St. Feuillien Saison | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of gotweid
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the corked bottle into a weizen glass poured the hazy golden orange beer with a large, clunky, chunky, thick, white head that seemed to last & last. The aroma was a light combination of malt, grain & fruit with a little funk that disappeared. A yeasty, warm, fruity, malty, & wonderfully complex taste is pleasing. Thought I noticed a touch of tart? Slightly dry mouthfeel and so, so easy to drink. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life I would be happy with this one. It's that good.

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Photo of brewerdrew
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Corsendonk Glass. Very Beautiful strong white head with a bit of a haze which was perfectly acceptable for the style of beer.

The smell is fruity with a slight yeasty bite,

The taste was very clean & crisp with front end fruit notes standardly expected with the Saison style.

All in all a great rendition of Saison. I have had few that match this version.

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Photo of Chasebrks
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off the tap this beer had a medium white head and some serious turbidity, boding well for someone who loves a dirty saison. I got to St. Feuilien's Saison last on a flight of four and by that time it had settled significantly with the bottom 60% of the glass notably more opaque than the top beer. I wasn't mad about it, but it was a distinct characteristic for such a short time spent settling.

The ride started with ripe banana and finished with underripe banana (increased bitterness) and some vanilla smoke. I was reminded of a recently emptied box raisins when I smelled this beer, I thought that was pretty unique. An interesting show of Belgian terrior in a kick ass traditional saison.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A gift from Brett, the cellarman at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh, who knows how important the furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), especially with the Craft CAN revolution.

From the Slimline CAN: "Product of Belgium"; "Belgian Farmhouse Ale".

The Crack revealed another brimful CAN and I CANnot say enough good things about the trend. The Glug created a brief finger of tawny head with low retention. Color was a hazy yellowish-orange. Nose smelled deeply of peppery coriander, along with lemon zest, musty yeast, and an herbal/flowery scent, like lilac or lily. Zounds! I am so in love with the idea that they put something like this into a CAN! Mouthfeel was thin, not watery per se, but soft and caressing. Taste was riotous with so many flavors all trying to take hold on my tongue. The herbal floweriness worked in tandem with the lemon zestiness to give it a lemon tart taste that was reinforced by the black pepper spiciness and the musty yeast. I felt like I was drinking a liquid lemon poppy muffin. Finish, as you might imagine, was bone-dry. Boy, if this won't quench your thirst on a warm, humid 4th of July, I CANnot imagine what it would take.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ah, those Belgian masters of good looking beer - this one pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a massive head that leaves clumps of lacing

Smell: Lots going on in the aroma, with husky grains, stone fruit, melon, white pepper spice and a hint of honey

Taste: Rather Germanic in a sense, with a bready opening and some grassy hops in the back; in the middle, however, there is a lot of Belgian character, with melon/stone fruit, honey/candi sugar, and white pepper/herbal spice; after the swallow, the peppery/herbal flavors and honey sweetness linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with rather high carbonation

Drinkability: Not a classic Saison, but a very interesting beer that blends qualities of various Belgian styles (BPA, BIPA and Saison) with a pilsner; the result is a bit sweeter than typical but overall, this beer is very, very good

Thanks, mrmiles, for putting this into my Secret Santa package

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Photo of danmouer
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring to a goblet from a...wait for it! aluminum CAN!!! Yes, this is St. F's wonderful saisonin a can...a 1/3 liter can, that is. To tellthe truth, while I'm thrilled to find this in single serving cans at my local, i downgraded this brewksi on appearance. Belgian saisons are meant to come in a cork-finished 750, by Golly, and this just doesn't look right.

My pour is wonderful. Big fat, fast falling head leaving a fine white wreath of foam that stays til the end. A light golden color that would be crystal clear, except I dumped the yeast lees in my glass and so there is a fine cloud of floaties. The joys of real bottle- or can-conditioned beer. Can-conditioned? Is this a first?

The aroma. Is wonderful. Beautifully sweet and grainy Old World pilsner malt with a nice laid-back undercurrent of grassy hop.

Flavor is big, full, sweet-but-dry malt-forward maltiness all stitched up with Belgian-yeast spice and earthy-grassyhops that leave a very refreshing bitterness on the palate and throat as it goes down.

This is a wonderfully mouthfilling, very efforvescent saison that goes on and on with a long bittersweet, finish.

The overall impression is that this beer was made to show Bohemian pilsner brewers that Belgians could beat them at their own game with a fine, golden, ALE! Amen.

