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St. Feuillien Blonde | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien BlondeSt. Feuillien Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 10-22-2002

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Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful to sip. Light on the mouth with spicey lemon yeast. Lace that stays in the cup, many small bubbles from good carbonation. Really 7.5%? Malty and refreshing. Bit of dry bitter afterataste from hops. Floral yeasty aroma. A bottle is satisfying for two.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde beer with a huge foamy white head with good retention. Aroma is quite floral with some nice mix of malt and hops. Taste is very refreshing with again notes of malts and hops and some sweet floral notes. Body is bit thicker then expected with a great balance between hops and yeast. ABV is well hidden which is great for blonde beer with 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml squat bottle - the rep seems to be doling out this brewery's offerings around here at a very measured pace.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of glass-hogging puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some layered cirrus cloud form lace around the glass as it very lazily recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, mixed melon-forward tropical fruit, some plainer domestic citrus and apple, subtle earthy black pepper and coriander spice, mild estery alcohol, and a gently leafy, herbal, and musty hop bitterness. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of sweeter caramel, a cabal of apple, orange, pineapple, and muddled melon fruitiness, low-key white pepper and coriander, a touch of edgy yeast, and still quite understated herbal, grassy, and certainly perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is obviously rather robust in its mouth and glass-filling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the yeast and booze warming take things down a peg or so here. It finishes off-dry, a strong lingering fruitiness really buoying the seemingly ennui-stricken malt.

Overall, a pleasant enough version of the style, nipping at the heels (from a respectable distance, of course) of Duvel, in most of the prescribed metrics. An easy slow sipper, and an appropriate accompaniment as Spring has now wrested back early May from a too early out of the gate Summer, at least in my bailiwick.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow-orange body is topped by a foamy bright white head that drops fairly quickly and detracts from the appearance. It does hold a decent collar and surface covering, however, and also leaves some lace. The aroma is sweetly malty, lightly spicy, fruity and yeasty. The body is medium with a very fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The flavor is surprisingly soft, starting with a honeyish malt that also has a woody/oak and vanilla character to it. Some very light spice rounds it out nicely, and a drying bitterness ushers in the finish. Very well balanced with a rich sweet malt and a decent amount of hops! Very nice and well recommended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 7/25/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has lots of spices, Belgian yeast, citrus, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of spices and a bready Belgian yeast backbone. There is a background flavor of citrus and a mild hops presence that provide a nice balance. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty and I normally don't like the strong spices, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice Belgian beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Golden and a bit cloudy, supports a puffy head and leaves alot of lace. yeast, spice, candi sugar in the nose. Taste is crisp, refreshing, fruity, yeasty,lemon,honey, butter, cloves, melon, crisp apples. This one is delicate and complex, heaven in a glass. I love everything about this stuff, from the very heavy, "Duvel" shaped bottle, to the smell, color, taste and finish of this noble Belgian creation. Check it out!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle: BBD 12th Aug 15, poured into a Duvel glass @ home on 5th Dec 13.

Almost clear golden colour with a good head, could almost have been a Duvel in the glass.

The aroma however told you it wasn't a Duvel: this had a grainy and mild citrus note in the smell, along with some yeast esters.

The taste was also a mixture of flavours, again grainy, citrusy and yeasty: crisp, sharp and leaning towards tart with a dry bitter finish.

Nice brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a nice three finger white head that slowly dissipated to a thick cap and tons of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, light, slightly sour fruit, coriander and citrus. Flavor of caramel malt, coriander, citrus, pear and apple juice, moderately dry. Finishes dry with peppery spice and light grasst hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with excellent carbonation. A very nice Belgian pale with a pleasant flavor progression and balance. It is a nice semi-dry variation on typically sweeter Belgian pales. Classic.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours slightly hazy pale golden with a tall, thick but still light and crisp, crystal white head. Dissipation is slow and leaves pretty nice lacings.

S: A bit sour, yeasty and spicey. Crisp malt and some strong citirc, hoppy notes. Some faint stable and leather. Somewhat sweet.

T: Sour yeastyness, peppery spiceyness and white bread. Lemonjuice and lemonsezt.

M: Aftertase is both sour and bitter, rather long. Body is medium to full, while carbonation is quite strong but still rather well balanced.

