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 meatmallet
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a huge foamy white head. Lots of sediment can be seen swirling around the middle of the glass be fore it settles to the bottom.

Smell: Earthy and a bit musty and not overly sweet. Yeast, banana, and a light citrus mostly. I also get a bit of grass. Nothing extraordinary.

Taste: Has a light malty sweetness and some yeast with the musty earthen flavors at first. Then it gets a bit sour with a light taste of hops and pepper.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium bodied with very high carbonation. Very smooth beer.

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Photo of redmagik99
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

filtered blonde, large head recedes fairly quickly. Smell is wonderful, as subtle as it is -slight clove and banana as in a hefeweiss, but more complex esters that impart peachy or apricot flavors characteristic of the style. Taste is much more bold, bursting with the fruitiness of the yiest, sweet yet balanced, peppery spiciness accentuated by the supple carbonation that coats my mouth. Definite honey flavors. This beer reminds me of a many-times upgraded version of leffe blonde - similar apricoty, honey-like sweetness, but toned down in the feuillien, and more refined and well-integrated into the layers of complexity. Medium bodied, alcohol is very faint if noticable at all, and no harsh flavors for sure. I believe this sample was fresh, and while I haven't had it aged, it's hard to see how this beer can improve. This is one of my favorite styles, and I think I just found a new go-to.

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

St. Feuillien Triple

A- Pours a yellow-orange fluid with massive white head that very slowly falls around the rim leaving heavy foamy lacing on side of glass.
Obvious Carbonation thoughout beer.

S- Smell is of white wine, sweet sugar alcohol esters, and white bread.

T-M- Quite smooth flavor with a yeasty start. Flavors consist of heavily bland yeast and wheat and alcohol esters. Thick bready feel on the tongue with mild sting for the alcohol bite.

D- Not the best but worth tring. This beer has the mainstream taste and feel of a triple but lacks the flavors to make it a real winner.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened this 750 ml bottle with very high expectations, and poured it into a glass.

Poured a fairly light, straw yellow with a head that formed very nicely but didnt hang around for nearly as long as I had hoped it would and left literally no lacing. I gave it a 3 because it is average by my standards, but was very disappointed as I was expecting this to be a very high quality ale.

The smell gave me hints of some interesting fruits, but nothing to really balance it out. It almost smelled like wine, with definite hints of pears and some grapes. Fairly bland as far as belgian beers go.

The taste pretty much followed suit with the smell, although I could notice some nice maltiness which added a bit to the overall flavor and made the taste definitely a step up from the smell. It was very hard for me to notice any hops at all.

Honestly, if you put this into a bud light bottle im sure I would have said it was incredible. I had just heard a number of great things about this beer, and found it to be fairly standrad as far as Belgian beers go.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice (though modest by some standards) head that doesn't do all that much in the lacing department

Smell: Sweet and yeasty, with pear, pepper, bubblegum and grassy hops

Taste: Sweet and fruity, up front, with pear and bubblegum flavors and a growing pepper and hop aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the pear fruit flavor returns, delivering some sweet elements to offset the peppery bitterness; the finish in lengthy and balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: As tripels go, this one does a nice job restraining the sweetness and alcohol impact that I often find objectionable in the style; very nice

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Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very clear from a 330ml bottle. A bit fizzy initially, lots of champagne like bubbles. Head settles quickly to a thin film. Clarity is surprising.

Simple malts on the nose couple with Belgian yeast notes. Very little character offered here. Nothing negative in the smell, just not a lot to offer.

Taste is sweet and simple. Flatness of the nose carries into the flavor. This bottle may have been past its prime but I didn't make note of a date on the bottle. Reminds me a bit if Duvel though not as rich, tastes very much like a lager due in part to the low carbonation, in part due to ??. Decent feel though a bit thin overall and with a light fizzy finish just vaguely reminiscent of a Triple. Good drinkability but little character, too mild.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

exp 23/03/10

Nose is fairly subdued, maybe a bit peppery but its hardly noticeable. Neither nose or flavor is boozy in the least. This is a softer Tripel. Flavor is smooth and mellowed but some sour pineapple notes pull through when sucked through the teeth. Finishes extremely clean.

