St. Feuillien Saison | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by joe1510 on 05-11-2009

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3.84
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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Photo of dino213aa
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although not particularly distinctive, the St Feuillien Saison is a solid example of a saison.. heartier in some ways than other saisons I've tried (i.e. Dupont) there is plenty of wild yeast flavor throughout. This same yeast hangs within this brew's golden haze, further substantiating the hearty mouthfeel. A thin but swirly head persists with minimal lacing.

Not bad, but not as intriguing to me as Ommegeddon. Great if you need a solid example of what a saison should taste like.

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

Appearance: Pours out a richly-hued, golden-orange body with a rapidly expansive, long lasting, white head.

Smell: Opening wafts of pale and pils malts with a sweet-smelling aroma of fresh honey braced with ensuing notes of flowers, soft fruits, and a light touch of spice. Some slight phenols are tucked away in there as well.

Taste: Pils and pale maltiness along with, perhaps, some slightly tangy wheat blended in. A big, eye-opening sweetness rockets in with a taste of clover honey and candi sugar. Fleeting fruity hints of white peach and melon juice. As with the nose, there's slight phenolics going on. Flowery, spicy hop character with a light bitterness. The flavor picks up some slight winey notes reminiscent of Riesling upon warming. Drying, effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very well carbonated.

Drinkability: A good saison that's big on sweetness, and, if you're big on saisons that are big on sweetness, then give St. Feuillien Saison a go.

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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 Nickls
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pretty hazy lighter orange color; nice generous finger of soapy white head that holds really well

S - Belgian yeastiness; some citrus fruit; hint of spiciness; some flowery hops

T - Yeasty at first; some fruitiness that tends to be a little acidic and citrusy; some mineral tones; bit of hop kiss at the end

M - Lighter and a little fluffy; pretty aggressive tiny carbonation

D - Nice drinking; some good flavors, and glad that this didn't lean to the sweeter side; bit of an accessible abv let me take down a 750 without much trouble

Good saison, and very enjoyable. Will be picking this up again.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with slight orange tint and a snow white head that retains quite well leaving good lacing.

Nose is somewhat beire de gardeish with that dirty musty malt profile. Euro hops make their presence known mingling with belgian yeast.

Taste actually has a touch of biere de garde in it too, not alot, but some. Mostly big belgian yeast flavor, a decent hoppiness as well as an odd soapy kind of potpourri like note. Almost fruit candy. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is ideal for a saison. Slightly high carbonation and great thin drinkable viscosity, excellent.

Drinkability is pretty good, but that odd soapy character in the taste does hamper it just a bit.

Overall a pleasant saison. Certainly nothing on par with the belgian classics like dupont and fantome, but a good belgian saison nonetheless. Not sure of the aging potential for this one though, as i think some of that slight musty biere de gardeish malt profile might come out stronger, which would not be desireable. Give it a shot, nice beer.

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

On-tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a St. Feuillien glass.

Light body with a big head. Smell is bready and phenolic. Taste follows the nose. Not nearly as tart as I would like or expect in a saison. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Nothing earth-shattering overall, but a good enough quencher.

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

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Hazy, peachy brown body under a dense head with good retention.

S - Juicy stone fruit, yeasty bread, soft spices, green apples, slight funk, with a slight yogurty, almost lactic, tang.

T - Like many saisons, the taste is so hard to separate from the nose. Yeast electricity, for sure. Lots of stone fruit (think ripe peaches and dried apricots). The finish falls off a bit for me - not as lingering and interesting as I've come to expect from saisons.

M - A bit heavy on the palate. The carbonation is brisk, but the brew is a bit too full-bodied, with a residual presence after swallowing that feels heavy and clumsy.

D - An enjoyable brew to drink, to be sure. But it lacks the depth and layered nuances that I've found in my favorite saisons. I'd drink this brew with a charcuterie plate (like a rustic pork pate!) or with Chinese food. Yes, Chinese food.

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Photo of Pinto21
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blonde- very light with a big head. light straw

Wheaty smell, a little yeasty, very bread like, some funk to it.

Pale malts dominate with some yeasty. Some funk comes through but not tons, just a very little in the back.

Pretty good drinkability but not great.

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Photo of alexhammond
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I don't know a lot about Belgian beers, but I decided to go a little out of the comfort zone and try this saison.
Like someone else mentioned, the cork on this bottle burst out when I opened it, so proceed with caution. Poured into a tulip glass, decent sized head with a hazy golden color. The smell wasn't as strong as I expected, but got some nice fruity hints and spiciness. The taste was much better - peppery, but sweet with mild candy flavors, nice and drinkable. Very carbonated, which worked well with these flavors. Made me want to try some other saisons, and would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly hazed, amber-hued, light yellow at base of glass, with a large, proud, and creamy white head holding court on top.

