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St. Feuillien Brune | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 10-23-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
247
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
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10
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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 247
Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with an amazing frothy tan head. Head falls very slow, decent lace.

Nose is all sweet malt back by an alcohol aroma.

Nice malt taste. Sweet candied sugars. Finishes a bit tinny, metallic. Very sweet beer.

Medium to full bodied and rather smooth.

Decent, easy drinking brew. Only negative is the metal finish but overall a nice beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: dark brown in color with lots of holding head, nice and sticky

smell: typical belgian yeast aroma, sweet, caramel and biscuity

taste: some subtle toffee candy aromas, sublte sweetness with some nice dark fruits notes.

mouthfeel: medium bodied,

drinkability: a nice dubbel. I would drink again if available

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a hazey brown with a large off white head.

S - Raisins and dark fruit.

T - Nice chocolate flavours tha are followed by heavy dark fruits and finishes with a nice alcohol kick.

M - Medium body and well balanced carbonation.

D - Heaps of flavour and recommended

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Photo of argock
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date. From a gift pack purchased in August 2009.

A: Chestnut brown with wispy beige short head with little retention or lacing.

S: Sweet dark malt with caramel and slightly buttery flavors mixed with herbal hops. Light phenols. Yeast is nutty.

T: Flavors are, like the aromas, a bit sweet for the style, but they are enjoyable all the same. Dark fruits like prunes, raisins, and candied figs come through followed by light phenolic character and finished with herbal hops. There is a mild leathery, nutty quality as well. Enjoyable but sweet for a dubbel.

M: Smooth and creamy with active carbonation and lightly leathery, sweet fig aftertaste.

D: A very drinkable dubbel but not so typical for the style. Has some features that reminds of an old ale with lower ABV. Delicious and similar to Corsendonk Dark Abbey Ale or St. Feuillien's Cuvee de Noel for the sweetness.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Dark fruity sweetness

Appearance - Dark red with a tan head and tons of residual carbonation in the beer.

Taste - Sweet and balanced, a decent abbey ale. Slightly cloying but still refreshing.

Notes - Tons of carbonation that you would associate with a Belgian. Not worth the price but still good.

No 8394 on the cork

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fratto for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a murky dark amber color. The aroma is dark fruit with some caramel and toffee malts. The flavor is dark fruits with a lot of caramel malts. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of Rayek
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Slightly hazy chestnut brown. A dense cream cap is slow to form and quickly retreats to a thin film. Leaves spots of lace.

S: Sweet chocolate really stuck out at first. As the beer warmed, raisins and prunes crept it with a very vinous aroma. Alcohol adds balance and a light tingle to the nose.

T: Very wine like out front, with lots of dried fruit flavors. The heavy chocolate from the nose retreats to the background. Bitterness is mild and brings a pleasant pepper bite. Alcohol adds an extra source of balance and a nice warmth going down.

M: The slick body has a very fine tingling carbonation.

D: I started out with this beer way too cold. After giving it some quality time to warm up, I came away quite impressed. The flavor is up there with some of the better dubbels I've had.

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

A: Murky and muddy brown, smallish tan head that disappears slowly and leaves decent lacing.
S: Aroma of caramel, butterscotch and cinnamon.
T: Malty flavor with light spice and some earthiness toward the end. Fair complexity.
M: Good body.
D: Very nice example of the style, worth trying.

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

750ml bottle into large goblets

Pours a very cloudy dingy brown, medium pale head. Smells sweet and musty, a little fruity.

Taste is sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, very mild. Definite maltyness and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, very bubbly, although fairly thick.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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 TLove
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle at Granville Moore's in D.C.

Nice light brown color typical of the style. Thin head, but holds together very well.

Smells of dark fruits, apricots and raisins.

Soft on the mouth and well-balanced. Coffee and plum on the tongue with dark malts and barely noticeable 7.5% ABV.

Very drinkable, soft finish and toffee aftertaste. Barely any bitterness on the back end, but the carbonation holds to the very end.

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

(From notes)

A - Rich coppery, reddish brown color. Slightly tan head that didn't hang around too long.

S - Raisiny, sweet, rich, pruney, and maybe a bit of passion fruit

T - Sweet dark fruit flavors, bit of candy-like sugar, light breadiness

M - Thinner to medium MF, carbonation is pretty lively. Coats well, and carries the richness of the brew

D - Good drinkability given the range of the tastes, and I thought this was a pretty rich brew which made it nice, but slower working

Overall, really representative of the style and I can't find anything off about it. Very nice brew, but not the most complex I've had in the style. Definitely worth a try, though.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/26/2009 (bottle ~50degF):

Pours a very fizzy off-white head, quickly diminishing. Body is ruby brown in color, very cloudy, can't see through. Very fruity aroma, some dark fruit like plum and fig, and some raisin. Aroma of seedy fruits, like berries. A little effervescence and dustiness. Fruity taste, floral. Light floral aftertaste. Soft carbonated mouthfeel, a little sourness. Letting warm up a bit...More fruit present, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Okay tasting, some spices, but a little bland.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to goblet.

A: Pours a opaque brown with a small yellowish head with decent retention sticking around for the entire drink, however leaves no lacing.

S: Smells very malty with strong fruit and hints of chocolate and toffee.

