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 ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $10 I believe. Orange color, looks nice in the wine glass but smells odd. Tastes odd too, like there is no earthiness at all just a hint of citrus. Honestly I am not sure how this is considered a saison but I am no expert on the style. I guess I compare them all to dupont or hennepin and this is nothing like that at all.

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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 cwc
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: somewhere between yellow and orange. The kind of color that looks appealing on a hot summer day. Pours a big old head which settles down pretty quickly.

Smell: smelling it out of the bottle it had a fruity or sweet and somewhat alcoholic smell. However, this wasn't necessarily reflected in the taste. Smelling it a couple of more times and it seems that the smell is more fruity than anything.

Taste: More of a fruity taste than anything else. However, definitely not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Not so bubbly or fizzy. Smooth.

Drinkablity: This is a very sessionable beer. There's no hint of alcohol and it seems to be fruity and refreshing.

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Photo of larryi86
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle lot #8809 poured into a snifter

A- A semi hazy light copper with a hint of yellow and a three finger white head.

S- Yeast and spicies with earthy and citrus notes.

T- Bready/yeasty taste, spices are weak, leaks the complexity of other Saisons I have had.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little heavier than I was looking for in a Saison.

D- Goes down easy, but leaks the complexity and crispness I was hoping for. I have had cheaper Saison that I enjoyed more. I did enjoy this beer, but I probably will not get it again.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lot 8809 - best before October 21st, 2011? oured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Lightly hazy orange peel body suffused with amber highlights. An active sudsy head recedes to a half finger. Fairly average lacing sparkles like wave caps.

A variety of low fresh stone fruit comes out in the aromatics - mostly suggested by the yeast; there is a floral/grassy note as well and a touch of spice from the hops.

Quite yeasty palate entry, suggesting bread dough, apricots, and pear. The mid palate is moderately bitter and tangy all at once, with citrus flavors coming to the front of the hop profile. Brisk dry finish - straight forward and refreshing.

Medium-light bodied, not as effervescent as I would prefer, and more warming that I expected considering the middle of the road ABV.

A good example of the style - with subtle yeast characteristics to distinguish it from its peers.

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Photo of deereless
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Initial pour resulted in a couple of inches of head which quickly dropped, retains a thin layer of head, color is dark yellow with an orange hue - 3.50, S: Some peppery phenols and wet leather, faint orange in the background, smells slightly green and grassy, fresh rain and watermelon, nose is a little on the mild side - 3.50, T: Mild funk, some spicy hops are noticeable, a bit peppery and with a measure of honey and candied sugar, fruity in a melon sort of way as well as having some citrus - possibly lemon, mildly tart and finishes quite dry, -3.50, M: Medium mouth feel and prickly effervescence - 4.00, D: A solid Saison, less funk than many I've had, worth a try - 4.00

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Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy burnt gold with a white head that holds very well and leaves lace as it goes. Nose is fruity esters up front followed by sweet spice. Much less peppery and barnyardy than it's counterparts, but warm and inviting nonetheless. Taste leads to a well-balanced, well-rounded beer that is low (read: subtle, not missing) on the characteristics that make saison wild and sour, but full of the brisk hoppiness and sunny, earthy goodness that we know as farmhouse ale. One of the least offensive beers I've ever had. Long, lingering finish on a slightly sticky, medium body with proper carbonation for the style. I'm a huge saison fan and very picky, and this went down way easy and left me wanting more. cheersw. thanks Saint!!

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Photo of impending
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy deep honey. Dense pure white belgian head with appropriate lacing.

Aroma is unmistakably saison with clear mustiness, phenols.

The mildly fruity esters are not upfront sweet, the finish is moderately dry. Not as much barnyard in the taste as I was expecting although phenols are a dominant characteristic.

While not great, certainly competent but without any attributes that are outstanding.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a tulip at Jake Melnicks...A darker gold, hints of copper, light tope head...The aroma and taste are both super super sweet, all caramel and bread. There is almost a total lack of hops, not bitter our floral nor sourness. It has an ok mouthfeel, the drinkability is ok.

This is a too sweet saison to make it any good, just really boring for a saison.

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Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PIB 7.16.2010.

One finger light white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Clear orangish gold body, some visible carbonation. The nose is fruity, meyer lemon with minimal hop notes. Taste is pretty fruity for the style, a lot sweeter than the saisons I usually drink (Dupont, Upright) may be attributable to a different yeast strain. Mouthfeel is medium leading to a pretty dry finish. Good drinkability. Not picking up any spices re coriander, a lot sweeter than I expected.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy goldish head with a good hop smeel and some has some sweetness but sourness and spices are barely evident. A medium, chewy body that contains a good sweetness like caramel and honey along with some bitter hops that are crisp and give off citric and orange flavors with a hint of grape and sour apple. A simple, easy to drink that is palatable for most people but very enjoyable.

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Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a cloudy yellow, with a tall white head that had OK retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was mostly yeast and spice, with some grain in the background. The flavor featured more of the grain then the yeast and spice played supporting roles.

