St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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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

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

Pours a dark brownish amber in the Leffe chalice. An attractive foam Interesting rusty, malty smell. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel.

A candy flavor, though not all that sweet. Lots of warm malt, slightly roasted. A different sort of flavor, though in the Belgian strong fruity tradition. I keep tasting carrots and yams. Though there is no hint of hoppy aromas, it has some bitterness. Less of the typical Belgian dry yeasty taste. A pineapple flavor, but tart. Some other mystery fruit and a hint of pecans and butter.

More pleasant and complex as it warms. From the 33 cl stubby bottle brought back from Belgium in October.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9.4 oz [750ml] cage and corked brown bottle

St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël Ale filled my snifter with a lightly cloudy dark russet brown that formed a bubbly tan 1-finger tan head and left behind spotty lacing. The nose is sweet, dominated by dark fruits and malts, with of brown sugar. The taste matches the nose with flavors of; caramel, toffee, raisins and some nuttiness added. No real bitterness detected. The mouth feel is light-medium [on the lighter side for the style], smooth, with a nice building alcohol warming as the ale is consumed.

Overall, a nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale that is very drinkable. Cuvee De Noel is a good holiday ale or for that matter anytime. Recommend if you like the style.

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

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange with a thick white head and lacing. Spicy dark fruit aroma. Nice medium to heavy body, dark fruits, sweet malt and Belgian and holiday spices. Sweet malt, spice finish with a hint of bitterness. A nice holiday ale that I will try again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, quite sweet, with notes of caramel and spice. In the taste, sticky sweet caramel, and a cinnamon like spice. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and sticky sweet cinnamon like spice. A bit sweet, but a nice presnce of cinnamon spice.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head and large bits of yeast floating around.

S: Boozy, bready aroma with candied fruit notes.

T: Heavy sweet malt flavor dominates with a strong alcohol punch. The same candied fruits from the aroma show up here. Thick almost chewy mouthfeel.

O: This is a nice holiday treat, a couple will definitely put you in the holiday spirit.

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

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Ho-Ho Belgian Christmas, but have many aged bottles in the cellar and surprised I haven't reviewed this yet.

Creamy head that stick around forever, murky yeast filled brown rusty color.

Nose dark Belgian beer, candi sugar, Belgian dark malts, yeast, etc. Then dark fruit, brandy soaked raisins, light plum, light oxidized aroma I think, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg like spices, herbal, almost plum sweet wine like.

Taste similar, fruits, brandy soaked raisins, pear, apple, plum wine, bit of booze, nutty, cinnamon and nutmeg like spices, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, Belgian darker malts and yeast, light spicy, creamy and smooth. Finishes with more sweeteners with caramel candi sugar, etc. bit more booze, dark fruits.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall nice, great dark Belgian strong flavors fruits, spices, etc. good touch of booze.

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

A: Poured a medium brown color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white head

S: Loads of toffee, caramel, dark fruits

T: Brown sugar, toffee, caramel upfront with a faded clove and some dark fruits

M: Full bodied and tasty

O: Pretty good overall

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

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep amber body with some lighter gold & ruby highlights under a finger of soft, pillowy khaki head that drops to a thin coating & a nice collar. Some sediment floaties.

Smells of honey, banana, some grape jelly, a little baking spice. Sweet & very present, good stuff. Can detect a little booze, but just a hint, even a little spicy hop character at times.

Taste is very similar to the smell, moving through many of the same movements but turning dry & alcoholic toward the end. A nice round toffee character shows up in the finish, as well as a little grape cough syrup.

First couple sips are a little too active for me, with a prickly carbonation that then mellows out & turns smoother. A little on the thin side from what I was expecting, but still good. Dryness wears a little bit on the tongue.

This is a keeper, for sure. I love that clear honey presence in the smell, that's really doing it for me. Would definitely go back to this.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, hazy amber with subtle ruby highlights and a thin tan mousse that sticks around far longer than expected. If held up to the light, little chunks of yeast can be seen suspended in the liquid.

