St. Feuillien Speciale | Brasserie St. Feuillien

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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

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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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9
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: The are light aromas of Belgian yeast candi sugar in the nose along with some hints of coriander spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and flavors od coriander arevespecially prevalent towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The spiciness is a little unusual for the style but the spices sets it apart from other beers. No alcohol is present in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ever-classy and always abbey-quality. the "Speciale" is truly special, ...and strong, ...and complex. And its all things that the strongest, darkest, and richest beers of Belgium should be.

Pouring a turbulent and creamy appearance, the bone-white bubbles slowly separate from the beer's body and layers upon it with a whipped topping consistency. Tawny-brown in color, the ale is hazy with unfiltered character and allows the ale to cast ruby highlights. Its full-length retention and strong lacing power leaves a tightly-knit weave on the glass in the beer's wake.

Nutty sweetness and red wine immediately rise to the nose and carries with it candied fruit, dark fruit and balancing spice. Cherries, dates, apples, figs and raisins are all represented. Light vinous scents of cabernet peak through the malt sweetness and gives the scent a refreshing tartness that nearly whets the mouth.

Bold sweetness of confectioner's sugar and dark fruit are all over the place. All of the dark, dried, pitted fruits on the nose manifests in a savory, sticky taste seemingly of being "candied". Shy of honey, the malt sweetness is the perfect foundation for the fruits, spicy peppercorn and vinous spice. Finishing warm with a tinge of red wine and brandy, the beer flirts with the hot and mediciney side but backs off to reveal cinnamon, nutmeg and light clove. Its taste is much like fruitcake (except, I actually like this beer).

Full bodied, however the early pang of carbonation pushes the weight of the beer off the tongue to give lighter impressions early. But as the carbonation dissipates, the sweetness lingers on the tongue in more savory and sipping fashion. This is where the dryness of wine acidity, alcohol and spice keeps the beer balanced even deep into aftertaste.

Though a touch on the ligher Belgian-Dubbel side in taste, its power and complexity more than carry the taste and textures. Its another brilliant ale by the every-class St. Feuillien brewers.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 6/28/2012. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/candi sugar maltiness; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast/carbonation spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/candi sugar malt; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately prickly, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/candi sugar malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

St.Feullien Speciale

Pours a light amber color, silky foam covers a bright clear brew. Aroma of estery Belgian yeast, fruit, noble hops and a touch of fusel alcohol. In the taste, fruity with suggestions of pear, peach and raisin. Some mineral aspects are met with hop bitterness and a small alcohol kick. Medium bodied, smooth creamy feel with Belgian yeast lingering into the finish. Overall, an approachable Belgian Strong Dark, and worth the purchase price.

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Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is also fairly attractive, though I wish there was a bit more of it. I get some underlying sweet malt and rootbeer, and really not much else. On the palate, this beer is much better. While fairly sweet and malty, there is some interesting brown sugar, light chocolate, cherry and more rootbeer. This beer is actually rather tasty, and I get no sense of hte 9% abv. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, fairly sweet, spice filled finish.

Pretty nice beer... really don't understand some of the more critical scores for this one.

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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 Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
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 warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear mahogany with no head or lacing.

S -- Fruit and spice, with raisin, banana and a little pepper.

T - Quite fruity up front, with raisin, banana and pear. Also a nice amount of spice with pepper, and maybe coriander. A bit tart on the finish. Also a bit earthy on the finish.

M -- Medium mouthfeel, not too heavy, with a nice crispness. Finishes dry and a bit tart.

O -- A nice dark ale, with elements of a tripel. Would have again.

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Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, quite sweet, with notes of caramel and spice. In the taste, sticky sweet caramel, and a cinnamon like spice. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and sticky sweet cinnamon like spice. A bit sweet, but a nice presence of cinnamon spice.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear amber color, some small yeast particles floating about. The head was airy and rather small, settled into a solid ring.

The beer has a spicy aroma, mainly from coriander. Some candied fruit notes; pear and raisin as well as tropical fruit. There seems to be a touch of earthiness from the malt but hard to tell over the sweet aroma.

The beer is fruity, spicy, and sweet. Big candied fruit sweetness. Candied pineapple, apricot, and raisin mix with a substantial coriander spice. Some floral perfumey notes and a subtle hint of grass. A bit one dimensional.

Light to moderate body with very fizzy carbonation, almost burns a bit. Quite sweet on the palate but does have a bit of a drying, grassy finish.

Not a huge fan of the flavor profile. Too sweet and too much coriander presence.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as a gift from Da Boss in early February.

Beer poured a burgundy color with an off white head which is floating on top.

Nose has hints of cinnamon and dark ripe fruits.

Taste has hints of pear, cinnamon, cherry, and corriander.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth but not as smooth as what i am accustomed to with this style.

Overall i like this brew, not really at the top of the style but pretty tasty nonetheless.

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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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3.85 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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