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.

Added by Todd on 12-07-2002

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Photo of Reaper16
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a murky goldenrod shade of yellow. It's like a nice, golden yellow colored beer got spiked with a bit of pondwater. Less than a finger of head, but what's there laces very well.

The nose is way more interesting than the appearance. The first thing I pick up on is an abundance of mint. This beer tried to register the domain name '' but it was already taken. There's some soft banana esters here, some peach skin, and a fruity alcohol component that smells a bit like sherry. Deep down there's a slight trace of basement must. The overall aroma is pretty blunt, but certainly enjoyable.

St. Feuillien Tripel is delicate but pretty complex. Whereas the nose is mostly like a high-end toothpaste, the mint is toned down on the palate. The initial attack is all mint tea and cane sugar. It transitions to a Sauternes-like dessert wine midpalate of soft banana esters, white grapes, and slight booziness. Finally, the malt manages to peak through on the finish. And you actually notice a lingering hop bitterness that lasts for a long while. This is a standup Tripel; soft and sweet and just herbal/minty enough to stand out from the pack.

Lots of carbonation on this beer. It is a little bit too active for me; some more smoothness would compliment the tea-like flavors here. This is one of those bodies that gets thicker on the swallow than it was in your mouth, so less carbonation would help to smooth out that element. Still, it is a ticky-tack level of carbonation that I'm talking about. The mouthfeel still feels quite satisfying. Some good dryness to the beer too, which works well with the flavors. Overall, this is a lovely Tripel. It's different but entirely cohesive.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A soft, creamy head develops of good stature, with good lacing and stickiness, well retained.

The light aroma of malt is evident, but not much else in the smell.

The color is a hazy amber-orange, typical of Belgian tripels, with some sediment floating up with the carbonation (may be an old bottle).

Malty sweetness first hits the tongue, followed by mild hops and biscuit flavors. Well rounded and smooth, the high gravity is not overt but the alcohol esters are noticeable. A very slightly bitter finish enveloped by sweetness makes this is a most pleasant tripel to digest.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy, pale amber color. Nose is tart fruit and flavor is tart fruit with some sweetness from the malt. Clean finish, higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $5.70 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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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 AlexLMS
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly cloudy pale orange colour. No floating yeast. The head is white, moderately low and moussy. Drop to a thin line rather quickly, but then remain this way forever. Some lacings.
Aroma: yeast, citrus, floral hops and some spices.
Taste: biscuits, alcohol presence, floral hops, citrus and a lot of complex spices.
Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to high carbonation, high alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: the bitter presence goes on forever.

Overall: great beer with a wonderful hoppy presence. Good job defending the bitterness and disguising the alcohol. Top of the notch.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old bottle from my cellar (ok, inside closet), dated 2008, assuming that is bottled on (sampled May 2011).
Cork came off with a loud pop and the bottle gave gunsmoke before slowing gushing foam. After pouring off the first glass, it foamed up and gushed again!

Appearance: After the drama died down, the glass is hazy gold with a clumpy sticky white foam that laces the glass.

Smell: Cork infused esters, loads of fruitiness, banana, apple, pear. A Belgian yeast mingles with the cork giving a bit of funk.

Taste: Smooth tastes, the fruit are full volume with the soft bready yeast making the package work. Minor spice notes, peppery but not hot.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation somehow manages to come across as heavy bodied silky, goes a bit foamy in the swallow.

Overall: A wonderful mild flavored and very Belgian beer. Similar to St. Bernardus in profile. The gushing was a little annoying, but not catastrophic. A great beer to slowly sip on.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a slighlty hazy orange color with two fingers of wet white foam that holds and laces very well.

S: Lemon, light banana, lots of clove spicing, and odd grassy funk.

T: Orange and lemon, cloves, some tropical fruits, and some perfumey booze.

M: It has medium body thickness with above-average carbonation and some creaminess in the finish.

O: This is much more spicy than fruity and the yeast plays only a small role in the smell and taste.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle poured into two big snifters

Pours a bright golden color with big fine pale head, lots of fine active carbonation. Slightly cloudy (I left most of the sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Smell is yeasty, carbonation-y, not much in the way of fruits or spices. Maybe a little clove-y smell. Has a little bit of a lager smell. Maybe the smell will open up as it warms up.

Taste is a little lagery (surprisingly), a little lemony, a little banana-y. Lots of the yeast flavor, not much of the kinda skunky flavor I associate with Belgians (but it is there). Has a little bit of a hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite dry and light (makes me want to drink more). Overall, it's pretty good.

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

Poured from bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a nice looking murky orange with a soapy white head. Aroma is very nice, some barnyard, floral, citrus zest, yeasty, a little musty, light malt. Flavor of nice soft malt, some fruitiness, spicy, alcohol spice, nice light flavor hops with a subtle bitterness. Mouth feel is soft with light-medium body and lively carbonation. Overall, a very drinkable beer, but not my favorite Tripels out there.