S: Very gentle, subtle aromas of dark bread, cream, toffee, caramel, raisins, and figs are present on the nose, but take some time to detect. This ale smells nice, but I do wish that the aromas were a bit more assertive.

T: Notes of cream, prunes, raisins, figs, dark bread, cocoa, subtle spice, caramel, and toffee, as well as a restrained, earthy hop bitterness are present on the palate. The finish is smooth and delicate with caramel, toffee, cocoa, and earthy hop notes.

M: Full bodied, luscious, and velvety, yet somewhat on the dry side for this style. Carbonation is initially prickly, but quickly mellows out, fading to a delicate tingle in the background. The alcohol is very restrained and just barely noticeable. Goes down very smoothly.

O: Beers like this are quickly confirming my high opinion of St. Feuillien. Overall, I feel that this brewery produces some of the best artisanal ales in Belgium and Cuvee de Noel does absolutely nothing to convince me otherwise. This is a very balanced, flavorful beer, one that fans of Belgian strong dark ales really ought to try at some point.

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

I am semi-unfamiliar with this style, but it tastes pretty good to me. It has some wild particle action suspended throughout the deep red/brown brew. I poured into a chalice,not much head retention. It leaves a very fine film on the top of the beer. No lacing on the side of the glass. Definitely some fall harvest sort of fruit smells coming from it and same goes for the taste. A very faint cinnamon spice? It's a pretty good beer, kinda in the vein of a hard cider or something like that. I don't drink as many belgians as I do of american ales, but I am enjoying this. It was a good price at Beertopia for the quality of the brew. I definitely see why this would be a good winter beer, it leaves your belly feeling warm and fuzzy. It is a bit sweet, and wouldn't be a brew I would drink all that often.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: murky brown and amber mix. single finger head, not too much lace.

S: not much on the nose. Some wood and caramel notes.

T: lots of carame, brown sugar and red apple/cider taste. pear notes as well.

M: smooth. Thick bodied and light carbonation

Overall: too much cider flavor and consistency for my liking but this seems standard for belgian strongs.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brown color w/ a nice one finger cocoa head. Excellent head, carbonation and lacing. Lots of floaties hanging out in this brew.

S- Apple, pear, malt, spices. A little weak- would like it to be stronger for a higher score. Still, it's a nicely spiced christmas beer in the belgian style.

T- Very nice spices and fruit dominate the palate. Very balanced and pleasant, but nothing outstanding. Nice spice aftertaste on the back end which lingers for a while.

M- Fairly smooth, w/ a spice bite, but it's on the thin side and not as warming as I'd like for this style.

O- Good beer that just lacks a few things from being outstanding. Recommended if you like the style.

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Photo of NurseJody
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner stemmed World of Beer

This beer was amazing! For an Abbey Ale, this takes the mark!

Season ales always surprise me... I only wish they were around all year long, but then again - it makes you look forward to something special!

Pouring, about a one fingered head, was amber like in color. Little to no lace...On the nose, there were slight hints of caramel....

Taste was quite amazing! It almost tasted like caramel corn! Felt like I was at an upper classed fair! Deep malts of caramel, with just a slight hint of sweetness - honey? The ABV was/is high, yet you don't taste it.

Overall, I would recommend this beer. Due to it only being a seasonal beer, I would highly recommend it to those who can get it around xmas time :)


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Photo of Knapp85
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out as a nice amber colored ale. The head was frothy and white. The smell of the beer was semi-sweet and had a good spice to it. The flavor of yeast, spice and some sweet malts gave this beer a good flavor. The mouthfeel has some good bubbles throughout and a medium body. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. Worthy trying again.

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

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost non-transparent color with a small head that quickly dissipated leaving thin lacing around the glass.

S - Dark fruits like figs, plums and raisins with hints of bananas and caramel and definitely bready yeast.

