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St. Feuillien Triple - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien TripleSt. Feuillien Triple

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458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-07-2002)
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Photo of SheepNutz


4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9 liter bottle poured into a tulip glass. It pours a cloudy medium orange color with five heaping fingers of head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of banana and spices. Even a touch of pineapple mixing with peppery aromas. The taste is almost the same as the smell, very fruity and spicy. Lots of lemon and banana, with a touch of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and thick on the tongue. The drinkability is great for an 8.5% brew. A big shout out to Tom, the owner of Pazzo's Pizza Pub in Lexington for sharing this treat with our entire table!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 02:59:17 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of PorterLambic


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color with an amazingly tight, firm head that last almost forever. Nice lacing too. Smell is malt, spice (clove & nutmeg?), hops and apricot. Taste is fruit, spice, malt and alcohol as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied. Warms the throat nicely. Drinkability is good. Alcohol presence is not harsh or overpowering. good balance & nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 00:45:44 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


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

Presentation: 750ml brown glass bottle that cost $7.99. Corked is marked ‘Lot. no 131484, with one of those new wire and strap restraining devices that creases the cork upper surface giving the impression that the bottle is under immense pressure. Colorful ‘St. Feuillien’ label which has a multi-lingual label and describes the brew a ‘Biere d’abbaye Triple’ and Abdijbier Tripel’, as well as ‘Anno 1125’, but this relates to Abbey and not the Brewery which is as recent (sic) as 1873. Listed at 8.5% ABV.

Appearance: Perfectly clear body amber-orange-golden body, the kind of Triple that changes its portrayed color depending on the angle of light and thickness of the glass. Punctuated with streamers a nice frothy off-white creamy looking smooth head quickly forms, yet it slowly collapses to an uneven rocky mass that leaves some great lacing. Always has a thin head throughout. Classic Triple looks.

Nose: Strong nose, which is heavy on the alcohol but this is nicely balanced with a clean bitter hop character with some fresh spices and a myriad of fruity odors, the most pungent of which is that of a freshly peeled Satsuma. Yeast pervades throughout the odors. Clean but thick in character

Taste: Lovely fresh feel throughout, big yet clean and slick. Yeasty feel in the background from start to finish. Spicy hops at the start build into a fruity middle, some orange acidity in the center falls as the sharp bitter finish grasps the tongue. Spicy hop finish with a decent amount of sharp bitterness and orange flavor that lingers in the finish well beyond the swallow. Nicely done, but benefits from some maturity.

Mouthfeel: Bold body that is yet clean and crisp, "Tripley" so to speak. Spiky carbonation can be a bit much at times, but it’s fine as long as you don’t gulp this one down.

Drinkability: A little heavy on the alcohol when fresh, but I know for a fact that some aging will smooth this one out though, so that’s not really a big deal.

Overall: This is a complex Triple that can so often be overlooked for more “famous” examples. However, give this one 6 months [it is bottle-conditioned in the 750ml Bottles, right up to the giant Nebukanezehs (12 litres)] and it will reward you with a smoother Triple that looses a little of its spritzy sharp Alcohol edge. A Solid Triple.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 00:00:00 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of BrewMaster


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9 Litre bottle (yes, that is correct, a 9 L bottle, it's the size of a small child). This bottle was a pain to open but it was worth it in the end. Not to mention it is pretty diffiult to pour from a 9L bottle into glasses. The beer pours a golden orange glowing color. It has a soapy floral scent with a touch of hop floralness. It is spicy like one would expect from a Tripel with a hop middle and again a soapy flavor. This beer is painfully carbonated and very very tart. It's a bit too tart to drink. I don't know if aging longer would have mellowed this beer out, but as it stood it was just a bit too harsh on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 17:48:58 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of RoyalT


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

Appearance – This one poured a light, brilliant orange in color and was clear with a tremendous amount of gushing carbonation. The head was a cool-looking off-white mound of foam that would have stayed up all night.

Smell – This aroma is very balanced. The raw yeast was right on queue and mixed perfectly with some wonderful tangerine. The spicing was mild, mostly coriander, but mixed well with the other characteristics of the nose.

