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St. Feuillien Grand Cru | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien Grand CruSt. Feuillien Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

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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84
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295
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
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Photo of DMills
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up in the gift box with the Grand Cru glass and It is absolutely amazing. Incredibly smooth for a Belgian strong ale with a sweet, hoppy aroma. I love their regular blonde and this is even better. This is easily one of my top beers now.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the small bottle...significant head that lasts and offers pretty lace islands...poured in the St. F. Grand Cru glass from the gift pack.
Aroma of sweet malts, slight alcohol and mixed spices.
Flavors of sweet malt and mixed spice esters. Rich with melon rind bitterness, amber malts, Belgian candy sugar, powdered sugar, and yeast esters that give notes of black pepper, sugar cane, portebello mushrooms, white sage.
Hold on...I'm gonna open a second bottle...
Oh yeah...in this cool Grand Cru glass the head is large and complex, the gold rim and gracious design make it seem like a regal experience. And, I'll tell you, I've got a fridge full of beers to be rated but I'm going for a second one of these in a row...compliments to the intriguing complexity. Still, it does have a rough stingy bite that one could count as a fault, or as somthing to keep you thinking about what you're drinking. If not offensive one could find this compelling enough to open another, as I did. The flavors remain rich and tasty to the end...ahh!!
The point is that this is unique...there's familiar Belgian beer notes but also some intense complexity and spice that could raise eyebrows...not a wimpy beer by any means, as befitting of a Grand Cru. From a local (Colorado) point of view I'd like to put it next to a growler of BJ's Grand Cru (Great Divide didn't make it this year...2012 - uh...other than a peach version...uh...), or others (Alesmith), just for fun since the term Grand Cru means less, I'll postulate, than in the wine world, but that's a different subject..oh yeah!
I should add...I've had this in the big corked bottle but took no notes, but found it very tasty. Also, I've been to the brewery and have great respect for the whole St Feuillien array of brews. I'll always put out my glass for a pour of anything St Feuillien!
Ayieee!!!

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, surprisingly hop forward aroma with bread, pale malt and Belgian yeast notes. Grassy, floral hops with subtle pine needle character along with peppery spice, biscuit apple and pear. Faint alcohol as well. Smells somewhat like a hoppy witbier.

Fuller bodied than expected with tight carbonation and a strong spicy hop bite that lingers over the estery yeast, bread and pale malt notes into a dry finish. Spicy hops up front provide some dry bitterness which is complimented by peppery/clove like spice before biscuit malt, light fruit and alcohol flavors come in toward the finish. Some bread, banana and apple along with some straw and sweet booze, yet the high ABV is well masked. Not the most exciting beer but well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

21/11/13 on bottle
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has just a hint of haze to the straw yellow body with a swirling carbonation of bubbles and a lumpy snow white head that sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- The clean aroma gives off some fruity esters as the beer warms but they stay pretty light aswell.

T- The slightly dry sulfury hint of oyster shells gives way to a soft green bite in the finish. There is a faint papery lemon flavor with some dried banana hints as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz.

O- This beer is very clean and it is tough to find much flavor at all and the aroma is really buried.

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Photo of KKB
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – A lovely light golden/yellow body with TONS of carbonation and a bone-white head that is huge even though I poured it very carefully. Retention seems pretty spot on as well and it’s already beginning to leave some lacing on the glass. Looks great.

S – Belgian yeast is the first notable scent, with some peppery spices added to it and some very light grass and funky sour aromas. It smells pretty nice as well, though the nose indicates that the taste might be a little bit lackluster for me. But we shall see.

T – There are very few discernable flavors actually going on here. Certainly you get the yeast, and the spice is much more pronounced on the palate than in the nose, you get a little bit of a barnyard funk here as well. But that is it. It tastes ok, it’s just far too one-dimensional and really the flavor is simply ok. Not great.

M – The mouthfeel is phenomenal, as Belgian beers so often are. Can’t slight the appearance or the mouthfeel, you got me there. Tons of carbonation give it a light fluffy feel and it is light-medium on my tongue.

