St. Feuillien Brune
Brasserie St. Feuillien

St. Feuillien BruneSt. Feuillien Brune
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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #64
Ranked #23,084
3.82 | pDev: 12.3%
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Very Good
St. Feuillien BruneSt. Feuillien Brune
Notes: This brown ale has a marked ruby brown colour with a generous and lasting head. It has a distinctive aroma reflecting the wide range of ingredients used in its production. The fruitiness resulting from its fermentation blends harmoniously with a dominant liquorice and caramel flavour. The body is decidedly malty. The bitterness is the result of a complex alchemy between the fine hops and special malts used. These give St-Feuillien Brune a typical dark chocolate appearance. This beer creates an endless variety of sensations with a lingering taste and powerful aroma.
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Photo of cratez
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from the LCBO.

A: Dark ruby-brown appearance with a one-finger cap of bubbly tan foam.

S: Raisin, red plum, black liquorice. Light yeastiness, with some caramel. Hints of ethanol and cocoa.

T: Largely follows nose, with substantial sweetness mid-palate and balanced bitterness to end.

M: Medium-full body, spicy & highly carbonated, sweet middle, prickly bitterness with long, drying finish.

O: An enjoyable, relatively complex Belgian dubbel. Worth trying IMO.

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Photo of vinicole
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. 8.5% ABV. Dark chestnut brown. Thick frothy and tan head.
Rich aroma of fruity malt and indistinct liquorice.
The fruit continues upon tasting. Dried figs and prunes. Demi-sec. Lightly caramelised demerara.
Moderate to full bodied. Gentle carbonation.
Enjoyable and easy drinking high ABV beer.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Poured slowly so some sediment left in bottle. Really rich dark chestnut with a reddish hue. Pours with 1-2cm of tan foam, recedes slowly.
S- Prominent, I could smell it from a foot away! It smells toasty and up closer the alcohol smell is clear (unusual for me to smell the alcohol in this way, even in beers this high ABV%).
T- Rich toasty malts are at the fore-front. The 'Beer Info' suggests flavours of caramel and liquorice; the former is clear, the latter is evading me today. The finish is hoppier/brighter than one might expect from an 8.5% brew.
F- It never seems OTT/over-rich though it's clear from the feel that it packs a punch.
O- These styles of beers risk being over-rich versus my palate. But this one with a notably bright finish didn't do that. I'm now rather torn between liking this or their Blonde beer more. I think it might be the Blonde that I had yesterday, which to me revealed a broader taste spectrum.

A Canadian poster below states that the bottle he had is 8.5% and not 7.5% per the headers/listing above; mine is also 8.5%.
Purchased from M+S, London W8, UK. BB 18/06/2020.
The lable pictured above has changed, it's now a mix of rusty red and very pale tan, a simple coat of arms + text. ie no longer a multi-coloured image of a landscape.

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Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle. Poured out a murky, dark brown color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of dark dried fruits, toffee and caramel. Sweet caramel and toffee with cherry and apple.

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Photo of generallee
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Abbey Dubbel has loads of sweet malt and fruity estery Belgian yeast notes making their way from the glass to my nose. On the tongue I get smooth caramel, figs plums and nectarines. Hop flavor and bitterness is mild offering a little herbal spice to balance its sweet overall profile. It's well carbonated and full on the palate with a little stickiness. This and it's 7.5% abv make it a nice slow sipping and interesting libation.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red hazy body, topped with caramel head. A real looker.

Aroma is spiced fruit, malty and with a sweet alcohol effervescence.

Taste brings through a nice caramel as per head. Malty and loaded at the front with spiced fig.

Feel has a twang of artificial sweetness, but certainly goes down smooth. Aftertaste is more of those lovely caramel notes.

Overall, this beer tastes smells and feels exactly as it's appearance suggests, no hidden surprises, and might be why it isn't rated higher. I recommend taking it slightly chilled as the retention is pretty good for a bruin.

Those who have given this an average 3.5 should opinion this is an excellent drop, and one I'll make a point of ordering at the bar.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle served in a St. Feuillien chalice. Date stamp on bottle: L5068 08:44 18/06/15.

Appearance: Translucent brown. Initial 1/4" thick light tan head died back to a persistent thin skin across the top. Some occasional islands and strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Fruity esters, toasted malt, and a metallic note which is like an old penny.

Taste: Malty - caramel, some spiciness I can't place, and some mild dark fruit flavors with a bit of raisin. The finish is equal parts metallic and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated - scrubs the tongue clean but not fizzy. Slick and a tiny bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A nice slow sipping dubbel - the metallic note is a bit stronger than I've had in other dubbels, but it works well with this beer. One is enough though per evening. I might try it again though in the future with the right meal.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Appearance: dark amber, clear body with a good beige head with fine lacing.

Aroma: fruity and lightly spicy. Unusual.

Flavor: also distinctive, although it departs from the aromatics. This lightly yeasty ale has a lot of toffee and brown sugar flavor but is only slightly sweet. Some vanilla notes, particularly in the aftertaste.

