St. Feuillien Speciale - Brasserie St. Feuillien
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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
4.58/5 rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
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
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
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Ever-classy and always abbey-quality. the "Speciale" is truly special, ...and strong, ...and complex. And its all things that the strongest, darkest, and richest beers of Belgium should be.
Pouring a turbulent and creamy appearance, the bone-white bubbles slowly separate from the beer's body and layers upon it with a whipped topping consistency. Tawny-brown in color, the ale is hazy with unfiltered character and allows the ale to cast ruby highlights. Its full-length retention and strong lacing power leaves a tightly-knit weave on the glass in the beer's wake.
Nutty sweetness and red wine immediately rise to the nose and carries with it candied fruit, dark fruit and balancing spice. Cherries, dates, apples, figs and raisins are all represented. Light vinous scents of cabernet peak through the malt sweetness and gives the scent a refreshing tartness that nearly whets the mouth.
Bold sweetness of confectioner's sugar and dark fruit are all over the place. All of the dark, dried, pitted fruits on the nose manifests in a savory, sticky taste seemingly of being "candied". Shy of honey, the malt sweetness is the perfect foundation for the fruits, spicy peppercorn and vinous spice. Finishing warm with a tinge of red wine and brandy, the beer flirts with the hot and mediciney side but backs off to reveal cinnamon, nutmeg and light clove. Its taste is much like fruitcake (except, I actually like this beer).
Full bodied, however the early pang of carbonation pushes the weight of the beer off the tongue to give lighter impressions early. But as the carbonation dissipates, the sweetness lingers on the tongue in more savory and sipping fashion. This is where the dryness of wine acidity, alcohol and spice keeps the beer balanced even deep into aftertaste.
Though a touch on the ligher Belgian-Dubbel side in taste, its power and complexity more than carry the taste and textures. Its another brilliant ale by the every-class St. Feuillien brewers.
Serving type: on-tap
07-20-2013 00:22:09 | More by BEERchitect
4.11/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Produced on 28-06-2012.
Served chilled into a goblet. This Belgian ale is a winter seasonal that is produced to celebrate with Christmas. I may be a few months late but, seeing as it's a snowy day in May, I figured it might be my last weather appropriate day until next fall.
Deep redish brown color with good clarity for the style. It has thick long-lasting head and some nice lacing.
Aroma is sweet and rich with some spice and a pleasant Belgian yeast.
Flavor is also leaning towards the sweet but has good balance. There is some warming winter spices and dark fruits like plum and raisin.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. The alcohol is subtle but shows in theory finish.
Overall a very enjoyable beer on a mid-Spring day with Winter-like weather.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2013 00:50:50 | More by GilGarp
St. Feuillien Speciale from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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