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St. Feuillien Brune - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien BruneSt. Feuillien Brune

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BA SCORE
85
very good

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-23-2002)
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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle to goblet.

A: Pours a opaque brown with a small yellowish head with decent retention sticking around for the entire drink, however leaves no lacing.

S: Smells very malty with strong fruit and hints of chocolate and toffee.

T: Malts hit upfront turning into a mix of dark fruit with some apple hints going into a chocolate/toffee finish. Pretty complex flavors that work together well and overall create a nice mellow dubbel.

Overall: Mouthfeel is alright, only decent carbonated and a light-medium in body. Drinkability is amazing, I could easily drink a few bottles of this, I kept sipping this one down and before I realized it I had finished the glass.

AdmiralDiaz, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of RevCraig
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%

RevCraig, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

A delicious Dubble that hits the style dead on- just slightly misses a few marks on becomming a world class Dubbel.

Rich and bready-sweet aromas of fruit cake, rum-soaked cherries, apples, and raisons; almonds, light chocolates, berries and toast. Compex indeed!

While the aroma delivers a plethera of aromas, the appearance gives a deep russet, burgundy-hazy brown color and moderate haze. A creamy off-white head forms on the beer, retains fairly enough, and with lacing that proves formitable enough. A good look-but not great.

All of those brown sugars, rum-soaked fruits, and sweet bread aromas manifest well in taste. Throw in a spicy-yeasty taste of nutmeg, cinamon, and ginger and we have a lot of character in this sweet-oriented beer. Fruity through and through, the berries, dehydrated cherries, raisons, figs, plumbs/prunes, dried appricots and apples all do their duty to provide a very complex flavor that starts with the first sip and doesn't end until the last-- a very complex and consistent beer.

Creamy and moderately full early, this Dubbel holds onto the rich textures until very late. In fact, the beer begins to lighten because of fleeting carbonation, increasing alcohol, and sharpening hop bitterness until the deep finish that stops shy of complete dryness or lightness.

This is a marvelous Dubble that I have no problem grouping in with Chimay Red and Ommegang Abbey Ale. Paired with a veggie wrap (Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella and schrosphire blue cheeses, black olives and pickled black peppercorn), this beer had great interplay with the pepper, blue cheese, and olives. A later snack with sugar cookies bakes with cranberries, raisons, and Macadamia nuts were also a pleasant pairing. But this beer is also a great desert and delicacy all on its own.

BEERchitect, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of seedyone
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%

8/1/14 On tap at Ratle n Hum. Caramel jumps out of the glass onto on the lips & into the nose. But it stabilizs quickly. It ends up with a touch of bitterness but not of a hoppy nature. More of a coffee type. Cosmetically there's nothing to write home about but it's worth a pint to see.

12/21/13 From Bottle. This is more like it. First taste was the sweetness, a nicely done sweetness. Then a raisiny flavor that finishes more like a caramel. All very subtly embodied in a smooth medium mouth feel. This 8.5% ABV beauty is very seductive. Go lightly my friends.

seedyone, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Stubbie1
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Lot #135376
Biere d’abbaye Brune ( or as the bottle has it Brune Abbey Ale) pours a nice mahogany color. A nice tightly nit off white head is on top of this brew. Aroma is sweet, malt , sugar and plumbs come to mind, sticky and sweet across the lips. Mild hint of the alcohol is present but not overwhelming. I feel the flavor matches the aroma to a “T” with a very faint bitter finish and a slight hint of the alcohol.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and easy to enjoy. Can’t believe that there are only two reviews for this brew. But I suggest if you see it grab it and give it a try. It is worth it. Now, if I can figure out how to get a good shot of the bottle for BA….

Stubbie1, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of ojiikun
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Corked and strapped 750ml with neck markings that are nearly illegible but suggest a bottling date of '04. Poured a dirty medium brown with a bit of fog, but not particulate matter until the last glass. Head was nicely constant and the colour of burnt creme. No lace on my gulden draak tulip.

Smells strongly of sweet malts, new yeast, chalk, underripe bananna, slight honey, fig, overripe melon, faint spice.

Taste is at first salty, meaty malt, warm spice, nutty yeast. Starts semi-sweet, finishes fairly dry. When warm, spiced apple cider comes to mind.

