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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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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
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2013 Hypnotized…Visions of figs and torrefaction…In the back, burning wood, grapes and dark chocolate…Surprisingly high levels of dryness... Ooh…that was nice…A 4-year-old bottle (drunk in 2004) reveals a sweeter perfume of almond cream and a heavier malt profile...As satisfying, though fatter...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2616) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2002
Dark reddish brown in color, opaque (yeast poured). Attractive effervescence, but this beer has a very slight head. Aroma is very intriguing, decidedly fruity and dark, with some date, nut, chocolate and a slight alcoholic presence. Flavor is semi-sweet and has a decent amount of complexity, with some carob and licorice. This beer also has an unusual amount of bitterness from some interesting and spicy hops for the finish, giving it an interesting mouthfeel as well. Some slight herbal flavors and chocolate make up most of the aftertaste. Overall, this beer is not as sweet as one might expect, and I think it’s better off for it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Kinder, gentler, a caressing Belgian with its spicey flavours (cinnamon, fennel) downed down into an easy massage of the senses. Tends toward sweet and salt both when you get into its good round body. Quite a treat.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2002
Dark auburn color, very little head. The aroma is stellar - almost stout-like, reminded me of strike out stout - Malty, soft chocolate and fruity. The body was very spritzy, some faint sweet malty, light chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel was terrible - this beer was very dry, kind of like a bad merlot, drys out the tongue. Anyway, great aroma, but aroma does not carry into the body. dissapointment, not sure what the fuss is about.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2002
Foam exploded out of the bottle, and the glass foamed over when I first poured, filling the air with a strong chocolate aroma. Flavor dominated by chocolate and nuts, and maybe some raisins, like a good candy bar, but with just a touch of espresso to round it out. After all that commotion when I opened the bottle, the beer itself is rather low in carbonation. Excellent, much like a Tootsie Roll in a bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2002
Chocolate coloured, filled with particles. Very malty (too malty), chocolate, raisin, caramel taste. Creamy, almost slimey mouth feel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5637) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 7, 2002
Deep red color but weak head, caramel and bisquit in aroma and taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8068) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2002
A bitter-sweet symphony of a beer! This may be ’brune by numbers’ but it is still impressive, anyway.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2002
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 Rerate: A bit of smoke in some of these beers; the Bretty nose and slight fruity hop and yeast charateristics shine at 60 deg. A world beater, IMO. Has fresh nut meat components. Original: 2/20/2002: Perhaps my favorite brew yet. The aromas of malt, wood, chocolate and some fruitiness (not as much as I anticipated) were outstanding. As others have mentioned, it is very effervescent, almost too much, and thinner than expected. I haven't liked that in some dubbels, but it works here although the palate rating drops a hair. The finish is very long, dry, fruity but also quite bitter, at the same time, and all in a good way. Middle is fruity as it warms, but not overly so. No sign of pepperiness in the finish or middle, but some noticeable alcohol burn at the end...just enough, really. A very refreshing beverage.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (5118) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2002
The combination of double features as caramel and malts, and some fruity elements, is extraordinary. Im not a fan of those fruity elements, but this St Feuillien Brune makes it hell of a worthwhile!


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