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St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 738
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 thorkelson
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I accidentally picked this one up instead of Dupont which is what I actually wanted to try.

This was an enjoyable farmhouse ale, reminded me of Tank 7 a bit but without the extreme fluffiness of it.

It was a bit less spicy than to be expected with a Belgian farmhouse. Overall, I enjoyed it but not the best saison I've had.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 17 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a somewhat muddy-looking golden-amber colour, obscured with hazy sediment and capped off with one finger of loose, soapy, white-coloured head. The froth quickly recedes over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin cap and bubbly collar, with little in the way of lacing. There's a nice mixture of fruity notes on the nose - lemon zest and orangepeel join forces combine with notes of peach, apple and a touch of banana. Mild notes of candi sugar, grassy hay and bready, doughy malts round out the aroma nicely, alongside a faint suggestion of liquorice root.

The flavours follow the nose pretty closely, with a backbone consisting of grainy, bready pale malts accented by some mild candi sugar sweetness and a nice blend of orchard fruit esters, including apple, apricot and pear. Lemon peel and juicy orange citrus show up by mid-sip, with the profile finishing on a distinctly bitter note - floral, grassy and spicy all at once, with just the slightest hint of yeasty funk and herbal black liquorice. Medium-light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that continuously prickle the palate, and do not soften noticeably with time. A respectable Belgian-style offering, but not one that stands out in any particular way.

Final Grade: 3.81, a B+. I'll try to be more concise here than usual - St. Feuillien's Saison is good, but not great. The dry hopping treatment gives this beer a bolder, greener kick than most other examples of this style; one that begins to approach Belgian IPA levels at times. I like this beer and at the very reasonable price of $3.50 a bottle I'd say that it's at least worth a look if you bump into it.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look- golden and orange color, decent head and lace. A good looking brew.
Smell- Mostly fruity, some spices, but not overpowering, fairly clean.
Taste- fruity on the tongue and grainy on the back end.
Feel- Light feel. Carbonation is really soft. Goes down smoothly.
Not the greatest or most complex saison I ever had. However, it goes down easily and is pleasant.

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Photo of haazer
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lots of smoke frome the cork pop. Pours a very bubbly, dense egg shell head that collapses onto faintly cloudy golden beer. Dark and lots of tiny bubbles. You could smell the beer as it poured. A floral and herbal mixture. Defintely some clove, banana, and ither spices. The taste I am not as high on. Lots of spices in here, cracked white pepper is all I can muster out of it, but I'm not a fan of spices in beer. Light bodied and highly carbonated. It had me from the opening but lost me when it counted. Wish it had more of a floral taste that I picked up in the nose. Not my kind of saison.

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Photo of Gus_13
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A classic example of a clean saison.

Pale orange in color with a great white head that sticks around. High carbonation. Aroma is a bit of malt, some peppery esters, with a little earthy floral notes as well. Flavor is crisp and clean. A bit sweet feeling for me but not too bad. Pepper on the back end but the carbonation cleans it all up really nice.

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Photo of ludachris
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A tall, thick, clumpy white head holds like a statue on top. A hazy burnt orange body lies underneath. Lace comes in sheets as it slowly recedes.

A stern whiff of dry, chalky yeast clears the nostrils. Lemon peel and sweet orange cut through this a bit, but it takes time. It's herbal and floral on its edges with some earth underneath. A raw, green grassiness comes through as well.

The chalkiness is mellowed out in the taste and mixed with pepper. A sweet, doughy character combines with a cereal graininess that fills out the middle. Its chalky, dusty quality creeps into the finish, drying it out and accentuating the earthy grassiness that comes next.

Despite its dry finish, the body came across as a bit wet and undercarbonated. Still a nice creaminess to it without a hint of alcohol.

Their Grand Cru had me going into this with high expectations. Although they weren't met, this is still a good example of a traditional Belgian Saison.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light gold with a thin layer of haze that settles to the bottom. Great smell of grass, yeast, and grain. Tastes just like it smells with a bit of seeetness. Good feel but nothing special. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz can poured into a tulip.
(A)- Pours a sediment-ridden apricot orange color. Produced a nice cap of white froth.
(S)- Plenty of bright hay-like orange zest meets a fairly dry earthy spice
(T)- Pretty similar to the smell. Some bright orange citrus meets a slight hay driven earthy dryness. Some obvious bittering hops on the finish.
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Bright citrus meets a zesty yeast profile. Slightly bitter.
(O)- A great saison in a can. Great for the hotter months.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Zet
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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 danmouer
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of interzen
4.29/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
86 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.