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Photo of blakesell
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 750ml caged and corked bottle into a standard pint glass (I really need to wash my Belgian glasses)

Beer pours lightly hazed and golden with yeast sediment swimming about just looking for anything else to ferment. Head is solid with large soft bubbles that gradually fade in the glass. Lacing is healthy on the sides but not overboard. This is very impressive on appearance if nothing else.

Smell- Well, it's impressive on something else. Light citrus and white pepper, light 2 row Belgian pilsner malts, the yeast is very impressive, light and fluffy but light fruits linger in there as well. I hate using the term complex because it doesn't really describe anything, but it's the best I can come up with at this point in time.

Taste- Creamy and spicy at the same time, fruity and soft on the tongue. The white pepper flavor comes right through, none of that over sweet candi taste that frequently comes through in Tripels. Super light hop presence that provides an excellent balance. Honestly, this may be the most solid Tripel I have ever tasted, and I'm very pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel- Lightly sticky, but not overly, highly carbonated, very smooth, creamy, and medium light bodied.

Drinkability- For a tripel I have a feeling you will have a hard time finding anything smoother. Not warming for the gravity. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured hazy orange color with a large frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium fruity balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a very small alcohol bite.

This is a refreshing standout beer.

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Photo of katan
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mil bottle, undated.

A- Very fizzy - lots of carbonation. Incredible amount of head formation which is well retained. Pearly white. Lots of bubbling inside the beer. Off/light golden in color. Hazy.

S- Yeasty and spicy - bready. Not much here for sweetness. Some of the carbonation kicks off burning CO2 matched with very light phenolic notes.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness. Mid-stream develops a hair of that yeast note, little bittering. Sourness forms quickly. Finishes with a nice sweetness that is quickly tempered by a sort of wheat astringency. Aftertaste is a big time phenolic hit.

M - Huge amount of carbonation bite. Probably indicative of the style, but way overdone in my opinion. Not much after taste or filming on the tongue.

D - Higher abv combined with the huge filling nature of the carbonation profile puts this on the lower end of the drinkability profile.

For what some think is probably a very monolithic style, I sure run into new variations all the time.

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Photo of JoBoTo
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went on deployment and stopped off in Spain, where I found a pleasant little Beer Shop, and managed to pick up a 75cl bottle of this for I think it was 4 euro... didn't think was too bad a price, and definitely was a pain in the ass getting it home. I bought a bunch of others at the time, but for some reason this one seemed to be constantly begging me to drink it... Here goes...

Duvel Chalet, 75cl bottle, refrigerated at 37 degrees F, warmed to approx 45-50 degrees F,

L- Comes out a surprisingly beautiful orange gold. Slightly opaque, but still enough that you can see the bubbles rising off the Duvel "D". 2-3 fingers of head, probably from my over zealous pouring, but what can you do?? The head remains after typing this paragraph, and is a nice pearlescent white.

S- Malt, with sweet under tones...really having to search this beer for anything beyond this. Slight citrus. Mild citrus, like a ripe tangerine, instead of the robust lemon. If you didn't know this was a tripel, the smell definitely betrays it.

M- medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Tongue tingle is medium low. This definitely foams up in the mouth if you play with it too much. No alcohol bite, whatsoever. Continues down smoothly, while warming the belly.

T- Barley, initial though, however it seems like a very green barley. You definitely get some earthy plant flavor. Not a huge amount, but enough to notice. The citrus seems lightly detectable, with no real finish. Just a hint of alcohol, then it leaves this slight tingle in the back of your throat as you digest the beer (mentally) and type up your review. Yeast seems somewhat there, but is overlaid with the earthy barley.

D- Well, hmmm, not sure where to go with this one. I was anticipating a really good tripel. Something to knock Tripel Karmeleit off from its high pedestal in my review book, but left me somewhat let down. it's a good beer, but doesn't wow you. If you're a fan of Tripels, then this is somewhat on the lower end of them. Not for lack of beer, just lack of depth, and overall finish.

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Photo of becktone
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes 12-17-08

Done back to back with Tripel Karmeliet

Eye: This one pours beautifully into a Duvel Tulip. The head it forms is a large pillowy creature with some staying power. Its not going anywhere soon. This one is hazy straw gold and as mentioned it is not clear. Lacing is thick. All in all this one looks very nice.

