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St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison

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232 Reviews
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Reviews: 232
Hads: 740
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 18.8%
Wants: 21
Gots: 98 | 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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and citrusy aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some earthy flavors. Not much maltiness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation with some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t quite as refreshing compared to other beers in the style but it is rather easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an interesting saison, very tasty. pours a curiously clear brassy color for a saison, no sediment at all really, and an inch of big bubbled white head with okay retention. the nose is bright and springy, mildly spicy, and clear and distinguished. some light orchard fruit in the taste, which goes well with the yeast. the yeast has some gentle spice, but its still very summery. almost a white wine complex to this, and the malts contribute only a little bit of sweetness. not as intricate as some saisons, but a good example that this genre doesn't have to be rocket science. a very simple and elegant brew I would be proud to serve with any fine meal. it drinks easy at under 7% abv and with such jovial carbonation. this one sat in my fridge awhile, don't know what I was waiting for, but when I finally got to drinking it last night I loved it. one of the better saisons ive had in some time. usually the price of st. feuillien beers keep me from buying them, but if they are all this good, I will have to find a way to work my way through their lineup. this is pro.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ah, those Belgian masters of good looking beer - this one pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a massive head that leaves clumps of lacing

Smell: Lots going on in the aroma, with husky grains, stone fruit, melon, white pepper spice and a hint of honey

Taste: Rather Germanic in a sense, with a bready opening and some grassy hops in the back; in the middle, however, there is a lot of Belgian character, with melon/stone fruit, honey/candi sugar, and white pepper/herbal spice; after the swallow, the peppery/herbal flavors and honey sweetness linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with rather high carbonation

Drinkability: Not a classic Saison, but a very interesting beer that blends qualities of various Belgian styles (BPA, BIPA and Saison) with a pilsner; the result is a bit sweeter than typical but overall, this beer is very, very good

Thanks, mrmiles, for putting this into my Secret Santa package

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A formitable dry and spicy saison, but with a softer side. The floral, perfumy notes that are more similar to Belgian blonde ales and witbiers come through in a most seductive way.

St. Feuillien's saison pours with glowing haze of light golden color. Airy and froathy, the head character forms with a weightlessness and cottony texture that retains the session while leaving sticky patterns of lace behind. This is the quentessential saison stature.

Heightened floral character errupt from the rim, challenging whether this is actally a saison and not a blonde (think Brugse Zot) with a burst of perfume laiden confectioner's sugar scent, light tropical and citrusy fruits; while soft spice of corriander and white pepper tickle the nose. Most estery aromas to usher in the spring season.

Flavors begin to leave the floral character behind and start ushering in the classic lemony esters and peppery-dry phenolics. In exquisite balance the light bready-sweet malt provided a soft foundation for the counter of lemon grass hop flavor and bitterness and with the light peppery taste for added measure. A mild honey-like taste gives memory to the flowery nose in finish and aftertaste.

Creamy initial textures soon go to expansive, and seemingly whisp away at mid palate for a powdery-dry finish. Only a faint oil film, similar to that of chamomile or flower pedals linger and seem to hand on to the honeysuckle notion heading into the next sip.

Where the flowery character of St. Feuilliens saison is not a signature characteristic of the style, it's very welcomed to me. But for those who oppose the floral character of Belgian blondes or witbiers may not agree.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of a nice aroma of green hops with a nice floral undertone reminiscent of XX bitter. Taste is also a nice mix between some floral green hops with a dry aftertaste with some nice fruity ester and a solid malt backbone with well balanced sweetness. Body is quite full with limited filtration and yeast sediment with great carbonation and apparent alcohol. Not the most complex Saison out there but very well done with no brewing flaws and great drinkability factor.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a richly-hued, golden-orange body with a rapidly expansive, long lasting, white head.

Smell: Opening wafts of pale and pils malts with a sweet-smelling aroma of fresh honey braced with ensuing notes of flowers, soft fruits, and a light touch of spice. Some slight phenols are tucked away in there as well.

Taste: Pils and pale maltiness along with, perhaps, some slightly tangy wheat blended in. A big, eye-opening sweetness rockets in with a taste of clover honey and candi sugar. Fleeting fruity hints of white peach and melon juice. As with the nose, there's slight phenolics going on. Flowery, spicy hop character with a light bitterness. The flavor picks up some slight winey notes reminiscent of Riesling upon warming. Drying, effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very well carbonated.

