St. Feuillien Triple | Brasserie St. Feuillien

St. Feuillien TripleSt. Feuillien Triple
BA SCORE
79.1%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 613 ratings
St. Feuillien TripleSt. Feuillien Triple
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by Todd on 12-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,762
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
613
Liked:
485
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
11.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
96
Trade:
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Reviews by ElGuapo:
Photo of ElGuapo
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big pillow of white foam sits on top of a clear pale golden colored brew with no intentions of going away. Masses of fruit hit the nose initially. Yeasty notes as well as some grains join into the aroma as well as some notes of citrus and a touch of alcohol.

The carbonation is light, and the mouthfeel is very smooth. I think it could use a bit more body, but it fills out pretty well. There are a lot of sweet flavors to start you out. Dark fruits and citrus fruits, and even hints of candy. A nice grainy malt backround balances out the sweet flavor, and the alcohol lets its presence be known in a subtle way. I think this beer could have used a bit more flavor. It was good, but it seemed a bit too mellow. It does have great improvement with warming, so give it a few minutes.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of damndirtyape
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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 CAMRAhardliner
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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 biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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 oberon
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with an awesome big fluffy head,aroma is spicey and very orange-like.I get a clove taste and aroma from this brew along with a light smokiness likely from the yeast,a light pepper taste lingers on the tongue,I have to say this was a great fing the alcohal is not at all prevelant making this to easy to drink,very very nice.

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

Appearance – This one poured a light, brilliant orange in color and was clear with a tremendous amount of gushing carbonation. The head was a cool-looking off-white mound of foam that would have stayed up all night.

Smell – This aroma is very balanced. The raw yeast was right on queue and mixed perfectly with some wonderful tangerine. The spicing was mild, mostly coriander, but mixed well with the other characteristics of the nose.

Taste – Wow! The orange flavors here are not cheap as they are with many pretenders of the style. This is not the candy orange lollipop flavor so common these days. This is clean, refreshing, naturally-squeezed orange juice. The yeast, which so often backs down at the taste, held up strong. The delicate spices evened things out.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium in the body with some terrific carbonation. It is brilliantly blended.

Drinkability – This is my idea of an Abbey Tripel. I could have drunk this all night. What a treat.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Feuillien Triple

A- Pours a yellow-orange fluid with massive white head that very slowly falls around the rim leaving heavy foamy lacing on side of glass.
Obvious Carbonation thoughout beer.

S- Smell is of white wine, sweet sugar alcohol esters, and white bread.

T-M- Quite smooth flavor with a yeasty start. Flavors consist of heavily bland yeast and wheat and alcohol esters. Thick bready feel on the tongue with mild sting for the alcohol bite.

D- Not the best but worth tring. This beer has the mainstream taste and feel of a triple but lacks the flavors to make it a real winner.

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Photo of chiefbender
4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shapudding
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark amber color, very nice! Came out with a beige, cake-like head that reduced down nicely to about one finger of fluffyness. The bottle is 11.2oz size. Scents of caramel and of metal. A little bit overly carbinated for me. It just foams up in your mouth a bit too much to feel comfortable.... Taste is one-dimensional, but there is a taste of vanilla extract. Decent triple with good drinkability.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of badbeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL cork and caged bottle poured into chalice.

Wonderful golden color with a pillowy white head that retreated and left a solid lacing. Yeasty, clove, banana, and other spices make up the aroma. Taste has a fruitiness to it with banana and clove, very good, almost perfectly put together. Average carbonation and medium to full body. Very drinkable, not one I would have very often, but is great when I do have it I will cherish it.

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Photo of talbotjf99
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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 bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from tap into proper St, Feuillien mini-snifter.

Appearance: Hazy honey with decent cream colored head.

Smell: No idea what this smells like. Oddly sweet with strange spices and herbs.

Taste: Oh God, it tastes like it smells, so I guess I have to try harder to describe it. Sticky, semi-rotten fruit at the core, with a cornucopia of spice flavors, including rosemary, clove, lavender, and licorice. Light banana. Beyond weird.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a relatively light body. Semi-dry.

Overall: Simply a very strange Tripel that I mostly enjoyed despite my inability to describe it.

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Photo of ant1
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Light, pale yellow/gold colour. Crisp malts, yeast (Belgian), and fruity aromas. Bitter, yeasty (Belgian) and fruity taste. Clean and simple.

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Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of stephenlee
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tomdinpa
4/5  rDev +1%

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

Photo of kpantz
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: The bottle says this is "highly recommended for gourmet taste." While not quite Arrogant Bastard, it's pretty haughty. Thought that was worth noting. The beer itself? It's not bad - I enjoyed it - it's just not a standout.

Appearance: Pours a fairly fizzy straw golden color into my tulip. Bubbles in the head are somewhat larger than that to which I'm accustomed. Head itself is pretty robust and is a shade off of white.

Smell: Typical tripel here...pilsener malts, banana/clove notes from the yeast. Some spiciness here as well.

Taste: More alcohol in on the palate than I've seen in many tripels - it usually plays more of a supporting role. Definitely spicy, too. Initial malt flavor is subdued; instead, you get the last fleeting moments of sweetness, followed quickly by the Styrian Golding-like hops and that noticeable alcohol. The aforementioned spiciness lingers in your throat as well.

Mouthfeel: A little too much carbonation for me, but I recognize Belgians - Tripels especially - can be a little juiced up on this aspect. The hyperbubble also serves to jack up the perceived spiciness as well.

Drinkability: It's a pretty accessible tripel (regardless of what the label says). It's got enough nice flavors to keep me interested long enough to finish the bottle, but I wouldn't make a session out of it, even if I were going to stay in the style.

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Beer rating: 79.1% out of 100 with 613 ratings
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