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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

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

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

Pours a dense, but clear, reddish brown with smallish beige head that dissipates quickly.

Caramel malt nose. Medium bodied with light carbonation that feels good in the mouth.

Taste is quite malty with hops making their presence known in the background. Alcohol not as well hidden as in other brews of this type.

Not bad, but of the three I've now sampled from St. Feuillien I prefer the Tripel.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, crimson toned amber with a fluffy, beige head that retains well. Tons of sticky chunks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is bready, bubblegum, sweet caramel, citrus, candi sugar, spicy Belgian yeast highlighted with brown sugar, cocoa, and pepper.
Taste is of sweet, citrusy, sugar with bread. Overall, it's a spiced version of the aromas with a mild grape flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, sweet, citrusy, sugary, creamy smooth, sugary, along with a Belgian goodness that is sweet but not cloying.

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Photo of dherling
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a reddish brown color with a half inch thick fizzy head that dissapears quickly leaving minimal lacing. The nose has bunched of astringent alcohol, and christmas spice. Smells like uncle Frank after a few too many during Christmas dinner. There's also brown sugar, malt, and some spicy yeast. The taste has strong, overbearing spice, yeast, tropical fruits, mollasses, and brown sugar. And lots of alcohol, give it a rest! Has a finish reminiscent of cheap coffee cake with a cinnamon kicker. Light carbonation, slick mouthfeel, nothing special in the mouthfeel. Somewhat drinkable for the style, but not enjoyable overall to me.

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Photo of stephendr
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy brown color – sharp quickly dissipating white head - tons of sediment - nose of orange , cherry / chocolate , and yeast - taste of sour red fruits ( cherries , and raspberries ) , oranges , malt , brown sugar , and acidic - medium body - aftertaste of sour acidic red fruit , malts and brown sugar

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

Leathery brown with copper, caramel and ruby tints, hazy and nearly opaque, a beautiful beer to look at, and that's saying nothing of the creamy head, made of tight and tiny bubbles. Small colonies of lace hug the side of the glass.

Aroma sends up nothing unusual for a Belgian dark, just a pleasing mix of cocoa, dark fruits, chocolate shavings, pie spices and heavy yeast.

Chocolate and rum-soaked raisin come through first in the sip, then you're hit with a huge glow from the alcohol, which expands and eventually takes over by the finish. A little too boozy, swallowing some of the subtle flavors, like the toffee, cinnamon and caramel characteristics that try to get through.

Nice milky smoothness to the mouthfeel, balanced by enough carbonation and cooling dryness to give the beer more depth.

A bit unbalanced no thanks to the too-dominant alcohol, but if you want a slow-sipping holiday beer that'll turn the cheeks rosy, hey, you could do way worse than this.

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Photo of macster
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy, murky brown with a touch of orange highlights. Produces a thick, dense beige head which fades to a wispy film. No substantial lacing noted. Nose is slightly muted, but noted are pleasant aromas of ripe pear and apple, along with hints of caramel, malt, orange zest, spices and some faint alcohol. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and chewy with a tongue-tingling carbonation. Beautiful complex flavors emerge of cocoa, toffee, caramel, dark wheat bread, fig, brown sugar and a touch of various spices. The alcohol is flavor enhancing and pleasantly warming. Finishes with a moderately firm herbal/hop bitterness which nicely counters the ale’s sweet characteristics. Very classy.

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Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, almost murky, dull coppery-brown in hue with faded red highlights, the liquid is quite unimpressive to look at. Beige foam, at the apex the head was a good three fingers tall but the bubbles rapidly faded to a half finger cap, not bad I suppose. A small cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty but not widespread. Overall, the appearance is decent.

The nose has a lovely interplay between malt and spice. Muted caramel and chocolate hints upfront but quickly some melon and tropical fruit notes arrive. Thus far the nose is delicate but likeable. As the nose ends I detect hints of spice (I can’t really name any one spice, which might be a really good thing) and suggestion of alcohol. I’ve only had this beer once before and I was very drunk when I had it. Of course I loved it dearly. It was damn yummy at the time. Thus far the nose isn’t really sparking any memories. No matter, I’ll call the nose inviting but it is kind of simple and soft-spoken.