This little brown lighter bodied than equivalent strongbrowns, but also had a much cleaner finish. Carbonation was at hand the whole time, which was a great pleasure. Booze isn't too well hidden, but isn't really that strong to begin with. A great, cheap brown.

ojiikun, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of Freshie
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a nice 1pt. bomber.

Caramel color, with thin bubbly lace.

Smell is sweet. A bit of fruit. Bannana. Some Cinnamon. Some spicy hops.

Taste is up front sweet. Molasses, and dark fruit. Hop spice is prevalent. Very earthy, and peaty. Yeast is obvious. Finishes clean, and leaves only the slightest faint spiciness.

Very well composed.

Freshie, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

On tap at Crisp in Houston, TX

A: Pours a ruby red/dark brown color. A one finger light beige head forms and sticks around throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Belgian yeast up front. That banana, clove, spicy aroma with candied sugar. Toasted and caramel malts Bread and biscuit aromas along with some chocolate covered raisins. An near perfect aroma for the style.
T: Like the nose bread, biscuit, and some sweetness. Toasted and caramel malt along with candied sugars and raisins. Light chocolate. Very nice, but not near as complex as the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, but smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. I can sip on this all day.

Basically a spot on example of the style. Something I really enjoy. Well done and highly recommended.

champ103, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Deep brown brew with a large, beautiful tan head that sticks everywhere, leaving sticky lace all down the glass. This is a beautiful beer. Aroma of dark fruit, milk chocolate, and spicy yeast.

The dark fruits really come out in the flavor, as do chocolate, spice, and just a wee bit of alcohol. The alcohol is also present in the warming finish. Bubbly carbonated mouthfeel leads to a dry finish. Malty, very chocolatey aftertaste. This is quite good. Quite, quite good. Deliciously complex and highly drinkable.

IrishRedRock, May 12, 2003
Photo of 77ships
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

A: Very dark amber/brown colour, decent head.

S: Raisins, malt and sweetness.

T: Sweet brown sugar plus raisins, some noticeable alcohol. Sweet malts dominate but there is some complexity.

M: Plenty of carbonation, rather full body.

D: Feels rather strong for a double but still it is surprisingly drinkable. Complex with a nice sweetness to it. Nice double.

77ships, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +9%

Pours a deep amber with a fluffy 2 finger off-white head that settles into a creamy mass not leaving much lace behind,heavy spice and yeast in the aromas,some clove and cinnamon mainly with a touch of smoke.I may have poured a little to chilledso it took sometime for the flavors to start really showing thru but they eventually did nice vanilla pod and clove flavors over top of dark fruit and light smoke.A nice dubbel here dont drink to chilled and the flavors will come out nicely,quite warming.

oberon, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of WishYouWereBeer
4.13/5  rDev +9%

The appearance of this beer was a very dark brown, as is the case with most bruns and dubbels. It was served in a tulip glass so the head was a pretty generous, off-white, long lasting layer of froth. The smell was bready, dry, a little boozy yet not too much so. I really enjoyed the taste it had the richness and depth of a dubbel, but lacked that malty sweetness which I sometimes dislike; making it more drinkable in my opinion. The mouthfeel was excellent; pretty heavy with an ample amount of carbonation.

WishYouWereBeer, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

750 ml cork-strapped down bottled, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours orange-tinted brown with a large foamy white head that falls to a lasting one-finger cover. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of carmelized brown sugar, minty/menthol spicing, caramel, soft cotton candy and a touch of hay/grass. Interesting, complex and inviting. Seems more like a Dubbel/Tripel mix.

The taste is herbal - slightly tinny - with grassy and minty/menthol spicing and light cotton candy and caramel. Begins spicy, becomes malty sweet, then finishes with an herbal dryness. A tart touch comes through as it nears the end. Mild alcohol warmth shows, though integrated well.

It has an effervescent light-to-medium body. Very smooth.

In a way, it reminds me of this brewery's tripel, but with a caramelish character. Seems a cross of dubbel and tripel. Anyway, it is a lovely sipper. Malty and spicy with that classic "Belgian" flair. Very interesting and enjoyable!

jwc215, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Rayek
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Slightly hazy chestnut brown. A dense cream cap is slow to form and quickly retreats to a thin film. Leaves spots of lace.

