Friday, 9 December 2011

Beer Advent Calendar Day 9- St. Feuillien Cuvée De Noël

Based on my choice of beer for this evening, I was going to introduce the post by listing different translations of the phrase "Merry Christmas", but swiftly decided against this. It's always hard coming up with fresh ways to introduce what is essentially the same task each day, but it seems it's even harder to actually go through with those ideas. Now that I've filled up a bit of space, it's time to discuss tonight's drink, St. Feuillien's Cuvée De Noël....

I picked this beer up at the wonderful Utobeer Ltd. stand in Borough Market towards the end of October, with the intention of drinking it around Christmas time. This was before the idea for this saga was ingrained into my mind, but it seemed fitting that on this evening, with a presentation and an exam in the bag, I'd finally give it a go. Cuvée De Noël is a Belgian strong dark ale weighing in at 9.0% ABV. In the glass, it's a deep amber colour with a strong head that dissolves to form a considerable halo around the inside of the glass. The aroma is typically Belgian, with a fair kick of phenols against a sweet backdrop. The taste is also sweet, with a hint of cloves and a light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is quite thick, which definitely compliments the beer well. When I opened the beer, a considerable amount of foam began slowly oozing out of the bottle, showing just how carbonated it was! In conclusion, Cuvée De Noël is a very good Belgian ale with a lot of yuletide charm. I'd happily recommend it to anyone.

Tomorrow, more beer, more sentences. Until next time....

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