Belgian Coast IPA
Brasserie St. Feuillien

Belgian Coast IPABelgian Coast IPA
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Belgian IPA
Ranked #270
Ranked #34,768
3.71 | pDev: 11.05%
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgian Coast IPABelgian Coast IPA
Notes: Collaboration with Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Durandal_777:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a small tulip glass a hazed deep burnt orange infused golden with a blooming sticky white head atop that leaves multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settles ever so slowly into a frothy mass.Aromas of stone fruit and powdered sugar up front,mild phenols and lemony hops are detected as well.Yeasty flavors along with some grain notes at the onset,dry and slightly spicy with lemony hops playing a role.Iam learning slowly that Belgian IPA's are not tongue buckling hop bombs, and I like hop bombs, but I like this beer,it's dry and not overly yeasty.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured alight hazy dirty yellow color ale with a giant foamy head with perfect retention and loads of lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with light dry hoppy notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also a nice mix between light floral hoppy notes with quite a bit of fruity ester and some residual sugars and that whole mix is backed up by a solid Belgian malt backbone. Body is about average with great carbonation. Probably not hoppy enough to be considered a Belgian IPA but nice drinkable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle....(Did I really pay $5.39 for the single bottle!?! WTF, should have checked the sticker price a bit closer)

Medium almond amber, a huge head results from a moderate pour. Fluffy and frothy and slowly relaxing down to a thicker film and leaving nice fine wispy lace.

Ripe tropical fruit nose.

I'm kinda disappointed with this one, sort of mushy mouth feel wise and quite on the mellow side hop wise. Two fine brewers but really no fire works here. Everything seems kinda muted, not what I was expecting from Green Flash and St F.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very large head of at least four fingers. It recedes slowly and in a rocky fashion. Leaves only a few spots of lace on the glass. The liquid is orange amber and cloudy.

Pale malt with a touch of orange sourness to the nose. Light floral hop behind this. Even lighter Belgian yeast aroma.

Mild lightly toasted malt up front. The swallow becomes harsher with biting pine-like hop and the yeast notes. The long-lasting aftertaste is stronger still with plenty of black pepper and lingering raw hop on the roof of my mouth. The body is appropriate but the carbonation is quite high.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I know that many people are unhappy about this winter and the ongoing series of snow days that are eroding the summer break, but I am actually all for it. I have a huge backlog of beer here at Chez Woody and as such, I am being diligent about clearing it out. Thus begins the Collaboration phase of today's program. Purchased at The Fridge and set aside, this beer's day has come!

From the bottle: "Bottle-Conditioned Ale"; "Product of Belgium Ale"; [undersigned] [?] Brewmaster Brasserie St-Feullien [,] Chuck Silva Brewmaster Green Flash Brewing Co."

How was I able to discern Silva's name? His penmanship was better, plus I know the man personally, as he is a friend of my cousin, Colby Chandler, specialty brewer at Ballast Point B.C.

If it says "bottle-conditioned" and evinces a slight haze, is a heavy-handed pour appropriate? NO! I was as gentle as I would be with a virgin. This resulted in mere wisps for head until I employed the servers' trick and produced two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep, coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Again, why would you disturb the lees if it is clearly marked as bottle-conditioned? SMH. Nose smelled like lying in a field of wild mint during the summer and taking a deep breath. Wow! The meadow below my maternal grandparents' house when I was growing up held just such a field and my maternal aunt took my brother and I out to pick a bunch of it and then showed us how to make tea from it. This is exactly what this beer smelled like! Mouthfeel was extremely carbonated, but with big bubbles, rendering it soft, rather than scrubbing. The taste was definitely minty hops, but underlain by a strange, fruity mustiness, not totally unlike Duvel. Wow. I know that I have complained about the Cascadian/Black IPA style in which the dark malts seem to overwhelm the hops, but just as I like White IPAs which enhance the hops with spices, this enhanced the hops with yeast. This was bottled 15 July 2013 and my aging did not seem to have harmed it in the least. The finish was bone-dry, just the way any respectable IPA should be. The yeast had done its job and the hops had not faded in any way. You can bet that I will be looking in The Fridge's cooler to see if any more exist.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into large Duvel tulip glass. According to the date on the bottle this was produced 07-15-2013.

A: Pour was hazy light orange with plenty of white head, due to the carbonation and Belgian yeast. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: Funky earth aroma, some citrus notes, definitely Belgian forward.

T: You get the earthy Belgian taste up front with some spice notes, maybe pepper. Not a lot of malt, but some notes of candy. The hops were not as forthcoming as I had hoped, but the finish was there dry and lingering, some citrus, maybe some mango.

