Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by barczar:
3.18/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours an opaque black color with a solid half inch mocha head that lingers.
Sweet tarts, hay, and barnyard funk lead the aroma, with floral and perfumey/medicinal notes adding complexity. There's a subtle sweet roast malt character underneath.
Flavor is very phenolic, with medicinal and rubbery notes overtaking the flavor, carrying into a bitter, very dry finish. Tastes like robitussin with enough barnyard flavor to almost make it drinkable...almost. There's a little sourness, a bit fruity, if you can get past the phenols. Spicy notes surface as it warms, with chamomile, cardamom, and clove providing respite. The roast, burnt character of the malt comes out more, as well, and the medicinal tones subside somewhat.
Body is on the light side, with high carbonation and a bit of roast astringency.
Overall, as with the rayon vert, the medicinal and plastic phenols detract from the experience. The spice phenols are not strong enough to dominate. I'm apparently sensitive to 'bad' phenols, though, so some people may enjoy this more than I. It improves as it warms...so much so that I'd recommend ordering one and leaving it sit 20 minutes or so.
Serving type: on-tap
10-05-2012 21:21:09 | More by barczar
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3.95/5 rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Dark brown color with an incredible caramel head with great retention and leaving lots of laces. So this is a Dark Saison.
Refreshing funky aroma with a pleasant lemon tartness, Belgian yeast, spices and just a hint of cocoa powder.
Very original flavor, notes of coffee, a good deal of earthy and herbal hops, tons of spices (ginger, pepper, cloves, cardamon, so many that is hard to really say it for sure), anise, mint, pumpkin, licorice, green apple, finishing with a lemony tartness and dark chocolate.
Medium body with good carbonation, a bit effervescent.
Love or hate beer. Surprising taste, I was expecting the same usual average Saison taste; it actually reminded me of Jägermeister liquor with its medicinal flavor with Mexican mole! I found it much more interesting than most beers of its style, but it is definitely not for everyone, which may be the reason why this brew is underrated.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 23:11:19 | More by FLima
3.34/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12oz bottle poured into a tulip.
A: Black pour with a towering, rocky white head. Retention is good. A network of spidery lacing clings stubbornly to the glass.
S: Funky and sour. Big whiff of black licorice. Clove, black pepper, and vague yeasty spice. Subtle hints of soot. Mandarin orange, tropical ester.
T: Lots of soot and charcoal all over the palate at the start. Big hit of black licorice follows shortly and stays throughout. Rose petal. Maybe ginger? Light funk and slightly sour/tart. Burnt crust. Clove and pepper. Pineapple and mandarin orange esters peek out toward the back end. Rustic yeasty funk again. Finishes with soot and burnt crust.
M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.
O: There's a lot of black licorice in this one, and that tends to be very polarizing (have we learned nothing from Stone Belgo Anise IRS?). And it's just a really odd mashup of flavors otherwise. This was a ballsy move, but it looks like the market has spoken. This has been a serious shelf dud.
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2013 16:10:16 | More by ryan1788a5
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.