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

A: Pours a very hazy very dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass, significant amounts of large particulates in suspension, and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized thick patch of medium bubbles surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and toffee malt sweetness with moderate notes of brown sugar and dark fruit (raisins). Light aromas of spices (cinnamon and clove).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel and toffee malts with a moderate presence of brown sugar. There is a moderate presence of dark fruits (raisins) and moderate amounts of spices (cinnamon, clove, and allspice). Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

O: Really nice holiday spice flavors really complement the dark fruit flavors of the BSDA. Very easy to drink but it is obvious this is a big beer and quite enjoyable. Best sipped slowly and would probably be great while sitting by the fireplace on Christmas Eve while waiting for the fat man to come visit.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy and very dark brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head. It is hard to see through, but it appears that particulates of yeast are floating near the bottom of the glass. The head died down, but left a thin layer of bubbles that mostly covered the surface and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits and clumped Yeast are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has flavors of yeast and dark fruits along with some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate anud has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of yeast in the taste, but also has nice amounts of dark fruits in the smell and the taste. No alcohol is perceptible.

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

750 ml bottle into signature chalice; 9/2007 date on the cork. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, clove, light chocolate, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light chocolate, clove, herbal, floral, and toast/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and big robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast ester flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly pale cherry amber with egg challah-yellow foam head that rims like mad.
Baked apple, spice, petrol, and ginger cake nose - deep.
Fruitcake malts, some poached pear esters, mild yeast spice, and grassy hops to end.
Cola finish and cherry stone linger.
Medium, round, smooth, chewy.

Shows lighter than expected, but nothing missing as far as flavor. Solid all arounder. No burn, yeast is under-, fruit and cake both - can't fault is as last beer of Christmas night.

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Photo of qubit
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber color; luscious head.
Slightly alcholic on the nose. Pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, a very good beer but nothing that stands out and says "pick me!".

I'm going to put a bottle down and try it next year, then I'll re-review.

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Photo of nittoh
3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Phenolic, spicy aroma.
Appearance: Amber color, head is huge.
Flavor: Sweet. Spicy flavor is dominant. Sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body and alcoholic character. A little bit hot.
Overall: Sweet spicy Belgian ale. Too sweetness destroys total balance.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy orangish-brown with not too much head (but it was from tap and I didn't see the pour).

Smell: Hard to pinpoint, but I am getting traces of overripe fruits, raisins, butterscotch, fruitcake and spices.

Taste: Like the aroma, this is a wide mix of notes that mostly work well together but make it hard to describe. Plum, raisin, butterscotch, fruitcake, coconut and licorice all seem to be in there. The finish is lightly spicy and even a little cognac like.

Feel: Medium to full body that is smooth and chewy. Carbonation is lower than it would be if from the bottle.

Overall: This really does have a Christmas vibe going on. I like it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 9/30/13.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and spice aromas. There is also a slight soy sauce aroma that comes out as the beer warms up but it's not really a negative thing. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and slight spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice dark fruit presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. Finishing 2012 and starting 2013 off with a good beer.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky crimson brown with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: super maltiness and dark fruit goodness. I do pick up some of that orange mamalade a lot of people are talking about, pepper, bready malts, a little chocolate, dark fruits, and lots of goodness.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate, and bready malts. Spicy pepper, raisins, oranges, some bitternes, and a lot of the mentioned flavors above too.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium to high carbonation, medium to full bodied, and some boozy alcohol.

Overall: Pretty solid BSDA that was quite the treat. Happy to have scored this a year ago. It is good to know that it stood the test of time. Best before was 9/30/13. Might have to see if the store has any more bottles kicking around.

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

Poured from 22oz caged bottle into pint. Pours a nice ruby hue brown with off white head. Really nice sweet dried fruity aromas...some cognac/sweet liquor notes. Great dried fruit and fruitcake belgian flavor, some banana and chocolate. Smooth but sharp flavor...well balanced and great spice chatacter but not overly done. Really nice brew.

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

Anyone dreaming of a muddied marmalade Christmas? If so, St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël is a wish come true. In fact, the beer also doubles as a snow globe; thick clumps of sediment speck the glass. (I could have opted to exclude them but that would have entailed leaving nearly half the liquid behind.) Funny enough, however, there's little (if any) snow flakes atop.

Initially an acquired taste, I now have the greatest admiration for Belgian yeast strains. Where else do you find spicy and savory all rolled into one composite package? The nose sings a lovely holiday carol of candied orange rind, bread, nutmeg, black licorice, caramel apple, and savory herbs. Despite the beer's strength, the blend of citrus and spice is nice and mellow.

Cuvée De Noël features hints of plum, butterscotch, mulled apple cider, and has a spicy fruitcake, Cognac-like finish. As mentioned, the yeast is the kind to grip early and lock the palate down throughout. There is an almost tannin-like, black licorice bitterness. All considered, it is a fairly delicate beer (even despite the spicy flavours and 9% alcohol).

The fact that this is just past the 'consume before' date on the bottle explains a lot: the slightly tarnished complexion, the slightly dulled aromatics, and the more syrupy, liqueur-like mouthfeel. It has obviously passed its recommended window. Nevertheless, it makes a splendid, flattering Christmas ale, one which really defines the general style for these kinds of seasonal beers.

St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël is not far off the quality or brilliancy of Belgium's best Christmas ales, though it is not my personal favourite. It's definitely something I'd buy again, mind you, and it does provide all the fruity, spicy, savory (Christmas cake and Cognac) elements one could ask for in a holiday tipple. It is an offering of which I can say only good things, though 'great' compliments are bit harder to muster.

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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 glass....at 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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St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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