St. Feuillien Brune | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien BruneSt. Feuillien Brune
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:
267
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: clear crimson color, nearly nutty brown, with a slim fizzy cola-like brown head above.
Aroma: sweetness. bit o' nuts, larger chocolate essence, passably pleasant.
Taste: crisp and carbonated, nice malty flavor, little hops, tastes like an average brown ale, and offers nothing really beyond that...some spicy tinglings in the taste...very fizzy on the palate, feel like I'm having a root beer at times, here...
medium bodied, lightly nutty, malty finish, but the fizz is too harsh for my taste, and spoils the flavor, make the body feel thinner than it should be...have to admit it, I'm not crazy about this one, and still have most of a 750 ml bottle to go. won't be trying this one again, although my opinion of their other beers still stand.

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark chestnut amber with a fine one finger light tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Unusual spicy aroma of bready malt, brown bread, Belgian yeast, clove and an earthy sharp component similar to cinnamon. Flavor is a complex, but well integrated combination of caramel and bready malt, dark dried fruit, brown bread, faint cloves; somewhat earthy. Flavor is subdued but rich. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Very nicely balanced dubbel that seems almost attenuated at first, but offers up quite a variety of flavor as it opens up. Very enjoyable, but not as intense as some other dubbels.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 enelson
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is quite well carbonated and pours with a frothy, ample, three-finger thick tan head that forms a rocky surface after it falls back down. The beer is a deep amber color that is quite dark, when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby color. The aroma is quite fruity with a sharp spicy almost woody note. There is some sort of note that reminds me of nuts, raisins, and a hint of apricots.

The taste is quite creamy up front, and a bit full on the palate. It is a bit sweet as well, which accentuates fruit notes like raisins, figs and a hint of apricots. The finish has a certain nuttiness to it that seems to be derived from a bit of roasted malt. There is a bit of a mouth drying astringent note in the finish as well. As the beer warms up it lessens the sweetness a bit and accentuates some of the roast notes that picks up a hint of coffee to it.

All in all this is a pretty tasty beer, I could wish for a bit more complexity, but it certainly is right about where I was expecting it to be. This is a nice beer, and I am quite happy to be working my way through a 750ml bottle this evening.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. corked bottle. Sampled on July 19, 2010. It pours a well-carbonated mahogany brown with ruby red tints and about a half inch of silky tan head that stays around. Not a lot of lacing but it does not matter to me. The aroma emits a fine balance of roasted malts, clove, and sweetness that is not unlike brown sugar. Overall this is a mellow and very drinkable beer in the tradition of Belgian Abbey ales with its malty flavor and noted hop finish. Likeable all around.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect brown with a slowly dying tan head that left a lace ring around glass. A tart cherry smell, along with possible other dark fruits permeates most in nose as there is a touch of sweet malt. A light-to-medium body with a bready/yeastiness so the beer has a dryish edge. Some minor caramel and something like vanilla gives off a touch of sweetness and there are also some dark fruit flavors. A dry, crisp finish thanks to lively carbonation. I enjoyed this beer but it seems a tad less sweet and fruity for my liking; more of a dry beer.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the lcbo for around $3.75

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2014. The cork shot out like a rocket when I removed the cork.

Pours a see through garnet with plenty of foam and lacing.

Candi sugar, dark fruit, with some spice in the smell.

Dark fruit, mostly raisins, candi sugar, cinnamon and a pronounced cardboard flavour; could be past its prime.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The way the cork shot out, I thought it might be over carbonated.

Not terrible at this stage in its bottled life but I have little desire to revisit.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle with the weirdest cage I've ever seen. It has a metal strip that goes across the middle of the cork and keeps it buckled down.
Appears a hazy brown amber with a small light tan head that fades into a fizzy cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, spicy Belgian yeast, cream, vanilla.
Taste is of the same aromas with some earthy, spiced notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sugary, and cakey.
I refilled a few times on this one. Nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
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 Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of champ103
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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 n2185
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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 lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 glid02
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +5.5%

St. Feuillien Brune from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.79 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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