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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth fruity abbey triple. Fruity yeast aroma of quality. Nice and moderate lace. Some fruit in the sip. A bit complex in spice with cloves . Tad of sediment Spicey bit astringent lemoney finish and aftertaste. Had on tap about two years later and enjoyed middle mouthfeel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some slightly medicinal spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly chalky and medicinal spice finish. There is a mild amount of 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 and easy to drink.

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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 BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a word, "Yum." The hopping rates and freshness took me by surprise. Similar to Poperings Hommel in the hop character, but not as strong. The fresh hops blend well with the phenols to create a sharp but pleasant bitterness while offering a lot of herbal and estery character. The pilsner malts remain smooth and sweet, but offer a dry crispness that only Tripels can can deleiver. Sweet confectionate suars balance the spicy alcohols and create a lot of upfront intrique. Esters offer a ripe fruit variety of peaches, pears, apricots, berries, and tropical pineapples and mangos. Dry in the finish with a tingle to the mouth and a warm, tart sensation. It is not likely that Tripels get any better than this.

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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 brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice (though modest by some standards) head that doesn't do all that much in the lacing department

Smell: Sweet and yeasty, with pear, pepper, bubblegum and grassy hops

Taste: Sweet and fruity, up front, with pear and bubblegum flavors and a growing pepper and hop aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the pear fruit flavor returns, delivering some sweet elements to offset the peppery bitterness; the finish in lengthy and balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: As tripels go, this one does a nice job restraining the sweetness and alcohol impact that I often find objectionable in the style; very nice

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a medium head with about average retention. Aroma is kind of sweet with something floral also included in the mix. Taste is very enjoyable with some wheat mixed with spices that are well balance with an nice floral undertone all the way through the end. Overall, a very fine Abbey Triple but maybe still a notch down from Westmalle in my humble opinion.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty Tripel, tried this on special at Four Moon Tavern.

Poured into a squat tumbler, slowly producing a fine mass of fizzy foam. Smells of candy and fruit, grassy, with Belgian yeast. Tastes fairly grassy, some hops present, with a lightly sweet fruity element from the yeast. Fairly straightforward, not crazy or complex really. Alcohol is well hidden. Drying, bitter hop finish with residual estery yeast notes.

Not bad, recommended if you're into Belgians...

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best by 10/28/2012. Pours cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, apple, pear, herbal, floral, bread, earth, pepper, clove, coriander, grass, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of pear, lemon, apple, apricot, pepper, bread, earth, herbal, coriander, floral, grass, honey, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, bread, grass, pepper, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent tripel. Very nice fruity/peppery flavor balance with very nice complexity. Very enjoyable and smooth to sip on.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle with a bottled on date almost exactly 2 years past.

A: Pours cloudy, pale amber with a good, semi-durable head. Some sediment added in the pour but more left in the bottle.

Smells like a refined but yeasty/bready Belgian tripel. Mildly spicy.

Flavor: complex, with fruity, spicy and bready elements interweaving with very good balance.

Feel: lively carbonation in a crisp, near-medium body.

O: excellent tripel emphasizing fruity and peppery flavors.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/6/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, citrus, apples, light caramelized malts, some alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and some spice. Then some breadiness comes in from some Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s a touch of alcohol. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid Tripel but there are better beers in the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, a nice, clear, golden yellow with a dense, foamy, white head that shrinks to a collar and leaves a bit of patchy lace. Yeasty aroma, grassy, with hints of funk, citrus and light fruits. Similar in the taste, bready, light malts, grassy, slightly herbal, notes of lemon and peach, with some alcohol sensations coming out. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty easily drinkable if you're in the Belgian mood.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a rifle-shot on cork extraction and a lingering tendril of gunsmoke... barely blurry honey beneath a massive crown of alabaster colored cream. This tripel is further proof that Belgians are the foam masters of the beer world. Gorgeous splotches of lace look great as well. Short version: lemon meringue pie in a glass.

The nose flies high... without quite making it out of this world. The usual golden fruit is present, alcohol is essentially absent, and clove is perhaps a little more prominent than the style average. It all adds up to a good sniffer that should be a good drinker as well.

St. Feuillien Triple is a solid version of my favorite Belgian style. There are at least a dozen tripels that are better, but that doesn't mean that I'm disappointed with the contents of this bottle. Too bad the alcohol isn't as well-masked as the nose made it seem. It's warm, but far from hot.

As in the aroma, a pungent clove spiciness is in the forefront. It's still easy to taste the other flavors of crisp pear, Poire Williams (eau de vie) and white pepper. What the beer lacks in depth and complexity, it delivers in intensity. Although that isn't an ideal trade-off, it's one that I can live with.

The body/mouthfeel is lush and whipped creamy. The alcohol cuts through it like a sharp stiletto, keeping the tongue relatively well-scrubbed and eliminating any possibility of a lingering stickiness.

Triple is of the same general quality as the only other Brasserie St. Feuillien beer that I've reviewed, Cuvee de Noel. It may be a little rougher around the edges than the world's best, but it's still a worthwhile purchase for those of us who can't get enough of the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barleys last night, I had never tried it before so decided to go at it full speed. Served chilled and consumed on 02/27/2010.

The pour was decent at best, hazy golden color with a light head of white that sat on top for only a few moments before settling down to reveal a bare head. Aroma is light, pears, figs, light spices and grainy notes, again nothing shocking or really coming out at me. Warming brings a hint of grapeskin. Taste was soft, mellow, full of grain and light yeast, a hint of pears and apples in the back, but just did not have a punch or a full enough profile for me to really fall for it. Each sip seemed lighter then the one before and while the ABV was very well hidden, it just was not doing for me.