Taste – Wow! The orange flavors here are not cheap as they are with many pretenders of the style. This is not the candy orange lollipop flavor so common these days. This is clean, refreshing, naturally-squeezed orange juice. The yeast, which so often backs down at the taste, held up strong. The delicate spices evened things out.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium in the body with some terrific carbonation. It is brilliantly blended.

Drinkability – This is my idea of an Abbey Tripel. I could have drunk this all night. What a treat.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 17:20:39 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Mitchster


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

Pours out to a clear pale golden, then adding the yeast makes it milky. Forms a tall rocky white head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is ripe with lots of pineapple, mild bananas, pear, cloves, tons of candi sugar, honey, vanilla, and pleasant distant funk of oxidized hops. Mouthfeel is lively and very spritzy with a medium-light powdery body. Taste echoes the aroma. Explodes onto the tongue with a voracious snap. Sweet with a touch of weak sourness. Candi sugar in the finish. Lingering notes of medium intensity non-descript bitterness and touches of metal. Slight skunk which is OK with me.

Overall, a very nice tripel. The metals and carbonation would be it's only flaw, but this is a rich and satifying brew. Not as smooth or complex as a Unibroue 10 or 11. I would gladly drink this again, but I would go for others first at $4.19 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 01:58:48 | More by Mitchster
Photo of 99bottles


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice Belgian triple that I'm glad I ran across. It has a classic appearance of dark gold body and whispy thin white head that soon fades to a sticky lace. The smell is very sweet and floral, the strong esters stick out and are complimented by the hops, something a lot of other tripels don't focus on. The taste in the mouth is nice and full, not cloying or too viscous. The main flavors are the friuty esters of pear, mango, apple and the slightest taste of banana (note-this is not a banana-bomb like some other triples, it's nicely done). The end is satsifying and dry with noticeable phenolic spiciness and good hop bitterness. Carbonation is excellent, and keeps this light in the mouth. One of the best triples out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 18:33:32 | More by 99bottles
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 04:07:49 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting Belgian Ale, especially since the brewer or distributor's latest marketing ploy is to slip an advert over the neck of the bottle, which touts its rating on BA. Of course, it is no longer as high as they list but it's the thought that counts.

The beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a thick white head. The aroma is of sweet malt and some fruitiness, but there creeps in the smell of yeast and alcohol, which takes a little away from the overall smell.

The beer tastes of sweetish malts with a nice fruity undertone of apricot and mango. The taste ends with a slight hit of hops bitterness and a note of pepperiness.

It is a heavier bodied beer than most tripels and has an almost perfect level of carbonation for the palate. This is a surprisingly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 22:34:49 | More by rdrummer
Photo of foamyhead


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

This triple has a colour like a light egg yolk. it´s cloudy and pours a head with big bubbles, it fades a bit, but the foam stays on the side of the glass.

The smell is fresh and subacid, quite compact.

The beer has a strong taste, a bit "chewy". Light to medium body, relatively big hops in the aftertaste. the alcohol comes trough.

It feels strong and soft in the mouth, with an edge of sharpness.

An ok beer, and rather cheap for an imported Belgian beer i Denmark, but there are better brews in this genre that I´d prefer to this one...

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 20:19:44 | More by foamyhead
Photo of shapudding


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark amber color, very nice! Came out with a beige, cake-like head that reduced down nicely to about one finger of fluffyness. The bottle is 11.2oz size. Scents of caramel and of metal. A little bit overly carbinated for me. It just foams up in your mouth a bit too much to feel comfortable.... Taste is one-dimensional, but there is a taste of vanilla extract. Decent triple with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 11:45:49 | More by shapudding
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this brew on a whim while at Oliver’s in Albany, as I am trying to expand my taste and experience with Belgium’s. This brew pored to a fairly clear golden color with a huge fluffy white head that left chunks of lacing down the side of the glass. The aromas of this brew where strong of yeast, citrus/fruit and spice along with a bit of alcohol. The taste was nice, not great but had some interesting characteristics. Has a peppery taste that I notice right away along with some other spices, then sweeter flavors of (?) citrus. The brew changed characteristics a bit as it warmed and I think I enjoyed it more while it was on the cooler side. As I said earlier that I am still learning with these types of brews, this one was nice, but based on a few others I had I was hoping for more. Over all it was a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 12:24:22 | More by Stimack
Photo of cokes


