St. Feuillien Triple | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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St. Feuillien TripleSt. Feuillien Triple

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Brasserie St. Feuillien

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer has a white, smooth and very compact head. Its pale amber colour is very characteristic revealing a distinctive maltiness. It has a rich aroma with a unique combination of aromatic hops, spices and the typical bouquet of fermentation – very fruity. Secondary fermentation in the bottle gives it a unique aroma due to the presence of yeast. St-Feuillien Triple has a very strong and exceptionally lingering taste thanks to its density and its long storage period. Whether served as a refreshing aperitif in summer or savoured during the winter months, the Triple is a connoisseur’s beer par excellence.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 1/2016, so over a year old:
It's obvious that this bottle had some signs of oxidation, but the effects were not too detrimental, IMO. The maltiness I expected was present but paired with an earthiness that had only a slight note of "skunk" to it. I cannot know for sure until I try a fresher bottle, but the end result was still refreshing.

Pours a night golden, clear, and with what actually to me was too much head. Some lacing as the white fluff sustained.

Nose is grassy, light citrus zest, dried spices, and just the lightest hint of sulfur.

Taste starts dry, gains a little sweetness, then the grass, earth note, and a light bite of alcohol. Lingering grass and again, light skunk.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Feuillien chalice. Bottle stamp: L5073 10:32 02/07/2013.

Appearance: Slow pour to leave the sediment behind gave a hazy translucent gold-orange. Thin persistent white head with fine strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Strong fruity ester aroma along with a nice yeasty/bready aroma.

Taste: Fruity esters, yeast, bready malt, some phenol, and a nice noble hop leafy finish.

Mouthfeel: Initial strong carbonation with a dry finish gave way to an light mouthfeel that is still dry but leaves some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very very good Tripel. I could easily have another one right now. A slow sipping and savoring beer that I think would pair really well with a wide range of food. Went well with black bean tacos in this case. I will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

St. Feuillien Triple, like all great examples in this style, has a dense but still glowing golden complexion and can be distinguished by its giant marshmallow-like head and the pearly lace it produces. That big white cushion never fades, not even as the liquid beneath it dissipates. It's a highly regal looking beer, especially when poured into its proper chalice.

Spice, fruit, sweetness, hops and grain - you name it, this style has it all. This particular example is especially rich in juicy mandarin orange and tropical papaya notes, zesty fresh-grated ginger and honey-graham biscuits, though a whole slew of other flavours including white peppercorn, banana, coriander, cut grass, vanilla, roses, and baked cereal grains are noted too.

The taste can't possibly offer much more than what the aroma already has, but the hearty, wholesome extent of the malt is perhaps better appreciated on the palate. The crisp, lightly honeyed wholewheat flavour is contrasted against a fairly perceptible bitterness, cracked coriander and grated ginger, as well as a variety of temperate and tropical climate fruits.

It's really worth repeating just how exceptionally harmonious a balance this brewer strikes between the spicy, fruity, grainy and herbal elements. Not to mention how they fade the 8.5% so seamlessly into the whole thing! Such high carbonation probably helps ease in the alcohol, though thankfully doesn't erase that soft, warming sensation felt on the finish.

I recently tasted St. Feuillien Triple side-by-side with Westmalle, Karmeliet and Gouden Carolus - not only three of the style's highest rated (and original archetype!) but also my all-time personal favourites. Not only did it hold its own but, the case could easily be made, was every bit as good as the others, possibly even better. I put this one squarely up there with the best.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A well-aged 330ml bottle served in a tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Slightly hazy light amber colour. Soapy three-inch head and moderate lacing.

Nose is spicy yeast and a hint of booze.

Flavour is dominated by spicy and fruity yeast esters. Lots of white pepper and clove. Apple cider. Not too much candi sugar sweetness left in this well-aged bottle. Lots of booziness, though. Whoah.

Seems like low carbonation and slightly heavy body for a tripel. Booze is ever-present.

I really like this tripel, but not for its tripel-like qualities. While I tend to associate tripels with driness, well-attenuated candi sugar sweetness/crisp booziness, and lots of sharp spicy yeast esters, this is earthy and slightly funky. Recommended.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 0.33l bottle (€5.80) at de Gouverneur in Maastricht on 22SEP16.

It was a bright golden bier, with lots of fine carbo swirling up. Had a creamy, 3/4", slightly off-white head which lasted well, with good lacing. Aroma was a bit bready with some tropical fruit and honey. Had a medium body, and was fairly smooth, with only minimal prickle.

Tasted a bit doughy, with more honey, some pear, green apple and a bit of lemon peel noted. Was more on the fruity side, with not too much in the way of any spicy character. Had a dry, slightly chalky finish. Solid.