T - Very sweet with brown sugar, honey and caramel with dark fruits. Belgian yeast makes it very filling.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation which doesn't impact the quality of beer.

O - Excellent Belgian Noel and even though has very similar characteristics as others it is distinct. I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of KidsDoc
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip

A: perfect. soft brown with faint burnt orange hues at the edges. Billowing tan head barely contained in this glass. Settles to leave full layer of fine tan lacing. As you sip the soft foam coats the side of the glass in SHEETS not patches. Also visible is the active carbonation and flecks of yeast floaties.

S: Dark fruit and sweet caramel malt, ?butterscotch, banana. Nice full bready yeast. Very light floral/sweet aroma

T: Similar to the nose but stronger with the sweet caramel malt dominating with everything else taking a back seat. Still with a strong yeast presence. Brown sugar noted.

M: light and silky smooth on the tongue. Active bubbly caronation. Sneaky drying finish.

D: great sipping beer with warming qualities. A little heavily carbonated but otherwise sits well. 9% ABV noticeable by feel but not taste which was very nice.

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

Cuvée De Noël pours an attractive copper color. It's a little hazy, and has a wealth of yeasty particles swimming around (even after a careful pour). Backlighting reveals deep crimson highlights. A tan head caps it and stands about a finger and a half tall. It receded to a surface covering quickly, but held there for a while. Lacing was light.

The nose is pretty good, but isn't quite a standout. It lacks a little in the strength department. It does feature some caramel/toffee notes up front. It doesn't smell all that sweet though. There are some light spicy notes, mostly holiday spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the most apparent. Pear seems to be the only real fruity scent. Belgian yeast is there, but it's not strong. More would be good. Alcohol is blended well and doesn't come through strong at all.

The flavor is a bit better than the nose. It warrants a score bump. The festivities are kicked off with a not so sweet mix of caramel and toffee. It's alright for a malt base, but could be more substantial. Holiday spices follow. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and to a lesser extent, ginger are noted. They're not very strong, but have a nice effect. Light apple and pear and a fruity twist, but are subtle. Belgian yeast is a little more prominent and is responsible for the score bump. Alcohol is masked very well. Finishes a little spicy and yeasty.

Cuvée De Noël has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation looks quite active, but the bubbles feel light. Drinkability is above average. I'm enjoying this beer, but there are much better choices out there if you're looking for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, a holiday ale, or a combination of the two. For what it is, it goes down relatively easy.

I believe this is my first encounter with Brasserie St. Feuillien. It's been a good overall experience, but Cuvée De Noël could easily be improved. Bolstering the flavor would be the place to start. More fruit, spices, and malts sounds like the ticket. Not a bad Belgian holiday beer though. Definitely worth a try.

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

A - Murky chestnut brown with plenty of floaties. A good sized, foamy, light, bubbly, whispy, white head. Pretty good retention with some patchy lace.

S - Dominated by caramel malt and golden and dark fruit. Some spices and a touch of alcohol. Sweet, slightly spiced aroma. A touch of sweet baked bread.

T - Tons of sweet dark fruit on the tongue. I get a lot of sweet raisin and date with some fig. Caramel malt and a slight breadiness also occur. Apple and pear make a faint appearance toward the finish. Christmasy spices mid to finish sip, they don't overpower but provide a subtle kick.

M - Medium body with average or slightly below average carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy.

D - Goes down really easy. It is sweet, but not cloying. A nice touch of spice also helps.

