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St. Feuillien Brune - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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85
very good

224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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 tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of muskiesman
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ADZA
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of morimech
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date on the bottle is 15/12/08. Just past the freshness date. Pours and opaque brown with a large tan head that recedes slowly to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Rich aroma of dates, figs, cherries, and candied sugar. Also get just a hint of alcohol. Dark fruit also plays a major role in the flavor. Hints of cherries. Alcohol cleans the palate on the finish. Just a little warming from the alcohol. Medium body but a touch overcarbonated. A little harshness on the tongue. I am not big into Dubbels and Quads but I liked this one. Easy drinking with the alcohol well hiddened.

Photo of argock
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 GCBrewingCo
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice deep amber brown with a yellow tan head which rose tall and frothy and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with dark fruits most prevalent, raisins and prunes. The aroma also contained a bit of phenolic spice kicked up by alcohol. The Belgian yeast character was also present and nicely fruity and spicy.

The flavor was malty with a caramel and a metallic earthy flavor. The flavor was fruity with raisins and prunes at a moderate level, but not over the top and a nice bit of chocolate thrown in for good measure. The metallic flavors increased more and more as the beer warmed.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of tinny flavor and some spice with caramel into the aftertaste. The body was medium, but actually seemed a bit lighter due to the carbonation level. Quite tasty and easy to drink while cold but more of a chore after warming and the increasing tinny flavor. The beer also contained a sizable warming after consumption.

750 ml bottle purchased at Total Wine.

Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, into a Chimay glass, this beer is a hazy amber color with an airy but steady half-inch of head on top. Rather tart, lightly spicy aroma. I don't get any sweetness at all out of the nose. Nice flavor, again without much sweetness, but surprising well-attenuated malt with a touch of chocolate. Moderately fruity with interesting spicy phenols. Finish is dry and tart.

An intriguing dubbel.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark ruby brown. Two finger head that disappears and leaves virtually no lacing.

S: Smells of raisins, plums, figs, nuts, and alcohol.

T: Lots of dark fruit. Some brown sugar, toffee, molassas, malt, and a little hops. Loads of spicy flavors going on here. I think the hops and spice lend a dryness to it that keeps the sweetness from getting out of line.

M: The warmer this beer gets the better. Right out of the fridge it was sharp and rather carbonated, sort of one dimentional. As it warmed it became smoother, a lot more rounded, and creamy. A much different animal.

D: I'd love to try this one on draft. It was a pleasure to drink the bottled version of this and I bet the draft version could only be better. I've had better Dubbels and I've had worse. This one is well worth trying as it has a lot to offer. Very nice!

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Very impressive appearance, with a deep, dark, mahogany brown hue and an enormous foamy, and frothy head that bubbled with extreme lacing...
Rich, malt-dominated aroma bursting with caramel, vanilla, and candied sugars...
Ultra-sweet and thick, creamy, sugared taste, filled with hefty licorice flavors, caramel, and vanilla with a rich malty profile...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel bursting with sweet flavors and sugar with thick molasses and syrup...
Drinkability took a slight hit due to the ultra-sweet dominating flavors that pervaded this one...
Overall, a very good depiction of the style, but a little much on the sweet side and heavy on the licorice...
A good Dubbel, but there are better ones out there...

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

Well-charged, a big yellow two inch head in a Duvel glass. Dark chestnut color, only slightly sedimented. Thick spongey lace. Muted aroma, lightly leaf-like with some musk. Light bodied and highly carbonated for a Dubbel. Flavor is tinged with a bare chocolate, lots of grape, and bittered with an initial light coffee and maybe even molasses sense. Overall, this one had a bit of trouble generating a lot of flavor for me, finishing like it starts with a touch of a phenolic sense and never really spreading out in malt profile. A little bit of alcoholic heat. Not really one of my favorites per style, more of a niche player to my tastes.

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

St. Feuillien Brune explodes out of the 11.2 oz. bottle and has a thick, rocky, cream-colored head, a murky, bubbly, lighter-brown appearance, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, light brown sugar, grain, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is of those elements with a grain husk aspect as well. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and St. Feuillien Brune finishes rich, sweet, and interesting.