M: Medium body with a load of carbonation. Finishes really dry.

O: Not my favorite style, but was enjoyable and a nice change from the hop bombs I tend to consume. Would have liked more on the hop end, but was a decent beer.

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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The love affair of California's Green Flash Brewing and Belgium's St. Feuillien is rekindled with an "American-forward" Belgian-style IPA that highlights the best of American hops and Belgian yeast for a highly complex and compelling ale that trends bitter and dry.

With a rich honey color, the beer is slightly of dark gold and mildly amber. Its faint haze shows off those goldenrod highlights beautifully through a diffused glow. A creamy, off white head races to the surface to cap the beer with a tall column of foam. Partly lathery and partly zesty- the beer speaks to both Belgian and hoppy influences as it trails with a smattering of residual lace and a long-lasting foam stance.

Surprisingly toasty and biscuity, the scent of savory bread crust leaps right out. Then comes a waft of perfume, caramel, fruit and spice as the layers of complexities unfold one by one. Lightly bruised apricot, coriander, cardamom, and a potpourri of fragrant herbs and grasses give the ale a tea-like note heading into taste.

As in the nose, its taste moistens the palate with the savory malt taste of melanoidin-rich toasted bread and biscuit-type sweetness that's lightly of shortcake and caramel. Like cashews, the brazen malts melt on the early palate and allows for freshly zested oranges, tangerines and lemons to wash over the middle. Lightly tropical and floral the taste of apricots and mangoes- both of the over-ripened variety to abound; just ahead of the rose hips, coriander, cardamom, chamomile and tea-like herbs that round out is flowery taste. Finishing spicy and bitter, the ale leaves the palate with a mild soapy impression.

Medium-dry on the palate, the beer's hearty malt structure and creamy-type carbonation sides with what's expected of American IPA, but lacks much of the more expressive carbonation of Belgian ale. This keeps the beer modestly fuller than expected, even as its spicy alcohol, lightly resinous hops and trailing sweetness dries the palate fairly well.

When led by Green Flash Brewing, the ales take on a maltier tone and with an abundance of perfume. Belgian Coast IPA's fortitude is its authentic European malt character but most will find the floral notes to be excessive.

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2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was quite a pricey brew.

A thick Belgian IPA. Nice spiced hop tones combining with thick yeasty flavors. Could probably deal with less of the latter and more of the former. But it's still nice. Consistent too. One and done for me though, because of the price.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige colored head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of grassy and citrusy hops—grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has lots of flavors of Belgian yeast along with a mix of grassy and citrusy hops. A light amount of bitterness is present, but this is mostly overshadowed by peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The Belgian influences on this beer seemingly outweigh the American ones, but this is an interesting blend of the two styles. I liked how the combination of grassy and citrusy hops almost resulted in a lemongrass-like flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of timmy2b
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of campfirebrew
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of snaotheus
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml (11.2oz) bottle poured into a tulip. The label shows Produced On: L 5100 1525 15/07/2013.

Pours orange and hazy, with a huge head. Smell is funky yeast, spicy. banana and clove.

Taste is heavy banana and clove, strong bitterness. Apple.

Mouthfeel is super effervescent. Overall, not bad.

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3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange-y amber color with a thick head that laces microbubbles up and down the snifter wall.

Tangerine, tart pear, woody pine, crabapple, dank citrus, musty yeast, and toasty malts. Touch of orange rind. Very nice.

Crispy and bitter with citrus, pine, and minty hops. Hop leafiness with pith and rind and pomme esters. A little tea leaf and dank citrus notes. Tempered malts have a little toast, but this IPA is a West-Coaster. Lighter Belgian flair, but the yeast is overshadowed by bright hops Americana.

Round body with chalky residue from the yeast and a good dose of semi-dissolved carbonation. Very smooth in the mouth with a skim milk viscosity and slickness.

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate-to-heavy haze. Head pours two fingers of pillowy white foam which leave a nice lace. I find it quite attractive.

Smell: fruity aroma with a pear-and-apple sweet malty character and a berrylike contribution from the hops. Not super IPA-like, but I find it balanced and enticing.

Taste: similar to the aroma, with a sweet but flavorful malt character and mild hops that contribute to the overall flavor nonetheless. Berrylike and earthy, I would say. Bitterness is moderate but on the high side for a Belgian. This is more like a hoppy Belgian Pale Ale than a Belgian IPA, but I happen to like it.

Mouthfeel: big carbonation and a moderate body yield a very nice creaminess. Kudos.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. Whether or not it's "IPA" enough for the classification, it's still a tasty brew.

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Belgian Coast IPA from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 151 ratings