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Photo of Fuzzycranium
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

wonderful tall 11.2 ounce can. Appearance is is straw with good carbonation and moderate white head. Lots of small carbonated bubbles. Aroma is fruity/flowery/boozy. Love the mouthfeel as it seems like the carb continues or maybe even increases. Flavor moves from citrus tang through warming clean dry crisp finish.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saint Feuillien Saison pours cloudy, orange amber with a 1.5” fluffy persistent head. Fruit to over ripe fruit, slight alcohol, and light biscuit aromas rise from the glass. The palate starts with a fruit blend of plum, apricot and berry over light biscuit, with a touch of sweetness that dries out as it moves over the tongue, drying slightly and becoming more peach like with a hint of citrus by the finish. There is a slight over ripe taste in the background. It has a medium body and a touch above medium on the carbonation. The carbonation is soft and fine giving the beer a pleasant creaminess.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful medium gold color with a perfect two finger white head. Nice carbonation and lacing. This beer is a looker.

S- Apricot, peach, some hops, slight hint of malt. Very sweet smelling, but not overly so. This beer smells wonderful, and hopefully the taste will be similar. Maybe a little yeast smell as well? If so, it's in the background. Great smelling Saison.

T- Great tasting Saison! This is exactly what I like about this style. Very drinkable at 6.5%. The fruit and spices really come out in the taste. Very smooth, but a crisp edge to it. Very balanced- this beer is put together extremely well.

M- Very smooth, but a crispness, also a earthy vibe all in one. Not heavy, and very easy to drink. This beer is great anytime, but I imagine it's the perfect warm weather beer.

O- This beer totally hits the spot for me in the category. I don't drink a ton of Saisons, but I do enjoy them. This is definitely in the top 2 or so that I've personally tried. Very nice... Worth the pickup if you're in the mood for it!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice glass. Good solid pop off the cork. Bottle August 2nd, 2012.

Deep apricot orange, with a nice thin amount of rising carbonation along the edges, with a hint of tan color. Head matches with a fluffy foamy retention. Good staying power with some slow settling, foamy two fingers tall and with even bone white and slightly tan looking color. Great small rising column of carbonation in the middle also. Very nice classic looking Belgian character here.

Great floral aroma on the nose. Some hints of grass like hop matching out. Hints of some orange candy like aromas also, that make me think of tangerines. Quite interesting and unique.

Big dry finish on this beer. Lots of earth aromas, and crisp carbonation. Chewy sweet orange like fruits and almost a hint of caramel like brown sugars. Very large lingering aftertaste, with large amounts of black pepper. Warmth brings even more tangerine and orange like fruits, with a great amount of dry brut champagne crispness. Earthy, tangy, zesty, slightly sweet, peppery just a lot going on.

This is a winner right here.

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Photo of CZs
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured cask into 8 oz tulip. Light orange / amber color - a nice surprising contrast to all the other straw-colored Saisons out there. Nice 3 fingered, creamy white head. Highly carbed, but not on the same effervescent level as a lot of Saisons.

Smell: Complex candied citrus fruit, canteloupe. Sweet clementine. Maybe some slight Special B mixed in there - something slightly heavier smelling than just light or citrus fruits.

Taste: Again, a nice contrast to all the typical highly effervescent Duponts of the world. Orange over lemon. Various levels of sweetness over pure breezy farmhouse tartness or pure black pepper without being overly sweet. This differs from the session Saison or those making a Saison with a 15-25% Witte like grain bill. I love that it bucks the supposed trend of what an "authentic Saison" should be - I love Dupont, but this is more true to the spirit of Saison in my opinion - less guidelines, more variety. It is a black sheep in a great way. I probably like it more than most Saison enthusiasts do, and would compare it to the Southampton Saison - also an amber-like Saison.

Mouthfeel: Medium high carb, malt forward, in the middle of crisp and silky. I would guess the body is somewhere between 1.010 - 1.014

Overall: If you want to switch up your Saison experience without going full-on Dark Saison, this and Southampton are where its at. Not everyone has to drink a 3-5 SRM, lemon spritzer every time they want a Saison. Again, I respect the classic Dupont and enjoy it many times but I equally respect its orange brother.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber color with yellow and amber hues. Off-white 2-finger pillowy head. Medium+ retention with spotty lacing.

Banana, clove, melon, citrus zest, clean malt, buscuit, mild mustiness.

Banana, clove, melba toast, very mild hop bitterness.

Medium+ bodied, but thins out slightly in the mid palate before picking up again in the finish.

Nicely balanced with a long finish. Alcohol is well integrated in the beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. can

Pours hazy amber gold orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like sweet nutty toasted caramel malts, mild banana, clove, peppercorn spice, tart lemon, orange citrus, some funky hay, apple, pear, apricot, with floral earthy grass and herbal pine. Tastes like sweet nutty toasted caramel malts, mild banana, clove, peppercorn spice, tart lemon, orange citrus, funky hay, apple, pear, apricot, with floral earthy grass and herbal pine. Feels smooth medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice saison.

