St. Feuillien Grand Cru
Brasserie St. Feuillien

St. Feuillien Grand CruSt. Feuillien Grand Cru
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #42
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #7,985
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.05%
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
346
From:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  16
Gots
  66
SCORE
88
Very Good
St. Feuillien Grand CruSt. Feuillien Grand Cru
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Quite pale straw, very minor haze (equally tiiiny amount of sediment left in bottle). Pours with 3mm white head.
S- It has a suitably dry smell, no richness nor ABV suggests itself to me. [It opens up somewhat if warmed from chilled just a touch].
T- It's on the dryer side, dryer on the front, some quite deep spices come through if you sloosh it around your mouth.
F- The carbonation in the mouth here is mammoth - I swirl the glass gently to remove some. Some decent mouth-feel comes through if you give it time slooshing on your palate.
O- Well it's a pale ale and not a (say) Tripel, so you get the hoppier/dryer side here. It also clearly has some pungency. This beer seems to completely change between fridge-cold (intitially), then later per Smell above^, and now later still getting down towards the end of the glass - some beers open up brought up a few C from fridge cold, this one seriously does.
BB: 21/03/21 330ml bottle bought from Beerhawk/UK.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Hazy golden color with foamy white head. Fruity smell with some earthy yeast notes. Light feel. Taste is fruity with some caramel sweetness and a dry spicy finish.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled fruity and sweet with toffee and caramel. Dried stone fruits, toffee sweetness and a spicy bite.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light gold, large head that lasts well considering the strength.

some bubblegum, other phenols, over ripe apple, . Bit of fart unfortunately.

Taste is light, touch of citrus peel, spritzy finish that is dry. finish and mouthfeel best thing about the beer.

Another Belgian beer with a rating as large as its abv and I cant see where it is earned.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.20oz brown bottle into glass. On label, bottling date is stamped as '12/03/2015'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body, with a hint of apricot. Thick white head stays around throughout. Leaves just a few spots of lacing.
Fruity citrus hops in the aroma. Mild yeast funk.
Sweet and citrus fruity taste, along with a more flat yeast. A little bit of earthy funk. Quite a bit of perceived flavor dichotomy (high to low), higher sweet fruit and a lower yeast. Alcohol is not really noticed.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. The yeast gives it a dry finish, but the more aromatic after taste is the sweet aspect.
Even though the tastes makes themselves known at different levels. the blend works well as a whole, as the beer taste profile moves into the after taste. A real Belgian experience.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I bought this @ duty free shop in Belgium then drank it in the Iceland parking lot before boarding. Although never seen it poured in a glass because we drank from the bottle I imagine this beer looks amazing with its champagne foam that kept spitting out. It has that Duvel, Kasteel Tripel feel. Found the flavor to be delicately creamy with some grainy, grassy hops, caramelly Belgian yeast, and bananas. It was a refreshing drink to drink in the cold weather of Iceland.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into St Fueillien goblet. A hazy blonde, with a beautiful two finger head. A light effervescence keeps the top topped up. Lacing is one of the best I have seen on a blonde.

Aroma is mild hop, citrus and a sweet alcohol, very surprised as I was expected a floral arrangement.

Taste is excellent, similar light hops upfront, but a real creamy caramel finish. Really appealing.

Feel is a little dry, and that light effervescence is the cause. But given the quality of lacing, it is only a minor chink.

Overall a very very good brew, and worth sniffing one out if you can. I had this after a Kasteel Tripel, and it is certainly as good!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the out of date bottle, it pours a clear golden color with a monstrous head! I found the nose appealing and the taste as well. This is a beer well worth trying!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - a 'grand cru' that is pale? Fuck, I was in the mood for a strong dark ale, but whatevs.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves a bit of splotchy and sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, further indistinct cereal notes, muddled tropical fruit, a bit of estery yeastiness, gentle earthy spice, and some weak leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a much lesser bland caramel sweetness, mixed and matched citrus and pome fruity notes, clover honey, phenolic Low Countries yeast, and more well understated leafy, earthy, and sauced-up floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing else really messing with the metrics here. It finishes off-dry, in a typically yeasty, bready, and fruity manner.

Overall - I have never been more bored with such a heady brew, and that is all on me, I must profess. Maybe I'm just tired of the Belgian yeast component in my recent samplings, but I just can't get it up for this one, even though I may have earlier in the day (or my life).

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a Duvel glass.

A: The body is yellow and cristalline, presenting zero haziness. The head is dense, white with a two finger thickness that shows great retention. There's also some good lacing. Just not liking the way the carbonation leaves the bottom of the glass.
S: The aroma is hoppy with a giant profile of belgian yeast, much like Duvel but with a sweet touch.
T: As an extent of the aroma, the taste is mich like Duvel's, having a minor citrus upfront profile then turning into a hoppy bbitterness that blends very well together with the belgian yeast.
M: Body is medium low. Carbonation is maybea bit excessive. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is mild.
O: Good BSPA, though I like Duvel a bit more.

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Photo of drmeto
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a cloudy golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-banana,grainy,cereals,honey,slight orange,white wine,herbal,spicy,citrus
T:
-honey,grainy,orange,grainy,citrus,sweet/spicy finish
F:
-high carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
A really good Belgian Strong Ale/Tripel Hybrid.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy honey-like color, three finger white head, messy lacing, tons of carbonation.

S: Hops, oak, raisins.

T: Hops, oak, raisins, wine, sweet.

F: Carbonated mouthfeel, medium bodied.

