Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.08/5 rDev -5.2%
I contemplated the merits of Friendship with a tulip.
Appearance- The pour results in two-inches of foam colored like milk chocolate. It recedes so slowly and leaves behind a wall of sticky lace. The body is not quite black, but oh so close. The beer looks formidable so far.
Smell- Is this what mint extract mixed with black pepper would smell like? Oh, and some roasted malt hiding under that interesting bouquet. I do not necessarily think these are two scents that should be mixed. And I definitely do not detect your run of the mill saison flavors either.
Taste- There is more acidity than I would have expected from what the nose offered. It is not a nice surprise either. That weird herbal smell transfers a little to the palate, but there is less mint and more haymow. I also get some peppercorn and roastiness in the finish. I just don't get this amalgamation of flavors.
Mouth feel- Friendship is silky smooth and a solid medium body.
Overall- Maybe someone out there will like this minty, peppery, roasty concoction. I just am not that someone.
11-24-2012 00:52:25 | More by Pintofbrown
3.83/5 rDev +17.8%
Beer #2 for Thanksgiving! Friendship Brew. Poured this one into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.
Achieved a mega-sized latte-colored head with craggy lacing and variable bubble sizes. Mind you, this beer is surely black. Has a thinner, softer black look to it. Looks marvelous in this glass.
Lovely spiced aroma of cardamom, wintergreen, licorice, and clove with a lively farmhouse yeast nose center. Smells very sweet, however. Very much the nose of an herbal elixir. Someone nailed it in a past review when they said Ricola cough drop. Actually picking up a bit of eucalyptus, also.
So nutso for a beer! A saison, sure enough, with tangy Belgian yeast strains and tart pomme fruits. Very herbal with loads of spices added. Notably, wintergreen, clove, star anise, spearmint, mace, and black pepper. Eucalyptus isn't a stretch, either. Medicinal tasting with some West Coast hopping at work in the background. A little spruce and a little citrus peeking through the blackening. Mentholated and sweet. Finishes decent, with lemon and grapefruit notes revealing themselves. Keep in mind, this isn't hoppy. It's just overloaded with busy flavors. But, after all, it almost works. Nothing particularly clashes. You just have to be into all of those medicinal flavors that can be so imposing here. Honestly, this is pretty well-done. I must say it's pretty tasty.
Very smooth in the mouth. Lighter-bodied, but the carbonation isn't accelerating much neither. The low alcohol level doesn't rear into the taste, it just kind of paces with you, unless you drink it too quickly (as I'm doing)... probably, because I'm enjoying it.
Looks great, smells interesting, then you taste it... a full-blown spiced black saison. Far from being short on flavor. This beer is a dream for a geek who loves experimental winter seasonals. A must try, in that regard. However, as a farmhouse ale, there are so many better and purer examples. I'm sure both Green Flash and St. Feuillien were happy with this product, and as it turns out, I am too.
11-22-2012 22:17:15 | More by thecheapies
3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, herbal, and potpourri. The flavor was of sweet malt, herbal, earth, medicinal, and toasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While I can say that there were things I liked about this brew, there were also things I did not like as well. I did like the sweet and earthy aspect going on. However, I did not like the herbal and medicinal part at all. Even with the sweetness going on, it did nothing to cover up the dislikes to make it a good brew. I really went into this one expecting good things, but I was slightly letdown. Worth trying if you get the chance to judge for yourself, but I doubt I would personally buy a bottle to drink to the face.
11-21-2012 12:16:44 | More by thagr81us
3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
Picked this up at Gomer's in Parkville, MO...
Pours black with 3 plus fingers of mocha colored head. Very good head retention & lacing
S: Dark fruit, pears, some funkyness
T: Green apple peelsa touch of roastyness, black currants& some grapefruit up front. More green appleskins as this warms, some astringent notes, & grapefruit peel, some anise as well. Finishes with a hint of funk, roastyness, a bit of plum & black currants, some dryness & brown bread
MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation
A pretty interesting take on the style, I liked it, didn't love iit
You can see the westcoast slant of this black saison
11-19-2012 02:08:07 | More by russpowell
3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
Picked this up on Monday at City Swiggers on the UES. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.
a - Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers plus of fluffy dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.
s - Smells of pine hops, roasted malts, pepper, spices, floral hops, mint, an spearmint. Interesting but nice mix of pepper/mint and pine hops.
t - Tastes of pine hops, pepper, spices, mint, roasted malts, sweet, floral hops, and earthy notes. Follows the nose pretty closely.
m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Little light in the body but decent.
o - Overall an okay beer but not my favorite black saison or Green Flash offering. Some interesting spice, mint, and pine combo to it. Worth checking out once but probably wouldn't revisit too often.
11-15-2012 02:34:39 | More by mdfb79
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.