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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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74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 266
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 12
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 266
Photo of DenisKolkin
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a glass.purchased from the local LCBO for about $3.90 CDN.

Appearance - pours a clear and rich golden color, with ample visible carbonation and an astronomical sized head. Great retention and impressive patches of lacing left behind. Great looking beer even in a class that always is impressive visually.

Smell - strong pungent Belgian yeast and raw sugar cane with a slight woodsy and earthy aroma underneath. Complex and very inviting.

Taste - the Belgian yeast and sugar cane start off, by nicely counterbalanced by a solid does of bitterness and the woodsy aroma shows up with a slightly peat like taste. Very yummy Belgian blonde, but less fruity hand many others. The alcohol is also readily detectable.

Mouthfeel - smooth and well carbonated, easy to drink great body in that it is light an refreshing yet solid enough to let you know this beer isn't to be trifled with.

Overall - a very solid well made example of the style, however for the same price you can get Duvel which is about one step above this delightful treat.

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Photo of TerryW
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big soapy white head on top of a clear pale golden yellow beer with lots of fine bubbles. Settles to a cap, gives steady soapy lace. Looks quite good.

Juicy nose, sweet grapes and apples, just a hint of all that alcohol. Just as juicy to taste, borderline sweet, slightly drying to finish. Tons of sparkle from sharp carbonation, gives it a bit of a bite. Comes across somewhere between champagne and cider.

The beer takes some muscle from all the alcohol in it. Overall a decent enough quaff, but could hurt you if you do more than one or two.

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Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed pale blonde colour, two fingers of white head with some lace. Smell is fruity with spicy yeast, bit of sweet candy apple, lots of noble hops, grassy witha decent malt bill. Lightly sweet, fruity yeast with a bit of spice, dry at first but finishes sweet, green apple with a mild hop bitterness, earthy with a bit of grass. High carbonation, medium full body. Quite good stuff here, enjoyable and quite drinkable as well.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB 28/10/2014

The beer is clear golden in colour, with a mountainous, fluffy, white head. Head slowly fades away.

Nose contains fruit scents; lemon and perhaps a bit of peach. A bit spicy. Some bready malt notes.

Taste is very nice. Fruity elements, grape, lemon and peach. A bit of a spicy flavour, and a sweet, honey-esque finish. A nice malty backbone.

Full bodied, moderate to strong carbonation level, very creamy.

Overall, very good. Better than I expected. A very strong BSPA.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, finger of soapy head, relentless retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Grainy, vineous, musty citrus, honey, peppery spice, hints of cloves and leafy greens on the finish.

T - The cloves come through off the top with heavy citrus rind, bitter leafy greens, sour apple, hints of bubble gum and banana, mystery grains and champagne on the finish.

M - Super light, loads of carbonation and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A tasty brew that boasts loads of Belgian flavours, yet also has a hint of sour ale qualities. Leafy greens and musty grains make for enough flavour to cover up the surprisingly drinkable ABV. Well worth a try and I'll be sure to grab another bottle or two before they sell out.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.0) A: Slightly hazy straw colour with a stark white foam head. Good retention and similar lacing.

(4.25) S: Banana, peaches, cane sugar, bubblegum, cloves, and pepper. Solid variety of strong and robust aromas. Very nice.

(4.25) T: Full and juicy tropical fruits, grains, cane sugar, cloves, and some fruity bubblegum. Dry grainy taste comes through on the back-end. Spot-on levels of sweetness and dryness – Not overly sweet. Alcohol present but quite well hidden considering. Great taste.

(4.25) M: Full bodied with lively carbonation. Slick and textured with an appropriate lingering bitter feel.

(4.25) D: A very well rounded belgian strong that is very delicious and full of great flavour.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of DandyEssex
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of korguy123
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No date, into tulip.

Slightly chill hazed lemon yellow pour. Big, foamy snow white head. Lacing is minimal.

Sweet grapes, slightly spicy pepper, aromatic Belgian yeast with fresh cut grass and baked bread.

Slight alcohol, wheat, pepper, Belgian yeast and apples. Has a touch of a vegetable finish.

Light body, massive amounts of carbonation.

This really didn't do it for me. It isn't bad, I'm just glad it isn't bigger than 330cl

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Photo of CaptainRaisin
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of DMills
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of KKB
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of benfons
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of bskrtz
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.