St. Feuillien Grand Cru | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien Grand CruSt. Feuillien Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

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Photo of Yoann
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of bubseymour
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 4ster
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ant1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rale
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into goblet. "best before 08/11/2016". consumed on june 24, 2015

a: golden yellow with a finger of white head

s: pilsner-like malts are quite dominant. notes of mild overripe banana, spicy yeast, and a pinch of lemon. hints of apricot

t: prevalent yeast flavours but not overly so. spicy banana accompanied by lemon and backed by sweet bready malt. medium-minus bitterness

m: tons of bubbly carbonation in a creamy medium-plus body. might be one of the best mouthfeels i've ever had in a belgian ale

o: a stellar, balanced brew with amazing mouthfeel

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Photo of dryndantheman
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug 11 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-blonde colour, capped off with nearly two inches of fluffy, billowing, sparkling white head. Extremely effervescent, which probably explains its prodigious capacity for retention - ten minutes in, there is still a sizeable, lumpy cap of foam seated atop, with gobs of lace left stubbornly clinging to the glass. The aroma consists of a mixture of orchard fruit and spicy yeast notes - lots of lemon zest, pear and vinous white grape, with hints of red apple, apricot, pepper, clove, and grainy pale malt sweetness.

A fabulous strong pale ale. Pale, grainy/bready malts and some powdered sugar sweetness soon give way to orchard fruit flavours of pear, apricot, apple, banana and white grapes. It becomes yeastier/spicier as you approach the end, throwing out hints of lemon pith and peppery clove spice before ending on an earthy, vibrantly yeasty note. Finishes off-dry, with lingering yeast/spice tones and some mild ethanol warmth that increases as the glass approaches room temperature. Medium-full in body, with lively carbonation levels that prickle the palate, result in a crisp, yet creamy mouthfeel.

[Updated Aug 7 2016]

Last bottle; same BB date, but served at cellar temp this time. Tried this back-to-back with Duvel for comparison. The aggressive carbonation remains intact, as do the abundant orchard fruit flavours and spicy notes. I really enjoy St. Feuillien Grand Cru - though admittedly it's not as smooth as some examples of this style, with a bit more alcohol burn, so I can understand its middling grades. Starting to push the boundary between BSPA and tripel. Worth a try - I really enjoy this beer, and I'd say it's worth seeking out if you're a hardcore fan of similar Belgian products. Hope to see this one return to Ontario in the future.

Final Grade: 4.42, an excellent A.

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Photo of dbecnel
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The alcohol punches through almost to a fault until your pallet is coated, at which point it calms down. Strong on yeast with pronounced aftertaste. Definitely an SPA and an acquired taste for me personally.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wajohnst
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerQuebec
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingjohnh
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cadbury
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of valianes
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mick303
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had from bottle into tulip glass, crisp light golden with a good initial head, some lace but not much.

S - Smell is of yeasty spice notes, old musty trunks, ripe stone fruit, pepper and lemon, ripe cheese,an interesting mix of fresh floral notes with deeper musty yeast notes, but very good.

T - lemon, creamy yeast, biscuit malt, some leather, florals, red current, Strong belgian yeast presence with some smoked pepper and woody yeast notes, really tasty, and hold the alcohol at bay. Earthy, robust and with a bright alcohol/floral spice to it.

M - delightful, strong and balanced, good assertive carbonation and has a pronounced malty/yeasty feel on the palate, ending with some dry spice notes.

Quite tasty, I would say this is a good representation. A bit assertive on some of the floral and dry citrus flavours but they fit rather well. Alcohol adds some heft to the body but avoids interfering with the flavour and really lets the yeast shine. A bit sweet but that is okay. On point, and St Feuillien have produced a delicious Grand Cru blond here that still captures some of the delicious spiciness.

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Photo of Jaisell
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ludachris
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A tall and billowing thick, dense white head forms quickly and stays for a very, very long time. Its champagne like carbonation can be seen through its slightly hazy straw golden body. Chunky legs of lace are spattered along the sides of the glass.

Heaps of creamy phenolics stream out of the glass. Ripe banana, bubblegum, and clove are most notable. There's big, juicy Anjou pear that becomes more and more noticeable as it warms. A dusty, doughy, peppery backbone gives it some sturdiness. Its alcohol character is sweet and fruity, really accentuating its pear skin quality.

Ripe bosc pear comes out quick and juicy. Smooth bubblegum follows closely behind. The alcohol serves as a thin, sweet encasing. At 9.5% ABV, it's masterfully disguised. The finish is dry with a sticky sweetness and subtle chalky bitterness.

It's lusciously creamy and smooth. Slightly dense but not at all heavy. Rich and sweet but not cloying or overbearing. The absence of any pronounced alcohol character is remarkable. For me, its feel is flawless. Rarely do I finish the bottle before I'm done a review and this is one of the exceptions, solely because how much of a joy it is to drink.

This reminded me of why my favorite Belgian style is the strong pale ale. Outstanding in every aspect from beginning to end. Its biggest differentiating factor relative to the style, as stated on their website, is its lack of spiciness and I loved it for that. As much as I love Delirium, I would take this over it any day of the week.

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Photo of IronTom
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.94 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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