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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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 PhillyFA
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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 kayrex
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Reddish brown color.
S: Couldn't get any smells from this, which given it's high alcohol content is pretty good.
T: Drinks like a super light red wine. Very subtle carbonation, grape flavors as well. Some hops but the fruityness seemed to come through for me.
M: Sits a little bitter but not overly abrasive. Can feel the alcohol as well but again, nothing terrible.

Overall this had some good unique characteristics but there were enough little flaws that added up to this being a quite average beer.

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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 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 Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of fpreh1957
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P -AOH

22 oz.

A- a clear burgundy/amber color with a 5 finger head that is foamy. lacing is splotchy and sticky.

S- The nose is very complex like it states on the bottle. I get plum/raisin, a cide like quality as well, bubble gum and a vinegar malt smell. Quite complicate and not sure if it works yet.

F- a sour metallic dark fruit taste. I get the plum and some peppery spice as a round off. Banana actually comes through in the flavor that i couldnt detect in the nose.

M- a thick bodied carbonated beverage. The complexities still dont have me sure, i will have to drink the full beer and think about it.

D- For the Heavy ABV it goes down fairly easy. This is a nice brew and i would drink with a seafood meal.

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Photo of shangwang
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Craft Ale House, served in a Duvel tulip

Served with almost no head, just swirly bits of white bubbles on the surface of a mahogany-amber body. Very pellucid complexion for a darker beer. Lots of different esters in the smell - I detected banana, anise, raisins, and honey. The result was a fruity sweetness with spicy undertones. The taste had a very boozy quality about it that dominated the flavors - licorice, pepper, pear, and banana with cinnamon spice. Very complex, but so much so that it felt a little out of balance for my liking. Mouthfeel was a medium weight, with a bit of carbonation and a dry finish which left the taste feeling very pronounced. It certainly became more pleasant as it warmed.

There wasn't much subtlety to this beer, and it was a bit much for me. Lots of strong tastes, and I would say they worked together well, but every sip tasted so concentrated and heavy. Glad I tried it, but I probably would not order this one again.

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Photo of impending
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

C+

750ml into a goblet. Pours as a cola with a tan head that retains nicely on the surface, ok lacing. Back lite it is a gorgeous deep clear garnet, a rich gem.

Aroma exudes vinous qualities. Plums about to rot, grape bubble gum with overripe banana esters, all other fruits are dark.

Flavor begins with a sweet figgy intro with a caramel highlight. Nearly zero mid flavor, it goes abruptly into the long lasting finish. Strong phenolic heavy aftertaste with a touch of zinc, not a strength as this is a dominant flavor. Zero bitter, little dry. The alcohol while not overt is a flavor component. Medium to full bodied creamy mouthfeel.

improves tremendously with warmth and inebriation
cheers
jd

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Photo of RedSpecial1
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Comes out with very minimal white head and is a burnt caramel color.

S: Pretty one note with a candy sweetness.

T: Tastes like a cross between gelatin and strawberry cough syrup. Very sweet.

M: A touch thin but with a silkiness as well.

O: Not very well balanced, far too sweet.

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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 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 drtth
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 woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into its proper branded goblet.

A: Crystal clear, striking crimson-amber body with a solid stream of bubbles rising to the 1/2” cap of fine tan foam. Ok retention, light lace. Amazing clarity and color, but otherwise pedestrian.

S: Sweet and fruity, with raisin, pear, apple, and cherry all coming through brightly. A bit of phenolic spice shows up upon a deep inhalation. Light chalkiness. Thoroughly pleasant.

T: Spicy and malty up front, with sweet fruits building through the middle and a clean, mineral- and alcohol-laden finish. Raisin and pear are the most distinct of the fruit flavors, and there’s a definite toffee edge to the malt. Hops aren’t really noticeable, but the spiciness and booze take care of keeping the finish from being cloying. Quite nice.

M: Lively, smooth, creamy medium body. Excellent.

O: This doesn’t really fit into any style category, as it combines the fruitiness of a Quad with the spiciness of a Tripel. Whatever you call it, it’s tasty and worth trying.

Cheers!

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Photo of chakadrum
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle around 50°F.

Ruby-red when held up to a light source. Started with a pillowy head but quickly dissipated. The top of the pour shows light patches of foam but no long-clinging lacing on the sides.

I smell fruitcake. Very distinct. If you like fruitcake the smell could be quite pleasant. I would think there is a bit of coriander in the beer.

Lots of spice in this one. Again, the coriander is quite present. Not particularly sweet. This kind of reminders me of a darker, dryer witbier.

Tough to separate the taste and the mouthfeel on this one as the spices really stand out. I think a little extra carbonation would have been nice.

Overall, I'm not blown away by this. With that said, the $17 I paid for it was definitely too much.

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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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St. Feuillien Speciale from Brasserie St. Feuillien
3.85 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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