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

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BA SCORE
75
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334 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 21.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 08-29-2012)
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Reviews by bashiba:
Photo of bashiba
4.04/5  rDev +24.3%

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.

bashiba, Feb 24, 2013
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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

tbryan5, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of bishopdc0
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

bishopdc0, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

Billolick, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of BDMao88
1.25/5  rDev -61.5%

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!

BDMao88, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
3.25/5  rDev 0%

mjtiernan, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

dogfishandi, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

ehammond1, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

briandaube, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ryser2k, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

WVbeergeek, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of chinchill
2.38/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

chinchill, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

sgttibbs, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3/5  rDev -7.7%

ste5venla, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

Brenden, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ltdantheman, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of rdilauro
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%

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!

rdilauro, Oct 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

jALEson, Jan 10, 2013
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1/5  rDev -69.2%

javlin624, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Griffith, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Sammy, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

whatname, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +24%

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.

tdm168, Oct 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Ciocanelu, Apr 21, 2013
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Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.