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St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Reviews: 223
Hads: 711
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 ryan1788a5
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz can poured into a tulip.

A: Yeast was added on the pour, resulting is in a deep haze and some sediment in suspension.morange in color. Fine-bubbled white head settles after a while. Spotty lacing.

S: Sweet and toasty malts, big whiff of musty and chalky yeast, coriander and ginger spice notes, lemon peel and orange marmalade, light tang, good dose of pithy and floral hops.

T: Grainy and toasty up front. Yeasty with a lot of musty flavor and a mild funk. Dusty. Mildly tangy. Pithy tropical fruits include pulpy orange and lemon. Peppery coriander. Floral and grassy hops spike toward the back and ride into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Soft and creamy. Gently scrubbing carbonation.

O: The yeast strain puts out a lot of great musty character, but it's really the hops that steal the show. The coriander and orangey flavors bring a witbier element to it too. At times it feels clunky and haphazard. Flavors vie for the palate's attention rather than meshing. Still worth a drink though, it ain't half bad. Canning this was an interesting decision too. Kind of rock star. I dig it. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Zet
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light orange, a little haze and a very firm bubbly head of foam that stays the entire drink and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Smell of grass and liquorice root. Taste is pretty complex, with hints of sour apple, sweet apricot, salty liquorice and other funky flavours. The aftertaste is dry and bitter and lingers well. A good saison, this one. (349 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, not bad. Quickly fading head; no lace. Aroma is the best thing with bread, hint of tang, fruit, wet grain, yeast, bit of funk. Flavor is a little similar to nose, with some sweet, fleeting tang, and medicine in the finish. Light fine carbonation (254 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color with TONS of sediment floating around. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. Retention is poor, and even as the head fades, minimal lacing sticks to the glass. (2)

Smell: Well, there is no doubt the dry hopping comes out - even though this seems old (i.e. it's a bit cardboardy - I won't dock points, though). It smells almost ridiculously grassy, in a good way. Naturally, it's backed by some black pepper and bread. While it's not quite as nuanced as, say, Dupont, I really enjoy the twist the hops give it. (3.75)

Taste: Hops play a more subtle role here. This one opens up with plenty of vanilla cream and bread, while grassy hops gently balance the sweetness throughout. The more I drink this, the more I pick up some notes of white grape and apple. Advanced age my ass, this is still tasty (gotta love can conditioning!) (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Belgian brewers know how to nail the feel of the style - this starts off creamy and soft, yet finishes dry. It drinks steadily, perfect for a saison. Carbonation is quite low, making the natural dryness pop better. (4)

Overall: I think of St. Feuillien as Green Flash's partner in crime, their brother from a European mother. Now, I think of them as "those brewers who can a rock-solid saison". Even though this isn't fresh, it's still damn good - a frill-devoid saison done right. I'll definitely have to drink this fresher in the future! (3.5)

3.52/5: Good saisons in cans always make me happy (1,524 characters)

Photo of EricVonStein
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

flat light gold colour, pale tan with two fingers of head that falls off in the first 3/4 quickly but the last 1/4 sticks around for a while.

aroma of wet leaves, hay, fresh garden herbs.

citrusy creamy notes right away gives way to the yeast and sweet taste familiar to saisons. Sharp bitter hops cut in quickly and dry things out. finish comes back to the sweet malts and yeast. crisp bitter hops stay on the palate afterward.

In the mouth its nice and light but still has the body of a saison. tonnes of bright carbonation dancing all over your tongue.

Overall really nice. For a saison, the dry hoping makes it lighter, sharper and dryer. Not a bad affect, but not sure it makes a better saison. Almost like the saison is green, picked before it is ripe. worth experiencing as its still an interesting combination. (824 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My can may be aged too long, but I got some oddly sweet flavors. It is also a deep reddsih amber, darker than I have come to expect from most saisons. Still, the aromas and overall complexity are fantastic. (206 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (236 characters)

Photo of danmouer
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring to a goblet from a...wait for it!...an aluminum CAN!!! Yes, this is St. F's wonderful saisonin a can...a 1/3 liter can, that is. To tellthe truth, while I'm thrilled to find this in single serving cans at my local, i downgraded this brewksi on appearance. Belgian saisons are meant to come in a cork-finished 750, by Golly, and this just doesn't look right.

My pour is wonderful. Big fat, fast falling head leaving a fine white wreath of foam that stays til the end. A light golden color that would be crystal clear, except I dumped the yeast lees in my glass and so there is a fine cloud of floaties. The joys of real bottle- or can-conditioned beer. Can-conditioned? Is this a first?