S: Sweet chocolate really stuck out at first. As the beer warmed, raisins and prunes crept it with a very vinous aroma. Alcohol adds balance and a light tingle to the nose.

T: Very wine like out front, with lots of dried fruit flavors. The heavy chocolate from the nose retreats to the background. Bitterness is mild and brings a pleasant pepper bite. Alcohol adds an extra source of balance and a nice warmth going down.

M: The slick body has a very fine tingling carbonation.

D: I started out with this beer way too cold. After giving it some quality time to warm up, I came away quite impressed. The flavor is up there with some of the better dubbels I've had.

Rayek, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%

Served in a signature St Feuillien chalice.

Appearance: Comes off a very dark brown with slight orange tint to it. I'm going to tell you right now it cloudy, with an tan-white head maybe third of an inch.

Smell: Rich yeast scent, I wish it stayed with you a little longer.

Taste: Like the smell but much more amplified. Feels a touch sour but it also feels a bit sweet. Malts are in full effect.

Mouth: Easily medium to full carbonation, nice stickiness to the beer that i just can't stop sipping.

Overall: Good brew, I think this is my first from St. Fuellien and beyond tasty enough that it won't be my last. Hope you enjoy as much as i do and will not hesitate to pick up again when I see this at my local beer spot. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

appearance: dark brown in color with lots of holding head, nice and sticky

smell: typical belgian yeast aroma, sweet, caramel and biscuity

taste: some subtle toffee candy aromas, sublte sweetness with some nice dark fruits notes.

mouthfeel: medium bodied,

drinkability: a nice dubbel. I would drink again if available

CampusCrew, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance: Opaque, deep chestnut brown body with two full inches of airy, beige-colored foam.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of brown sugar and toasted caramel transitions to notes of green raisins and apricots and finally a spiciness smelling of coriander and cinnamon.

Taste: The taste presents bold hits of very sweet caramel cubes, brown sugar, tart fruitiness, and cutting spices. Slight earthy bitterness. Touch of warming alcohol on the tail end. Malty, bittersweet finish with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium, though airy carbonation.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good. A fine, enjoyable dubbel that served as a pleasant aperitif at Leon's Full Service in Decatur.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

My wife and I went to our neighbor's house for dinner. My neighbor, who knows absolutely nothing about beer, bought this beer for me because he thought I might like it. I think he made a great choice. The beer was a light brown color with a thick tan head that was pretty sticky. It had a fruity aroma with a little bit of caramel. Taste was also sweet and fruity, yeasty. Nicely carbonated. I wish my neighbor had bought two of these.

lordofthewiens, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a cloudy brown with an amazing frothy tan head. Head falls very slow, decent lace.

Nose is all sweet malt back by an alcohol aroma.

Nice malt taste. Sweet candied sugars. Finishes a bit tinny, metallic. Very sweet beer.

Medium to full bodied and rather smooth.

Decent, easy drinking brew. Only negative is the metal finish but overall a nice beer.

dstc, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

A- Pours a pretty clear body with a touch of sediment. The head is huge and rocky, even when the beer is gone.

S- Very nice malty nose with lots of spice. Caramel, ginger, hints of fig, and apple.

T- Caramel, ginger, fig. The finish mainly butterscotch.

M- Medium carbonation works well.

D- This was a pretty easy drinking dubbel. I can imagine this best fresh.

Greggy, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Poured a hazy brown with a very nice head that eventually fades to a thin cap and leaves some very nice lacing. Classic dubbel look. Smells fresh and minerally. Lots of coriander and banana and some light malt in the nose. The taste is similar. Rich malt with a clean minerality and slightly herbal. Fairly good body, but fairly light overall and quite smooth. Easy drinking and delicious, much better on tap in my opinion.

Georgiabeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Thanks to Fratto for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a murky dark amber color. The aroma is dark fruit with some caramel and toffee malts. The flavor is dark fruits with a lot of caramel malts. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev +5.5%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +5.5%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
4/5  rDev +5.5%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
85 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.