St. Feuillien Speciale - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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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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Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website
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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Photo of shangwang
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Craft Ale House, served in a Duvel tulip

Served with almost no head, just swirly bits of white bubbles on the surface of a mahogany-amber body. Very pellucid complexion for a darker beer. Lots of different esters in the smell - I detected banana, anise, raisins, and honey. The result was a fruity sweetness with spicy undertones. The taste had a very boozy quality about it that dominated the flavors - licorice, pepper, pear, and banana with cinnamon spice. Very complex, but so much so that it felt a little out of balance for my liking. Mouthfeel was a medium weight, with a bit of carbonation and a dry finish which left the taste feeling very pronounced. It certainly became more pleasant as it warmed.

There wasn't much subtlety to this beer, and it was a bit much for me. Lots of strong tastes, and I would say they worked together well, but every sip tasted so concentrated and heavy. Glad I tried it, but I probably would not order this one again.

Photo of impending
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

C+

750ml into a goblet. Pours as a cola with a tan head that retains nicely on the surface, ok lacing. Back lite it is a gorgeous deep clear garnet, a rich gem.

Aroma exudes vinous qualities. Plums about to rot, grape bubble gum with overripe banana esters, all other fruits are dark.

Flavor begins with a sweet figgy intro with a caramel highlight. Nearly zero mid flavor, it goes abruptly into the long lasting finish. Strong phenolic heavy aftertaste with a touch of zinc, not a strength as this is a dominant flavor. Zero bitter, little dry. The alcohol while not overt is a flavor component. Medium to full bodied creamy mouthfeel.

improves tremendously with warmth and inebriation
cheers
jd

Photo of RedSpecial1
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Comes out with very minimal white head and is a burnt caramel color.

S: Pretty one note with a candy sweetness.

T: Tastes like a cross between gelatin and strawberry cough syrup. Very sweet.

M: A touch thin but with a silkiness as well.

O: Not very well balanced, far too sweet.

Photo of warnerry
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear mahogany with no head or lacing.

S -- Fruit and spice, with raisin, banana and a little pepper.

T - Quite fruity up front, with raisin, banana and pear. Also a nice amount of spice with pepper, and maybe coriander. A bit tart on the finish. Also a bit earthy on the finish.

M -- Medium mouthfeel, not too heavy, with a nice crispness. Finishes dry and a bit tart.

O -- A nice dark ale, with elements of a tripel. Would have again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St.Feullien Speciale

Pours a light amber color, silky foam covers a bright clear brew. Aroma of estery Belgian yeast, fruit, noble hops and a touch of fusel alcohol. In the taste, fruity with suggestions of pear, peach and raisin. Some mineral aspects are met with hop bitterness and a small alcohol kick. Medium bodied, smooth creamy feel with Belgian yeast lingering into the finish. Overall, an approachable Belgian Strong Dark, and worth the purchase price.

Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.”

Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Cheers!

Photo of chakadrum
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle around 50°F.

Ruby-red when held up to a light source. Started with a pillowy head but quickly dissipated. The top of the pour shows light patches of foam but no long-clinging lacing on the sides.

I smell fruitcake. Very distinct. If you like fruitcake the smell could be quite pleasant. I would think there is a bit of coriander in the beer.

Lots of spice in this one. Again, the coriander is quite present. Not particularly sweet. This kind of reminders me of a darker, dryer witbier.

Tough to separate the taste and the mouthfeel on this one as the spices really stand out. I think a little extra carbonation would have been nice.

Overall, I'm not blown away by this. With that said, the $17 I paid for it was definitely too much.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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St. Feuillien Speciale from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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