St. Feuillien Brune - Brasserie St. Feuillien
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2.3/5 rDev -39.3%
Pours slightly hazy reddish-brown with a creamy beige head.
A tremendous volume of tiny bubbles continuously rise to the surface.
Aroma is slightly sweet and malty with sharp metalic yeasty background notes.
Taste is same as above.
Thin on the tounge and palate.
Not much here to revisit.
08-11-2007 17:58:06 | More by cbn
2.3/5 rDev -39.3%
Hints of light pass through the body, leaving a reddish murky colored body. A lot of nice lacing from a good 2 finger head.
Caramel, figs, dried rinses, hints of rum, and spices. Oddly not as good as this sounds.
Hints of toffee and chocolate mix with a spicy dark fruit dominate beer. Mix in some caramel malt and I think you get the picture. Very complex, but overt in each flavor without the blending that makes a master piece.
Hot! 7.5%? This drinks like 12% easily without the body or thickness that goes with a 12% beer.
Each element of this beer is interesting and maybe good. The problem is this at best good in places beer doesn't work together. Completely don't recommend this one beyond a 2-4 oz sample (and what beer isn't worth doing that with?)
12-23-2011 00:47:49 | More by bobhits
2.48/5 rDev -34.6%
pours an impressive amber with a good head. head receeds very slowly and forms a good lace. upon looking at this beer i was quite excited as i had been drinking mainly summer brews and lighter beers for the entire summer season.
unfortunately i found this ale to be far to malty at first and then the finish tasted so strongly of alcohol that i was totally turned off.
the cost of this far outweighed the taste. it cost me about $8 for a single bottle! now, i have no problem paying a fairly large amount of money for a bottle of beer, but usually expensive beers actually taste good.
09-25-2005 21:33:36 | More by radshoesbro
2.58/5 rDev -31.9%
A - This beer pours a thick hazy brown into a tulip glass. Some head (3 mm) dropping to just swirls by the second or third sip.
S - Got a bit of a flat smell, some spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and maybe aged fruit (fig). It's got that wet cardboard smell that always worries me a bit.
T - Tastes a bit flat as well. Yep, it's got that wet cardboard flavor as well that I don't like. There are some spices in here ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Also some caramel and butterscotch and fig like flavors in there. The start and finish is mainly that strange malt flavor that I call "wet cardboard".
M - Mouthfeel is medium but flat, with very little carbonation.
D- Not as impressed as I hoped to be. The one note (wet cardboard) that I find in some Belgian, Belgian-style, and French Ales is present in this beer and basically ruins it for me.
01-02-2009 16:13:21 | More by TheEclecticGent
2.7/5 rDev -28.8%
As dubbels go, this one ranks among the sweetest I've had. There's enough brown sugar in both the aroma and the taste to satisfy any sugar addict; in fact, one might be able to substitute this for the requisite brown sugar one likes to plop onto one's morning oatmeal (if one were so inclined, of course). Signs of other sweet Things are everywhere, such as sugar and sugar; some mushroom oddness makes a brief appearance but mercifully is pounded back by the sugar. Worth a try for the pretty label and the attractive price but otherwise this is not something to brag about.
08-14-2011 15:50:53 | More by gfreed
2.98/5 rDev -21.4%
Part of NEPA BC split #5.
750ml corked n caged poured into a tulip glass. Hmmm...the pour is truly perplexing. It struggled to get even a centimeter of head, which was beige while it was there, before completley disappearing leaving no lace at all. Color is dark brown, hazy. When the last of the lace disappears it looks like flat soda.
Smell is some sweet caramel malt, molasses, grapes and a red wine like tannin smell. There's some nuttiness and alcohol in the nose, as well.
Taste at first seems very thin. There are some subtle nutty, coffee flavor, then a bit of sweetness. Through the finish the taste profile comes out a little more with a more robust nutty flavor and some roasted, molasses malt. Luckily that grapey tannin aroma I got doesn't come through in the taste because I'm definitely not looking for that from my beer. All in all the taste isn't bad, it's just too thin and there's nothing remarkable about it. Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery, and it seems flat; no detectable carbonation.
This is a really poor dubbel, in my opinion. I'm not sure if maybe this bottle is a little old - it came from Shangy's and sometimes stuff sits there for awhile. Certainly it's not as fresh as it would be overseas, but at 7.5% it shouldn't turn that quickly, either. I have another bottle but it's from the same case, so who knows. I'm hoping I can edit my reviews up, but I'm not going to count on it. I wouldn't recommend picking this one up.
Edit: second bottle worse than the first. Tannin grape flavor is present and the smell is worse.
07-09-2007 00:21:38 | More by number1bum
3.08/5 rDev -18.7%
appearance: clear crimson color, nearly nutty brown, with a slim fizzy cola-like brown head above.
Aroma: sweetness. bit o' nuts, larger chocolate essence, passably pleasant.
Taste: crisp and carbonated, nice malty flavor, little hops, tastes like an average brown ale, and offers nothing really beyond that...some spicy tinglings in the taste...very fizzy on the palate, feel like I'm having a root beer at times, here...
medium bodied, lightly nutty, malty finish, but the fizz is too harsh for my taste, and spoils the flavor, make the body feel thinner than it should be...have to admit it, I'm not crazy about this one, and still have most of a 750 ml bottle to go. won't be trying this one again, although my opinion of their other beers still stand.
