St. Feuillien Triple | Brasserie St. Feuillien

St. Feuillien TripleSt. Feuillien Triple
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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 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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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +4.3%
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 +6.6%
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 +6.1%
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 -12.1%
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 -8.8%
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 +6.1%
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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St. Feuillien Triple from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 79.1% out of 100 with 613 ratings
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