O – I will give them this much: the alcohol content is very well hidden, and this beer is entirely drinkable. But the smell and the taste—the two most important components—just aren’t too good. Passable at best. I don’t really recommend you try this, but it is wholly decent.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Cloudy apricot, with a nice blooming head of white foam.
Aroma-Fruity: peach and pear, subtle fruity hop note
Taste-Spicy Belgian yeast, pear, juicy peach and apricot, well carbonated, dry, white pepper hoppy little finish. Extremely drinkable for the high(9.5)ABV. Bright and sunny, almost light-bodied in mouthfeel. Complex and full of character, but very friendly on the palate. Excellent. Highly recommended.

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Photo of benfons
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy blonde colour; nice white head (1.5cm)

S: peach, lemon, some yeast, peppery note

T: orange, peach, peppery notes, yeast and a hoppy finish

M: slightly creamy, dry finish,, good carbonation, some alcohol in the finish

O: Good beer, not exceptional, but better than average

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Photo of bskrtz
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured nice and cold into glass beer challis

A) Beautiful bright gold hues with puffy off white head. Hazey with suspended, bottle conditioned carbonation

S) Pear, apricot, citrus. Mild esthers and sweet malt.

T) Classic Belgian malt and mild bitter hops. Delicious. Apple pie, baked sour dough bread, fruity.

M) Ample carbonation lasts throughout the pour. Smooth, not sticky but full bodied. Beware, this is strong stuff

O) A very good example of the classic Belgian quad, though a bit lighter in body and color. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and yes, will have another.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe chalice on 10/21/12

21/11/13 printed on the label

The color is similar to pineapple juice, but brighter. Somewhat cloudy. The head is soapy and white, though it doesn't last long. Some bubbles remain amid a skim of foam. Not much lace.

The aroma is bright and snappy; notes of ripe pears and apples, grapes, lemon, grass, white pepper, herbs and spices. Toasty light grains and hints of bread. Overtones of alcohol.

The taste has a more robust malt bill than the aroma lets on. Grainy with bready notions. The fruits remain at the fore though. Ripe grapes and light fruits with spritzes of near-tart lemon and lime.

The body is a plush medium-light sort of thing. Moderate carbonation with a zesty finish. Some alcohol is appreciable, and builds slightly with each sip.

Overall, a pleasant sipper. I enjoy it more as time progresses.

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Photo of aasher
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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 Absumaster
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, golden beer with a quick settling head. Nice and steady carbonation, not too much.

Smell of malt with some light dextrinous malts, which give the beer notes of honey and straw. The yeast adds some clove and peachy smells. No signs of higher alcohols or just any alcohol, given the 9.5% alcohol.

Taste of mostly malt, a firm pilsner malty base with a straw and some sulfuric grainy taste. On top is a light cara maltiness, which give the beer a honey-like taste and some sweetness. Bitterness is low for the ABV, but this beer can do without it easily. The yeast character is somewhat subtle, but probably adds the fine and flowery taste that rounds this beer of. The mouthfeel is smooth and the alcohol well hidden. Great beer!

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Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance - cloudy golden color with fluffy white head

Smell - yeast, citrus, lemon peel

Taste - citrus upfront, yeast, peppercorn, white grapes

Mouthfeel - slightly sweet upfront, a bit of a medicinal quality in the middle, dry finish , full bodied, full carbonation

Overall - decent beer that's worth a shot if you see it

Price Point - $4.59/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a hazy golden light orange with about two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malts, citrus, spices, and yeast

T-taste is similar to the smell but a bit sweeter. Pale malts, candied fruit, light citrus, peppery spice, light hops to balance things, and yeast

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation, and a sweet dry finish

Overall I really like the taste of this beer, not too sweet not too dry, and a nice bit of hops to balance things out.

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Photo of impending
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B+

33cl into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed dull pale yellow, towering yellowish cream colored froth, very nice lacing.

Aroma is of yeast, grain, about to ripen light skinned fruits, a touch of citrus and a dab of mentholatum.

Taste begins fully fruity with apricot apple and pear but the sharp dry aftertaste kicks in early, has a nice earthy bitter which leaves a long lingering trace. Lively creamy medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle: best before 6th Sep 2013, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru badged glass.

Cloudy lemon coloured body: huge white crown on top, line upon line of carbonisation bubbles rising through the glass.

The nose is yeasty and a sweet citrus hops blend, interesting.

The taste continued where the smells began: semi-sweet flavour with yeast and hop hints. The alcohol hides nicely in the background and only shows towards the end of each sip.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into St. Bernardus chalice. Poured pale yellow with a rough, thick head. Visible yeast, decanted from a thick layer on the bottom of the bottle. Strong effervescent. Aroma is funky and sour, mild imperfections but nothing that isn't artful. Taste is mildly sour, moderately hoppy, and a little buttery. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, very lively and heavily carbonated.