Drinkability: A good saison that's big on sweetness, and, if you're big on saisons that are big on sweetness, then give St. Feuillien Saison a go.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bubbly 2 finger head fades quickly over clear wheat orange bubble-loaded color.

Nose of nice Belgian light malts, light malts and little wheat, very light spices, some lemon zest and citrus, a crisp fruity Belgian yeast.

Taste start with nice light Belgian malts, some light saison spices, bit of lemon zest and citrus, some creamy malts wit a bit of sweetness and some Belgian candi sugar. Some bitterness too that lingers on finish. Finish also dries a lot with lingering malts and a bit of Belgian farmhouse saison yeast and lingering lemon peel.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied very effervescent and crisp with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is good with a bit of boozy taste and warmth but smoother and crisp with a bit of sticky finish.

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Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer with hazy amber color and an impeccable tall head. Quite nice sudsy mouthfeel. Lacing galore and loads of carbonation, maybe more than some would like, but it makes for a festive glassful.

Fruity and rather sweet, but nicely balanced by the yeasty dry flavors. Fairly simple flavor. Tastes stronger than the ABV would indicate. Mostly peach and apple flavors, a malty taste with a tart finish. Thoroughly drinkable but one glass would be enough.

A classic Belgian Saison, but a little cloying. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Coit Liquor in San Francisco.

07/31/2013 update: Tried the canned version, and it is sensational. Keeps the excellent sudsy characteristics, but less sweet and less tart than the bottled version. Now this is the ideal picnic beer. Took it to the Spreckles outdoor pipe organ concert Monday night. Today is my father's birthday, he would have been 103.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%

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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A metric can. Gotta love it.

Super yeast on this one. Earthy sweetness. Dark citrus tones. Quite robust, for the style. Consistent though. Feel is pretty good. Carbonation could be toned down a little bit. And the beer overall could be a little bit lighter and not so heavy. Still pretty decent though.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 4/3/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, light banana, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, light banana, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, light banana, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly hazed, amber-hued, light yellow at base of glass, with a large, proud, and creamy white head holding court on top.

Aromatics: a little sour, then a little sweet, some fruit, citrus, apricot, peach, then creamy and smooth. Again...beautiful fruit, mild, mellow, lovely.

Taste: zesty blast on the tongue, fresh flash of fruit, funk, and sour, ...then, again, all is well and cool. Juuust right. Firm, not meek or watery, and solid. Solid, spritz-y, some peppery spice, mixed always with citus-y feeling. Damn good, this is. You can drink it, and it rewards you for the effort. Pleases the tastebuds, as it trickles down the throat.
Nice stuff, if I can say it prosaically once more.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer appears golden yellow, with a light haziness to it. The head measures in at around 1/2", and leaves ample lacing behind.

The aroma brings citrus, floral notes, grasses, as well as some herbal notes.

A good example of the style, this brew offers citrus and spice flavors, with subtle grassy, funky flavors. Alcohol presence emerges somewhat in the finish. The beer is a bit on the sweet end of the spectrum for the style, whereas I would prefer more funky, grassy, yeasty character.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A gift from Brett, the cellarman at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh, who knows how important the furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), especially with the Craft CAN revolution.

From the Slimline CAN: "Product of Belgium"; "Belgian Farmhouse Ale".

The Crack revealed another brimful CAN and I CANnot say enough good things about the trend. The Glug created a brief finger of tawny head with low retention. Color was a hazy yellowish-orange. Nose smelled deeply of peppery coriander, along with lemon zest, musty yeast, and an herbal/flowery scent, like lilac or lily. Zounds! I am so in love with the idea that they put something like this into a CAN! Mouthfeel was thin, not watery per se, but soft and caressing. Taste was riotous with so many flavors all trying to take hold on my tongue. The herbal floweriness worked in tandem with the lemon zestiness to give it a lemon tart taste that was reinforced by the black pepper spiciness and the musty yeast. I felt like I was drinking a liquid lemon poppy muffin. Finish, as you might imagine, was bone-dry. Boy, if this won't quench your thirst on a warm, humid 4th of July, I CANnot imagine what it would take.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice glass. Good solid pop off the cork. Bottle August 2nd, 2012.

