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Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: notchucknorris on 08-29-2012

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Ratings: 350 | Reviews: 105
Reviews by Brenden:
Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having reviewed this on tap, I realized I have a bottle in the fridge. There's not much difference, but it's noted where there is.

The look is pretty much the same out of the bottle as I saw from the tap. It is, again, as black as a "black saison" could be, and crowned by a thick, fat tan head 1 1/2 to 2 fingers high and sturdy. It drops strong, creamy lacing on the glass as the beer recedes.
Nothing changes in the smell or taste; stillthe strongest smell I get is mint basil. It seems to be a mix of the minty character of the hops and the strong herbal notes. It's also floral and piney. I don't quite get the balance from malts that I get in the flavor which, again, strongly reminds me most of mint basil but lets things play together as more floral (almost perfume-like), toast, pine, and a touch of roasty sweet notes come into play. There's no question the not-quite-funky but herbal and earthy characters of a saison are here, with a bit more in play.
The feel is where this beer deviates just a little. It's still got a medium body,but as the dryness pulls out more, it still has crispness but loses a bit of the smoothness. Carbonation still brings out a little of that creaminess, but it fades off. As it dries out, I get slightly more of a chalkiness in the dry finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

11 ounce pour - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Brought to my dark, dank corner of the bar a very dark brown body with infinitesimally small bubbles arising from the sides of the glass. Smallish, khaki-colored head depositing a fair amount of lace on the way down.

Smell: Florals that crank the scent dial towards heavily herbal atop astringent burnt, blackened malts and licorice root. Smells like Ricola cough drops.

Taste: Roasted maltiness leaning towards touches of burnt black malt. Near nil sweetness. Then, that rather curious St. Feuillien spice mix that again just screams Ricola (though I guess honking Ricola through one of those long-ass alphorns is more appropriate). Charred prune skins. It's warming, heavily spiced, with coarse burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's all well and good to have a collaboration but one best ens--hey, hold up a sec, my cough... it's gone! Thanks, Green Flash/St. Feuillien!

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, "Bottled on 7/31/12"

Pours black, under a HUGE very dark tan head, that stays and stays, it goes all rocky, frothy and leaves off the chart amounts of thick and very sticky and high lacing. Unusually awesome looking brew.

Floral and perfumed nose, with waves of roasted malts in the rear.

More dark malts, some perfumed interest, but the taste is a bit disappointing after appreciating the stunning look and smell of this collaboration. A bit thin in the mouth, and lacking the complexity teased by the sniff.

Unusual and intriguing, well worth a try but ultimately not quite living up to the potential heralded by the initial look and smell of this interesting beer.

Photo of BDMao88
1.3/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A -It's very dark with a VERY thick head that is easily 3-4 fingers.

S - A very flat cola smell with a tiny bit of spice.

T - Horrible, this is the first beer I had to pour out it was that bad! I'm really surprised since this brewery makes amazing beer. It has a strange minty/super flat cola taste...it's a bit strange to describe.

M - has a light feel to it

O - I bought this beer twice to make sure I didn't pour it wrong to get the insane head on it or the horrible taste. I do not like this beer at all!

Photo of dogfishandi
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at fridge temp. Poured into a snifter. Bottled on 7/31/12.

Pours out pretty much opaque black with a huge, billowy tan colored head. Some really nice lacing and amazing, rocky head retention. Looks great! Very stout like.

Interesting aroma. Floral smelling, reminiscent of roses, with a big scent of smarties candy. A bit of spice. Also some tart aromas which make me think a little bit of Brett is at play.

Follows the aroma, very floral, smarties candy, sweet tarts, some overall tartness. A bit of pepper and hop bitterness in the finish. Hints of spice. Some roasted grain as it warms, expected a lot more just based on the color.

Very light feel, carbonation is up there. Just a touch watery. Becomes creamier as it warms.

Not too bad, a little off at first but it grows on you the more you drink it. Very Saigon like.

Photo of ehammond1
2.79/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for pre-release opening this with me, Josh!

