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

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75
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325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 21.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

03-06-2013 18:12:47 | More by SkinniePost
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elNopalero

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +36.3%
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
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dbone_has_biers

California

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-05-2013 05:04:58 | More by dbone_has_biers
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +23.1%
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
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -69.2%

03-02-2013 19:51:07 | More by wertschy
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

02-28-2013 01:39:14 | More by sixerofelixir
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JSkone09

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-24-2013 19:57:31 | More by JSkone09
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bashiba

Iowa

4.04/5  rDev +24.3%
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
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clevbrown2

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

02-19-2013 19:19:28 | More by clevbrown2
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev 0%

02-18-2013 22:38:44 | More by Gambrinus1184
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jgknittel

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

02-15-2013 03:31:51 | More by jgknittel
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arfenhouse

California

3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
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
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
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
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.7%

02-13-2013 01:27:44 | More by randylangford
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bca115

California

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-12-2013 04:01:41 | More by bca115
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jvillefan

California

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-11-2013 03:09:19 | More by jvillefan
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dangermusic

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

02-09-2013 21:30:50 | More by dangermusic
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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camelgar

Arizona

3/5  rDev -7.7%

02-07-2013 22:05:17 | More by camelgar
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Sudsy_Malone

Ohio

2/5  rDev -38.5%

02-05-2013 21:13:49 | More by Sudsy_Malone
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ninaturner

Florida

4/5  rDev +23.1%

02-04-2013 23:14:59 | More by ninaturner
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Proclarush

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-03-2013 17:51:00 | More by Proclarush
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Brotton

Florida

2/5  rDev -38.5%

02-02-2013 21:14:01 | More by Brotton
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dgilks

Australia

3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Inky balck with a big, rocky, tan head. Great head retention.

Interesting combination of aromas. Roast, earth, pine, juniper, coriander.

Roast dryness and lots of earthy spice. Lightly sweet malt. I don't like the way some of the herbs play in here as it doesn't seem to work.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay beer but the flavours don't seem well integrated to me with the herbal notes just not working.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 08:16:44 | More by dgilks
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.