syrup.
Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazed brown with orange highlights. about a finger worth of head fades to a thick film.
the aroma is dominated by brown sugar, secondary to that is some malty dark fruitiness, including raisin, fig, plum. there is some ambiguous spiciness in there as well as some clove and bread crust.
the taste also brings a heavy dose of brown sugar, just shy of cloying though. moving up behing that is crusty brown bread and a touch of bubblegum. dark fruits are interwoven throughout. spicy clove and cinnamon makes an appearance too, and some soft subtle peppery-ness dries things out a bit. just for reference, this fell just short of a 4.5 for taste for me.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with just over a moderately active carbonation. this body coupled with the flavor profile works to great effect, it's a great texture of this beer.
the drinkability is a solid 4 is quite drinkable for the amount of sweet complexities going on in the flavor profile. it's kept reigned in just enough to have big flavors and stay just this side of being a sipper. a well masked 9% abv too. overall, a very nicely put together beer, not my first choice with all the great christmas beers out there, but i would definitely get it again.

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Photo of Lunch
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 330ml bottle, purchased at Wells in Baltimore, MD, into my St. Feuillien goblet at an appropriate temperature (01/03/10).

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown with ruby hues and two fingers of a creamy off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Plesant aroma of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, raisins, plums, clove, brown sugar, and winter seasonal spice.

T: Brown sugar and raisins engulfed in cola hit the palate first with a layers of butterscotch, port, cinnamon, and a bready malt. The flavor profile is quite nice, but it seems to slightly miss the center of the palate.

M: Medium-bodied with lively yet appropriate carbonation with a mild degree of creaminess.

D: Certainly is quite easy to drink, but at times it seems a bit watery.

Overall this is a very nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a winter seasonal flair. Certainly not the best out there, but solid. Recommended.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent reddish brown amber with a moderate head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam and some lacing on the glass.

Rich smells of raisins, brown sugar, maple syrup, bread, some cinnamon and clove spice.

Tastes of cola, butterscotch, coffee, port, chocolate, raisins, dark Christmas pudding, ginger. Sweet up front, then a little dry in the finish with complex lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel is full and fresh, tight carbonation keeps the flavors coming back with each sip without being tiring. Light in body, strong in flavor.

This is a great winter beer, very flavorful, and complex, and I am enjoying it.

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

Poured into a St. Feuillien Chalice.

A: Cloudy deep copper, even with my careful pour. A huge and cloud like cream head slowly settles to a 1/4" pillow that stays the whole way down the glass.

S: Very fruity and warm. Dark fruits and bubblegum dominate. Pepper adds a touch of spiciness. Alcohol rounds out the experience with a warm tingle.

T: Starts out a little thin, to be honest. A rush of dark fruit let by cherries, currants and raisins quickly take care of that problem. Bitterness is very mild, as the beer stays sweet. A powerful alcohol warmth comes along in due time to quell the sweetness. Finishes with lingering dark fruit flavors.

M: The body is very light, given the strength at work. Carbonation is right on.

D: Overall, a very nice offering. I'm glad I took a chance with this one. A nice finish to this season of holiday beers.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk...

Poured a dark golden orange colour... White head poured quite loose and fizzy and faded quickly to almost nothing... some light wispy lacing around the glass... faint carbonation...

Aroma - Light caramel malts, some biscuity traces, light spices (clove, some allspice), light orange and fig fruitiness, candy sugar, light yeast, some spicy hops, peppery notes, alcohol not too noticeable..

Taste - Slightly watered down fruitiness (oranges and raisins), definite spiciness - cloves and light ginger ? Some light floral honey sweetness, light caramel malts, nice biscuit notes, quite peppery, some warming alcohol just makes itself known..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... medium bodied... Fairly drinkable for a 9% beer...

Overall - A decent enough Christmas brew but just lacking something... worth a try...

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Photo of Minotaur
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both on tap and in various bottle sizes. But I am currently sipping from a Chimay goblet poured from a 75cl bottle. This is the direct Belgian import: a hard to find bottle discovered at Spinnerstown Hotel.

It is a light hazelnut colored brown-amber with tan highlights. A luxurious but not huge head which hangs around and recedes to a fine snowy looking lacing.

The aroma is plumb, raisin, cinnamon, a bit of hops. After warming a bit the smell of alcohol seeps in.