Very dark brown in color with a quickly-forming, persistent dark brown head, which eventually leaves messy webs and irregular bubbles and lines of lace down the glass. Very pretty and an unusual style.

Very herbaceous aroma, perhaps sage or rosemary even. There's some black pepper notes along with roast and a mild yeast character as well. A lot going on, though I'm not sure it comes together particularly well.

The flavor suffers a similar fate as the aroma; there's simply too much going on, and none of it working in concert. It's a roasty, yeasty, herb garden of a beer, without much nuance or drinkability.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Perhaps some time will help this one, but I don't have high hopes. Yet again, an interesting idea does not necessarily translate into a tasty beer.

Photo of chinchill
2.42/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle dated July 2012 served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours very dark brown; black in the snifter; capped with a large, dense beige head, with loads of lace left on the glass. The aroma features fairly strong notes of perfume in a floral and spruce mix with traces of spices and yeast. The remarkable aroma is complex and unusual, but is not really inviting ingestion.

The flavor starts sweet, as suggested by the aroma, but soon turns bitter. The flavor has some malty underpinnings of a black ale, but this is overrun by brett/perfume/spruce resin. Hints of bitter cocoa, coffee, ginger and rose petals.

Medium body and carbonation.

O: this intense brew is the most floral and perfumed beer I've ever encountered. I found it quite interesting, but rather hard to rate and challenging to consume. It is not one I'll return to.

Photo of rdilauro
2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok, every once in a while you come across a beer that does not sit well with you. I am not saying that this beer is bad, but it just wasnt for me.

The pour was ok, semi- dark, but thats it. I couldn't pick up any aromas, hops or anything.
The taste was overwhelming. To me, I was hit with so many different spices and flavors that I couldn't enjoy any of them.

The aftertaste left something bitter for me. Almost to the point, I felt the after taste was skunked.

We cant like every beer we taste!

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - blackish brown with a huge brown, foamy, dense head that has great retention

S - anise, roasted malts, sage

T - anise, citrus, sage, bitter finish, some other spices that I can't put my finger on

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This doesn't resemble a traditional saison, but it's unique and tasty. I'm a huge fan of the herbal notes. I wouldn't have expected these flavors to have all worked together so well. This isn't my favorite "saison", but I give it bonus points for uniqueness. It's definitely worth a try especially if you're a fan of herbs in beer.

Photo of prototypic
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Friendship Brew pours a very dark mahogany brown color. It’s nearly opaque. A few burgundy highlights are noted at the outermost edges. A nice tan head covers it. It stands a couple of fingers tall and sticks around for quite a while. It never fully dissipates. Lacing was sticky and moderate as it trailed down the glass. For a Saison – very interesting.

The nose is pretty good. It features a few dark malt notes out of the gate. Cocoa and dark chocolate are most notable. Coffee is noted. That’s surprising and seems a bit out of place. It smells very earthy and grainy. There’s even a strong piney scent. It has a very strong mix of floral notes and spices. I can’t even begin to identify them. Suffice it to say there are many. Alcohol is blended pretty and isn’t all that noticeable.

The flavor’s alright. It’s far from great. Chocolate malts are definitely noted. Cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate flavors are the base. Roasted coffee is also noted. So far, it’s definitely not your typical Saison. Earthy and grainy notes are prevalent throughout. It does have a rather strong piney flavor to it. I’m not crazy about it. There are some strong spicy notes throughout. Ginger is probably the strongest. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Given its strength, that’s not too surprising. Finishes malty, spicy, and piney. Eh. For a Saison, it’s pretty average.

Friendship Brew has a medium body. Carbonation seems pretty light and soft. It’s smooth and goes down relatively easy. If the flavor were a little better, this would be much more drinkable.

This collaboration between Green Flash Brewing Co. and St. Feuillien is alright, but doesn’t quite live up to the expectations I had for it. Its biggest problem is the flavor seems convoluted, too spicy, and far too piney. It’s probably worth a try, but I’d suggest sticking with a single bottle.

