St. Feuillien Triple | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien TripleSt. Feuillien Triple

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Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 12-07-2002

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Photo of poolemhore
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy golden color with a good head on her shoulders

S - earthy, rich and mellow scents. There is a distinct banana scent when opening but after the beer has breathed for a minute this dissapates.

T - wets the palate, banana notes and citrus up front. Nice subtle lingering sweetness and spices.

M - small bite with a really smooth finish

O - great beer. I suggest drinking this in late fall and winter.

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Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden color with a two finger head with good retention that keeps a constant plate through out the degustation.
Aroma of pine, biscuit malt and pineapple.
Flavor of pineapple, Cointreau liquor, green grapes, pine, cloves, pears, banana and finishing with lemon and peppering yeast. Slightly tart with a dry aftertaste.
Light to medium body with a good effervescent carbonation.
Excellent tripel, full of a great fruity complexity and incredibly easy to drink despite its 8.5% abv. Very balanced and pleasant, hard to beat this fruity profile. Not sure if I was lucky, any way I will remember this had 8 months to maturity.

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Photo of JGlitz87
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy wheat yellow with a large white head that quickly dissipates. Little to lacing down side of glass.

S: Sweet biscuits. Hops, pine and citrus as well.

T: Light biscuits with a hint of citrus. Little hop profile.

F: Very smooth, and hides the alcohol incredibly well.

O: Great beer. Dangerously sessionable and very smooth.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the corked, caged bottle conditioned 750 ml. bottle. I observed no expiration or bottling date. Sampled on September 27, 2013.

The pour is a milky pale yellow with a white fizzy head that has some stability but does not hang around real long.

Aroma of Belgian toasted malts, Belgian sugars, a little citrus, and someone's cellar. It has a musky scent to it too.

Light to medium body.

Upfront biscuit malts in the taste but also a rather off-putting musky cellar-like quality that cannot be properly defined. I didn't dislike it but there are better Abbey Tripel's out there.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a Chalice glass
Appearance... hazy amber/yellow beer with head colour white 2.5 fingers foamy and persistent
Aroma... champagne and yeast, some lemon hints. A strong smell with a touch of malty aroma too
Taste... sweety start with fruit notes balanced with hops in his Belgian style, rich in mouth
Mouthfeel... medium body and soft carbonation, tiny bubbles in tongue
Overall... a very nice tripple ale, not alcoholic notes and very well balanced. To repeat without doubt.

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Photo of Bucciamarcia
2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Blond cloudy with little foam that disappears quickly, smells a lot like european hops. Quite carbonated and I think citrus. Strong taste of hops, but still balanced. The alcohol is not too overwhelming in the mouth. Plain beer with few interesting notes: not bad, but I expected a lot more.

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Photo of ksimons
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden yellow with three wingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malt, citrus, some floral notes, spices, and yeast

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale malt backbone, sweet fruit, peppery spice, light bitterness, and Belgian yeast

M-medium body, medium to high prickly carbonation, very smooth

Overall this is a very drinkable Tripel, not too sweet which can happen with some beers of the style. Really good.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My second beer from St. Feuillien after the saison. Pretty excited as I did enjoy the saison offering and found it to be pretty satisfying.

Appearance is pretty spot on and just what I expect and want from a nice Belgian triple. It has a really good fluffy, very slight off white head. A rich gold color with plenty of bubbly traces and a slight orange hew.

The smell is soft, but offers up hints of banana and clove, subtle spice and citrus peel scent, with a mellow yeast overtone. There is a bit of a malt hint which is kind of... unusual. Don't really know what to think of it.

The taste is surprisingly pronounced in comparison to the smell. Lots of spices to the middle and back. Has a pleasant sweet beginning with a bit of that odd malt that came off in the nose. The banana comes in with a cream taste and a bit of yeast, and then the spice and yeast explode and dry off gradually but pronounced at the end with a hint of herbal hops. There is a mineral sort of a taste to it which I enjoy quite a bit and offsets the fruit esters that are going on with this beer. The mineral taste kind of lingers, very interesting and helps puts a foundation to the beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is spot on! Carbonation is great! This beer is so easy to drink it is ridiculous and the booze hardly show. It's quite clean, it's perfectly dry with the perfect amount of sweetness and spice that tingles on the tongue. I would buy this beer again simply for how the flavors and mouthfeel come together. What I consider a perfect example of a Belgian triple in this regard.

