St. Feuillien Speciale - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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87
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: mrfrancis on 12-03-2011)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into a large snifter. Colour is a maple brown. Half-finger head fades to thin surface film leaving little lacing. Very small traces of visible carbonation near the head.

Smell: Most prominent aromas are of yeast mixed with brown sugar, sweet dark fruits, spice, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Starts off with a mild sweetness similar to a plum or raisin, transitions to a spicy yeast and finishes with an alcoholic sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body is alive with mild carbonation. Texture feels airy and foamy. Finishes a little sticky.

Overall: This is a good brew. The flavours are a little too sweet but the complexity redeems the negative qualities a bit. Nothing special but worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. It has a deep, dark brown color. There is only a hint of light that comes through, but basically opaque. It has a huge, tan foamy head that leaves a good deal of lacing behind.

S. A bit of a metallic scent.

T. That scent matches the taste. A good deal of a metallic malt flavor hits first. A bit of a nutty taste followed by a lemonish aftertaste.

M. Highly carbonated and fairly full bodied.

O. Well, if you include cost, certainly not worth the $16 pricetag I paid for it. But on its own, it's an OK brew, but the metallic taste is just a bit dominating.

St. Feuillien Speciale from Brasserie St. Feuillien
87 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.