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St. Feuillien Grand Cru | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien Grand CruSt. Feuillien Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
294
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
19.54%
 
 
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12
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Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +12.4%
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 +13.2%
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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Photo of homebrew311
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden color with fluffy white head. Nose is strong with wheat, spice, and yeasty doughy notes. Taste is fruity with notes Of lemon, wheat , and coriander. Nice balance of flavors, just not my favorite notes. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, a straightforward Belgian brew with plenty of yeast and spice notes.

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Photo of TomSchuwer
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass

A: Thin head, nice light golden color

S: fruity, yeasty and herby

T: citrus, yeasty, leafy, candy, banana and a dry grainy taste comes through on the back-end

M: light, good carbonation and a light bitterness

O: Good beer

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Photo of ssmack
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy, amber straw colour. Full inch of fine white head that lasted to the end. The bottom of the large wine glass was full of foam at the end. Great lacing.

The aroma was mild at first and increased as the beer warmed. Full of Belgian yeast smell. Sweetbread and hay bitterness.

The taste was creamy with a sweetness throughout. Very spicy ... cinnamon. Some thyme leading to a bitter hay aftertaste.

A smooth but crisp feel.

A strong but smooth pale ale that is a balance of sweetness, spiciness and herbs.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy dirty straw color with a matted look in the glass. Pillowed bright white head with a fluffy appearance and medium retention.

Banana oil, white pepper, lemon and orange zest. A light dank quality from the hops.

A little skunky and an artificial feel on the palate. Artificial citrus zest, and a chemical alcoholic heat. A little bit of mint in the finish.

Rich, full bodied style with a slightly oily mouthfeel. The alcohol accentuates an astringent bitterness in the feel. The palate feels a little tacky after the beer has subsided. There's a spritzy carbonation here.

A little less carbonation would probably help out quite a bit. Fairly non-nondescript and alcoholic (taking into account the style).

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Photo of REDAMI
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Thads324
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A : pours a slightly hazy deep straw yellow with a big pillowy white head that dissipates quickly.
S : smells of cloves and Belgian yeast. A sharp alcohol burn to the nostrils. A bit of old skunk as well.
T : watery, then bready with hints of black pepper and clove. Banana essence and estery flavor. A mild hop bitterness of earthiness and grass. A bit of skunky euro pils taste.

M: thin up front, medium elsewhere. Just a hint of alcohol and a bit overly effervescent

An ok brew, but nothing i would seek out again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -5.1%
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 +7.9%
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%
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 +5.8%
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 +2.3%
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 -5.3%
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 +7.6%
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 +1.5%
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%
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 +9.6%
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 -9.6%
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 +12.4%
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 -4.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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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St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.