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


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Photo of drmeto
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

-pours a cloudy golden with a big,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-apple,honey,lemon,alcohol,white bread,doughy,candied sweets,pineapple
-finishes dry
-medium to high,lingering bitterniss for the style
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
A good Tripel,though i liike Tripel's sweet & spicy and not this fruity.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draught at the Atrincham Belgian bar
Nice slightly cloudy golden body with gentile white head
Nice slightly tart flavour some toffee some vinegar some banana
Overall v good

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy pale gold with a rocky head that lasts a while but doesn't muster up much lace. Bread, fruity, phenolic Belgian yeast esters and herbal hops in the aroma. The taste is doughy with honey and pear hints. Alcohol is immodest for the ABV, adding prickly spicyness. Some herbal, floral hops and light bitterness in the back. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a vigorous carbonation.

A decent Tripel, though a bit boozy and could be more lively in the hop department.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. Purchased from the local LCBO for around $4 CDN.

Appearance - A gentle pour yielded a slightly hazy rich golden colored beer topped with two plus fingers of head. Some visible carbonation, but the head retention is impressive lasting a number of minutes and leaving some sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell - Light floral esters with little bits of fruits thrown in. There's perhaps a hint of lemon, but also some pear and possible other orchard fruits. It doesn't smell sweet though as there's a slightly dank and sour aroma that accompanies many of Belgium's finest.

Taste - Juicy fruit flavors a peach and pear combo are my initial reaction with some bitter earthy flavors coming in afterwards. Some harsh booziness, but that doesn't get in the way of the other flavors too much, some light grain and powdery yeast. Some pepper and or clove starts to play a factor after repeated sips.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated as expected for the style and a dry but not super dry finish. Body is light but the booze is definitely recognizable. Feels like a 8.5% ABV beer in the back of the throat.

Overall - While St. Feuillien's Triple isn't at the top of the totem pole, it is a solid beer that features many of the greatest features of a tripel, dry finish, some booziness and fine aromas of orchard fruit with just a hint of citrus. It doesn't have that one standout feature that elevates it to the level of a La FIn Du Monde or Westmalle Tripel, it nonetheless is fairly approachable and quite delicious, making this a worthy treat while it's in stock.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for $3.85 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that is gone in a minute or two. Medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- Not a lot here. Metallic if anything.

T- Nice brew. I like the bready nature of this yeasty good beer. Low hops. Not a compliant but it is what it is. Nice shot would move up numbers some.

M- Nice and crisp going down then dries out

O- I like this brew. Glad I got a few more for later. Nice blend and mellow. Not pushy

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with........ Homemade tomato sauce with chicken hearts on brown rice. Just a nice flavorful main. Cheap, hearty... no pun intended... and nutritious


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Photo of portwood
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: clove, baking spices, candied sugar, doughy.
Taste: bubbly, slightly grainy, sweet citrus.
Finish: dry, yeasty, clove, banana, pear, herbal hop (light) bitterness, hint of pineapple.
(BB 10/19/2017)

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Hazy yellow with a fat white head

S - Herbal and estery notes

T - Herbal hops, menthol, pear, pepper, yeast, sweet and a bit tart

F - Dry mouthfeel, fine carbonation

O - A good tripel, refreshing, a bit much on the spice and herbal side maybe. Not as fruity as some of the best ones

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Photo of Beginner2
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I rate this better than the average Tripel, a style I like and sample often (perhaps more often than I should, given its strength.)
While St. Feullien's Tripel looks and smells about average; but really is not indicative of what is to come. This Triple's Taste and Feel are greatly boosted by how its softness and sweetness combine. A fine yeast clearly is at work here, but there is something else as yet unknown to me.

Reviewed in the "1001 Beers", it probably deserves to be on the list... but certainly has competition.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" goes on almost for two pages about St. Feuillien, its family ownership, its history and ales... an unusually long review for a brewery with only 4 beers. The only review of the Tripel is the caption under the pretty proprietess who helps run the brewery: "Dominique, a peachy blonde" (he's referring to the ale, but adding some intrigue), "a more recent addition is a perfumey, honeyish Tripel."

