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St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison

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86
very good

565 Ratings
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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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)
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Photo of homebrewhawk
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a hazy gold with a big white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma started out slightly skunky, but then bright citrus and a bit of noble hops really came out. Fairly light bodied. Lots of spice in the flavor and finish. Very dry, but a bit of malt came out as it warmed. Very drinkable. Solid Saison.

homebrewhawk, Jan 30, 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 StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at De Beiaard, Amsterdam.

Pours with a cloudy honey gold with a clumpy head that leaves cathedral lace. Wax, wildflowers and lemon zest on the nose. Sour apple and kumquat with bock-like honey-malt sweetness followed by light herb and spice hops. Tingly finish, long dry astringent leave. Dry, light, crisp but still a bit cloying.

Superior saison, though a bit too sweet as it warms which hits drinkability.

StJamesGate, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of matt20102
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from champagne bottle into pilsner glass with thick head. Aroma is very clean and ambiguous but with hints of light malt, subtle but spicy hops. The flavor is exceptionally clean with a very pleasant tart that is reminiscent of fresh citrus but without any lemony flavor. The head remains throughout the entire glass. This is a very 'sprizy' beer which is quite refreshing; although immediately filling, this is due totally to the effervescence, not the malt. It would pair very well with grilled vegetables or hamburgers.

matt20102, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Monk's yesterday.

Light straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is decent. Quite fruity with honey, some melon and a moderate sweetness along with the ripe light fruits. Moderate sugar-like sweetness is present as well. The palate opens with a moderate grainy sweetness along with some honey, ripe fruit and a light floral character. Hops are rather light here, I don't get much apart from maybe a little grassy flavor. The sweetness is a bit much, especially when consumed alongside a gueuze. Honey and ripe fruit are present on the moderately drying finish, this beer is medium-light with high carbonation. While pleasant on the palate, there are far better versions of the style out there

DefenCorps, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of gotweid
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the corked bottle into a weizen glass poured the hazy golden orange beer with a large, clunky, chunky, thick, white head that seemed to last & last. The aroma was a light combination of malt, grain & fruit with a little funk that disappeared. A yeasty, warm, fruity, malty, & wonderfully complex taste is pleasing. Thought I noticed a touch of tart? Slightly dry mouthfeel and so, so easy to drink. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life I would be happy with this one. It's that good.

gotweid, Dec 02, 2010
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 SFLpunk
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage Tasting earlier today.

Hazy orange amber with creamy white head. Nose is crackly with white peach and faint anise-like spice notes. Creamy carbonation and SPICY yeast character. Nice long bitter finish. Dry.

Tasty and fairly unique.

SFLpunk, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750.
Slightly hazy, light orange. Rocky white head with great retention, a bit of lacing. Floral aroma, grain husk, malt, honey sweetness. Nice flavour. Light bitterness and floral/grassy hops up front, switching to malt and grain sweetness towards the end. A bit earthy, fruity, citrus, with some spice and funk creeping in as it warmed. Medium to light bodied with plenty of carbonation (without being too much), a bit creamy. Quite dry, nice texture. Good overall, nice balance and a solid hop presence.

DrJay, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of chumba526
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears cloudy orange with a small white head.

Smells slightly fruity slightly sour and a little of grassy hops.

It tastes much like the smell. There is a nice sweet fruitiness. There is a mild grassy hop flavor and a very slight pepper flavor. There is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. It tastes pleasant but it is pretty mild for a saison.

The carbonation is moderate low. It has a natural feel to it.

The drinkability is very good because the flavors are not particularly strong but there is enough flavors to keep the beer from being boring.

Overall a pretty good beer. I would not say it is the world's best Saison which a note on the bottle stated but it is still pleasant.

chumba526, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $10 I believe. Orange color, looks nice in the wine glass but smells odd. Tastes odd too, like there is no earthiness at all just a hint of citrus. Honestly I am not sure how this is considered a saison but I am no expert on the style. I guess I compare them all to dupont or hennepin and this is nothing like that at all.

ArrogantB, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a beautiful gold in color with a light orangish tinge and a big white head that came up on an easy pour and showed great retention.

Smell - The funk is prominent at the nose but not offensive and I don't catch any sourness. The malt is very light and I'm picking up a stiff hop backbone.

Taste - The sharp, funky mold is tightly-melded to a big sweetish flavor. The sweets are light citrus with a bit of honey but otherwise not overly sugary, just a nice natrual sweet taste that rightly balances out the funk.

There's also quite a big hop bite here as well. It's leafy, like endive, with an earthy character that lingers from stem to stern. The hops, natural sweetness, and moldy funk are in perfect balance here.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied Saison is properly carbonated and has a strong, bitter aspect that pushes the limits of the style. It plays well in the cheeks and is quite intense without offending the senses.

Drinkability - This effort by St F lacked the sourness of some examples of the style so if you're looking for that this will disappoint. If you're open to other leanings though and appreciate what is obviously a patient brewer working with high-quality ingredients then this is a must-try.

Personally I thought this was a home run. The hopping is very stiff, the funk mild but intense, but most of all the sweetness that balances the other two sharp aspects of this flavor profile was very pure and natural. Too often you get that cheap, sugary sweet flavor in pretenders of the style but here this is high-quality, natural sweetness that salivates the mouth and balances out the other players in this ale.

RoyalT, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of cwc
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: somewhere between yellow and orange. The kind of color that looks appealing on a hot summer day. Pours a big old head which settles down pretty quickly.

Smell: smelling it out of the bottle it had a fruity or sweet and somewhat alcoholic smell. However, this wasn't necessarily reflected in the taste. Smelling it a couple of more times and it seems that the smell is more fruity than anything.