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Photo of KKB
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – Very nice looking body, murky golden amber with some sediment floating around inside, a big, extremely tightly-knit pale white head giving it a retention that is downright impressive.

S – A real fruity aroma hits you first and it’s somewhat tart and a little musky/funky. There is a melon fruitiness, and pepper-esque spiciness with a slight honey in here as well. It smells very interesting and really rather nice.

T – The taste is less intense than the smell indicated it might be, but it’s pretty dang nice nonetheless. Really light honey, pepper, fruit, some grass and bread with some slight hops lingering in the background to give it a really delicate and complex taste—it is actually quite wonderful.

M – The mouthfeel has a medium body with very good carbonation and a smooth, robust quality to it that is just outstanding. Seriously, one of the best mouthfeels I have ever had. I normally don’t place too much stock in the mouthfeel but it really is out of this world.

O – This is a fine, quality Belgian Saison, one of the best ones I have ever had. It is subtle and complex and refined, and the flavors are so interesting and compliment one another so well. Highly, highly recommend this. It is divine.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a beautiful gold in color with a light orangish tinge and a big white head that came up on an easy pour and showed great retention.

Smell - The funk is prominent at the nose but not offensive and I don't catch any sourness. The malt is very light and I'm picking up a stiff hop backbone.

Taste - The sharp, funky mold is tightly-melded to a big sweetish flavor. The sweets are light citrus with a bit of honey but otherwise not overly sugary, just a nice natrual sweet taste that rightly balances out the funk.

There's also quite a big hop bite here as well. It's leafy, like endive, with an earthy character that lingers from stem to stern. The hops, natural sweetness, and moldy funk are in perfect balance here.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied Saison is properly carbonated and has a strong, bitter aspect that pushes the limits of the style. It plays well in the cheeks and is quite intense without offending the senses.

Drinkability - This effort by St F lacked the sourness of some examples of the style so if you're looking for that this will disappoint. If you're open to other leanings though and appreciate what is obviously a patient brewer working with high-quality ingredients then this is a must-try.

Personally I thought this was a home run. The hopping is very stiff, the funk mild but intense, but most of all the sweetness that balances the other two sharp aspects of this flavor profile was very pure and natural. Too often you get that cheap, sugary sweet flavor in pretenders of the style but here this is high-quality, natural sweetness that salivates the mouth and balances out the other players in this ale.

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Photo of stevoj
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Cora-Forbach. Nice amber color with short lived towering head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is grass, hay and butterscotch. Easily drinkable....

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5-11-10 - poured into a tulip glass - 1PT corked bottle

Appearance: Pours gold with light brown highlights. Plenty of carbonation after the pour provides a nice long, lasting head.

Smell: This beer features an aroma of honey, spices, and grass with additional hints of both fruit and yeast character.

Taste: Very clean and crisp with fruity notes. There is also a taste of both clover honey and lemon present. All of these elements become more pronounced as the beer slowly warms. This beer has a slight yeasty bite and a dry, wine-like finish.

Mouthfeel: High Carbonation. The mouthfeel is thin, but frothy and gently rolls over the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable if you like this style. Initially, this beer has a slight tang at the end, but that dissipates as it warms.

Comments: I really enjoyed this beer, but I'm a fan of this particular style. In my opinion this beer is extremely underated and underappreciated.

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Photo of phishgator
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Bright, carbonated lacy head fill the glass. There are grassy notes that permeate from the pour. The slight tart/sourness is evident and even some crisp hops come through. A light body makes this an easy drinking ale anytime of the day.

This was from a can and not the bottle.

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Pours a golden color with a big frothy white head.

Smells fruity, mostly orange, backed up with a huge sweetness and some spicy belgian yeast notes. Expected more funkyness or fruity sourness to it, but maybe I was wrong. This is the first saison I've had that's actually brewed in Belgium.

Belgian yeast dominates, giving a biscuity flavor, backed up by some fruitiness and ends with some spicy pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkablity is great. At only 6.5% this is easy to drink a whole bottle. A whole lot of flavor and exactly what I look for in a Belgian brew.

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Photo of gfreed
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant saison all around, beginning with a puffy head and a cloudy, orangey iced-tea mass below. Looks very inviting. The aroma is rather scarce: just a bit of flowers and a little citrus, not much more than that. Don't be mislead, however: this is a very tasty saison. Plenty of oranges, lemons; just enough bready flavors to add some thickness to the taste. Dense body, light carbonation. Mildly hoppy with a diminutive, even polite, sting at the end. Not overly aggressive or muscular, just a good, plain saison. Buy several.

