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St. Feuillien Triple - Brasserie St. Feuillien

St. Feuillien TripleSt. Feuillien Triple

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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.34%

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 12-07-2002)
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Photo of doktorhops


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Things are looking reasonable for St Feuillien - I mean it's no Duvel or Chimay, however it isn't exactly skirting disaster like some other Belgian brews I've tried *cough* Abbaye De Floreffe *cough*. However there is one is one last piece to the puzzle: the Triple - will it stand tall and proud, or will it be St Feuillien's swansong?

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Interestingly a cloudy jonquil body (as opposed to the usual chocolate hue of most tripel's), and thin 0.5cm white head comprises to make one wonder what flavours await.

S: Coriander, apple peel and bubble-gum kicks off the aroma, followed by bread yeast/malt grain/candi sugar base. Similar to the blonde in many respects fragrance-wise.

T: Also a bold brew, like the blonde only bolder. The flavours are citrus, coriander, apple, pear, with a full yeast and candi sugar which "challenges thee to a duel sir!". It's essentially an amped up version of the blonde with different flavour notes and more sugar... lots of sugar. In fact it gets sweeter as it gets warmer and my concern of going off a sugar cliff is well noted.

M: Dense carbonation (even denser than the blonde), with a mid to heavy body which is not as heavy as expected.

D: Easily the best of the three (Brune, Blonde and Triple). It deserves a place among the mighty Trappist brews such as Chimay, Westmalle and Orval, and if I can get it again (qualifier = at a reasonable price) I will do so. Otherwise my cheap Belgian abbey ale needs will continue to be met by the understated Grimbergen.

Food match: Read the blonde review for main courses, otherwise desserts like Käsekuchen, or Sachertorte would work well with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 08:11:54 | More by doktorhops
Photo of KrausenRingKing

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite on hand, at all times, triples. Served from a corked bottle into a tulip glass. Nice light gold color with a nice thick, tightly bubbled head. Lace lasted through the entire glass. Faint hints of phenols and esters on the nose, crisp and dry finish from the hops and yeast. Slightly fruity and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 16:43:07 | More by KrausenRingKing
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 01:01:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 03:46:36 | More by superspak
Photo of smakawhat


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 03:09:02 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Tilley4


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a boxed set I bought recently...

Big yeasty aromas right up front that mingle with this spearmint thing that has me intrigued... I don't think I've ever gotten spearmint out of a tripel before so I'm interested...

The spearmint doesn't really show up in the flavors of the beer but what does show up is this lovely blend of yeast and cinnamon and sweetness that melds great together... A delicious example of a tripel... Small hints of booze here and there but for the most part, this is eminently drinkable...

A good tripel that I enjoyed quite a bit...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 23:17:30 | More by Tilley4
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice, pale amber colour, large foamy head, could pass for a Hefeweizen. Yeasty aroma, some orange. Had an initial yeasty orange taste, booze well hidden at the start but came through towards the end, mouthfull was initially smooth but got more coarse, carbonation seemed to liven up the more I drank. Overall an interesting Triple that I'll explore further.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 14:26:48 | More by jonb5
Photo of gregk


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bright, clean Triple. Lots of fruit forward flavors. Clean and well defined head. Very good for a traditional Belgian Triple!

This is very comparable to an Affligem Triple or other lighter Triple's from Belgium. I also really like their Saison. Good job!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 23:44:47 | More by gregk
Photo of FightingEntropy


4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Third beer in its own glass from the Better Beer Society event. I've had the St. Feuillien Triple on a couple of occasions, but really enjoying this one tonight.

Fluffy snow white head sits on top of a hazy orange beer. Assertive, yeasty nose with tons of lemon zest, orange, citrus on top of a light spice. Carbonation bite emphasizes the fruit and yeast, and it punches through a sweet malt. Light on the tongue but not thin. A real pleasure to drink, so St. Feuillien may have just moved up the list for this summer's trip to Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 01:16:22 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with very large, lasting head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, spicy Belgian phenols, pears, apples, bready malt and spicy hops.
Similar flavours, bready malt, doughy yeast, light fruit and spicy notes. Some solvent-like alcohol becomes apparent later but is not too intrusive.
Carbonation is perhaps a little over-enthusiastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 07:39:58 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw-yellow with four fingers of white head that recedes into a dense cap with decent lacing.

