Friday, February 12, 2010

St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël

St. Feuillien
Cuvée De Noël

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien

Belgian Strong Dark Ale

9.00% ABV

Commercial Description:This beer has a generous head - compact and firm. Its slightly brown colour is the result of the roasted barley. It has a dark ruby brown colour and a very intense aroma. The aromatic herbs and spices used greatly enhance its delicious smell. This beer is full-bodied with a smoothness that is the result of the synergy of caramelized malts, carefully controlled fermentation and long cold storage. St Feuillien Cuvée de Noël has a very subtle bitterness that is the dominant flavour in this harmonious ale that strikes a perfect balance between all the different ingredients.

General Pricing:750ml bottle  ~ $11.00

Review:The bier pours a cloudy dark amber almost brown with an off white head. The head initially looked fairly rich but gradually grew larger soapier bubbles and then just about disappeared.

The nose has dark caramel malts with that classic Belgian yeasty aroma plus some nice spicy notes.

This bier has a very light and effervescent mouthfeel. My first thought is that this bier is still a little young. This is the second or third Belgian that I have had this year that should be cellared for a few more months before distribution.

It starts with sweet dark malts up front then a high effervescence, maybe too much for this style of a Belgian. Again this may be an aging thing. The back-end is very sweet with a very strong yeasty flavor. The finish is a little disappointing. It still has that great Belgian yeasty flavor and some spice but I can’t help but think it should be so much more.  There is also a slight hoppiness to the finish of this bier.

This is actually a good bier and I am enjoying it, really I am.

The alcohol is masked very well; you would never suspect that this was a 9% ABV brew.

As this bier warms it is maltier.

I guess I’m going to settle for a B- on this one. That may not be fair to the bier but that’s pretty much how it is right now. I may pick up another bottle of this and cellar it for next Christmas. I bet it well be a lot better then.

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