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Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium
st-feuillien.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NeroFiddled on 10-23-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
253
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
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Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St. Feuillien chalice, the beer pours a brown/ruby red color with a good sized tan head. It smells like dark fruit (plums, raisins), caramel and a bit of chocolate. It tastes like dark fruit and caramel, and there's also a bit of a tart/sour hoppy grapefruit finish. Body is medium, but the mouthfeel is very carbonated. Luckily it doesn't affect the drinkability too much, even though it could be better. Overall I think it's a decent beer, but not a great one either. I'd like to try this again some other time.

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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 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 champ103
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Crisp in Houston, TX

A: Pours a ruby red/dark brown color. A one finger light beige head forms and sticks around throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Belgian yeast up front. That banana, clove, spicy aroma with candied sugar. Toasted and caramel malts Bread and biscuit aromas along with some chocolate covered raisins. An near perfect aroma for the style.
T: Like the nose bread, biscuit, and some sweetness. Toasted and caramel malt along with candied sugars and raisins. Light chocolate. Very nice, but not near as complex as the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, but smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. I can sip on this all day.

Basically a spot on example of the style. Something I really enjoy. Well done and highly recommended.

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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 cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is reddish brown with a tight, small bubbled tan head. Nose has a fair bit of dark malt, caramel is strong, light licorice, hints of apple and fruity esters. Taste is much of the same, light bitterness and herbal hop in the finish. Licorice mid palate, decent bit of richer malt up front, mostly caramel malts. Strong carbonation, lighter body.

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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 n2185
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours brown with four fingers of khaki head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front followed by notes of candy sugar and stronger aromas of caramel and dark fruits. Floral notes follow along with a sweet, bready finish.

T: Spices up front followed by a lot of hearty bread flavors. There are some caramelized sugar flavors, but this beer is pretty bold and almost roasted tasting (like strong tea) for a dubbel, which I tend to think of as being sweeter. It's almost a little funky. The finish is dry, only slightly sweet, and somewhat bitter as well.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a little thick for the style, but not too much so.

O: An interesting take on the style. It's not bad, but it doesn't quite work for me. I like my dubbels a little sweeter with more depth of flavor.

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

Appearance – This one poured a thick, glowing brown in color with a stubborn, swirly head.

Smell – The alcohol-soaked yeast was spiced with some big cinnamon.

Taste – The strong, tangy yeast led the way here. The big spices became powdery at the taste. I enjoyed the good, yeasty malt base to this one.

Mouthfeel – This Dubbel is medium-bodied and very smooth with some light carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a heavy example of the style and very tasty and sure to satisfy the yeast-heads of the world.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a corked 750 ml bottle. The color is a dark brown with an average tan head that left very little lacing. The aroma is a bit musty, dark fruit, not very strong. The flavor is of dark fruit, carob, a bit of hop at the end with a slight metallic taste. This ale is a bit fizzy with a moderate body. Overall a good Dubbel not too sweet which makes it quite drinkable.

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

Pours a deep mahogany with a ruby tinge and a very generous Belgian head. Beige in colour and 4-5 fingers thick but sinks quickly, nice puffy craters on the top. Minimal trails of lace, but still a good-lookin' beer.

Smell is quite dark with a sour edge. Plenty of dark fruits, primarily plum with touches of cherry/kirsch and currants. A mild mouldy, dirty smell from the yeast, quite bitter with a touch of green pepper in there. Some chocolatey malt underlying it all to make the whole thing seem more sweet than anything. Everything else just adds nice complexities around the outside.

Quite sweet at first, with chocolatey notes to the malt. Develops a slight tartness towards the mid-palate with some plum fruit, kirsch and a slight vanilla flavour but without much sweetness. Mild black pepper comes through late, heading towards the finish which has a slight gravelly espresso flavour that lingers. Not overly exciting; a fairly flat, but nicely balanced, profile. Decent Belgian dubbel.