Deep apricot orange, with a nice thin amount of rising carbonation along the edges, with a hint of tan color. Head matches with a fluffy foamy retention. Good staying power with some slow settling, foamy two fingers tall and with even bone white and slightly tan looking color. Great small rising column of carbonation in the middle also. Very nice classic looking Belgian character here.

Great floral aroma on the nose. Some hints of grass like hop matching out. Hints of some orange candy like aromas also, that make me think of tangerines. Quite interesting and unique.

Big dry finish on this beer. Lots of earth aromas, and crisp carbonation. Chewy sweet orange like fruits and almost a hint of caramel like brown sugars. Very large lingering aftertaste, with large amounts of black pepper. Warmth brings even more tangerine and orange like fruits, with a great amount of dry brut champagne crispness. Earthy, tangy, zesty, slightly sweet, peppery just a lot going on.

This is a winner right here.

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Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by February 2013; Sampled July 2011
A careful pour still produces a four finger thick, pale tan tinged head. The beer is a pale amber tinged gold color that shows a lightly hazed, straw / pale-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of orange zest, dried grass, chamomile, a light herbal hop character and a finish that has a musty, woody, black pepper note to it. The orange zest character plays quite a prominent role in the nose, as does the musty, woody, sort of black pepper character in the finish; really though the fruitiness in the nose is the dominant aromatic note. The nose is still quite lively and fairly complex even; this is much more interesting than I was expecting

Dry and spicy up front but quickly picks up a fruit and sweetness, actually it is more fruit than sweetness, but the former accentuates the latter by quite a bit. The finish has a sort of peppery note to it and a touch of phenols that add some interest to the character of this beer. The fruit notes, while quite noticeable, are not totally distinct, but seems to contribute flavors of melon, pear and perhaps some green apple. There is a nice cracker like grain character here along with some honey accentuated malt sweetness and just a nice, round grassy grain flavor. Lemon zest flavors in the finish can be fairly distinct at times and are certainly a touch of departure from the orange-zest that was noticeable in the finish. The carbonation can be quite ample at times (well specifically after pouring a fresh glass), it helps accentuate notes of pepper, Japanese pickled ginger and just a solid carbonic bite. There is an earthy, sort of base, dirty coriander like flavor that subtly influences the finish; I would guess this is entirely yeast derived, and, despite my description, actually adds more depth to this beer rather than detracts. There is some phenolic character, especially noticeable towards the finish, that has a tongue numbing, turpene like quality to it, but is probably more accessibly described as amply clove like; actually now that I am noticing it as such, the clove character in this beer is quite pronounced. This has a touch more body to it than I might prefer in a Saison, but it is still down-right quaffable.

This is actually quite a decent example of a Saison; to be honest I wasn’t expecting much here, but have been pleasantly surprised. It doesn’t quite meet the ideal that I have in mind for a Saison, but it is more than serviceable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.74/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl Bottle: best before 15 June 2013, poured into a Westmalle chalice during Aug 2012.

Slight haze to my golden/orange pour: off-white crown of thin bubbles.

Fruit esters hit the nose, followed by yeast, malt molasses and some mixed spices: interesting.

The taste is a lovely blend of flavours too: expected some farm yard feel to it and wasn’t disappointed, this had character in buckets. Malts, yeast and hops all vied for position and combined to produce a well balanced and flavoursome beer that I’ll be re-visiting again and again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange golden with a 1 inch head that settles to a clotted cap that leaves a modicum of lacing. Smells fresh abd quite grainy, but lacks any spiciness or citrus notes to perk it up. The taste is also grainy, but exhibits some spice notes as well as a bit of orange and lemon that lengthens the finish and helps balance the beer. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, and a bit tannic, but without that crisp snap that so nicely finishes a Saison. Respectable, if not top of the class.

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Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle.

Chill hazed amber colored beer with a tall white colored head. Very strong head formation on this beer and it lasts.

Smell is mildly sweet and slightly musty with a field of flowers scent. Some spice and apple in the scent. In this case the head is so thick I think it is capping the aromas from coming off the beer.

Starts out lightly sweet with a definite apple flavor. Little bit of coriander and a decent amount of bitterness. Slightly woody in flavor but not strongly so. In summary, this is tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a tasty beer. $13 for the bottle so this won't be kicking Hennepin out of the house but I will be drinking this again sometime.

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St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.