O: An interesting Belgian ale with nice sour notes from yeast.

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

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a pale gold color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive, showing waxy honey, vanilla, light cherry and considerable underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this easy to appreciate and enjoy Belgian blond. There's also some light bitterness in the finish, which helps to counter the moderate at most sweetnesss. This beer is surprisingly light, crisp and refreshing, with the alcohol integrated perfectly into the flavor profile.

While nothing mind blowing, this is just a delightful, delicious, easy to drink Belgian blond.

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Photo of wl0307
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer on tap (for the first time) at the Bierodrome bar (Kingsway, London). A 250ml glass of this beer cost me 2.3 pounds, which is, I suppose, o.k. for a rare beer found in London?!

Appearance: pours hazy light bronze colour, somehow the barman failed to pour this beer properly and the beerhead was overly limited, unlike what one would expect of a good Belgian ale... Besides, the serving temp. was a bit too low.
Smell: quite complex--fruity-dominated nose (peachy), also with perfumy, cane-sugary, grassy, spicy scents, against a refreshing, lemony hop flavour.
Taste & Aftertaste: after letting it stand for a while (to warm itself up), my first sip is fantastic! On palate it is very malty but not at all overly sweet, with hints of vanilla and light fruity taste of apple and peach; the finish is distinctly dry and mildly bitter, quite lingering in the throat! The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, given its medium-high carbonation, and the overall structure is quite balanced; truly a solid ale.
Drinkability: This beer is pleasantly drinkable when one is thirsty, especially given its relatively light body (against its high alcoholic strength 7.5%abv) and fruity, refreshing mouthfeel; but surely it's deceptively strong as well and can make one drunk quite easily...although definitely not at this bar--way too expensive to get drunk here!

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Photo of stevoj
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, golden, minimal head, white foam, Aroma: hay, spruce, citrus, floral, leaves, licorice, Taste: light sweetness, flral , hints of licorice? Palate: light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, astringent, Quite pungent for a blonde, spicy/sweetness with lots of aromas and notes in the flavors

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Photo of bark
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The foam is white and rather high; the liquid is clear and pale yellow-orange-beige.

The smell got that typical sour wheat bear flavour, there are also some notes of bitter lemons, spices, some yeast and a dry bitterness.

The carbonation is very strong and bubbly, a bit short however.

The taste is sour-bitter with flavours of sweet fruit candy, some earthy yeast, and citric peels.

Quite a run of the mill blonde Belgian wheat ale. It is OK, but nothing to write home about...

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is very hazed deep amber with a tight white head. Nose is quite nice, lots of spice to it, peppery, pronounced dustiness to it, notes of lemon and a bit of perfume. Taste is similar, gets a bit sweet. Dustiness is less forward and spice isn't quite as strong. Notes of candied sugar, light perfume. Lighter body, well carbonated, crisp finish.

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Photo of n2185
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a cap with great lacing.

S: Light spice notes up front with some sweet fruits. Light yeasty notes bring up the finish.

T: Spices notes up front with a lot of bready characters with some dry yeast notes as well. There are some slightly tart fruit notes as well.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is is nice and dry.

O: An alright beer overall, though a bit bland and lacking depth. It has a nice body, but is just boring.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from www.belgianshop.com

Poured a quite deep golden yellow colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and meringue like then faded fairly quickly to light wispy layer. Quite a lot of carbonation shoots to the surface... some light sticky lacing clings on to the end...

Aroma - Strong spicy fruits (apricots, pineapples, pears), nice strong belgian bready / yeasty notes, candy sugar / honey sweetness, light toasted malts, peppery hops, some basil / thyme herbal notes, faint medicinal traces...

Taste – Biscuity malts, toasted bread, herbal / floral, spicy fruits (pineapples, pear drops), light sugary sweetness, definite belgian yeastiness, honey notes, peppery, some salty hints, slight soapiness, grassy, spicy hops

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry.. light / medium body... very refreshing and drinkable - the 7.5% doesn't really show at all...

Overall - A very good and well made pale ale... One of the best i've had... definitely recommended...

