St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien
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4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
Appearance - This is a beautiful gold in color with a light orangish tinge and a big white head that came up on an easy pour and showed great retention.
Smell - The funk is prominent at the nose but not offensive and I don't catch any sourness. The malt is very light and I'm picking up a stiff hop backbone.
Taste - The sharp, funky mold is tightly-melded to a big sweetish flavor. The sweets are light citrus with a bit of honey but otherwise not overly sugary, just a nice natrual sweet taste that rightly balances out the funk.
There's also quite a big hop bite here as well. It's leafy, like endive, with an earthy character that lingers from stem to stern. The hops, natural sweetness, and moldy funk are in perfect balance here.
Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied Saison is properly carbonated and has a strong, bitter aspect that pushes the limits of the style. It plays well in the cheeks and is quite intense without offending the senses.
Drinkability - This effort by St F lacked the sourness of some examples of the style so if you're looking for that this will disappoint. If you're open to other leanings though and appreciate what is obviously a patient brewer working with high-quality ingredients then this is a must-try.
Personally I thought this was a home run. The hopping is very stiff, the funk mild but intense, but most of all the sweetness that balances the other two sharp aspects of this flavor profile was very pure and natural. Too often you get that cheap, sugary sweet flavor in pretenders of the style but here this is high-quality, natural sweetness that salivates the mouth and balances out the other players in this ale.
09-04-2010 00:45:37 | More by RoyalT
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
A pleasure to drink. In my tulip the beer was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. Wonderful aroma, earthy yeast, citrus, a little spice. Nice funky yeast taste, orange, a little clove. The beer does have a tang to it, and was most enjoyable.
08-18-2009 02:10:49 | More by lordofthewiens
3.74/5 rDev -1.6%
Gotta love canned Belgian beer in the summer weekend cooler!
Pours hazed and dull looking apricot, the off white head is not long lasting, but does leave a layer of low sheeting and a fine bubble film.
Fruity nose with some coriander and mild spicing.
On the palate this is a weird one, good thing saison is such a broad ranging style...I get a variety of flavors with pepper, corainder, licorice, allspice, and ripe fruit all coming to mind.
Moderate hops tightining up things in the finish.
Not my favorite saison but still happy to have given it a try.
Went pretty well with some minerally raw clams.
08-19-2013 15:35:04 | More by Billolick
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this 750 ml bottle.
The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is citrus, wheat and some light funk. The flavor is corn, wheat, malty sweetness and some light funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-01-2010 21:54:21 | More by Mora2000
4.6/5 rDev +21.1%
Poured from a 750ml into a Corsendonk Glass. Very Beautiful strong white head with a bit of a haze which was perfectly acceptable for the style of beer.
The smell is fruity with a slight yeasty bite,
The taste was very clean & crisp with front end fruit notes standardly expected with the Saison style.
All in all a great rendition of Saison. I have had few that match this version.
11-04-2009 03:04:31 | More by brewerdrew
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a dogfish head snifter. Soft pour, yields a very nice 3/4 inch of off white head. Head exhibits fantastic staying power. Color is a very cloudy amber yellow.
Nose- Some light European hop. Slightly astringent. Green apple.
Pallate- Very nice. Lemon zest, some peppery spice. Green apple tartness. Very crisp and refreshing, creamy. Lemon zest becomes more prevalent as it warms. Strong yeast presence. Very Good.
Mouthfeel- Very active, tart and a bit dry.
Drinkability- Very Good. Its been to long since my last visit to the style.
10-07-2009 01:58:45 | More by Kraken
4.21/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from a 11.2 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head which recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.
Smell: A very yeasty aroma with nice hints of spice, fruit, and biscuit malt. Belgian yeast with a scent of funk along with some clove and pepper spices. Fruit hints of banana, lemon zest, pineapple, and orange. Hints of herbal and grassy hops. Solid malt presence with bready hints of biscuit, grains, and wheat. Sweet hints of candied sugar and honey. Has that typical musty farmhouse scent. Pretty good aroma.