The aroma. Is wonderful. Beautifully sweet and grainy Old World pilsner malt with a nice laid-back undercurrent of grassy hop.

Flavor is big, full, sweet-but-dry malt-forward maltiness all stitched up with Belgian-yeast spice and earthy-grassyhops that leave a very refreshing bitterness on the palate and throat as it goes down.

This is a wonderfully mouthfilling, very efforvescent saison that goes on and on with a long bittersweet, finish.

The overall impression is that this beer was made to show Bohemian pilsner brewers that Belgians could beat them at their own game with a fine, golden, ALE! Amen. (1,309 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold, huge white head with staying power. Nose is yeasty, fruity esters, some spice, citrus, bread dough. Taste is malt, slight sweetness, and much of the same profile as the nose. Well carbonated for style.
Overall, this is really what I'm looking for when I go for a saison. Nothing overly spiced or weird, just classic farmhouse goodness. No off flavors and nice finish. I'd drink this quite often if I didn't have to drive to Belgium to get it. (452 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 floz can

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Glowing gold bodied beer with a boatload of white floating sediment. Nice frothy and soap white head that drops down to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Bready malt profile, fruity and slightly spicy yeast. Mineral qualities of well water and light floral hops.

Taste: This one has a sweeter malt profile than most saisons that I have had, but not in a bad way...like honey and buttermilk biscuits. Light bananas, pear skin, and pear flesh in the middle. Yeast is slightly restrained as well; fruity phenols and slightly spicy clove yeast character. Just a touch of black pepper in the finish. Not much bitterness in this beer. Everything is well balanced and nothing is overly robust.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Pretty drinkable. Not much dry character to this saison. Carbonation is nice and creamy.

Overall: Not to bad. Pretty close to what a standard saison should be, but slightly maltier than most. Its very drinkable and bonus points for the fact that this beer comes in a can. You can definitely tell this is unfiltered when you pour the beer. This is great for warm weather drinking. (1,191 characters)

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Much better Saisons out there, but this one was fairly true to the style. Refreshing but weak in taste and aroma with little finish to remember it by. (151 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Saison but lacking in the musty "barnyard/horse blanket" funk that I like so much. Poured from a corked bottle into a pint glass. The color is murky caramel like yellow. Fairly small bubbly white head with better than average retention and light lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet apple cider.

Flavor has the apple cider element but there is also some tartness with a little lemon and a bit of yeasty-funk (but not enough for me!). A bit of peppery type spicing is noticed in the taste.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style with little to no alcohol presence. Would be better with a little more funk. (609 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can pour - pours a beautiful golden hue with stark white lacing. Looks lively and vibrant from the get go. There is a definite pepper note here but the spice is restrained. Breadiness of the yeast comes through clearly. There is a lot to like here. This is a refreshing and very enjoyable farmhouse ale. (303 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look:Slightly murky dark straw-yellow with a stupendous amount of white (not off-white, but white white!) head. Quite bubbly, with poor retention but quite a bit of lacing left behind. Some sediment left int the bottle. though.

Smell: You can tell it's Belgian from the smell of oranges - spices are notably absent, though. Quite yeasty, too - not entirely surprising given the stuff left behind in the bottle. Seems a bit one-dimensional, even when the beer has had time to breathe.

Taste: Reminds me a bit of a fruity hefeweiss - not that this is necessarily a bad thing but it certainly is different. Very malt/yeast-forward with the fruity flavours kicking in towards the end. Almost a wine-like finish - quite dry.

Feel: As others have noted, there's some fairly aggressive carbonation going on here - this isn't a beer you're going to chug unless you plan on belching national anthems afterwards. Get past that and it's slightly syrupy but not excessively so. Some alcohol notes, but nothing overpowering. Quite quaffable under the right circumstances.

Overall: Saisons and their ilk are still a relatively new thing for me, but I have to say I rather like this one - whether intentional or not it manages to combine the good elements of a traditional Belgian beer (whatever that may be) and a good old-fashioned hefeweiss. Interesting, and definitely worth another go. (1,431 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.57/5  rDev -7%

This beer take a bit of getting used to. Yeast is driving the bus, foot full on the gas. The beer is good, but nothing I would seek out. Very distinctive, but not in a great way. (182 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

A - Golden with a medium to thick bubbly white head that leaves some lacing. Good retention.

S - Bread and malt with hints of pear and belgian yeast

T - Starts with a kick of sourdough followed by some Pear, wild berries, sour fruits, white wine dryness and flavour

M - Medium carbonation, Finishes dry (305 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Served cool from 330ml bottle into my new Saison Regal glass. My first Belgian Saison - half excited, half worried!!! Lets give him a fair go.

