BRASSERIE ST. FEUILLIEN
“Since 1873, the Friart family has been brewing various beers, among others, the St-Feuillien. But the history of this beer goes back even further. In the 7th century, an Irish monk by the name of Feuillien came to the Continent to preach the Gospel. Unfortunately, in 655, while travelling through the charcoal forest, across the territory of what is now the town of Le Roeulx, Feuillien was martyred and beheaded. On the site of his martyrdom, Feuillien’s disciples erected a chapel which, in 1125 became the Abbey of Prémontrés, but later became known as the Abbaye St-Feuillien du Roeulx. The Abbey prospered until the upheavals of the French Revolution. During these troubled times, it was condemned by the revolutionaries. For centuries, monks have brewed beer and this tradition has been preserved until this very day. Fourth generation of brewers for the Friart family but still the same passion and know-how.”
BLONDE: 91 Points
This Belgian Strong Pale Ale is available year-round in 330 and 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “This light ale has a deep golden colour with a smooth, frothy head. It is very perfumed with an unmistakable hint of aromatic hops and a fruity (citrus) note from the spices used in production. The body has an intense yet distinctive bitterness and a strong malty taste which is a delight to the palate. The overall effect, however, is a slight dryness and hoppiness.”
My Description: Interestingly enough, this beer is not very complex but does present a nice array of flavors that satisfy. The Belgian Blonde has a good sized, white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and showcases a rich malt presence accompanied by hints of citrus and bread. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors are nicely balanced with a tasty malt backbone upfront accompanied by notes of citrus, earth, and subtle hints of yeast spices. This transitions smoothly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter with a hint of tart fruit. The alcohol is nicely hidden and a sugary sweetness creeps in from time-to-time. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled asparagus, pork tenderloin, or sauteed shrimp.
ABV: 7.5% Color: Hazy Straw/Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
BRUNE: 90 Points
This Belgian Dubbel is available year-round in 330 ml. and 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “This brown ale has a marked ruby brown colour with a generous and lasting head. It has a distinctive aroma reflecting the wide range of ingredients used in its production. The fruitiness resulting from its fermentation blends harmoniously with a dominant liquorice and caramel flavour. The body is decidedly malty. The bitterness is the result of a complex alchemy between the fine hops and special malts used. These give St Feuillien Brune a typical dark chocolate appearance.”
My Description: St. Feuillien presents a respectable Belgian Dubbel that makes for a nice sipper on a cool night. It has a good sized, beige colored head that fades to a film and holds for most of the way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is port-like and complex with tons of dark fruit notes, malt, and hints of spice. Brune is full bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile shares some of the complexities of the aroma. Subdued dark fruit notes float on top of a deep malt backbone. Hints of raisins, licorice, and biscuit appear throughout with a semi-sweet caramel finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden and overall this beer is satisfying. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled lamb chops, cedar plank salmon, or chocolate desserts.
ABV: 8.5% Color: Deep Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10
TRIPLE: 99 Points
This Belgian Tripel is available year-round in 330 and 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s 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.”
My Description: Addicting is the first word that comes to mind when drinking this very smooth, delicious, and easy drinking ale. It pours a good sized, white colored head that thins to a thick film and lasts forever leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and soft with notes of noble hops, citrus, and a touch of spice. Triple is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors are very clean and the alcohol is hidden dangerously well. There is a great blend of sweet and bitter with flavor notes of noble hops, yeast spices, floral and earthy tones, and a touch of fruit. The aftertaste is highly satisfying and lingers back and forth between a sweet touch and a clean bitterness. This beer is amazing and the complexities really take shape as the beer warms, not to mention it is very refreshing. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with spicy tuna sushi, grilled sea bass, or Hawaiian pizza.
ABV: 8.5% Color: Hazy Gold/Hay Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10
GRAND CRU: 93 Points
This Belgian Strong Blonde Ale is generally available year-round in 330 ml. and 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Grand Cru is a speciality beer carefully crafted by Belgium’s St Feuillien Brewery. This extra-blond amber nectar masterpiece undergoes refermentation in the bottle, resulting in a beer endowed with unforgettable character. The secret lies in the unique combination of the most noble hops and the finest aromatic ingredients. Grand Cru differs from other beers in the range by its absence of spices. Its full, white head is light and frothy, and when poured it creates a subtle lace effect. The very pale colour of Grand Cru lends clarity and brilliance to its body. Grand Cru’s delicate nose is a veritable cascade of hoppy aromas with hints of fruitiness coupled with subtlety and sheer richness. When savoured, the first sip is light and intriguing. The next impression is one of a slight bitterness full of captivating nuances. When it hits the palate, Grand Cru creates a lingering moment of hoppiness, rounded off by an intense yet pleasant bitterness.”
My Description: Grand Cru is a great sipper on those warm days because it is also refreshing. The body and texture of the beer are very pleasant. It pours a very large, white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is clean and somewhat sweet; there are notes of yeast spices, coriander, and faint malt additions. Grand Cru is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors in this beer are delicate and blended beautifully. Apparent, yet subtle spice notes linger throughout that taste almost like black pepper. Refreshing citrus notes shine through along with some earthiness and pears. The alcohol is nicely hidden and the hops deliver a minimally bitter finish that balances the rest of the beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, sea bass, or light cheeses.
ABV: 9.5% Color: Pale Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10