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 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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Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a hazy golden with strong effervescence .
Smells of apple, pear, yeast and mild malts, unspecified esters
Tastes mild malt up front, fruity mid and balancing hops at the end with nice clean finish.
Good creamy mouthfeel, copious carbonation make it quite astringent without being unpleasant.

Solid beer for the style, would definitely stock up on this beauty (if I could find it. . . doesn't have wide distribution.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

0,33 l bottle (07/01/2016) into a tulip. Clear pale golden body, three finger white head, dissipates fairly quickly, little lacing, leaves a thin veil. Fruity, yeasty, malty smell with a bit of alcohol. The taste begins with spice, followed by bisquity malts and fruitiness with pineapple and citrus, ending with peppery yeast and a hint of anise. Medium-full body, high stingy carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. A good tripel with a lot of flavor. Drinkable despite it's strength.

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Photo of Vixie
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Gold in color with a large white head that is not quite as creamy looking as other Belgians I have tried. Seems to be a decent amount of carbonation due to the amount of bubbles I see.

Very fruity smell up front. Mainly citrus like orange and lemon, maybe a hint of pineapple. There is also a bit of spice, mainly pepper and coriander.

Fairly fruity up front, tastes more like a blend of fruit rather than any specific flavor, but I am guessing orange, apple, and pineapple are in there. There's a decent amount of spice, mainly pepper with a hint of coriander. Finishes with just a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Nice smooth feel to this, and a lot of tingling from high carbonation.

I really liked this one. Has a lot of flavor and complexity. The sweetness is not overdone, and balanced nicely by the spice. This is easily the best triple I have tried in some time. This is the first beer from this brewery I have tried, I am anxious to try more, and at $8 for a 750ml, a really great bargain. I will be drinking more of this.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is lightly hazed golden yellow with a thick white head. Nose is similar to the blonde, has the some dusty malt, spice isn't as assertive nor is the perfume (in a good way). Taste is sweeter than the nose, faint dusty malt with lemon and a bit of candied sugar. Light citrus in the back. Soft body, moderate carbonation and a smooth feel.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades rather fast, leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall with the heaviest of the smells being that of a yeasty and biscuit like aroma. Along with these aromas are some smells of a more floral and spicy nature with the spice being mainly of a clove and coriander.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit malt flavor mixed with a light level of yeastiness and spice. The spice is mainly of a coriander and clove nature with these flavors later being accentuated by some other spice flavors of a pepper and floral spice nature. Flavors of a more citrus nature come to the tongue as the taste advances with orange and tangerine coming to the tongue. Some floral and grassy hops come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste along with some flavors of banana and bubblegum, with the mix of flavors in the end, creating a moderately sweet, but very easy going smooth Belgian flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side for a triple with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A slightly higher carbonation level may have been slightly better for the fruit flavors of the brew, but overall the feel was rather decent for the style.

Overall – A very easy drinking triple that hides the alcohol very well. Very inoffensive and rather refreshing and quite drinkable in light of its 8.5% abv. Nothing overly exceptional, but still rather enjoyable. A very neutral Belgian triple.

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Photo of schavuytje
2.74/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

in the glass a pale golden cloud with a zeepige foam block that soon you immediately smell collapsing the famous Belgian yeast bread phenols fruity esters and spicy flavor of pastry pear and honey spicy stimulus of alcohols and slightly bitter

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another popular Belgian beer I seem to have not rated or reviewed, even though I'm sure I've drank it many times over the years: I can now put that right. 33cl Bottle on 3rd Feb 2014 in Cambrinus, Brugge.

Pale blonde body with a snow white head.

Spicy nose with yeast and floral hop base.

The taste followed in the same lines as the smells with a good fruity undertone that gives a semi-sweet and yet sour feel to the flavours.

Easy drinking triple with a deceptive alcohol level, it is a lot stronger than it tastes.

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Photo of Paincane
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque straw colored brew with creamy white head & nice lace. Excellent head retention.
S: Bread, banana, clove & citrus nose. Yeast presence is notable.
T: Biscuity, light malt blends beautifully with fruity flavors produced by its mahical yeast.
M: ABV is nicely disguised. Light bodied, smooth and delicious.
O: Wonderful Tripel that is a delight from start to finish.

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Photo of seedyone
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma, which is always THE first impression, was deceiving. As this seems to be a beer that ferments in the bottle (give away is the little bit of "excitement" when I take the cap off) maybe I should be waiting a minute or 3 for the brew to blossom. This had an earthy funkiness, undoubtedly a character of the distinctive yeast therein. Rich, almost butter mouth-feel that was resplendent with an orange/tangerine introduction followed by some shy spices.

Imagine if you will, being at a party. In walks an intriguing looking possibility that you've never met. Your mind wanders & wonders. Curiosity tempered by experience seizes the moment & you edge closer for more sensory input. A scent wafts it's way into your environs. It's new...but not alien. But you thought you were Mr. Been There Done That. WRONG! Now it's too late, the intrigue is driving you crazy. You edge still closer. You want. You want so much to envelop, to experience completely that which dares challenge your little kingdom. This beer is that entity. It will charm you & disarm your cynicism.

Don't misconstrue my meaning here. It will NOT rock your world, but it sure will teach you that you have many pleasant roads & adventures that will open up to you if you give them the opportunity.

This is obviously a Classic. Something you owe to yourself to try.

Disclaimer: This beer made me say those things.

From bottle. Not the usual Belgium triple. None of the ubiquitous traits. No bread yeast head, flavor or nose. A very broad palate with lots going on. Sweetish. Lots of caramel/raisin like flavor. All adds up to a pleasant cover for the 8.5 ABV.

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St. Feuillien Triple from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.98 out of 5 based on 601 ratings.
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