Feel: medium-light body is fairly smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall: distinctive.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 5/11/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky brown/red hue.

HUGE tan head (careful pouring!!); no lace.

Medium mouthfeel.

At first, cinnamon, apples & a slightly metallic, smoky flavor; as it warms, dried figs, caramel & a hint of apple cider emerge. Complex & delicious.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml stubby bottle purchased from the LCBO for about $3.75 CDN. Served fairly cold into a chalice. This rendition is advertised as 8.5% ABV. Best before April 17, 2018.

Appearance - Pours a ruddy brown colored beer with auburn highlights. An impressive finger and change of head is poured and head retention is above average. Not much in the way of lacing left around the edges of the glass. Hazy too.

Smell - Rather aromatic with an odd troika of milk chocolate, cherries and booze. Repeated sniffs yield little change, a freshly opened box of booze filled chocolate covered cherries comes to mind. Possible some seasonal fruitcake in there too.

Taste - All sorts of dark fruit here. Cherries and blackberries dominate with a lightly malty chocolate finish. A certain sourness here, so intense is the cherry. Middling sweetness with dark chocolate and even a touch of roasted coffee beans here. Unusual but rather good.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied, boozy yet with a dry finish. Just right.

Overall - The strong cherry presence (stronger than any other dubbel I've ever had) in St. Feuillien Brune makes for an interesting beer that I personally enjoyed, yet I can see how it may not appeal to everyone. However, if you're looking for a box of holiday chocolates such as chocolate covered cherries in beer form, this is certainly the way to go.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; listed at 8.5%. Best before Apr 17 2018 and served barely chilled.

Pours a deep, translucent ruby reddish-copper colour, topped with nearly two fingers of thick, creamy foam that manages to sustain itself for the better part of 10 minutes. An attractive coat of foamy lace is produced as it slowly dissipates. On the nose I am getting a fair bit of overripe fruity character - cherry and plum both come to mind, as do red apple and date. Candi sugar, red licorice candy, some light spiciness and yeasty notes, with the alcohol fuming up a bit more as the glass warms. Seems good so far.

Unfortunately I think the high point of this review is already in the rear-view. The flavours are balanced, but weak in terms of intensity - the candi sugar is the only thing that truly comes through, with most of the other elements muddled together in the background, never really standing out. Molasses, prune/plum and raisin, with dates, banana and a touch of cocoa. The yeasty, spicy attributes become more prominent towards the finish; it ends with clove, black licorice and some alcohol heat, with lingering yeastiness in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with moderately aggressive carbonation that continuously prickles that palate with each sip. It softens out over time, but I still feel it's pretty over-carbonated.

Final Grade: 3.78, a passable B+. St. Feuillien's Brune is serviceable enough, but not what I'd consider a go-to Belgian import. Unobjectionable flavours, but they don't assert themselves properly - this is a very restrained, forgettable example of a dubbel that doesn't stand up to any of the Trappist equivalents. That being said, it's hard to find decent dubbels around here, so I'll probably be picking up another bottle or two anyway - it's still an enjoyable strong abbey-style ale... just not an outstanding one.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps I shouldn't have had the St. Bernardus Xmas edition the day before...
Weak, without the necessary body and a weird, almost cheese like after taste equals a rather disappointing dubbel. Still better than 80% of the beer in stores but when one has standards, one has expectations.

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Photo of OlaB
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: gives of a clear red copper color. Have a good top of creamy head when I pour it in the glass. Good sticky lacings on the glass.

S: caramel malts,toffee, candied sugar, dark fruits like raisins, plums and dates,. I also sense cherries in the aroma.

T&F: start of with fruity and sweet flavour. I sense the dark fruits and the sweet yeast in the begining. In The middle and the finish the malts are getting more noticeable with the caramel and toffee easy to notice. The aftertaste is ok balanced bittetness that stats there for a good time. Mouthfeel is kind of creamy and the alcohol content are pretty good masked.

O: is a good dubbel. Easy drinkable and enjoyable, but in no ways extraordinary

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Photo of RobinLinde
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a a tulip. Has a dark brown body with a thick tan head. Moderate retention with no lacing.
Smell: A very nice smell of caramel malts and dark fruits.
Taste: Quite toasty for a bruin/brune. Matches the smell very well.
Mouthfeel: A thick body with high carbonation, perhaps a bit too much carbonation for me.
Overall: A toasty brune with high carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2014. The cork shot out like a rocket when I removed the cork.

Pours a see through garnet with plenty of foam and lacing.

Candi sugar, dark fruit, with some spice in the smell.

Dark fruit, mostly raisins, candi sugar, cinnamon and a pronounced cardboard flavour; could be past its prime.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The way the cork shot out, I thought it might be over carbonated.

Not terrible at this stage in its bottled life but I have little desire to revisit.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First time I Had this since I became a BA member, so I give it a proper review.
I've been noticing it has become harder to find brunes on the shelf in Chicago. Brunes seem to becoming dubbels, at least on the label. But I like the brune name because it sounds like prune which could be one of the dried fruits in St. Feuillien's rendition. Nevertheless, finding St. Feulllien's Brune is like visiting an old friend. (My notes place this well above average for the style, so I make minor changes in the rating.)