Overall, and excellent triple. The malt throws me for a bit of a loop with the banana and fruit esters. The malt confuses me. And it kind of makes it a bit hard to read. But, otherwise, this is a really fine triple. I actually enjoy this more than I remember enjoying the saison. Definitely worth at least a try. The only thing bad that can come out of this is becoming a bit addicted to it... which all in all isn't that bad.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: citrus and seltzer water

Taste: creamy citrus, subtle tartness, and oak with a slight nectarine finish and melon

Pairs well with fish tacos and mango salsa with chips and guacamole; it also goes well with sharp cheddar cheese and black grapes

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a hazy orange amber with a fine, one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Interesting aroma of stone fruit and orange juice, light bready yeast; spicy with an odd agave component. One of the more intriguing tripel aroma I've experienced. Flavor follows with apricot, orange, lime and apple juice, light bready yeast and hints of coriander and clove. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. A very fruit forward tripel with nice balance. Not as intense as some other Belgian tripels, but a nice complex fruit body that is quite enjoyable. Finish has tripel spicing and light hops, but pleasant residual stone fruit flavors as well. Oddly, the flavor seems to become more bland as glass sits and warms. However, I will return to this tripel again.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear filtered golden with slight Chinese gold tinge, 2 fingers of white head that faded relatively fast. Medium low carbonation, little appearance of lacing that doesn’t cling to glass.

S: Fresh fruit, fresh peaches straight from the orchard, Belgian yeasts, coke.

T: Peaches, Beligan yeasts, the bite of blue cheese without the stinkiness, long bitter linger near the end. Sweet Peach, then in between the Belgian sting of sharp cheese, ending in dull bitterness. These 3 play equally, in this order.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

O: A nice tripel, sweet bottle is awesome like a rennaisance painting. Having this one leading up to my b-day celebration, after waiting 6 months to purchase it.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

300 ml

Pours a mostly clear wheat gold with over two inches of puffy white head. Dissipates slowly to a lacing.

Smells of slight honey and notable grassy malts, a bit of citrus and coriander as well.

Flavor is of honey and citrus with some mild grape fruitiness and a base of grassy malts. Maybe some cloves in there.

Full body with fluffy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty solid Belgian trippel, enjoyable and worth trying, but I have had a few trippels that are much better than this. The flavor is great, but compared to the Chimay white or Westmalle's trip, it falls just barely short. Still, an otherwise awesome beer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from tap into proper St, Feuillien mini-snifter.

Appearance: Hazy honey with decent cream colored head.

Smell: No idea what this smells like. Oddly sweet with strange spices and herbs.

Taste: Oh God, it tastes like it smells, so I guess I have to try harder to describe it. Sticky, semi-rotten fruit at the core, with a cornucopia of spice flavors, including rosemary, clove, lavender, and licorice. Light banana. Beyond weird.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a relatively light body. Semi-dry.

Overall: Simply a very strange Tripel that I mostly enjoyed despite my inability to describe it.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From corked bottle.
Served in tall St Feuillien Grand Cru beer flute.
Aroma of sweet malts, purple queen magnolia flowers, and field grains.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of bitter funky fruits, candy sugar, rosemary and similar herbs, chardonnay white wine...ooh, better give this a few minutes...
Ah...still a small head and lace, bright floral aromas, and the taste has smoothed out...oh yes, a few minutes to let this breath is well worth the time. While there's still a small bitter bite, this has overall mellowed out into a lovely but not offensive, flavorful but not too complex, sweet, floral or spicy.
I'll admit I've been to this brewery and pretty much love the whole line-up. The beers have a great balance and the yeast is wonderful in that there's really no offensive esters...similar to St Bernardus, Val-Dieu and Allagash.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Tripel itself pours just like you'd expect. Cloudy light orange with a fluffy and creamy white head. Inviting aroma of lemon, coriander, and yeast. Very aggressive and spicy hops come up first. A punch from the carbonation, too. This initial kick gives way to the familiar banana and yeast of a tripel. Some of the best lacing I've ever seen. Lingering and dry finish.

