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

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330
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221
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4
pDev:
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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Oct 09, it had been hanging around in my stash for a couple of years and I decided its time had come!

I knew it could produce a stupidly large head, so I used my equally large 'Judas' glass to review it in.

Because the glass could take it, the beer looked fantastic. The body was a dark ruby colour, but clear when held to the light. On top sat a wonderfully full off-white, slightly tanned head. At the end of the review there was still a full covering of head, thinner but still a full covering, with heavy lacing down the glass.

The smell is toffee apple with malted biscuits, cinnamon and liquorice, I'll let you decide which is the strongest when you try the beer.

A hidden sweetness comes through in the taste, not the sickly over-sweet flavour some Belgian Christmas beers have, but never-the-less, it has a sweet side to it. For me the liquorice is the dominant feature of the taste, this gives the beer a dryness that the first sweet impression doesn't even hint at. Other Christmas type spices arrive as the beer warms (chives?), very moorish!

Rich but not creamy (the liquorice sees to that), the flavours do hang around and the 9% was more and more evident as the review progressed.

For the last two years I've been to the 'Belgian Christmas Beer Festival' in Essen. I like to think I know a bit about this type of beer and this one is worth getting hold of.

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Photo of checkfeet
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Richer than some Belgian Christmas ales, which have a candied-sweetmeat taste to balance the hefty alcohol content.

This one smells and tastes like a Christmas pudding: Brandy, raisins, plums, buckwheat and golden syrup. Each sip is quite a pleasure, with so many flavors to cycle through.

It pours a rich golden brown, with a creamy, pillowy head than dissolves into a slight film across the top.

Poured out of a bottle into a matching glass at the delightful Poechenellenkelder, across from the Mannequin Pis.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

A: lighter amber appearance than I expected from a belgian winter warmer. Very pleasing head that had a moderate amount of staying power. Moderate lacing that diminished to a "thin enough to drink over without blowing" thickness by the time I had tipped back my glass several times. Some sediment as expected from a bottle aged beer.

S: a very subtle aroma that was not over powering but strong enough to add to the overall consumption experience. hints of malted fruit and sweet cookies with a very very slight suggestion of "dirt" or belgian wheat musk.

T: surprising flavor that gets more complex with each sip. I taste dark almost roasted figs but a sweet cookie or cake flavor as well. There is a bit of alcohol warmth and a musky earth tones that one would expect from a belgian white in the back ground. No lingering after taste that turns bitter.

M: very clean for all of the complex flavors. The alcohol is not over the top at all. Not as thick as I expected but very pleasant none the less. Easy to savor with very little alcohol after burn. Easy to hold this beer on the palate for a few seconds to enjoy.

D: top ratings in this catagory. I am so pleasantly taken back by the fact that this is smooth enough to be a backyard barbeque beer (for the discerning beer drinker) but flavorfull enough to be a special belgian ale. I finished the entire bottle and wish I had bought another.

A wonderfull surprise and a great way to enjoy a surprising snowy day in Seattle in March.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a squat bottle I found in Maine this beer was a murky, copper/amber color. The tan head was a full three-fingers thick and retained nicely as a puffy cap. The lacing was pretty good. The aroma was surprisingly citric with some touches of tropical fruit, spices, toasted malt and Belgian yeast. The flavors were curious and more malty than the aroma suggested but still appealing. I tasted caramel malt, toasted malt, alcohol heat, some dark fruit, Belgian yeast and a bit of spiciness making it akin to a Winter Warmer. Generally sweet but neither cloying nor heavy handed. The mouthfeel was soft, the body and carbonation medium.

