St. Feuillien Grand Cru - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien Grand CruSt. Feuillien Grand Cru

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88
very good

258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from the LCBO - part of a sizable haul of Belgian brews recently. Poured into a Chouffe tulip.

Bright golden in colour, effervescent at first, and with about a half inch of foam that recedes into a fine ring.

Nose is typical Belgian blonde ale - grain, a mild musk, a bit of lemon, coriander and wine.

Tastes fine, dry and herbal to the finish. Sweet, mix of fruit and grain. My love of this style of beer is waning a bit, but this one ain't bad.

Overcarbonated this is, which makes for a real burpy affair. Medium bodied, dry finish, alcohol is warming.

Not a bad brew by any stretch, but not blowing me away. Might cellar one to see if a bit of aging will smooth things out.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saint Feuillien Grand Cru pours straw to gold with a slight haze under a pure brilliant white 3” foam cap that rises slightly above the glass rim. The foam cap slowly collapses to a thick, lacy producing film. A stone fruity nose with a hint of over ripeness, citrus and light bread. Pear to peach begin the palate lightly sweetened by caramel over a background of light malts finishing with a mild earthy hop accent on the finish. It has a very creamy medium body with above average carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Date on label is 29/06/2012.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge gushing six finger white head that slowly fades into a thinner layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and grainy Belgian aroma with a nice dose of spice. Belgian yeast upfront with some funk, cloves, and white peppers. Slight hint of coriander. Fruity hints of banana, apple, grapes, and pear. Big zesty citrus hints of orange, lemon, and slight apricot. Bready pale malt presence with hints of grains, straw, and crackers. Some earthy and grassy hops in the background. A very nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a yeast driven Belgian taste with lots of zesty fruit notes. Belgian yeast upfront with some farmhouse funk along with notes of clove, white peppers, and coriander. Mix of fruit esters including notes of banana, white grapes, apple, and pear. Big citrus taste with some orange peel, lemon zest, and apricot. Bready malt presence with notes of grains, straw, and crackers. Earthy hops provide some drying bitterness in the finish. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and juicy. Drying finish. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A very good Belgian ale. Great zesty citrus fruit taste along with the yeast and balancing hop presence.

Photo of Libationguy
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy dirty straw color with a matted look in the glass. Pillowed bright white head with a fluffy appearance and medium retention.

Banana oil, white pepper, lemon and orange zest. A light dank quality from the hops.

A little skunky and an artificial feel on the palate. Artificial citrus zest, and a chemical alcoholic heat. A little bit of mint in the finish.

Rich, full bodied style with a slightly oily mouthfeel. The alcohol accentuates an astringent bitterness in the feel. The palate feels a little tacky after the beer has subsided. There's a spritzy carbonation here.

A little less carbonation would probably help out quite a bit. Fairly non-nondescript and alcoholic (taking into account the style).

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

21/11/13 on bottle
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has just a hint of haze to the straw yellow body with a swirling carbonation of bubbles and a lumpy snow white head that sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- The clean aroma gives off some fruity esters as the beer warms but they stay pretty light aswell.

T- The slightly dry sulfury hint of oyster shells gives way to a soft green bite in the finish. There is a faint papery lemon flavor with some dried banana hints as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz.

O- This beer is very clean and it is tough to find much flavor at all and the aroma is really buried.

Photo of CaptainRaisin
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful color. Prominent frothy white head that quells as you drink.

Sweet bread, light fruit, esters and booze. Something noticeably sweet though.

Wow. The full spectrum. Slightly sweet grains, soft fruit, noticeable bitterness, candied sugar, citrus notes. Amazing and complex yet soft and drinkable. Grand Cru is no misnomer.

Not thick or thin. Slides across the pallet with ease. Very akin to drinking a well-rounded tripel.

