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
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
265
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 265
Photo of badbeer
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red/brwon color with a white head that left a solid lacing. Strong smell of nuts, grapes, and cherry. Taste is of nuts, dark fruit, and toffee. A little different, but not bad. Plenty of carbonation and full bodied. Decent, didn't have trouble finishing the glass, but there are other examples I'd probably rather have. Worth a try.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps I shouldn't have had the St. Bernardus Xmas edition the day before...
Weak, without the necessary body and a weird, almost cheese like after taste equals a rather disappointing dubbel. Still better than 80% of the beer in stores but when one has standards, one has expectations.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous pillowy head that falls into a little head with a lacing that's stuck to the glass. Color is dark and clear amber when held up to the light. The smell is very hoppy and strong with very flowery hops. It has a slight sugar candy smell to it, and it also has a nutty flavor to it. Taste is fairly hoppy with many flavors, like a big nutty flavor. It has a slight scent of banana for a flavor, but that is overpowered by so many other flavors.

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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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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 Stubbie1
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lot #135376
Biere d’abbaye Brune ( or as the bottle has it Brune Abbey Ale) pours a nice mahogany color. A nice tightly nit off white head is on top of this brew. Aroma is sweet, malt , sugar and plumbs come to mind, sticky and sweet across the lips. Mild hint of the alcohol is present but not overwhelming. I feel the flavor matches the aroma to a “T” with a very faint bitter finish and a slight hint of the alcohol.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and easy to enjoy. Can’t believe that there are only two reviews for this brew. But I suggest if you see it grab it and give it a try. It is worth it. Now, if I can figure out how to get a good shot of the bottle for BA….

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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 TLove
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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 Travlr
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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 techdiver
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep reddish-brown with a modest tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of fruit and malt with some toffee notes. taste is complex with various hints of malt, hops and fruit crosing the palate at times. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Freshie
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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 AdmiralDiaz
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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 jwhawkins81
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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 sevopie
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
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 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 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 EspressoGuy
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque dark brown
S: sweet citrus dark malt; clove; touch of licorice;
T: intense salted licorice with dark fruit cake side notes; alcohol (8.5%) is noticeable in the finish but not at all overpowering; the flavour is quite direct and intense.
M: not full bodied or fat at all considering the alcohol
O: fine but not particularly memorable

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Photo of jim102864
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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 bskrtz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle served cold in glass beer challis

A) Classic Belgian brune -- root beer with puffy off white head that melts away slowly. Cloudy with fine suspended carbonation.

S) Wonderfully sweet with hint of mild clove. Fruity and complex. Mild esthers

T) Cooked dark fruits, banana, toffee. Tastey, yummy!

M) Sticky and full bodied. Ample fine, bottle conditioned carbonation lasts and lasts

O) A very good example of the Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of OlaB
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: gives of a clear red copper color. Have a good top of creamy head when I pour it in the glass. Good sticky lacings on the glass.

S: caramel malts,toffee, candied sugar, dark fruits like raisins, plums and dates,. I also sense cherries in the aroma.

T&F: start of with fruity and sweet flavour. I sense the dark fruits and the sweet yeast in the begining. In The middle and the finish the malts are getting more noticeable with the caramel and toffee easy to notice. The aftertaste is ok balanced bittetness that stats there for a good time. Mouthfeel is kind of creamy and the alcohol content are pretty good masked.

O: is a good dubbel. Easy drinkable and enjoyable, but in no ways extraordinary

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Photo of ojiikun
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 meadhead
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good double
A nice caramel malt with a very mild Belgian tart ester--
hints of raisins and figs and other semi-sweet tastes

Pours a deep ruby red brown
with a nice two to three finger head that dissipates quickly

The smell was the low point
(perhaps just the dust aged bottle I purchased)
but far too alcholic for a medium-strong ABV
faint hints of caramel malt

Taste good and varying
a mild tart and a mellow caramel malt
than vice-versa:
good as it warms

Mouthfeel:
nice although a little too carbonated
for my taste
got a bit of the old
overfilled bubble feeling
drowning out the flavor

drinkability good
and enjoyable
this ale is simple and straightforward
a good abbey dubbel

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours wiht a huge off-white head with tiny bubbles, head dissipates slowly. A clear deep amber with ruby highlights.

Nose has a slight hop bouquet, spicey, peppery, and a bit of grassy yeast.

Taste is composed of sweet malts, prunes, dates, peppery, yeasty, dry finish with a bit of hops in the finish.

Good carbonation with medium body.

Nice dubbel, went well with the pizza i was enjoying.

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Photo of atlason
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

A: Good head but low retention and almost no lacing. Dark copper color.

S: Dark toasted malt, brown sugar and dough. Allspice. Pretty faint.

T: Hoppy for the style but in a pleasant way, similar to Ommegang's version. Plenty of Belgian candi syrup with good dark malts and Belgian yeast character. Everything is there that is needed for a correct version of the style and in good balance, too.

M: Velvety mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and fairly high attenuation make this crisp and easy to enjoy.

O: Not too complex but a highly enjoyable brew nonetheless.

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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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St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.79 out of 5 based on 265 ratings.
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