Nose: Spicy notes and some fruity tones are the main aromas in this brew. Also getting some warmth from the alcohol. Fruity aromas are citrusy, I also am getting some spices, like this beer has been spiced or something very similar. Getting some apple type of fruitiness too, as well as a general earthiness to the aroma. I guess I was expecting more from this one, I would like the aroma to be more robust and more complex.

Tongue: Much more complex than the aroma, and that's a big plus. Big malt flavor right up front. Spicy alcohol notes are evident and help to balance out the big sweet maltiness of the brew. The finish is kinda weak on this one, not really as spicy as I would like for it to be. It feels and tastes unfinished towards the end. The finish is dry and leaves the tongue with the taste of a grassy hop but that quickly diminishes to just a dry character....just tastes unfinished. This is a good beer, but it just doesn't do it for me when it comes to tripels. I think that overall it just needs to be richer and fuller. Its good, but not all that great, not one dimensional but two dimensional when it should and could be three.

Feel and Drinkability: As afore mentioned it has a dry finish, which works for the stlye, but I feel it doesn't work too well with this particular beer. I think that with the finish being dry, the hops should be spicier, and the general feel of the beer should be crisper instead of the fat unsophisticated fat blob that it lays on the palate. Carbonation is real low, as a matter of fact I can't really even feel in on the tongue, not even when looking for it. This is one that I'll gladly drink the rest of but I won't be seeking it out and probably won't be buying it again. Glad to have tried it but there's no reason for me to go back to it, nothing is all that great about it.

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Photo of xxHelderxx
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Tons of flulffy head resulted, which stuck around for a long while. Considerable lacing here as well.

The beer's color is a dark golden shade with plenty of haze and a good amount of carbonation.

The smell is very lemon zesty with some spicy alcohol notes. Other fruits could be identified, perhaps pear.

Up front on the taste is lemon and some sour yeasty tastes which melt away to a warming alcohol feel. Aftertaste is a little bit sour which balances out some of the sweetness of this beer.

The mouthfeel is light with the same sourness in the aftertaste. Great tasting brew. Refreshing. Would recommend this to anyone for sure.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extensive head with lasting power. Decent fluffy lace left on the glass after each sip. The color is light amber with a light green hue. Cloudy

Crisp and clear aroma, slightly sweet, almost flowery. A little peppery spice in the background.

High level of effervescence on the initial sip. The body is moderate. The flavor truly shows up in the swallow and aftertaste. The pepper comes through with lighter malt in the background. The post swallow is mildly sour with a spicy lingering.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow/banana body with 1/4 inch, loose, white head. Great head retention! Head seems to sparkle throughout sesh. Light lacing as well.

Smell: Banana, clove, spice, sour yeast, and citrus zest.

Taste: Light and mellow. Clove, spice, banana, citrus, and touch of alcohol. Nice. Would be better if it were a bit stronger, but still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation for the style, which I kind of like. Still a pretty active brew, with light-medium body, and good warmth. A bit creamy and a bit spicy.

Drinkability: Once again, light and mellow. A little boring, but enjoyable and easy.

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Photo of HalenRush
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep golden color with a tightly beaded head that remained throughout drinking it.

S- Apple and pear, lemon on the finish.

T- Lemon and clove.

M - Good, but not huge, alcohol cuts the mouthfeel a bit.

D - Also good, but average alcohol bite for a tripel, so that cuts it a bit.

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

Appearance: The beer is a clear yellow gold with a very thick and fluffy head of white foam that stands for a long time as it should. There is a steady cascade of bubbles rising to maintain the head. There is considerable laving left on the glass after the pour.

Aroma: Some lemon and tartness are the predominant things you notice along with a defined sweetness. There is a dry, wheat-malt impression that I get that hints at its attenuation.

Taste: The flavor is well balanced with the lemon being a big part of the flavor too. There is a hint of honey in here, and the alcohol comes out as a clean spiciness. The mouthfeel is light with the alcohol and ample carbonation making it seem thinner and even easier to drink. It has some evident warming in the finish and it lingers for a little while.