RJT

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

Served way too cold, had to let it warm up a bit to taste anything. Nice flavour- caramel, spice, citrus. Rich, yet nice, soft mouthfeel, a touch sticky, but nothing to really complain about, some sweetness at the start, but in no way cloying. Well rounded and feels like its well made, nice brune.

Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seemingly clear (the liquid a bit hazier on my second pour), ruby-brown in hue; when my glass was backlit a bright tawny-garnet color is noticeable. Beige foam, at the apex the head was some three fingers tall. Head retention was fair, the bubbles slowly but steadily collapsed to a thin cap. There was no subsequent lacing of note; odd. Sad. The appearance is sound but not special.

The nose is spicy, fruity, and malty which is exactly what a Dubbel should smell like. I love the aromas of alcohol soaked cake, raisin bread with a shot of spiced rum on the side. Dates, chocolate, brown sugar, some faded spices; I swear I detect a hint of menthol (?), maybe mint (?). I like what I smell; the methanol/mint aroma is odd but tolerable (as it is in the distance). The bouquet just lacks a little maltiness, IMO, but technically I suppose it is dead-on for the style. I’m just being picky. The aromas are inviting and I can’t wait to take a sip.

My first impression of the palate was the lack of a malt backbone. Maybe I shouldn’t complain. It is a Dubbel and it is sub-8% abv. I taste vodka and bread, I taste rum and cake; I taste more alcohol then I do heat and I don’t really detect any alcohol strength (if that makes sense). Spicy, some cloves, some pepper lay on top of chocolate, brown sugar, and toast. It has a warmish finish, lightly malty; it is enjoyable but kind of tame. I don’t really have much negative to say about the palate. I think it is a good representation of the style but it is not outstanding either.

Medium in body; low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is a tad thin and a bit sluggish for me. I’d like to see more life.

No matter what I said this is a drinkable and tasty beer. While there are other Dubbels that are “better” there really isn’t anything wrong with this one. I think my bottle is a few year’s old. I’m not sure. Maybe it doesn’t age well. I purchased my 750ml bottle in Des Moines, IA. I will drink this again. Worth a try.

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Abbaye rouge-brune, trouble, mousse abondante, peu serrée, assez tenace. Saturation correcte.
Smell : Arôme caramel finement houblonné et épicé, léger nez acre de levure , bien malté.
Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur mi-douce et amère, bouche pleine. Arrière goût assez prolongé, plutôt sec.
Drinkability : Bonne bière mi-douce équilibrée.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber brown color with highly active carbonation, could almost pass for a dark rum if not for the large head. Very carbonated, perhaps too much so for the style. Nose is yeasty, medicinal alcohols, fermented malt.

The taste is unsurprising - a decent dubbel. I think the carbonation effectively reduces the complexity enough to where it’s below world-class, but it would make a great introduction to Belgians for a brown ale lover. Hint of hop bitters lends a nice balance to chocolatey malts and minty phenol alcohols. Westmalle’s version was one of the first beers that made me say “oh” and I think this would have done the same - all alcohol is properly blended into the drink, slightly warming but very easy to drink. The knock is there is too much light fruity character rather than the usual dark fruits found in a dubbel, like rum raisin.

This brew snap, crackle, popped its way onto a short list of sessionable dubbels, but no reason to make it a special occasion. Drinkability would have been higher but the warming alcohol at nearly 8% becomes a little much.

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

330ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com.. poured into a St. Feuillien chalice...

Poured a deep burgundy red colour with some brown hints... massive light tan head pours thick and meringue like then faded slowly to good frothy coating... loads of carbonation rushes to the surface... light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Sweet toasted bready and caramel malts, dark candy sugar, lots of yeastiness, overripe dark fruits (plums, some banana, raisins, dates), some light sour vinegar notes, leathery traces, some pepperiness...

Taste - Lots of toasted biscuity and bready malts, brown sugar and treacle sweetness, quite earthy and musty, again some dark overripe fruits (raisins, dates and prunes), alcohol just noticeable, some vegetal hints, light sourness, salty traces...

Feel - Sharp initially then becomes smoother... medium / full bodied... pretty damn drinkable for a 7.5% brew...

Overall - A good, if pretty standard, example of a Belgian Dubbel... definitely worth a try though...

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rayek
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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 224 ratings.