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Photo of viaingo
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Color: Very light in color. Nice golden sight.
Body: highly carbonated. Very light body overall. Lots of suds.
Head: Super thick. The pure white head was very thick and lasted a long time. Although it tasted amazing!
Taste: Very sweet and fruity. You can even taste honey. At the very end can you taste the bitterness in the hops. Creamy texture overall.
Aroma: Very dry. You can smell it's sweetness.

Overall this beer was something nice and easy. I easily finished the bottle and didn't have to sip it. This is definitely a great Sunday funday beer. For you Mainers out there, you can obtain this beauty from RSVP.


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Photo of interzen
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look:Slightly murky dark straw-yellow with a stupendous amount of white (not off-white, but white white!) head. Quite bubbly, with poor retention but quite a bit of lacing left behind. Some sediment left int the bottle. though.

Smell: You can tell it's Belgian from the smell of oranges - spices are notably absent, though. Quite yeasty, too - not entirely surprising given the stuff left behind in the bottle. Seems a bit one-dimensional, even when the beer has had time to breathe.

Taste: Reminds me a bit of a fruity hefeweiss - not that this is necessarily a bad thing but it certainly is different. Very malt/yeast-forward with the fruity flavours kicking in towards the end. Almost a wine-like finish - quite dry.

Feel: As others have noted, there's some fairly aggressive carbonation going on here - this isn't a beer you're going to chug unless you plan on belching national anthems afterwards. Get past that and it's slightly syrupy but not excessively so. Some alcohol notes, but nothing overpowering. Quite quaffable under the right circumstances.

Overall: Saisons and their ilk are still a relatively new thing for me, but I have to say I rather like this one - whether intentional or not it manages to combine the good elements of a traditional Belgian beer (whatever that may be) and a good old-fashioned hefeweiss. Interesting, and definitely worth another go.

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Photo of Kraken
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed 10/6/09

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a dogfish head snifter. Soft pour, yields a very nice 3/4 inch of off white head. Head exhibits fantastic staying power. Color is a very cloudy amber yellow.

Nose- Some light European hop. Slightly astringent. Green apple.

Pallate- Very nice. Lemon zest, some peppery spice. Green apple tartness. Very crisp and refreshing, creamy. Lemon zest becomes more prevalent as it warms. Strong yeast presence. Very Good.

Mouthfeel- Very active, tart and a bit dry.

Drinkability- Very Good. Its been to long since my last visit to the style.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

250ml bottle purchased from Red Bottle Alexandria in Sydney.

Pours a pleasant burnished golden colour, with some flecks of disturbed sediment. Head is a moderate, fine white, which sits as a solid ring and bubbly film atop the glass. Carbonation is lively, forming in rapid streams through the glass. Looks good.

Nose is extremely pleasant: dusty and earthy, with a rugged wholesomeness. This is contrasted with a pleasant lemon and pepper spice character which provides life to the earthiness. Some floral notes come through as well, and the piquant spicy characters take on a crushed herbal aroma as it goes on. Overall, it's a really lovely aroma.

Taste is also very good. It has a solid basis of malt, with a creamy honey tone underneath. This is bolstered by a savoury, earthy flavour from the yeast, which morphs into a respectable drying, vegetative character towards the back. Everything is extremely smooth, though: the characters transition seamlessly into one another, and the back fades with a supple, haunting delicacy into the finish. This is a really excellent Saison.

Feel is gorgeous, smooth but light, supporting those silky transitions from flavour to flavour.

Wow. This is fantastic stuff. Smooth, clean, drinkable, approachable, but with loads of flavour. The craft is deeply apparent here: there's no harshness, no imbalance, no awkward flavours to detract from the whole. This is just plain good stuff.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a Cora supermarket in Luxembourg. Cloudy golden-orange pour with a beautiful three finger fluffy white head with great retention and decent lacing. Nice citrusy, earthy, complex nose with hints of grass, pear, yeast, banana, lemon, biscuit, caramel, and some subtle orange and clove. The taste follows suit with lots of complexity as well. Hints of white pepper, lemon zest, pear, caramel, Belgian yeast, grass, orange, clove, and some subtle barnyard. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and incredibly drinkable, getting more enjoyable as it warmed. Overall, I'm kicking myself because this is one of those readily available and affordable beers that you sometimes just take for granted. I'm not a huge fan of Saisons, but have recently been exposed to some really good ones. I'll definitely be stocking up next time I'm in Belgium!

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St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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