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 5th beer on my 2008-9 Belgian Winter Ale tasting "panel". Coming in a cute/tiny and slim 250ml brown bottle, BB 27/09/08, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: very dark russet brown in colour, with a murky appearance, coming with medium-level carbonation and an inch-thick, beige fluffy head with great retention.
S: the aroma is dominated by Chinese dark prunes and sour-sweet berry-ish notes like cherry preserve, backed by plenty of brown sugar and dark malts, while the estery fruitiness doesn't come too much... If free of the muddy yeasty hints, the aroma actually reminds me a lot of the Eggenberg Sanmichlaus Bier that I tasted just a week ago, especially as regards the deepening and rich prune-ish sour-sweetness. Discreetly, a touch of powdered herbs and coconut also lingers, but only just...
T: a sour&bittersweet foretaste comes rather yeasty and prune-ish fruity upfront, decently complex, featuring hawthorn-fruits, sweet cherries, fig-jam, toasted sliced apples, a bitter edge of burned brown sugar, and licorice candy... then, seamlessly, transforming into a pleasantly dry and lightly bitter finish that is full of (restrained) hop bitterness and more herbally-yeasty undertones that are in good control and never too much.
M&D: the mouthfeel shows very good work of the bottle-conditioning - super soft, yet never short of microscopic fizz to provide a soothing support. Overall this full-flavoured X'mas ale tastes so light but retaining a decent body to stand up to the decent flavour profile. I can't feel any kickback of the alc. now that half-an-hour has past since starting tasting this beer, so I guess highly-drinkable or even "quaffable" is the right adjective?

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

appearance - Brownish color, left little lacing on the glass.

smell - Spicey, caramel.

taste - Has a spicey taste to it. Some cinnamon too here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice dark ale to kick off the end of winter? Wasn't bad, was all right for me.

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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 Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, like an iced tea brewed from powder... half a tin of it. Head, like the others in the series, is quite creamy - though this one has a little more froth to it, and retention is quite good.

S: Gingersnap, graham cracker, cookie all stand out... perhaps some nutmeg in there, but the other aromas are basically putting this together.

T: Some similar flavours as found in the aroma - particularly graham cracker and some "honey-roasted" types of flavours. Quite a sweet beer, and in some ways, maybe a little much so. There's an interesting gin-like quality to it, albeit mild, that almost makes me wonder if there's actually juniper going on here - but not quite, if that makes any sense at all.

M + D: Sparkling carbonation, body is a little fuller, and slick... a big sipper, but alcohol his hidden surprisingly well. Sweetness can be a bit much after a while, but not horribly so. I still found myself swigging it rather carefree.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork and cage 750 really pops upon opening - off to a good start with the opaque mahogany brown pour which produces an insanely thick tan head.

Notes of dark fruit mixed within the malt in the aroma. Spiced cherry also bubbles up.

Spice fruit dominate the quaff, smooth and enticing. Luv the fig and green apple notes. Damn full bodied, winter sipper for sure, although it does thin out a bit by mid-bottle - but that may be the well-hidden high alcohol. Tons of yeasties on the bottle bottom add to the pleasure. Don't pass this one up.

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

Corked bottle from Belmont Party.

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate tart citrus, yeast and small spice aroma.

T - Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - This beer met my expectations.

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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 jdense
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from corked 22oz. purchased at Grapevine Market in Austin.

A BIG holiday offering from one of Belgium's lesser known breweries. Poured into a brandy snifter. Big rocky head over a caramel brown body, more malty than hoppy. A bit sweet on the palate but very deceptively drinkable for a high alcohol offering. Big regret that I didn't take one back home to Beervana to stash for next year. Looking forward to checking out other offerings from St Feuillen, especially the Tripel. I'd suggest a Stilton pairing for holiday sipping. A strong example of Belgian holiday brews, highly recommended.

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

Had this on-tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Appearance: Pale, brownish color with 1 finger of head. Looks a bit like soda and not very impressive.

Smell: Cloves, mulling spices... almost like sniffing a spiced cider.

Taste: Belgian yeasts, spices, slight brown sugar, hops... definitely backed by a nutmeg flavor and nutty base.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery. Could improve with more thickness.

Drinkability: While the thinness of this brew improves the drinkability, it doesn't make this as full-bodied as, say, Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer. Some robustness could definitely boost the drinking experience of this beer.

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Photo of gregmurer
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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Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of 14/08/09. Pours a murky reddish brown with 1/2 inch tan head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Very little lacing is left on the glass. I smell caramel and dark fruit. Some alcohol wafts of the liquid and is picked up. The taste consists of figs, dates, prunes. Mostly dark fruit qualities. I do not get much spice from the yeast. Alcohol is well masked. Just a bit of warmth going down the throat. The carbonation is a little fizzy but otherwise has a nice texture. A good representation of the style. Not as big and flavorful as others but it makes this much more drinkable despite the high ABV.

