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St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Reviews: 223
Hads: 712
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 91 | 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 Philousa
2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an opaque tan with an orange tinge. White head is billowy and plentiful. The first thing I smell is fruity pebbles. Suggesting a lot of Belgian pale malt and candied sugar. Some pungent herbal aroma with a swirl. That Belgian pale flavor comes out in front. This reminds me of a Belgian Golden Strong, but it's got more body, much thicker. The white/sourdough bread flavor comes up in the middle and fades to a slightly herbal bitterness. Like chewing raw oregano with your beer. There is some definite back of the throat pungent feel from the candied sugars and yeast, but it's slight and not really a problem for me. Feel is slightly viscous and finish is balanced. 

This is definitely not what I was expecting. It's slightly thick without much complexity. Maybe I'll stick to the Tripel. (798 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
2.51/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap @ Local Option, Chicago, IL, into a tulip glass

Pours a nice golden color. Mostly clear in terms of the body; not very much yeast or hop haze. Eggshell colored head leaves decent lacing.

There's something unconventionally sweet about this Saison. It reminds me of a lot of American takes on the style, and I don't mean that affectionately. Not every Saison has to worship at the alter of Dupont, but this beer demonstrates why Dupont worship is probably the best way to go about brewing Saison. This is very floral, but dominantly honeysuckle. This, coupled with the heavy, sweet malt flavors, makes for a Saison that's, well, heavy and sweet. Like sucking on too much honeysuckle. I wanted some bracing phenolic character to balance things out, but it never came. Just sweet, fragrant botanicals and dessert-like malt flavors.

So this beer is obviously not as dry as I would like a Saison to be. It has a much fuller body than I like too. This is not a refreshing beer by any means. Overall this just misses the mark for me of what is great about the style. (1,075 characters)

Photo of chubby2u
2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I poured the Siason into a goblet. It poured beautifully, half inch head with nice lacing that suck around for quite a while. It has a crisp, golden appearance. It smelled pretty fruity and sour. It looked and smelled like it was going to be a quite good beer. The taste was not so good. It was remarkably dull. It was very cold when I poured it and it tasted increasing worse as it got warmer. It left a bitter, soapy, hoppy aftertaste in my mouth. There was some very bready yeastie tastes in there too. This was my first Saison. I'll try some others and if they taste like this, perhaps farmstyle ales just aren't for me. If I wanted to pay $12 for a beer that looked really pretty, i'd buy this again... but I don't.
If anybody has a good Siason recommendation, hit me with it. (782 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From a corked magnum, on to the beer:

Big billowy soapy looking head on top a burnt goldenrod color. The head retention is good on top. I smell something I don't want, yep, it's plastic. Cool off. Ok, it does some. Light rustic aromas bring back some faith. Bitter citrus as well.

I'm not sure how to feel about this. I get a snap citrus and grapefruit peel. Rustic character is very light. The problem I'm having here is that the overall flavor dries out too quickly, leaving you with the equivalent of rice cakes and a whisker of oddball spice for much of the experience. The liquid inteslf is on the smooth side, with well-placed carbonation that doesn't seem to hit your palate.

Okay in the context of beer overall. But for a Belgian beer, I expected much more. (770 characters)

Photo of GCA
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appealing cloudy appearance, tangerine in color, good foam, excellent lacing, slightly tart, not excessively bitter, neither sour, unmistakable farmhouse style, hints of caramel & orange, smooth on the tongue, carbonation not excessive yet supports and enhances the flavor and appearance - not the type saison with which I’ve become familiar and accustomed (358 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big bright white head. The body is a hazy gold.

It smells of orange and straw.

I get a grassiness and a honey sweetness. Those good flavors don't hold up long due to a bitter and slight metallic flavor going on in the background that just throws this whole flavor train off the tracks.

It has a light body, medium carbonation, with a watery mouthfeel, and overall refreshing. (378 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 anarchia
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very hazy orange with a sudsy head, not a lot of lacing left behind. Head retention is somewhat lacking. Strong and confusing aroma with lots of flavors I can pick out and probably a lot that I'm missing: apples, honey, lemon, coriander, oranges, heat from alcohol. Taste is not my thing but may be yours. Heavy on the black peppercorn, which I'm not a fan of in Saisons or any other beer, some coriander and nutmeg (very spicy in general), pear, banana and other more subtle fruit flavors behind all that spice. Finishes dry but with a very weird aftertaste to my buds: soapy, which is a bummer. There are probably people out there who would appreciate this beer a lot but I am not fortunate to be one of them. (719 characters)

Photo of kmeves
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden blond with a very frothy white head. The aroma is sweet candy, light citrus and spices and a bit phenolic. The flavor is sweet, earthy, citrus and some wheat. Medium-bodied, prickly mouthfeel. The finish is earthy and somewhat long, neither dry or sweet really. (276 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Intense orange color, very thin perlage. Beautiful hat of foam, white, creamy. Good appearance.
In the smell malt, white flowers, some yeast: notes of sugar, bread. Few spicy notes.
Malty in the mouth, some white flowers, citrus fruitiness and again yeast. Maybe just a bit too yeasty.
Malty aftertaste, some hop bitterness, again citrus fruit and white flowers. (362 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, best before 05/05/13. This pours an extremely foamy off white head which has good retention and leaves a lacing along with a slightly cloudy yellow with golden hints. The smell is a little funky and sweet, like candied sugar. The feel is medium. The taste is okay pretty mild, you get a little barnyard funk along with some overly sweet adjunct type sweet, not the greatest. (419 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Monk's yesterday.