The body was good, a little fuller than light, but not heavy. Drinkability was very good, I'd happily have a couple of these, either with a meal or on their own. Overall, a very nice example of the style, worth some effort to find.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange golden with a 1 inch head that settles to a clotted cap that leaves a modicum of lacing. Smells fresh abd quite grainy, but lacks any spiciness or citrus notes to perk it up. The taste is also grainy, but exhibits some spice notes as well as a bit of orange and lemon that lengthens the finish and helps balance the beer. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, and a bit tannic, but without that crisp snap that so nicely finishes a Saison. Respectable, if not top of the class.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, dated 02/03/11 w/ interesting cork entrapment. tasted in early/mid-june 2009.

deep golden honey color. clear if decanted 2 cm. huge 4-finger off-white head. slowly recedes to thin, wispy but constant layer. decent lacing.

aroma: floral and fruity, with pear, apple, and a hint of peach. grassy euro hop meets bready, lightly caramelized malt. spice and gentle to moderate phenols bring up the rear. just a touch of farmhouse character; "cleaner" than i prefer in a saison, but still ok.

taste: floral, fruity and spicy again. a nice combination, though i prefer drier saisons myself. moderate bitterness and phenols too, perhaps more than i prefer, but not too bad. finish is semi-sweet, with drier aftertaste and phenols letting some spice emerge.

medium body, sometimes light, but smooth. touch of astringency near finish.mild to moderate carbonation (tho very active in head formation!). gives creamy feel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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 DoubleJ
2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From a corked magnum, on to the beer:

Big billowy soapy looking head on top a burnt goldenrod color. The head retention is good on top. I smell something I don't want, yep, it's plastic. Cool off. Ok, it does some. Light rustic aromas bring back some faith. Bitter citrus as well.

I'm not sure how to feel about this. I get a snap citrus and grapefruit peel. Rustic character is very light. The problem I'm having here is that the overall flavor dries out too quickly, leaving you with the equivalent of rice cakes and a whisker of oddball spice for much of the experience. The liquid inteslf is on the smooth side, with well-placed carbonation that doesn't seem to hit your palate.

Okay in the context of beer overall. But for a Belgian beer, I expected much more.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice saison leaning on a sweet profile.

Presentation: 750 ml corked brown bottle. Simple light cream label with a burgundy typo splash with the style and a drawing of hops. Back label notes main characteristic of style and brew. Shows best by date (08/05/11). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber pour with a rich head, nice retention and good lacing.

S - Sweet and tangy nose with a light fruity range. Some floral hop tones too...

T - Citrus earthiness, a bit of funk, lingering sweetness over a touch of spice. Sweetness permeates throughout with the other flavors pivoting around it. Bitter-sweet touches of hoppiness.

M - Medium body with generous carbonation and a nice crisp finish.

D - Nice saison on its sweeter side, for the style if feels minimally boring towards its end albeit as part of a very solid experience.

Notes: Nice, and maybe worth the repeat, although it is not something that I will look for actively.

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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 Patrick999
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big cork pop and lots of gunsmoke upon opening. Foam tried to gush out the bottle, yet didn't quite make it. Big foam in the tulip glass, sunny yellow, slightly hazed, but I see nothing floating around.

Aroma is squarely in saison territory - lemon zest and a little musty.

Minerals and hints of a sweet malt backbone characterize this saison. I kinda prefer that the malt not dominate in my saisons, even if it's just hinting at sweetness. To me, this fits much more within the biere de garde style. Not bad, yet I'd really prefer this with some food, I think, as some of the complexities here need to be teased out.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell of soil, floral scent and quite aromatic. A mouth strongly marked by bitterness and the presence of woody flavor and taste of dried leaves. We also think the juniper berries and is much more stressed than other St. Feuillien. A Season in regional flavor, earthy and strong craftsmanship.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a Chimay goblet

Pours a somewhat clear golden yellow with a fluffy one finger cap that fell pretty quickly. A small collar of foam remains throughout.

The aroma is of white bread, floral hops, clove, green apple skins, and sweet malts. Pretty straightforward.

On the palate its more of the same. Doughy yeast, green apple and flowery hops up front with a dry, crisp, spicy finish. A little bland, nothing really pops.

Light body with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a crisp, dry finish.

Very easy to drink, no off flavors and a low abv. A decent example of the style, nothing that blew me away, but I definitely wouldn't turn it down if offered in the future.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours tan with a nice head and a bit of lacing

nose isway too bready for a saison, lacks the spice and fruit character most good ones have in bunches

taste does have some very pleasant sour notes in there, yeasty and spicey toward the end as well, an improvement over the smell.

a good beer, but not a very good example of a classic saison, not enough character.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this 750 ml bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is citrus, wheat and some light funk. The flavor is corn, wheat, malty sweetness and some light funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light amber with a soapy white head and some nice, sticky lace.

Nose is very sugary sweet with hints of peaches and some hay. Not much funk surprisingly.

Candi sugar sweetness upfront followed by some spicy, grass, straw, and smooth bitterness aspect giving way to a dry finish. This bitterness isn't of a tingling nature but more of a soft blanket of bitterness.

Carbonation and body are pretty spot on and make this saison an above average one. The carbonation level is more to the medium side and the body is both light and chewy.

Overall the balance and the subtle mix of flavors work well, making this beer worthy even if the taste is not impressive on its own merits.

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Photo of cichief
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a very hazy gold color with a very large white head.

S- Somewhat funky and yeasty, some spiciness and clove.

T- Somewhat sweet, with a nice yeasty spiciness, finishes clean, but not at strongly flavored as some of my favorite saisons.

M- After allowig the bottle to breathe, the beer was very nicely carbonated, the bubbles were very small and plentiful, not gassy at all.

D- Very nice, the flavor wasn't as strong, but easy to drink.

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St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.84 out of 5 based on 818 ratings.
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