S: Belgian spice notes up front followed by notes of bubblegum and candy sugar. Aromas of light fruits such as pears and grapes follow faint notes of sweet breads towards the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, Belgian spices are present at first followed by notes of candy sugar and bubblegum. Light fruit flavors follow, but they're more subtle here, with a finish of sweet breads and yeast. There is a slight alcohol presence.

M: Light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated, though the slight alcohol presence keeps it from being as light and crisp as the best tripels.

O: A good tripel, overall. I'd like a bit more depth of flavor and aroma, but it's still very nicely done and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 21:05:09 | More by n2185
Photo of woosterbill


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16.

A: Cloudy hay-colored body with a thin cap of white froth. Not much in the way of retention or lacing. Pretty disappointing for a style that's often spectacular.

S: Very spicy, almost minty. Lots of clove, and a bit of herbal hops. Clean, piquant, and pleasant.

T: Everything from the nose, plus some pleasantly toasty malt. Spicy up front, malty in the middle, and bittersweet/boozy on the finish. Tasty, but a little uninspired.

M: Creamy, lively, and soft. Perfect for the style.

O: Good, not great Tripel. I probably won't bother to order it again since there are so many better ones, but it's well worth a try (especially if you like your Tripels on the dry, spicy side of things).


Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 22:38:48 | More by woosterbill
Photo of BlastBeats


2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought the St. Feuillien gift pack; came with the Blonde, Brune, and Triple.. as well as a pretty nice chalice.

Appearance: Poured this tripel into my newly acquired St. Feuillien chalice and observed it's pale amber, perhaps dull, chill hazed yellowish color and compact white head.

Smell: there's some hop spice, that yeasty Belgian bottle conditioned aroma, and maybe a bit of fruitiness.

Taste: Here's where it loses me; there's an unpleasant flavor that lingers at the very back of the tongue.. it's like a harsh, dry, phenolic taste that really brings this beer down. And the yeast doesn't really "pop" with pleasant esters like some of the better examples of this style.

Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is what is to be expected; medium bodied, adequate carbonation.

Overall: Sorry, but this one doesn't really do it for me, and I usually always enjoy the tripel style. If you see this one on the shelves, I would suggest passing it over for La Fin Du Monde or Westmalle Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 07:05:03 | More by BlastBeats
Photo of dahlen22

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden and cloudy with a decent head if poured correctly.

Aroma is citrus and a bit of spice.

Taste is a mix of fruits, spicy hops, pepper, and I also get a faint taste of wild mint leaf.

Overall this is a solid Belgian triple ale. Light enough to have more than one, but enough abv to sip, and enough flavor to enjoy. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:03:35 | More by dahlen22
Photo of muskiesman

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip glass. Poured a hazy straw dull yellow. Huge frothy head subsides quickly, Fair lacing. Heavy carbonation

Aroma is bright with yeast and plentiful fruits and citrus.

Taste is a delicate walk between the sweet and tangy
very nice dry finish

Overall a good solid triple

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:55:53 | More by muskiesman
Photo of rangerred


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblib

Appearance is a hazy medium gold with a pillowy white head that settles down into a nice cap on top of the beer.

Smell is quite spicy with citrus and bready notes. Lemon is quite predominate along with some yeastyness.

Flavor is quite heavy on the citrus with lemon and perhaps lime. Also somewhat peppery. The yeast is definitely present along with some bready flavors. Really there is a good deal going on. A bit of alcohol becomes noticeable towards the finish.

Overall this is a pretty solid tripel. There is nothing that really stands out but also nothing to detract. It's good all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:59:28 | More by rangerred
Photo of 12owls


4.93/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first things first,,,gotta get all that lovely yeast back in this one..great foggy golden color, great head retention with a real nice solid white poofy foam top. light corbonation with a crisp bittnerness, some fruit aroma, decent a.b.v, some light lacing..overall a really great triple with a good moutfeel, tons of flavor and a great beer

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:57:34 | More by 12owls
Photo of Filosoof


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a quite straightforward triple, but...one of the best in this style.