Light straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is decent. Quite fruity with honey, some melon and a moderate sweetness along with the ripe light fruits. Moderate sugar-like sweetness is present as well. The palate opens with a moderate grainy sweetness along with some honey, ripe fruit and a light floral character. Hops are rather light here, I don't get much apart from maybe a little grassy flavor. The sweetness is a bit much, especially when consumed alongside a gueuze. Honey and ripe fruit are present on the moderately drying finish, this beer is medium-light with high carbonation. While pleasant on the palate, there are far better versions of the style out there (764 characters)

Photo of AccidentalKate
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: If it wasn't for the head, you'd swear you were looking at unfiltered apple cider. Opaque with a hint of deep yellow gold. The head itself is strong, with a slight tan tint. The head is good and bold and lasts for a bit, and leaves a nice bit of belgian lacing.

Smell: Not strong, in fact it could be a little more bold. Malt with a hint of bitter hops in the back. Not subtle, but certainly not overpowering.

Taste: Deep and rich up front, but becomes quickly watery on the finish. One would think that the flavor would last a little longer. The hoppy bitterness is there and partakes in whatever finish is there. Better tasted with a big gulp than a little sip.

Mouthfeel: eh. There's a little zip here, but for being a Belgian brew, I was anticipating more of a party on the tongue. As it is, it's okay, but the watery finish leaves it less than it can be.

Drinkability: This seems an average beer in that it forgetable. Not good enough to instantly recalled when talking about great beers, nor bad enough to draw any harsh criticisms. (1,054 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $10 I believe. Orange color, looks nice in the wine glass but smells odd. Tastes odd too, like there is no earthiness at all just a hint of citrus. Honestly I am not sure how this is considered a saison but I am no expert on the style. I guess I compare them all to dupont or hennepin and this is nothing like that at all. (335 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold with a big-bubbled white head that leaves no lace.

Smell is banana and clove esters. A metallic note.

Taste is also heavy on the clove and banana esters, coriander, like a hefe weizen. Very odd, that I just had the Urthel saison, thought it was odd for a saison, and it was almost the same. Less biting sweetness here, better overall integration, but still notably sweet and banana like. A little ethanol, as well as some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, still more sugar and banana than I like in the style, not bad though, not nearly as good as their tripel, one of my all time favorites. (649 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 jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BELGIAN SAISON In A CAN!

Bright clear golden hue, super clingy bright white head. Lots of clove and spicy herbal notes on the nose, some barnyard and hay like scents as well. Honey and yeast.

Very clean for a saison, sweet bubblegum like flavor up front with honey and pear sweetness. Grain husks and yeast bite show up on the middle of the tongue while spicy hop flavors kick in on the back end with a touch of alcohol. Finishes clean dry and smooth. I like it

Nowhere close to the best saison I've ever had but BELGIAN SAISON IN A CAN for the summer? I'll be digging it. (575 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a tulip at Jake Melnicks...A darker gold, hints of copper, light tope head...The aroma and taste are both super super sweet, all caramel and bread. There is almost a total lack of hops, not bitter our floral nor sourness. It has an ok mouthfeel, the drinkability is ok.

This is a too sweet saison to make it any good, just really boring for a saison. (363 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Omaha for the weekend at the in-laws, picked this up today at Beertopia.

Poured from the caged and corked 750 mL bottle with yeast resting on the bottom, it's cloudy and hazy, beaming of deep yellow, with a sticky white head and lacing.

Spices and yeast are dominant in a very charactericstic Belgian way, but without anything distinctive.

Bananas, cloves, assorted other mild spices. Sweet, nearly like a dubbel, but with more greenery-like hoppiness.

A little acidic, drying with astingency on the tongue, sapping it of all moisture, closing smooth, with popping carbonation and some stickiness.

Decent for a basic saison (is there such a thing?), but nothing unique about it. (691 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
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale sparkling straw colour with a thick white fluffy head.
Aroma - Spicy hops with lemon, cider, and a bit of cork. Fruity and complex.
Very clean and refreshing flavour with light citrus, honey, and a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. (265 characters)

Photo of impending
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy deep honey. Dense pure white belgian head with appropriate lacing.

Aroma is unmistakably saison with clear mustiness, phenols.

The mildly fruity esters are not upfront sweet, the finish is moderately dry. Not as much barnyard in the taste as I was expecting although phenols are a dominant characteristic.

While not great, certainly competent but without any attributes that are outstanding.
cheers
jd (437 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into Tulip
A: massive medium bodied head that dissipated pretty quickly and with a sudsy quality into a cloudy light caramel colored body

S: slightly sharp apple skin aroma, lemongrass and a light breadiness, lots of CO2 in this one. Once the head dies down and it warms up there is a slight floral quality. I kinda wanted a little more darkness in the nose, more funk.

T: sweet at first then it gets a little woody with a strong amount of acidic citrus. It never really gets deep into the barnyard flavors with all of the citric acid-type flavors.

M: Strong carbonation bite, very bright on the palate with a slightly tanic, green apple skin dryness in the finish

O: Tasty beer for a warm day, but I wish it was a little heavier with either less carbonation or more richness in either flavor or body (811 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a hazy dark orange color with three fingers of off-white head that doesn't hold or laceas well as it should.

S: Grass, citrus notes, apples, and moderate hoppiness. It completely lacks funk which is disappointing in a Saison.

T: Apple, caramel, light citrus, coriander, and cloves. It is more like a Biere de Garde than Saison.

M: The body is of medium thickness with ver strong carbonation.

O: This is a decent brew if one doesn't expect a typical Farmhouse Ale. (532 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)

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