St. Feuillien Grand Cru - Brasserie St. Feuillien
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4.83/5 rDev +22.9%
I picked this up in the gift box with the Grand Cru glass and It is absolutely amazing. Incredibly smooth for a Belgian strong ale with a sweet, hoppy aroma. I love their regular blonde and this is even better. This is easily one of my top beers now.
01-20-2013 00:34:00 | More by DMills
4.6/5 rDev +17%
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.
10-06-2012 04:08:28 | More by aasher
4.51/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
03-31-2013 18:33:36 | More by DandyEssex
British Columbia (Canada)
4.48/5 rDev +14%
Appearance - Blown away by the head on this beer. Super, super think and creamy. Close to two fingers and piercingly bright. Very comparable to the head of Duvel or Orval. Bubbles race to the top like there's no tomorrow. For a Golden Pale Ale, this of the nicest beers I've seen in a long, long time.
Smell - Extra citrusy on the nose. Lemon, tang, orange zest, banana and bread. Slightly sour (in a good way), dry and hoppy. Clean and fresh on the nose.
Taste - Extra vanilla compared to most Belgian Pale Ales. Lots of tropical fruits notes, too. These are two very unique features to this beer compared to others in this style. Tropical fruits: mango, banana and pineapple. Also, apple, coriander, vanilla, lemon, cloves, sourdough bread, white bread, more vanilla, pilsner malt, pale malts, clear candi sugar, noble hops and tangy rich fruits.
Mouthfeel - Perfect. High carbonation with so much zap. This brings this beer to life and ties it all together. Lively and dry. Very impressive.
Overall - I will definitely be buying a handful of these. I would love to enjoy two in a row. One 330 ml bottle is just not enough. This is a beautiful beer that stays true to the style, yet stands out with its use of tropical fruit tang, while bolstering plenty of vanilla. A perfectly balanced, dry, hoppy, sugary masterpiece.
02-24-2014 07:45:01 | More by Agent1
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.
A - Thin, lacey head that dissipates quickly. Hazy straw-gold color.
S - Yeasty, sour-tart smell. Typical of the style.
T - Citrusy start and distinct hoppy notes. Alcohol warmth with a lightly sweet malt finish.
M - Finely carbonated, almost champagne like mouthfeel with a touch of alcohol warmth.
Not as overly spiced or citrus heavy as other Belgian beers. The alcohol is hidden well and it is surprising light for its ABV. It would be a great session beer if the ABV were lower. Very refreshing grand cru.
08-03-2013 22:16:42 | More by REDAMI
4.44/5 rDev +13%
Pours a hazed yellow with a fat head of fizzy off white foam that pops noisily and slowly leaving a thin layer of loose bubbles on top. A we sheet of lace falls back into the beer with each sip. The nose is heavenly with a strong yeast funk, a deep fruitiness like sweetened apricot and a bit of pepper and spice. Taste is sparkling. The carbonation sparkles, the fruits glow softly and sweetly and the malt is a touch of light brown sugar. A bit of lemon shows up as the beer warms. There is a mild peppery bite to finish this one off dry and with an aftertaste that is like from a sweet pastry. Right before the swallow the yest imparts a bit of sour or crushed aspirin but it's not too strong or forceful and it really heightens the finish of the beer.
The warmth you feel from drinking this beer is not from alcohol but rather from the baked fruit sweetness and from the complexity in the yeast. This yeast is bit funky, a bit dry, a bit earthy and imparts that sour dough rising smell to the beer that I just love. A bit of wood too and I just did a paragraph on the yeast alone! The fruits and their complexity along with a delicate yet present mouthfeel are the reward to the palate and this beer is an instant favorite.
03-15-2014 12:32:49 | More by utopiajane
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
03-31-2012 18:49:21 | More by twiggamortis420
4.41/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
03-09-2013 23:23:59 | More by CaptainRaisin
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
09-15-2013 07:05:37 | More by MattyG85
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
04-13-2012 05:11:54 | More by JohnGalt1
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
02-04-2012 14:36:51 | More by eric5bellies
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Cloudy apricot, with a nice blooming head of white foam.
Aroma-Fruity: peach and pear, subtle fruity hop note
Taste-Spicy Belgian yeast, pear, juicy peach and apricot, well carbonated, dry, white pepper hoppy little finish. Extremely drinkable for the high(9.5)ABV. Bright and sunny, almost light-bodied in mouthfeel. Complex and full of character, but very friendly on the palate. Excellent. Highly recommended.
01-01-2013 16:44:59 | More by hosehead83
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.
A: Pours a pale and bit cloudy yellow color with a huge bubbled white fluffy head that never disappears completely leaving some lacings. Medium retention
S: Smell is sweet, citrus and malty. Also yeasty. Honey, orange zest, lemon zest, malt, quite citrus lemony hops and Belgian yeasts
T: Follows the nose. Mild sweet upfront, Orange and lemon zest, honey, malts, Belgian yeasts and citrus earthy hops bitterness in the end
M: Medium to heavy body. Good carbonation. Good bitter-sweet balance. A little bit molasses sensation
O: Very drinkable well done beer. No regret!
03-21-2012 20:26:01 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.31/5 rDev +9.7%
A beautiful beer to behold. It has a crisp golden straw color. A super tall bright white head. Aggressively attenuation helps to prop up this head to nearly never ending.
Aroma has a rich malt nose with yeasty esters and lemony tart hops.
Taste is like bubbly champaign across the palate. Light and effervescent. Slightly malty and hoppy with sharp yeasty esters. Alcohol is absent from the taste which at 9.5 is pretty gosh darn amazing.
Drinks smooth and dry.
An excellent beer, well made and well done I do say
03-30-2013 11:24:11 | More by micromaniac129
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured from the small bottle...significant head that lasts and offers pretty lace islands...poured in the St. F. Grand Cru glass from the gift pack.
Aroma of sweet malts, slight alcohol and mixed spices.
Flavors of sweet malt and mixed spice esters. Rich with melon rind bitterness, amber malts, Belgian candy sugar, powdered sugar, and yeast esters that give notes of black pepper, sugar cane, portebello mushrooms, white sage.
Hold on...I'm gonna open a second bottle...
Oh yeah...in this cool Grand Cru glass the head is large and complex, the gold rim and gracious design make it seem like a regal experience. And, I'll tell you, I've got a fridge full of beers to be rated but I'm going for a second one of these in a row...compliments to the intriguing complexity. Still, it does have a rough stingy bite that one could count as a fault, or as somthing to keep you thinking about what you're drinking. If not offensive one could find this compelling enough to open another, as I did. The flavors remain rich and tasty to the end...ahh!!
The point is that this is unique...there's familiar Belgian beer notes but also some intense complexity and spice that could raise eyebrows...not a wimpy beer by any means, as befitting of a Grand Cru. From a local (Colorado) point of view I'd like to put it next to a growler of BJ's Grand Cru (Great Divide didn't make it this year...2012 - uh...other than a peach version...uh...), or others (Alesmith), just for fun since the term Grand Cru means less, I'll postulate, than in the wine world, but that's a different subject..oh yeah!
I should add...I've had this in the big corked bottle but took no notes, but found it very tasty. Also, I've been to the brewery and have great respect for the whole St Feuillien array of brews. I'll always put out my glass for a pour of anything St Feuillien!
01-18-2013 06:10:48 | More by DenverLogan
St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
88 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.