Great beer. Who are we to argue? They know more than 95% of us users combined, and it shows with everything I've tasted from them. There's probably more than 1 reason that they've stuck around since the late 1800's.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into St. Bernardus chalice. Poured pale yellow with a rough, thick head. Visible yeast, decanted from a thick layer on the bottom of the bottle. Strong effervescent. Aroma is funky and sour, mild imperfections but nothing that isn't artful. Taste is mildly sour, moderately hoppy, and a little buttery. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, very lively and heavily carbonated.

Overall this hits the spot well, but I wouldn't seek it out. There are lots of better values with fewer imperfections.

Photo of Filosoof
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find this one difficult to rate. It's a great beer, but is it the name Grand Cru worthy? My conclusion is that this is a very nice triple, interesting, under a lovely label.

L: gold, clear, great top;
S: little spicyness, bread, malt;
T: straight forward triple, but of high quality;
M: could it be better? Maybe a bit bitterness lacking.
O: very enjoyable triple.

Photo of DaveBar
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.50 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Pours a huge head that lasts forever. Light gold.

S- Tons here. Lots of malt and a yeast that just clubs you.

T- Bubble gum good. Yeast galore. Unbelievable amount of yeast really. Not overpowering though

M- Dry and creamy at the same time LOL. Nice blend overall.

O- Wish I had more in the cellar. This one had a year on it before trying and still carbonated from hell.

Food Pairing

This wonderful beer went well with...... Braised short beef rib. Nice hold up believe it or not.

Enjoy

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a large, lasting white head.
Nose shows doughy wheat, soft peppery phenols and cloves. Reminiscent of a hefe, but with some soft light fruit added.
In the way of flavours, it's booze, doughy yeast and soft wheat. Not great, there's nothing to distract from the alcohol.
Carbonation is way over the top.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt with some floral dry hops with light alcohol warming notes. Taste is also a mix of warming alcohol notes with some sweet malt with surprisingly dominant dry and floral hops notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall though maybe a tad too much sugar and alcohol coming through.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the COOP over the weekend... Thanks Matt!!

Pours with a fantastic white head... great lacing atop slightly cloudy pale golden brew...

Nose is nice.. smells more dry than most BSPA... good pale malt profile with some light apple and pear and a lesser clove/white peppercorn note.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a bit of apricot and light lemon zest added to the esters... and a nice grassy hoppiness plays from front to back...

Great drinkability for sure... near perfect body and carbonation.. I would NEVER guess the ABV... I love the lingering hoppiness that plays among all the Belgian qualities... I really liked this one.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

Photo of DandyEssex
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. Big, fluffy white head. Very pale golden blond.

Mild aromatics of slightly hopped orchard fruit. Medium to light bodied, smooth, only slightly losing its silkiness as it finishes. Flavours are dominated by pear, but nicely cut through by a grassy hop bitterness. There is a sweet unbaked dough-like character that gains strength as the beer warms up. Kind of like a punched-up Blond with the alcohol making itself more evident on the finish.

Really great balanced beer.

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This is a beer that definitely requires a tulip glass; a careful pour resulted in a three finger high white head that has very good retention properties and took a long time to settle down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer is light yellow in color and has a high amount of carbonation.
S: The nose has aromas of Belgian yeast with notes of peppery spices and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but is a little more complex with additional notes of green grapes and lemon peel. The finish has some lingering spiciness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle: best before 6th Sep 2013, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru badged glass.

Cloudy lemon coloured body: huge white crown on top, line upon line of carbonisation bubbles rising through the glass.

The nose is yeasty and a sweet citrus hops blend, interesting.

The taste continued where the smells began: semi-sweet flavour with yeast and hop hints. The alcohol hides nicely in the background and only shows towards the end of each sip.

Photo of ssmack
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy, amber straw colour. Full inch of fine white head that lasted to the end. The bottom of the large wine glass was full of foam at the end. Great lacing.

The aroma was mild at first and increased as the beer warmed. Full of Belgian yeast smell. Sweetbread and hay bitterness.

