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St. Feuillien Grand Cru - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien Grand CruSt. Feuillien Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
88
very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, yeast, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 03:28:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 02:18:42 | More by metter98
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 17:31:13 | More by Phyl21ca
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-22-2012 23:31:38 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

10-31-2013 03:47:22 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-14-2012 15:20:07 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a light hazy yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer was yeasty with some grains and a little but of funk on the nose. The taste of the beer is grainy with some earthy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was bubbly, it has a lot of champagne-like qualities to it. Overall this beer isn't overly special in my opinion. Was nice to try but won't seek it out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 01:36:04 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 16:13:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from the Lan Man, the beknighted one.

St. Feuillien Grand Cru, Biere Extra Blonde de degustation (I'm not sure what that means…?)…maybe it's in English somewhere, even on the back of the label?

"Grand Cru is an extra blonde beer crafted for sheer taste by St.-Feuillien brewery. Grand Cru owes it's strong character to secondary fermentation in the bottle, along with a quintessential blend of the most noble hops and the finest fermentation aromas."

Clouded golden coloring, slim and soon gone head.

Peach and apricot meet orange and lemon, with a pepper-y side note, then in rushes the yeast and all it's glory. That's the aroma in a nutshell. Low bitterness, some sweet, and then a touch of sour.

Taste: Zing! All that and more splashes on the palate, and slides down with ease. Medium bodied, plumb with special malt and tasty Belgian yeast. Hops lay low, delivering a modicum of bitter balance. Very mellow, yet flowing with unique character, and not betraying the high alcohol content (9.5%, says the bottle.)

Easy-going, slightly fruity finish, ends on a dryish note. Satisfying, flavorful, and, how do you say? Yum.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 08:53:08 | More by feloniousmonk
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.74/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 00:08:54 | More by jlindros
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 18:54:23 | More by BlackHaddock
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, surprisingly hop forward aroma with bread, pale malt and Belgian yeast notes. Grassy, floral hops with subtle pine needle character along with peppery spice, biscuit apple and pear. Faint alcohol as well. Smells somewhat like a hoppy witbier.

Fuller bodied than expected with tight carbonation and a strong spicy hop bite that lingers over the estery yeast, bread and pale malt notes into a dry finish. Spicy hops up front provide some dry bitterness which is complimented by peppery/clove like spice before biscuit malt, light fruit and alcohol flavors come in toward the finish. Some bread, banana and apple along with some straw and sweet booze, yet the high ABV is well masked. Not the most exciting beer but well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 04:39:49 | More by corby112
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 22:16:37 | More by rhoadsrage
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

St. Feuillien Grand Cru pours clear, brilliant yellow and with enough froth to serve as a spare bed. Seriously, keep a few bottles on hand for those occasions when friends need a place to crash. The bubbles have the precision and bounce of the Rockettes and put on nearly as good a show.

The bouquet is a zesty one and has enough lemon and mint to make an entire summer's worth of iced teas. Also buried in the aroma is orange peel, sweet bready grain, a pinch of clove, a crack of coriander and pepper, and dried savory herbs straight from the kitchen spice rack.

The savory and spicy notes wrap around the palate as tight and boldly as a superhero's tights. The flavour on the whole, however, is unexpectedly mellow, if still very tasty. Mint leaf and lemon/orange juice still dominate, while traces of clove and peppercorn reappear amidst background notes of grapefruit, melon, Asian pear and yellow plum.

Though very spice-accented, the mouthfeel still provides a fairly fleshy fruit flavour. Indeed, the fruit and herbs are knit tightly together, the result of a yeast that is terrifically opulent. The 9.5% alcohol is impressively kept to a minimum. Though I haven't tried it, I suspect this would pair fabulously with smoked/planked salmon or bitter green salad with tangy vinaigrette.

St. Feuillien Grand Cru is a beer you can bring to a summer barbecue that is guaranteed to instantly make you the most popular person there. Its tangy, spicy, fruity character is sure to simultaneously please and impress. While all of this brewery's products are worth buying, this is one you certainly want to grab if you have the chance to.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 17:15:57 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 11/21/2013. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to small cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, apple, pear, pepper, clove, light bread, grass, floral earthiness, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, clove, bread, honey, grass, candi sugar, floral, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, bread, floral, grass, honey, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:56:28 | More by superspak
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-30-2014 14:46:00 | More by Latarnik
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-21-2014 23:11:03 | More by Mebuzzard
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 05:11:54 | More by JohnGalt1
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-31-2013 17:32:57 | More by dirtylou
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-28-2014 23:42:04 | More by afsdan
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-03-2013 12:52:48 | More by liamt07
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, spicy with some dry candy sugar. In the taste, A bit spicy, anise, and licorice. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry licorice like aftertaste. Nice mix of spice and licorice and anise, also hiding the 9.5% well.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 20:55:21 | More by OWSLEY069
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-06-2013 01:26:00 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 18:49:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-04-2013 22:39:26 | More by WOLFGANG
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St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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