St. Feuillien Triple - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 519
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-07-2002

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth fruity abbey triple. Fruity yeast aroma of quality. Nice and moderate lace. Some fruit in the sip. A bit complex in spice with cloves . Tad of sediment Spicey bit astringent lemoney finish and aftertaste. Had on tap about two years later and enjoyed middle mouthfeel. (274 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some slightly medicinal spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly chalky and medicinal spice finish. There is a mild amount of 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 and easy to drink. (547 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice (though modest by some standards) head that doesn't do all that much in the lacing department

Smell: Sweet and yeasty, with pear, pepper, bubblegum and grassy hops

Taste: Sweet and fruity, up front, with pear and bubblegum flavors and a growing pepper and hop aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the pear fruit flavor returns, delivering some sweet elements to offset the peppery bitterness; the finish in lengthy and balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: As tripels go, this one does a nice job restraining the sweetness and alcohol impact that I often find objectionable in the style; very nice (700 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a word, "Yum." The hopping rates and freshness took me by surprise. Similar to Poperings Hommel in the hop character, but not as strong. The fresh hops blend well with the phenols to create a sharp but pleasant bitterness while offering a lot of herbal and estery character. The pilsner malts remain smooth and sweet, but offer a dry crispness that only Tripels can can deleiver. Sweet confectionate suars balance the spicy alcohols and create a lot of upfront intrique. Esters offer a ripe fruit variety of peaches, pears, apricots, berries, and tropical pineapples and mangos. Dry in the finish with a tingle to the mouth and a warm, tart sensation. It is not likely that Tripels get any better than this. (710 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a medium head with about average retention. Aroma is kind of sweet with something floral also included in the mix. Taste is very enjoyable with some wheat mixed with spices that are well balance with an nice floral undertone all the way through the end. Overall, a very fine Abbey Triple but maybe still a notch down from Westmalle in my humble opinion. (398 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a rifle-shot on cork extraction and a lingering tendril of gunsmoke... barely blurry honey beneath a massive crown of alabaster colored cream. This tripel is further proof that Belgians are the foam masters of the beer world. Gorgeous splotches of lace look great as well. Short version: lemon meringue pie in a glass.

The nose flies high... without quite making it out of this world. The usual golden fruit is present, alcohol is essentially absent, and clove is perhaps a little more prominent than the style average. It all adds up to a good sniffer that should be a good drinker as well.

St. Feuillien Triple is a solid version of my favorite Belgian style. There are at least a dozen tripels that are better, but that doesn't mean that I'm disappointed with the contents of this bottle. Too bad the alcohol isn't as well-masked as the nose made it seem. It's warm, but far from hot.

As in the aroma, a pungent clove spiciness is in the forefront. It's still easy to taste the other flavors of crisp pear, Poire Williams (eau de vie) and white pepper. What the beer lacks in depth and complexity, it delivers in intensity. Although that isn't an ideal trade-off, it's one that I can live with.

The body/mouthfeel is lush and whipped creamy. The alcohol cuts through it like a sharp stiletto, keeping the tongue relatively well-scrubbed and eliminating any possibility of a lingering stickiness.

Triple is of the same general quality as the only other Brasserie St. Feuillien beer that I've reviewed, Cuvee de Noel. It may be a little rougher around the edges than the world's best, but it's still a worthwhile purchase for those of us who can't get enough of the style. (1,684 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty Tripel, tried this on special at Four Moon Tavern.

Poured into a squat tumbler, slowly producing a fine mass of fizzy foam. Smells of candy and fruit, grassy, with Belgian yeast. Tastes fairly grassy, some hops present, with a lightly sweet fruity element from the yeast. Fairly straightforward, not crazy or complex really. Alcohol is well hidden. Drying, bitter hop finish with residual estery yeast notes.

Not bad, recommended if you're into Belgians... (468 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barleys last night, I had never tried it before so decided to go at it full speed. Served chilled and consumed on 02/27/2010.

The pour was decent at best, hazy golden color with a light head of white that sat on top for only a few moments before settling down to reveal a bare head. Aroma is light, pears, figs, light spices and grainy notes, again nothing shocking or really coming out at me. Warming brings a hint of grapeskin. Taste was soft, mellow, full of grain and light yeast, a hint of pears and apples in the back, but just did not have a punch or a full enough profile for me to really fall for it. Each sip seemed lighter then the one before and while the ABV was very well hidden, it just was not doing for me.