Taste: Like the nose, a yeasty and zesty mix of funk, spice, fruits, and bready malt. Belgian yeast with a taste of barnyard funk and notes of clove and pepper spicing. Fruity notes of banana, lemon, orange, and pineapple. Grassy and herbal hop notes. Sweet Belgian candied sugar along with some notes of honey. Bready malt taste with notes of biscuit, wheat, and cereal grains. A good combination of funky, sweet, fruity, and musty farmhouse notes. Very good taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very crisp and clean. Smooth with a drying finish.
Overall: A pretty good Belgian Farmhouse/ Saison. Solid yeasty and fruity flavor with a nice malt balance and crisp smooth feel.
06-27-2013 07:23:57 | More by MattyG85
United Kingdom (England)
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
A 750ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. And it's all mine! Purchased from a webshop a little while back.
Poured repeatedly into a Duvel tulip. The cork exits the bottle with a pop! A warm golden-amber hue, like afternoon sunshine (though the second pour yields tons of fine sediment). Good carbonation, resulting in a huge head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a while before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of pale malt with notes of grain, subtle yeast esters, stewed hops, faint spice and a whiff of alcohol.
Tastes of grainy malt with a dry, yeasty finish. Notes of grain, earthy yeast esters, stewed hops, mild spiciness and a hint of booze. Not much bitterness, but pretty dry upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with enough body to make it satisfying. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of grainy malt and yeast.
Not bad - certainly a drinkable saison. The graininess is pleasant and suits the style, while the yeast notes are quite restrained. Not particularly complex, but goes down easily enough. A thirst-quencher - worth sampling.
06-24-2012 22:05:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.39/5 rDev +15.5%
Hazy dark amber color with yellow and amber hues. Off-white 2-finger pillowy head. Medium+ retention with spotty lacing.
Banana, clove, melon, citrus zest, clean malt, buscuit, mild mustiness.
Banana, clove, melba toast, very mild hop bitterness.
Medium+ bodied, but thins out slightly in the mid palate before picking up again in the finish.
Nicely balanced with a long finish. Alcohol is well integrated in the beer.
08-27-2013 16:54:56 | More by Libationguy
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
On-tap at the Brick Store.
Pours a fairly clear lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of sweet malts, cooked green apples, and bready yeast.
Tastes good. Sweet malt flavors up front with hints of yeast segue into mild fruit flavors with herbal hops lurking in the background. Near the end of the sip a very light tartness comes into play before a crisp ending. All of the flavors are there, however none of them really pop.
Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with mdoerate carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall this is a solid saison but it doesn't really have an identity. Regardless I enjoyed my glass - worth a shot.
08-20-2009 02:05:18 | More by glid02
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
ST: 750ml poured into an oversized wine glass. The bottle does not have a fresh buy date but does list the alcohol percentage.
A: Golden orange with a slight haze and lots of carbonation. The head is half a finger deep, white, and fluffy. Head retention is average and there is minimal lacing.
S: Spicy lemon, tangy orange, cake, earthy minerals, and coriander.
T: Pepper, bread, lemon zest, tart orange peel, earthy sour dust: the finish has lots of spice, pepper, and some warming alcohol. This beer is dominated by citrus and floral notes.
M: Medium and dry
O: This beer is not sweet in any way. It has a lot of pepper and spice, tartness and bitterness. It is not as sour as other saisons I have consumed, but it is complex and offers many rugged flavors backed up by crisp carbonation. I would recommend trying this beer if you are looking for more citric and spicy characteristics in your saison.
07-20-2011 21:16:01 | More by ianjsullivan
4/5 rDev +5.3%
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours hazy orange body with a think creamy head of beige that last for a good bit. There is a gentle carbonation of bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The clean dry nose has notes of hops in the finish. As the beer opens up notes of pear and spun sugar come through softly reminding me of a triple.
T- The spicy pepper and abbey yeast note give way to a soft Munich malt note. The finish has a soft pear eastery note and a green herbal pungent bite in the finish.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a soft fizz in the finish.
O- This beer has lots of triple qualities and the St. Feuillien yeast character with a crisp dry finish and has more of a full quality than most saisons but very nice to drink. Just a little too filling for a session beer.
06-09-2011 22:00:56 | More by rhoadsrage
St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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