Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.95/5 rDev +52.3%
On tap, this beer began by tasting like the St. Feuillien Saison, then it changed to having lemony notes, then it finished with the light chocolate and mouth feel of a porter. I went back to have it 3 or 4 times while the bar near my house had it on tap and I never regreted it. They served it out of a porter glass, which may have enhanced the porter finish...
Had it out of a bottle the other day, after searching for months for somewhere that carried it, and it was bitter. The lemon was over powering, the traditional Belgian saison flavor non-existent, and it had none of the appearance the one on tap had. Looked and tasted like a completely different beer. While I give it a 5 on tap, I'd give it a 1 from the bottle....
12-28-2012 03:37:18 | More by KVota
4.65/5 rDev +43.1%
A-dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head
S-very tart of dark fruits and some cocoa. Strong scent. Sure tingles the nose!!
T-comes in with an awesome taste of smokey cocoa and some dark fruits. I mostly get the cocoa. It has an old log cabin musk to it. It's actually a wonderfully weird and awesome beer.
M-creamy medium carbonation with a nice smooth finish.
O-a Saison? I don't know. I don't know what the heck this is. It's like a cross between a Saison, and Amerixan stout, a dark Belgian ale, and a raunchbier. It's such a well balanced and awesome mix! This is so odd. I want more! I love this.
11-08-2012 01:57:07 | More by AdamBear
Nova Scotia (Canada)
4.48/5 rDev +37.8%
A - Dark brown with creamy tan head that flourishes. Good lacing and residuals.
S - Spicy yeast, slightly wild-yeast vibe, with rosemary, anise, and thyme finishing up the profile. Zesty and forward and quite unique. There's some hoppy citrus, with a toasted, roasted malt backing the whole thing up. Some strong roast qualities (soy sauce, charcoal) coming out at the end.
T - Spicy yeast forward with strong bitter that gives way to coffee and chocolate with some subtle fruity tones. Very complex for the style. Somewhere between a saison and a brown ale. Almost a new style entirely. Tropical fruits underlie the spicy, zesty front. A beer to think about.
M - Creamy, rich, yet bright, with a good carbonation.
O - A very unique beer that's worth a try for anyone looking for something new. Has many qualities to consider. Not a session brew, but certainly a good one to talk about and make friends over.
09-24-2012 00:33:56 | More by doopydoogle
4.43/5 rDev +36.3%
Bottled on 8/7/12. Purchased 3/3/13 from a fine bottle shop. Assumed fresh (first time seeing this brew on the shelves) otherwise I would have checked. Enjoyed 3/5/13.
First impressions came from removing the cap and hearing a nice pfffssst! from the escaping carbon dioxide. Not that I’d expect a 7 month old beer to have gone flat but knowing that it still had this much life in it was encouraging.
I took the pour in stages as the brew had this wonderful tendency to foam, foam, foam, a rich, cocoa-colored creamy topping which lingered for some time and was quite a joy to watch. It definitely fits the description of a black saison, cocoa-tinged foam atop a black ale.
The aroma confronts you with a mix of chocolate roast and smoked cardamom (seriously) followed by an undertone which to me is unmistakably blood orange citrusy. It’s such a curious mix but tantalizing, and the more time I spend with it, the more it opens, the more I enjoy it.
The flavor starts off flatly bitter—the bitterness doesn’t peak, nor does it die off at the finish—with the roast notes and a blood orange zest coming across. There’s a touch of smoke with that smoked cardamom nuance, with enough of a body to support the flavors without becoming overwhelmed or too heavy.
At this point I’ve tried a handful of black saisons and this was one of the better ones. Hoping I see it again—fresh—so I can revisit it sometime.
03-06-2013 08:01:16 | More by elNopalero
4.4/5 rDev +35.4%
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.
01-06-2013 21:51:36 | More by animalchin
4.3/5 rDev +32.3%
A- black with some tannish head... good head retention with lacing
S - Lots of herbal spices, rosemary, thyme, SAGE with some sweet belgian tones
T - Lots of herbal spices with great hops, the dark malts provide a good balance to this herbal spice hop blend(more mild and earthy)
M - medium body with medium carbonation, a good spice aftertaste
O - What a unique beer, really tasty, not for all but really good!
09-23-2012 01:40:41 | More by jtd1969
4.23/5 rDev +30.2%
Pours a dark brown with a huge brown head into my glass. Brown on brown, what else? I personally love collaboration brews.
