St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël | Brasserie St. Feuillien

St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël
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St. Feuillien Cuvée De NoëlSt. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 10-22-2002

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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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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a nice Belgian seasonal, if you enjoy good Belgian-style beer.

As for me, however, I guess I was expecting something more along the lines of a more English or German holiday-beer and was therefore feeling like something didn't quite match, in the taste. I guess a loose example would be something like putting sugar instead of salt on one's mashed potatoes, or putting salt on one's breakfast cereal instead of sugar, or something.

A= nice appearance, a bit cloudy-gravy brown, nice head.

S= not as much as I'd expected, I felt like I had to search for distinguising scents. Whiffs of dry brandy or something, hints of floral hops and chalky chocolate.

T= much like a good Belgian beer with some raisins, weak chocolate, brandy and floral hops.

M= mellow but a bit confused.

D= I had one glass from the 750ml, my 1/4th-share and I really didn't care to have more. Probably a very nice dry dessert-beer to offset overly-sweet cakes or chocolates etc.

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

a: pours a nice hazy brown color with about a half inch of big pillowy head that doesnt dissapear too fast leaves sticky lacing aroung the edge of the glass as the beer level drops
s: dark fruits: raisins, prunes? hints of brown sugar alcohol and rum
t: dark fruits similar to the aroma hints of rum as well
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this was an exceptional brew

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

11.2 oz. stubby with an indecipherable best-by date. Served in its namesake balloon glass at approximately a year old. The bottle gently volcanoes, and the pour results in a murky reddish/brown beer, topped with a fluffy, three finger head that leaves lots of trails of lace. Pretty aromatic, with figs, plums, apples, a touch of hops, lightly vinous malts and some yeast. Tastes a little sweet, with heavy malts and dark fruits, licorice, apples and pears, molasses, and green/grassy hops in the finish. No detectable spices, but I'm pretty sure there's some in there. It has a medium to full body, with smooth carbonation and a powdery yeast feel. A very nice Belgian; not too complex, but tasty. This beer was gone way too quickly, so make sure to get the big bottle when you opt for this one.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presented in a 750ml caged and corked bottle. I spotted a few of these sitting on the discount table at the BevMo just up the street from home. Normally at $9 a bottle, they were marked down to $3 per. I cleaned out the remaining stock.
Poured into an Orval chalice, this brew formed a thick, resilient light beige head over a cloudy dark brown body. The nose was sweet with the aromas of caramel malts, candy sugar, orchard fruits and raisins. A touch of breadiness and the slightly fusel aroma of alcohol rounded out the smell.
The taste was pretty good; quite sweet with a solid malt component. Brown bread, raisins, apples and pears, coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon spices and a slight hops bite in the finish. Despite the 9.0% ABV, the alcohol didn't really kick in here, even as Cuvee de Noel approached room temp.
Feel: my only real gripe here. For a beer that was able to support a solid mound of foam, the feel was lighter than anticipated and was rather watery. Kinda odd...
Overall, St Feuillien Cuvee de Noel is a solidly packaged BSDA. The alcohol isn't all that readily apparent and it's got good flavor. At $3 a pop, I got a real steal. Definitely worth seeking out.

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

Recommended by the local beer store staff.

This beer pours a cloudy dark brown with a fluffy head and it seems to stay around.

The nose is dark fruit and a little sour smelling

Taste is exceptional. Dark fruit and spice prevail. Just a little sweet and a little sour.

ABV is apparent and mouthfeel is bubbly but wet. Leaves your tongue very slick.
This is an excellent beer. Only drawbacks were alcohol is up front and nose was a little weak. Taste more than makes up for it. My kind of beer!!

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Photo of ROMER79
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Th pour was a bubbly chestnut brown with a two finger tan head. Caramel, candy brown sugar, and fruits were present in the smell. It had a caramel, candy sugar taste with a alcohol after note. It is easy to drink but carbonated a little strong. Refreshing on the palate with a tiny bit of after burn kick.

