St. Feuillien Speciale - Brasserie St. Feuillien
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4.58/5 rDev +18%
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.
01-21-2014 22:41:51 | More by Cylinsier
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. From this year’s bottling.
Appearance: As served the beer is a bright clear Mahogany color with lots of reddish pale highlights from the room lighting. The 1” foamy tan head soon recedes leaving nothing on the sides of the glass. By midway through the first glass there is only the smallest ring of bubbles and a small thin irregularly shaped island of foam on the liquid. Sipping leaves only a few speckles of lacing that soon slide down the side of the glass to the liquid.
Smell: The aroma is clean, fresh, and filled with green orchard fruits which given its color is a bit of surprise as I was expecting something more in the way of dark orchard fruits. There are also hints of cherries here which show more as the beer warms.
Taste: The flavor is a subtle mix that is partly predicted by the nose in that the green orchard fruits are complimented by some refreshing light semi-sweet cherry and a hint of chocolate and a touch of caramel. Neither the hops nor the alcohol are showing here except in their effects (e.g., the warmth from the alcohol shows fairly soon.)
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with some faint, lightly prickly carbonation. The medium length finish is fruity and soft, fading gently away into a touch of dryness.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a very nice beer where one sip follows another with the kind of ease that makes a beer with ABV this high one to take especial care with. My overall impression is that this is indeed a special beer and I’m glad I decided to give it a try. There are two words to be used in summarizing my impressions of this beer, they are “subtle” and “complex.”
12-14-2011 17:41:35 | More by drtth
4.24/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
01-10-2014 05:39:14 | More by BeerDocT
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
A: From the bottle, this beer pours a dark amber with a huge, rocky white head. In the glass, this ale displays a slightly hazy appearance, with little streams of bubbles being readily apparent.
S: Aromas of toffee, caramel, plums, and spices are present on the nose. This smells much more interesting than the typical Belgian speciale.
T: Notes of toffee, caramel, ripe plums, cream, honey roasted nuts, peppery hops, cinnamon, allspice, cocoa, and slightly pungent yeast swirl across the palate. The finish is robust and flavorful with a lingering fade of cocoa, cream, toffee, nut, and plum flavors.
M: Medium bodied and somewhat dry. Carbonation is rather gentle and restrained. Despite the high alcohol content, this beer is quite drinkable, though the alcohol does eventually sneak up on you.
O: I'm very impressed by this beer, and I'm definitely glad I got to try it. The complexity of the flavor profile is amazing, yet it is so easy to drink. In this respect, it reminds me of Bosteels' Pauwel Kwak, though it is not nearly as sweet. I'm not certain whether this is a fall release or a limited release, as I was unable to get a clear answer from anyone, but I believe it is brewed in the summer for an annual fall release in very small quantities. If you can find it, be sure to give it a try.
12-03-2011 13:36:21 | More by mrfrancis
4.11/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
05-02-2013 00:50:50 | More by GilGarp
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
A- It pours a hazy deep brown with a red tint. Lots of bubbles rising in the glass. It has a fluffy tan head with excellent retention and decent lacing. Lacing improves as the head recedes to a thin layer of fowm.
S- fruity, lots of raisin with some tart cherry and spices. It smells sweet, with some hints of alcohol and yeast in there as well.
T- Raisin, fig, brown sugar, yeast. I do get some spices, maybe corriander? The finish is slightly bitter and sticky.
M- It's medium bodied with aggresive carbonation. it turns to foam almost instantly as it hits my tongue. It does feel very sticky, especially on the lips.
O- I did enjoy this one, despite it's champagne-like carbonation.
03-27-2013 20:20:23 | More by silverking
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
04-11-2014 00:59:16 | More by superspak
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
On-tap at Prime 16 into its proper branded goblet.
A: Crystal clear, striking crimson-amber body with a solid stream of bubbles rising to the 1/2” cap of fine tan foam. Ok retention, light lace. Amazing clarity and color, but otherwise pedestrian.
S: Sweet and fruity, with raisin, pear, apple, and cherry all coming through brightly. A bit of phenolic spice shows up upon a deep inhalation. Light chalkiness. Thoroughly pleasant.
T: Spicy and malty up front, with sweet fruits building through the middle and a clean, mineral- and alcohol-laden finish. Raisin and pear are the most distinct of the fruit flavors, and there’s a definite toffee edge to the malt. Hops aren’t really noticeable, but the spiciness and booze take care of keeping the finish from being cloying. Quite nice.
M: Lively, smooth, creamy medium body. Excellent.
O: This doesn’t really fit into any style category, as it combines the fruitiness of a Quad with the spiciness of a Tripel. Whatever you call it, it’s tasty and worth trying.
12-10-2011 17:09:03 | More by woosterbill
4.01/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
12-07-2013 23:35:33 | More by hayesjw
St. Feuillien Speciale from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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