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St. Feuillien Brune | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien BruneSt. Feuillien Brune

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Brasserie St. Feuillien

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 249
Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear body with a touch of sediment. The head is huge and rocky, even when the beer is gone.

S- Very nice malty nose with lots of spice. Caramel, ginger, hints of fig, and apple.

T- Caramel, ginger, fig. The finish mainly butterscotch.

M- Medium carbonation works well.

D- This was a pretty easy drinking dubbel. I can imagine this best fresh.

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Photo of WishYouWereBeer
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer was a very dark brown, as is the case with most bruns and dubbels. It was served in a tulip glass so the head was a pretty generous, off-white, long lasting layer of froth. The smell was bready, dry, a little boozy yet not too much so. I really enjoyed the taste it had the richness and depth of a dubbel, but lacked that malty sweetness which I sometimes dislike; making it more drinkable in my opinion. The mouthfeel was excellent; pretty heavy with an ample amount of carbonation.

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

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is large, rocky, and recedes very slowly into thick lacing which lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of caramel, cloves, ginger, and anise. The taste is like the aroma with the addition of some nice butterscotch notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Belgian ale.

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Photo of stumac
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours up a murky brown and dark cherry blend color with a nice big bubbly yellow tinted head. the nose is sweet malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, subtle sour notes. taste of nice dark malts, sweet maltyness, notes of chocolate, dark fruits, maybe some strawberries, or black cherries. full bodied, big spritzy carbo, dry finish. good brew.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I went to our neighbor's house for dinner. My neighbor, who knows absolutely nothing about beer, bought this beer for me because he thought I might like it. I think he made a great choice. The beer was a light brown color with a thick tan head that was pretty sticky. It had a fruity aroma with a little bit of caramel. Taste was also sweet and fruity, yeasty. Nicely carbonated. I wish my neighbor had bought two of these.

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Photo of sevopie
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark cloudy caramel brown with a dark tan head. The head was present for a while, but there was a lot as I uncorked the bottle, even though this had been sitting for a week.

Smell - Spicy nut and caramel flavors with a hint of fruit.

Taste - Sweet and spicy. Figs and apricots jump out, as well as nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander. Delightful.

Mouthfeel - Typical Belgian overcarbonation, but has a nice body to it.

Drinkability - This is light and delightful for a Belgian but full of flavor, instant favorite here.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Feuillien Brune pours a reddish brown with a thick tan head from a brown 750 ml corked and caged bottle. The aroma at first is musty. This doesn't last, malty aromas dominate as the beer warms. The flavor improves as well as the beer warms, it's dominated by malt, the hops aren't especially noticeable but do a nice job of balancing this beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, into a Chimay glass, this beer is a hazy amber color with an airy but steady half-inch of head on top. Rather tart, lightly spicy aroma. I don't get any sweetness at all out of the nose. Nice flavor, again without much sweetness, but surprising well-attenuated malt with a touch of chocolate. Moderately fruity with interesting spicy phenols. Finish is dry and tart.

An intriguing dubbel.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Monk's Cafe

Hazy brown with a light tan. The aroma and flavor are rich with dark fruits. This immediately reminds me of fruit leather, grape and cherry, with raisins too. There's subtle spice with vanilla and cinnamon in the background, but there's mostly a wonderful fruit taste with a hint of caramel and toffee. It's a little on the heavy side, so keep this for dessert, a great beer overall.

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Photo of roblowther
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
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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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the oud brune style of beer; I never know quite what to expect other than copious amounts of sourness (and I do love sour). This one looked and smelled terrific, but the flavor disappointed a bit; lots of cereal-ness and not enough sourness.

Appearance was a brilliant red brown body with a scummy lilly-pad of foam floating in the middle of my goblet. Aroma was quite good - there was a whiskey, sour, cherriness. Flavor didn't deliver the expectation thay the aroma built; it was cereal-y and grainy with only a modicum of sour. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I would recommend this beer, but not without conditions (what are your other options?) and reservations.

I had this from a bottle at d.b.a. In New Orleans.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Very impressive appearance, with a deep, dark, mahogany brown hue and an enormous foamy, and frothy head that bubbled with extreme lacing...
Rich, malt-dominated aroma bursting with caramel, vanilla, and candied sugars...
Ultra-sweet and thick, creamy, sugared taste, filled with hefty licorice flavors, caramel, and vanilla with a rich malty profile...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel bursting with sweet flavors and sugar with thick molasses and syrup...
Drinkability took a slight hit due to the ultra-sweet dominating flavors that pervaded this one...
Overall, a very good depiction of the style, but a little much on the sweet side and heavy on the licorice...
A good Dubbel, but there are better ones out there...

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

Poured from a nice 1pt. bomber.

Caramel color, with thin bubbly lace.

Smell is sweet. A bit of fruit. Bannana. Some Cinnamon. Some spicy hops.

Taste is up front sweet. Molasses, and dark fruit. Hop spice is prevalent. Very earthy, and peaty. Yeast is obvious. Finishes clean, and leaves only the slightest faint spiciness.

Very well composed.

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Photo of iasanlee
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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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Photo of mmmbeer
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. stubby Belgian bottle served in its own balloon glass. The beer is dark crimson with some yeasty floaties, topped with yellowed-parchment-colored head that begins loose, but the explosive carbonation coming from the etched bottom of the glass quickly replenishes the head with a layer of fine bubbles. The aroma is sweet, fruity and yeasty, and the flavor adds to this a big malty kick of caramel and molasses, biscuity malts, apples, melons, and perhaps some phenols on top of a smooth, medium to full body that imparts a medium finish. Overall a tasty, flavorful dubbel that makes for a good introduction to St. Feuillien.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com.. poured into a St. Feuillien chalice...

