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St. Feuillien Triple - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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BA SCORE
89
very good

493 Ratings
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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 17
Gots: 35 | 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 GreenWBush
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty canary on the pour - big blossoming head with yeast flecks speckling the incessant, creamy head. Little to no yeast noticed in the pour - it appears to have stuck to the bottom of the vessel.

No way to gauge freshness or best-by dates, nor should it really matter with the weight of this brew. It could have easily been sitting for a long while, but its seems fresh and vibrant to all of the senses.

Huge patterns of lemon all over the nose, with a spicier undertone with rising temperature of coriander. Smells literally like a fresh-cut lemon...strange and endlessly interesting to these nostrils.

The lemon footprint remains at the forefront of the flavor and even mouthfeel of this beer. Zesty is really the only adjective I could emote. Spiciness supercedes the lemon / citrus thing going on by the time the beer reaches room temperatures. The malt characteristic does get a little ragged at spots - my original notes included "off-putting, unsettling gumminess in flavor" but otherwise this was a striking, cuttingly hop-laden refreshing tripel.

Seemed more like a saison to me...worth a shot for those who find BSPA or tripels too sweet or not hoppy enough.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a wonderful dark orange with a huge foamy white head. The head stays forever and leaves exceptional lacing.

Smell: The smell is incredibly fruity and complex. Some wood and almost caramel notes are present, and mix well with the hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The fruitiness is the obvious focus in the mouth, but there a subtle complexities that continue to reveal themselves long after you swallow. The alcohol really adds a spiciness at the end that gives it that perfect kick. The wood notes are vast is flavors, but balance the beer out to near perfection. The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a wonderful Tripel. The flavor is damn near unbeatable. This is one of the better Tripels to come out of Belgium. This is a must try. The only thing that brings the drinkability down is the alcohol presence at the end. While it's nice, it makes a little hard to have alot of this beer. Magnificent.

Photo of putnam
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to give this 750ml bonus points for the pastoral artwork that is the label. It helps increase one's anticipation of the drink inside.
The pour is blonde, hazed and supports a sizeable expression of airy material on top.
The aromas are as sweet as candy. Notes of gingered orange peels, macadamia nuts, raw almonds and a variety of other cream and spice-related fractal impressions abound. On the palate it is cut sharply with dried, stemmy tannins and vigorous lines of gas. Flavors of dried apricots and nectarines are balanced by sinus-filling white pepper and resin. Unapologetic bitterness rules over the relentless, exotic impact of the fruit. In the end it is a hard, polished marble of jazzy, peachy, effusive, bitter beer energy. Very dry. Quite good. Very exhuberantly naiive and tough for such a pale-colored drink.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden with a pretty fluffy white head. Not as knockout as some other Tripels, but very nice. Aroma is sweet orange, with a tart backdrop (flowers and sour lime?). Flavor is very pleasant and a nice example of the style. Not as tart as some, reminds me of a mixture of creamy orange soda with a hops back bite. A very enjoyable tripel.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with copious co2 and a full, rocky, white head. Aroma is fruity, fresh and lightly grassy with a malt background. Flavor is sweet at the start with a yeasty bite at the finish. A metallic flavor lingers when it is colder, but dwindles as it warms. Palate is lively with plenty of co2, medium bodied, lightly creamy, yet crisp. Looks like a tripel, smells like a tripel, tastes like a tripel… I enjoyed this beer, yet did not fall in love as I was expecting. It has the right idea, but does not pull off the complexity or the balance of a great tripel.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pure golden with some yellow fringes. Thin white head kicks off some uneven lace. Carbonation bubbles are huge.
Aroma is pale malt, buttered bread, heavy yeast and some light citrus in the background.
Flavor is very pale, blonde malts with a notable wheat bread note and some minor lemon/orange citrus.
Mouthfeel is light and airy with some buttery notes to start followed by light bittering. Finish is a tad too thin for style and lacks the necessary warming alcohol glow needed for a great Tripel.
Drinkability is above average. Too thin and not enough complexity for style

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

11.2oz stubby brown bottle. No freshness date. Poured into a Westy glass.
It pours an orange-hued amber with medium-sized frothy off-white head, which fades to a lasting 1/4" coating.
An initial smell of horse stable dissipates, revealing smells of toasty malt and spicy hops, with a trace of warming alcohol.
This is a brew that certainly improves with ample breathing time. A caramel sweet malty taste mingles with a nice dry biscuity flavor. A hint of butter rolls on the tongue.
Peppery spicy hops, along with a subtle citrus tartness are topped by a light clovey spiciness. As it warms, minor tastes of banana and orange zest are revealed. The alcohol adds a slight edgy harshness.
Nice stuff!

Photo of clvand0
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tom, the owner of Pazzo's for sharing his 9 Liter bottle of this with us. Poured an orange color with a tall head that fell away quickly, but left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was very spicy with bananas, pepper, clove. Great aroma. The flavor was slighty creamy with the pepper and bananas making a greatly complex Belgian. Very nice Belgian beer. Drinkability was very good.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 9 Liter bottle into a tulip glass. The beer was a nice yellowed orange color with a good 2 fingers of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was my favorite part of this beer. Banana, peppery spice, pineapple. Divine. The flavor was a nice creamy banana spiked with lemon and pepper. Very nice. The feel was a bit creamy and moderate. Drinkability was also good. Smooth and very refreshing beer. I look forward to my next graduation. I will be getting a 9L of this to celebrate! Thanks to Tom at Pazo's for sharing this beer around with the patrons last week!.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Photo of PorterLambic
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of BrewMaster
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of 99bottles
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of rdrummer
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of foamyhead
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
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...

Photo of shapudding
3.64/5  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.

Photo of Stimack
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
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)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

St. Feuillien Triple from Brasserie St. Feuillien
89 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.