3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden below a modest snowy cap.
Nose features cane sugar, pears, apple skins and mango. Joined by a doughy, musty yeast, and tracers of boozy heat.
Dryish pils malt base. Crackers than fatten to bread as it warms. But the onrushing carbonation keeps this from establishing too much girth, and makes this seem prickly and parched throughout. Tropical fruit is the marquee here (Must be a small venue). Pear juice, and star fruit, and plantains. Bits of tart apple, though they are quickly swept away. Spicy via white pepper and clove and coriander. Yeast is belittled. General mustiness is found on the periphery, but the CO2 levels brush it aside hastily. The floral and grassy (Saaz?) hop surge at the end is nice, but once again, the bubbles interfere. Some touches of white rum heat are politely interwoven. Strength, on the whole, is difficult to assess. Masked again by the gas, perhaps?
If you haven't noticed, I have some issues with the over-charged nature. I love a nice, spritzy tripel. But not when the scraping fizziness tosses the intricacies out to sea.
Much is lost here, and never recovered.

Damn, I want to like this so much. I want to wait until it settles into what it is destined to be, then pounce all over it, and love it.

I'm left with blue balls. I keep calling, and nothing happens, but it just continues to lead me along. But in reality...there's no hope. No chance of gratification.

I'm deflated, but I'm not mad. It happens. It was sorta fun while it lasted. I just envisioned more...and we were almost there. It can still come around. We just need to try harder. Really...things aren't so bad.
We can work it out. I'm not willing to throw this all away just yet.

(to myself) "Cokes...hang the fucking phone up and move on."

So be it.

In retrospect,
It seems- underneath it all- an easy-going, templatic tripel. Shy yet affable. But I just can't deal with the carbonated baggage. And thus, I can finally recognize it as washed-out, flavor-needy and vacant. And, really, not worth my time or expense.

Fortunately, for me, the relationship only lasted an hour or so. I've had this sort of thing linger for years.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 08:04:15 | More by cokes
Photo of RBorsato


4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with a nice creamy white head. BIG aroma - fruity peach-like and honey-ish sweet. Fruity orange peel flavor and perfumey hoppiness. Medium bodied and creamy with a dry finish -- a bit warm from alcohol finish...

Very nice and refreshing - would not ever turn this one away.

Per Label: "Triple Abbey Ale" & "Anno 1125"

Per S.F. website: 16.85° plato

Per MJ notes: Pilsner malts, Kent and Saaz hops (3 additions)

Bottle Euro Date: 11 06 03 (assume enjoy by)
Tasted: 04/10/04

(25.35 oz. brown champagne style bottle corked with a wire strip fastener)

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 17:51:55 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Gueuzedude


4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 23:02:10 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of mickeymac


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

Poured from a caged and corked 750 ml bottle with an obstinate cork. Once the cork was extracated the beer poured a slightly hazy gold with a thick, pudding-like white head. The smell is peppery with a trace of malt sweetness. Peppery spice is also pronounced in the taste, but a nice candy-like sweetness is also present. It has just a trace of hops to add a slight twang. It's very drinkable for an 8.5% beer. Nice stuff and worth seeking.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 05:15:37 | More by mickeymac
Photo of Boilermaker88


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

Sampled at the Carlsbad Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Festival. At the top of the hour the hosts would pop the cork on a 3-, 6-, or 9-liter bottle. Almost every time, it was a bottle of St. Feuillien Triple. Those bottles were quickly emptied and with pretty good reason. This was a pretty tasty brew.
This triple had a cloudy yellow color and a good-sized frothy white head which left good sheets of lace in its wake. The nose was an enticing blend of yeasty malt, clove notes, some floral citrus notes, and peppery spice. A light medicinal alcohol aroma bit at the nose, also. The taste was pretty complex with a sweet candy sugared flavor in front followed by a clovey, yeasty malt flavor. A peppery, citric taste took hold on the back of the palate and a mellow alcohol warmth was felt in the throat and chest. The feel was medium-bodied, creamy smooth, with a parching dry finish.
This was a good, tasty, easy-drinking beer. Complex and well-crafted, it hits the mark for abbey triples.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 20:39:20 | More by Boilermaker88
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New Jersey

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

A big pillow of white foam sits on top of a clear pale golden colored brew with no intentions of going away. Masses of fruit hit the nose initially. Yeasty notes as well as some grains join into the aroma as well as some notes of citrus and a touch of alcohol.

