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St. Feuillien Brune - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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BA SCORE
85
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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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doktorhops

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fast becoming a huge fan of Belgian Trappist Ales. I love their no-holds-barred, throw-the-rule-book-out-the-window approach to brewing. Unless it's actually a many-holds-barred, we-wrote-the-rule-book approach they take, which makes more sense because they have been doing this for quite a while. In any case these monk guys know how to make a tongue-smashingly good brew, and adding vitamin C to the mix - I'm not sure if it is to improve the taste or some ancient monastic secret to prevent a hangover the next day, but let's just say "Bravo St Feuillien, bravo".

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Cloudy chestnut body with a patchy beige head on top. Looks like many Dubbels I've come to know (and love).

S: Aroma is a heady banana/bubble-gum affair, laced with candi sugar and a hint of Ethyl Acetate and a very clean finish. There is a musty yeast note in the background but the aroma really drives home banana and bubble-gum fragrance which is typical of a Weizen (and to a lesser extent Trappist brews).

T: There is a hit of Diacetyl upfront (which is a bit disconcerting actually), but other than that the ale takes on a yeasty character with subdued banana/bubble-gum notes, the Ethyl Acetate turns into a solvent-like flavour and really clashes with the candi sugar finish. It's probably the most Frankensteinian of Trappist brews I've tried and I'm having a difficult time deciding if I love it or hate it (though I'm leaning slightly towards hate). Note: Gets better as it gets warmer.

M: Classic Belgian Trappist territory here; tight carbonation with a mid to heavy body that borders on sticky.

D: Had to think long and hard about this (not a euphemism). On the one hand it offers some unique Trappist characters, but on the other hand those characters may be too unique. It's interesting to say the least. Could get used to it, or could drink a Grimbergen Dubbel instead... yeah I'll take the Grimbergen. Note: I may have had an off-sample here as other reviewers have noted distinctly different flavours to what I have experienced.

Food match: Difficult match as I'm afraid my sample may have been spoiled (will know when I've reviewed the other two St Feuillien brews I have). That being said I normally approach a Dubbel as complimentary of desserts (in this case possibly banoffee pie) or contrasting to a sharp matured cheese.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 09:17:39 | More by doktorhops
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-17-2012 22:22:13 | More by NilocRellim
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-16-2012 01:59:22 | More by BrazilianAussie
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-12-2012 01:29:05 | More by wattoclone
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-27-2012 18:36:00 | More by beerpadawan
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cowboy83

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

08-17-2012 20:29:18 | More by cowboy83
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JimmyCop

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-27-2012 02:24:53 | More by JimmyCop
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

07-25-2012 04:14:34 | More by Joshgonzales79
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fisherbray

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-23-2012 01:12:29 | More by fisherbray
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mmarv74

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-04-2012 22:18:58 | More by mmarv74
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Tilley4

Tennessee

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

Out of a boxed set with the glass and 2 other brews... I'm not a huge fan of dubbels but I'm giving this a go...

Aromas of caramel and yeast with some Belgian sugars present... Hints of raisins perhaps as well... Fairly standard...

Not nearly as sweet or smooth as I was hoping it would be... The sweetness is there but it doesn't last and this sort of finishes with a sharp phenolic note that I don't particularly care for. Booze is fairly evident as well...

An ok dubbel I guess...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 22:53:06 | More by Tilley4
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n2185

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours brown with four fingers of khaki head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front followed by notes of candy sugar and stronger aromas of caramel and dark fruits. Floral notes follow along with a sweet, bready finish.

T: Spices up front followed by a lot of hearty bread flavors. There are some caramelized sugar flavors, but this beer is pretty bold and almost roasted tasting (like strong tea) for a dubbel, which I tend to think of as being sweeter. It's almost a little funky. The finish is dry, only slightly sweet, and somewhat bitter as well.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a little thick for the style, but not too much so.

O: An interesting take on the style. It's not bad, but it doesn't quite work for me. I like my dubbels a little sweeter with more depth of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 19:35:29 | More by n2185
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Mudawg

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

04-03-2012 23:12:44 | More by Mudawg
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ng85

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-19-2012 01:01:45 | More by ng85
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-20-2012 06:50:36 | More by ygtbsm94
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rangerred

Tennessee

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

330ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance is a hazy dark brown with a huge rocky off-white head. The head lasts forever and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smells of banana, caramel and toffee along with a certain yeastiness that is hard to describe. Smells Belgian

Flavors of banana nut bread along with some light caramel. There is some breadiness along with dark fruits such as raisin and fig. Also a slight metallic note. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and sticky with alcohol being barely detectable.

Overall a decent beer although I have to admit that this is not one of my favorite styles. I feel this is a respectable representation, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:33:28 | More by rangerred
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml poured to a tulip glass

Pours a nice amber brown with two finger tan head that lingers to fine lacework

Aroma of warm fruits and bread

Taste very caramel again dark fruit and bread
wonderful palate of malts and medium body

Specialty malts are the showcase in this beer

Overall a very good brune

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:04:43 | More by muskiesman
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-02-2012 21:01:17 | More by zonker17
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Dan3279

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-25-2012 02:42:04 | More by Dan3279
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-22-2012 21:46:34 | More by djaeon
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sespourteille

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red hue with a nice 1 to 2 finger head.

Caramel malt crisp and fruity with a sweetness that is not overbearing. The taste is full bodied and smooth making this abbey brewed ale a great drink.

This was only the second time i had tried this beer, but it does not lose any of its flare the second time around. A good buy, highly recommended for any situation.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 23:57:05 | More by sespourteille
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pushstartnow13

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-05-2012 02:08:32 | More by pushstartnow13
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heff316

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.2%

01-02-2012 16:45:23 | More by heff316
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ADZA

Australia

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

Same bottle but mine says 8.5% and it pours a clear kola beer hue which leaves a frothy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is raisins soaked in brandy,xmas pudding and nutmeg,the mouthfeel is a tad creamy,well carbonated and sweet and has tastes of chocolate coated cherries,raisins,ginger,bananna bread and finished with a sweet belgian yeasty bread flavour and basically like liquid food and after you get past the look of this it really isnt that bad but theres better out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 13:42:35 | More by ADZA
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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?)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 00:47:49 | More by bobhits
St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
85 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.