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 Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1%
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 +7.6%
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 -7.8%
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 -7.8%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.3%
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 -9.3%
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 +7.8%
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 +9.3%
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 -12.1%
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 +3.8%
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 -5.3%
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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Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold hue with a massive white head that leave a ton of thick lacing. Nice.

S: Pungent aroma of yeast, baked bread and citrus, particularly lemons.

T: Malty sweetness, followed by baked bread and a citrus twang. Some yeast floaties occasionally got caught up in a few sips, but otherwise very tasty, easy to drink.

M: Fairly thick and creamy. Carbonation is spot on.

D: Good stuff. One of the better tripels out there, though, there are many. Hard to compare one to another, as they all seem to have their slight differences and positives.

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Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt, served in a tiny ticker glass, just how I like it.

Pours hazy golden in color with a large white head and great lacing.

The aroma is nice, with Belgian yeast, pale malt, and light fruits, green apple especially.

Interesting flavor. There is some kind of anise/cardamom in addition to the regular tripel notes. Sweet pale malt, Belgian yeast, and fruity esters.

Medium-bodied with lively carbonation and a good mouthfeel.

Pretty good for the style overall. Rather drinkable.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage Tasting earlier today. 11.2oz brown glass bottle.

Clear and pale straw yellow appearance. Nose is very dry smelling, with hay and dusty earth aromas.

Palate is medium-bodied and somehow dry and creamy (low residual sugar and dense carbonation?). Flavors are very earthy and straw-like. Dry dry dry, my darling.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a caged and corked 750ml into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a straw yellow color with a fizzy white head, fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell has mostly a yeasty and bubblegum aroma, a decent fruity scent with a touch of spiciness on the nose.

Taste has a strong carbonation front, explodes in the mouth with lots of bubbles, after that subsides, a nice fruity spiciness presents itself and a decent amount of lemony citrus.

While not the best Tripel out there, I got it at a cheap price.

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Photo of stephens101
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effulgent orange and pink with a bubbly white head that diminishes rather quickly. Some thick choppy fingers of lace stretch out across the goblet.

Smell is rich with sweet malts, light fruits (apricot, pear, apple) and a significant bready yeastiness. Big esters on the palate up front with some grainy notes that tend to squeeze out the malty sweetness just a bit too much. Eventually more notes of butterscotch, bananas, apples and grapefruits work their way into the picture.

Perfectly creamy and tending toward a bit thick instead of thin and dry on the way down; just like a Tripel should be (my personal opinion of course). The alcohol heat becomes more prominent as the beer warms, but never becomes overbearing.

The Belgian Tripel is my favorite style, and has been since I became aware of the wonders of craft beer. It has been a while since I've found a Tripel that actually lives up to the standards of my first favorite, the St. Bernardus, but this one is brazenly approaching that territory.

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Photo of adamette
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed this beer on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL with (among others) my two brothers-in-law Steven and Mat August 21st, 2010. Mat lives within minutes of this place and we enjoy visiting there when I am in town. Poured into a Bavarian Lodge logo'd tulip glass.

A Hazy yellow body under a generous creamy head. At least a good look for a beer of my favorite style. 4.0

S Fruitty sweet malt and heat of alcohol. This has a lot of promise as, again, it is my favorite style. 4.5

T I was looking forward to some candi sugar sweetness and heat of alcohol in the taste but what I got was the heat from the alcohol but then some bitterness mixed in which I presume is from the Belgian yeast but could be from some hops (?). I am disappointed in this taste after what was a very promising smell. 2.5

M On the thin side vs. most other triples that I have had but it is within style limits I suppose. 2.5

D Only fair. This represents my favorite style but, compared to so many other triples (Weyerbacher Merry Monks Ale, Allagash Curieux, Unibroue La Fin du Monde come immediately to mind) are much easier for me to get and are better. 3.0

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Photo of darkmartin
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a clear yellow with a huge, foamy white head. Thin layer of lacing.

Smell: Spicy malt and alcohol present in the smell. Faint, fruity hops also make an appearance.

Taste: Plenty of alcohol taste up front, with an interesting spicy finish. Yeast and pear clearly evident in the finish as well. Very little hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, but an amount that fits the style well.

Drinkability: Even though the alcohol content plays a major role in the taste, this beer still goes down pretty well. Really enjoyed the spicy, pear taste that hangs around in the finish.

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

Spicy, citrussy, fruity aroma with nice phenolics and esters. Really good.

Nice, clear, straw colour with a big, fluffy white head. It dissipates to a thick foam. Good.

Spicy and fruity flavour with a nice floral note. A good, well flavoured Tripel with plenty going on.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

A great Tripel. Lots of flavour with a couple of interesting twists.

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Photo of nataku00
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a bottle (and without shaking, the high carbonation makes it bubble out right after opening) and poured into a tulip glass. A beautiful orange color, with an inch thick snow white pillowy head. Head clings to glass and persists as you take sips.

Smells of wheat and banana. A little bit of lemon peel as well.

A very balanced triple flavor. Slight citrus initially, with some banana nut bread like flavor finishing it off. Very enjoyable flavor (since I love bananas).

Finishes dry. Carbonation was initially very active in the mouth, but after ~30 minutes of sipping, it dissipates, leaving a more syrupy sip.

Very drinkable triple, though you can feel the effects of the fairly high abv. Not session beer drinkability, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed @ 49° out of Red Wine Glass

A - Pale Golden, brilliantly clear, head comprised of very fine bubbles that feades to thin film fairly quickly, but persists

S - Noticeable malt (dominates), also not much hop aroma

T - Pleasasnt malt flavor, some hop spice through swallow and fairly dry finish

M - light and effervescent, although carb gives impression of weight

D - Perhaos a touch too malty for my personal tastes, but had very little fatigue

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very light golden body that is seethru with a quick dying one-finger head. A mix of oaky dryness, wet grassy hops, hints of citrusy yeast as well as grapeskin and some peppery spices. Smooth, medium body and slightly chewey thanks to a little breadiness. Has a caramel-like sugary sweetness that undercuts a sharp citric/fruit beer (grape, pear, apple) and some peppery spices - sharp due to good carbonation; a well-balanced beer that alternates between souresque fruit and sweet malt. ABV adds perfect complement as ever so slightly warms as you sip but does not overpower you - a great tripel to sip on.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy gold with a finger of white head, solid retention, no real lace.

S: Cake/pastry bread, yellow apples and pear - yeast, and bananas.

T: Classic apple/pear ester flavours with a hint of coriander/pepper type spice. Good malt flavours, light hopping.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, no alcohol appearance which is always good in this style.

D: A nice well made tripel. Not going to wow anyone but something to definitely try for the tripel fan.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled top fermented 33cl bottle poured into a sniffer.

Pale straw body with a small amount of hazing. Yields a very generous quantity of soft gassy head that falls away to leave chunky lace.

There is a definite yeast funk to the aroma with fruit notes like apple and banana peel also clearly standing out.

Taste is a more malty yeast taste and very much the standard Tripel palate. The fruity notes of pear and apple come of a lot smoother than others in this class. Spice notes are there however they are very subtle which may go some way to explaining the smoothness of the taste.

Rather lively carbonated and the body is rather much on the lighter side of the register. Very drinkable indeed and the flavor spectrum is slightly different to its peers, however, with the Tripel field being a very heavily saturated one the St Feullien kinda just gets lost in the crowd.

If you are a mad Tripel fan and you out for something different or you just want to tick another box on your score card - pick this up; otherwise, if your out for the taste sensation of the summer - you won't find it here.

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St. Feuillien Triple from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 620 ratings