Aromatics: a little sour, then a little sweet, some fruit, citrus, apricot, peach, then creamy and smooth. Again...beautiful fruit, mild, mellow, lovely.

Taste: zesty blast on the tongue, fresh flash of fruit, funk, and sour, ...then, again, all is well and cool. Juuust right. Firm, not meek or watery, and solid. Solid, spritz-y, some peppery spice, mixed always with citus-y feeling. Damn good, this is. You can drink it, and it rewards you for the effort. Pleases the tastebuds, as it trickles down the throat.
Nice stuff, if I can say it prosaically once more.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 Steven picked up at the COOP... This is the 2nd time I had this beer.. Both times, as soon as I remove the cage the cork immediately starts moving up FAST. I'm lucky I caught it the first time, and was sorta expecting it this time.. no kidding.. be prepared for a cork that is gonna blow out.

Despite the cork issues, there is surprisingly no issues with gushing... poured into my New Belgium goblet.

Great 2 finger foamy white head.. the brew is a seriously hazy pale golden.

Nose has a floral hoppiness.. some spicy phenols and some dry pale malts.. funk is there, but at a minimum.

Flavor is much better.. pale malts combined with some Belgian phenols make for a damn interesting Saison.. spicy and medicinal aspects move quickly into a dry white peach essence... I am really liking this one.. tons of balance... A fairly large carbonation is expected.. but the body provides a nice push... Good drinkability.

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

Served on-tap in a tulip glass at the Tap & Table's Saison fest.

A: A golden orange beauty, this ale is curiously lacking a head. The full color has rendered the ale opaque.

S: The nose is very much like a Belgian IPA, yeasty sweet with a significant hop profile that isn't afraid to scream out for attention. I'd never guess that this is a saison.

T: The first sip is a yeasty blast, quickly followed by the hops. The yeast is sweet, accentuating the pale malts with a honey and pepper and citrus element. The hops are more than ready for the task, adding a full bitterness that is earthy, clearing European varietals. Hops leave a a full grassy flavor that isn't over-the-top bitter.

M: A saison laiden with American hops, the description does the ale justice. The ale could easily pass for a Belgian IPA with its focus on spices and hops.

D: I really enjoyed this one, even if it seems a little outside of the range of a saison. A hoppy saison in the same category of Jack D'Or.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow. Big fluffy clouds of foam that retained for a good long time. A thing of beauty!

Smell: Funky sweet yeast and a citrus-like sweetness. Very spicy and sweet aromas. A very good nose on this Saison.

Taste: Pretty much like it smells. Slightly sweet with a good funky yeast flavor and some nice spice and citrus underlying flavors. A very refreshing Saison.

Mouth Feel: Creamy and slippery on the tounge with nice carbonation to keep it lively and active.

Drinkability: With the moderate ABV and the great Saison style flavors, this is one of the better Belgian Saison farmhouse ales out there. Will definitely pick up more of this one.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a fairly clear lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, cooked green apples, and bready yeast.

Tastes good. Sweet malt flavors up front with hints of yeast segue into mild fruit flavors with herbal hops lurking in the background. Near the end of the sip a very light tartness comes into play before a crisp ending. All of the flavors are there, however none of them really pop.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with mdoerate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a solid saison but it doesn't really have an identity. Regardless I enjoyed my glass - worth a shot.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasure to drink. In my tulip the beer was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. Wonderful aroma, earthy yeast, citrus, a little spice. Nice funky yeast taste, orange, a little clove. The beer does have a tang to it, and was most enjoyable.

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

750ml bottle to tulip.

A: Slightly hazy golden with an orange hue. Three finger head goes away quickly, reluctant lacing.

S: Fairly sour, can smell the yeast and pick up hints of oranges. Some hops. Good amount of funk to it.

T: Decent hops up front and you get that orange flavor. Nice and sour for most of the drink. Sweet malts towards the end but finishes with slightly bitter/sour hops.

M: Good carbonation. Medium body.

D: Very drinkable. Refreshing and good balance of flavors. The sour/bitterness leaves a nice aftertaste that can almost be distracting.

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

Reviewed on 06/04/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. The beer pours a cloudy light orange with a thick white head. It has an aroma of sweet fruits and mint gumdrops. The flavor is of yeast and sweet fruits with spices in the finish. I found this very refreshing and super tasty!

