St. Feuillien Speciale | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mrfrancis on 12-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
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6
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, faintly yellow pillowy film for a head.

Smells of apple and cherry over oak wood malts with a bit of almond.

Almond and cherry sweetness over biscuit malts with a dry woody undertone. Some citrus tartness and hints of vanilla.

Full body with fluffy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An excellent Belgian ale with a fairly unique flavor. Underrated in my opinion and worth seeking out.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of JasW
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an astonishingly top notch BSDA. Pours a marvelous tan three finger head, and yields a subtle, fresh baked bread smell. Just so very subtly sweet, chewy, with dark fruit notes highlighted by cardamom and coriander. Mouthfeel is absolutely spectacular -- a microbubbly, cheek-puffing effervescence right up there with the very best of the style. A treat, a delight, and a must-try if you appreciate a fine BSDA.

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Photo of JohnTurano
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 08-08-13, drank September 2016.

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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. From this year’s bottling.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright clear Mahogany color with lots of reddish pale highlights from the room lighting. The 1” foamy tan head soon recedes leaving nothing on the sides of the glass. By midway through the first glass there is only the smallest ring of bubbles and a small thin irregularly shaped island of foam on the liquid. Sipping leaves only a few speckles of lacing that soon slide down the side of the glass to the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is clean, fresh, and filled with green orchard fruits which given its color is a bit of surprise as I was expecting something more in the way of dark orchard fruits. There are also hints of cherries here which show more as the beer warms.

Taste: The flavor is a subtle mix that is partly predicted by the nose in that the green orchard fruits are complimented by some refreshing light semi-sweet cherry and a hint of chocolate and a touch of caramel. Neither the hops nor the alcohol are showing here except in their effects (e.g., the warmth from the alcohol shows fairly soon.)

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with some faint, lightly prickly carbonation. The medium length finish is fruity and soft, fading gently away into a touch of dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a very nice beer where one sip follows another with the kind of ease that makes a beer with ABV this high one to take especial care with. My overall impression is that this is indeed a special beer and I’m glad I decided to give it a try. There are two words to be used in summarizing my impressions of this beer, they are “subtle” and “complex.”

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Photo of Chirpie
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BeerDocT
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, dark brown. Semi-opaque with some residual matter floating about. Nice head (1/2") shrank down to a pleasant froth on top. Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.25: Wow, really unique and appealing nose on this brew. Deep and dark smells of raisins, soy, toasted grains and over-ripe fruits. On top of all this, there is a distinct bouquet of wood aging, specifically oak tannins.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet, but this sweetness fades into a dryness that cleanses the palate. Middle is deep and filled with slightly sweet tastes of treacly malt with hints of Belgian yeast, oaky tannins and a pleasant rosiny hint. Finish is smooth, full and contains an appealing blend of tannins, barley malt and hint of spicy yeast and noble hop. Aftertaste is refreshing in its shortness and dryness with more slight hints of malt and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Smooth, champagne-type conditioning adds greatly to the enjoyment of this brew.

Overall 4.25: Excellent dubble, or "strong Belgian dark." This beer is light, smooth, well-balanced and betrays nothing of its large 9% ABV. It is a fantastic session beer and would go well with any type of food. However, it is my opinion that you would be a fool for wasting this fantastic and complex dubble on anything other than a relaxing evening sitting down in front of a roaring fire and appreciating its many, many levels of taste and aroma. Highly recommended.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From the bottle, this beer pours a dark amber with a huge, rocky white head. In the glass, this ale displays a slightly hazy appearance, with little streams of bubbles being readily apparent.

S: Aromas of toffee, caramel, plums, and spices are present on the nose. This smells much more interesting than the typical Belgian speciale.

T: Notes of toffee, caramel, ripe plums, cream, honey roasted nuts, peppery hops, cinnamon, allspice, cocoa, and slightly pungent yeast swirl across the palate. The finish is robust and flavorful with a lingering fade of cocoa, cream, toffee, nut, and plum flavors.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat dry. Carbonation is rather gentle and restrained. Despite the high alcohol content, this beer is quite drinkable, though the alcohol does eventually sneak up on you.

O: I'm very impressed by this beer, and I'm definitely glad I got to try it. The complexity of the flavor profile is amazing, yet it is so easy to drink. In this respect, it reminds me of Bosteels' Pauwel Kwak, though it is not nearly as sweet. I'm not certain whether this is a fall release or a limited release, as I was unable to get a clear answer from anyone, but I believe it is brewed in the summer for an annual fall release in very small quantities. If you can find it, be sure to give it a try.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from the magnum bottle into a small brandy snifter. A moderate pour into this small glass will produce about an inch of creamy white head. (An early, gentle pour resulted in a frothy overflow). The beer is fairly hazy and of a medium dark yellowish-brown color, and quite effervescent. Under a strong light, it exhibits a deep red hue.

The aroma is fruity, minerally, and slightly floral, and hints strongly at the rich sweetness of the malt. The flavor is sweet and rich, with notes of dark fruit, especially plums, and port wine-like phenols. Balancing these dark fruit flavors is a mild tartness/brightness evoking lemon. In between are wafting hints suggesting sweet tobacco and a bit of oak. The alcohol content is well-masked, although a bit of warming is noticeable.

I 'm thoroughly savoring this delicious brew two days after Christmas as I enjoy the suspense of Week 17 in the NFL. I bought this magnum bottle at Worden's Market in Missoula, Montana on the day of the Grizzlies playoff victory over the Jackrabbits (Saturday after Thanksgiving). I believe I paid around a dozen dollars for the bottle. As far as I know, this brewery's beer is not available in my town (Butte).

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4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GilGarp
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Produced on 28-06-2012.

Served chilled into a goblet. This Belgian ale is a winter seasonal that is produced to celebrate with Christmas. I may be a few months late but, seeing as it's a snowy day in May, I figured it might be my last weather appropriate day until next fall.

Deep redish brown color with good clarity for the style. It has thick long-lasting head and some nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and rich with some spice and a pleasant Belgian yeast.

Flavor is also leaning towards the sweet but has good balance. There is some warming winter spices and dark fruits like plum and raisin.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. The alcohol is subtle but shows in theory finish.

Overall a very enjoyable beer on a mid-Spring day with Winter-like weather.

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3.85 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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