- My Rating: C-
Cuvée de Noël 2012 – St Feuillien, 9% ABV – 75cl., (La Roeulx, Belgium)
- Style: (Christmas) Belgian Strong Ale
- Taste: Alcoholic metallic fizzy bloated brown sugar malt
- Where I got it : W.16th Liquor Store
- How much: $10 (after 10% off) – 75cl., June 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no
Visual: Yes I know it’s the middle of the summer, but does it really matter? A good beer is a good beer for all seasons. Pours pale copper brown with a large lasting creamy head, sticky lacing, a good layer of retention, and surprisingly almost no activity.
Nose: Brown sugar malts with a hint of spices. (lvl-4)-pungency
Attack: bubbly-tingly/fizzy crisp mouthfeel, incoming malts + alcohol
Mid-palate: (metallic copper taste-bottle contamination?), continued fizzy, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) toffee malts, brown sugar, alcohol, molasses, cola, dark fruit
Finish: bloated, alcohol, metallic malty bitter finish.
Summary: Perhaps I got a bad bottle but this had an off-putting metallic taste to it. Coupled with it’s over booziness and excessive fizzy texture, I can’t recommend it.