1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

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

Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship BrewGreen Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
75
okay

316 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 316
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 21.78%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 316 | Reviews: 101 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of FLima
FLima

Brazil

3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
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
Photo of ryan1788a5
ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Photo of CookstLiquor
CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a big tan head. The nose is a crazy mix of sour funk, herbal botanicals (anise/licorice) and saison yeast notes. On the palate it's very dry with notes of dry cocoa powder, Jaegermeister, funk and spice. The finish has lots of palate drying tannins and bitterness. Medium bodied. A very unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 23:12:45 | More by CookstLiquor
Photo of homebrew311
homebrew311

Illinois

3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is dark brown, looks just like a stout. Cocoa colored head starts with generous amounts and dissipates to a thin coating. Heavy lacing present. The nose is spice forward with heavy notes of clove, anise, and lemon zest. A bit of funk is present as well. Not getting anything from the dark malts... guessing there is some debittered black malt in the malt bill purely for the purpose of changing the color, can't say that I'm a fan of this technique. Taste is spicy, similar to nose. Clove and lemon are the predominant flavors with some funky yeast in there as well. Flavors don't really come together as the spice profile seems to leave a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is a mediocre saison that I would not recommend going out of the way for.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 06:17:46 | More by homebrew311
Photo of rseigel18
rseigel18

California

1.7/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer was all around awful. has the look of a stout and a little essence of a red ale but this beer was not friendly to the palate. Green flash is innovative and usually doesnt disappoint but a complete whif on this one. i usually like stronger beer such as ipa and dipa but this was so far away from anything that tasted like beer

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 05:55:44 | More by rseigel18
Photo of ThinkRedEsq
ThinkRedEsq

California

1.46/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My first BA review. Sorry to say it was for this. I had high expectations for this when I picked up a bomber. All I can really say is that it was like drinking a menthol cigarette. Disappointing. Good appearance and an enticing description, but I just did not enjoy this at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 04:26:07 | More by ThinkRedEsq
Photo of SebD
SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep amber (almost black) colour to it. It has a thick beige head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Aroma: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, spices, citrus and roasty malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet roasty malts, some yeast, spices and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Overall: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavours and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:33:58 | More by SebD
Photo of Tncapehart
Tncapehart

Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 03:29:00 | More by Tncapehart
Photo of Hopswagger
Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P: Black slightly transparent body with mahogany tint. A massive mountain if rocky brown ice cream float head. Great retention that settles to a creamy crown. 3 rings of lacing cling to the sides.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa nibs, dark fruits, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, clove and faint licorice. Earthy farmhouse yeast and roasted grains. Aroma is similar to the spring time gain laundry detergent.

T/M: Lots of char in the taste with a bouquet of floral hops, dark cocoa, chalky yeast and a bite of cayenne pepper midway through the swish. Sweetness from burnt molasses, brown sugar and dark fruits. Medium-full body boasting zesty carbonation. Finish is semi dry with lingering spice, wild onions and leaves a dirty grainy feel behind.

O: Super complex nose with a great a roasted earthy spiced profile that delivers sugary sweetness to bring balance. The aroma is the main attraction. Im not a huge fan of dark saisons but this one is pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 18:09:33 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sure, they call themselves friends, but do they go bowling together? Anyway, this stuff pours a midnight russet-garnet topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises pumpernickel, light perfume, black pepper, clove, light ginger, brown sugar, cardamom, light candied orange peel, light toast, and a bit of licorice. Man, there's all sorts o' things goin' on here, I almost don't know what to do with it all. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though the toast is stronger and there pervades a strange bitterness and spiciness throughout, one that puts me off more than it intrigues me. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, this is an odd duck, indeed. It's aroma is more than complex and intriguing, but the corresponding flavors just don't meld well together at all, leaving me wondering why they lied to me in the first place. Not the basis of a strong and prosperous friendship, if you ask me...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 07:17:04 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of dbossman
dbossman

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 13:08:23 | More by dbossman
Photo of laituegonflable
laituegonflable

Australia

3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown colour. Head is over-generous but beautiful, sinking slowly to form a marshmallowy lump on the top - lacing left behind is gorgeous, beige and sticky. Looks fantastic.

Smells strongly funky, with a rich, comforting dark roastiness. Strong star anise notes as well, a touch of nutmeg and maybe some fennel. Spice has a slight sour note to it, and could use maybe some more sweetness on the nose. Just a tad overdone on the spice to make it keel off-balance.

Taste is slightly more in balance. Roastiness underlies it all, slight char note with light coffee grounds. Spice is there too - anise, clove and some pepper. Still has that slight sour, raw spice kind of flavour, unbridled, but the roast malt makes a decent complement.

Thinnish feel; no real presence in the mouth. A little bland, but OK for the palate that goes along with it.

