St. Feuillien Brune - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 230
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website
Belgium

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 sevopie
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark cloudy caramel brown with a dark tan head. The head was present for a while, but there was a lot as I uncorked the bottle, even though this had been sitting for a week.

Smell - Spicy nut and caramel flavors with a hint of fruit.

Taste - Sweet and spicy. Figs and apricots jump out, as well as nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander. Delightful.

Mouthfeel - Typical Belgian overcarbonation, but has a nice body to it.

Drinkability - This is light and delightful for a Belgian but full of flavor, instant favorite here. (532 characters)

Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (853 characters)

Photo of radshoesbro
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (592 characters)

Photo of jim102864
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (946 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque dark brown
S: sweet citrus dark malt; clove; touch of licorice;
T: intense salted licorice with dark fruit cake side notes; alcohol (8.5%) is noticeable in the finish but not at all overpowering; the flavour is quite direct and intense.
M: not full bodied or fat at all considering the alcohol
O: fine but not particularly memorable (343 characters)

Photo of ojiikun
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and strapped 750ml with neck markings that are nearly illegible but suggest a bottling date of '04. Poured a dirty medium brown with a bit of fog, but not particulate matter until the last glass. Head was nicely constant and the colour of burnt creme. No lace on my gulden draak tulip.

Smells strongly of sweet malts, new yeast, chalk, underripe bananna, slight honey, fig, overripe melon, faint spice.

Taste is at first salty, meaty malt, warm spice, nutty yeast. Starts semi-sweet, finishes fairly dry. When warm, spiced apple cider comes to mind.

This little brown lighter bodied than equivalent strongbrowns, but also had a much cleaner finish. Carbonation was at hand the whole time, which was a great pleasure. Booze isn't too well hidden, but isn't really that strong to begin with. A great, cheap brown. (827 characters)

Photo of meadhead
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good double
A nice caramel malt with a very mild Belgian tart ester--
hints of raisins and figs and other semi-sweet tastes

Pours a deep ruby red brown
with a nice two to three finger head that dissipates quickly

The smell was the low point
(perhaps just the dust aged bottle I purchased)
but far too alcholic for a medium-strong ABV
faint hints of caramel malt

Taste good and varying
a mild tart and a mellow caramel malt
than vice-versa:
good as it warms

Mouthfeel:
nice although a little too carbonated
for my taste
got a bit of the old
overfilled bubble feeling
drowning out the flavor

drinkability good
and enjoyable
this ale is simple and straightforward
a good abbey dubbel (718 characters)

Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours wiht a huge off-white head with tiny bubbles, head dissipates slowly. A clear deep amber with ruby highlights.

Nose has a slight hop bouquet, spicey, peppery, and a bit of grassy yeast.

Taste is composed of sweet malts, prunes, dates, peppery, yeasty, dry finish with a bit of hops in the finish.

Good carbonation with medium body.

Nice dubbel, went well with the pizza i was enjoying. (403 characters)

Photo of atlason
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of cbn
2.34/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (306 characters)

Photo of iasanlee
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (462 characters)

Photo of trekbiker3000
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color, some cloudiness and a very thin tan head. Sweet light esters in the nose. Rich malt flavor, but some slight alcohol burn. Some decent bitterness on the back end. There was a little too much carbonation but as the beer sat it seemed to settle down. Full bodied flavor, the beer coats the palate and leaves a lasting flavor. Again, there is some alcohol burn, but it does not take away from the flavor. (418 characters)

Photo of BWE
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't the best of this style I've had by far. It wasn't bad by any means, just nothing special.
Pours almost like a soda with quick foaming head that recedes very quickly into nothing after a minute or so.

Smell is sweet with some cinnamon and spice to it. The taste is sweet as well but is really dumbed down by the amount of carbonation it has. Very fizzy in the mouth. Not a bad beer to try, but would probably only get it again if the beer store was out of my usual's. (478 characters)

Photo of 77ships
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of gregmurer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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... (259 characters)

Photo of Alexandrecunha
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Coloração âmbar translúcida.
Espuma bege de alta formação e boa permanência.
Aroma de uvas negras, frutas vermelhas, caramelo e baunilha. Muitas notas fermentadas.
Sabor segue aroma, inicialmente frutado de uvas negras e amora, com notas doces de caramelo e leve fermento pululando na lingua. Notas crocantes de pão e biscoito e final suave. Seus 8,5% passam bem batidos e imperceptíveis.
Textura aveludada.
Carbonatação alta e corpo médio.

Muito refrescante e gostosa.
Uma excelente dubbel, bem maltada e equilibrada. Quase perfeita. (547 characters)

Photo of sespourteille
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of WishYouWereBeer
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer was a very dark brown, as is the case with most bruns and dubbels. It was served in a tulip glass so the head was a pretty generous, off-white, long lasting layer of froth. The smell was bready, dry, a little boozy yet not too much so. I really enjoyed the taste it had the richness and depth of a dubbel, but lacked that malty sweetness which I sometimes dislike; making it more drinkable in my opinion. The mouthfeel was excellent; pretty heavy with an ample amount of carbonation. (511 characters)

Photo of JBushEsq
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of Jono0284
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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. (903 characters)

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St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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