Overall above average for sure, barely, but totally forgettable in the scheme of things. (824 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with an awesome big fluffy head,aroma is spicey and very orange-like.I get a clove taste and aroma from this brew along with a light smokiness likely from the yeast,a light pepper taste lingers on the tongue,I have to say this was a great fing the alcohal is not at all prevelant making this to easy to drink,very very nice. (350 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/6/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, citrus, apples, light caramelized malts, some alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and some spice. Then some breadiness comes in from some Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s a touch of alcohol. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid Tripel but there are better beers in the style. (832 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold with almost no head out of a 330 ml bottle. Nose is typical: yeast and sugar. Though the sugar is only a minor edge. Flavor is crisp with a slight bitter edge to a larger sweet profile. Kind of tangy a bit in the back of the mouth too. Feel is very high on bubble. A big effervescence in the back of the mouth. Drinkable, yes. It is a smooth tripel. Yet it does not have much outstanding character to speak of. Decent, but no home run. (454 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, a nice, clear, golden yellow with a dense, foamy, white head that shrinks to a collar and leaves a bit of patchy lace. Yeasty aroma, grassy, with hints of funk, citrus and light fruits. Similar in the taste, bready, light malts, grassy, slightly herbal, notes of lemon and peach, with some alcohol sensations coming out. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty easily drinkable if you're in the Belgian mood. (486 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extensive head with lasting power. Decent fluffy lace left on the glass after each sip. The color is light amber with a light green hue. Cloudy

Crisp and clear aroma, slightly sweet, almost flowery. A little peppery spice in the background.

High level of effervescence on the initial sip. The body is moderate. The flavor truly shows up in the swallow and aftertaste. The pepper comes through with lighter malt in the background. The post swallow is mildly sour with a spicy lingering. (487 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden hue, and a towering, fantastic, huge white head.

Aroma is gorgeous and spicy, with citrus and honey notes. So far, it's a perfect profile for a tripel without even taking a taste.

And, that taste? Divine! Utterly lovely, light, buouyant, with a dazzling hop prominence at first, and a good touch of graininess in the texture. Sweet, light, and scrumptious, and the sugar starts to take prominence here in the middle.

An utterly unreproachable tripel, and a complete delight. Top-notch tripel, beautiful beer. (531 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours golden yellow with a thick, frothy white head that thins to half size then stays around. Broken rings of trailing lace slide down glass with some stickage.

The smell is of hay with some mustiness. Lemon and herbs then come through and become more prominent as it progresses, covering the original mustiness.

The taste is of lemongrass with some tin. Herbal notes and lemon come to dominate. Maltiness is grainy. Finishes with a slightly medicinal dryness.

I might have rated this a bit higher, but I can't say it stands up to other tripels I've had from Belgium as much as I would like. The lemony character was a bit too much, IMO. Overall though there was an herbal character that is done well and balances out the lemon pretty well. It is an interesting tripel on its own right. (834 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best by 10/28/2012. Pours cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, apple, pear, herbal, floral, bread, earth, pepper, clove, coriander, grass, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of pear, lemon, apple, apricot, pepper, bread, earth, herbal, coriander, floral, grass, honey, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, bread, grass, pepper, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent tripel. Very nice fruity/peppery flavor balance with very nice complexity. Very enjoyable and smooth to sip on. (1,135 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle with a bottled on date almost exactly 2 years past.

A: Pours cloudy, pale amber with a good, semi-durable head. Some sediment added in the pour but more left in the bottle.

Smells like a refined but yeasty/bready Belgian tripel. Mildly spicy.

Flavor: complex, with fruity, spicy and bready elements interweaving with very good balance.

Feel: lively carbonation in a crisp, near-medium body.

O: excellent tripel emphasizing fruity and peppery flavors. (474 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/28/05- Purchased at Draeger's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with no freshness info. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Lovely lightly cloudy golden pour. Steady stream of carbonation rises from the basin of my glass. Large one inch head that leaves tremendous sticky lace in chunks.

Smell- Mucho spices in this one. Some white pepper, corriander, powdered sugar and a few sweet fruit scents.

