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St. Feuillien Grand Cru | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien Grand CruSt. Feuillien Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 288
Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this and deserves the grand cru. Try 24.

A: Pours a honey gold body with a white, creamy, fluffy head, decent amount of lacing, lots of carbonation, head lasted and remained covered to edge to edge in a broad tulip named Duvel. (Belgians always better looking that US versions).

A: Aromatic and subtle. Honey, grain, hay, Belgian yeast, earthy, apple orchard. Fall earth.

T: Follows aroma - honey, grain, earth, must, yeast, spice, sweet but peppered with finishing and lingering amount of bitterness, finish adds lemon, spice, pear, and honey, but dry.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel, semi-dry finish, ample carbonation. Champagne like as in Duvel.

O: I score higher because this beer has lots of flavor and classic Belgian champagne like qualities.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can’t add too much to the description listed for this beer, it’s spot on. Especially the part about how the first sip is one taste, and the next is different, and the third even better. Complex beer....

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Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a honey orange color with a white, creamy, fluffy head, decent amount of lacing, lots of carbonation, head lasted about 3-4 minutes.

A: Honey, grainy, hay, Belgian yeast, earthy, very aromatic, no alcohol at all on the nose, smells pretty solid.

T: Honey, grain, earth, must, yeasty flavors, some spice, moderate amount of bitterness, finish has hints of lemon, spice, and honey, very tasty.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel, semi-dry finish, loads of carbonation.

O: I don't understand the low score given by some reviewers, this beer has lots of flavor, is very drinkable, and balanced, I did not regret taking a chance on this beer, will try to pick up a fresher bottle as this one was bottled on 05/02/2013.

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Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 11.2-oz. bottle, stamped produced on "12/03/2015" (which probably means March 12 rather than Dec. 3) into goblet. The high ABV is well-hidden in this very quaffable strong pale ale.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x05. Hoppy, mostly fruity and also some herbaliness, like seems to be the trademark of st feuillien pales.This one is the best of them.

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Photo of Saviour
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - bright and golden-strawby;
S - hops and small fruitiness;
T - pleasant bitterness, hops and bretts;
F - the same as the taste with a strong fruity finishing;
O - good hoppy belgian one.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

grarbbed a 4 pack with glass that is a oversized wine glass, which was used and had it with chipotle gouda and vinta crackers. it poured an unfiltered golden brew with the bubbbles flowing up the middlle and it gave about 2.5 inches of head. this beer has a lot of smell when you first pour it and it is of oranges, peaches, and pears. the taste is smooth and light with a litttle taste of apricots. being a bottle conditioned beer it tingles the tongue and that is always a plus. overall this is a refreshing brew that is a straight up beer with not much taste and a great feel.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into goblet. "best before 08/11/2016". consumed on june 24, 2015

a: golden yellow with a finger of white head

s: pilsner-like malts are quite dominant. notes of mild overripe banana, spicy yeast, and a pinch of lemon. hints of apricot

t: prevalent yeast flavours but not overly so. spicy banana accompanied by lemon and backed by sweet bready malt. medium-minus bitterness

m: tons of bubbly carbonation in a creamy medium-plus body. might be one of the best mouthfeels i've ever had in a belgian ale

o: a stellar, balanced brew with amazing mouthfeel

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of dbecnel
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The alcohol punches through almost to a fault until your pallet is coated, at which point it calms down. Strong on yeast with pronounced aftertaste. Definitely an SPA and an acquired taste for me personally.

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Photo of mick303
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had from bottle into tulip glass, crisp light golden with a good initial head, some lace but not much.

S - Smell is of yeasty spice notes, old musty trunks, ripe stone fruit, pepper and lemon, ripe cheese,an interesting mix of fresh floral notes with deeper musty yeast notes, but very good.

T - lemon, creamy yeast, biscuit malt, some leather, florals, red current, Strong belgian yeast presence with some smoked pepper and woody yeast notes, really tasty, and hold the alcohol at bay. Earthy, robust and with a bright alcohol/floral spice to it.

M - delightful, strong and balanced, good assertive carbonation and has a pronounced malty/yeasty feel on the palate, ending with some dry spice notes.

Quite tasty, I would say this is a good representation. A bit assertive on some of the floral and dry citrus flavours but they fit rather well. Alcohol adds some heft to the body but avoids interfering with the flavour and really lets the yeast shine. A bit sweet but that is okay. On point, and St Feuillien have produced a delicious Grand Cru blond here that still captures some of the delicious spiciness.

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Photo of ludachris
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
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.


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Photo of DaverCS
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Stella glass. 2 finger white head. Nice lacing. Head dissepates rather quickly (strange for the style).

Aroma is citrusy and mainly yeasty. The beer surprisingly isnt that sharp on the nose.

