St. Feuillien Blonde | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 10-22-2002

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Reviews:
66
Ratings:
169
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 169
Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml squat bottle - the rep seems to be doling out this brewery's offerings around here at a very measured pace.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of glass-hogging puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some layered cirrus cloud form lace around the glass as it very lazily recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, mixed melon-forward tropical fruit, some plainer domestic citrus and apple, subtle earthy black pepper and coriander spice, mild estery alcohol, and a gently leafy, herbal, and musty hop bitterness. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of sweeter caramel, a cabal of apple, orange, pineapple, and muddled melon fruitiness, low-key white pepper and coriander, a touch of edgy yeast, and still quite understated herbal, grassy, and certainly perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is obviously rather robust in its mouth and glass-filling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the yeast and booze warming take things down a peg or so here. It finishes off-dry, a strong lingering fruitiness really buoying the seemingly ennui-stricken malt.

Overall, a pleasant enough version of the style, nipping at the heels (from a respectable distance, of course) of Duvel, in most of the prescribed metrics. An easy slow sipper, and an appropriate accompaniment as Spring has now wrested back early May from a too early out of the gate Summer, at least in my bailiwick.

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien glass (that I got as part of a sampler box... a deal I liked.)
This Blonde looked fine and enticingly aromatic in the nose. And the taste ?
Before I get overwhelmed, better listen instead to the master who was not his usual pithy self either...
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" called this ale "very aromatic with a fresh, fruity, peachy aroma; a pillowy head; a pinkish-bronze color; a creamy orangey, palate; distinctly hoppy and dry with a hint of juniper in the long finish; an almost gin-like aperitif"

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Photo of stevoj
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, golden, minimal head, white foam, Aroma: hay, spruce, citrus, floral, leaves, licorice, Taste: light sweetness, flral , hints of licorice? Palate: light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, astringent, Quite pungent for a blonde, spicy/sweetness with lots of aromas and notes in the flavors

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Photo of drmeto
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a hazy golden with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonaton visible
S:
-lemon,pineapple,candied fruits,herbal,tangerines,coriander ,earthy
T:
-bready,lemon,zesty,coriander,pineapple,slightly acidic
-high hop bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium to high,soft carbonation
-medium to full body
-slight alcohol warmth
O:
Quite a juicy Blonde.
Belgian yeast character is very subtle compared to its counterparts.
Really Good.

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Photo of kindacold
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a thick, lacy white head. Smells of yeast and citrus. Very spicy up front, with a bread-like dry yeast presence. Gives way to a sweet citrus, then finished with a bit of pepper and bitterness.

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Photo of seedyone
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12/20/13 From bottle. Greeted with a bit of manageable exuberance, in the form of foam, when I opened the bottle. Big full aroma backed by a mouthful of lively citrus and a hint of spice and medium body. But, as we know, first impressions are not always fulfilled. All the outward signs were there, but it just lacked a bit of soul. I'm interested enough to try it on tap to see if that may be the difference.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is very hazed deep amber with a tight white head. Nose is quite nice, lots of spice to it, peppery, pronounced dustiness to it, notes of lemon and a bit of perfume. Taste is similar, gets a bit sweet. Dustiness is less forward and spice isn't quite as strong. Notes of candied sugar, light perfume. Lighter body, well carbonated, crisp finish.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle: BBD 12th Aug 15, poured into a Duvel glass @ home on 5th Dec 13.

Almost clear golden colour with a good head, could almost have been a Duvel in the glass.

The aroma however told you it wasn't a Duvel: this had a grainy and mild citrus note in the smell, along with some yeast esters.

The taste was also a mixture of flavours, again grainy, citrusy and yeasty: crisp, sharp and leaning towards tart with a dry bitter finish.

Nice brew.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours slightly hazy pale golden with a tall, thick but still light and crisp, crystal white head. Dissipation is slow and leaves pretty nice lacings.

S: A bit sour, yeasty and spicey. Crisp malt and some strong citirc, hoppy notes. Some faint stable and leather. Somewhat sweet.

T: Sour yeastyness, peppery spiceyness and white bread. Lemonjuice and lemonsezt.

M: Aftertase is both sour and bitter, rather long. Body is medium to full, while carbonation is quite strong but still rather well balanced.

O: An interesting Belgian ale with nice sour notes from yeast.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a nice three finger white head that slowly dissipated to a thick cap and tons of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, light, slightly sour fruit, coriander and citrus. Flavor of caramel malt, coriander, citrus, pear and apple juice, moderately dry. Finishes dry with peppery spice and light grasst hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with excellent carbonation. A very nice Belgian pale with a pleasant flavor progression and balance. It is a nice semi-dry variation on typically sweeter Belgian pales. Classic.