The palate doesn’t deliver the malty goodness I remember. However, the lively alcohol and spicy undercurrents do strike a fancy with me. I understand how this beer could defeat my palate fatigue and soaked brain when I had this beer before. Onto the present… the palate starts hot but not in a bad way, quickly I detect fruity notes, some apples, a bit of raisins and figs, plenty of tropical fruit and some melons. None of the fruity flavors are very prevalent but they do blend perfectly with the soft caramel malts, toffee, and a soft blend of chocolate and molasses. I just realized my cork says “1/04.” Okay, so this beer is older than I thought. That might explain some of the “faded” aromas and flavors. Fairly quick finish, somewhat warm but thin aftertaste; I am disappointed at how this beer finished. I am surprised this beer is still this hot. I can’t wait to try a fresh sample, again.

Medium in body, low and empty carbonation, the mouthfeel is totally uneventful and yet it seems to fit this beer well enough. On a side note, the aftertaste is starting to increase… I find it warm and malty now (it is quite nice!).

In conclusion, I like this beer but I don’t think it aged all that well. Sure it held up fine but it seems to have lost some beef. Maybe not. Like I said, I can’t wait until winter so I can try this beer fresh. So, yes, I found it drinkable. I was thrilled to see a 750ml bottle in Des Moines, IA recently. I purchased the last two bottles (I gave the other to a friend). I liked it but I didn’t love it like I thought I would. No doubt it is worth a try.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

* Caged and corked 750 ml
* 2004 edition; cellared since August '05

Well, I guess that's how it goes with cellaring. After setting this one aside and waiting patiently for that perfect winter's night to break it out, I just went down there the other night, saw it and went "Eh... fuck it." So let's see what this decidedly non-perfect summer afternoon has in store.

Appearance: Wow, this is a beaut. Stunning clear ruby red with mahogany undertones. A thick, pocked berg of espresso foam with excellent retention tops it. Great lacing.

Smell: Wonderful. Booming base of chocolate malt topped by waves of toffee, caramel, tart cherries, hard candy and butterscotch -- wow!

Taste: Chocolate port? Very rich and deep, vinous with sweet milk chocolate throughout. No unusual spicing or typical "noel" flavors. Finishes tight and dry. The mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown, thin and a bit flat.

Drinkability: One of the better BSDAs I've had. For a somewhat obscure "fake" abbey, this brewery puts out some fantastic beers. Recommended.

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

Poured dark brown and cloudy with a small bubbled, fairly tight light tan head.
Aroma is all about sticky and chewy caramel and toffee a dash of grainy alcohol.
Flavor picks up some chocolate nots on top of the caramel and toffee notes as well as some dark wheat bread notes.
Mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied with not much in the way of bittering or spicing to cut malt heavy sweetness. Hint of alcohol is all that cuts the sweet notes.
Drinakbility is solid but not outstanding, seems to be a sort of unbalanced malt bomb. Looking for a little more in the seasonal spice department from this one.

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

Ruby. Nice, distinct Belgian aroma of dark fruits, dark malts (caramel and toffee) and spice. Mellow but still very balanced and immensely flavorful. Notes of butterscotch, caramel and chocolate and a touch of fruits, ones that are dark in color. Dry. Lingering. Delicious.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a 5/05 written on the cork.

Appearance- Pours a spritzy, one finger head into my Leffe Goblet. Some "ring around the beer" retention remains only half way through the glassfull. Lots of good and consistant lacing prevalent throughout the entire beer. Colro is a shoe leather borwn with some ruby hints.

Smell- Pretty lame, for a true Belgian ale. Maybe I'm guessing I didn't let it sit long enough in the cellar. Hints of roasted and toasted malts with some sugar water. A hint of chocolate syrup whipped into a cherry soda.

Taste- Starst out with a heavy carbonation and wheat mix. This the leads to a sweet bready mix of toasted malts and candy. The finish is a little dry and spritzy.

