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 deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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 +8.5%
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 -20.4%
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 -1.3%
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 +13.1%
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 +6.3%
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 -2%
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 +1.8%
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 -5.8%
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 -12.6%
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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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a one finger white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit, citrus, and malt. The flavor was of bananas, malt, and a slight hint of alcohol. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew with a nice fruity flavor. Might be one of the most drinkable Tripels I have had... Simply if you have not had this you need to as it is just plain good.

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

Pours a cloudy amber color with a huge foamy off-white head. Head falls fairly slow. Decent lace.

Has that Triple smell I guess. Bit of malt and a bit of alcohol, not much else.

Nice taste. Belgian yeast and a nice spice. Malt is nice. Typical Triple taste, but good.

Medium bodied and nice on the tongue.

Very nice triple. Will enjoy again.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St Feuillien Triple pours a disk of creamy foam over a cloudy orange brew. Carbonation is very spritzy, the nose Belgian yeast funk, sweet honey, and peaches. The flavor mirrors the nose- sweet and chewy up front, with notes of fruit and grain, and a a little herbal hop off the back for balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and round, yet crisp- at no time does that 8.4% ABV make any impression save the usual feeling of well-being. A good, solid Belgian. I'm a real sucker for a corked and caged bottle and this one was pretty good!

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Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet. No clear freshness date. Purchased as part of St. Feuillien gift pack. Cellared for about 10 months.

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

S: Pears and pepper are most readily apparent with a lot of bready malt, clove, and fruity yeast esters. Herbal hops are evident as well.

T: A delicious brew with strong fruity flavors of pear, apple, and green raisin sprinkled with clove and pepper and finished with a prominent alcohol warmth and fruitiness. Hops are a bit player. Maltiness is the rule here.

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 pepper and spice and a top-notch mouthfeel compose a very good brew.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Belgian spice that I usually associate with Tripels so that's good.

Appearance - Clear yellow with a huge white head.

Taste - Pretty normal here too. A light spice with a solid sweet backbone but not too much complexity.

Notes - No - 10853 on the cork. Nothing really worth going out of your way for. Just a run of the mill tripel.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Relatively unknown brewery, 33 cl gushing bottle.

Hazy golden colour with decent head, good lacing in the glass.

Smell is malt and yeast, also floral... not bad, but a bit faint.

Malty and hoppy in the taste, bitter, not much sweet. It has some floral and citrus notes, much more interesting than the smell.

Mouthfeel is medium with dry aftertaste. Very decent overall, as it is drinkable.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad that this brew is available in India. One of the lesser known Tripels otherwise, but a good one at that. Poured from the stubby bottle at 6ºC into a 12 oz wine glass.

Poured a beautiful golden amber colour topped with a frothy, eggshell head which loomed at nearly 2 inches. The beer appeared more clear than cloudy, unusual for the style. Few bubbles danced about the otherwise calm facade of the glass filled with the Tripel. As I waited for a couple of minutes to appreciate the look, I realized that the head had retained itself all along. The nose was very fruity - grapes, musk melon and peaches giving way to some bready and yeasty notes later. The aroma was very sweet and was making the beer beg for being had.

I did eventually - took off from where I left sensing the rasping bouquet !! Sweet melon, lemons and grapes all the way sidelined with a peppery note that created a beautiful unison of flavours. The bittersweet fruitiness eventually dissolved into a trail of warm and soothing alcohol that cascaded down very gently. The flavours or the aftertaste were not very loud at anytime, but ever so balanced and appropriately quantified. The funk, more evident in the nose, took a back seat as more earthy flavours took over while the beer warmed up.

The St Feuillien Tripel is indeed a flavouful beer, at the same time gentle and well balanced. A smooth sipping experience for a relaxing evening.

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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 4000qtrap
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz/ bottle, no expiration date

Smell: Delicious juicy fruitiness that has peach overtones with bright toffee and caramel notes. Not very spicy and yeastiness only emerges as it warms though it also gets quite musty. No cidery flavor.