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Photo of Radome
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 33 cl bottle, bought in France, into a wine glass.

A - Extremely pale straw color and crystal clear. The head is white; initially fluffy and thick, but fades to a thin layer and some lacing. Tiny strings of carbonation continually rise. Very attractive.

S - Aroma of marshmallows, bubblegum and sweet bread mix with lemon, black pepper and grassy hops. Complex but inviting.

T - In contrast with aromas, the taste emphasizes cracked black pepper, which combines with the moderate hop bitterness to seem hot and spicy. The flavor of the hops doesn't stand out, but there is a bit of green grass and lemon juice late in the palate. The malt is in the background, as are most yeast notes except for pepper. Complex and changing with every swallow.

M - Spritzy carbonation; moderate to thin body. Some alcohol presence. As mentioned above, hops and pepper-like spiciness give the beer a burning sensation.

O - An outstandingly complex blond; lots going on in aroma and flavor. I think it could use a bit more malt presence, but that is personal opinion and there are certainly no flaws in this beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in an over-sized wine glass.

Appearance: A slight hazy gold that has sediments contributing to it's cloudiness. White head maybe 1/2" off the body settling quick with even lacing.

Smell: Heavy yeast, with a bread like scent with a little lemon skin. If you ask me it smells incredible. I would rate it higher but it isn't the strongest scent.

Taste: Heavy yeast, makes you think it's stronger than what it really is. Comes off a little sour right from the beginning making you think they really did use lemons to brew this beer.

Mouth: Medium, kinda sticky and semi dry.

Overall: Good beer, I have this bottle since the holidays and am finally around to getting to enjoying it. Hope all of you enjoy (in glass please)...Salud!

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Photo of Douberd
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Lots of yeast visible on the bottom of the bottle. Poured carefully into my tulip glass. ABV is 7,5%.
Beer is golden yellow in colour, with a huge, almost four fingers in height, snow white head, thick at first, becomes soapy in texture after a while and soon end p as a thin film covering the beer.
On the aroma citrus fruits and very hoppy. Notes of green apple and bubblegum too.
Nice crisp taste, bitter from the very first moments. Behind the hops comes a malt flavour, just for a tiny bit though,as the hopsoverpower everything else. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Very dry on the palate, carbonationonly slighty above average and thin to medium body.
Overall a very nice, bittery refreshing beer.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: interesting stumpy llittle brown bottle, with a stylish old-school Belgian label. Reaks of quality.

Appearance: a hazy yellow body with a foamy head that drops quickly to a one-finger off-white with good retention.

Aroma: sweet malts with citric fruits and a definite yeast backing. No hint of alcohol considering the ABV.

Taste: again quite soft considering the ABV - a smooth and creamy honey-malt followed by the lemon citric flavours, all backed by the Belgian yeasts. Quite impressive.

Aftertaste: lingers quite well indeed - that yeast is wonderfully rounded in the mouth. Definitely a sipper, which is fortunate considering the cost per bottle.

Mouth feel: medium in body with fine carbonation that allows one to savour the flavour.

Overall: a great example of Belgian strong ales. Definitely worth having when the bank balance will allow.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw color with a thin white head. The St. Veil lien glass with the etched bottom kept the head on the beer. Classic Belgian beer aroma. A nice clean malt flavor with little to no bitterness. Well carbonated, plenty of carbonation as the beer rolls across the palate. A full bodied beer with a lingering malt finish.

This is a classic Belgian blonde beer that I would strongly recommend to first time Belgian beer drinkers.

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Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

exp: 8/26/2014
A: Slightly darker than an AAL, with a massive amount of rising carbonation. Barely poured the glass half foam.
S: High quality soap. Floral
T: Warm but subtle hops. Warm malt, apple, floral with a bit of tang. Grassy.
M: A bit drying with a light to medium body and a light but sharp sting.
O: Pretty good. Different for a blonde

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Photo of cougznthebear
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cougz - I bought this one for the bear.

-The Bear
A - A cloudy straw honey color. Massive creamy head when poured into a St. Feuillien Goblet

S - sweet honey notes with wet hay and bread lots of bread

T - Nicely balanced, its simple but nice, i get some nice earthy almost tart yeasty notes(A bit like a saison) with wet hay, under ripe Banana Resin, dry finish

M - Medium/high body and a little sticky

O - Loved it, like no other blonde i've had. Unique.

Cougz - its a nice tart banana finish, and dry. This is one i would drink again!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Belgian Blonde, why? Because Blondes have more fun! Today's St Feuillien hopefully won't have those askew characters noted in Brune and be a delightful dip into the world of Abbey ales, fingers crossed!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: The body presents a nice cloudy flaxen blonde (borders on straw) with a chalky 0.5cm head that invites the first sip.