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Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amserdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I had recently had the dubel so I was interested to try the tripel when it came on tap.

Appearance is a light straw with a very active fluffy head and lots of lacing.

Aroma is very yeasty, some corriander and bread.

Flavor is a little strong on the tongue but not too bad for an 8.5% beer.

Overall a good beer, pretty much typical of the style. If you like Tripels, you'll like this.

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Photo of Macca
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear bright golden colour with a brilliant white head. 1 bloody nice looking beer.

Not surprisingly me I get booze first on the nose but it's quite delicate. A bit of sweetness. Some fruitiness - granny smith apple, maybe peach. A lot going on.

Hard to describe the flavours. More of the apple, touch of the booze but only that, not the level of sweetness I dreaded, more fruit, some nice punchy spices, and a touch of orange at the end.

High carbo, fluffy in the mouth.

I'm not usually a fan of Tripels but this is one of the best I've ever had.

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

A: Cloudy goldish color with a soapy foam like head that reduces not long after the beer is poured.
S: Tart fruitiness with some hints of wheat malt and slight bitterness.
T: Very strong candied sugar flavor imparted with some bready notes to it that give it a nice balance. Slight presence of hops.
D/O: The beer is rather sweet but is very enjoyable (though one should really only have one or two of them) Very crisp and strong. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of yunkers
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful golden with foamy 1-finger head that lingers and leaves some crazy lace formations on the glass.

S: Pears and bananas nut are most readily apparent with a lot of bready malt and fruity yeast.

T: A delicious brew with strong fruity flavors of pear, apple, and green raisins(maybe)? and finished with a prominent alcohol warmth and fruitiness.Maltiness

M: The feel is excellent with fine carbonation lending a creaminess that is top-tier and a clean scrubbing finish with the right balance of crispness and aftertaste.

D: An fine tripel with classic light fruit flavors mixed artfully with maybe a nutmeg or banana nut spice and a top-notch mouthfeel compose a very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

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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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Photo of amccormi
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Feuillien glass. A nice inch of white foam the fades to a nice ring on top. It is a vibrant blonde/gold color slightly hazy with a stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is very delicate. There is a nice dose of tropical fruit and spice from the yeast and a little bit of biscuity malt and grassy hops.

Again the yeast drives the flavor with fruit and spice. I taste pears, apricot and black pepper. The malt is lightly sweet and the hops ive a nice dry bitter finish. It is very light and well attenuated, perfect for the style.

Overall this is one of the best tripel style beers I have ever had, really top notch.

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

Pours an orange-tinged pale amber, quite cloudy with ridiculously generous Belgian-style head that sinks fairly quickly but forms a lovely whipped-egg-white look, dense on the top and leaving some sparse trails of lacing, clumps really. Decent-lookin' tripel.

Smells very fruity and complex. Lots of pear and peach aromas, apricot and passionfruit. Slight musty yeast on the back, but it's mostly sweet fruit-tinged malt notes, a touch of raisin in there as well. Quite pleasant, but maybe a touch too sweet.

Taste is also quite fruity for the most part. Starts off so, with pear-apple notes, develops some sweeter peach and granny smith tartness on the mid, apricot and currant notes backing up. Late on the palate as those musty Belgian yeast notes that border on spicy but are mostly just phenolic and slightly drying. Overall it's quite a fruity palate, still sweet on the back, but touches of tart/bitter adding to the mix. Decent, but I'm not hugely wowed either by the sweet or the bitter notes.

Decently full; bit too dry on the back, almost puckering. But suits the style well and it's all just the yeast characters vying for my affection.

A reasonably heavy drop at times, but pleasant overall.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with a one fingered head that dies quickly.

S - Apple aromas from the bottle. Once poured the apple flavours ar weaker and some grapefruit is present.

T - Slightyl sweet up front with a nice peppery spice to follow, quite boozy on the finish.

M - Light body and decent carbonation.

D - A solid Tripel without being fantastic

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Photo of jdense
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle 2009 vintage bottle pulled out to celebrate much better half's birthday over salmon mouse (I think Sean Paxton would have liked this paring) in Delirium Tremens tulip 3.4.11.

Poured two glasses in succession. My partner's glass was clear yellow-orange amber, one finger white head small bubbles quick dissipation minimal visible carbonation. My pour resulted in a cloudy swirling mass of light and dark yeasties, a bit slower dissipation with average lacing. I was really carefule pouring, but there was a pretty heavy dose of yeast in the bottle, certainly more than I expected for the style. Nose is on the dry side, lemony perhaps more towards Meyer Lemon, a significant botanical/pepper presence though staying on the sweet side. floral herbs on the back end. Taste mirrors nose, pretty lemony, though the dark yeast at bottom effected the last draw from glass. Mouthfeel is medium, good effervescence, dry finish. Glad I tried it once, but I'd rather have a Westmalle.