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

Out of a 750ml corked and strapped bottle. Pours a golden brown color with a puffy white cap that settles into a light ring. Nice farmhouse aroma, some hay and grassy hops, peppery spice and a touch of lemon. The taste is of farmhouse, hay and a bit of funk, peppery and a noticable grassy bitter hop. Some light candi sugar gives this saison a dash of sweetness. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes slightly bitter. A nice saison, good farmhouse flavor and a nice grassy hop presence. It could use more of a yeasty spicy profile but it is still good.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this was Saison Sunday fodder, and I enjoyed it. Trouble is (whatever happened to Kenny Wayne Sheppard (sic?) anyway? Guess those "next Stevie Ray Vaughan comparisons didn't fly all the way to fruition and he's on a milk carton now) that it was the last beer of a long day and I didn't pay attention. Round 2 of this fine concoction with a BBD of 3/2/2011 (or 2/3/2011...fickle Europeans) finds its way into the Ommegang chalice. The sudden pop of the cork scares the $#!+ out of the Beautiful Bride...

This looks like a typical Saison. Meringue-ish, tight bubbled head at around 2/3 finger...so white it's almost blue...fading to yeast wisps but not as quickly as some. Thin honey-colored body with a hint of lemon color. Moderate carbonation at moderate speed. Solid.

There's a cool, spicy yeast electricity to this...For a saison it has a healthy, clean ginger component up front. A moderately crisp funk component...not Brett but your typical farmhouse note from a saison yeast strain. Hops have a piney balsa wood note - less Saaz than Styrian Goldings. Dry, dry...dry...fairly light as well...at least after only a few minutes.

Again, the word of the day is solid. All the elements expected in a saison...bright crispness, slight sour citrus farmhouse notes...ultra-dryness and tingly, spritely carbonation. Balsa wood/piney hop presence (Styrian Goldings with maybe a hint of Saaz, but not much). It's bright, it's light, it's Sprite...but there's an earthy sweetness on the back end. Is that the candi sugar? Very good offering but nothing is pulling me by the hair with one hand and digging its nails in with...ah, never mind...

Subtlely is the other word of the day. This is a quiet, consummate professional in the 6-hole in the lineup. Does the little things, plays the game the right way, but doesn't turn heads. Mild texture with enough earth to go with the dryness, the balsa wood and the carbonation to kick it old school. Raw Belgian pale malt shows its face with warmth. It's a good, old-school saison with a little more of an earthy finish than desired. But unlike many Fantome offerings, for example, this deal still got ups.

It drinks pretty reasonably well. If I could guess what higher-carbonated offerings of old would be like, this may provide a little insights. But it could use that one peppery note of zing, zest, yin, yan to put it over the top. Folks say they don't like gravy but you put a plate in front of 'em they sop it right up. Same with this thing. Very well-constructed. Mellow and a bit straightforward. That don't mean it ain't good.

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Photo of kmeves
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden blond with a very frothy white head. The aroma is sweet candy, light citrus and spices and a bit phenolic. The flavor is sweet, earthy, citrus and some wheat. Medium-bodied, prickly mouthfeel. The finish is earthy and somewhat long, neither dry or sweet really.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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 CHickman
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy gold in color with a nice foamy head that faded faster than I wanted it to, and it had yeast chunks floating around in the brew. It had a bready, wheat odor with strong fruity notes and nice citrus zest; light carbonation with a lemon wheat, earthy taste. Slight orange or citrus taste that was sweet with a malty finish that was on the border of skunky. Nice medium brew, overall a nice crisp beer that went down smooth. Decent to good and quite drinkable.

8/10/2016: Had a bottle at Resto in NYC with dinner and it paired perfectly with the meal, getting more flavorful as it warmed up. As a result of this experience I raised the feel and smells scores to 3.75 to reflect this enjoyment of the brew.

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

A: Golden amber body. Massive, fluffy white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S: A subtle saison.... Slightly tart, with field fresh aromas. Slightly spiced with clove and coriander notes.

T: As evident in the nose, this is a subdued saison. Slight farmhouse funk, with a slightly grassy, spicy bite. Not as bold and as assertive as the top tier.... perhaps with a bit of age this new saison will develop as subsequent batches are produced.

M: Smooth. Well carbonated. Nice light-medium body.

D: A bit prohibitive at the price when one can get superior saisons for the same amount, but for fans of the style this is one worth exploring.

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St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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