S: Bubble-gum, tart apple characters are noted straight away. There is a slight sourdough yeast in the body, along with candi sugar and a hint of malt grains. It's quite pleasant with that overlay of fruit aromas drawing one in.

T: Straight out the gates with a bang goes this blonde - immediately assailing the taste buds with sharp citrus, spicy pepper and tart apples. The bold statement is backed up by a candi sugar, malt and yeast body and it finishes off with a twist of hop bitterness at the end. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden behind that candi sugar hit. Big flavours in a small glass, it may be too big for some.

M: Dense carbonation with a touch of aggression. The body is spot on mid-heavy for a Belgian blonde.

D: So far it's been an average at best dubbel brune and a real corker of a blonde, can't wait to try the triple now. As for the blonde, the bold flavour statement may be a little too crass and barnyardy, but if you're like me (and you know you are!) then it's just the beer ticket out of Mundanetown - population: a bunch of losers.

Food match: It's a bit of a dessert affair (which is anyone's game), but I could see it match with some more exotic fare like; roast pheasant with greens, potatoes and sauce. Or even more exotic; a Bison Tetrazzini, or some Aussie cuisine; Kangaroo Fillet with Cream Sauce, sounds good.

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Photo of Dennycurr
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer, here and there in Europe and the USA. I see it rarely so I jump on it when I happen upon it.
Has a very unique taste. I'm thinking I could pick out this beer in any blind taste test..(only the Grand Cru, of this beer might fool me because it has a very similar taste---but higher in alc).
I love the look and the zest of this beer.
A nice sparkling gold color with a healthy Belgian head and tasting on the lighter side, but still packing a 7.5 abv. A good summer beer, tho it's good anytime for me.
Btw---I love that label!

Den

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Photo of n2185
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a cap with great lacing.

S: Light spice notes up front with some sweet fruits. Light yeasty notes bring up the finish.

T: Spices notes up front with a lot of bready characters with some dry yeast notes as well. There are some slightly tart fruit notes as well.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is is nice and dry.

O: An alright beer overall, though a bit bland and lacking depth. It has a nice body, but is just boring.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet...

Beautiful in the glass... Golden and beautiful with a nice fluffy head....

Lots of spicy yeastiness present in the aromas as well as a little bit of apple peel... Maybe some Belgian sugars.... this may be a little barnyard-ish as well...

There's a barnyard yeastiness to this that I don't find in others of the style and I like it. It almost gives it a saison feel to it. Very earthy and sort of funky... There's a sweetness here too but the majority of what I get from this is this earthy funkiness that just reeks of natural fermentation... Very delicious and I don't detect any booze at all...

A delicious example of the style... I really enjoyed this beer... Paired beautifully with some Pad Thai and a bowl of hot and sour soup

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Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy orangey-gold with a rock solid white head. Head retention and lacing are absolutely outstanding.

Smell is quite yeasty with some orange and coriander notes. Also a little grassy and flowery.

The taste picks up on quite a bit of honey along with orange and coriander. Some apple is present along with banana. The beer finishes quite try with just a light bitterness. Carbonation is very high on this one leading to a prickly mouthfeel that is just a little bit too much.

Overall a decent beer although better examples of this style are out there.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a big white fluffy head. Small retention and only few lacings left

S: Deliciously spicy. Quite sweet, reminds honey, vanilla, mellon, coriander and pepper. Orange zest. Herbs and flowery hops

T: Quite spicy beer. Malts, belgian yeasts, candy sugar, coriander, melon and pepper. Sweet upfront followed by a dry taste and a considerable bitter hoppy end

M: Heavy body, medium carbonation. Balanced sweet bitterness

O: Good drinkability. Very Belgian. Great beer

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Photo of bobhits
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A blonde ale with white head that fades. There is aroma of mint (not sure where this comes from), yeast, and some hints of spicy hops. The flavor brings this on in full spirit. I just don't get this one. I rarely say it, but too dry, too carbonated, and yet not awful. There are just too many interesting and tasty elements in this one. I want to dislike it but there's something here that makes me interested.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC. Described on the menu as a Brasserie Beck exclusive, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this springing up on tap around the country--or am I missing somehing?

Body is translucent but hazy gold. Slight head resolves to a ring with slight lacing.

Aroma of light malt, banana, and candi sugar.

Tastes of light malt, banana, and coriander. There is a subtle amount of hops in the dry finish. Also, a bit of toffee and candi sugar.

Overall, a decent Belgian blonde strong ale. But not so strong at 7.5% ABV.

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