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Photo of kkipple
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml into my goblet.

Hmm... looks cloudy brown, hazy with a small head. Smells like caramel, malt and... figs? Something else too. Cotton candy?

Taste is sour malts blended with caramelized sugar, with that crazy Belgian yeast and hints of figs and perhaps grapes. The sweetness really stands out. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, initially dry on the tongue, moving to very warming in the mouth and back of the throat.

The sugar in this beer is pretty evident, and thus I'd rate it more of a good after-dinner sipping beer than a session.

This St. Feuillien (which gets its name from an Irish martyr in Belgium) is a good sweet brew that's quite warming, and thus, perfect for the cold season of the holidays. While not amazing, it's a solid brew and I'd certainly not turn down a glass next year.

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Photo of badbeer
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL poured into a Tripel Karmeliet chalice.

Poured wonderful red brown color with a very soft head leaving good lacing. In the aroma I found caramel, various spices, dark fruit and bread. Has an earthy taste mixed with spice and plum, brown sugar is hidden in there as well. Has a nice alcohol warmth going down the throat. Light to medium carbonation with medium bodied. Excellent holiday, or for that matter any time of the year beer.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark reddish-brown ale this has an excellent head that's smooth and undetourable, it's soft and pillowy-like you could fall into it. A sweet smell of alcohol is reminiscent of a Belgian triple or quadruple. Sweet and candy-like, but still with a good balance of bitter hops. It's refreshing and crisp, then it's warming. The mouthfeel is very smooth and heady. I really enjoyed this ale.

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

This beer came a muddy brown burgundy with a small near white head that left nice lace. Smelled of a sweet cocoa and caramel with fruity melons and red grapes capped off with a dry, spicy yeast. Tasted of molasses, sweet plumbs and figs, and a cocktail of warm winter spices. This delightfully blended mixture finishes with a dry earthy hop, a sharp yeast and a touch of alcohol. The mouth feel was medium bodied with only a little carbonation. This beer is a must for the winter season. I look forward to trying it again next year.

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

Pours a deep amber hazy hue topped with a frothy inch high tan headcap that settles to a thin coating.

Huge aroma of pastry dough and sugar. Slightly rum boozy in the nose with a slightly orange citrus note

First swigs: Sugary sweet with some light cinammon and apple cider. A cake like malty sweet treat.

Feel is smooth and medium bodied. Foamy frothy feel that foams in the palate. Undetectable 9% ABV.

Last swigs: Tea and rummy apple cider. 53/3.97

Beer is good. Happy Noël beering.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea cloudy brown color with a magnificant eggshell colored head that leaves some lacing as it disappears

Smell: Toffee and caramel, along with some rum-soaked raisins and holiday spices

Taste: Starts out like spice cake, with wonderful flavors of cinnamon, allspice and ginger; mid-palate some bitter herbal flavors kick in to complement the sweetness; after the swallow, there is a nice blend of the holiday fruitcake and bitter herbal flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: It doesn't get much better than this for holiday flavors; the beer is exceedingly well-balanced and hides the alcohol well

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep amber brown with a light tan head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong aroma of dark fruits, namely raisins and prunes. The malty and fruity aroma was alluring with notes of light spices and caramel. The aroma contained an almost candylike character coupled with a hint of earthiness.

The flavor was fairly even with a bit of bittering here and a bit of maltiness there. The flavor began with a fruity maltiness and ended with a bittering earthy character. The malty characteristics contained caramel and some fruitiness, dark fruits, raisins and plums at a moderate level. On the bittering and earthy side the hops were lightly bittered and slightly spicy while maintaining an earthy presence. The flavor was interesting, but just starting to be complex. As the beer warmed some spicy nature became apparent.