The carbonation is light, and the mouthfeel is very smooth. I think it could use a bit more body, but it fills out pretty well. There are a lot of sweet flavors to start you out. Dark fruits and citrus fruits, and even hints of candy. A nice grainy malt backround balances out the sweet flavor, and the alcohol lets its presence be known in a subtle way. I think this beer could have used a bit more flavor. It was good, but it seemed a bit too mellow. It does have great improvement with warming, so give it a few minutes.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 03:58:46 | More by ElGuapo
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Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into delirium tremens snifter: Hazy blonde hue, perhaps a little too clear. Dense white foam with quality lacing. Aroma of banana, very fieldish feel, light spicing and yeast character and pleasant flowers. Good malt presence in mouth, malty hay if that exists, just tart enough to mention it with notes of citrus (lemon) and apple. Overall very smooth body if a little biting. Complex, Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 18:10:34 | More by Rastacouere
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a beautiful golden-yellow color with a thick white head. The carbonation is heavy from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is medicinal, and lemony, with a bit of hay-like qualities. The flavor has lemon in front, followed by a peppery, medicinal taste. It finishes dry and warming. It is a smooth, easy drinking beer. A very nice Belgian.

Sampled 10/18/03

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 21:38:25 | More by BeerBuilder
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 21:44:31 | More by oberon
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4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: St. Feuillien Tripel

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a fluffy white head that leaves sporadic lacing which quickly "sparkles away." Smell is sweet with some bananas and spices (clove?). Taste is divinely belgian. Sweet apples and grapes with a champagne like finish. There is definitely a full body supported by a nice yeasty backbone that reminds you it is an abbey tripel. There is a slight aftertaste that reminds me of apple peel, but it is not at all unpleasant. Definitely one of the finest abbey tripels in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 01:30:51 | More by TripelJ
Photo of Hex92


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer.

Nice fluffy head. Mostly clear with a a little cloudiness. It might have a little too much carbonation, but the mouthfeel and taste don't suffer too much. The beer goes down smooth and tastes good. Tripels aren't my favorite style, but this is a good beer that I will buy again. Man cannot live on Dubbels alone.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 02:23:39 | More by Hex92
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bright and refreshing tripel, somewhat reminiscent of Allagash. Carbonation is prominent, almost ginger ale-like in the aftertaste. Pours a large head, very foamy, with some retention. Not a lot of lacing after the initial sip or two. Quite dry and thin for the style, with a definite hop presence. Tangy and tart. If you like Allagash, try this. It's quite good and different.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 04:32:53 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ashen golden in hue with a slight murk. Covered by a slowly ebbing sea foam like porcelain white head. Loose, frothy trails remain. The aroma is comprised of a dominant doughy pilsner malt and yeast must combination. Understated clove phenol and an impression of lightly tart, candi sugar sprinkled lemons are secondary. Tame, pleasantly clean aromawise. Grainy, bread crust sweetness upfront in flavor quickly constricts, becoming briefly powdery and confectioners sugar like. A transiently drying contrast provided by mild green apple and alcohol derived, unsweetened black licorice arises mid palate. Fleeting sweetness is nearly completely tapered late by lagging hop bitterness and a slightly chalky, dry cracker like suggestion. Well attenuated and a touch thin in mouthfeel, but consequently portentously crisp and light on the palate. Finishes nearly bone dry, with a fading extension of herbal phenols and faint hard cider tartness. A clean, balanced tripel, with functional, but not outstanding overall character. Perhaps overly soft esterwise. Although only a couple notches above mediocre as a whole, it retains ominous drinkability. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 18:15:27 | More by marc77
St. Feuillien Triple from Brasserie St. Feuillien
89 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.