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St. Feuillien Speciale - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mrfrancis on 12-03-2011)
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, dark brown. Semi-opaque with some residual matter floating about. Nice head (1/2") shrank down to a pleasant froth on top. Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.25: Wow, really unique and appealing nose on this brew. Deep and dark smells of raisins, soy, toasted grains and over-ripe fruits. On top of all this, there is a distinct bouquet of wood aging, specifically oak tannins.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet, but this sweetness fades into a dryness that cleanses the palate. Middle is deep and filled with slightly sweet tastes of treacly malt with hints of Belgian yeast, oaky tannins and a pleasant rosiny hint. Finish is smooth, full and contains an appealing blend of tannins, barley malt and hint of spicy yeast and noble hop. Aftertaste is refreshing in its shortness and dryness with more slight hints of malt and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Smooth, champagne-type conditioning adds greatly to the enjoyment of this brew.

Overall 4.25: Excellent dubble, or "strong Belgian dark." This beer is light, smooth, well-balanced and betrays nothing of its large 9% ABV. It is a fantastic session beer and would go well with any type of food. However, it is my opinion that you would be a fool for wasting this fantastic and complex dubble on anything other than a relaxing evening sitting down in front of a roaring fire and appreciating its many, many levels of taste and aroma. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 05:39:14 | More by BeerDocT
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper body that is see thru with one finger foamy head that's tan colored and leaves no lace patches. Aroma is typical Belgian yeast, a little nutty, touches of dark fruits like figs and hints of sugary malts. Smooth, light bodied, I get more of a dark fruit taste like the figs and raisins or plums are coming out, the yeast helps the smoothness and gives it a little "fluff", some minor sugary sweetness and just a touch of citric hops on backend for a crisp finish (could also be some spices like pepper). Balance is good and it is a quality sipper. In summation, there is absolutely nothing spectacular about this beer and they followed the standard how-to manual to the T, one might say. That being said, they did a great job at making this ale to the T and it is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 16:16:05 | More by clayrock81
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seedyone

New York

3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/25/13 On tap. Part of a flight. Big flavors herein. Full bodied and spiced to the max, but I can't place the spice. Could it be the sweet disguises the spice? Normally that's a complimentary condition.

Bottom line is this seems to be the max on the Ste. Feuillien line. My tastes settled with the triple, but every one is worth a try...because you're not me. Right?

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2014 02:20:19 | More by seedyone
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diverite

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-17-2014 22:31:21 | More by diverite
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Chirpie

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-14-2014 04:19:32 | More by Chirpie
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-28-2014 23:44:20 | More by afsdan
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-28-2014 15:54:36 | More by KJ2013
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devilfluff

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-25-2014 19:42:54 | More by devilfluff
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rcjennings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-16-2014 20:25:18 | More by rcjennings
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d_brommer_nh

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-12-2014 19:42:17 | More by d_brommer_nh
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 6/28/2012. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/candi sugar maltiness; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast/carbonation spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/candi sugar malt; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately prickly, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/candi sugar malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:59:16 | More by superspak
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, faintly yellow pillowy film for a head.

Smells of apple and cherry over oak wood malts with a bit of almond.

Almond and cherry sweetness over biscuit malts with a dry woody undertone. Some citrus tartness and hints of vanilla.

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

An excellent Belgian ale with a fairly unique flavor. Underrated in my opinion and worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 22:41:51 | More by Cylinsier
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-10-2014 18:29:28 | More by Oakenator
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leodarko

California

3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-01-2014 07:44:47 | More by leodarko
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MonicaC

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-01-2014 05:34:02 | More by MonicaC
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

12-31-2013 02:00:04 | More by ejimhof
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2Cents

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-26-2013 03:05:36 | More by 2Cents
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YieldToNothing

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-23-2013 05:05:52 | More by YieldToNothing
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-15-2013 03:04:03 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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hayesjw

California

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

first "had" date was 06-07-12 with 3.75.

presently, would rate "had" as 4.00 on 12-07-13. I believe it may rate 4.03 when my review is completed.

A - Bright cherry amber. The rim lacing remained on a 6oz. pour into a stemed vessel for $5 at The 547H for all of its enjoyable drink.

S - old wine born on raisins on a full October moon.

T - There is a slight sweetness to these mature vine riped grapes(?) that mellows the malt overtones.

M - This ale is still on palate and to the eye. Remains a warm coating to the mouth. Savory notes creep in after deliberation with prose.

O - I am surprised with this deep fruit driven Belgian ale providing color and savour to consider it agreeable with all who seek warmth on a cold California night.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 23:35:33 | More by hayesjw
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thefluker

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

11-20-2013 00:17:22 | More by thefluker
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-31-2013 03:47:57 | More by jaydoc
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16%

10-24-2013 00:23:20 | More by Lukass
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Raziel313

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

09-11-2013 01:17:07 | More by Raziel313
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.9%

08-09-2013 22:38:01 | More by reitzbrewing
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St. Feuillien Speciale from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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