St. Feuillien Grand Cru | Brasserie St. Feuillien

St. Feuillien Grand CruSt. Feuillien Grand Cru
BA SCORE
3.96/5
319 Ratings
St. Feuillien Grand CruSt. Feuillien Grand Cru
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,289
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
319
pDev:
10.35%
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, yeast, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a well done Belgian pale, I like that something called grand cru isn't a dark one for once, this is a nice change of pace. massively bubbly blonde beer fizzes out when I pop the cap, and an aroma of Belgian yeast and light grain and booze follows. its got a great prickle on the tongue, very refreshing for a beer so strong. the alcohol can be smelled, but isn't tasted at all, it comes across much lighter than it is. the grain is real basic here, probably primarily Belgian pils, its got that delicate slightly stale thing going on. some hop balance I the finish, slightly floral with the yeast, which also seems mild for something dubbed a grand cru. very drinkable beer at this strength, not as distinct as I had hoped it would be, but very well made and on par with the other stuff these guys make in terms of overall quality. nice beer all up.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a light hazy yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer was yeasty with some grains and a little but of funk on the nose. The taste of the beer is grainy with some earthy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was bubbly, it has a lot of champagne-like qualities to it. Overall this beer isn't overly special in my opinion. Was nice to try but won't seek it out in the future.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This is a beer that definitely requires a tulip glass; a careful pour resulted in a three finger high white head that has very good retention properties and took a long time to settle down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer is light yellow in color and has a high amount of carbonation.
S: The nose has aromas of Belgian yeast with notes of peppery spices and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but is a little more complex with additional notes of green grapes and lemon peel. The finish has some lingering spiciness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rare to see a "Grand Cru" being dubbed so outside of the stronger, darker Belgian Ale but it goes to show the confidence that St. Feuillien brewers have with this ale of dainty finesse and deceptive strength.

The strong golden ale pours like champagne- mildly hazed within a golden and straw tinted cocoon. And like the bubbly wine, a fruity and spicy conversation really opens up the nose. Grape, apple orange and lemon are counter to pepper and vinous character. But the supple sweetness lays on the tongue like powdered sugar and soft cotton candy.

Given a big boost with expressive carbonation the middle palate explodes off the tongue, carrying with it the whimsy of orange blossom, honeysuckle and light honey. Its faintest malt body is softly creamy and easily torn apart by its carbonic bite.

What's left in its wake is a white pepper bite with the tangy acidity of chardonnay, cider and citrus. A pleasantly bitter hop presence seems of botanical herb as the beer finishes with playful warmth and a fruity undertow. The ale is simply deceptively strong and impeccably balanced.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt with some floral dry hops with light alcohol warming notes. Taste is also a mix of warming alcohol notes with some sweet malt with surprisingly dominant dry and floral hops notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall though maybe a tad too much sugar and alcohol coming through.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 11/21/2013. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to small cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, apple, pear, pepper, clove, light bread, grass, floral earthiness, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, clove, bread, honey, grass, candi sugar, floral, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, bread, floral, grass, honey, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/09/13, been saving a couple years.

Pours a pasty white fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, typical for high abv beers with a big fizzy head, some spotty lacing, super hazy murky yeast sediment golden honey colored beer.

Nose is plenty of golden Belgian malts, golden malts with some sweetness, light candi sugar, floral Belgian golden malts actually somehow, sweet, light esters and hint of phenols with the light booze, hints of spices and lemony, just a touch of a bready malt.

Taste starts with more sweet malts, Belgian golden sweet malts, little candi sugar, etc. Then into tripel like flavors, little citrus, lemon and orange rinds, some spices like coriander and clove, little all spice, grassy too, etc. Effervescent malt and spies, despite the sweetness and high carbonation it's fairly dry overall. Booze is definitely there, warming and even tingly, hot booze brings light esters and hints of phenols again., and even a light booze taste. Finish is dry but syrupy and sticky, sweet malts lingering still, golden Belgian malts, plenty more spices and lots more booze lingering, and bit of citrus rind.

Mouth is med bodied, way too much carbonation and fairly hot booze.
Overall OK, but not what I expect from St. Fueillien for a Grand Cru, more like a half-assed tripel.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know, I really wish I had better access to Belgian ales that were actually made in Belgium. I hardly drink any compared to what I used to.

Pours somewhat clouded. Thin white head. Tastes quite sweet; very much so, in fact. Though it seems to be less so as the beer warms; or maybe my palate is more used to it. Mild fruits. Touch of hop spices. A nice Belgian ale.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from the Lan Man, the beknighted one.

St. Feuillien Grand Cru, Biere Extra Blonde de degustation (I'm not sure what that means…?)…maybe it's in English somewhere, even on the back of the label?

"Grand Cru is an extra blonde beer crafted for sheer taste by St.-Feuillien brewery. Grand Cru owes it's strong character to secondary fermentation in the bottle, along with a quintessential blend of the most noble hops and the finest fermentation aromas."

Clouded golden coloring, slim and soon gone head.

Peach and apricot meet orange and lemon, with a pepper-y side note, then in rushes the yeast and all it's glory. That's the aroma in a nutshell. Low bitterness, some sweet, and then a touch of sour.

Taste: Zing! All that and more splashes on the palate, and slides down with ease. Medium bodied, plumb with special malt and tasty Belgian yeast. Hops lay low, delivering a modicum of bitter balance. Very mellow, yet flowing with unique character, and not betraying the high alcohol content (9.5%, says the bottle.)

Easy-going, slightly fruity finish, ends on a dryish note. Satisfying, flavorful, and, how do you say? Yum.

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Photo of aasher
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light medium bodied bright and slightly cloudy honey cream gold in color with a two finger, bright white head. The nose features Belgian pale malt, honey, some hay, and most importantly a healthy dose of champagne yeast. The yeast really shines here. I could smell that all day. For me that is perfect for the style. The flavors are spot on as well. it features sweet pale malt, honey cream, light tea leaves, some pear, elderflower, and that amazing champagne yeast. Wow, its just so well rounded yet different from others of the same style. It drinks a little light in body, is very smooth and doesn't show a trace of the 9.5%abv that it boasts. It is far too drinkable. A four pack of this would get you in trouble in a hurry. Overall thisis the best beer I've seen from St. Feuillien yet and may be my favorite Belgian Strong Pale that I've ever had. Great beer.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1%

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St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 319 ratings
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