L: couldn't be better, clear, golden colour, huge triple top;
S: spicy, spinach, bread, hops.
T: original combination of a tiny liquorice, followed by soft hops, ending slightly bitterish; at the background the Walonian spices;
M: really great, perfect alcohol, slight bitterishness, full mouthfeel;
O: as I said: one of the best!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 15:16:17 | More by Filosoof
Photo of bobhits


2.17/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy overly odd looking beer....a lot is going on here that the snobs of yeast aren't for ad me ok with big yeast is kind unimpressed. Head didn't work as well for me as others claim.

The nose is apples, pears, and spices...a lot of them. A bit of nice hops and flavor.

The body is over carbonated!!! But nothing new. Thick body but doesn't feel creamy as I like

A touch too hot...maybe way hot by some views.

I don't dislike this one either. This brewer seems to not screw up the styles or make them overly boring but they seems to miss things.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 01:26:59 | More by bobhits
Photo of crnipeter


3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was surprised to see vitamin C listed amongst the ingredients. So if I'll be taking a vitamin C supplement I might take St. Feuillien instead?

Pours effervescent, slightly hazed golden body with streams of uprising carbonation, topped by compact white head that holds well and leaves firm lace about the glass.
Aroma is reigned by clove phenols with subdued citrusy-applish esters and floral hops. Alcohol is well hidden and shows up only as it warms.
Creamy on the palate; The flavor is hugely phenolic i.e.clove-like and somewhat spicy with medium finish and lightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, decent, but nothing more than that.

(Best before 08-17-2012, 330 ml into tulip)

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 22:43:52 | More by crnipeter
Photo of ThaCreep


3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose is slightly fruity, slightly green grapes, alcohol as well. Malty body, but also with grain alcohol, which is unfortunately still very present.

What is even stranger than this brewery's products are usually excellent compromise. Is detected here and there a friendly and hops on one side lemon (vitamin C probably) but it is unfortunately too little digestible for a standard.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 12:45:44 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of Philousa


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sits an opaque pale color with a thin white head in the snifter. Good lacing, which is kind of surprising for a Belgian. Lots of musky yeast in the nose. Banana flavor is evident right away. Some tart, musky, spicy yeast flavors follow. Great carbonation in this beer, which complimented the flavor characteristics. Mouth feel is well balanced.

This beer is all about the yeast. From start to finish, you get the spicy, musty notes produced by their unique yeast. I enjoyed it because it was kept light and the carbonation produced small bubbles that balanced the beer well. Even the mouth feel, which ties this all together, is very apparently a product of this yeast strain. I'd be very interested to try another St. Feuillien product to sample their yeast in another light.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 03:57:37 | More by Philousa
Photo of socon67

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber color with a hazy film swirling in the glass. Some carbonation, and nice lacing on the galss.

S - Scents of candied fruit, nuts, and fresh bread.

T - Flavor of cherries, apricots, mingle with the slight tartness of an astringent bite from the belgian yeast. A surprisingly complex beer.

M - Very subtle and smooth. Great with my pot of moules. Has a medium body feel and very easy to have a couple of these. One of the more moderate triples I can recall.

O - This is a solid tripel that I could easily have a few of. Certainly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 02:25:10 | More by socon67
Photo of Heymikew2


4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft @ The Trappist in Oakland, CA.

Beer poured a rich golden honey-amber.

Nose was much akin to the smell of fresh baked sweet breads.

Taste was very complex I almost have a hard time describing how good this was. It starts out with a slight spiced flavor, followed with a taste reminiscent of apples or a hand picked summer pear, finally finishing with the magnificent flavor common to a good Belgian ale.

Overall mouthfeel was excellent, highly drinkable, on a slight but not overly thick side.

So far this beer is my favorite Belgian tripel. I have yet to have anything made by Brasserie St. Feullien that I haven't liked. I hope to someday visit them on a trip to Belgium. If you haven't had this beer I strongly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 01:29:54 | More by Heymikew2
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: cloudy. slight head. straw colored

Smell: Major fruity smells here. no hop aroma. slightly winey.

Taste: Excellent. Belgian yeast flavor stands out. Sweet. minty earthy tones from the hops. Very nice

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slight alcohol heat in the end.

Overall: A Different triple that is for sure. The flavors in here are unique. Not the best I've had, but wouldn't turn down one if offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 19:13:33 | More by Squelch
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