Overall this hits the spot well, but I wouldn't seek it out. There are lots of better values with fewer imperfections.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip.

Pours a beautiful yellowish hazy color with a kiss of orange and honey colors in it. Really nice looking 3 finger fluffy perfect white eggshell head with huge carbonation that flows to the top of the beer. The head retention is superb. Really pillowing like peaks on this beer as the head slowly dissipates. Lacing down the side of the class is moderate but thick where it is sticking.The aromas are very interesting. Fruity belgian yeasty notes come out for sure. There is also a nice white grape component, almost like an aged white wine. Sour apples on the forefront then white or green grape sweetness on the middle of the nose. Smells extremely refreshing and sophisticated. Taste for me is ok. There are some really complex flavors going on here for sure, but alcohol dryness and bite is getting to me too much here. I get some nice over ripe apricots, lemon pith, dry astringency, and a touch of honeysuckle notes in the very beginning. Finishes extremely dry, so dry my mouth is tingling. Really impressive on the complexity, but the over dryness and the alcohol is coming through too much. I think this beer could use just a touch more sweetness to level out the dryness and boozy characters. The mouthfeel is just want i want from this style, over the top carbonation, light fluffy bubbles rushing the palate, cleansing and delivering a dry acidic punch. Overall this is really nice, and I would love to age this for sure to mellow out the boozy character. I think the complexity is what really makes this beer both on the nose and on the palate. very interesting and great with cheese as a pairing for sure. However, after having this beer and comparing it to Duvel, they are two different animals. Duvel is much smoother, maybe a touch more carbonated, but the booze is hidden in Duvel much better. Its worth a shot especially if you can get your hands on some.

Cheers

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -18%
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 kscaldef
2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light golden. Big fluffy white head when poured into my Allagash glass.

S: Some lager-like aroms while pouring. Spicy noble hops.

T: Light fruity notes on bready malts.

M: High carbonation, light body, crisp finish. A bit of alcohol burn on the finish.

O: I would describe this (not entirely negatively) as a Belgian for light lager drinkers. Even though it's 9%, it's crisp, clean, light bodied... and a bit boring.

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Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy/hazed yellow color. A massive white head rises to over two fingers that sticks around forever. Lace coats the glass.
S: Basement funk, pale crystal malts, dry crackers. Some fruity esters come into play at the very end.
T: Follows the nose. Yeast, peppery spice, pale malts, crackers, and fruity esters in the finish.
M/D: A lighter body that is super carbonated. Very dry and overly effervescent. The alcohol is well hidden, and a good lighter bodied beer to sip on.

Enjoyable and simple. A nice Belgian for the summer months.

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Photo of haazer
2.74/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Super carbonated, bubbly white foam pours atop a bright golden brew. Many bubbles running through the beer. Theres some lacing left on the glass. I've never seen this before, but you actually see bubbles rising in the head of this beer. This gives champagne a run for its money.

S- A little funkiness is never a bad thing. That makes way to a strong belgian yeast. Some dried fruits, banana and clove. Somewhat of a faded hoppiness aroma as well. Maybe some lemon also.

T- Apple, pear, and a stale acidic malt that burns a little in the throat. A little bit of sweetness on the backend, and a clove aftertaste. The stale acidic flavor though kills this.

M- Light to medium bodided brew with high carbonation.

O- This is a great looking, mediocre smelling, poor tasting and great feeling beer. Too bad the most important features are let downs. I always disliked Belgian pale ales, accept the last two I had were good and AMAZING, this one re-affirms my dislike for them. Not good.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the COOP over the weekend... Thanks Matt!!

Pours with a fantastic white head... great lacing atop slightly cloudy pale golden brew...

Nose is nice.. smells more dry than most BSPA... good pale malt profile with some light apple and pear and a lesser clove/white peppercorn note.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a bit of apricot and light lemon zest added to the esters... and a nice grassy hoppiness plays from front to back...

Great drinkability for sure... near perfect body and carbonation.. I would NEVER guess the ABV... I love the lingering hoppiness that plays among all the Belgian qualities... I really liked this one.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

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St. Feuillien Grand Cru from Brasserie St. Feuillien
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.
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