The taste is dense, sourdough bread with an underlying prune-raisin like sweetness. There is a strong ester flavor, nuttiness (reminds me of toasted filberts), a bit of bitter sourness from hops and alcohol. There is a fruitiness reminiscient of warm, mulled wine. I am reminded of lingon berry and holly. Perhaps there is a bit of spruce in there as well? Despite the sweetness there is ample bitterness in the finish - especially at the warmed end of the glass.

Had it with Chimay cheese, pretzel bread and bison sausage. The strong flavors of the food seemed to soften the slight sharpness in the aftertaste.

The texture, mouth feel (thick, full) - almost chewy. Which is perfect for the bread and toast-like flavors coming through in this brew.

The alcohol makes it smooth an quaff able - but I wouldn't say *drinkable* for many folks. I however drank it just fine.

An excellent example of a Belgian style winter ale.

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

Poured from 33cl brown bottle into a clear, St. Feuillien chalice. Drink by date not easily decipherable on back label. Purchased as part of a St. Feuillien gift pack for $13.99.

A: Plum with 1/2-finger beige head with spare trickles of lace.

S: Malty with berry flavors, leather, and herbal hops aromas

T: Dark fruity malts are complex with leather, berry-cherry, and woody flavors accented with light herbal hops. Cinnamon and nutmeg are noticeable but not overpowering.

M: Smooth not as full-bodied though as I would have imagined. Aftertaste is musty malty and woody.

D: Easy to drink for the ABV. Some time will help fill this brew out a little I think.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper in color with a grainy, tan head with heavy lacing. Pour quickly after opening, the brew likes to gush out of the bottle.

S: Raisins, apples, and cloves are well balanced and robust.

T: Molasses dominates with cloves and raisins in the background.

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation.

D: A decent Belgian strong, but not worth seeking out. Simply a well made ale.

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

Served in a Deleirum Tremens Tulip/Snifter glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark reddish copper or cherry wood finish color with a 1/8" light tan head that recedes soon to leave behind a nice ring of foam and a lager patch on the surface of the liquid. By the end of the beer the patch has gone and the ring is a very tiny one. Initially sipping leaves sheets and a ring of foam that turn into speckled and leggy lacing. By the end of the beer there are still scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, sweet, malty and slightly yeasty and lightly spiced. There are fruits here but it's a mixed basket with both green fruits (green apple and pear) and hints of some darker fruits (e.g., cherry).

Taste: The flavors include some light caramel and chocolate along with the yeast, the fruits, and some hoppy bitterness. It is reasonably complex with the yeast and spices and other flavors all spending their time coming into and out of focus. My best guess as to the faint flavor of spice is cinnamon and/or nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with the moderate but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long, begins in sweet fruitiness and ends with some dry bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer. Sipping one's way through this is pleasure. Even better, however, is the lunchtime pairing of this beer with the Rabbit Sausage Ragout that was served half way through the beer--an excellent pairing and one to be recommended. As for having another, I could easily drink a second and an third glass of this one (but the ABV would catch up with me pretty quickly ☺ ).

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Photo of flannelman808
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

latest release of this winter Belgian special ale...09'

A: pours a reddish copper/brown color and has a pretty aggressive tightly bubbled head. Decent head retention and excellent lacing. Looks pretty solid.

S: There is a candied fruit bouquet...roasted macintosh apples and fresh fig. There is a very sweet brown sugar thing happening. It smells like it is going to be very rich and very sweet. I feel like im picking up on some diacetyl as well.. a little bit metallic.

T: There is a surprisingly bready quality to this beer. like a fresh doughy quality that hits me first which is really weird given the nose. I get that roasted apple quality again... like cinnamon apple roasted in the oven along with a fresh cake or something. definitely lots of cinnamon. The spice actually balances what smells like it should be a cloyingly sweet beer. Its pretty good all things considered.

M: delightful on the tongue... prickly and carbonated but rich and mouthfilling all at once.

D: Not a super drinkable brew but its much more drinkable then the beers bouquet would lead on... points for balance!