Photo of dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite black with a cocoa-colored, bubbly, froth head; lacing is really nice

S: Spicy and fruity: bananas, cloves, apples, pepper, rosemary, anise; also bready and a touch of chocolatey; a strange but strangely appetizing blend of aromas

T: Grassy herbal flavors mingle with spicy fruity flavors: subtle anise, mint, grass, banana, cloves; this is weird but unlike most of the review, I like this

F: Sticky, medium body; good mouth feel

O: Strange. But a really interesting beer nonetheless: roasty, spicy, grassy, herbaly; frankly, though, I like it

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Gomer's in Parkville, MO...

Pours black with 3 plus fingers of mocha colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, pears, some funkyness

T: Green apple peelsa touch of roastyness, black currants& some grapefruit up front. More green appleskins as this warms, some astringent notes, & grapefruit peel, some anise as well. Finishes with a hint of funk, roastyness, a bit of plum & black currants, some dryness & brown bread

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

A pretty interesting take on the style, I liked it, didn't love iit
You can see the westcoast slant of this black saison

Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a globe glass. This rendition of the Friendship Brew pours pretty much jet black and with a fairly steady cap of mocha foam. A bit nontraditional yet I'm still interested to a degree.

Aroma is a blend of subtle Belgian yeast esters, some more prominent spices and a backdrop of chocolate malt notes. Coriander and chocolate are quite forward here and limit the yeast influence once the cap settles.

Flavor is a bit harsh and bitter, with the spice, dark malts and bitter hops combining to render a dry and brief finish. Feel is dry and unexciting, though more from the dark malts than a lack of sweetness per se. Surely lacks the complexities normally associated with the style.

Overall an interesting beer though not standing very tall in the Saison world. Just as a Black IPA fights back the hop aroma normally found, this Black Saison does the same with respect to the yeast. The result is perhaps interesting yet odd, and limits drinkability to a large degree.

Photo of bashiba
4.04/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a huge thick and creamy head, long lasting and tons of lacing.

The smell is loaded with spices I especially get a nice blast of ginger.

The flavor is very nice, with dry cocoa and ginger along with a light smokey roasted malt and a long lasting earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is both oily and dry. It has a thick resiny hop quality to it along with a long dry finish.

This beer is very easy to drink, nice and flavorful, like a well done spiced porter.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, herbal, and potpourri. The flavor was of sweet malt, herbal, earth, medicinal, and toasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While I can say that there were things I liked about this brew, there were also things I did not like as well. I did like the sweet and earthy aspect going on. However, I did not like the herbal and medicinal part at all. Even with the sweetness going on, it did nothing to cover up the dislikes to make it a good brew. I really went into this one expecting good things, but I was slightly letdown. Worth trying if you get the chance to judge for yourself, but I doubt I would personally buy a bottle to drink to the face.

Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at Little Pub in Ridgefield, CT.

Pours very dark brown, good thick lasting head of foam. Lacing abound. Roasted smell, some pine. A touch funky. Taste is all at once an oaty fruity coffee. Fascinating blend. Some bitterness holds. Like a porter with an alter ego. Firm mouthfeel. Really good.

Photo of nimrod979
2.19/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bottled 7/31/12. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Near black with a tan one finger head. Excellent retention and lacing everywhere.

Aroma: Huge peppery spice, medicinal. Juniper. Roasted malt.

Taste: Shew, where to begin? This beer is a mess of flavors and it's not good. overly spiced, peppery, juniper, coriander, orange peel, ginger? It's too medicinal and leaves a bad flavor in the mouth. Phenolic, slight bitterness (in a bad way) Just an overall mess.

Mouthfeel:Medium bodied with a slightly prickly carbonation. The flavors are too overwhelming to to appreciate any good mouthfeel qualities this beer could offer. Kinda like someone sprayed perfume in my mouth.

Overall: Glad I only bought one of these. Terrible.

Photo of animalchin
4.38/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY and was completely enamored. This is from the bottle, purchased at Tasty Beverage Company in Raleigh, North Carolina.

A - Pours a very lively black body, which is assisted by a light tan head.

S - Very sweet, but carries that spiciness of a saison. Picking up some esters as well. Lively pepper, clove, lime, smoke.