04-13-2005 08:08:18 | More by feloniousmonk
3.1/5 rDev -18.2%
Had this one at Belgo Centraal in London. It is clear ruby red/brown, with no real head. The smell reminds me of leather, flowers, nutmeg, and various spices. Very appetizing. The taste is dry, floral, sharp and oaky. The mouthfeel is downright watery. The drinkability is fine but nothing to get excited about. It's balanced, refreshing but not fantastic. Not a bad one but not a great one.
04-21-2008 00:00:33 | More by roblowther
3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
Pours a clear amber carmel with a couple fingers of creamy tan head. Some lacing, but not a lot.
Scent of yeast and sweet plum and ripe pear. Smells delicious.
First flavor is metallic. There is obvious dark fruits and expected malty sweetness, but also a club soda flavor. Seemed to lack complexity and tasted thin.
Body was light to moderate, and carbonation left quickly.
Not a favorite dubbel. I would not make any plans to try again, just a bit boring.
02-27-2008 05:31:47 | More by iasanlee
3.33/5 rDev -12.1%
This was pretty average all the way around, but still a good Dubbel. It poured a dingy looking brownish-red colour with a sand coloured foamy head that didn't seem to last very long. To my displeasure, I didn't see any debris or "floaties" of any sort in this one. I really like that in a Belgian and it was abscent here. Smell was quite everage with plenty of dark fruit and toasted grains. Taste was nice with dark fruit profiles, toasted grains, and a lack of that metallic taste that seems to be so prevalent in Belgian styles. The alcohol, while detectable, was very in-offensive and mild. This was pretty smooth and very easy to drink, especially considering the style. I have had better as far as this style goes, but I have had much worse, too. Pleasant.
09-04-2007 22:05:16 | More by SilentSabre
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
Cork tells me that this is number 142959. Pours a slightly hazy dark mahogany color, with a one finger head. Decent retention gives way to a blanket of foam, a clumpy lacing.
Aroma is very yeast. Fresh bread, yeast phenols, spicy, and slightly earthy.
The flavor is a bit of a surprize. Dry from front to back, and only the spicy yeast phenols give any flavor. Hardly any malt flavor at all, with a bit of hops on the finish. Not sweet and fruity like most dubbles. Mouthfeel is smooth, if not a little thin. Drinkability is good.
Decent beer overall, but I've definitely had better brunes. I'd buy it again, but only if all of the other brunes were unavailable.
10-13-2006 01:11:46 | More by phisig137
3.4/5 rDev -10.3%
Reviewed 3/26/2009 (bottle ~50degF):
Pours a very fizzy off-white head, quickly diminishing. Body is ruby brown in color, very cloudy, can't see through. Very fruity aroma, some dark fruit like plum and fig, and some raisin. Aroma of seedy fruits, like berries. A little effervescence and dustiness. Fruity taste, floral. Light floral aftertaste. Soft carbonated mouthfeel, a little sourness. Letting warm up a bit...More fruit present, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Okay tasting, some spices, but a little bland.
03-27-2009 02:35:23 | More by jujubeast6000
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso into a tulip glass.
A one finger creamy light brown head is produced with lots of carbonation. Tightly packed head bubbles, and a real nice red caramel/brown colored body that is opaque.
Bouquet on this is a classic dubbel but too small and kind of hard to find. Small dry malty powder sensation, slight bit of cream too.
Taste is also small, a faint light raisin quality and mild maltyness.
This is pretty pedestrian for this style, boring, bland kind of simple but doesn't make me desire to drink it.
04-10-2011 03:01:20 | More by smakawhat
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
Corked and caged brune with the wonderful painting-quality scene on the label of what is presumed to be medieval Le Roeulx. Appearance when poured from the 750 into my deep Duvel tulip glass includes a bubbly head with decidely no lace. The color is a clear hazelnut brown with ample carbonation. The aroma is at once faint... a sure sign of dissapointment for me since I expect a noseful with any solid strong brown. Then, nut and coffee nuttiness with faint candied sugar notes. You really have to swirl this stuff to whip up the aromatic signature or what there is of it. The taste is nutty with hints of candied sugar. Mild again, however, the taste becomes more pronounced as the liquid warms. Mouthfeel comes through with a swirl or two and presents a pleasant coating for the tongue. It's a drinkable but somewhat unremarkable dubbel. I much prefer something that's not so understated. Still, if your options are few, worth the investment.
05-01-2007 07:46:18 | More by jim102864
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
Dark brown. The nose is malty flavor and spices. The palate is heady, offers roasted malt but blackberries and grapes. These flavors are propagated in the palate with light touches of clove. We find the bitterness in the aftertaste. A classic Dubbel but fantasy.
05-28-2011 20:57:00 | More by ThaCreep
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
Beer poured a dark brown with a nice full slightly tan head (straight down the center into a tulip glass). As I drank the beer you could see the head remain on the side of the glass.
First hit the nose with a nutty aroma that went to a sour cherries.
When first poured and sipped the beer did not show many flavor characteristics, in fact it was quite disappointing, however, as the beer sat for no more than 3 minutes it really opened up and gave way to the taste that were noticed in the bouquet. The strongest flavor was the nuttiness with some sour notes but no fruit like it smelled. The finish was short and tart - I would have preferred a stronger longer finish. By the last sips the beer had completely opened up and gave way to that "Belgianny"farm quality.
Overall this was a good beer but not a great one. I paid roughly $4-$6 and do not think that I would spend that much on this again.
12-05-2010 22:43:12 | More by Jono0284
St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
85 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.