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St. Feuillien Brune - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien BruneSt. Feuillien Brune

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122 Reviews
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Reviews: 122
Hads: 230
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 16.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-23-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doug Shoemaker for the thoughtfulness, saving a bottle at Smokeless Joe's. Licorice in aroma of yeast along with fruit, and licorice in taste. Lace in brown appearance crowns it nicely. Malty. Tart aftertaste following hops. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy brown in color and poured into a goblet with a finger high beige head that quickly faded away but transitioned into consistent patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is relatively sweet and has aromas of caramel and dark fruits.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a slight amount of sweetness and has flavors of caramel malts along with notes of dark fruits and hints of yeast. There is a very mild amount of bitterness and woody flavors in the finish. The flavors become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, very smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a medium to high amount of carbonation. There is a hint of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't very difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked. The beer is best sipped so the alcohol won't quickly catch up to you.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a huge foamy off-white head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with great Belgian malt is very enticing. Taste is a great mix between some candi sugar, Belgian malt and bready yeast. Body is quite full with no alcohol being discernable. Creamy texture is also quite enjoyable. Overall, this was a well done abbey dubbel with great drinkability characteristics.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Monk's Café (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/2/11. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a thin covering of off-white/light mocha head. Swirling this fires up a near finger of foam, leaving back a rich and frothy cascade of lacing. The aroma has a pronounced dark fruitiness to it, which mixes in with some bitter citric character, a light spiciness, and notes of sugary cocoa and fresh baked biscuits.

The taste is primarily a mix of sugars and dark fruit, with a touch of more roasty chocolate malt thrown in as well. A good bit of citric bitterness is present, which combines with the yeast to really dry the finish out on this with some lingering notes of spice and earty pith. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively prickliness on the tongue that then segues into more of a creamy and smooth feel across the back. The alcohol content here is nicely held in check.

This was a solid enough Dubbel I suppose, with a decent complexity and a good drinkibility to it. I just wish that the flavors had a bit more richness to them to help make this a little more memorable. This was a tasty sipper but there are better out there for the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy reddish-brown body capped by a frothy, light tan head that drops but leaves a good collar and surface covering. The aroma is fruity, caramelish, and lightly chocolatey with a gentle background spiciness. The body is medium with a very fine, gently effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor starts malty and lightly earthy with notes of light chocolate and toffee, then expresses notes of dark fruit (raisins, prunes) as it crosses the palate, and ends with another note of creamy chocolate. The finish is exceptional; long and dryish with a wide range of flavors that alternate throughout the glass, sometimes chocolatey, sometimes fruity, and always with some light spiciness and mild lingering malt. It's sweet but backed by enough hop bitterness to keep it from becoming cloying. Really nicely done, and highly recommended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/20/2013 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, fruit and spices.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, dark fruits, spices and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, no bottle dating. Cork was a battle to remove on this one. Pours hazy and cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toast, fig, brown bread, floral, pepper, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/spicy ester notes. Taste of raisin, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, fig, brown bread, floral, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, floral, pepper, clove, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity notes; with a good sweet/peppery ester balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Dubbel. Nice balance and complexity of fruity and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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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 smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is quite well carbonated and pours with a frothy, ample, three-finger thick tan head that forms a rocky surface after it falls back down. The beer is a deep amber color that is quite dark, when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby color. The aroma is quite fruity with a sharp spicy almost woody note. There is some sort of note that reminds me of nuts, raisins, and a hint of apricots.

The taste is quite creamy up front, and a bit full on the palate. It is a bit sweet as well, which accentuates fruit notes like raisins, figs and a hint of apricots. The finish has a certain nuttiness to it that seems to be derived from a bit of roasted malt. There is a bit of a mouth drying astringent note in the finish as well. As the beer warms up it lessens the sweetness a bit and accentuates some of the roast notes that picks up a hint of coffee to it.

All in all this is a pretty tasty beer, I could wish for a bit more complexity, but it certainly is right about where I was expecting it to be. This is a nice beer, and I am quite happy to be working my way through a 750ml bottle this evening.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Monk's Cafe

Hazy brown with a light tan. The aroma and flavor are rich with dark fruits. This immediately reminds me of fruit leather, grape and cherry, with raisins too. There's subtle spice with vanilla and cinnamon in the background, but there's mostly a wonderful fruit taste with a hint of caramel and toffee. It's a little on the heavy side, so keep this for dessert, a great beer overall.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: relatively clear brown/amber color capped with a frothy tan head that has nice retention and light streaks of lacing
S: strong spice and yeast aroma but i'm having trouble picking up on much more from this.
T: sweet malt and yeast body, with light spicy background, both peppery and cinnamon. dry, slightly nutty finish
M: very creamy and soft on the tongue, high carbonation, little alcohol presence.
D: not the best dubbel or most complex (or fits the style the best), but a very nice beer, drinkable beer.

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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 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 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 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 puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. corked bottle. Sampled on July 19, 2010. It pours a well-carbonated mahogany brown with ruby red tints and about a half inch of silky tan head that stays around. Not a lot of lacing but it does not matter to me. The aroma emits a fine balance of roasted malts, clove, and sweetness that is not unlike brown sugar. Overall this is a mellow and very drinkable beer in the tradition of Belgian Abbey ales with its malty flavor and noted hop finish. Likeable all around.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St. Feuillien chalice, the beer pours a brown/ruby red color with a good sized tan head. It smells like dark fruit (plums, raisins), caramel and a bit of chocolate. It tastes like dark fruit and caramel, and there's also a bit of a tart/sour hoppy grapefruit finish. Body is medium, but the mouthfeel is very carbonated. Luckily it doesn't affect the drinkability too much, even though it could be better. Overall I think it's a decent beer, but not a great one either. I'd like to try this again some other time.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect brown with a slowly dying tan head that left a lace ring around glass. A tart cherry smell, along with possible other dark fruits permeates most in nose as there is a touch of sweet malt. A light-to-medium body with a bready/yeastiness so the beer has a dryish edge. Some minor caramel and something like vanilla gives off a touch of sweetness and there are also some dark fruit flavors. A dry, crisp finish thanks to lively carbonation. I enjoyed this beer but it seems a tad less sweet and fruity for my liking; more of a dry beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a not quite clear reddish-brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet malt with lots of dark fruits - raisins mostly but with hints of figs. As it warms there's also a bit of toffee.

Tastes good. Sweet malt up front followed shortly by dark fruit flavors. Hints of toffee in the back are joined by a light spiciness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thinner than I was expecting with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished one with no problem, but I'm not terribly excited about drinking another.

Overall this was a solid beer but it's nothing special. Worth a shot.

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St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.