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
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217
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322
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4
pDev:
12.75%
 
 
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml brown glass bottle with a thumbed cork retained in a gold colored wire cage and metal cap. Corked is easily removed and dated 1/04. Colorful ‘St. Feuillien’ label which has the usual SF scene but this time it is snow-covered. Listed as ‘Cuvée de Noël’, it has a multi-lingual label which describes the brew as ‘Bière d’abbaye - Abdijbier’, as well as ‘Anno 1125’, but this relates to the Abbey and not the Brewery which is as recent (sic) as 1873. Listed at 9.0% ABV and recommended to be served between 50-55°F.

Appearance: Hazy body, ruddy brown with a ruby hue when backlit. Crusty head rises quickly, light tan in color, it is comprised of finely attenuated bubbles that slowly collapse to form a thin but sturdy covering which leaves some fine lacing on the glass walls. Subsequent top-ups reinstate a nice even looking ¼” head but the lace soon disappears down into the body of the beer. Perfect conditioning levels.

Nose: Deep malts and spices in the nose. Somehow simplistic but very appealing nose that seems to improve in its depth as it warms. Light caramel and dark fruits build with time, not that this one stayed in my Glass for too long though!

Taste: Malty start with some background milk chocolate and light spices at first. This turns fruity in the central portion to reveal some figs, plums and raisins. Slight orange bitterness in the back end but still no alcohol is discernable. Lingering tasty and a spicy malty finish which seemingly lasts forever….Damn Tasty!

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth feel licks the tongue throughout. Fine conditioning leaves a very smooth feel in the mouth, decent carbonation levels and a very slick presentation throughout.

Drinkability: Geez….where did this one disappear to!?!?! Fuck me if I wasn’t at the bottom of the bottle in literally no time whatsoever. Extremely refreshing, inviting, smooth and really tasty. Incredibly easy to drink for a 9% brew. I found this to be a solid drinker, the 750ml I had was soon drained.

Overall: Fresh this is a rather simplistic but very tasty and easy drinking Xmas-cum-Winter brew, I have a feeling that this will improve given a year or two in the cellar, and for the price it’s well worth taking the risk. Recommended.

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Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a decent head that has some retention and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of pepper, spice, caramel and alcohol. The flavor is comprised mainly of a sweet caramel flavor followed by huge spiciness. Has a thick body. The alcohol is apparent in the flavor. I enjoyed this one a lot.

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

Oh damn! Dark brown, clearish body and a tight, cream froth head that lasts 4ever. High cling on the glass. Nose is boozy and laced with cinnamon, which continues powerfully in the taste. Sweet and potent, with a rough booziness in the feel. There's a hop-cringe within the alcohol that seemed more pronounced than it should. Notes of milk chocolate.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with 3 fingers of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is really spicey, with some caramel and faint hints of coffee. The flavor is spicey belgian to start, but finishes wtih a really sweet molasses and brown sugar sweetness. Very nice. I like the full on flavors of this one. The beer is also nice and thick, maybe some creamyness. Drinkability suffers just a touch from the alcohol intertwined with the spiceyness. Just a bit too much for me, but still a good beer. Thanks go clvand0 for sharing this treat with me.

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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 cokes
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'03

Intense, luminous black cherry crowned with inches of pale khaki foam. Retention and lace are second to none.
The nose sent me reeling back in shock and delight. So famliar. So delicious. It's a near dead-ringer for Abbaye des Rocs, aroma-wise. Full of caramel and rummy tropical fruits, traced with Belgo-yeast spiciness. It eventually diverts from this well-known path as a vanilla-tinged, root beer quality is manifest as it warms.
It begins with a bready maltiness that seems covered in caramel and raisin. Brightens as it progresses with notes of star fruit, kiwi, and passionfruit. Reverts to a molasses twanginess, then back to fruit with black cherries and phantoms of green grape tartness. Dusty yeast hues add more earthy qualities than spice, but a definitive clove essense is here as well as some muted white pepper. Generally though, it's chalkboards and wet pavement. Ends with a dilute brown sugar/caramelized pineapple notion. A vague rendition of dead leaves is the hops only contribution.
This is full in stature, but light feeling with its fizzy carbonation. Up front, it's too much, but it assembles nicely as it sits.
I'm forced to love anything that reminds me this much of des Rocs. It's got some coarseness, and a few akward moments, but in sum, this is straight glorious, and one of the biggest surprises I've had in a while, especially since their Tripel left me cold.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a substitution for a Babar Winterbok (methinks) in an order from beersofeurope. I was disappointed at the loss of the winterbok, until I tried this...