O: Great Belgian beer!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Probably my favorite style, its advantage is that it does well with food.
St Feuillien's Grand Cru has two important things recommending it.
First, it is a blonde Grand Cru... and most are dark. St. Feuillien made a blonde good enough to carry the name.
Second, its carbonation cuts the heaviness and fats of food, a really good service to enjoy a meal. (The bottle drank for this review played well with a tomato and rosemary risotto.)
Slightly common in its looks, its fruity aromas really draw me in. Taste is balanced. And while the bubbly is good to cleanse the palate to make ready for more and different food, the feel does not inspire.
I will finish this 4-pack as accompaniment to French and Italian foods.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second offering at de Gouvereur in Maastricht on 22SEP16. A 0.33l bottle set me back €6.10.

This one threw me off a bit, as I was expecting something Quad-like, with the name Grand Cru. It was a clear, medium-golden brew, with aggressive carbo and a fine, mousse-like, off-white head. Foam started at 3/4" and had a slow ebb, with solid lace left behind. Smelled a touch bready and crackery with some mild tropical fruit. Medium body and medium feel; minimal prickle - minimal problems.

Taste followed the aroma, with crackery, bready malts and some light fruit action. Had a touch of honey, with some pear and apple present. Ended up enjoying it though I expected a Quad and not a BSPA.... Cheers!

3.96/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one really surprised me. Poured into an oversized wine glass, bottled July 2015. Upon opening the bottle, the fragrance / nose / aroma struck me immediately. One of the most fragrant (in a positive sense) beers I have had in awhile. Bubbly and effervescent. Now I need to find one that is a bit fresher for comparison. Am surprised the reviews are lower on this one than I would expect.

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Photo of BWood
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: murky orange. Nice white lacing. Good looking Belgium.

S: big apricot smell with citrus and slight honey.

T: see above. I like the apricot.

F: smooth full. No bite to it. Just silky the whole way.

O: fantastic beer. Great find. Everything I would want from a light Belgium.

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Photo of OlaB
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: gives of golden orange color . cloudy. Nice top of head that disolves rapid . bubbly.

S: honey, yeast. Fruits like citrus,apples and apricot , burned sugar. A very fruity aroma.

T&F: start of with very fruity feeling, citrus and apples.very fresh mouthful. In the the middle I start sense more of the sweet yeast and the honey. Very rounded Inn the taste and the balance is great.the hops comes more Inn the ending and Inn the aftertaste.the aftertaste is a mix of sweet yeast and hops that have a mouthfeel that I liked and that lasted for a good time.

O: a delicious beer. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I sure going to try more beers from St. Feuillien. Recommend this one

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Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this and deserves the grand cru. Try 24.

A: Pours a honey gold body with a white, creamy, fluffy head, decent amount of lacing, lots of carbonation, head lasted and remained covered to edge to edge in a broad tulip named Duvel. (Belgians always better looking that US versions).

A: Aromatic and subtle. Honey, grain, hay, Belgian yeast, earthy, apple orchard. Fall earth.

T: Follows aroma - honey, grain, earth, must, yeast, spice, sweet but peppered with finishing and lingering amount of bitterness, finish adds lemon, spice, pear, and honey, but dry.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel, semi-dry finish, ample carbonation. Champagne like as in Duvel.

O: I score higher because this beer has lots of flavor and classic Belgian champagne like qualities.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can’t add too much to the description listed for this beer, it’s spot on. Especially the part about how the first sip is one taste, and the next is different, and the third even better. Complex beer....

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Photo of Brolo75
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a honey orange color with a white, creamy, fluffy head, decent amount of lacing, lots of carbonation, head lasted about 3-4 minutes.

A: Honey, grainy, hay, Belgian yeast, earthy, very aromatic, no alcohol at all on the nose, smells pretty solid.

T: Honey, grain, earth, must, yeasty flavors, some spice, moderate amount of bitterness, finish has hints of lemon, spice, and honey, very tasty.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel, semi-dry finish, loads of carbonation.

O: I don't understand the low score given by some reviewers, this beer has lots of flavor, is very drinkable, and balanced, I did not regret taking a chance on this beer, will try to pick up a fresher bottle as this one was bottled on 05/02/2013.

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Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 11.2-oz. bottle, stamped produced on "12/03/2015" (which probably means March 12 rather than Dec. 3) into goblet. The high ABV is well-hidden in this very quaffable strong pale ale.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x05. Hoppy, mostly fruity and also some herbaliness, like seems to be the trademark of st feuillien pales.This one is the best of them.

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Photo of Saviour
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - bright and golden-strawby;
S - hops and small fruitiness;
T - pleasant bitterness, hops and bretts;
F - the same as the taste with a strong fruity finishing;
O - good hoppy belgian one.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

grarbbed a 4 pack with glass that is a oversized wine glass, which was used and had it with chipotle gouda and vinta crackers. it poured an unfiltered golden brew with the bubbbles flowing up the middlle and it gave about 2.5 inches of head. this beer has a lot of smell when you first pour it and it is of oranges, peaches, and pears. the taste is smooth and light with a litttle taste of apricots. being a bottle conditioned beer it tingles the tongue and that is always a plus. overall this is a refreshing brew that is a straight up beer with not much taste and a great feel.

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Photo of Yoann
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Hazy and pale, almost yellow with a heavy foam
S - Citrusy hops
T - The citrus taste lets a strong iron aftertaste
M - Strong carbonation
O - Not bad at all but I really feel that iron aftertaste more than anything else.

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St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 346 ratings