St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 18
Gots: 78 | 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 PaulyB83
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of keithmurray
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky golden liquid with white head, bits of sediment hanging around this one

Smell - citrus, lemon, ginger, clove

Taste - citrus lemon, ginger, clove

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, balanced flavors of citrus upfront, tart/sour in the back end

Overall - a good saison worth a try

Price point - $10.99/4 pk 11.2 oz cans

Photo of GCA
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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

Photo of secondtooth
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Note that this bottle is dated from 2012, so nearly 2 years of age on it!

Pours a cloudy marmalade gold, with a huge head of frothy foam. Virtually no lace though.

Nose is fruity and yeasty. Nice mix of berries and citrus notes, as well as a musty fruit character.

Taste is definitely musty, and heavy on the dried fruit tone. There's plenty of "funk" here, with the wild barnyard yeast elements being subtle against the fruit. Finishes a wee bit sour and dank, all the while retaining the dried fruit elements. Overall, not bad, but not a game changer, either.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a lightly cloudy nectarine color with a very thin white head. No lacing left behind.

Aroma of tangerine, pineapple, candy sugar, and fresh-baked bread.

The taste was quite sweet and syrupy with pineapple and tangerine, sweet malts and candy sugar.

Medium bodied and very dry with a lighter carbonation.

A sugary sweet Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien. Average at best.

Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I love the smell of a Saison in the morning, smells like victory... Apocalypse Now quotes aside Saison would my third favourite style (tied with Bière de Garde as they are pretty similar anyhow), and St. Feuillien is in my top ten of Belgian brewers, so it seems we have an interesting proposition on our hands - can the David that is St. Feuillien topple the mighty Goliath that is Saison Dupont? [well it would be a frosty day in Hades if it did]

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Appearance is a cloudy Gamboge body with a creamy dense white head that sits at about half a centimetre.

S: Yeast forward aroma with bread and barnyard hay notes followed by apple and pear esters, a touch of pepper and lemon rind - this really is vintage Saison aromas at work here. There are some hints of sour Lambic yeast at play in the background as well.

T: The flavour profile is a bit less exciting than the aroma would leave you to believe, in fact the major character noticed is bitter lemon rind hop notes. Aside from that there is some sweet honey malt in the middle and long dry finish. Letting it warm a little brought out pepper and candi sugar flavours but overall it's a lemon rind dominated Saison.

M: The mouthfeel is spot on - medium bodied with creamy dense carbonation, a shining example of how a Belgian ale should feel.

D: I am less impressed with this than with the Dupont? Of course! It only ever had an outside chance of being better than the Dupont. So how does it compare to the other Saisons I've tried and reviewed? It's not as good as the Birra del Borgo Duchessa which puts it at the bottom of my list for Saisons, sorry St. Feuillien... that lemon rind flavour kinda takes over and makes this Saison a bit one-dimensional.

Food match: Grilled fish with a Greek salad comes straight to mind on this one.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a cloudy orange. The head fades quickly to just a bit around the rim. Nice aroma of yeast, orange and a bit of white grape. Those follow to taste. You get just a touch of barnyard funk as it warms a bit. It's nice hopped; a bit moreso than other saisons. Nice balance. Medium light mouth with just a touch of carbonation. A nice, solid farmhouse ale to try every now and again.

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Hazy copper with a very tall puffy and light foam head. Long lasting retention with noticeable lacing.

(4.25) S: Wheat, acidic lemon, orchard fruits, hints of banana, cloves, some honey, and bubblegum. Lots of farmhouse qualities. Fairly diverse mix of aromas that come across boldly along with a nice cracker-like backbone.

(3.75) T: Wheat/grasses, cloves, lemon zest, banana, spices, and some orange. Taste is not as bold and diverse as the aromas indicated but the main saison qualities are there – mainly grasses & cloves. Not much in the way of fruits, vibrant spices or other elements. Semi-dry with a level bitterness.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation for the style. Fizzy with a solid oily slickness on the tongue.

(3.75) D: A very good saison with key farmhouse qualities but seemed to be missing certain elements in the taste. Nonetheless, would still pick this up if there’s any bottles left out there in the local stores.

Photo of breakingbland
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Appearance: A cloudy golden orange. Poured with a 1/4" head that dissipated quickly into a ring of foam.

Aroma: Sweet with slight spice. Very little funk. Overall, not a strong aroma.