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Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle...dark god and translucent with a swelling pale head of over 1/2 an inch in height. Laces in small dots but not that generously. Aroma is slightly fruity, unripe pears and some pineapple, suggestions of nutmeg. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is a bit lower than I expected. Flavor is quite yeasty and with lots of esters, more of the sweetened pinapple from the aroma shines through. Flattens toward the close with increasingly sweet tones. Pretty good, malt-leaning and bready, I wouldn't mind a little more dryness to the brew but there's nothing off-putting here.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Dorée-ambrée, limpide (sur lie), bien saturée , mousse serrée subsistant.
Smell : Nez doux, délicat et pénétrant, bien houblonné.
Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur équilibrée et assez douce, peu amère, fine et aromatique. Ronde et bien en bouche, son arrière goût ample est aromatique
Drinkability : Agréable bière

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Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bright golden beer with a big frothy head and a steady going stream of carbonation going on.

Smell is spicy with notes of clove and and in general phenolic. A malty backbone with doughy and biscuit notes. Some light caramelmaltiness. Hops are invisible.

Taste is spicy with strong clove and exotic fruits. Pretty heavy yeast character for a blond beer. It reminds me of the Leffe Blond, which I do not really like because of the same thing. Malt is sweet and doughy with light colores caramalt, which is a bit nutty. Very low bitterness, drinkability is good.

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Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy orangey-gold with a rock solid white head. Head retention and lacing are absolutely outstanding.

Smell is quite yeasty with some orange and coriander notes. Also a little grassy and flowery.

The taste picks up on quite a bit of honey along with orange and coriander. Some apple is present along with banana. The beer finishes quite try with just a light bitterness. Carbonation is very high on this one leading to a prickly mouthfeel that is just a little bit too much.

Overall a decent beer although better examples of this style are out there.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at L'Imaige de Nostre Dame in Brussels, it came out a slightly cloudy pale gold under a one finger white head that fades slowly but surely, leaving nice lace and a strong collar. The nose is mild of spices. The mouth is moderately carbonated and light. The hops establish themselves early, providing bitter balance to the mild fruity malt. The crisp bitter is never overwhelming, but also never fades, leaving a good dry aftertaste. A nice overall experience.

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien glass (that I got as part of a sampler box... a deal I liked.)
This Blonde looked fine and enticingly aromatic in the nose. And the taste ?
Before I get overwhelmed, better listen instead to the master who was not his usual pithy self either...
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" called this ale "very aromatic with a fresh, fruity, peachy aroma; a pillowy head; a pinkish-bronze color; a creamy orangey, palate; distinctly hoppy and dry with a hint of juniper in the long finish; an almost gin-like aperitif"

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Photo of paterlodie
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woww what a presentation. Pours out a mighty head, white as fresh snow and stays on this great brew forever. Stays longer then Duvel and didn't know that was possible. Pours out perfectly clear and has a beautifull yellow colour, perfect. Nose is mostly hops, probably dry but also some yeastfruit, anis& fresh( maybe also litle koreander) and just great. Taste is "Duvel" like but at least as delicate and fine. Ends very dry, must be dryhopping in the proces.
Full of carbon dioxide make you fully enjoy every sip as if you had a big moutfull, perfectly again.
Drank this one and am lucky that I don't have more in my cellar cause I would probably enjoy em all... great beer!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet...

Beautiful in the glass... Golden and beautiful with a nice fluffy head....

Lots of spicy yeastiness present in the aromas as well as a little bit of apple peel... Maybe some Belgian sugars.... this may be a little barnyard-ish as well...

There's a barnyard yeastiness to this that I don't find in others of the style and I like it. It almost gives it a saison feel to it. Very earthy and sort of funky... There's a sweetness here too but the majority of what I get from this is this earthy funkiness that just reeks of natural fermentation... Very delicious and I don't detect any booze at all...

A delicious example of the style... I really enjoyed this beer... Paired beautifully with some Pad Thai and a bowl of hot and sour soup

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Photo of impending
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Trappist. Poured a mildly hazy light yellow, minor head, minor lacing.

Yeast, fruity aroma has notes of spices and pepper.

Taste is grainy and yeasty, the fruits not near as strong as the nose hinted. Mild but distinct hop bite, would improve if made sharper. Very minor bitterness trails off in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.
cheers
jd

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St. Feuillien Blonde from Brasserie St. Feuillien
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.