If it were stronger it might make a more interesting blend, or if there were more Belgian yeast notes, too. The spice is the dominant figure throughout, and the beer seems a bit uninteresting in what it does with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 10:26:26 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of MalterMatthau
MalterMatthau

Nebraska

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting brew, and in my lifelong quaffing continuum up to this point it stands out, so it james garners a mention here.

Appearance: held up to the early spring sunshine it allows no light to penetrate its obscurity. 3.5 for standing tough like onyx to the rays of the sun.

The smell is less than stellar, perhaps like forgotten licorice discovered stuck at the bottom of a jar. 2.5 for reminding me of a grandfather I never knew.

The taste of this Friendship Brew is its most remarkable aspect, a combination of anise and mint and nutmeg that my palette takes notice of continuously throughout imbibing. Four.

Overall, I'm happy to taste a new taste in beer but I'm not going to aggressively pursue buying another bottle. It should be noted that I finally tried this because of a three dollars price reduction.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 19:30:48 | More by MalterMatthau
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Even though I paid $1.75 for this I still feel cheated. Color is that of a stout with no inescapable light and a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head. For some reason I wanted this to smell like a Black IPA but alas little to no hops in the nose just mint, anise, and a touch of coriander. Taste is only mildly palatable and makes me wonder why they even bottled this monstrosity. Burn rosemary, deep black anise (which isn't terrible but not great) and a mildly fruity yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel isn't that terrible giving me a medium chewy body much bigger than I would expect for such a low ABV Saison.

Overall this beer is pretty much a fail in the sense of friendship. It made me hate green Flash all over again (still can't drink west coast IPA it taste like soap)

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:44:28 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Lawl3ss
Lawl3ss

Texas

1.95/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a 12-oz tulip. Bottled 7.31.12.

Look- Deep ruby brown, started with a glass full of foam, needed four pours to get it into the two tulips. Head is loose, pearlescent off-white, falls quickly. Sparse lacing.

Smell- Funky, lighter than expected. Spicy, minty, floral. No trace of darker malts. Dominated by the yeast.

Taste- Similar to the nose, light citrus, mint, funky, touches of roast and black malt here and there, but pretty vague- more like cola than anything. There are a number of things going on here but they don't add up to anything good- spices come across as medicinal. Finishes ashy and metallic, borderline unpleasant.

Mouthfeel- Prickly, dry-ish, medium heft. Coating, lingering listerine feel. 5.7%? I would have guessed at least 8% with how harsh it is.

Overall- It's got a feel that I generally associate with an infected homebrew- slick, overcarbonated, harsh, metallic finish. Vaguely reminiscent of a few of Jester King's wild yeast-spiked offerings, but theirs are actually good, whereas this one was pretty difficult to choke down. Feels sort of half-done, like they were shooting for something and fell short. I wouldn't buy it again and would probably pass if it was offered for free. A pity, as I generally like Green Flash.

I'm going to knock another half-point off of my overall score because the brewers chose to A) bottle the stuff and B) charge so much for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 01:11:54 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of beagle75
beagle75

Iowa

3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with dense and lofty mocha-tinted foam that collapses to one finger of stable head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fragrant mint and sage are potent, immediately evoking memories of Stone's Saison du Buff. Fine threads of moist earth and body odor represent the combined, tangled influences of Belgian yeast and roasted barley.

T: Begins dry, with smooth roast, cooling mint, and buttermilk that is unctuous and tangy. Early flavors are all delivered simultaneously, much to the confusion of the taster's palate. Herbaceous aromatics and dark dairy qualities provide a bridge into the finish where resurgent roast leaves the palate very dry. Brisk mint aromatics linger after other flavors have faded.

M: Medium viscosity, aggressively cooling on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Unique but a little too experimental for its own good, this beer threatens to cross the line between interesting and unappealing flavor combinations. Aromatic herbs are unfettered, providing surprising tactile attributes and bright contrast to the reliably dark but otherwise muddled qualities of yeast and malt. Not highly desirable in the final tally, but worth experiencing once.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 01:18:10 | More by beagle75
Photo of spinrsx
spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $3.50

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, anise, lemons, smokey/burnt notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some smokey/burnt notes, anise, and a bit of a graininess and some sour citric flavours. It ends with a tart yet smokey aftertaste.

Overall - Can't say I've ever had a beer quite like this one. It's like a kitchen sink type of beer - everything has been thrown in. I can see how some would say this is a mess, but I can appreciate the uniqueness. Not something I'd rush out to get more of, but well worth a try to see how far the limits of beer can be stretched.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 23:51:30 | More by spinrsx
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap acquired for $8.99 at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz. 5.7% ABV according to my bottle. Label is blue and clearly identifies it as a collaboration with St Feuillien. Reviewed live. Expections are low given the current ratings and the brewery in combination with the style (is Green Flash capable of executing a black saison? I highly doubt it.) Brewed and bottled by Green Flash.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Shocked at the seeming overcarbonation as I poured. Pours a seven finger head of surprisingly appealing tan colour, great smooth cream, fantastic thickness, and excellent (~10+ minute) retention. The head just sits there; it's not receding at all. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque. Fair lacing as the head slowly slowly recedes. Quite foamy. It certainly looks overcarbonated. In any case, I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Peppermint/spearmint, biscuity yeast, and generic malts. Mint is dominant. Some blood-orange. Pumpkin gourd. Medicinal aspirin. Light timid leather. Maybe light brett yeast. Earthy notes. Fennel/anise/light licorice. Light soapy hops. Those are the only notes me broken nose can detect; all apologies, lads. A moderate strength aroma, and dareisay a unique one. I'm excited to try it.