Taste: A nice balance between funk and sweet. Sweet orange predominates with spice and maybe a slight hint of tobacco. The hops presence is low.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a nice body with soft carbonation.

Overall: I liked this beer and will have it again. It is a good example of the style without being too far out for someone trying this style for the first time.

Photo of mick303
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip, colour was a cloudy yellow orangey gold, unfiltered with a lot of carbonation, good initial rocky white head leaving some residual lacing.

S- notes of lemon and horse blanket, barny, some passion fruit maybe, spiced apple, harvest fruits and some dun age woodiness, good light saison style aromas.

T- a light start with nice fruity and farmhouse notes, leading to a dry balanced finish. Some sweetness to it, firm maltiness, some nice floral and spicy notes, not too pronounced but a decently balanced saison.

M - mouth filling carbonation, a light balanced body, hides the strength fairly well with a light coating session able body. Not a ton of yeasty esters, there are some but it's mostly a firm session saison with some fruity/spicy notes.

A good classic saison, some light sweetness, and could maybe be a touch drier but all round a balanced and tasty saison. I like a bit more barny funkiness but this is nice as it is, worth trying.

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like all good Saisons, this one showcases both sun and clouds; its bottom portion is a radiant golden-yellow while its top is encapsulated by a puffy, cottony, white mass. A classic warm-weather style, this beer definitely looks like it was designed for summer drinking.

St. Feuillien Saison smells like it was made in a barn. That's the right idea. It has a light mustiness and a faintly funky breeze with an air of hay and dried grains, but also the bright floral and citrus fruit qualities to give it some lift and keep it smelling more 'fresh' than 'dank'.

Saisons - if done properly - all taste pretty similar: orchard and citrus fruit, peppery spice, cereal grains and bready sweetness. What differentiates the truly great from the 'meh' is the measure of satisfaction you get from the experience and the degree to which you're excited to drink it again.

Let's put it this way: I liked this beer enough to buy it again, but that had as much to do with it being reasonably priced as it did my enjoyment of it. It's a solid Belgian farmhouse ale with little to distinguish it but its quality ingredients and time-honoured recipe (and a little lemon zest).

I'm not surprised that St. Feuillien does summer as well as they do winter (Cuvée De Noël) and spring (Easter Beer). Belgians may be born into a rich beer culture but that doesn't make them intrinsically good brewers; it takes time, skill, and experience to do justice to the country's great styles. This brewery has all that, and their beers certainly do the country's traditions proud.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle to a tulip.

A: pours a hazy orange/gold with a full and fluffy three finger head that remains persistent for a good five minutes before starting to break. When it does break it leaves a small island of foam and some minor lacing behind.

S: yeast and funkiness, some grassiness, malts, cloves and spices.

T: yeast, peppery, a touch of coriander and some sour stone fruits.

M: very high carbonation that stings the tongue, but a medium body in spite of this. A somewhat dry finish.

O: the high carbonation was quite distracting when drinking this beer, but once used to it, there is some character to this saison. I do enjoy saisons, but I do not think I would have another of these if offered, given better choices at the same price point.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml brown bottle purchased from LCBO for something around $3 CDN. Served well-chilled into glassware.

Appearance - Orangey, yellowish honey brown, it has great rich color and a fine off-white head that was about a finger and a half thick. It didn't last too long but did leave some remnants around the sides of the glass, before coalescing into a soapy residue on top. Very hazy.

Smell - Some funkiness form the yeasts, but also a nice floral bouquet that comes out as it warms and something in the background that is peppery. Also some fruitiness in there that is fairly common among the style but the other items listed are more noticeable because of their distinctiveness.

Taste - Not quite as sweet as perhaps I was expecting although that is consistent with the aroma. There's a certain spiciness and peppery characteristic that follows through to the taste. Bitterness is mild, but apparent. A rather tough beer to nail down on its flavors other than there's quite a bit going on and it tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Crazy high carbonation, yet a moderate body and feel in the mouth. This can lead to a tingling sensation on the tongue.

Overall - A pretty good saison, but as it's generally not my preferred style, its only solid across the board. Not something I'd purchase with frequency it nevertheless is a good and interesting take on the style.

Photo of matjack85
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $8 for an 11.2 oz aluminum can served in a brandy snifter. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy gold color, similar to that of pineapple juice. I only got a ½-finger's worth of white head that dissipated in under :30 secomds and left very little lacing.

The beer smelled like a can of fruit cocktail along with some bready malt.

