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:
10
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36
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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doug Shoemaker for the thoughtfulness, saving a bottle at Smokeless Joe's. Licorice in aroma of yeast along with fruit, and licorice in taste. Lace in brown appearance crowns it nicely. Malty. Tart aftertaste following hops. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy brown in color and poured into a goblet with a finger high beige head that quickly faded away but transitioned into consistent patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is relatively sweet and has aromas of caramel and dark fruits.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a slight amount of sweetness and has flavors of caramel malts along with notes of dark fruits and hints of yeast. There is a very mild amount of bitterness and woody flavors in the finish. The flavors become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, very smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a medium to high amount of carbonation. There is a hint of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't very difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked. The beer is best sipped so the alcohol won't quickly catch up to you.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious Dubble that hits the style dead on- just slightly misses a few marks on becomming a world class Dubbel.

Rich and bready-sweet aromas of fruit cake, rum-soaked cherries, apples, and raisons; almonds, light chocolates, berries and toast. Compex indeed!

While the aroma delivers a plethera of aromas, the appearance gives a deep russet, burgundy-hazy brown color and moderate haze. A creamy off-white head forms on the beer, retains fairly enough, and with lacing that proves formitable enough. A good look-but not great.

All of those brown sugars, rum-soaked fruits, and sweet bread aromas manifest well in taste. Throw in a spicy-yeasty taste of nutmeg, cinamon, and ginger and we have a lot of character in this sweet-oriented beer. Fruity through and through, the berries, dehydrated cherries, raisons, figs, plumbs/prunes, dried appricots and apples all do their duty to provide a very complex flavor that starts with the first sip and doesn't end until the last-- a very complex and consistent beer.

Creamy and moderately full early, this Dubbel holds onto the rich textures until very late. In fact, the beer begins to lighten because of fleeting carbonation, increasing alcohol, and sharpening hop bitterness until the deep finish that stops shy of complete dryness or lightness.

This is a marvelous Dubble that I have no problem grouping in with Chimay Red and Ommegang Abbey Ale. Paired with a veggie wrap (Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella and schrosphire blue cheeses, black olives and pickled black peppercorn), this beer had great interplay with the pepper, blue cheese, and olives. A later snack with sugar cookies bakes with cranberries, raisons, and Macadamia nuts were also a pleasant pairing. But this beer is also a great desert and delicacy all on its own.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a huge foamy off-white head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with great Belgian malt is very enticing. Taste is a great mix between some candi sugar, Belgian malt and bready yeast. Body is quite full with no alcohol being discernable. Creamy texture is also quite enjoyable. Overall, this was a well done abbey dubbel with great drinkability characteristics.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, no bottle dating. Cork was a battle to remove on this one. Pours hazy and cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toast, fig, brown bread, floral, pepper, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/spicy ester notes. Taste of raisin, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, fig, brown bread, floral, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, floral, pepper, clove, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity notes; with a good sweet/peppery ester balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Dubbel. Nice balance and complexity of fruity and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a fluffy 2 finger off-white head that settles into a creamy mass not leaving much lace behind,heavy spice and yeast in the aromas,some clove and cinnamon mainly with a touch of smoke.I may have poured a little to chilledso it took sometime for the flavors to start really showing thru but they eventually did nice vanilla pod and clove flavors over top of dark fruit and light smoke.A nice dubbel here dont drink to chilled and the flavors will come out nicely,quite warming.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy reddish-brown body capped by a frothy, light tan head that drops but leaves a good collar and surface covering. The aroma is fruity, caramelish, and lightly chocolatey with a gentle background spiciness. The body is medium with a very fine, gently effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor starts malty and lightly earthy with notes of light chocolate and toffee, then expresses notes of dark fruit (raisins, prunes) as it crosses the palate, and ends with another note of creamy chocolate. The finish is exceptional; long and dryish with a wide range of flavors that alternate throughout the glass, sometimes chocolatey, sometimes fruity, and always with some light spiciness and mild lingering malt. It's sweet but backed by enough hop bitterness to keep it from becoming cloying. Really nicely done, and highly recommended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/20/2013 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, fruit and spices.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, dark fruits, spices and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Monk's Café (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/2/11. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a thin covering of off-white/light mocha head. Swirling this fires up a near finger of foam, leaving back a rich and frothy cascade of lacing. The aroma has a pronounced dark fruitiness to it, which mixes in with some bitter citric character, a light spiciness, and notes of sugary cocoa and fresh baked biscuits.

The taste is primarily a mix of sugars and dark fruit, with a touch of more roasty chocolate malt thrown in as well. A good bit of citric bitterness is present, which combines with the yeast to really dry the finish out on this with some lingering notes of spice and earty pith. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively prickliness on the tongue that then segues into more of a creamy and smooth feel across the back. The alcohol content here is nicely held in check.

This was a solid enough Dubbel I suppose, with a decent complexity and a good drinkibility to it. I just wish that the flavors had a bit more richness to them to help make this a little more memorable. This was a tasty sipper but there are better out there for the style.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque, deep chestnut brown body with two full inches of airy, beige-colored foam.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of brown sugar and toasted caramel transitions to notes of green raisins and apricots and finally a spiciness smelling of coriander and cinnamon.

Taste: The taste presents bold hits of very sweet caramel cubes, brown sugar, tart fruitiness, and cutting spices. Slight earthy bitterness. Touch of warming alcohol on the tail end. Malty, bittersweet finish with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium, though airy carbonation.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good. A fine, enjoyable dubbel that served as a pleasant aperitif at Leon's Full Service in Decatur.

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

A - Ruby brown and dark, nice creamy head.

S - Candy caramel squares, brown sugar, light syrup.

T - Tastes of toffee and caramel, a nice sweet beer. Light malt, and soft licorice notes. Some bitter fruit skin and a slight warmth.

M - Soft, slick mouth with a sticky sweetness and light carbonation.

O - Nice blend of sweet flavors here, a certain complexity about it. Not overwhelming in any way but a solid brune.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso into a tulip glass.

A one finger creamy light brown head is produced with lots of carbonation. Tightly packed head bubbles, and a real nice red caramel/brown colored body that is opaque.

Bouquet on this is a classic dubbel but too small and kind of hard to find. Small dry malty powder sensation, slight bit of cream too.

Taste is also small, a faint light raisin quality and mild maltyness.

This is pretty pedestrian for this style, boring, bland kind of simple but doesn't make me desire to drink it.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cork-strapped down bottled, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours orange-tinted brown with a large foamy white head that falls to a lasting one-finger cover. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of carmelized brown sugar, minty/menthol spicing, caramel, soft cotton candy and a touch of hay/grass. Interesting, complex and inviting. Seems more like a Dubbel/Tripel mix.

The taste is herbal - slightly tinny - with grassy and minty/menthol spicing and light cotton candy and caramel. Begins spicy, becomes malty sweet, then finishes with an herbal dryness. A tart touch comes through as it nears the end. Mild alcohol warmth shows, though integrated well.

It has an effervescent light-to-medium body. Very smooth.

In a way, it reminds me of this brewery's tripel, but with a caramelish character. Seems a cross of dubbel and tripel. Anyway, it is a lovely sipper. Malty and spicy with that classic "Belgian" flair. Very interesting and enjoyable!

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