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St. Feuillien Grand Cru - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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88
very good

74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 263
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (738 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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 (400 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of impending
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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 (441 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  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. (830 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into St. Bernardus chalice. Poured pale yellow with a rough, thick head. Visible yeast, decanted from a thick layer on the bottom of the bottle. Strong effervescent. Aroma is funky and sour, mild imperfections but nothing that isn't artful. Taste is mildly sour, moderately hoppy, and a little buttery. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, very lively and heavily carbonated.

Overall this hits the spot well, but I wouldn't seek it out. There are lots of better values with fewer imperfections. (501 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip.

Pours a beautiful yellowish hazy color with a kiss of orange and honey colors in it. Really nice looking 3 finger fluffy perfect white eggshell head with huge carbonation that flows to the top of the beer. The head retention is superb. Really pillowing like peaks on this beer as the head slowly dissipates. Lacing down the side of the class is moderate but thick where it is sticking.The aromas are very interesting. Fruity belgian yeasty notes come out for sure. There is also a nice white grape component, almost like an aged white wine. Sour apples on the forefront then white or green grape sweetness on the middle of the nose. Smells extremely refreshing and sophisticated. Taste for me is ok. There are some really complex flavors going on here for sure, but alcohol dryness and bite is getting to me too much here. I get some nice over ripe apricots, lemon pith, dry astringency, and a touch of honeysuckle notes in the very beginning. Finishes extremely dry, so dry my mouth is tingling. Really impressive on the complexity, but the over dryness and the alcohol is coming through too much. I think this beer could use just a touch more sweetness to level out the dryness and boozy characters. The mouthfeel is just want i want from this style, over the top carbonation, light fluffy bubbles rushing the palate, cleansing and delivering a dry acidic punch. Overall this is really nice, and I would love to age this for sure to mellow out the boozy character. I think the complexity is what really makes this beer both on the nose and on the palate. very interesting and great with cheese as a pairing for sure. However, after having this beer and comparing it to Duvel, they are two different animals. Duvel is much smoother, maybe a touch more carbonated, but the booze is hidden in Duvel much better. Its worth a shot especially if you can get your hands on some.

Cheers (1,923 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
2.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light golden. Big fluffy white head when poured into my Allagash glass.

S: Some lager-like aroms while pouring. Spicy noble hops.

T: Light fruity notes on bready malts.

M: High carbonation, light body, crisp finish. A bit of alcohol burn on the finish.

O: I would describe this (not entirely negatively) as a Belgian for light lager drinkers. Even though it's 9%, it's crisp, clean, light bodied... and a bit boring. (423 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy/hazed yellow color. A massive white head rises to over two fingers that sticks around forever. Lace coats the glass.
S: Basement funk, pale crystal malts, dry crackers. Some fruity esters come into play at the very end.
T: Follows the nose. Yeast, peppery spice, pale malts, crackers, and fruity esters in the finish.
M/D: A lighter body that is super carbonated. Very dry and overly effervescent. The alcohol is well hidden, and a good lighter bodied beer to sip on.

Enjoyable and simple. A nice Belgian for the summer months. (546 characters)

Photo of haazer
2.74/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Super carbonated, bubbly white foam pours atop a bright golden brew. Many bubbles running through the beer. Theres some lacing left on the glass. I've never seen this before, but you actually see bubbles rising in the head of this beer. This gives champagne a run for its money.

S- A little funkiness is never a bad thing. That makes way to a strong belgian yeast. Some dried fruits, banana and clove. Somewhat of a faded hoppiness aroma as well. Maybe some lemon also.

T- Apple, pear, and a stale acidic malt that burns a little in the throat. A little bit of sweetness on the backend, and a clove aftertaste. The stale acidic flavor though kills this.

M- Light to medium bodided brew with high carbonation.

O- This is a great looking, mediocre smelling, poor tasting and great feeling beer. Too bad the most important features are let downs. I always disliked Belgian pale ales, accept the last two I had were good and AMAZING, this one re-affirms my dislike for them. Not good. (989 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 (660 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a large, lasting white head.
Nose shows doughy wheat, soft peppery phenols and cloves. Reminiscent of a hefe, but with some soft light fruit added.
In the way of flavours, it's booze, doughy yeast and soft wheat. Not great, there's nothing to distract from the alcohol.
Carbonation is way over the top. (318 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a pale and bit cloudy yellow color with a huge bubbled white fluffy head that never disappears completely leaving some lacings. Medium retention

S: Smell is sweet, citrus and malty. Also yeasty. Honey, orange zest, lemon zest, malt, quite citrus lemony hops and Belgian yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Mild sweet upfront, Orange and lemon zest, honey, malts, Belgian yeasts and citrus earthy hops bitterness in the end

M: Medium to heavy body. Good carbonation. Good bitter-sweet balance. A little bit molasses sensation

O: Very drinkable well done beer. No regret! (615 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from V&B, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : pale golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : fruity and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity flavours, with spices notes and yeasty finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong ale. (285 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy pale Gold colour with a two fingered White head that reduces to a film.

S - Plenty of orange and lemon aromas with some yeast and spice. Very nice.

T - So damn smooth is this beer. Small hops with spicey malts and a beautifully balanced sweetness that is slightly floric. The 9.5% is nowhere to be seen.

M - Medium body and carbpnation that makes this beer so smooth.

O - Now this is a must try. I was so damn impressed by this brew. Quintisentially Belgian and perfectly balanced between hop, sweetness, malt and spice. (569 characters)

Photo of Filosoof
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find this one difficult to rate. It's a great beer, but is it the name Grand Cru worthy? My conclusion is that this is a very nice triple, interesting, under a lovely label.

L: gold, clear, great top;
S: little spicyness, bread, malt;
T: straight forward triple, but of high quality;
M: could it be better? Maybe a bit bitterness lacking.
O: very enjoyable triple. (367 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured in a tulip glass
A : Hazy pale yellow with a large head.
S : grassy hops in the nose with pale, honeyish malt, and yeast.
T : is honey-malty, flowery-aromatic, yeasty and very refreshing for the ABV. Slight wheaty-saisony sourness and some hop bite in the finish, but not too much.
D : Medium body, soft and foamy CO2.
O : Very delicious and well balanced strong blond with fully hidden alcohol. (418 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (287 characters)

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