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Photo of jpiper
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too cold from the tap into a snifter.

Pours an amber brown with a thin layer of foam.

Smells of belgian yeast - nice. A sweet smell with honey, orange peel, and maybe cinnamon and clove. Pleasant.

The taste is of honey, bitter hops, but very sweet with a little funk. Yeasty and grainy. Nothing too exciting.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and definitely overcarbonated... but not bad.

Pretty easy drinking, but a bit hot for the ABV.

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Photo of beveritt
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Purchased in a three pack with a St. Feuillien glass. The glass only lasted for one beer, than broke while washing it. Hoping the beers are a little more impressive, but these holiday gift packs tend to disappoint. Poured from a stubby little bottle into a Duvel goblet. The label depicts a country winter scene. Say "best before end" but the date is 0630300. Not sure what date that is, but the ABV means this one should last just fine.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of two fingers of tan head, that is after a large portion of the bottle sprayed all over the place just after popping the cap. This settles slowly, though it leaves a fairly substantial ring around the glass and a large island of foam directly above the nucleation point. The beer itself is almost a muddy brown and completely opaque. Lots of loose sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Smells of figs and raisins, with a definite sweet alcohol smell. Slight aroma of cherry and vanilla.

Taste: Sweet cherry and plum flavors with a slightly nutmeg and nutty undertone. A little bit warming in the finish, though all in all, the alcohol is hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A great beer to sit and sip. Flavorful, warming, and complex.

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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 thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : very dark amber color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : powerful, nice sweet, with alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark chestnut brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is very powerful noticeable immediately after cork is popped. Strong scent of spices and hers, alcohol, sugar and pepper.Full-bodied with a fizzy carbonation up front. Strong spicy peppery flavor up front balanced out by a malty dry finish. Slight spicy atertaste. Yummy winter beer.

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Photo of sevopie
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Earthy red with a brown head. Sporadic lacing.

Smell - Brown sugar and raisins are immediately noticeable, as well as a few spices blending into the background. Another fruit is noticeable, can't tell if its peach or pear.

Taste - Sweet and sour to start, the sugar is barely noticeable at first. The tart is coming from the fruit, namely the pear/peach. The sugar and raisins seem to round off the taste mildly.

Mouthfeel - As per the norm with Belgians, over-carbonated. This one has a medium body with a fair amount of oiliness.

Drinkability - Pretty high, goes well with pumpkin pie. Not quite as good as their Brune, but overall rather tasty.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pilsner style glass. Aged for a year as well.

This was aged in the refrigerator and wouldn't recommend aging for as long if not kept in one. Signs of going bad seen and may influence review of beer.

A: Pours a hazy brown with almost a 2 finger tan head that is very active. Good amount of carbonation. The head lasts for a long time. Short lived lacing with no film left on the glass.

S: Very sweet scent. Caramel and brown sugar are at the front. Mild malts finish off the scent. Small traces of cinnamon and graham finish off the scent. Alcohol is present, but masked well.

T: Taste is more bitter then the scent would lead one to believe. Not a very strong bitter taste however. Light floral tastes are present, but masked by a caramel and maltiness. Alcohol also plays a part in the flavor.

M: Kinda leaves a dryness in the mouth. Medium bodied beer.

D: This really depends on circumstances of drinking it. I wouldn't use it as a party beer, but definitely a good one to warm up to on a cold day. Or to have after a full meal.

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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 BeerAdvocate
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

The name dates back to the 7th century. An Irish monk by the name of Feuillien was preaching the holy word in what is now called Le Roeulx. For this, he got his head lopped off. His disciples built a chapel in his memory, and the beer started flowing.

Their Cuvée De Noël is their biggest beer, weighing in at a hefty 9 percent, perfect for wintertime sipping. Pours with a vigorous tan head, and an inviting dark brown color. Malty, graham cracker aroma with hints of spice and dark fruit in the nose. Suggestions of baker's chocolate, licorice root and pie spices layer between the maltiness and warming alcohol. Light-footed on the hops, no real bitterness, though there is an herbal flavor underneath the malt. Finishes sweet with caramelized sugar and a spike of spicy alcohol. Paired especially well with a buttery blue cheese and ripe fi gs.

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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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