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

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RATINGS: 648   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20664) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2005
Brown colour with a huge beige head. Sweet aroma of yeast, spices and muscavado sugar. Flavour of muscavado sugar, yeast and spices. Not much bitterness. Nice dubbel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 (Bottled, "Jean de Nivelles Brune") Deep, dark red color with a large, lasting and tight, beige head. Very perfumed, strong herbs aroma with licorice and rye-pudding. Sweetish toffee-malty flavor with lots of herbs and anise. Liqueourish, medium-bodied palate with lively carbonation. A very enjoyable dubbel with Gouden Carolus character. Not very full-bodied, but very herby and toasty. Yum!
Earlier Rating: 12/25/2004 Total Score: 4
(Bottled, 0.75l) Very dark, ruby red color with a large, tanned head. Malty, milk chocolate aroma with citric fruitiness. Quite acidic, slightly sour, citric-malty flavor with rye-pudding and licorice hints, plus a quite high bitterness. Medium to full-bodied palate with balanced carbonation. A malty, sour/dryish, well-balanced and quite complex dubbel. Very nice and enjoyable!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2005
Brown in colour, ruby when held to light. Lasting tan head. Mildly fruity aroma, with some caramel there too. Typical balanced dark belgian flavour (fruity, with some toffee notes). Medium bodied. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7890) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2005
When is a St. Feuillien not a St. Feuillien? When it comes in a bottle, sized less than 1.5l (=Magnum). Mine is ’only’ 75cl., so it isn’t a St. Feuillien. Then what is it? A beer, commissioned by the St. Feuillien brewery, but brewed at Du Bocq. Unbelievable? Incroyable n’est pas Wallon. <P>Dark brown with ruby highlights; thick yellow head, very stable, and - lo-and-behold - tasting of iron. Cheaters. Grapes and (rare for a Belgian dark abbey type), American-typed hops. Some dark malts, perfumey. Liquorice, tuns of the stuff, drop and, by gawd, even SALT drop. Gradually, bitter, burnt malts fill in. Saltiness is part a tad ironoxide, which made me check the head. The first choc of the liquorice is terrible, the scorched malts not much better, but then an uneasy, but all the same succeeded balance settles. After some time hop and parsley flavours appear. Quite filling, chewy, gritty feeling as charcoal. They’re irreductible cheaters. But then, the commercial description is more truthfull than any. And worse; I even like this beer. Sort of.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Sweet nose. Caramel, toffee, Twizzlers, vinuous qualities, plum. Roasted malts and fruity hops. Dark brown-reddish clear, with foamy lacing tan head. Medium heavy watery body with medium-high carbonation. Some carbonic burn. Alcohol warming. Starts sweet, with roasted malts and caramel, toffee, and Twizzlers. Alcohol, chocolate, and light coffee bitterness. Finish is mild bitter with sweet notes. Fruity hoppy character in the finish, with sweet toffee notes sticking through the after. Nice dubbel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark orange-brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, toasted bread), lightly yeasty (mold, cobwebs), with notes of coriander and bubble gum. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. A little watery and not very interesting, but good. Spiced with coriander, seemingly.
Earlier Rating: 3/1/2002 Total Score: 3.6
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark orange-brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of coriander, toffee, orange peel. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. I like the aroma and appearance, but it's a bit thin, watery, and sour for my tastes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5090) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2006 330 ml bottle. Chestnut colour, large head. Vinous aroma, claret, caramel, spices. Malty flavour where the sweetness is well balanced with decent hops. Elements of caramel, liquorice, dark chocolates and some spices. Nice warming mouthfeel. Definitely a beer I’ll buy again when I can find it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2004
Great looker here. Deep copper colour and fine creamy head. The nose is delightfully caramel and subdued malt. Flavour is very well balanced. My trip to Europe is surely improving the avarage scores of my beers overall.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Deep amber. Nose quite malty, some candy sugars, some raisin. Malty and sugary, some chocolate. Finishes with an overly strong alcohol burn, and somewhat sharply harsh as well.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 3, 2004
Wonderful dark bitter Abbey beer, very like paulaner Dunkel. Dark and full bodied witha huge head. Great malty flavours and a nce yeasty end to it. A great all round dark beer.


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