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

A beautifully delicious triple. The colour, the head, the nose and most importantly the taste, is up there with the very best. If you try just one beer in this style, you can't go wrong with this.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Playing Millenium 2. It has some odd herbal-spicy taste, like in their blonde. At first I wasnt sure if I liked it, but in the end I think that yes

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Photo of jonmikel
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl. bottle to a tulip glass. Bought at Carrefour in Brussels.
-Superb golden orange color. Big foam head that looks very nice, too. Lots of carbonation bubbles.
-Citric smell. It reminds me to Champagne. Freshness can be fealed.
-Citrics are also presents in the taste. It's nice, you don't feel the alcohol.
-Superb feel. For me it's a mixture between bitter orange and caramel which sounds strange but tastes beautifully.
Overall a superb beer! I recommend it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml squat bottle, very much the same as its dubbel kin that arrived last week, and somehow sporting the same ABV.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and certainly bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some exploding wavecrest lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, candy sugar, white grape juice, subtle earthy yeast, and mild leafy and slightly perfumed floral hops. The taste is bready, doughy, and grainy pale malt, edgy, and somewhat spicy Belgian yeast, a now more dried-out white wine fruitiness, some minor clove and black pepper spice, and more plain leafy, weedy, and softly perfumed hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite active, both in its overwrought display metrics, and in its tight frothiness, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and sort of smooth, both the spice and booziness making it difficult to say otherwise. It finishes off-dry, the green grape-led fruitiness abetting the lingering malt graininess, all under the yoke of a hovering metallic alcohol astringency.

Overall, pretty standard, the fruitiness, sugars, and heat all represented in due course, so nothing new to see here, folks - if you like it, you like it, so have at 'er. The rest of us (the minority, it would seem) will continue to wonder what the big deal is.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy straw colored pour with massive billow of white foam which retains so well it's hard to get a sip of the brew underneath. Aroma is of yeast, pears, and overripe apples. Flavor is similar with yeast forward, but there's a great balance of slight sweet, slight sour, and nice malt throughout. Seems possibly more active carbonation than others of the style.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden colour with a large white head. Good head retention.

Smell: This beer smelt of belgian yeast, with hints of spice and fruits. Very pleasant!

Taste: Similar to the smell. There is an initial spicy and fruity sweetness which is balanced by a very muted hop presence. This continues into a smooth, warm finish with very little alcohol taste despite the strength of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, slightly dry with a moderate-light body. Works very well with the taste of the beer.

Overall: Very nice overall drinking experience. This is a beer with a number of strong flavours which balance each other out to create an enjoyable taste, while also nearly completely hiding the fact that this is an 8.5% beer. Certainly a solid example of the Tripel style. My only problem with this beer is that it's hard to find where I live.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

333 ml bottle, Beers of Belgium - Pours hazy gold with a large white head. High carbonation. Small lacing. Smell - spicy, malty, yeasty. Taste - Sweet like ripe fruits finishing with a malty finish. Nice beer to sip and enjoy the complexity.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and underlying candi sugars are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of candi sugars but any associated sweetness is masked by the hops, which contribute a slight amount of bitterness. Notes of spices from the yeast are present in the finish. Some hints of alcohol are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This tripel is a classic representation of the style, balancing flavors of candi sugars, hops, and yeast. It tastes strong but does a good job at masking most of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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

pours very slightly hazy, light amber with a large white head. Aroma is typical estery Belgian yeast but with pronounced spice and ripe fruit. Lots of sweet ripe fruit on the taste. Dries out quickly and then comes back with a long sweet and warming finish. High carbonation and medium body.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional notes of banana, ABV fairly well hidden. Very rich mouthfeel that carries around the flavor very well. The yeast characaristics are seriously present as well. Awesome triple!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw gold with thick shaving cream white foam that clings like mad. 4
Cream of wheat, yellow apples, cut grass and slight rubber phenols on the nose. 4
Steely grain, nettley herbs, green pear, a touch of honey, and grassy hops to end. 4
Little bubblegum comeback and spicy clean clove/spearmint linger.
Dry, light, crisp, slight burn. 4

A lean and green Tripel - low on sweetness and fruity esters, high on hops, spicy phenols, and a bit of burn. The bits of indulgence that do pop through are fleeting enough to keep you interested. The would have almost saison-like abilities to slay everything from salad to salmon at the dinner table. A left of centre take on the standard, in a very drinkable way.

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Photo of JayQue
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly good Tripel. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Nice straw gold hazy color with some sediment in the glass. Fast-fading bubbly white head that settles down to a covering of the glass. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma is slightly sweet light fruit (apples and pears) and a little peppery spices.

Taste is pretty good. The light fruit and spiciness is up front. As the beer warms, some Belgian yeast is apparent but not that much. Unlike most good Tripels, the alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel is light but still rich. The alcohol provides some "burn" which is unusual in a good Tripel. Despite the alcohol burn, this is still a very drinkable Tripel. I far exceeded my "halftime quota" for the first football playoff game today. This an enjoyable beer but not a top notch Tripel.

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