Juicy fruit flavor along with bready malt. Not a lot of Belgian yeast flavor or hop bitterness, but they are there in trace amounts.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

It's drinkable, but just an average saison.

Photo of ksimons
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured from a can, a hazy golden with visible sediment with two fingers worth of white head that disappears somewhat quickly to leave a layer of lace

S-pale bready malt, sweet fruitiness, a bit of citrus, and a large amount of Belgian yeast

T-taste is very nice, not as sweet as the smell suggests. Bready malt backbone, melon and peachy sweetness, light floral hops, spice, and a nice funky yeast finish

M-medium body, moderate to high carbonation

Overall seemed a bit too sweet in the smell, but the taste is very enjoyable

Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste oranges, cloves and lemons. There is also some breads/grains and a candied orange peel type flavour.

Overall - There is a slight medicine like flavour going on, but other than that pretty solid stuff. Lots of vibrant flavours and a high amount of carbonation make this a great refreshing beer for the warmer months.

Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.50 or so for a 330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a whiskey glass.

A- Opened a bit too well foaming all over. Nice cloudy appearance

S- Here is an example of yeasty yeast. Wow this one has a bite to it. Nice citrus nose

T- Bang as usual for a nice sour Saison. Definitely has a coriander underlay

M- Pretty good. Noting special though

O- Very good. Will buy again. Nice to have this level of yeast on the tongue every once in a while.

Food Pairing

This nice little Saison paired well with.... Sushi! I rolled a wonderful dragon roll and it paired well

Enjoy

Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 can stamped AA-114-08:41. Sampled on March 8, 2014. I saw this in both the expensive bottle and the cheaper can and went with the cheaper can.

Golden yellow pour with some cloudiness but otherwise fairly clear. Quick-lived white fizzy head and moderate carbonation.

The aroma brings out a meaty-fruit character and more precisely peaches. It feels like it is going to be very juicy. Otherwise I get some biscuit malts, light yeast, and little to no hop bite.

Light to medium body but overall refreshing.

Aggressive biscuit malt and peach character at the start and some vague pepper and spice in the background. Clean finish. Very easy to drink.

Photo of bmwats
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl can into a teku.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly, but leaves a foam blanket and some nice beer ring lacing.

S: Yeast, with very light hints of orange citrus.

T: Yeast, apricot, orange, banana, and a touch of raspberry.

M: Light and bready. Pungent finish that lingers on the palate.

D: Almost sessionable, but a little too bready.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Decent head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is yeasty with various fruity components. Yeasty, with tropical and citrus fruits. Very bready. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of SmashPants
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: a big and solid brown 750mL bottle with a classic old-school label. Looks like quality.

Appearance: pours a vibrant, hazy amber yellow with plenty of fine carbonation. Plenty of small floaties racing throughout the profile thanks to the spritzy carbonation. A white fluffy head hangs around the one-finger mark for a couple of minutes before settling to a solid ring. Almost no lacing. A great looking beer.

Aroma: quite mild on the nose - some bread malts, orchard fruits and mild spice. Not really all that much to it.

Taste: an astonishing saison. Belgian yeasts, orchard fruits - specifically apples and pears - pepper, spices and some astringent citrus. A true pleasure.

Aftertaste: flavours hang about for quite a time. A good sessional beer, but also something that one could share and chat for the evening on the back deck.

Mouth feel: perhaps a bit too spritzy for the style. Very easy to put back, which is a bit of an issue when it is 6.5% ABV and AU$13 a bottle. None-the-less, good drinking.

Overall: not the best Saison I have had to date but still a pretty darn good beer. When the price of AU$13 a 750mL bottle is taken into account, I'd say this one goes pretty close to the top.

Photo of LI_PO12
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Hazy golden with not much head despite a fairly aggressive pour

Aroma- Very phenolic, funky yeast, pepper, apple and pear esters, bready malts, slight herbal hops, slight booze

flavor- Bready malts, phenolic funk, less fruity in the flavor, clove, slightly tart and some booze, strange aftertaste

Mouthfeel- A bit heavy for a saison, but not bad, ok carbonation

Overall- Not sure how old this is maybe a fresher version is better, but I wasn't thrilled with it. Its not bad by any means and worth a try but I've had many better saisons.

Photo of anarchia
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Some floaties are present. Smell has some fruitiness to it. Taste is yeasty, some spice, fruits, a touch of alcohol, pretty flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good brew.

St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
85 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.