The aroma consists of a great mash-up of American and European hops (citrus, pine and grass come to mind) with spicy belgian yeast. Label description is spot-on.
Chewy, grassy citrus hop essence mated to spicy yeast. That's all I can really say. I'm used to saisons/farmhouse ales being "bright and airy". This is neither but it's still darn tasty!
Lingering hop/spice at the back of the tongue. Very mellow. The low ABV helps too and the roasted malt adds a new dimension.
A black saison? New style? One-off? Either way, check it out! If you like St.Feuillien and Green Flash, well, there you go!
11-07-2012 15:16:56 | More by Brad007
4.15/5 rDev +27.7%
Appearance: Poured into a tulip is a beer that is quite dark. On top is a dark beige head two fingers thick.
Aroma: Musty, black licorice, lots of spice, band aid, yeasty, light coriander and some faint cinamon.
Taste: Tons of spice in the front and lots of dryness on the palate. Black licorice, yeasty, coriander, light tones of cinamon, band aid.
Notes: A great Saison nice and dry. Cheers.
09-24-2012 01:08:32 | More by horshack7
4.08/5 rDev +25.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Great lacing.
S: A nice aroma of hops, yeast, and some spices.
T: A very interesting flavor for this beer: Lots of hops - way more than I expected considering the style - but also a good amount of yeast, light spices, and a floral quality. Didn't have the funk you expect in a saison. Certainly not your typical saison flavor, but still very tasty.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: An unusual beer, but well worth checking out. Drinkable.
10-18-2012 13:05:49 | More by avalon07
4.05/5 rDev +24.6%
A--Opaque brown/black with beige, bubbly, one-inch head. Good lacing considering large bubbles in head broke down quickly.
S--Subtle, earthy herb like sage or thyme.
T--On the bitter side, which I like, especially in the finish, which I also like. I can't quite figure out what the dominant flavor is, but it's there, and it will pretty much determine whether you like this beer. It is like molasses spiced with something like cloves, but I could be way off. Overall this is not a sweet beer, and the hops manage to shine through everything else.
M--Crisp, strong carbonation, but with touch of syrupiness. Nice.
O--I think it's an excellent fall brew--not too dark, or too cloying like many other fall oktoberfest beers. Nice Cali-Belgium collaboration.
10-06-2012 17:57:26 | More by Cobrito
4.05/5 rDev +24.6%
Enjoyed chilled from a cervoise
A- black w/full thick cream ringlets of lace cling w/ translucent clarity
S-very spicy pine tinged and ginger like tropical earthy nose w/ herbal yeasty blend of scents
M- really spicy w/ highly effervescent and mostly dry feel w/ light bitter and semi tangy yeast feel
T- flavor has slight orange rind w/ mild astringent taste w/ piney hops and roast notes w/ acrid dark roast coffee w/ a tropical yeast which has Belgian earthiness and slight ginger bite w/ mild black tea-like herbal astringency
O- a very tasty dark Saison w/ lots of hops and spice emphasis w/out an abundance of peppery phenolic which is pleasant
01-01-2013 10:46:35 | More by Slatetank
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.
02-24-2013 03:43:26 | More by bashiba
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.
10-20-2012 15:50:36 | More by tdm168
4.03/5 rDev +24%
A- pours a deep black with a velvity two fingers of dark tan head. Great retention with good lacing.
S- beautiful blend of roasted malt, spice and anise. A kiss of leafy floral hop in the middle. Yeast spice on the finish.
T- rustic dark bready malt envelopes the palate at first. The spice kicks in with mint, anise and nutmeg.touch of floral hop with a lingering roast character on the finish.
MF- sharp mouthfeel with a medium body. Expressive carbonation.
D- good drinkability.
Overall a very unique beer.
09-28-2012 02:06:02 | More by Viciousknishs
4/5 rDev +23.1%
Green Flash Friendship Brew has an enormous, soapy, light brown head and a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, with brown highlights in evidence on the edges as light hits the glass. Lots of lacing is left behind. The aroma is of spices (white pepper?) and dark bread crust, with an underlying sweetness. Taste is of white pepper, other odd spices of some sort, black bread, and there is a wall of bitterness at the back end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Green Flash Friendship Brew finishes dry, mellow, peculiar, and easy drinking. Overall, even though it’s a strange beer, it’s still quite nice.
01-15-2013 18:43:29 | More by RonaldTheriot
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.