St. Feuillien Speciale | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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95 Ratings
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St. Feuillien SpecialeSt. Feuillien Speciale
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%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
9
For Trade:
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of hophugger
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2012. Murkey brown in color with light head and ample carbonation. Aromas of cherries, raisins dark figs, yeast and a bit of overripe citrus. Taste is full of figs, dates, currants, raisins and the like. Mouthfeel sparkly and finish is light and bready

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a really solid dark belgian string, 2012 edition on tap at falling rock right now. its aged real well too, almost no oxidation and such wonderful smoothness for a beer this strong. amazing really how well this has held up. a burnt red to brown in color, not super dark or thick, with a creamy and lasting shaving cream textured head on it, just off white with great retention. the aroma and flavor here are quite complex but also super well integrated, meshed a lot of elements together well, staring with special dark malts that have both a caramelized quality but also a bright fruitiness with dried cherry and apple, raisin and fig, dense for both senses. the yeast is the next most forward aspect, but its not spicy like some, maybe mellowed over time here, but to me its a soft fruity strain thats both an efficient worker but also a little understated. classically belgian with the esters to it, but more balanced than many in its assertiveness, or relative lack thereof. some sweetness lingers, a flavor of fruit cake hangs around with it, brown sugar and a little alcohol, smooth in the mouthfeel though, really neat there. overall it would be good to try this one fresh for comparison, but its a really impressive beer thats perfect around holiday time with a little age on it. more nuanced and refined and mellow than a lot of these, great stuff, i wish their beer came around a little more regularly here...

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sengelha
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SortieBrew
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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).

4.25 4 4.25 4 4.25

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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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of little_star
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of lmaduells
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bikeboy1
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper body that is see thru with one finger foamy head that's tan colored and leaves no lace patches. Aroma is typical Belgian yeast, a little nutty, touches of dark fruits like figs and hints of sugary malts. Smooth, light bodied, I get more of a dark fruit taste like the figs and raisins or plums are coming out, the yeast helps the smoothness and gives it a little "fluff", some minor sugary sweetness and just a touch of citric hops on backend for a crisp finish (could also be some spices like pepper). Balance is good and it is a quality sipper. In summation, there is absolutely nothing spectacular about this beer and they followed the standard how-to manual to the T, one might say. That being said, they did a great job at making this ale to the T and it is worth trying.

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Photo of seedyone
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/25/13 On tap. Part of a flight. Big flavors herein. Full bodied and spiced to the max, but I can't place the spice. Could it be the sweet disguises the spice? Normally that's a complimentary condition.

Bottom line is this seems to be the max on the Ste. Feuillien line. My tastes settled with the triple, but every one is worth a try...because you're not me. Right?

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Photo of diverite
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Chirpie
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of KJ2013
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of devilfluff
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rcjennings
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.85 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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