St. Feuillien Speciale - Brasserie St. Feuillien
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3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-20-2013 00:22:09 | More by BEERchitect
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
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
01-14-2013 03:53:35 | More by EkimGram
3.18/5 rDev -18%
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.
12-14-2012 23:33:12 | More by Amalak
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.
12-02-2012 05:37:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
Very nice, brownish red appearance with the most chunkiest of floaties in the glass, could be cause it's been in the cellar for 6 mfionths or so, but the most floaties I've seen in a while.
Smells of cherrys and figs, smells a bit sweeter than it tastes.
Overall very nice biscuity, fig with a smidge of cherry taste, not too carbonated. Very good, not great.
11-24-2012 23:58:10 | More by CaptFrothy
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: The are light aromas of Belgian yeast candi sugar in the nose along with some hints of coriander spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and flavors od coriander arevespecially prevalent towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The spiciness is a little unusual for the style but the spices sets it apart from other beers. No alcohol is present in the taste.
11-22-2012 22:04:07 | More by metter98
St. Feuillien Speciale from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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