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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

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Jeckel
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of corby112
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
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 KKB
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – A lovely light golden/yellow body with TONS of carbonation and a bone-white head that is huge even though I poured it very carefully. Retention seems pretty spot on as well and it’s already beginning to leave some lacing on the glass. Looks great.

S – Belgian yeast is the first notable scent, with some peppery spices added to it and some very light grass and funky sour aromas. It smells pretty nice as well, though the nose indicates that the taste might be a little bit lackluster for me. But we shall see.

T – There are very few discernable flavors actually going on here. Certainly you get the yeast, and the spice is much more pronounced on the palate than in the nose, you get a little bit of a barnyard funk here as well. But that is it. It tastes ok, it’s just far too one-dimensional and really the flavor is simply ok. Not great.

M – The mouthfeel is phenomenal, as Belgian beers so often are. Can’t slight the appearance or the mouthfeel, you got me there. Tons of carbonation give it a light fluffy feel and it is light-medium on my tongue.

O – I will give them this much: the alcohol content is very well hidden, and this beer is entirely drinkable. But the smell and the taste—the two most important components—just aren’t too good. Passable at best. I don’t really recommend you try this, but it is wholly decent.

Photo of hosehead83
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of benfons
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy blonde colour; nice white head (1.5cm)

S: peach, lemon, some yeast, peppery note

T: orange, peach, peppery notes, yeast and a hoppy finish

M: slightly creamy, dry finish,, good carbonation, some alcohol in the finish

O: Good beer, not exceptional, but better than average

Photo of petluo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bskrtz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured nice and cold into glass beer challis

A) Beautiful bright gold hues with puffy off white head. Hazey with suspended, bottle conditioned carbonation

S) Pear, apricot, citrus. Mild esthers and sweet malt.

T) Classic Belgian malt and mild bitter hops. Delicious. Apple pie, baked sour dough bread, fruity.

M) Ample carbonation lasts throughout the pour. Smooth, not sticky but full bodied. Beware, this is strong stuff

O) A very good example of the classic Belgian quad, though a bit lighter in body and color. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and yes, will have another.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe chalice on 10/21/12

21/11/13 printed on the label

The color is similar to pineapple juice, but brighter. Somewhat cloudy. The head is soapy and white, though it doesn't last long. Some bubbles remain amid a skim of foam. Not much lace.

The aroma is bright and snappy; notes of ripe pears and apples, grapes, lemon, grass, white pepper, herbs and spices. Toasty light grains and hints of bread. Overtones of alcohol.

The taste has a more robust malt bill than the aroma lets on. Grainy with bready notions. The fruits remain at the fore though. Ripe grapes and light fruits with spritzes of near-tart lemon and lime.

The body is a plush medium-light sort of thing. Moderate carbonation with a zesty finish. Some alcohol is appreciable, and builds slightly with each sip.

Overall, a pleasant sipper. I enjoy it more as time progresses.

Photo of aasher
4.6/5  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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BoRaeCho
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Absumaster
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 FATH3RH0P5
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of vegasmac99
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Ranz
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of keithmurray
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance - cloudy golden color with fluffy white head

Smell - yeast, citrus, lemon peel

Taste - citrus upfront, yeast, peppercorn, white grapes

Mouthfeel - slightly sweet upfront, a bit of a medicinal quality in the middle, dry finish , full bodied, full carbonation

Overall - decent beer that's worth a shot if you see it

Price Point - $4.59/11.2 oz bottle

Photo of ksimons
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a hazy golden light orange with about two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malts, citrus, spices, and yeast

T-taste is similar to the smell but a bit sweeter. Pale malts, candied fruit, light citrus, peppery spice, light hops to balance things, and yeast

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation, and a sweet dry finish

Overall I really like the taste of this beer, not too sweet not too dry, and a nice bit of hops to balance things out.

Photo of impending
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B+

33cl into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed dull pale yellow, towering yellowish cream colored froth, very nice lacing.

Aroma is of yeast, grain, about to ripen light skinned fruits, a touch of citrus and a dab of mentholatum.

Taste begins fully fruity with apricot apple and pear but the sharp dry aftertaste kicks in early, has a nice earthy bitter which leaves a long lingering trace. Lively creamy medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Photo of hayesjw
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
88 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.