St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 18
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: joe1510 on 05-11-2009

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Photo of cwc
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: somewhere between yellow and orange. The kind of color that looks appealing on a hot summer day. Pours a big old head which settles down pretty quickly.

Smell: smelling it out of the bottle it had a fruity or sweet and somewhat alcoholic smell. However, this wasn't necessarily reflected in the taste. Smelling it a couple of more times and it seems that the smell is more fruity than anything.

Taste: More of a fruity taste than anything else. However, definitely not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Not so bubbly or fizzy. Smooth.

Drinkablity: This is a very sessionable beer. There's no hint of alcohol and it seems to be fruity and refreshing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brewerdrew
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Kraken
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed 10/6/09

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.

Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saint Feuillien Saison pours cloudy, orange amber with a 1.5” fluffy persistent head. Fruit to over ripe fruit, slight alcohol, and light biscuit aromas rise from the glass. The palate starts with a fruit blend of plum, apricot and berry over light biscuit, with a touch of sweetness that dries out as it moves over the tongue, drying slightly and becoming more peach like with a hint of citrus by the finish. There is a slight over ripe taste in the background. It has a medium body and a touch above medium on the carbonation. The carbonation is soft and fine giving the beer a pleasant creaminess.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Libationguy
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Yard House in Atlanta.
Hazy amber body with a good head.
The flavor is a bit sweet and low in tart for style, but this did not disappoint me.
Light but not watery body with medium carbonation. Moderately complex flavor.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of Brenden
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saison in a can? Yes, please, and thank you to St. Feuillien.

A thick and cloudy but still bright orange-gold color, this saison looks the part. Tight bubbly activity continues the entire time, serving to substantiate a thick head of almost pure white foam after it drops from just over one finger. Patchy and spotty lacing is at the light to moderate level.
At first a note of something sulfuric sneaks out, but it needs only a few moments to warm for it to really come together. It does have an herbal, floral and spicy presence to it, showing a bit more hops presnce than many of its counterparts would be so bold to. Coriander finishes it out.
Gently hoppy, the underlying floral notes almost set the foundation, but they balance well against bready malts and a sturdy citrus sweetness. Combined with a note of coriander, some perfumey notes, and a very gently peppery nip, and you've got a nicely complex, balanced, and well-rounded beer. The more I drink it, the more it comes together.
With a nicely robust body that's somehow still light enough, and certainly bright enough, to enjoy on a hot day, it seems like a year-rounder to me. It never loses it's gentle crispness, and carbonation is prefectly done. It keeps it full without filling and very smooth to boot.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with slight orange tint and a snow white head that retains quite well leaving good lacing.

Nose is somewhat beire de gardeish with that dirty musty malt profile. Euro hops make their presence known mingling with belgian yeast.

Taste actually has a touch of biere de garde in it too, not alot, but some. Mostly big belgian yeast flavor, a decent hoppiness as well as an odd soapy kind of potpourri like note. Almost fruit candy. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is ideal for a saison. Slightly high carbonation and great thin drinkable viscosity, excellent.

Drinkability is pretty good, but that odd soapy character in the taste does hamper it just a bit.

Overall a pleasant saison. Certainly nothing on par with the belgian classics like dupont and fantome, but a good belgian saison nonetheless. Not sure of the aging potential for this one though, as i think some of that slight musty biere de gardeish malt profile might come out stronger, which would not be desireable. Give it a shot, nice beer.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow. Big fluffy clouds of foam that retained for a good long time. A thing of beauty!

Smell: Funky sweet yeast and a citrus-like sweetness. Very spicy and sweet aromas. A very good nose on this Saison.

Taste: Pretty much like it smells. Slightly sweet with a good funky yeast flavor and some nice spice and citrus underlying flavors. A very refreshing Saison.

Mouth Feel: Creamy and slippery on the tounge with nice carbonation to keep it lively and active.

Drinkability: With the moderate ABV and the great Saison style flavors, this is one of the better Belgian Saison farmhouse ales out there. Will definitely pick up more of this one.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Ginger Man. Light coloured body with caesar head, lacey. Medium mouthfeel of spicy yeast. A tad sour, bold taste, above average carbonation for a saison, is the beer, still good beer, though I have had many a fine saison.Some hop.

Photo of augustgarage
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lot 8809 - best before October 21st, 2011? oured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Lightly hazy orange peel body suffused with amber highlights. An active sudsy head recedes to a half finger. Fairly average lacing sparkles like wave caps.

A variety of low fresh stone fruit comes out in the aromatics - mostly suggested by the yeast; there is a floral/grassy note as well and a touch of spice from the hops.

Quite yeasty palate entry, suggesting bread dough, apricots, and pear. The mid palate is moderately bitter and tangy all at once, with citrus flavors coming to the front of the hop profile. Brisk dry finish - straight forward and refreshing.

Medium-light bodied, not as effervescent as I would prefer, and more warming that I expected considering the middle of the road ABV.

A good example of the style - with subtle yeast characteristics to distinguish it from its peers.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, orange-yellow. Nice white head. Well marked lacings to the finish.

Big hit of yeast on the nose, dusty melon, with a touch of grassy hops.

Yikes, this is a full-flavoured saison. Yeast permeates throughout. Standout flavour is honeydew melon, big and bold. Pretty big spicing too, I get lots of pepper.

Nice mouthfeel with just about perfect carbonation.

Not a shy saison, some big flavours here. Not sure how much I enjoy it personally, but respect is due.

Photo of secondtooth
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Note that this bottle is dated from 2012, so nearly 2 years of age on it!

Pours a cloudy marmalade gold, with a huge head of frothy foam. Virtually no lace though.

Nose is fruity and yeasty. Nice mix of berries and citrus notes, as well as a musty fruit character.

Taste is definitely musty, and heavy on the dried fruit tone. There's plenty of "funk" here, with the wild barnyard yeast elements being subtle against the fruit. Finishes a wee bit sour and dank, all the while retaining the dried fruit elements. Overall, not bad, but not a game changer, either.

Photo of socon67
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow, cool can style.

A - Orange pour with a high white foam that retained well. Lacing is in patches on the glass. Visible carbonation bubble to the top.

S - Scents of citrus fruits, melon, some peppery spice and bready yeast.

T - Clean refreshing flavor. Initial tartness of lemon and orange blends with some peppery spice. Bready notes in the finish.

M - Crsip and refreshing, this is a perfect beer for a hot summer day. Some carbonation is noted.

O - Good import saison that is true to the style. Actually liked this more that Saison Dupont. And the cans will make this a nice option.

Photo of Glibber
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at the Front Door in Boise Idaho. It was a nice yellow to amber color with the white head you would expect from a Belgian beer. I could smell the belgian yeast and a nice sweetness to the beer. It was a nice mellow beer to savor- no alcohol presence- very refreshing. I was very refreshing and I could have had a few more.

Photo of gotweid
4.76/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the corked bottle into a weizen glass poured the hazy golden orange beer with a large, clunky, chunky, thick, white head that seemed to last & last. The aroma was a light combination of malt, grain & fruit with a little funk that disappeared. A yeasty, warm, fruity, malty, & wonderfully complex taste is pleasing. Thought I noticed a touch of tart? Slightly dry mouthfeel and so, so easy to drink. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life I would be happy with this one. It's that good.

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St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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