The taste was creamy with a sweetness throughout. Very spicy ... cinnamon. Some thyme leading to a bitter hay aftertaste.

A smooth but crisp feel.

A strong but smooth pale ale that is a balance of sweetness, spiciness and herbs.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy pale Gold colour with a two fingered White head that reduces to a film.

S - Plenty of orange and lemon aromas with some yeast and spice. Very nice.

T - So damn smooth is this beer. Small hops with spicey malts and a beautifully balanced sweetness that is slightly floric. The 9.5% is nowhere to be seen.

M - Medium body and carbpnation that makes this beer so smooth.

O - Now this is a must try. I was so damn impressed by this brew. Quintisentially Belgian and perfectly balanced between hop, sweetness, malt and spice.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with a best by date of 06/09/13 pours a mostly clear, light gold color with a fluffy white head. Awesome retention and moderate lacing.

Nose is chalky, fruity and grainy with a fair amount of floral hops. Smells good, pretty much spot on for a BSPA.

Mmmm, so soft...so fruity. Delicate as hell and just pure beer enjoyment in a glass. If this was affordable in a 6-pack format it would be in my fridge at all times. $6 for a small bottle though is a bit cost-prohibitive. The light, honeyed grains blend perfectly with a deft touch of hop flavor and bitterness. All complimented by a firm, fruity yeast presence. This might actually be better than Duvel, but its been awhile since I last had one. ABV is ridiculously hidden, I'd have never guessed this is even above 8%. Grand Cru indeed! One of the finest beers I have had in awhile.

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured in a tulip glass
A : Hazy pale yellow with a large head.
S : grassy hops in the nose with pale, honeyish malt, and yeast.
T : is honey-malty, flowery-aromatic, yeasty and very refreshing for the ABV. Slight wheaty-saisony sourness and some hop bite in the finish, but not too much.
D : Medium body, soft and foamy CO2.
O : Very delicious and well balanced strong blond with fully hidden alcohol.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.50

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, white grapes, coriander/clove/yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some lemons, green grapes, and some corn. There is also some coriander/clove/yeast and a bit of almond sweetness. It ends with a dry peppery light fruit aftertaste.

Overall - There are lots of different flavours going on which keeps the beer interesting. The booze is well hidden and apart from the very high amount of carbonation, there are very few things I'd change. This is a beer well worth trying.

Photo of aasher
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light medium bodied bright and slightly cloudy honey cream gold in color with a two finger, bright white head. The nose features Belgian pale malt, honey, some hay, and most importantly a healthy dose of champagne yeast. The yeast really shines here. I could smell that all day. For me that is perfect for the style. The flavors are spot on as well. it features sweet pale malt, honey cream, light tea leaves, some pear, elderflower, and that amazing champagne yeast. Wow, its just so well rounded yet different from others of the same style. It drinks a little light in body, is very smooth and doesn't show a trace of the 9.5%abv that it boasts. It is far too drinkable. A four pack of this would get you in trouble in a hurry. Overall thisis the best beer I've seen from St. Feuillien yet and may be my favorite Belgian Strong Pale that I've ever had. Great beer.

Photo of Absumaster
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, golden beer with a quick settling head. Nice and steady carbonation, not too much.

Smell of malt with some light dextrinous malts, which give the beer notes of honey and straw. The yeast adds some clove and peachy smells. No signs of higher alcohols or just any alcohol, given the 9.5% alcohol.

Taste of mostly malt, a firm pilsner malty base with a straw and some sulfuric grainy taste. On top is a light cara maltiness, which give the beer a honey-like taste and some sweetness. Bitterness is low for the ABV, but this beer can do without it easily. The yeast character is somewhat subtle, but probably adds the fine and flowery taste that rounds this beer of. The mouthfeel is smooth and the alcohol well hidden. Great beer!

Photo of ludachris
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A tall and billowing thick, dense white head forms quickly and stays for a very, very long time. Its champagne like carbonation can be seen through its slightly hazy straw golden body. Chunky legs of lace are spattered along the sides of the glass.

