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

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

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318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 102
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)
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this super fresh when it first came out at Beer Revolution in Oakland on tap. I sorta liked it, but overall my impression is that this is too heavy on the hops and too light on the herbal and fresh Saison notes. You end up getting something more like a slightly watered down white IPA rather than a Saison. Oh well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2014 02:46:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.54/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Did not know it was a black Saison. Pours very dark with a light white head. Light struggles to get through.

S-Oh no. Burnt rosemary? Anise. Spicy and herbal. Cooking spices. Yeasty and toasty.

T-A burnt arrangement of cooking spices. Menthol. Not even close to appetizing.

M-Dreaded each sip.

O/D-Bad.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 01:05:21 | More by VelvetExtract
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –Served a black colored brew with a small tan head. The head faded quite fast, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt mixed with spices of coriander and clove. Some pepper aromas as well as some funky aroma are mixed in as well giving it a odd roasted and funked saison kind of smell.

Taste – The flavor begins with a strong dose of roasted malt mixed with a small amount of a citrus taste. Spices of pepper and clove are rather heavy up front. While the spices dwindle toward the end they remain ever present in the taste. A herbal and grassy flavor comes to the tongue at the middle to the end. These flavors take the taste to its end where a roasted and lightly bittered grass/herb flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the medium side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was average as well. Both were a good compromise for the roasted body of the beer and the more funky and spicy flavors.

Overall – A fairly interesting beer in my opinion. While the flavors don’t meld perfectly at all times they make for an interesting combination and style. While it isn’t one I would go to on any real occasion, it is a good one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 00:14:37 | More by Darkmagus82
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KVota

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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....

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 03:37:18 | More by KVota
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Tombomb

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Started out looking like a winner. Nice color and an interesting aroma. The nose was almost medicinal? Then the taste...had a hard time even getting it down. The face I made had the whole group laughing. So much so that they had to "see how bad it was" we all had the same reaction. I think it may have been infected or something. It had a distinct band-aid taste that was very unpleasent. One guy at the bar who was sipping his Sam Adams Winter lager had to ask what was so funny and decided to see how bad it was. We protested that the bartender should warn people before pouring that it was not for everyone. Very disapointed since I usually enjoy the offerings from Green Flash and normally like a saison...

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 22:41:30 | More by Tombomb
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 15:55:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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searsclone

Arizona

2.35/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap as 1/3 of a flight. Looks like a small pint glass, maybe 4 oz

Solid thick black with a super sticky beige head.

Smell is like a horse barn, alfalfa and hay and earth

Taste is more of the horse barn. Maybe some mint or spice with a bitter coffee finish.

Mouth feel is balanced with carbonation and smoothness.

Overall, I'm glad that I didn't have a full glass of this. The small glass was plenty, if not too much.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 02:45:53 | More by searsclone
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Greenflash
Friendship Brew
Style: Dark Saison

LOOK: Dark brown in color with a mocha cream head and active carbonation rising to the surface. Leaves plenty of lace, looking like a well hopped brew.

SMELL: Herbs, roasted malts, hops, musty basement and band aid.

TASTE: Very earthy and spicy with a roasted malt base. Notes of peppercorns, sage, anise, lemongrass and grapefruit rind are strong in the taste. Has a small earthy tartness and a good dose of hops. Fairly bitter, which works well with the other strong flavors.

FEEL: Medium bodied, very smooth and only slightly dry for the style.

OVERALL: An interesting take on the Saison style. Earthy, herbal, and pretty nice all in all.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 17:19:31 | More by Stinkypuss
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mactrail

California

3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark spiced ale that I would call a Belgian Dark rather than a Saison, but I suppose it's all in the yeast. Really interesting spicy flavor with a lot of the meaty, savory umami taste. Seems like there are three kinds of bitterness-- hops, herbs, and Belgian yeast. Barnyard funk in the nose, hay and hoppy resins on the tongue. The herbs are hard to place. Perhaps anise, hibuscus, licorice root, cigar wrappers, sage, and coriander.

Dark brown and near opaque in the pint glass . Modest foam and appropriate carbonation. Ends with a bite of bitter bark. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. 5.7% seems to be the accepted abv. I had a couple of different St. Feuillien brews in Belgium last week, and it was one of my favorite breweries. Green Flash ought to just borrow a couple of their recipes for the classics and brew them here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 04:29:37 | More by mactrail
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a moderately-sized tan head. Head fades fairly quickly. Some lace.

Smell contains spices, along with roasted malt and ginger. Fairly weak smell.

Lots of spice in the taste. Cardamom sticks out for me, also white pepper and ginger. A malty base, somewhat roasted, with some Belgian yeast.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Irritating.

Overall, meh. Pretty average.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 20:46:56 | More by jrenihan
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barczar

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
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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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 11:28:39 | More by KTCamm
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notchucknorris

California

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash

A: Pours black with a gorgeous fluffy khaki colored head. Really great retention.

S: A gpod amount of spiciniess in here. Cracked black pepper, cayenne, some roasted malt and some faint dark fruit.

T: A lot lighter than I expected. Roasted malt, some peppery hops and a lot of black pepper on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 22:53:43 | More by notchucknorris
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.