Overall above average for sure, barely, but totally forgettable in the scheme of things.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extensive head with lasting power. Decent fluffy lace left on the glass after each sip. The color is light amber with a light green hue. Cloudy

Crisp and clear aroma, slightly sweet, almost flowery. A little peppery spice in the background.

High level of effervescence on the initial sip. The body is moderate. The flavor truly shows up in the swallow and aftertaste. The pepper comes through with lighter malt in the background. The post swallow is mildly sour with a spicy lingering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold with almost no head out of a 330 ml bottle. Nose is typical: yeast and sugar. Though the sugar is only a minor edge. Flavor is crisp with a slight bitter edge to a larger sweet profile. Kind of tangy a bit in the back of the mouth too. Feel is very high on bubble. A big effervescence in the back of the mouth. Drinkable, yes. It is a smooth tripel. Yet it does not have much outstanding character to speak of. Decent, but no home run.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice crystal brassy gold color, straight see through, with a real nice middle column of rising carbonation curling up the middle. White soapy but very even head, lots of lacing and staying power with good retention.

Wonderful nose on this beer. Sweet cumin/cardamom and clove spices. Candied sensations mix with this great dry spice sensation, just wonderfully. I love this smell, never had a tripel smell like this ever it's magic. OOO I know what that is, It's POPPYSEEDS! a little hint of anise also. It's a wonderful pound cake bread smelling sweet bakery goodness.

Taste hits all the right notes from the nose. Dry airy bread and yeast and a wonderful baked POPPYSEEDS sweetness. Great crisp dry wine like feeling in the palate, playful carbonation. Mouthfeel feels just about fine and right, nothing spectacular, but coats well.

Overall I am really liking this one, really loving the bouquet on this more than anything. Excellent tripel.

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Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours golden yellow with a thick, frothy white head that thins to half size then stays around. Broken rings of trailing lace slide down glass with some stickage.

The smell is of hay with some mustiness. Lemon and herbs then come through and become more prominent as it progresses, covering the original mustiness.

The taste is of lemongrass with some tin. Herbal notes and lemon come to dominate. Maltiness is grainy. Finishes with a slightly medicinal dryness.

I might have rated this a bit higher, but I can't say it stands up to other tripels I've had from Belgium as much as I would like. The lemony character was a bit too much, IMO. Overall though there was an herbal character that is done well and balances out the lemon pretty well. It is an interesting tripel on its own right.

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

Clear golden hue, and a towering, fantastic, huge white head.

Aroma is gorgeous and spicy, with citrus and honey notes. So far, it's a perfect profile for a tripel without even taking a taste.

And, that taste? Divine! Utterly lovely, light, buouyant, with a dazzling hop prominence at first, and a good touch of graininess in the texture. Sweet, light, and scrumptious, and the sugar starts to take prominence here in the middle.

An utterly unreproachable tripel, and a complete delight. Top-notch tripel, beautiful beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/28/05- Purchased at Draeger's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with no freshness info. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Lovely lightly cloudy golden pour. Steady stream of carbonation rises from the basin of my glass. Large one inch head that leaves tremendous sticky lace in chunks.

Smell- Mucho spices in this one. Some white pepper, corriander, powdered sugar and a few sweet fruit scents.

Taste- Spices are the main item here. As in the smell there is lots of corriander, a pleasant orange muscat kind of taste as well as various other spices. There is, however, a funky metallic scent that lasts most of the beer. Enough to knock it down a touch, but not enough to keep it from tasting very good.

Mouthfeel- About average carbonation, maybe a touch more than wanted.

Drinkability- All in all this is a very good tripel. Not my favorite, but not that far away. One that I would get again if I could find it for a decent price.

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

Bottle from Cora-Forbach. Pours clear golden with towering head. Nice bitter sourness in the flavor right up front. A great example of the style. tasty.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a hazy orange amber with a fine, one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Interesting aroma of stone fruit and orange juice, light bready yeast; spicy with an odd agave component. One of the more intriguing tripel aroma I've experienced. Flavor follows with apricot, orange, lime and apple juice, light bready yeast and hints of coriander and clove. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. A very fruit forward tripel with nice balance. Not as intense as some other Belgian tripels, but a nice complex fruit body that is quite enjoyable. Finish has tripel spicing and light hops, but pleasant residual stone fruit flavors as well. Oddly, the flavor seems to become more bland as glass sits and warms. However, I will return to this tripel again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem at Hard Rock Cafe in Bangalore. A nice tripel with good hints of orange and lemon notes. A good penetrating smell with more of a yeasty tone to it than anything else. Good head, big about 2 fingers and nice a rocky.
Breaks the fog of pollution in this city's atmosphere. Crisp and clean. very nice. Aftertaste is strong but doesn't linger. Above average and great for Bangalore. I miss good beer, and this is a nice replacement.

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

St.Feuillien Tripel, Ontap

Appearance: Into a branded chalice. Clear dark golden colored ale. Creamy white head forms and lace down the sides.

Smell: Clean malts, yeast, fruit and flowery hop.

Taste: Chalky yeast, dry fruityness. Malt sweetness, small herbal hop bitterness. Pear, white grapes, semi sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky smooth carbonation and goes down easily.

Overall: A nice tripel, alittle sweet, but complex and the alcohol is very well hidden. Easy drinking Belgian ale.

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