Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

St. Feuillien Triple | Brasserie St. Feuillien

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
St. Feuillien TripleSt. Feuillien Triple
BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
618 Ratings
St. Feuillien TripleSt. Feuillien Triple
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium
st-feuillien.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,099
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
618
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
97
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 618 |  Reviews: 292
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!

 527 characters

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.

 969 characters

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.

 342 characters

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.

 394 characters

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.

 1,419 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

 824 characters

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

 863 characters

Photo of brewbasterd
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

 485 characters

Photo of MikeGill
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

 433 characters

Photo of Rayek
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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.

 865 characters

Photo of meeekyh
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

 651 characters

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

 768 characters

Photo of ImusBeer
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

 478 characters

Photo of meatmallet
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

 560 characters

Photo of redmagik99
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

 899 characters

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

 593 characters

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

 1,055 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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

 700 characters

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

 753 characters

Photo of allboutbierge
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 285 characters

Photo of blakesell
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

 1,355 characters

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 366 characters

Photo of katan
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

 1,004 characters

Photo of JoBoTo
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

 2,058 characters

Photo of becktone
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

 2,168 characters

St. Feuillien Triple from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 618 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.