Taste: More of a fruity taste than anything else. However, definitely not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Not so bubbly or fizzy. Smooth.

Drinkablity: This is a very sessionable beer. There's no hint of alcohol and it seems to be fruity and refreshing.

cwc, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of larryi86
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle lot #8809 poured into a snifter

A- A semi hazy light copper with a hint of yellow and a three finger white head.

S- Yeast and spicies with earthy and citrus notes.

T- Bready/yeasty taste, spices are weak, leaks the complexity of other Saisons I have had.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little heavier than I was looking for in a Saison.

D- Goes down easy, but leaks the complexity and crispness I was hoping for. I have had cheaper Saison that I enjoyed more. I did enjoy this beer, but I probably will not get it again.

larryi86, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lot 8809 - best before October 21st, 2011? oured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Lightly hazy orange peel body suffused with amber highlights. An active sudsy head recedes to a half finger. Fairly average lacing sparkles like wave caps.

A variety of low fresh stone fruit comes out in the aromatics - mostly suggested by the yeast; there is a floral/grassy note as well and a touch of spice from the hops.

Quite yeasty palate entry, suggesting bread dough, apricots, and pear. The mid palate is moderately bitter and tangy all at once, with citrus flavors coming to the front of the hop profile. Brisk dry finish - straight forward and refreshing.

Medium-light bodied, not as effervescent as I would prefer, and more warming that I expected considering the middle of the road ABV.

A good example of the style - with subtle yeast characteristics to distinguish it from its peers.

augustgarage, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Initial pour resulted in a couple of inches of head which quickly dropped, retains a thin layer of head, color is dark yellow with an orange hue - 3.50, S: Some peppery phenols and wet leather, faint orange in the background, smells slightly green and grassy, fresh rain and watermelon, nose is a little on the mild side - 3.50, T: Mild funk, some spicy hops are noticeable, a bit peppery and with a measure of honey and candied sugar, fruity in a melon sort of way as well as having some citrus - possibly lemon, mildly tart and finishes quite dry, -3.50, M: Medium mouth feel and prickly effervescence - 4.00, D: A solid Saison, less funk than many I've had, worth a try - 4.00

deereless, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy burnt gold with a white head that holds very well and leaves lace as it goes. Nose is fruity esters up front followed by sweet spice. Much less peppery and barnyardy than it's counterparts, but warm and inviting nonetheless. Taste leads to a well-balanced, well-rounded beer that is low (read: subtle, not missing) on the characteristics that make saison wild and sour, but full of the brisk hoppiness and sunny, earthy goodness that we know as farmhouse ale. One of the least offensive beers I've ever had. Long, lingering finish on a slightly sticky, medium body with proper carbonation for the style. I'm a huge saison fan and very picky, and this went down way easy and left me wanting more. cheersw. thanks Saint!!

timtim, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of impending
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy deep honey. Dense pure white belgian head with appropriate lacing.

Aroma is unmistakably saison with clear mustiness, phenols.

The mildly fruity esters are not upfront sweet, the finish is moderately dry. Not as much barnyard in the taste as I was expecting although phenols are a dominant characteristic.

While not great, certainly competent but without any attributes that are outstanding.
cheers
jd

impending, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a tulip at Jake Melnicks...A darker gold, hints of copper, light tope head...The aroma and taste are both super super sweet, all caramel and bread. There is almost a total lack of hops, not bitter our floral nor sourness. It has an ok mouthfeel, the drinkability is ok.

This is a too sweet saison to make it any good, just really boring for a saison.

jrallen34, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PIB 7.16.2010.

One finger light white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Clear orangish gold body, some visible carbonation. The nose is fruity, meyer lemon with minimal hop notes. Taste is pretty fruity for the style, a lot sweeter than the saisons I usually drink (Dupont, Upright) may be attributable to a different yeast strain. Mouthfeel is medium leading to a pretty dry finish. Good drinkability. Not picking up any spices re coriander, a lot sweeter than I expected.

jdense, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy goldish head with a good hop smeel and some has some sweetness but sourness and spices are barely evident. A medium, chewy body that contains a good sweetness like caramel and honey along with some bitter hops that are crisp and give off citric and orange flavors with a hint of grape and sour apple. A simple, easy to drink that is palatable for most people but very enjoyable.

clayrock81, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a cloudy yellow, with a tall white head that had OK retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was mostly yeast and spice, with some grain in the background. The flavor featured more of the grain then the yeast and spice played supporting roles.

The body was good, a little fuller than light, but not heavy. Drinkability was very good, I'd happily have a couple of these, either with a meal or on their own. Overall, a very nice example of the style, worth some effort to find.

beertunes, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, dated 02/03/11 w/ interesting cork entrapment. tasted in early/mid-june 2009.

deep golden honey color. clear if decanted 2 cm. huge 4-finger off-white head. slowly recedes to thin, wispy but constant layer. decent lacing.

aroma: floral and fruity, with pear, apple, and a hint of peach. grassy euro hop meets bready, lightly caramelized malt. spice and gentle to moderate phenols bring up the rear. just a touch of farmhouse character; "cleaner" than i prefer in a saison, but still ok.

taste: floral, fruity and spicy again. a nice combination, though i prefer drier saisons myself. moderate bitterness and phenols too, perhaps more than i prefer, but not too bad. finish is semi-sweet, with drier aftertaste and phenols letting some spice emerge.

medium body, sometimes light, but smooth. touch of astringency near finish.mild to moderate carbonation (tho very active in head formation!). gives creamy feel.

tai4ji2x, Jun 02, 2010
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
St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
86 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.