1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

Not Rated.
St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

565 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 565
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: joe1510 on 05-11-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 565 | Reviews: 206 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Sammy, May 17, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

zestar, Wednesday at 11:13 AM
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

metter98, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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

brentk56, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 25, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.3%

kylehay2004, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +5.3%

SocalKicks, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%

Slatetank, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

jlindros, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

mactrail, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

mendvicdog, Yesterday at 08:44 PM
Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mdfb79, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 09, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
86 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.