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Brewed by Brasserie St-Feuillien / Friart
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Le Roeulx, Belgium

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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2006
A very fruity Belgian abbey dubbel. Wouldn’t rate this in the top flight but it’s fine drinking. In the glass, this was a rich, ruddy firebrick. The head was briefly deep and luxuriant but retreated swiftly to a thin scum. Pulled from the fridge 20 minutes before opening, it probably needed to stand longer to warm. The aroma was muted and took time to draw out. There was some appealing berry juiciness there with faint chocolate, raisins and a hint of mint. Reminded me a little of Ramsbottom Strong Ale out of England. In the mouth, juicy berries are prominent - blackberries, brambles - with nutmeg, brown sugar and dried apricots. Quite fizzy but just within acceptable range. Medium bodied. It’s sweet but balanced by a long, slightly bitter coffee ground finish. It’s not very bitter but quite phlegmy in the wash-up. (33cl bottle, IBS Perth, bb 18/1/07)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7421) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2006
33oml bottle. Nice chesnut brown colour with small head plenty of flavours going on in there but not easily discernible. Nice roated maltiness towards the end and slightly dry in the finish, pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Pours like prune juice, with minimal carbonation or head. Aroma of nutmeg and raisin. flavor is a little muted, with a pleasant fruitiness, even banana. the soft spot in this beer is how thin it sits on the tongue. To me, a good dubbel coats the tongue and has a lasting sweetness - not here.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2006
Medium size light tan head on a deep ruby and brown body. Head retention was quite good though it left very little lacing. The aroma was the highlight of this beer, to me, mainly malt characters with liquorice, alcohol, brown sugar and figs. Taste got better as the beer warmed, not as thick or complex as I would like but still quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2006
The beer is quite well carbonated and pours with a frothy, ample, three-finger thick tan head that forms a rocky surface after it falls back down. The beer is a deep amber color that is quite dark, when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby color. The aroma is quite fruity with a sharp spicy almost woody note. There is some sort of note that reminds me of nuts, raisins, and a hint of apricots.

The taste is quite creamy up front, and a bit full on the palate. It is a bit sweet as well, which accentuates fruit notes like raisins, figs and a hint of apricots. The finish has a certain nuttiness to it that seems to be derived from a bit of roasted malt. There is a bit of a mouth drying astringent note in the finish as well. As the beer warms up it lessens the sweetness a bit and accentuates some of the roast notes that picks up a hint of coffee to it.

All in all this is a pretty tasty beer, I could wish for a bit more complexity, but it certainly is right about where I was expecting it to be. This is a nice beer, and I am quite happy to be working my way through a 750ml bottle this evening.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
schuimkroaat (417) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2005
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ Dec 2005; brewed at du Bocq. Very murky, almost like a puddle of muddy water. Chestnut brown with a strong dark red shine. Light brown head that doesn’t hold well but gives some lace. Aroma: very gentle; malty with some estery notes: nuts, cocoa powder, pears. Sweetish taste with a bitter background; nuts and pears and a strong, sharp bitterness in the aftertaste. Teasing, effervescent palate, good body, dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Pours hazy brown with small tan head. Aroma of malty brown sugar, some nuts and toffee, some port, caramel, and dark fruit. Tastes malty, brown sugary and figgy, with a semi-dry finish. There is a definite molasses note, and some funky notes as it warms.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Had during a beer tasting party. Poured light brown and had a hint of peach in the aroma. Taste didn’t live up to interesting smell but still decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2005
750 Ml bottle lot # 135376. Poured a light brown with a medium light brown frothy head. Molasses/caramel, bread a touch of orange and some alcohol came through in the aroma. Medium bodied, I picked up a caramel/toffee sweetness, some molasses that European yeast some spices and a light hop that was a bit light and left too much sweetness on the palet. Overall this was a very satisfying brew, a bit sweet especially for this hop head.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (4821) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2005
Strong liquorice aroma. Red-brown colour with beige head. Taste is sweet and fruity throughout. Well carbonated, light to medium body. Good, but not the most complex brew around.


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