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


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RATINGS: 684   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1417) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
5 Mar 06 - Spicy sweet chery/choc malt aroma. Brown-red colour, Ok head and suds lacing. Spicy malt hop and berry flavour with some pleasant metallic undertones. Medium mouthfeel and malty metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2595) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
All of the promise of a grand Dubbel only to fall flat halfway through the bottle, this one started off in grandeur and had I been served a small sample it may have topped the rest. Poured into a wide lipped chalice at just below room temperature. Clear, ruddy bronze body donned with a very well conditioned tannish head of cream ’that kept on keeping on’ and left a lovely pattern of fine lace. Deep, zingy and slightly vinous, cherry, raisins and old chocolate nose with a hint of pepper, doughy yeast and sherbet. Sweet and fruity up the front of the mouth with all warming, drying and vinous fruits towards the tonsils. Initially dominated by flavours of cherries, raisins and dark, roasted malts it falls plague to morphing into a mix of charred berries and musty hops which linger long after the swallow. Rather light and prickly on the tongue, it was tasty up until this acrid, bitter fruit flavour took over. I have to try this one again as I hope it was my sample. It wasn’t overly unpleasant so I hope an aged bottle fares up a little better. (75cL, 18/01/07, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lunkie (1550) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
Sweet malt hop aroma. Murky brown colour with excellent head and lacing. Sweet malt flavour with hops. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
On Tap at the Borough Arms, Crewe 17/04/2005 Amber coloured with hoppy and slightly spicy ginger aromas. Very dry malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Sample BI Indy gathering 2/25/06 - Aroma is sweet cherry, malt, and yeast. Pours deep brown, medium head, and good lacing. Flavor matches with a bit of licorice and carmel. Palate is sticky. Tasty is a weird sort of way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1434) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8270) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (652) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3066) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3838) - 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.

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