Taste immediately is pleasant with some nice citrus notes and a kick of nice carbonation. However, then the beer tumbles for me. It has this funky tobacco/ smokey ending that really just isn't good. It almost taste like a stale beer mixed with burnt wood. Slightly like wet hay. Not the crisp finish that i prefer. Has some spice, but again just seems to fall flat in comparison to its counterparts. Definitely not a repeat especially for the price ( BTW this beer is fresh, so that's not an issue). This flavor does dissolve as the beer warms, but who wants to leave their beer to sit for it to taste good?! They do an excellent job hiding the ABV,and The beer isn't overly sweet or dry (pretty well balanced in that aspect).

Overall, there are about 1000 other Belgian beers that will put this to shame! Even most American attempts can pull it off better than this one. I would pair this with a lighter pasta maybe one with a garlic and olive oil sauce with sautéed shrimp. I give it a 77/100.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rare to see a "Grand Cru" being dubbed so outside of the stronger, darker Belgian Ale but it goes to show the confidence that St. Feuillien brewers have with this ale of dainty finesse and deceptive strength.

The strong golden ale pours like champagne- mildly hazed within a golden and straw tinted cocoon. And like the bubbly wine, a fruity and spicy conversation really opens up the nose. Grape, apple orange and lemon are counter to pepper and vinous character. But the supple sweetness lays on the tongue like powdered sugar and soft cotton candy.

Given a big boost with expressive carbonation the middle palate explodes off the tongue, carrying with it the whimsy of orange blossom, honeysuckle and light honey. Its faintest malt body is softly creamy and easily torn apart by its carbonic bite.

What's left in its wake is a white pepper bite with the tangy acidity of chardonnay, cider and citrus. A pleasantly bitter hop presence seems of botanical herb as the beer finishes with playful warmth and a fruity undertow. The ale is simply deceptively strong and impeccably balanced.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a well done Belgian pale, I like that something called grand cru isn't a dark one for once, this is a nice change of pace. massively bubbly blonde beer fizzes out when I pop the cap, and an aroma of Belgian yeast and light grain and booze follows. its got a great prickle on the tongue, very refreshing for a beer so strong. the alcohol can be smelled, but isn't tasted at all, it comes across much lighter than it is. the grain is real basic here, probably primarily Belgian pils, its got that delicate slightly stale thing going on. some hop balance I the finish, slightly floral with the yeast, which also seems mild for something dubbed a grand cru. very drinkable beer at this strength, not as distinct as I had hoped it would be, but very well made and on par with the other stuff these guys make in terms of overall quality. nice beer all up.

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Photo of tomordonez
2.08/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the same as the blonde. It smells like alcohol, it tastes like alcohol and not much else. No liquid bread feeling, no fruits or spices. Pours into a chalice. Some head that dissipates. Low carbonation. Looks between golden yellow and orange whiskey, see through. It has a tiny aroma of pears. It taste like hard liquor, bitter, cough syrup not in a good way. At room temp it smells and tastes more like hard liquor. This is not a beer

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Photo of JTuomi
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (17/11/2015) into a flute. Clear straw color, some bubbling, big head with good retention and heavy lacing, leaves a one cm head. Smell is fruity with yeast and spice, slightly tangy. Sweet first taste, followed by a peppery spiciness, finishing with a dry citrusy hop bitterness with pepper. No hint of alcohol. Light body with a light creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Overall a fresh tasting, drinkable beer. Really light feel for a 9,5% beer. Would have again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know, I really wish I had better access to Belgian ales that were actually made in Belgium. I hardly drink any compared to what I used to.

Pours somewhat clouded. Thin white head. Tastes quite sweet; very much so, in fact. Though it seems to be less so as the beer warms; or maybe my palate is more used to it. Mild fruits. Touch of hop spices. A nice Belgian ale.

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Photo of jonb5
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into oversized tulip.

A: Very pale shade of gold, clear, three finger head, some
lacing, clear.

S: Esters, yeast and booze.

T: Earthy, yeast, clove, orange, banana.

M: Thick body, minimal carbonation, booze gave it a
coarse edge.

O: Standard strong Belgian ale, a bit
like Duvel injected with a small dose of steroids.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light golden color with a good amount of carbonation and a fluffy white head that sticks around a while.

S: More savory and yeasty. Some hops coming though but overall bready.

T: Balanced but with a good contrast between yeast and hop. Bright citrusy hops shining through but a lot of fruity yeast in there as well. Some balancing malt and bread.

Overall a good beer. Wouldn't call it an extraordinary beer for the cost or the name "Grand Cru" but a solid beer. Would grab again if the price was right.

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Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick two fingers head with great retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of lemon, just a bit of Cointreau, some banana, condiments and bread.
Nice flavor, notes of pineapples, oranges, green apples, faint tea leaves, apricot, Belgian yeast, herbal and floral hops, coriander, cloves, white pepper and sugar cane. Slightly acid with a dry aftertaste. It did remind me of a Tripel.
Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is there just as a complementing flavor.
Very good Strong Ale, complex, quite rounded and elegant.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Agent1
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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