Brasserie St Feuillien was originally known as Brasserie Friart, named after the family who started the brewery in 1873, and continued family operations through four generations.
In 2000, the brewery was renamed Brasserie St Feuillien. The name is a reference to the 7th Century Irish Monk Foylan or Foillan; and this evolved into Feuillien. His followers erected a chapel at the site of his murder, which later became the Abbaye St Feuillien.
So the St Feuillien beers are abbey ales, using the link to the religious name, without having any true religious association.
Enough history, and onto the beer. It is a Christmas beer of course, full of Christmas pudding aromas and flavours. Dark roasted malt, rich dark raisins, plums, hints of citrus and winter spices. There is enough bitterness to offset some of the sweetness, with a rich and decadent aftertaste.