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

My first St. Feuillien. It pours a cloudy dark cider color with suspended particles of goodness and better than a full finger light tan head of audibly effervescent tiny bubbles that resist fading and leave spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is quite nice; earthy yeast and malty, classic strong dark alcohol, fruity fig, cinnamon, vanilla and a little coriander. I must have the perfect bottle...because the carbonation on this one is spot on and lends substantially to a creamy smooth texture. Light medium body and full flavored. The earthy yeast, caramel, fig and cinnamon carry over nicely into the taste as well. The 9% ABV is integrated well and the residual warmth is a wonderful side benefit. One heck of a nice drinker...did not disappoint at all!! Really appreciate the opportunity to consider this one.

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Photo of Travlr
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden brown with a thick white head, good staying power and lacing. Caramel aroma. Medium mouth. VERY caramel taste with light hops, so a bit more bitter (in a nice way!) than most Christmas ales. Should improve nicely after laying down for a year or two.

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Photo of bminor7
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml from Hoosick St. Beverage in Troy NY.

A - sudsy head, dissipating quickly. reddish brown color in light. yeasty bits floating about.

S - sweet caramel, vanilla. spicy phenols at warmer temps.

T - strong malt and alcohol flavor with some spices in the front. definitely a belgian. candi sugar in the aftertaste.

M - carbonation a bit high. mouthfeel a little thin.

D - for me, low. sugar is too predominant. i sturggled to finish 1/2 of the bottle while cold...let it warm up some.

my first from St. Feuillien..date on the bottle says best before end 0830157. was expecting more fireworks from a belgian christmas ale. If they pushed the recipe a little more I think they could really have something here.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A-- reddish brown color when poured. A light brown head that slowly died off leavin a 1 finger head. No lacing, not a lot of carbonation.

S-- Carmel, dried fruit. Not as big a candied sugar smell as other Belgian beers but it is still there. More toned down.

T-- Malty with a bite to it. Fig, plum, and rasin overtones to me. Do get the candied sugar taste in it now. Bigger taste than in the smell.

M-- somewhat heavy. left my tonuge a little numb. I think from the candied sugar. The spices come out more in the mouthfeel. Also a litttle more carbonation in the mouthfeel.

D-- solid but not mind blowing. Good Christmas ale but others are much better. First Belgian beer I would totally perfer as a 330 over a 750. Excellent nightcap on a cold night. This puppy will warm you up quick.

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

This beer is a nice reddish-brown color with a small head and some yeasty floaties. The head fades quickly, though, and there's no lacing. The nose is sweet, full of notes of ripe fruit, and lightly caramel. Good flavor: solid maltiness, lots of dark fruit, and some subtle spiciness that isn't quite identifiable, but adds a lot to the drinkability.

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

A- Slightly dark brown in color, translucent. Ring of head around the edge. Not much lacing on the glass.

S- Very sweet like juice. Fruits.

T- Complex. Strong toasty malt middle with a spice and sour finish. The 9% ABV is fairly present.

M- Thin bodied, medium carbonation. A bite from the 9% is left on the palate, not a pleasant aftertaste.

D- Not bad, but I'd rather have others in this category. This is however a great Christmas beer because of the spice and warming from the 9%.

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

750ml bottle. 2005 vintage (cork is dated "5/05"). tasted in late april/early may 2009

dark brown amber. almost clear, but sediment particles still get in. large, light tan/off-white head, fades to thin foamy layer, until finally just foamy wisps and ring. no lacing however.

aroma: maltose syrup and caramel, with apple juice and cherry juice concentrates, candied orange peel, cola, and hint of licorice. touch of earthy hop.

very similar flavors, though watered down slightly. mild to moderate bitterness, with touch of spice and phenols.

light to medium body, but decently smooth. touch of astringency in the finish. mild to moderate carbonation for some lift.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pops with lots of carb, careful to not allow overflow. Deep honey, lost of cottony off white head that is slow to leave. Lacing of the small bubbled sudsy type.

S - Bubble gum, cotton candy, light banana and base malt.

T - Taste close to smell, but add some coriander in there as well.

M - Medium body, lots of carb, maybe too much carb. Coating thinned by carb.

D - Big, pronounced beer. Would tire easily.

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

pour is a chestnut with murk and a nice of white head. belgian carbonation. a smell of dark fruit and apple. the palate give as sweet plum, spiced with coriander, light cinnamon, orangepeel, vanilla, and nutmeg. a traditional form which doesn't step on any toes. solid. not as thick as expected... but quite effervescent. alcohol well hidden.

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 331 ratings
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