Perhaps not the most amazing Tripel I've had, but it's quite good.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice glass.

Appearance: Pure deep cloudy gold color that has heavy bubbles on the body with a head that disappears before sipping. White straight from the beginning

Smell: Heavy yeast. What else is there not to like. You feel like fresh bread scent that

Taste: A strong complex, flavor that wreaks of yeast and malts. Maybe a notch sour that feels almost perfect after a late night dinner.

Mouth: What isn't mentioned in the taste is the lightly sweet after-taste in each sip that when you place the glass down you just urge for more.

Overall: I wish I could remember how much I bought this little gem for, regardless i want to grab it again. It is very rich and robust, and have to replenish as soon as I get a chance. Salud!

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a clear golden colour, with quite a small head.

Smells quite yeasty and malty, with spices and hint of freshness.

Tastes of light, biscuity malts, doughy yeast, faint spicey yet fairly fresh hops. Mid-light mouthfeel.

Overall fairly good.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

St. Feuillien Tripel. Served in a Rochefort goblet. I think I can barely make out the Best Before Date. 08/25/13?

Enjoyed alongside Westmalle Trappist Tripel.

A very warm glow of dark orange and ochre with lots of cloudiness. I was gentle with the pour, so the head never got higer than half-an-inch. Remains as a thin topper with a clump in the middle. Looks nice.

Apple flesh, staled white bread, clove, candied nuts, orange, busybody sweet nutty yeast, and pepper. Very pungent for a tripel. Yeast-driven, as it should be, really.

Sweet and bready with notes of clove, orange, apple, and white cherry. Yeasty and fruity. Noticeable sugars. Very light banana and coriander. Finishes with more nuttiness, and a softer fusel alcohol. A classic tripel, in my book, even though one beer bar in my area seems to have the monopoly on its availability (fortunately, it's the one I frequent the most).

Achieves that soppy Belgian ale feel with wet and near-creamy body. The carbonation is just about medium. Titillates just enough to raise the suspense. This is of exceptional quality.

A beer I pine for on-draft. And, I've had it that way, and it can be quite addicting. This is a must try if you see it. If excellent Belgian ales tickle your fancy, this is a boner in a bottle.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: interesting stumpy llittle brown bottle, with a stylish old-school Belgian label. Reaks of quality.

Appearance: pours a cloudy / hazy amber gold with a limited yet thick and creamy off-white head. Very inviting.

Aroma: gorgeous golden fruits and spices, citrus and honey. Intriguing.

Taste: one can judge the quality of a tripel by the number of different flavours and the way in which those flavours resolve in the mouth. St Feullien's example has gorgeous golden fruits, sweet yeasts, warming spices and a hint of bubblegum and licorice. No one flavour is too overpowering, and the outcome is a beer that warrants one word: yum!

Aftertaste: some of the fruits - namely the apple and pear - and the cloves linger on for a good long while.

Mouth feel: light to moderate body, with a somewhat smooth and creamy feel. Light, prickling carbonation helps bring the flavour through.

Overall: a very good quality tripel - and I like tripels to start with. A great combination of flavours that resolve beautifully. One of the best beers I have had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle served cold in glass beer challis

A) Glowing dull brass with soft white puffy head. Very cloudy and rich in appearance with lots of suspended yeasties and carbonation

S) Smell is wonderful -- apple pie, bubblegum, sweet licorice, orange juice, pear....

T) Fruity and well balanced. Baked sour dough, sweet and mild hops. Delicious. Classic triple.

M) Ample carbonation lasts and lasts. Sweet and sticky. Strong, yet the alcohol is subdued.

O) Excellent example of the Belgian Triple. Well worth the purchase.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of KrausenRingKing
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +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.

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St. Feuillien Triple from Brasserie St. Feuillien
89 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.