The finish was dry with lasting bits of earthy, fruity and bittering presence into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly high carbonation level. A nice beer with decent complexity. The alcohol was most apparent in the warming that happened after consumption.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. Purchased at Southern Season for $9.50.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 29-09-06. Nice yellowish lasting head and dark brown beer with red shine; clear and appealing. Nose is lots of candysugar, litle roast and good caramel, anis spiced and litle hops with it. Too bad there is an unfresh vegatblesmell with it that I can't appreciate. Good taste though giving full taste, not oversweet, alcoholic and lots of candy. Good maltyness in it also with dark arome but not much roast to detect. Anis and hops take aftertaste and are well balancedwith rest of the brew. Good carbonisation with it also and IMO well drinkable.

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Photo of stcules
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber in color, beige head, quite compact, average persistence.
Fruity smell, with dry fruit, and raisins. Liqueurous. Peach in syrup, vanilla. And light notes of floreal.
In the taste slightly roasted, dry fruit, more definite. It is quite prickly, and the alcohol is a little too perceptible. Less harmonic and round of one can expect after the smell. Dry finish, lightly liqueurous, but it ends too quickly. Not so round in the mouth. In any case, it warms.
Medium body, but the alcoholic taste is too present.
In the aftertaste again the liqueurous effect, and dry fruit.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1-year old 750ml

pours like blood.. murky brown with a serious magenta glow. pillowy fluff rests atop this and lacing holds a steadfast position. nose carries sweet plums and a belgian candi sugar profile.. like a trappist 12 with a vinous, aged fruity something extra and molasses backbone. diving right in, i get an initial flavor of fresh white grapes. continues dryly with a balanced caramel sweetness possessing a rich finish of candied dates and assorted christmas spices.. ginger and a splash of nutmeg. slight etoh comes through as a result of a silky, thin body.. a healthy dose of carbonation adds crispness and continued dryness. turns quickly into green apple fresh tartness and finishes sweet and bready. complex and a great holiday treat. highly recommended, especially at 1 year.

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

07/23/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Date of orgin or freshness date unknown.

Appearance- Chestnut colored pour with a large and foamy head. Cork let with a furious pop. Fortunately didn't overflow though. Average to a tad thin lacing.

Smell- Very sweet and malty. Dark fruits galore. Mainly plums, figs and a strong backing of dark cherry.

Taste- Dates, figs, plums and what tasted like dark chocolate covered cherries. Kind of sickening sweet at times. Toffee flavors abound when the beer warms to the 55 degree point.

Mouthfeel- Medium to high carbonation level. Almost has a stout like creamyness. Very coating.

Drinkability- Not my number one choice for a Belgian Noel (that would go to either Delerium Noel or Gouden Carolus Noel), but very good and very drinkable. Has quite a different flavor than most other Christmas brews. Unique and worth trying for sure.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle from, well, I don't remember. <sigh> Guess I need to keep better track of my purchases... Cork notes a date of 0/03.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" tan head which cintued to rejuvenate itself with the brew's extensive carbonation for quite some time. Beer was a murky, somewhat translucent liquid, and of a deep reddish amber hue. Heavy foam lacing prevalent and long-lasting. Aroma is lightly of Belgian spicing and malts, with a touch of dark fruitiness. What was there was nice, but more intensity would have been appreciated. Taste starts with a smooth maltiness, hits a somewhat sour fruitiness in the middle, then closes with a tartness that lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, and this brew is highly drinkable for the abv. Alcohol is hardly tasted or noticed until the bottle's almost gone. An interesting and enjoyable holiday brew.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 with no dates into a chalice.

Deep reddish brown with a tan head that falls quickly leaving some lacework.

Nice pairing of spice and yeast in the nose. There's a touch of alcohol underneath. Mouthwatering.

Tastes dry overall, but the spices mix with the carbonation for a quick bite into a lingering finish. No alcohol detected even after it warms a bit.

Nice full mouthfeel that works well with the carbonation. About as drinkable as a BSDA can be.

Not as bold as some others in the style, but highly recommended.

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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the bomber with friends. It was a close runner-up among four good xmas beers on March 25. Nicely carbonated, dark brown, nutmeg and some cinammon, maybe a tad of cardomon and vanilla. Wonderful with chocaloate. A crowd pleaser find from Cellars new store in Fort Lauderdale.

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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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