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St. Feuillien Brune | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Ratings:
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Avg:
3.79
pDev:
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St. Feuillien BruneSt. Feuillien Brune
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 10-23-2002

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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 243
Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 750ml bottle in a snifter. This fine dubbel pours a dark lightly cloudy mahogany with a very nice head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and light lacing. Nose of chocolate, raisins, Belgian Candy sugars, and fresh baked bread. Flavors follow the nose with brown sugars on the front, rich dark raisins dipped in chocolate on the middle, and a mix of fresh bread and light cola notes on the sides and back with a subtle yeast note. Very drinkable with high carbonation on the mouth feel keeping it lively and a sweet lightly dry finish and warming alcohol.
A solid offering.
Excellent.
Cheers

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark chestnut amber with a fine one finger light tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Unusual spicy aroma of bready malt, brown bread, Belgian yeast, clove and an earthy sharp component similar to cinnamon. Flavor is a complex, but well integrated combination of caramel and bready malt, dark dried fruit, brown bread, faint cloves; somewhat earthy. Flavor is subdued but rich. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Very nicely balanced dubbel that seems almost attenuated at first, but offers up quite a variety of flavor as it opens up. Very enjoyable, but not as intense as some other dubbels.

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Photo of techdiver
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep reddish-brown with a modest tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of fruit and malt with some toffee notes. taste is complex with various hints of malt, hops and fruit crosing the palate at times. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark ruby brown. Two finger head that disappears and leaves virtually no lacing.

S: Smells of raisins, plums, figs, nuts, and alcohol.

T: Lots of dark fruit. Some brown sugar, toffee, molassas, malt, and a little hops. Loads of spicy flavors going on here. I think the hops and spice lend a dryness to it that keeps the sweetness from getting out of line.

M: The warmer this beer gets the better. Right out of the fridge it was sharp and rather carbonated, sort of one dimentional. As it warmed it became smoother, a lot more rounded, and creamy. A much different animal.

D: I'd love to try this one on draft. It was a pleasure to drink the bottled version of this and I bet the draft version could only be better. I've had better Dubbels and I've had worse. This one is well worth trying as it has a lot to offer. Very nice!

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Photo of gregmurer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great brown beer... abbey style, like what was really appreciate in belgium in the early 80's, good alcool taste, nicely bitter, toffee taste, nice brown color, it's just a great beer as it's really drinkable... congratulation to the brewers, it's a perl...

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Photo of bskrtz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle served cold in glass beer challis

A) Classic Belgian brune -- root beer with puffy off white head that melts away slowly. Cloudy with fine suspended carbonation.

S) Wonderfully sweet with hint of mild clove. Fruity and complex. Mild esthers

T) Cooked dark fruits, banana, toffee. Tastey, yummy!

M) Sticky and full bodied. Ample fine, bottle conditioned carbonation lasts and lasts

O) A very good example of the Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is large, rocky, and recedes very slowly into thick lacing which lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of caramel, cloves, ginger, and anise. The taste is like the aroma with the addition of some nice butterscotch notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Belgian ale.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x02-03. Very nice brune, very close to a good quad because of its dark fruits profile. A bit more watery but also more drinkable.

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Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Rich coppery, reddish brown color. Slightly tan head that didn't hang around too long.

S - Raisiny, sweet, rich, pruney, and maybe a bit of passion fruit

T - Sweet dark fruit flavors, bit of candy-like sugar, light breadiness

M - Thinner to medium MF, carbonation is pretty lively. Coats well, and carries the richness of the brew

D - Good drinkability given the range of the tastes, and I thought this was a pretty rich brew which made it nice, but slower working

Overall, really representative of the style and I can't find anything off about it. Very nice brew, but not the most complex I've had in the style. Definitely worth a try, though.

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Photo of SmashPants
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: interesting stumpy llittle brown bottle, with a stylish old-school Belgian label. Reaks of quality.

Appearance: deep brown in colour with light haze and a thick beige head.

Aroma: traditional Belgian brune on the nose - toffee, caramel and brown sugars, with backing from sweet spices - cinnamon and nutmeg in particular.

Taste: follows from the nose fairly closely - those sweet malts with just enough spice to make for a good quality Belgian brune. Again, not much hint of the high ABV.

Aftertaste: a little sickly on the aftertaste for me, but still good quality.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation, which took me a bit by surprise considering brunes would normally have minimal carbonation.

Overall: quite a good brune, but I would still prefer a Kwak on balance. And Kwak is a bit more affordable too.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into large goblets

Pours a very cloudy dingy brown, medium pale head. Smells sweet and musty, a little fruity.

Taste is sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, very mild. Definite maltyness and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, very bubbly, although fairly thick.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown and dark, nice creamy head.

S - Candy caramel squares, brown sugar, light syrup.

T - Tastes of toffee and caramel, a nice sweet beer. Light malt, and soft licorice notes. Some bitter fruit skin and a slight warmth.

M - Soft, slick mouth with a sticky sweetness and light carbonation.

O - Nice blend of sweet flavors here, a certain complexity about it. Not overwhelming in any way but a solid brune.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My notes place this well above average for the style: smart looks if you like the contrast of a big head and dark body, fragrant, fruity; but not too sugary as Belgians can make this style.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" calls this Brune "an attractive, deep reddish colour; softer smoother, toffees, body; and a tasty, bitter-chocolate palate; a perfect dessert beer or digestif."

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Approximately 5 yr old 750mL. Good looking dark copper pour. Head is small, of-white, gentle. Complex aroma has mellowed to a charming and balanced scotch ale like expressive malt fest. Old burnt cookies soaked into a butterscotch purée. Floral and brown sugar suggestions in there too. There’s still a faint trace of the hops which lent it a slight bitter finish that kept it from being overly sweet. Mild smokiness comes out through ashes and tobacco flavors. Almost earth malt notes are quickly followed by a slight watery edge just before the spicy fennel reminiscent bitterness kicks in. Yep, reminds me of a scotch ale. As far as that light watery escape toward the finish, I assume it’s a function of the age. While the body was smooth and moderately rounded, I expected more carbonation.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle with the weirdest cage I've ever seen. It has a metal strip that goes across the middle of the cork and keeps it buckled down.
Appears a hazy brown amber with a small light tan head that fades into a fizzy cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, spicy Belgian yeast, cream, vanilla.
Taste is of the same aromas with some earthy, spiced notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sugary, and cakey.
I refilled a few times on this one. Nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of Travlr
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky and muddy brown, smallish tan head that disappears slowly and leaves decent lacing.
S: Aroma of caramel, butterscotch and cinnamon.
T: Malty flavor with light spice and some earthiness toward the end. Fair complexity.
M: Good body.
D: Very nice example of the style, worth trying.

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Photo of JBushEsq
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet. First thing I noticed was the incredible amount of carbonation this beer had, as its been in the same spot in my fridge for a couple of months now, and upon opening it, the bottle started to fizz over. So a word to the wise, open over a sink.

A: Large amount of carbonation, forms a large tan head that lasts for a little while, then becomes a thin layer atop the beer. The beer itself is reddish brown in color

S: Smells largely of apple with hints of caramel and other spices

T: Interesting and fairly complex. Starts off fairly malty, then becomes a touch bitter, surprising as the beer is not hoppy at all. Has a touch of cinnamon, and the finish has hints of melon.

M: Fairly light, thanks to the high carbonation

D: Very tasty, though the bitterness is a bit unexpected.

Overall, a very nice beer.

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St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.