Looks give a decent head and dark body. Smells are (in order) fruity, not too sugary (as Belgians sometimes lean on the brewer's sugar) and fragrant with well-blended malts mostly making the fruit. The yeast strain brings out the same further, but never gets syrupy... an accomplishment. The palate never quite got cleared for a heavy, garlicky winter soup... so I went and got a blonde. No offense to the brunettes, but that is just the way that meal went.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" calls this Brune "an attractive, deep reddish colour; softer smoother, toffees, body; and a tasty, bitter-chocolate palate; a perfect dessert beer or digestif." The Master was right.

5/19/19 Found it again; but had to travel to England. Again, pleasant by itself with some crackers and dry cheese.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x02-03. Very nice brune, very close to a good quad because of its dark fruits profile. A bit more watery but also more drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml, squat bottle (@ 8.5% ABV), a bit of a surprise late holiday season arrival here in Alberta. Pronouncing this one properly would involve a lot of mouth contortions, methinks.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves a few chunky instances of splattered lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, some boozy toffee, musty yeast, mulled red wine, mixed dark fruit, and a wee suggestion of underused and underloved earthy and weedy hops. The taste is bready and lightly doughy caramel malt, a muddled citrus and bruised red apple fruitiness, thin red wine, a still edgy, chip-on-its-shoulder kind of yeastiness, subtle baking spice, and more plain, and barely perceptible earthy and leafy hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite active in its opening theatrics, and in its palate-expanding frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a small spiced alcohol thing picking and prodding at the seams. It finishes off-dry, the caramel/toffee backbone wavering, but keeping it between the ditches, while the fruit, yeast, and spice settle in for the rest of the trip.

Overall, a pleasantly rounded and somewhat complex version of the style, the elevated ABV doing well to generally keep its hands to itself. Easy to drink, and a welcome salve to the doldrums of January and its imminent drop into frigid sub-zero temperatures.

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Photo of MGibbons
2.4/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This poured to a foamy, light head. It's effervescence conveys the foamiiness to the palate. Not much of a nose. Taste has a bitter edge with maltiness and is overall disappointing. I expected better.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 750ml bottle in a snifter. This fine dubbel pours a dark lightly cloudy mahogany with a very nice head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and light lacing. Nose of chocolate, raisins, Belgian Candy sugars, and fresh baked bread. Flavors follow the nose with brown sugars on the front, rich dark raisins dipped in chocolate on the middle, and a mix of fresh bread and light cola notes on the sides and back with a subtle yeast note. Very drinkable with high carbonation on the mouth feel keeping it lively and a sweet lightly dry finish and warming alcohol.
A solid offering.

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Photo of drmeto
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer was gushing out as soon as i popped the cap
-pours a hazy ruby-brown with a huge ,quickly dissipating,foamy,beige head
-high carbonation visible
-plums,raisins,dates,artificial cherry aroma
-plums,raisins,dates,caramel,toffee,chocolate,candi sugar,slightly toasty finish
-high carbonation (overcarbonnated)
-medium body
-faint alcohol warmth
Very good Dubbel.

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Photo of seedyone
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11/19/2014 On tap as part of a flight at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This time I get a vague hint of mint in the aftertaste That takes nothing away from the delight of running into this old friend.

8/1/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum. Caramel jumps out of the glass onto on the lips & into the nose. But it stabilizes quickly. It ends up with a touch of bitterness but not of a hoppy nature. More of a coffee type. Cosmetically there's nothing to write home about but it's worth a pint to see.

12/21/13 From Bottle. This is more like it. First taste was the sweetness, a nicely done sweetness. Then a raisiny flavor that finishes more like a caramel. All very subtly embodied in a smooth medium mouth feel. This 8.5% ABV beauty is very seductive. Go lightly my friends.

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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque dark brown
S: sweet citrus dark malt; clove; touch of licorice;
T: intense salted licorice with dark fruit cake side notes; alcohol (8.5%) is noticeable in the finish but not at all overpowering; the flavour is quite direct and intense.
M: not full bodied or fat at all considering the alcohol
O: fine but not particularly memorable

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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is reddish brown with a tight, small bubbled tan head. Nose has a fair bit of dark malt, caramel is strong, light licorice, hints of apple and fruity esters. Taste is much of the same, light bitterness and herbal hop in the finish. Licorice mid palate, decent bit of richer malt up front, mostly caramel malts. Strong carbonation, lighter body.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't the best of this style I've had by far. It wasn't bad by any means, just nothing special.
Pours almost like a soda with quick foaming head that recedes very quickly into nothing after a minute or so.

Smell is sweet with some cinnamon and spice to it. The taste is sweet as well but is really dumbed down by the amount of carbonation it has. Very fizzy in the mouth. Not a bad beer to try, but would probably only get it again if the beer store was out of my usual's.

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St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 282 ratings