Taste- Spices are the main item here. As in the smell there is lots of corriander, a pleasant orange muscat kind of taste as well as various other spices. There is, however, a funky metallic scent that lasts most of the beer. Enough to knock it down a touch, but not enough to keep it from tasting very good.

Mouthfeel- About average carbonation, maybe a touch more than wanted.

Drinkability- All in all this is a very good tripel. Not my favorite, but not that far away. One that I would get again if I could find it for a decent price. (998 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color, and it is topped by a thick white head. Aromas of yeast, alcohol, ginger, apricot, pepper, and dust waft from my glass. This is a pretty good tasting Triple. Lightly sweet with a tongue prickling carbonation. Fruity notes of pear and apple can be found here. This beer finishes with a lightly astringent bite. The taste has notes of pepper, grass, and something I can only describe as a lightly dusted old room type thing. This beer has a certain softness to it that reminds me of vanilla at times. This beer is a bit like flower nectar as well. (571 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy gold with a finger of white head, solid retention, no real lace.

S: Cake/pastry bread, yellow apples and pear - yeast, and bananas.

T: Classic apple/pear ester flavours with a hint of coriander/pepper type spice. Good malt flavours, light hopping.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, no alcohol appearance which is always good in this style.

D: A nice well made tripel. Not going to wow anyone but something to definitely try for the tripel fan. (500 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another popular Belgian beer I seem to have not rated or reviewed, even though I'm sure I've drank it many times over the years: I can now put that right. 33cl Bottle on 3rd Feb 2014 in Cambrinus, Brugge.

Pale blonde body with a snow white head.

Spicy nose with yeast and floral hop base.

The taste followed in the same lines as the smells with a good fruity undertone that gives a semi-sweet and yet sour feel to the flavours.

Easy drinking triple with a deceptive alcohol level, it is a lot stronger than it tastes. (521 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem at Hard Rock Cafe in Bangalore. A nice tripel with good hints of orange and lemon notes. A good penetrating smell with more of a yeasty tone to it than anything else. Good head, big about 2 fingers and nice a rocky.
Breaks the fog of pollution in this city's atmosphere. Crisp and clean. very nice. Aftertaste is strong but doesn't linger. Above average and great for Bangalore. I miss good beer, and this is a nice replacement. (444 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice crystal brassy gold color, straight see through, with a real nice middle column of rising carbonation curling up the middle. White soapy but very even head, lots of lacing and staying power with good retention.

Wonderful nose on this beer. Sweet cumin/cardamom and clove spices. Candied sensations mix with this great dry spice sensation, just wonderfully. I love this smell, never had a tripel smell like this ever it's magic. OOO I know what that is, It's POPPYSEEDS! a little hint of anise also. It's a wonderful pound cake bread smelling sweet bakery goodness.

Taste hits all the right notes from the nose. Dry airy bread and yeast and a wonderful baked POPPYSEEDS sweetness. Great crisp dry wine like feeling in the palate, playful carbonation. Mouthfeel feels just about fine and right, nothing spectacular, but coats well.

Overall I am really liking this one, really loving the bouquet on this more than anything. Excellent tripel. (997 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St.Feuillien Tripel, Ontap

Appearance: Into a branded chalice. Clear dark golden colored ale. Creamy white head forms and lace down the sides.

Smell: Clean malts, yeast, fruit and flowery hop.

Taste: Chalky yeast, dry fruityness. Malt sweetness, small herbal hop bitterness. Pear, white grapes, semi sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky smooth carbonation and goes down easily.

Overall: A nice tripel, alittle sweet, but complex and the alcohol is very well hidden. Easy drinking Belgian ale. (500 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a clear gold color, with decent head retention and adequate lacing. I don't get a huge nose, maybe some dough, belgium spices and apple. On the palate this is what I think of as almost a prototypical tripel. The beer has nice clean mouthfeel, with flavors of cherry, orange and banana. The beer is very crisp, but also manages to be quite smooth with a soft mouthfeel.

I can't say this beer blows me away, but it's very pleasant and refreshing. The abv. is very well disguised, and one feels as if it would be no trouble to down several of these. However, at 8.5%, that's probably not a great idea. (662 characters)

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St. Feuillien Triple from Brasserie St. Feuillien
89 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.