T - Take what you know about a saison and a black ale and put it all together. The earthiness and spice of a saison clashes with the malty and bready backbone of a black beer, combining into a beautiful melange.

M - Frothy, creaminess upfront. Moves around nicely.

O - Probably one of my favorite beers of all time thus far, and hopefully available from Green Flash from here on out.

Photo of Tncapehart
2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - opaque, dark brown with good head and retention
S - lots of spice, peppery, a bit medicinal and floral
T - unbalanced. Too much spice with a pretty poor after taste. Different.
M - taste aside it's got an okay mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied with average carbonation
O - dumping it. I can't drink this.

Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Damn opaque black pour, a frothy light tan head on top. Just a minute lacing.

Aroma, an earthy sage like spice is pretty heavy. Some citrus and yeasty notes.

Taste, kind of an odd mix of funk and Italian blend spice. Some citrusy notes. A nice herbal bitter finish. Some toast and dainter cocoa as well. There just isn't a whole lot of malt presence here.

Light bodied. Enough carbonation, could use maybe a tick more. Drink easy enough. Feels like if the malt bill was upped just a bit this could have just a little more. But really a pretty good example of the style, just not as interesting as some of the other black saisons.

Photo of Jathorp
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was given as a gift. (How appropriate.)

Pours dark black. Small head with moderate lacing.

Smells faintly of malt. Didn't get much of a smell, but my nose isn't the best.

Hop flavor up front followed by rich malt. There's an earthy spiciness that I can't quite describe -- maybe a touch of cinnamon, but that's not quite right. The spices are subtle.

Not so thick that I have to chew, but full bodied.

Good beer. Very interesting. I'm enjoying it more and more as I drink.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A midnight black colored body is accompanied by a mountainous 3 finger goldish-tan head that was absolutely rock steady on the hold. Thick, sloppy spongy patchwork adores the glass.

S: Slight muskiness, barnyard, hay is prominent with a dry grain finish.

T: Flavor is musky chocolate, dry grains and hay with that aforementioned barnyard flair. Dry bitter finish comes with some burnt vegetation and a touch of burnt wood, coal, and earthy soil. Dry barnyard funk, burnt herbaceous hop cones and some coffee with a dash of peppery spice.

M: Mouthful was bitter and dry, medium bodied, burnt touch, barnyard funk and soft carbonation.

O: Overall hard to determine what spices were used. the belgian yeast added some barnyard funk to compliment the dark bitter grain base. Good.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows slight roast along with an unmistakable tang and some spice that I can't pick. Interesting.
Same story with the flavours: wierd spices and some roasty malt along with the same tang again.
Carbonation is spot on at least.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony color with a pillowy tan head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of big floral notes with a bit of roasted notes.

Tastes of the floral notes upfront with an earthy undertone. Floral notes leads off with also some spruce or pine notes. Gives a very perfume like feel. Roasted notes come with cocoa and coffee as well as a bit of roasted bitterness. A bit of herbal notes also come through and combine with the floral notes to have a bit of a tea like feel. Not much spice, but a bit of pepper comes through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was not quite what I was expecting, but it is still pretty good.

Photo of MEsquandoles
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into bulbous St Feuillien stemmed glass.

Full carbonation with fine bubbles (bottle conditioned).

Aroma is dominated by spice and menthol.

Tastes kinda like bitters and mint chocolate latte, some chai as well. Definitely some Brett in there too. For spices, I'd guess from ginger, eucalyptus, some kind of pepper, cardamom, anise, allspice, or sage, and in the Belgian tradition I'd bet on grains of paradise, coriander, and/or some kind of fruit peel. It's an interesting and complex spice presence, and certainly a strong one.

Slick mouthfeel with dry finish and lingering herbal bitterness. Fairly astringent and somewhat metallic.

Unique for sure, it really grew on me but I'd recommend sharing the bottle. It reminds me of bitters and beer cocktails, which I thoroughly enjoy, so I think that's why I like more than most.

Should be interesting to age.

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Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.