T: Okay. Hm. Dominant mint, light fennel/anise/licorice. Light pumpkin gourd. Crappy cola notes. A bit medicinal, but in the best way possible - if that makes any sense. No bretts or yeast come through. No leather either. Lightly soapy hops. I expected this to be awful given current ratings; that isn't the case. Though it's not good. It's certainly not balanced well; this is a real mess. Buried roasted barley. Dark malts. Earthy character - which isn't doing it any favors. Lacks subtlety and balance. Underwhelmingly executed, but I don't know that it's bad. Certainly unfocused, but I like the ambition and experimentation. There are many beers that fail because they simply don't try; this one really goes for it - and fails spectacularly. I think there's respectability in that. I wouldn't say that I like it, per se, but it's not the crapfest current ratings (76) suggest.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Okay thickness. Light creamy quality. Carbonation is a bit overdone, but it works here. Palate presence is okay. It suits the flavour profile okay. Doesn't lack body.

Dr: Drinkable. Not stellar, not awful, but drinkable. People are being a bit harsh on it, methinks. It's not a great Black Saison - or even a good one. But it's not awful, either. I always applaud experimentation. This is one effort that seems to suffer from its nature as a collaboration beer; I can't help but think that it'd have turned out far better if St Feuillien had brewed it alone. In any case, I won't be buying it again - especially at its high price point. As a saison fan, I don't think much of this offering - but I appreciate what they were going for. The elements here just really don't mesh. Also, why is the ABV so low?

High D+

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 06:19:25 | More by kojevergas
Photo of elNopalero
elNopalero

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 08:01:16 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Pencible
Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with fluffy tan head.
S: It smelled like allspice and clove, with some pumpkin bread and grassy hops and horse blanket.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and allspice and pumpkin bread, with some clove and copper and horse blanket. It had a clean and funky and earthy aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with lots of carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice spicy beer, perfect for the holidays. The scent and taste were complex and enjoyable, and the body was fitting. The finish was smooth too, so it was easy to drink. Nice unique brew (surprisingly better than the black saison collaboration with Stone, Evil Twin, and Stillwater).

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 21:21:58 | More by Pencible
Photo of bashiba
bashiba

Iowa

4.04/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 03:43:26 | More by bashiba
Photo of arfenhouse
arfenhouse

California

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a large khaki head. Good retention and decent lacing.

S: Pepper, caramel, and some roasted malt. Brown sugar and some dark chocolate. Some spice and herbal and spice smell that's difficult for me to describe. A bit of mint, maybe some clove. Fun to smell.

T: Nice dose of bitter roasted malt upfront. Herbal and spice profile come in a bit bitter. Clove, pepper, a bit of allspice, and others that I can't really discern. Finishes with a bit of roasted coffee and roasted malt bitterness.

M: Smooth, silky, and medium-full body. Carbonation is medium. A bit wet.

O: This was my first saison and it left me a bit confused. Nothing off-putting about the flavors or smell but was a weird/interesting experience overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 23:31:42 | More by arfenhouse
Photo of lacqueredmouse
lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. A black saison, brewed with (unspecified) spices, as a collaboration between Green Flash in California and St. Feuillien in Belgium.

Pours, indeed, rather black: certainly darker than many Black Saisons I've had. Firm and deep body, that sloshes rather fluidly. Head is a toasty pale brown colour, pocked with large bubbles. Lacing forms in long ribbons as the head goes down. Looks pretty good.

Nose is spicy and slightly tangy, with aniseed and fennel coming through. Some mild peppery characters, and a hint of cola or candy sweetness. Liquorice is the main event though, and it's pleasant: it wafts in an out amongst the mild acidity and the roast to make a pleasant concert.

Taste is also heavy on the aniseed, but here it's much less dominant. Instead, there are big biting, bitter characters which seem to take over: quite pronounced hop bitterness, mixed with roasted astringency turning ashy towards the back. The saison character perhaps is only felt as a soapy lemony character, very reminiscent of detergent, on the mid palate, although the spices give a continuing peppery buoyancy through to the end.

Overall, it's not bad, but it feels a bit out of balance. There's a lot going on, in ways that aren't always in harmony. It creates something of a cacophonous whole that doesn't work as well as it might have.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 06:13:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of beerthulhu
beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 01:58:25 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of CrazyDavros
CrazyDavros

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:41:51 | More by CrazyDavros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.