Cuvée de Noël – St Feuillien (La Roeulx, Belgium)

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  • 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.