Heaps of creamy phenolics stream out of the glass. Ripe banana, bubblegum, and clove are most notable. There's big, juicy Anjou pear that becomes more and more noticeable as it warms. A dusty, doughy, peppery backbone gives it some sturdiness. Its alcohol character is sweet and fruity, really accentuating its pear skin quality.

Ripe bosc pear comes out quick and juicy. Smooth bubblegum follows closely behind. The alcohol serves as a thin, sweet encasing. At 9.5% ABV, it's masterfully disguised. The finish is dry with a sticky sweetness and subtle chalky bitterness.

It's lusciously creamy and smooth. Slightly dense but not at all heavy. Rich and sweet but not cloying or overbearing. The absence of any pronounced alcohol character is remarkable. For me, its feel is flawless. Rarely do I finish the bottle before I'm done a review and this is one of the exceptions, solely because how much of a joy it is to drink.

This reminded me of why my favorite Belgian style is the strong pale ale. Outstanding in every aspect from beginning to end. Its biggest differentiating factor relative to the style, as stated on their website, is its lack of spiciness and I loved it for that. As much as I love Delirium, I would take this over it any day of the week.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug 11 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-blonde colour, capped off with nearly two inches of fluffy, billowing, sparkling white head. Extremely effervescent, which probably explains its prodigious capacity for retention - ten minutes in, there is still a sizeable, lumpy cap of foam seated atop, with gobs of lace left stubbornly clinging to the glass. The aroma consists of a mixture of orchard fruit and spicy yeast notes - lots of lemon zest, pear and vinous white grape, with hints of red apple, apricot, pepper, clove, and grainy pale malt sweetness.

A fabulous strong pale ale. Pale, grainy/bready malts and some powdered sugar sweetness soon give way to orchard fruit flavours of pear, apricot, apple, banana and white grapes. It becomes yeastier/spicier as you approach the end, throwing out hints of lemon pith and peppery clove spice before ending on an earthy, vibrantly yeasty note. Finishes off-dry, with lingering yeast/spice tones and some mild ethanol warmth that increases as the glass approaches room temperature. Medium-full in body, with lively carbonation levels that prickle the palate, result in a crisp, yet creamy mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.42, an excellent A. St. Feuillien Grand Cru is an impressive Belgian-style pale ale, one that manages to push the boundary between BSPA and tripel. The yeast absolutely dominates this one, but the end result is a complex, spicy, highly satisfying strong ale that I am seriously digging. Worth a try, and possibly even worth seeking out if you're a hardcore fan of similar beers. I'd pick up more - if I could find any - but for now, I'll keep the second bottle in my cellar for later enjoyment.

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/09/13, been saving a couple years.

Pours a pasty white fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, typical for high abv beers with a big fizzy head, some spotty lacing, super hazy murky yeast sediment golden honey colored beer.

Nose is plenty of golden Belgian malts, golden malts with some sweetness, light candi sugar, floral Belgian golden malts actually somehow, sweet, light esters and hint of phenols with the light booze, hints of spices and lemony, just a touch of a bready malt.

Taste starts with more sweet malts, Belgian golden sweet malts, little candi sugar, etc. Then into tripel like flavors, little citrus, lemon and orange rinds, some spices like coriander and clove, little all spice, grassy too, etc. Effervescent malt and spies, despite the sweetness and high carbonation it's fairly dry overall. Booze is definitely there, warming and even tingly, hot booze brings light esters and hints of phenols again., and even a light booze taste. Finish is dry but syrupy and sticky, sweet malts lingering still, golden Belgian malts, plenty more spices and lots more booze lingering, and bit of citrus rind.

Mouth is med bodied, way too much carbonation and fairly hot booze.
Overall OK, but not what I expect from St. Fueillien for a Grand Cru, more like a half-assed tripel.

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St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
88 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.