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St. Feuillien Saison | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by joe1510 on 05-11-2009

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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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Photo of Malt_Man
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Served cool from 330ml bottle into my new Saison Regal glass. My first Belgian Saison - half excited, half worried!!! Lets give him a fair go.

A) First point is the massive white head. Persistent. Very murky deep amber colour. Looks quite fizzy. Chunks of grey yeast in the bottom. Errr.....rustic.

S) A bit boring, to be honest. Smells a bit like a bottle of lager that has been left in the sun for a day.

T) Not bad, a bit like a hefeweizen without the clove flavours. Neither hops nor malt dominates. Weirdly balanced. Quite a nice marmalade-type aftertaste.

M) Fizzy. Dense enough to deter chugging. The aftertaste makes you savour the flavour. Noticeably different from other beers I have had.

O) My first Belgian saison. I enjoyed it and will try some more.

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Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours an emissive apricot orange with thin soapy white head. Floater city. Smell: peach tea, oregano note, sweet orange peel, pepper. Taste: dried apricot, bready and sweet with a mild snappiness, earthy and herbal, with orange citrus candy before the finish. Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy feel upfront with growing carbonation helping it "dry" out, finishing sticky, earthy and herbal. Interesting take, enjoyable though a little sweet.

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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 Act25
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: My can produced lots of sediment and floaters in the pretty apricot body, but not much head, no lace, and went flat pretty fast. (in contrast to a side-by-side of Rayon Vert by Green Flash which is explosive and shampoo lacy.)

Smell: Complex aroma: husky grains, stone fruit, fall orchard, melon, white pepper, spice and honey.
And apples.

Taste: Grows more intense and floral, starting with a bready opening, that frames the Belgian complex character, with melon, stone fruit, apples, honey, hay, lots of honeysuckle and flowers, and white pepper/herbal spice, then the peppery/herbal flavors and honey intertwine in a long, long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, great finish, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Honey sweet, with balancing complexity and bitter notes. Great with soft cheese, in tonight's case, Camembert.

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Photo of cowew1245
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
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 ):

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Feuillien Saison has a medium, off-white head, and a hazy, brilliant (almost luminescent) orange appearance, with very noticeable and relatively large, brown chunks at the bottom. Not much lacing, here. The aroma is of pungent, spicy, horse-blanket, and musty grains. Taste is of all that with maybe white pepper and basil? Bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is medium, and St. Feuillien Saison finishes semi-dry and delicious. No complaints, only plaudits, from me.

RJT

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Photo of fourstringer
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz can into a Duvell tulip. Moderate hand. AA-170 stamped on the bottom, whatever the hell that means. No date.

A: Cloudy, honey-colored body with a moderate amount of visible sediment. 1.5 fingers off-white head with ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet, fruit-forward, slightly musty yeast. Apple, pear. Hay. Honey. Some grape, peach.

T: Slightly spicy, sweet yeast opens. Fruity maltiness develops and yields to some hopping bitterness on a semi-dry finish. mild alcohol presence. The aftertaste draws out with fruit, malt and a slight tang.

M: Moderate carbonation, moderate body. Less carb and more heft than your average saison.

O: If you prefer your saisons malt-forward, fruity and substantial on the palate, then you should enjoy this. Me, I'm thinking more autumn-time drinking for this one.

Prost!

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of GCA
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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

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Photo of secondtooth
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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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 MartzMimic
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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 Digimaika2
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
86 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.