Fairly full body can't quite pad the vibrant carbonation which provides a bit of sizzle on the back that, together with boozey warmth touch, is mildly harsh. Nice enough though.

Yeah, decent and balanced palate with good characters. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750, poured at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. This is a lovely looking Brune, with a dark brown body and a nice tan head that lasts, and lasts, and lasts...Aromas are strange. Very malty, roasty, and yeasty, with some sugar and MINT in there as well. The taste is also reminiscent of a well crafted brune, but the chocolatey mint-like flavor really got to me after a while. The mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied and the drinkability is OK.

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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 muskiesman
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml poured to a tulip glass

Pours a nice amber brown with two finger tan head that lingers to fine lacework

Aroma of warm fruits and bread

Taste very caramel again dark fruit and bread
wonderful palate of malts and medium body

Specialty malts are the showcase in this beer

Overall a very good brune

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Feuillien Brune explodes out of the 11.2 oz. bottle and has a thick, rocky, cream-colored head, a murky, bubbly, lighter-brown appearance, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, light brown sugar, grain, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is of those elements with a grain husk aspect as well. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and St. Feuillien Brune finishes rich, sweet, and interesting.

RJT

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Photo of ADZA
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Same bottle but mine says 8.5% and it pours a clear kola beer hue which leaves a frothy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is raisins soaked in brandy,xmas pudding and nutmeg,the mouthfeel is a tad creamy,well carbonated and sweet and has tastes of chocolate coated cherries,raisins,ginger,bananna bread and finished with a sweet belgian yeasty bread flavour and basically like liquid food and after you get past the look of this it really isnt that bad but theres better out there.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at Manhattan's Amsterdam Ale House, where it was available both on tap and in bottles.

It poured a dark, somewhat cloudy dark brown color with plenty of carbonation and lots of belgian lacing. Aroma was that of dark fruit, maybe a little bit of candy.

The flavor was malty and the alcohol was well hidden. There's a certain quality to the flavor of a dubbel, I can't describe it, that was not present here. Maybe the hops were not as present as they should be.

In any case, if you like Dubbel's this is a nice one.

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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 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 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 GCBrewingCo
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice deep amber brown with a yellow tan head which rose tall and frothy and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with dark fruits most prevalent, raisins and prunes. The aroma also contained a bit of phenolic spice kicked up by alcohol. The Belgian yeast character was also present and nicely fruity and spicy.

The flavor was malty with a caramel and a metallic earthy flavor. The flavor was fruity with raisins and prunes at a moderate level, but not over the top and a nice bit of chocolate thrown in for good measure. The metallic flavors increased more and more as the beer warmed.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of tinny flavor and some spice with caramel into the aftertaste. The body was medium, but actually seemed a bit lighter due to the carbonation level. Quite tasty and easy to drink while cold but more of a chore after warming and the increasing tinny flavor. The beer also contained a sizable warming after consumption.

750 ml bottle purchased at Total Wine.

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark ruby brown. Two finger head that disappears and leaves virtually no lacing.

S: Smells of raisins, plums, figs, nuts, and alcohol.

T: Lots of dark fruit. Some brown sugar, toffee, molassas, malt, and a little hops. Loads of spicy flavors going on here. I think the hops and spice lend a dryness to it that keeps the sweetness from getting out of line.

M: The warmer this beer gets the better. Right out of the fridge it was sharp and rather carbonated, sort of one dimentional. As it warmed it became smoother, a lot more rounded, and creamy. A much different animal.

D: I'd love to try this one on draft. It was a pleasure to drink the bottled version of this and I bet the draft version could only be better. I've had better Dubbels and I've had worse. This one is well worth trying as it has a lot to offer. Very nice!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My notes place this well above average for the style: smart looks if you like the contrast of a big head and dark body, fragrant, fruity; but not too sugary as Belgians can make this style.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" calls this Brune "an attractive, deep reddish colour; softer smoother, toffees, body; and a tasty, bitter-chocolate palate; a perfect dessert beer or digestif."

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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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St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.78 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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