Opinion: This is a nice beer with a clean citrusy profile that makes it pleasant to drink. There is some spiciness to it that comes from the alcohol that is a bit strong for the overall presentation, but it certainly isn't objectionable. This isn't my favorite Tripel, but it is certainly worthy of a try.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe, it formed a massive 3-4 finger white head that receded down to 1 but could have held up better. Plenty of carbonation visible through the ever-so-slightly hazy, medium-gold hued brew. Lacing left on glass when swirled.

S - Spicy phenolics blend with cloves and a dash of orange zest and vanilla. Alcohol is present though not harsh, hot, or solventy. Low floral hop character. Moderate ester presence.

T - Very soft on the palette, the orange zest and vanilla come through first followed swiftly by some spiciness. A nominal amount of pilsner malt can be detected though hops are hard to spot. Slightly earthy. Missing out on some bitterness.

M - Light on the tongue, effervescent. Highly carbonated. Medium-light, bordering on light in body.

D - While certainly a beer to be sipped, it's relatively light body, dry finish, and complexity in flavor lend this beer a high level of drinkability. I'm glad I've only got one since this could get me into some trouble.

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

Beautiful hazy orange with a bright, dense white head that leaves behind great lace.

Typical Belgian aromas of fruit (pear, apple), spice (white pepper, clove) and touch of malty sweetness (honey).

Palate is some fruit with malty sweetness up front that turns spicy middle way through and ends up surpisingly clean. Good balance of flavors. Nothing really jumps out and hits you over the head.

Very effervesent medium body that would be a great contrast to creamy cheese.

Very easy to drink for a bigger ABV beer. Finishes very clean as well. Easy quaffer to say the least. Nice stuff.

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

Fairly heady, and settles slowly.

The smell is a little deep and sour.

The taste is a good blend of light hops, fairly deep citrus, and with a hint of banana. After a few sips I felt the banana maybe started to get a bit too strong.

The thickness is a little low, but still rich and smooth.

Overall a good beer that I am sure I will find myself drinking again.

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Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 16/01/09 so this one must of been sitting around awhile. I poured it more gently than was warranted so a minimal head formed and settling to a thin cap. Minimal lacing as well. Pleasant aroma of fruity esters, sweet malt, and candied sugar. The yeast plays a prominent role in the flavor. Combine this with the sweet and fruit elements and you have a tasty Tripel. Alcohol is well hiddened with only a slight warming affect on the finish. Nice texture to the body with ample carbonation. A good Belgian and definately worth a try. I would definately buy this again.

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Photo of hoser
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the rare occasions I have found this triple actually brewed at St Feuillien and this is drier than the one brewed du Bouq or the one brewed at Affligem. My wife made an amazing roast chicken dinner and this was sacrificed from the cellar. Dry hopped dryness a slightly boozy finish and I came to the computer so my wive would quit helping drink this beer

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Photo of beveritt
3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a squat little 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label depicts a riverside monastery and a man carrying some crops in a basket. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 3 1/2 finger dense, white head. This settles very slowly and very little, still maintaining about 2 fingers several minutes after the pour. Very nice lacing. The beer itself is a golden honey with a massive amount of activity; a torrent rises from the nucleation site.

Smell: Candy-like sweetness with strong aroma of bubblegum esters.

Taste: Nice big-bubble prickle of carbonation as it touches the tongue. Semi sweet, sugary malt. All in all, tastes watered down; like half of a good triple and the rest water. This gets a little better as it warms, but it still is not overly flavorful. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Not bad, but all in all, this seemed lacking a little in the punch department.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2006.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head.
Smell : spicy aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : spicy, full bodied, impressive long in the mouth, with good bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian triple.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/30/2008 (bottle dated L21092009):

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange-yellow color body, some white head, but it's small and diminishing. Somewhat floral sweet aroma, some sweet spices, but not too much. Also some malts are present, and a lot more alcohol in the nose at it warms up. Soft palate, a light floral taste. Weakish flavor too. Acidic in the taste. Some hotness. Not an overpowering palate, good taste, but not too extreme. Somewhat watery. Kinda bland the more it warms up.

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