T: Malts hit upfront turning into a mix of dark fruit with some apple hints going into a chocolate/toffee finish. Pretty complex flavors that work together well and overall create a nice mellow dubbel.

Overall: Mouthfeel is alright, only decent carbonated and a light-medium in body. Drinkability is amazing, I could easily drink a few bottles of this, I kept sipping this one down and before I realized it I had finished the glass.

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Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a not quite clear reddish-brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet malt with lots of dark fruits - raisins mostly but with hints of figs. As it warms there's also a bit of toffee.

Tastes good. Sweet malt up front followed shortly by dark fruit flavors. Hints of toffee in the back are joined by a light spiciness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thinner than I was expecting with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished one with no problem, but I'm not terribly excited about drinking another.

Overall this was a solid beer but it's nothing special. Worth a shot.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: relatively clear brown/amber color capped with a frothy tan head that has nice retention and light streaks of lacing
S: strong spice and yeast aroma but i'm having trouble picking up on much more from this.
T: sweet malt and yeast body, with light spicy background, both peppery and cinnamon. dry, slightly nutty finish
M: very creamy and soft on the tongue, high carbonation, little alcohol presence.
D: not the best dubbel or most complex (or fits the style the best), but a very nice beer, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with a coarse bubbled head that settles into a small layer of off-white foam.

Smell of candisugar, light chocolate malt and some spices. My guess is cardemom and maybe orange peel.

Taste is spicy with light roasted notes. The spices add an almost bitter sensation to the beer. There is a certain roasty taste to this beer that is just balancing between right and too much. Together with the spices, which add a citric, exotic spicy element, this beer is quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is not overly sweet and not too thin.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite a dark hazy brown pour... the head looks fabulous, though. A yellowish-golden shade, and very creamy, and about a finger and a half tall. Retention is alright.

S: The brewer's glassware does the aroma well. A warm scent of dates, raisins, and dark bread. Slight whiffs of banana are noted, along with a touch of 'tobacco box.' A very pleasant aroma.

T: Flavour is not as expressive as the scent. It is still a nice tasting brew, with dark fruit, creamy toffee, and a little hint of something gingerbread like. It seems just a touch weak, like it wants to be more expressive and just can't.

M: A soft, shimmering carbonation that offers just a little bite right off the tip of the tongue first. Body is quite smooth, if perhaps a little 'dull.' Certainly not too bad, though.

D: Not a bad brew, and a wonderful, wafting aroma. I might not be too quick to pick it up a second time, but it's certainly worth the shot and it does have some very pleasing qualities that would have me consider it again.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
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 Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Poured a hazy brown with a very nice head that eventually fades to a thin cap and leaves some very nice lacing. Classic dubbel look. Smells fresh and minerally. Lots of coriander and banana and some light malt in the nose. The taste is similar. Rich malt with a clean minerality and slightly herbal. Fairly good body, but fairly light overall and quite smooth. Easy drinking and delicious, much better on tap in my opinion.

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

a great brown beer... abbey style, like what was really appreciate in belgium in the early 80's, good alcool taste, nicely bitter, toffee taste, nice brown color, it's just a great beer as it's really drinkable... congratulation to the brewers, it's a perl...

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Photo of morimech
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date on the bottle is 15/12/08. Just past the freshness date. Pours and opaque brown with a large tan head that recedes slowly to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Rich aroma of dates, figs, cherries, and candied sugar. Also get just a hint of alcohol. Dark fruit also plays a major role in the flavor. Hints of cherries. Alcohol cleans the palate on the finish. Just a little warming from the alcohol. Medium body but a touch overcarbonated. A little harshness on the tongue. I am not big into Dubbels and Quads but I liked this one. Easy drinking with the alcohol well hiddened.

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Photo of beveritt
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a stubby little 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label depicts a riverside town with a man carrying some crops in a basket. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just over two fingers of medium brown head. This settles into a thin coating of foam and a well maintained island in the middle above the nucleation point. The beer itself is a muddy brown that you cannot see through. Fair amount of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: An intensely strong aroma wafts up from the glass and is fairly clear before you even get your nose close. If I didn't know better, I might say I was drinking a kriek, as the smell of sour cherries is predominant. Less noticeable but there is sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts upfront with hints of aged and herbaceous hops. Woody and nutty flavors round out the experience and it finishes with a sour bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: It has actually been a while since I have had a Belgian and this beer helps me remember why I like them so much. Complex yet easy drinking. Bold and flavorful yet thirst quenching. A winter sipping drink that also does well in the hot summer.

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Photo of JBushEsq
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet. First thing I noticed was the incredible amount of carbonation this beer had, as its been in the same spot in my fridge for a couple of months now, and upon opening it, the bottle started to fizz over. So a word to the wise, open over a sink.

A: Large amount of carbonation, forms a large tan head that lasts for a little while, then becomes a thin layer atop the beer. The beer itself is reddish brown in color

S: Smells largely of apple with hints of caramel and other spices

T: Interesting and fairly complex. Starts off fairly malty, then becomes a touch bitter, surprising as the beer is not hoppy at all. Has a touch of cinnamon, and the finish has hints of melon.

M: Fairly light, thanks to the high carbonation

D: Very tasty, though the bitterness is a bit unexpected.

Overall, a very nice beer.

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St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.
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