Taste: Quite sweet with pear and some slightly sour apple flavor. Has a pleasant graininess that distinguishes it from many of the other triple's I've tried. A pinch of bitterness is there, but it seems to be driven by the fairly high level of carbonation. There is also an interesting flavor that reminiscent of ripe fruit syrup but not quite....has a diacetyl edge or something - like ripe fruit butterscotch with overtones of mustiness. As it warms alcohol becomes noticeable but it works in the flavor profile. Finish has notes of peaches and pears, a little caramel and is quite sweet. Doesn't linger.

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with a bubbly white head that sticks around for a long time.Minimal lacing. Constant flow of corbonation bubbles rising through the beer. The nose is that of light toasted grains, belgian candied sugar and fruity yeast, pear and citrus are present.Sweet malts and candied sugar with a slight bitterness on the palate. A sour yeasty aftertaste and a semi dry mouthfeel. Crisp and light bodied. Good tripel that isn't overly sweet. Can enjoy this one anytime.

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Photo of MikeGill
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a beautiful St. Feuillien chalice.

Hazy yellow with no sediment. Massive off white head which stuck around. Stone fruit aromas with corriander and a mild bubble gum smell.

Ripe peach and lemonade flavors with traces of white pepper and yeast. Good effervescence. Sweetness and alcohol are somewhat muted. Finishes clean and dry.

I would love to pair this beer with a gooey, pungent cheese like Affidelice.

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Photo of Rayek
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien Chalice.

A: Hazy apricot, with a huge eggshell head that retains very well. Leaves a substantial lace.

S: Quite sweet. Pale fruits dominate. Green grape, pear and orange are there in equal measure. There's a light alcohol warmth and a slightly spicy pepper tingle at work too.

T: Again, this beer leans to the sweet side of the flavor spectrum. The fruit aromas from the nose transition in nicely. Bitterness is quite mild, and packs a pepper bite. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth. Finishes with a lemon tartness and lingering fruit flavors.

M: The dry body feels light for the ABV. A very soft, yet active carbonation rounds things out.

D: A very easy to drink Tripel. The light body makes it easy to drink this beer a bit too fast. The sweeter flavors are a nice contrast to the spicier members of this style. A very worthy pickup.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a fin du monde glass. Head is nice and fluffy, off-white and big. Lacing is moderate and dissipation happens in an average time.

The smell is astringent and citrus-peel with a hints of cumin and anise.

The taste is slightly sweet and tangy with notes of the citrus and spice. The mouthfeel is smooth but not heavy and slightly dry with not quite enough carbonation for my taste.

It is a very drinkable trip as it is not too sweet, though it lacks the complexity of a really good tripel.

I would say that the $7 I paid for this was well spent, though if it was the same price as Cinq Cents I would but the Chimay.

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

Poured into a goblet. From a stubby 33cl bottle.

A - Pours a bright and vivid golden straw color with a .5 in head that recedes pretty quickly to a thin film. and leaves some lacing on the glass. There is also some copper hints to the hue.

S - Nice pale malt sweetness with a very attractive pear like smell as well. There is also a mild alcoholic nose and a mild hint of hops on the back end. Spices are present as well.

T - Very smooth malt sweetness followed by some nice alcoholic esters. Very attractive and warming. There is a nice grainy hint to the sweetness. There is some nice carbonation but not as prevalent as other Tripels I've had.

M - Very smooth and crisp. Nice medium body with nice complexity.

D - Warming with a high ABV but not overwhelming.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass this hazy wheat yellow belgian created lots of white head so much that I had to stop pouring to allow it to subside. It even began to overflow just after I opened the bottle.

The smell is standard for Belgian wheats, grain and some lemon.

I felt like the main flavours were the alcohol with some light oak. Also grain and a malt taste chimed in as well.

The high carbonation dominated the mouth and tongue with the alcohol comming in a close second.

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St. Feuillien Triple from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.98 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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