Poured a deep burgundy red colour with some brown hints... massive light tan head pours thick and meringue like then faded slowly to good frothy coating... loads of carbonation rushes to the surface... light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Sweet toasted bready and caramel malts, dark candy sugar, lots of yeastiness, overripe dark fruits (plums, some banana, raisins, dates), some light sour vinegar notes, leathery traces, some pepperiness...

Taste - Lots of toasted biscuity and bready malts, brown sugar and treacle sweetness, quite earthy and musty, again some dark overripe fruits (raisins, dates and prunes), alcohol just noticeable, some vegetal hints, light sourness, salty traces...

Feel - Sharp initially then becomes smoother... medium / full bodied... pretty damn drinkable for a 7.5% brew...

Overall - A good, if pretty standard, example of a Belgian Dubbel... definitely worth a try though...

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Abbaye rouge-brune, trouble, mousse abondante, peu serrée, assez tenace. Saturation correcte.
Smell : Arôme caramel finement houblonné et épicé, léger nez acre de levure , bien malté.
Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur mi-douce et amère, bouche pleine. Arrière goût assez prolongé, plutôt sec.
Drinkability : Bonne bière mi-douce équilibrée.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty average all the way around, but still a good Dubbel. It poured a dingy looking brownish-red colour with a sand coloured foamy head that didn't seem to last very long. To my displeasure, I didn't see any debris or "floaties" of any sort in this one. I really like that in a Belgian and it was abscent here. Smell was quite everage with plenty of dark fruit and toasted grains. Taste was nice with dark fruit profiles, toasted grains, and a lack of that metallic taste that seems to be so prevalent in Belgian styles. The alcohol, while detectable, was very in-offensive and mild. This was pretty smooth and very easy to drink, especially considering the style. I have had better as far as this style goes, but I have had much worse, too. Pleasant.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chestnut brown in color with mahogany hues to a light source, a nice light brown head, and nice carbonation up the middle. Nicely balanced malt, dark fruit, and raisin aromas and flavors. As the label states "full of flavor" yet "mellow". Incredible balance; about perfect. Medium bodied but a bit airy due to carbonation.

Incredible drinkability -- St. F. beers are excellent !

Per Label: "Bottle Conditioned" & "Anno 1125"

Per S.F. website: 18.00° Plato

#142959 (on cork)
Tasted: 05/31/07

($8.99 / 750ml / 25.35 oz. tall straight brown wine-like bottle corked and bound with a wire strap fastener)

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Photo of cbn
2.34/5  rDev -38.1%
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 number1bum
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
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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Photo of jim102864
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged brune with the wonderful painting-quality scene on the label of what is presumed to be medieval Le Roeulx. Appearance when poured from the 750 into my deep Duvel tulip glass includes a bubbly head with decidely no lace. The color is a clear hazelnut brown with ample carbonation. The aroma is at once faint... a sure sign of dissapointment for me since I expect a noseful with any solid strong brown. Then, nut and coffee nuttiness with faint candied sugar notes. You really have to swirl this stuff to whip up the aromatic signature or what there is of it. The taste is nutty with hints of candied sugar. Mild again, however, the taste becomes more pronounced as the liquid warms. Mouthfeel comes through with a swirl or two and presents a pleasant coating for the tongue. It's a drinkable but somewhat unremarkable dubbel. I much prefer something that's not so understated. Still, if your options are few, worth the investment.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of ojiikun
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and strapped 750ml with neck markings that are nearly illegible but suggest a bottling date of '04. Poured a dirty medium brown with a bit of fog, but not particulate matter until the last glass. Head was nicely constant and the colour of burnt creme. No lace on my gulden draak tulip.

Smells strongly of sweet malts, new yeast, chalk, underripe bananna, slight honey, fig, overripe melon, faint spice.

Taste is at first salty, meaty malt, warm spice, nutty yeast. Starts semi-sweet, finishes fairly dry. When warm, spiced apple cider comes to mind.

This little brown lighter bodied than equivalent strongbrowns, but also had a much cleaner finish. Carbonation was at hand the whole time, which was a great pleasure. Booze isn't too well hidden, but isn't really that strong to begin with. A great, cheap brown.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber brown color with highly active carbonation, could almost pass for a dark rum if not for the large head. Very carbonated, perhaps too much so for the style. Nose is yeasty, medicinal alcohols, fermented malt.

The taste is unsurprising - a decent dubbel. I think the carbonation effectively reduces the complexity enough to where it’s below world-class, but it would make a great introduction to Belgians for a brown ale lover. Hint of hop bitters lends a nice balance to chocolatey malts and minty phenol alcohols. Westmalle’s version was one of the first beers that made me say “oh” and I think this would have done the same - all alcohol is properly blended into the drink, slightly warming but very easy to drink. The knock is there is too much light fruity character rather than the usual dark fruits found in a dubbel, like rum raisin.

This brew snap, crackle, popped its way onto a short list of sessionable dubbels, but no reason to make it a special occasion. Drinkability would have been higher but the warming alcohol at nearly 8% becomes a little much.

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St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.78 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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