St. Feuillien Påskeøl (Easter Beer) | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Brasserie St. Feuillien

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Sigmund on 08-06-2005

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of biegaman
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 days in a tomb? Psh! St. Feuillien Cuvée de Pâques ("Easter Beer") spent more than 3 years in a dark cellar and it's risen alive and healthy. Though this bottle is a few years old it looks great for its age; it retains a solid, appropriately egg-white head, considerable clarity, and lots of shine - all indicators that this has held up well.

For those of us who love malty, spicy, dark Belgian ales, their aromas often offer a similarly comforting sensation as that of warm laundry. They have a yeastiness that brims with dark fruits (i.e, purple plums) and dried fruits (i.e, prunes) as well as a list of other fruity, nutty, bready, and spicy nuances that can seemingly go on forever.

For an Easter beer this reminds me an awful lot of Christmas; it has enough cinnamon and nutmeg spice, dried fruitiness, and sweet, caramelly malt to taste a bit like a rum cake or plum pudding - classic holiday desserts. Notwithstanding, it has a thick, nourishing, substantial breadiness that seems most appropriate for an Easter recipe.

Indeed, those fasting for Lent should have a few bottles on hand both as reward and to restore vitality. All that rich maltiness, mind you, can't completely hide the alcohol but, in tandem with the yeast, does manage to dress it up a bit; at least part of the 7.5% is sufficiently masked so as to be undetectable, disguised by fruity esters and spicy/savory phenols.

There should be Dubbels and Belgian dark ales at all times of the year, but especially in the cool, grey, damp, muddy, miserable early days of spring. These beers, with their rich maltiness, nuanced yeast, and warming alcohol can awaken a kind of spirited renewal in the drinker. St. Feuillien Cuvée de Pâques should be as equated with Easter as chocolate and bunnies.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a translucent rusty red with a nice cap of off-white foam.

S: Nose is unique. Belgian candi sugar, sweet with notes of candied orange and honeyed carrots (the closest I could equate it to).

T: Taste is sweet, but the light hopping holds it back. Taste is of brown sugar, citrus fruit in syrup, maple, and caramel candy.

M: This beer is thin, it is, it needs more body, relatively smooth, light on the palate.

D: A solid Belgian by St. Feuillien, an interesting dubbel to try.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at La Laiterie in Providence RI
Appears slightly murky light golden brown. Nice white fluffy head than slowly falls. Decent lacing. I get sweet malt on the nose with some fruit as well. Taste is sweet malts, some subtle fruit, some caramel ans a little spice as well. I get a dry earthy finish. Easily drinkable, not too high in ABV yet somewhat complex with the medium body it is a great beer in which to visit more than once in a sitting.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige/brown color ale with a nice huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and nice Belgian malt with sweet fruity ester. Taste is also a mix between some well balanced candi sugar with great notes of Belgian malt and very refreshing and fruity ester. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no appearance of alcohol. Took one third of the bottle to cook mussels and had great results.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day. Their beer menu actually listed this as the printemp, but then noted that it's a dubbel, at 7.5%, and St. Feuillien's Easter beer. So I'm assuming this is what I had. The owner of Max's indicated that this beer is pretty rare, especially on draft. So of course I had to try it.

The beer pours a hazy tannish gold color with good head rentention and lacing. I get some honey and spice on the nose, though not a whole lot. Maybe some brown sugar as well. On the palate this beer is medium sweet, with sort of a melon and honey flavor. There is also some underlying spice, and a hint of caramel and cherry flavor. The flavor profile in this beer is fairly complex, which is nice, I just wish there was a bit more of it. The beer has a very soft, creamy mouthfeel, and is really the beer's best feature IMHO. Abv. is well disguised and the beer is pretty drinkable.

A very interesting beer from St. Feuillien, but I can't say it was so wonderful that I'm likely to order again.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ monks cafe 08/16/2008- found out there were only 8 of these kegs in the US...made the beer feel a lil extra special

Burnt sugar in the nose, which was excellent. Tropical fruit in the finish- tastes of banana and papaya. Interesting version of a dubbel as its listed on the site. Would hope to see more easter beers in the US sometime soon

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Photo of Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Easter beer seems to be brewed specially for the Danish market, where specific "Easter" beers (normally less interesting than this one) have more of a tradition than in Belgium. It's kind of a hybrid between the the Brune and the Blonde, leaning more heavily on the brown side. 750 ml bottle, corked champagne-style. Bought in Denmark. Very large and lasting cream-coloured head, beer is hazy brown with a reddish hue. Very strong and "raw" aroma of barnyard, ensilage, ammonia, leather and fermenting fruits, mellows gradually in the glass. Flavour is a bit smoother and mellower than the aroma - chocolate sweetness, some oak and spices, moderate but decent hops. Mouthfeel becomes strangely metallic and watery (for a 7.5% beer, that is) in the finish. Some liquorice in the aftertaste. An interesting beer after all.

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St. Feuillien Påskeøl (Easter Beer) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 9 ratings