Fantastic deep ruby colour. Voluminous head (just a bit too much, I thought). The real joy, as always, comes from the taste, though. A great rich, deep, full flavour. I get hints of cognac and whiskey in the strength. Fully developed spiciness, hints of cinnamon.

Smooth and tasty... easy to polish off the bottle. I likes.

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Photo of ToolHead
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle, served in Westmalle chalice.
Deep brownish red; moderate head. There's a nice, warm fullness to the taste. Delicious malt character, and an impressively long, distinctive finish. Very good drinkability - it's so easy to forget the 9% abv...
One of the better Christmas brews I've tasted, although it's not in the same league as Gouden Carolus Christmas or Affligem Nöel. A very nice beer, though, and very popular in Denmark - easily the most available imported Christmas brew this year, and winner of several Christmas beer tastings.

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Photo of ADR
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brownish appearance, small 1/8 of an inch head, tannish. Laces in simpler webs than many. Aroma is slightly rummy and ginger-like, dark dried fruits and a raisiny tone. Good coating body and lower carbonation. Slighlty overly sweet but pleasant early -- sugary with pronounced molasses and over ripe dates. Dries considerably at the finish, almost too harshly in the transition. Not a bad beer, fine aroma and beginning, the end is more astringent and thinner than I anticipated. Alcohol is not immediately noticeable but more apparent on warming. Storing this a while might help smooth the profile.

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Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two friends and I split a 750 mL bottle of Cuvee De Noel. It's a deep ruby color with a massive head as your pour that reduces quite a bit, but leaves a pretty lace on the glass. It smells lightly of malt. No hops or spice aroma I could detect.

I was expecting this beer to have quite the alcohol flavor, considering how strong it is. To my surprise, you really don't notice it. Its malty-sweet flavor nicely hides its strength. The spices used in this ale must be used very lightly because they don't stand out over the malt sweetness. The was no hint of aroma hops.

Cuvee De Noel has a full body, something I really enjoy. This ale is one of the more subtle of the Belgian Christmas ales I've had. Despite the strength, this beer is very drinkable.

If you are looking for something that won't knock your socks off, give this ale a try.

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

75cl cork dated 6/03. A beautiful clear cherry red with an active tan head that was rather small at first, yet became thick and frothy as the bottle warmed and I continued to pour another glass. Fruity aroma with hints of vanilla and caramel. Flavor is simple. Fruity malt. Some cherries in there as well. Nice rounded mouthfeel finishing crisp and slightly dry. Overall an average Belgian seasonal.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a nice deep burgandy color with bright red highlights on the side. A big off white head which stays close to the end. Sadly no lacing. Scents are very mild. Some fruit,candy and sour tang are the strongest. A wine quality as well.

This is two ales in one. After the initial pour the flavors are strong fruits and white wine. Very grape and sour. Heavy alcohol as well. Somewhat unrefined. Once it settles and sits the flavors become more rounded and balanced. Dark fruits prevail. The alcohol mellows. Deep malts and bread and biscuit appear. A nice gingerbread flavor finishes this ale up. The alcohol takes on a more brandy quality. The flavors really come together after this ale relaxes some. Go slow.

Mouthfeel is harsh at first. It relaxes as time goes by. Becoming more creamy and smooth. It then drinks very easily. It is medium bodied. A nice holiday ale.

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

Sweet candi like aroma. Sourness noted and a backing of malt.
Large full fluffy head. Dark amber to brown and fairly clear.
Subdued alcohol flavor considering 9%. Dark malt candi noted swetness, some hard water qualities, slight bite. Not as fruity as I expected. Slight raison quality and some bitterness.
Nice ale smoothness.
Overall more muted and dull than I expected.

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

Just an all-around great tasting beer. This is a lovely dark ale that gives full-bodied experience without seeming at al full. The delicate spicing and lovely malt base blend beautifully in creating a most drinkable beer for the relatively high ABV. Smooth and creamy without being syrupy in feel, I think this is just one really good brew.

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Photo of rastaman
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty nice, you wouldn't really pick that it was 9%, pretty well hidden, dried fruit flavour, slightly gassy, soft yeast character and slightly spicy, i think it was nice, not sweet at all, which is always nice in the stronger brews. Elegant in every way. Beautiful soft texture, with some acidic notes.

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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 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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