St. Feuillien Brune | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien BruneSt. Feuillien Brune
BA SCORE
3.78/5
Very Good
276 Ratings
St. Feuillien BruneSt. Feuillien Brune
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
Ranking:
#19,536
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
276
pDev:
12.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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10
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Ratings: 276 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of The_Bujon
4.12/5  rDev +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 revisit....my opinion this is an excellent drop, and one I'll make a point of ordering at the bar.

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Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mayhewbc
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antyk
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brettcam
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

St. Feuillien Brune is hands down one of the best beers on the planet.

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Photo of Houborg1
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bird_soul
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 54V4G3
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johlac66
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dazka
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ned57
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Glorithm
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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 kevinlater
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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 andrenaline
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the lcbo for around $3.75

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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 Jaisell
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 276 ratings