St. Feuillien Saison | Brasserie St. Feuillien

St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison
BA SCORE
3.8/5
831 Ratings
St. Feuillien SaisonSt. Feuillien Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium
st-feuillien.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by joe1510 on 05-11-2009

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Ranking:
#14,670
Reviews:
255
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831
pDev:
10.53%
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Ratings: 831 |  Reviews: 255
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Ginger Man. Light coloured body with caesar head, lacey. Medium mouthfeel of spicy yeast. A tad sour, bold taste, above average carbonation for a saison, is the beer, still good beer, though I have had many a fine saison.Some hop.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and citrusy aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an interesting saison, very tasty. pours a curiously clear brassy color for a saison, no sediment at all really, and an inch of big bubbled white head with okay retention. the nose is bright and springy, mildly spicy, and clear and distinguished. some light orchard fruit in the taste, which goes well with the yeast. the yeast has some gentle spice, but its still very summery. almost a white wine complex to this, and the malts contribute only a little bit of sweetness. not as intricate as some saisons, but a good example that this genre doesn't have to be rocket science. a very simple and elegant brew I would be proud to serve with any fine meal. it drinks easy at under 7% abv and with such jovial carbonation. this one sat in my fridge awhile, don't know what I was waiting for, but when I finally got to drinking it last night I loved it. one of the better saisons ive had in some time. usually the price of st. feuillien beers keep me from buying them, but if they are all this good, I will have to find a way to work my way through their lineup. this is pro.

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Photo of spycow
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some earthy flavors. Not much maltiness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation with some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t quite as refreshing compared to other beers in the style but it is rather easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A formitable dry and spicy saison, but with a softer side. The floral, perfumy notes that are more similar to Belgian blonde ales and witbiers come through in a most seductive way.

St. Feuillien's saison pours with glowing haze of light golden color. Airy and froathy, the head character forms with a weightlessness and cottony texture that retains the session while leaving sticky patterns of lace behind. This is the quentessential saison stature.

Heightened floral character errupt from the rim, challenging whether this is actally a saison and not a blonde (think Brugse Zot) with a burst of perfume laiden confectioner's sugar scent, light tropical and citrusy fruits; while soft spice of corriander and white pepper tickle the nose. Most estery aromas to usher in the spring season.

Flavors begin to leave the floral character behind and start ushering in the classic lemony esters and peppery-dry phenolics. In exquisite balance the light bready-sweet malt provided a soft foundation for the counter of lemon grass hop flavor and bitterness and with the light peppery taste for added measure. A mild honey-like taste gives memory to the flowery nose in finish and aftertaste.

Creamy initial textures soon go to expansive, and seemingly whisp away at mid palate for a powdery-dry finish. Only a faint oil film, similar to that of chamomile or flower pedals linger and seem to hand on to the honeysuckle notion heading into the next sip.

Where the flowery character of St. Feuilliens saison is not a signature characteristic of the style, it's very welcomed to me. But for those who oppose the floral character of Belgian blondes or witbiers may not agree.

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - again, what the fuck are reps thinking, bringing a Saison into market in the dead of winter? Oh, that's right, they aren't (thinking, that is).

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a veritably teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and vaguely creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky and arching cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, subtly phenolic Belgian yeast, a muddled light orchard fruitiness, ephemeral anise notes, white and black peppercorn, and some mild grassy, earthy, and herbal hoppiness. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, wet wheaten breakfast cereal, a benign Low Countries yeastiness, still hard to get a handle on domestic and tropical fruity notes, tame candi sugar, and more understated floral and grassy noble hops.

The carbonation is quite laid-back in its come-hither frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the base malt continuing to swat at the lingering yeasty, spicy, and fruity measures.

Overall, this is a rather pleasant and approachable version of the style, as it is not too yeasty nor astringent (my typical starting bitching points). No sign of the upticked ABV either, which makes for an agreeable - once past the opening bubbly theatrics - drinking experience.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of a nice aroma of green hops with a nice floral undertone reminiscent of XX bitter. Taste is also a nice mix between some floral green hops with a dry aftertaste with some nice fruity ester and a solid malt backbone with well balanced sweetness. Body is quite full with limited filtration and yeast sediment with great carbonation and apparent alcohol. Not the most complex Saison out there but very well done with no brewing flaws and great drinkability factor.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 4/3/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, light banana, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, light banana, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, light banana, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Yard House in Atlanta.
Hazy amber body with a good head.
The flavor is a bit sweet and low in tart for style, but this did not disappoint me.
Light but not watery body with medium carbonation. Moderately complex flavor.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bubbly 2 finger head fades quickly over clear wheat orange bubble-loaded color.

Nose of nice Belgian light malts, light malts and little wheat, very light spices, some lemon zest and citrus, a crisp fruity Belgian yeast.

Taste start with nice light Belgian malts, some light saison spices, bit of lemon zest and citrus, some creamy malts wit a bit of sweetness and some Belgian candi sugar. Some bitterness too that lingers on finish. Finish also dries a lot with lingering malts and a bit of Belgian farmhouse saison yeast and lingering lemon peel.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied very effervescent and crisp with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is good with a bit of boozy taste and warmth but smoother and crisp with a bit of sticky finish.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer with hazy amber color and an impeccable tall head. Quite nice sudsy mouthfeel. Lacing galore and loads of carbonation, maybe more than some would like, but it makes for a festive glassful.

Fruity and rather sweet, but nicely balanced by the yeasty dry flavors. Fairly simple flavor. Tastes stronger than the ABV would indicate. Mostly peach and apple flavors, a malty taste with a tart finish. Thoroughly drinkable but one glass would be enough.

A classic Belgian Saison, but a little cloying. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Coit Liquor in San Francisco.

07/31/2013 update: Tried the canned version, and it is sensational. Keeps the excellent sudsy characteristics, but less sweet and less tart than the bottled version. Now this is the ideal picnic beer. Took it to the Spreckles outdoor pipe organ concert Monday night. Today is my father's birthday, he would have been 103.

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St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 831 ratings
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