Notes: Nice Christmas BSDA with plenty of fruitiness. A bit of spiciness, but nothing overpowering. Alcohol is very well hidden. I enjoyed this quite a bit for a Christmas beer. Didn't necessarily stand out from others, but I liked it.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.24/5  rDev -44%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Sorry but this beer looks like vomit. Very hazy orange brown in color with lots of active carbonation and yeast particles moving throughout. Actually kinda scary looking to drink...looks like a mad scientist elixir or something

Smell - like a strong Belgian Ale

Taste - heavy, sweet and spices with a definite alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - warm and creamy

Drinkability - high alcohol and spicy. A definite winter time sipper

Overall - A dark Belgian Ale probably worth sampling but not one I cared for at all. The appearance really bothers me though with that yeast floating around. I have a second single that I'm putting in cellar storage. Perhaps I'll pull in out in a year to re-try since I already own a 2nd. Definitely won't re-buy.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best Before End: 0930132 whatever that means.

A: hazy thick mahogany with a lot of visible yeast, poured into a st feuillien chalice. Half a finger of khaki head that fizzles away quickly to a little island of condensed head in the middle of the glass. Not very effervescent looking and the suspended yeast makes it look thick as molasses, in fact it looks like organic maple syrup in a glass.

S: strong caramel malt and brown sugar right off the bat with some figs and plums mixed in. Nutmeg and other christmas like spices are slightly cloying and the alcohol is noticeable.

T: well there's the brown sugar and spices I smelled and noticeable dark fruit. Mild hop bitterness and some leather in the middle(in a good way). The alcohol is defiantly there, and the yeast presents a small amount apple.

MF: heavy and the floating yeast is felt around the tongue. The alcohol warms a bit and it is almost overly sweet and not very bitter.
D: a fine beer especially in the winter but not one I would go out of my way for. If I see it again with the glass I would get it and maybe put a year on it.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with reddish tints. Light tan head is fairly foamy. Decent retention, and leaves a fairly dense film.

Smell: Aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Some hints of booze, cloves, and raisins.

Taste: Lots of brown sugar and caramel. Spicy raisin flavors come out and persist through the finish. Sweet, with a bit of underlying bitterness, in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation (a bit distracting).

Drinkability: Strong, but no alcohol hints in the flavor. Pretty easy to drink.

A tasty beer - not particularly complex and a bit too carbonated, but a pretty enjoyable Xmas ale.

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

a dark mahogany with a huge fluffy light khaki head that retains well and laces ok.

some toasty, bready malts with plenty of fruitiness. fruit runs the gamut from tropical to citrus to dark to tart. bananas, orange, plums, raisins, blackberries, and more. the full bouquet doesnt present itself until it opens up and warms.

flavor starts with caramel, goes fruity, and ends with caramel again with some spices mixed in between. brown sugar, leather, light molasses, toasted wheat bread. banana, orange, plum, currants, dates, figs, raisins, blackberries, cranberries. cinnamon, nutmeg, light pepper. nice, but there is a touch of a metallic off-flavor hidden underneath.

bubbly, but not prickly on a medium bodied brew serves the style well.

drinks well, but booze is there though not harsh. would drink again next holiday season.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown, tan color, with a good lather. The nose offers a style caramel malt flavor but the yeast can also think of the candy. The mouth is very reminiscent of the Binchoise Christmas Special (which is very close) but with less spice though. Easy to drink, touch of cinnamon, is still spicy with good bitterness and a good well rounded spicy finish. An excellent Christmas beer.

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

Pours dark brown with a meduim head decent lacing. Aroma of nutmeg, cinamin, and christmas spices but more subdued than most other holiday ales, a bit nuttier as well. Taste is much the same. Lot's of flavor while not over doing the spices. Like a nutty Christmas pudding that is not overly sweet. The beer was really smooth adn one I could drink all night. Wish I had some more.

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Photo of Rmason104
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark deep brown w/ light beige head

S: malts and toasted bread, some spice

T: not quite the depth of other holiday beers. Starts off with the maltiness and toasted bread and just kind of stays there. Not the spices I expected of a Noel beer

M: not bad, but not as thick as I had hoped

D: decent,'but not great

Not my fave holiday beer so far. Not horrible, but the bar has been set high by Delirium & St. Bernardus.

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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
4 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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