1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.

St. Feuillien Brune - Brasserie St. Feuillien

Not Rated.
St. Feuillien BruneSt. Feuillien Brune

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

221 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 221
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 120 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of atlason
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

A: Good head but low retention and almost no lacing. Dark copper color.

S: Dark toasted malt, brown sugar and dough. Allspice. Pretty faint.

T: Hoppy for the style but in a pleasant way, similar to Ommegang's version. Plenty of Belgian candi syrup with good dark malts and Belgian yeast character. Everything is there that is needed for a correct version of the style and in good balance, too.

M: Velvety mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and fairly high attenuation make this crisp and easy to enjoy.

O: Not too complex but a highly enjoyable brew nonetheless.

Photo of gfreed
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

Poured a nutty reddish-brown into a pint glass with a finger of light khaki head. Nice bready caramel cookie aroma with a hint of pepper and clove.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly thin mouthfeel. Bread and caramel up front with a hint of dark fruit sweetness and a touch of anise on the finish.

On the lighter side for a dubbel, the ABV is completely concealed. About as sessionable as they come for a Belgian.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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

This pours a dark ruby colour with one of those huge Belgian heads.

Sour dark fruits first up on the nose. I'm getting a deep charred note. Not smoky, something darker, if that makes any sense. A touch chocolate. Where's the booze hiding? Intriguing smelling beer.

The booze is there in the mouth but not overpowering, just lurking around the edges. Quite sweet.Dark fruits are there.

Fairly big bodied.

Another nice beer from these guys

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.

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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a ruby tinge and a very generous Belgian head. Beige in colour and 4-5 fingers thick but sinks quickly, nice puffy craters on the top. Minimal trails of lace, but still a good-lookin' beer.

Smell is quite dark with a sour edge. Plenty of dark fruits, primarily plum with touches of cherry/kirsch and currants. A mild mouldy, dirty smell from the yeast, quite bitter with a touch of green pepper in there. Some chocolatey malt underlying it all to make the whole thing seem more sweet than anything. Everything else just adds nice complexities around the outside.

Quite sweet at first, with chocolatey notes to the malt. Develops a slight tartness towards the mid-palate with some plum fruit, kirsch and a slight vanilla flavour but without much sweetness. Mild black pepper comes through late, heading towards the finish which has a slight gravelly espresso flavour that lingers. Not overly exciting; a fairly flat, but nicely balanced, profile. Decent Belgian dubbel.

Fairly full body can't quite pad the vibrant carbonation which provides a bit of sizzle on the back that, together with boozey warmth touch, is mildly harsh. Nice enough though.

Yeah, decent and balanced palate with good characters. Enjoyable beer.

Photo of 77ships
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jono0284
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  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.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at Manhattan's Amsterdam Ale House, where it was available both on tap and in bottles.

It poured a dark, somewhat cloudy dark brown color with plenty of carbonation and lots of belgian lacing. Aroma was that of dark fruit, maybe a little bit of candy.

The flavor was malty and the alcohol was well hidden. There's a certain quality to the flavor of a dubbel, I can't describe it, that was not present here. Maybe the hops were not as present as they should be.

In any case, if you like Dubbel's this is a nice one.

Photo of impending
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a somewhat muddy deep mahogany. Minor medium bubbled tan head.

Aroma is strong spiced rum cake, figgy. Superb nose.

Medium bodied, starts lively on the tongue, creamy. The rum cake is joined by molasses and caramel with minor phenols on the good side of delicious. Wonderful aftertaste doesn't linger as long as I'd prefer, so nice.

It would be nice if they brewed a quad, just double this dubbel and you have a top tier quad.
Excellent
cheers
jd

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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.

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

Photo of eric5bellies
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a hazey brown with a large off white head.

S - Raisins and dark fruit.

T - Nice chocolate flavours tha are followed by heavy dark fruits and finishes with a nice alcohol kick.

M - Medium body and well balanced carbonation.

D - Heaps of flavour and recommended

Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date. From a gift pack purchased in August 2009.

A: Chestnut brown with wispy beige short head with little retention or lacing.

S: Sweet dark malt with caramel and slightly buttery flavors mixed with herbal hops. Light phenols. Yeast is nutty.

T: Flavors are, like the aromas, a bit sweet for the style, but they are enjoyable all the same. Dark fruits like prunes, raisins, and candied figs come through followed by light phenolic character and finished with herbal hops. There is a mild leathery, nutty quality as well. Enjoyable but sweet for a dubbel.

M: Smooth and creamy with active carbonation and lightly leathery, sweet fig aftertaste.

D: A very drinkable dubbel but not so typical for the style. Has some features that reminds of an old ale with lower ABV. Delicious and similar to Corsendonk Dark Abbey Ale or St. Feuillien's Cuvee de Noel for the sweetness.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Dark fruity sweetness

Appearance - Dark red with a tan head and tons of residual carbonation in the beer.

Taste - Sweet and balanced, a decent abbey ale. Slightly cloying but still refreshing.

Notes - Tons of carbonation that you would associate with a Belgian. Not worth the price but still good.

No 8394 on the cork

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.

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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

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.

St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
85 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.