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Photo of benfons
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, orange blond colour, head rather small but big enough

S: granny smith and other fruits some malts, pretty good

T: rather sweet, fruits with a peppery note, a little bit of alcohol with a hint of hops in the end

M/D: Quite creamy, carbonation slightly thin, alcohol isn't really noticeable, fine

Good, not exceptional

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Photo of dasenebler
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl, best before 6/13/12.

Pours a glowing, hazy gold with a modest, eggshell head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

The aroma is outstanding, with lots of bright fruitiness, citrus rind, floral spice and powdery yeast.

Flavor is very spicy, floral and sweet. Lots of clove, rosemary and woody spices. Finishes yeasty, rindy and medium-dry, though I must say this is a sweeter Tripel overall. Notes of candy sugar, yellow cake and orange sweets. The mouthfeel is not nearly fluffy and creamy as others in the style, but the carbonation is smooth and mellow.

A decent Tripel with an excellent nose, though a bit too potpourri-spicy and sweet for me in the end.

Notes: Label says this beer is brewed with Vitamin C. Why?

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Photo of impending
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dull yellow honey. Towering frothy head subsides slowly, excellent lacing.

Aroma is loud with doughy yeast swamped by a bounty of light skinned fruits, citrus and a very clean floral bouquet, uplifting!

Taste balances sweet with tang, phenolic notes with a dry finish. Aftertaste lingers long with a minor bitterness. Tasty throughout the temperature range, best near room temp. Mouthfeel is lively, prickly.

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

Poured into a chalice, this was the first gusher I've had in a commercial beer in a long, long time. Nevertheless, it was very clear, bright gold with a quickly dissipating bright white head. A good looking beer!

Aroma was nice. Pretty clean for a triple. Some bready malt and some pear-like aromas. Not much in terms of spicy esters going on here.

Nice flavor on this beer. Some sweet pear and apple in here. Some spices (cloves and ginger) in the finish along with some balancing bitterness. A bit fuller mouthfeel than many tripels, but part of this comes from the very high carbonation (as seen in its gusher status). This is a highly drinkable tripel. I received it as a gift -- Thanks PJ! -- and I'm not sure I had high expectations, but I'll seek this out again in the future. Nice beer.

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Photo of NODAK
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is strongly sweet, with tropical fruits and banana in it....there's also a strong boozy component to it.

Pours blonde in the glass with a large, rocky head. Lacing is pretty good.

Taste has a subdued sweetness for a tripel...certainly not among the sweeter of these beers. There's a definite yeastiness to it in the body, along with a bit of grain/bread there as well. Small hop bitterness at the backend shows up.

It isn't my favorite tripel out there, as it isn't that bold. It goes down smoothly, but the flavor just isn't quite on par with many others out there today.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light, crisp yellow-gold hue with a touch of haze and gobs of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of pillowy white foam. A nice lace is left on the glass as I drink. This may not be the quintessential tripel, but it is a textbook case of the style and very well-executed at that.

Smell: light, malty aroma without a ton of fruit character. It's got a distinct Pilsner-like aroma to it, with a bit of a carbon dioxide bite. Certainly not bad, but not exactly what I look for in a tripel.

Taste: once again, a Pilsner-like quality. A light, slightly biscuity malt with a bit of bite and not a lot of fruity character. This is a very dry tripel, quite reminiscent of Champagne in that way. The more I sip, the more I get of some subtle peary and green apple flavors, but they are couched in the dry malt.

Right out of the gate, I was not thoroughly impressed by St. Feuillien Triple's flavors; however, I find this beer growing on me. The comparison to Champagne is not a bad one: there's a period of acquisition to the flavor, but I think once you have it it really sticks with you.

Mouthfeel: absolutely superb. The body has presence without being overly sticky or cloying; the thorough carbonation makes the beer creamy while still cutting loose a little effervescent bite. This is simply one of the best textural experiences I've ever got from a beer.

Drinkability: this is an extremely pleasant beer to drink. I'm still not 100% on board with the flavor profile, but I think given enough time this beer might become one of my favorite tripels. Perhaps I'll come back and review this again sometime down the road; still, this is an intriguing beer and I can't wait to drink it again.

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Photo of fear025
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian lodge in Lisle, IL.

Aroma:Malty, spicy phenolics.

Appearance:Yellow in color. Very little head.

Taste:The midtaste has fruity orange and spicy pepper flavors.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, very good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a solid Triple with great belgian flavors.

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St. Feuillien Triple from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.98 out of 5 based on 608 ratings.
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