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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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Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $8.99...
A hefty pour resulted in a mohagany-brown hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited marvelous staying power before slowly receding and depositing a tremendous amount of lacing...
Malty, nutty aroma with essences of cinnamon and caramel with spices...
Rich, thick, creamy taste bursting with heavy malt flavor that included nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, caramel, hazlenut, vanilla, and a touch of cloves... Flavorful taste departed a hint of butter as well... Besides their Triple, this one was another top-class beer from a great Belgian brewery...
Rich mouthfeel with undeniable flavors make this one a winner...
Easy level of drinkability with no cloying or interfering, unwanted flavor or nuances...
Excellent stuff...
Definitely recommended...

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Photo of deanhead
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

Color is a brilliant Amber with a nice beige rocky head. Lot's of coagulated proteins floating in this beer. My guess due to the age

Aroma is biscuity, very little to non-existent hop aroma. slight essence of alcohol in the nose.

This beer is warming with a rich malty backbone, and a full on alcoholic taste coupled with a clear hop presence. Very well balanced.

Oddly enough light to medium body, with a nice mouthfeel.

This is one of them beers that will sneak up on you if your not careful. It's so well balanced, that it scares me. The only thing that gives me a clue about it's abc is the aroma of alcohol, and the warming feel in my nouth.

Terrific beer!

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

A: Pours a deep red amber color with a off white head that seems to recede fairly quickly and leaves a thin lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of sweet sugary malts, splashes of cinnamon, cloves and a nice sharp spice scent.

T: Very sweet at first, that leads into a doughy flavor, also hints of clove, bananna, the 9% is evident here as well, without being overwhelming.

MF: Dances on the tongue, lots of carbonation, pretty good especially for the style

D: Almost like a winter warmer, very nice, a bit on the top side for abv but very nice. I really nice beer to have on a cold winter night.

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Photo of roblowther
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Puts me in the holiday spirit (in January) just looking at it. Clear reddish brown with a tan head that says "if this beer's a rockin, come on a knockin". Smells of apricots, rasins, plums, chocolate, and other Christmas treats. Taste is phenomenal up front, then a bit thin/acidic at the back. Still, nice. Very, very nice. The fruits are sweet up front & dry at the end. Mouthfeel is carbonated but silky. Drinkability will easily see me through the bottle. Ho ho ho!

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Watching the last episode of season 1 of Deadwood.

Pours a nice transparent, dark, ruby-red. Big cream head with good lacing.

Smells of malt with a hint of spice from the yeast. A very nice aroma of cream comes out after a swirl of the snifter.

A nice malty, sweet flavor with a bit of alcohol warmth. The cream taste arises yet again. AS it warms the alcochol becomes a bit to strong.

Not as dry as some Belgians, but the carbonation is spot on - medium-high.

A pretty easy drinker and a very nice Belgian. Nothing special, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of kdog630
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber with a thick creamy head that lasted forever. Aroma is of malt. Do I detect a hint of chocolate? No hops in the aroma, but I wouldn't expect them.

The flavor is also very rich and sweet. Not a beer to drink with a meal, but more for dessert. This is listed at 9% ABV, but you don't detect the alcohol in the flavor. Has a smooth mouthfeel and finish.

A very drinkable beer for cold winter nights before the fire. This was part of a three-pack with a goblet. An excellent way to enjoy the beer.

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Photo of keyserkeg
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 330 ml bottle into wide mouth St. Feuillien chalice.

Ruby and dark copper color topped by a one finger head with sustained lacing. Aroma of ripe black cherries, spice, and toffee (particularly captivating).

Interesting counter of malty sweet, tart, and earthy spiciness with a fleeting hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium, with a palate cleansing dryness finishing like a toasted Ginger Snap. Alcohol presence is more of a footnote.

Impressive offering from St. Feuillien. Unique, festive, and will be a repeat buy in the 2008 Holiday Season.

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Photo of ntillemans
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured out into Duvel glass. The cork on this one unexpectedly popped off as soon as I loosened the harness holding it on.

A - Cloudy red-brown, maybe a little orangey even...but very red and a nice head...a finger or two...with about a quarter inch of head that lingered throughout the whole experience.

S - It smelled a lot like caramel with a little fruitiness.

T - I liked the complexity of this one. The caramel notes are really strong at first. That sweet caramel taste flowers into a fruity flavor, then a slight bitterness and finally leaves the taste of black licorice in its wake. Nice.