A) First point is the massive white head. Persistent. Very murky deep amber colour. Looks quite fizzy. Chunks of grey yeast in the bottom. Errr.....rustic.

S) A bit boring, to be honest. Smells a bit like a bottle of lager that has been left in the sun for a day.

T) Not bad, a bit like a hefeweizen without the clove flavours. Neither hops nor malt dominates. Weirdly balanced. Quite a nice marmalade-type aftertaste.

M) Fizzy. Dense enough to deter chugging. The aftertaste makes you savour the flavour. Noticeably different from other beers I have had.

O) My first Belgian saison. I enjoyed it and will try some more. (786 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours an emissive apricot orange with thin soapy white head. Floater city. Smell: peach tea, oregano note, sweet orange peel, pepper. Taste: dried apricot, bready and sweet with a mild snappiness, earthy and herbal, with orange citrus candy before the finish. Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy feel upfront with growing carbonation helping it "dry" out, finishing sticky, earthy and herbal. Interesting take, enjoyable though a little sweet. (438 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%

I purchased this can at the Fridge poured chilled into a willybecker

The color is pale golden with floating suspended matter--thick 2 finger white head with fine bead and lace sticks as retention is good. The smell is earthy yeast with an herbal hop aroma and mild sweet floral accent with slight hay-like odor. The feel is dry with slight bitter texture and moderately high carbonation with light woody texture and dry yeast with crisp toasted finish.

The taste starts mildly bitter with light yeast spice on entery with mild earthy and cracker-like malt with gentle alcohol in the back with some mild grainy aspects and slight fruity taste coming from the yeast. Overall this is a very flavorful and traditional tasting saison with herbal hop and dry character with medium strength. Pretty drinkable with great yeast flavor and dry finish (842 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: My can produced lots of sediment and floaters in the pretty apricot body, but not much head, no lace, and went flat pretty fast. (in contrast to a side-by-side of Rayon Vert by Green Flash which is explosive and shampoo lacy.)

Smell: Complex aroma: husky grains, stone fruit, fall orchard, melon, white pepper, spice and honey.

Taste: Grows more intense and floral, starting with a bready opening, that frames the Belgian complex character, with melon, stone fruit, honey, hay, lots of honeysuckle and flowers, and white pepper/herbal spice, then the peppery/herbal flavors and honey intertwine in a long, long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, great finish, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Honey sweet, with balancing complexity and bitter notes. Great with soft cheese, in tonight's case, Camembert. (818 characters)

Photo of cowew1245
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Well, I feel lots of bitterness, which almost overwhelm everything. However the bitterness lower down when it is warmer, and when finish the drink , there seem to be flavor in your month.
The aroma is the best thing about this beer , smells attractive, attracting you to get closer, though at the first sip, it's really bitter.
I don't feel the spiciness mentioned by others, nor other tastes like citrous or something else, because the bitterness is just too strong ): (470 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Feuillien Saison has a medium, off-white head, and a hazy, brilliant (almost luminescent) orange appearance, with very noticeable and relatively large, brown chunks at the bottom. Not much lacing, here. The aroma is of pungent, spicy, horse-blanket, and musty grains. Taste is of all that with maybe white pepper and basil? Bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is medium, and St. Feuillien Saison finishes semi-dry and delicious. No complaints, only plaudits, from me.

RJT (470 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz can into a Duvell tulip. Moderate hand. AA-170 stamped on the bottom, whatever the hell that means. No date.

A: Cloudy, honey-colored body with a moderate amount of visible sediment. 1.5 fingers off-white head with ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet, fruit-forward, slightly musty yeast. Apple, pear. Hay. Honey. Some grape, peach.

T: Slightly spicy, sweet yeast opens. Fruity maltiness develops and yields to some hopping bitterness on a semi-dry finish. mild alcohol presence. The aftertaste draws out with fruit, malt and a slight tang.

M: Moderate carbonation, moderate body. Less carb and more heft than your average saison.

O: If you prefer your saisons malt-forward, fruity and substantial on the palate, then you should enjoy this. Me, I'm thinking more autumn-time drinking for this one.

Prost! (834 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. can into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a light yellow-orange pretty hazy, high white head that doesn't stick around too long.

S- Typical Belgian esters of fruit and spice. Slight layers of banana, citrus, clove, some ripe tropical in there too.

T- Mostly getting the spice notes first, then the fruitiness, followed by a yeasty dry bitterness of the finish.

M- Pretty light in the the mouth.

O- A pretty good Saison, good yeast complexity, and a very affordable Belgian beer. (502 characters)

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St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
86 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.