St. Feuillien Brune | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 10-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
271
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of incubuscience
1/5  rDev -73.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of Mudawg
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of YvesB
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bobhits
2.32/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hints of light pass through the body, leaving a reddish murky colored body. A lot of nice lacing from a good 2 finger head.

Caramel, figs, dried rinses, hints of rum, and spices. Oddly not as good as this sounds.

Hints of toffee and chocolate mix with a spicy dark fruit dominate beer. Mix in some caramel malt and I think you get the picture. Very complex, but overt in each flavor without the blending that makes a master piece.

Hot! 7.5%? This drinks like 12% easily without the body or thickness that goes with a 12% beer.

Each element of this beer is interesting and maybe good. The problem is this at best good in places beer doesn't work together. Completely don't recommend this one beyond a 2-4 oz sample (and what beer isn't worth doing that with?)

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Photo of cbn
2.34/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly hazy reddish-brown with a creamy beige head.
A tremendous volume of tiny bubbles continuously rise to the surface.

Aroma is slightly sweet and malty with sharp metalic yeasty background notes.

Taste is same as above.

Thin on the tounge and palate.

Not much here to revisit.

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Photo of MGibbons
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
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 radshoesbro
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours an impressive amber with a good head. head receeds very slowly and forms a good lace. upon looking at this beer i was quite excited as i had been drinking mainly summer brews and lighter beers for the entire summer season.

unfortunately i found this ale to be far to malty at first and then the finish tasted so strongly of alcohol that i was totally turned off.

the cost of this far outweighed the taste. it cost me about $8 for a single bottle! now, i have no problem paying a fairly large amount of money for a bottle of beer, but usually expensive beers actually taste good.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer pours a thick hazy brown into a tulip glass. Some head (3 mm) dropping to just swirls by the second or third sip.

S - Got a bit of a flat smell, some spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and maybe aged fruit (fig). It's got that wet cardboard smell that always worries me a bit.

T - Tastes a bit flat as well. Yep, it's got that wet cardboard flavor as well that I don't like. There are some spices in here ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Also some caramel and butterscotch and fig like flavors in there. The start and finish is mainly that strange malt flavor that I call "wet cardboard".

M - Mouthfeel is medium but flat, with very little carbonation.

D- Not as impressed as I hoped to be. The one note (wet cardboard) that I find in some Belgian, Belgian-style, and French Ales is present in this beer and basically ruins it for me.

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Photo of gfreed
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As dubbels go, this one ranks among the sweetest I've had. There's enough brown sugar in both the aroma and the taste to satisfy any sugar addict; in fact, one might be able to substitute this for the requisite brown sugar one likes to plop onto one's morning oatmeal (if one were so inclined, of course). Signs of other sweet Things are everywhere, such as sugar and sugar; some mushroom oddness makes a brief appearance but mercifully is pounded back by the sugar. Worth a try for the pretty label and the attractive price but otherwise this is not something to brag about.

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Photo of kevinlater
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of number1bum
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #5.

750ml corked n caged poured into a tulip glass. Hmmm...the pour is truly perplexing. It struggled to get even a centimeter of head, which was beige while it was there, before completley disappearing leaving no lace at all. Color is dark brown, hazy. When the last of the lace disappears it looks like flat soda.

Smell is some sweet caramel malt, molasses, grapes and a red wine like tannin smell. There's some nuttiness and alcohol in the nose, as well.

Taste at first seems very thin. There are some subtle nutty, coffee flavor, then a bit of sweetness. Through the finish the taste profile comes out a little more with a more robust nutty flavor and some roasted, molasses malt. Luckily that grapey tannin aroma I got doesn't come through in the taste because I'm definitely not looking for that from my beer. All in all the taste isn't bad, it's just too thin and there's nothing remarkable about it. Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery, and it seems flat; no detectable carbonation.

This is a really poor dubbel, in my opinion. I'm not sure if maybe this bottle is a little old - it came from Shangy's and sometimes stuff sits there for awhile. Certainly it's not as fresh as it would be overseas, but at 7.5% it shouldn't turn that quickly, either. I have another bottle but it's from the same case, so who knows. I'm hoping I can edit my reviews up, but I'm not going to count on it. I wouldn't recommend picking this one up.

Edit: second bottle worse than the first. Tannin grape flavor is present and the smell is worse.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of JoeMans
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: clear crimson color, nearly nutty brown, with a slim fizzy cola-like brown head above.
Aroma: sweetness. bit o' nuts, larger chocolate essence, passably pleasant.
Taste: crisp and carbonated, nice malty flavor, little hops, tastes like an average brown ale, and offers nothing really beyond that...some spicy tinglings in the taste...very fizzy on the palate, feel like I'm having a root beer at times, here...
medium bodied, lightly nutty, malty finish, but the fizz is too harsh for my taste, and spoils the flavor, make the body feel thinner than it should be...have to admit it, I'm not crazy about this one, and still have most of a 750 ml bottle to go. won't be trying this one again, although my opinion of their other beers still stand.

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Photo of Glorithm
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of roblowther
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this one at Belgo Centraal in London. It is clear ruby red/brown, with no real head. The smell reminds me of leather, flowers, nutmeg, and various spices. Very appetizing. The taste is dry, floral, sharp and oaky. The mouthfeel is downright watery. The drinkability is fine but nothing to get excited about. It's balanced, refreshing but not fantastic. Not a bad one but not a great one.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of iasanlee
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber carmel with a couple fingers of creamy tan head. Some lacing, but not a lot.

Scent of yeast and sweet plum and ripe pear. Smells delicious.

First flavor is metallic. There is obvious dark fruits and expected malty sweetness, but also a club soda flavor. Seemed to lack complexity and tasted thin.

Body was light to moderate, and carbonation left quickly.

Not a favorite dubbel. I would not make any plans to try again, just a bit boring.

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St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.79 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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