M - A light creamy feel that left my mouth tingling and refreshed in the end.

D - Very drinkable. A beer like this makes me wish my wallet were larger and my tolerance for alcohol were a little higher. At 9% ABV this would shut me down before I'd ever be ready to stop drinking. ;)

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

Served this beauty Christmas Day in an over-sized holiday-themed wine glass and was pleased to find that it is dark, strong and beautiful just like I like 'em.

So many BA's have more than aptly described the rich, orange brown color and the creamy light brown head that I can't do it any further justice.

Like others, I was expecting a bit more from the aroma, though I could smell the citrus, spice and woodsy overtones.

The taste is all at once malty, mellow and complex - a nice balance between tart and sweet, enhanced by a smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

Definitely drinkable, and one I will have to grab more of before the 2007 holiday season is over!

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

Reviewed on-tap at Eulogy in Philly, this BSDA pours cloudy, woody dark brown/copper with some thin ruby highlights. The thinner beige head recedes leaving small amounts of lace. Very attractive hue though.

Starchy sweet aroma with dark dried fruit (raisin, maybe apricot) and some honey. Very fruity throughout with festive undertones; not very spicy but with sweet/tart cherries and a caramel breadiness. Very enticing.

Bitey, sweet, and full flavored with lots more dark fruit, yeasty malt, and a strong overall Belgian character. Mild spice and buttered bread. Even more of a fruit element comes out in the finish, tart and juicy. Very festive while retaining its character. Well rounded.

Full bodied and very dense in texture. Semidry in the finish but fruity and still fluffy enough to remain mildly refreshing. Complex and festive; a very nice classic, seasonal Belgian. Certainly fits the setting.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle on Christmas day. This was a significant drink by every measure, and a perfect choice with Christmas lunch/dinner.

The beer is dark brown, hazy with floaters and/or yeast, with a thick creamy head. The smell is kind of like a spiced barleywine, a little bit like pumpkin pie spices mixed with sweet malts and a little alcohol. The taste is even better, initially sweet and than a little spice bite, followed by a warm burn as the alcohol runs through the body. A great beer for cold winter days, 3 thumbs up.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown in color with massive tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. So much foam I was thinking about using it to shave. Sweet malty aroma with abundant spiciness. It has an earthy, spicy flavor that is very appropriate for a winter/Christmas offering. This is a very nice abbey ale and even though the alcohol is 9% it was not overpowering. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Goes down easy and I would drink it again.

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

Pours opaque ruby brown brimmed by a frothy and dense tan head.

The aroma... Rich maltiness and caramel malt, strident spiciness, perhaps from the yeast. Lightly fruity almost like tart apples.. Some hops seem to be present in the nose. Crazy.

Flavor is very malty, fruity malt and caramel malt, considerable spice, some bitterness, tastes like hops but may be a product of the spice as this style usually doesn't display hops lightly sticky sweet finish and aftertaste.

That is one tasty abbey ale. Good stuff.

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Photo of HombreWing
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 11.2oz is medium sized tulip

Eyes: Tan head forms and leaves like a friend on a quick flight out of town but there is a little presence that always stays behind. Gorgeous deep russet, bright, effervescent.

Nose: Sweet malt...spicy yeast

Tongue: Malty dark fruit...plum, raisin...pleasant alcohol heat, yeast spice.

Texture: I like the way it rolls over the tongue and down the throat.

Over all experience : I want this every Christmas season !

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Photo of CWiggins
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is from a 11.2 ounce bottle, from when I can't really say although I purchased it just last week. It pours a hazy dark brown, and the foamy head acted as though it would never stop expanding! The aroma is very fruity, although hints of caramel, sugar, molasses, cloves, and cinnamon certainly sneak through. Like many Belgian strong dark ales, the flavor of this one is full of dark, sweet malts, with a honey-style accent and a hoppy, peppery finish. Actually, there's a bit more hop bitterness here than expected. It's medium to full-bodied; the carbonation is a bit much for my taste. I feel this style should be smoother, with less carbonation interfering with the overall taste and mouthfeel.

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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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