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

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

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336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -30.6%

Dbrag, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony color with a pillowy tan head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of big floral notes with a bit of roasted notes.

Tastes of the floral notes upfront with an earthy undertone. Floral notes leads off with also some spruce or pine notes. Gives a very perfume like feel. Roasted notes come with cocoa and coffee as well as a bit of roasted bitterness. A bit of herbal notes also come through and combine with the floral notes to have a bit of a tea like feel. Not much spice, but a bit of pepper comes through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was not quite what I was expecting, but it is still pretty good.

ocelot2500, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Whiskeydeez, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +23.5%

MarkyMOD, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of buckyp
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

buckyp, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a miss to me. it pours really dark brown color, a little sludgy, with a tall and lasting tan head. the nose is odd, cocoa powder and cinnamon, which i dont think really go together well at all, and then a whole lot of dark roasty malts, almost smokey. all this under a real funky saison yeast. it doesnt work. the flavor is about the same, with the cinnamon taking on the main role. i love the yeast, its really different and potent, and i would love to taste it in a normal saison. all the additives in this make it taste pretty lousy really. not a drain pour, because it is still interesting, but not something i will ever buy again. too many things competing for my palates attention at the same time. mouthfeel is fine though, full bodied and well carbonated, but its not enough to save this beer. possibly me least favorite green flash beer to date, but i do appreciate the creativity, it just didnt work out this time.

StonedTrippin, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
4/5  rDev +23.5%

carrollmel7, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of PsychoMantis
2/5  rDev -38.3%

PsychoMantis, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev +9%
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.

jrenihan, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of markgoodman10
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

markgoodman10, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

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, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev +8%

JSchock7, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On: 07/31/12

A: Pours a very dark, near black color with 2+ fingers worth of tan head that lasted for a while

S: Belgian yeast, spices, slight medicinal quality (although as the beer warms, it becomes more of a funkiness), fruit, and some roast

T: Follows the nose. Roast and fruits come through first, followed by light spice and yeast. The medicinal qualities are still there, but toned down a bit from the nose. As it warms, more of the barnyard and funky characteristics come out. Hops provide a light bittering finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly drying

O: I always have some difficulties with rating these dark/black saisons just because they deviate slightly from what you would expect from the lighter versions of the style. Oh well... Onto this beer though. The more you let this warm up, the more the medicinal qualities turn into more of a funkiness and barnyard character that you would expect from the style. It is worth letting this beer warm a bit just because of this fact. This is a solid collaboration otherwise

BEERMILER12, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Damn opaque black pour, a frothy light tan head on top. Just a minute lacing.

Aroma, an earthy sage like spice is pretty heavy. Some citrus and yeasty notes.

Taste, kind of an odd mix of funk and Italian blend spice. Some citrusy notes. A nice herbal bitter finish. Some toast and dainter cocoa as well. There just isn't a whole lot of malt presence here.

Light bodied. Enough carbonation, could use maybe a tick more. Drink easy enough. Feels like if the malt bill was upped just a bit this could have just a little more. But really a pretty good example of the style, just not as interesting as some of the other black saisons.

Bung, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of baklo
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

baklo, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Willytee3
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Willytee3, Oct 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

jurbanik, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of GTB
3.5/5  rDev +8%

GTB, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Cobrito
4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 8-7-12

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.

Cobrito, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of mweso2000
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

mweso2000, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.1/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 22 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a extremely dark brown color that manages to be completely opaque in spite of being less than pitch black. The head is a two finger light mocha color with an almost stout like consistency and texture. Thank cripes this isn't a total foamer the way Rayon Vert was. As the head recedes, plenty of lacing patches stick around.

S: Decently complex, with notes of peppermint, chocolate, grassiness, coriander, funk, phenols, and apples...but there's a cherry cough syrup note that's distractingly hard to shake. Otherwise, it's fairly reminiscent of a fresh cut lawn in a manner.

T: Other reviews are noting this as being 'medicinal', and I'm inclined to agree with them. Flavor-wise, it opens plasticky and slightly harsh. It isn't horribly unpleasant, but it hurts an otherwise solid profile. On the upside, I love the finish of this (at first) - it's full of roasty, bitter coffee.

Come to think about it, once it warms up sufficently, it goes from a 3 to about a 1.5, thanks to the emergence of some cherry flavors - combined with a mere modicum of sweetness, it makes this taste like glorified cherry cough syrup. A textbook example of a trainwreck, plain and simple.

M: Silky smooth and soft yet somehow dry, crisp, and prickly. The actual feel, carbonation, and texture is quite good, it's just the flavor that sucks.

O: Let's chalk this one up as a 'failed experiment', shall we? The medicinal flavors pretty much kill any chances of this being an enjoyable drink. It was fine (but unremarkable) when drunk at a cold temperature, but became pretty nasty as it warmed up. Stay away from this one, I had to drain pour about 3/8ths of this.

ThisWangsChung, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

barczar, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
2.2/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Massive, five-finger, soapy-foamy, head pours a deep java color. Brew looks like an English Brown Ale. Lacing is defined! Unique appearance.

Tons of barnyard funk. Lots of horse blanket and Brett. Caramel and pepper kick in too

This brew is chalky, oat-y, minty, weak, thin, funky, and too experimental without announcement. Biting bitterness, and barnyard sweetness. High (minty) carbonation also detracts from the over all mouthfeel.

Not a good brew. Not recommended. It's weird, overly funky and consumes dark, minty, peppery, and dairy characteristics. Not a well thought out collaboration, I've had better.

chugalug06, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of tdmccarthy
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

tdmccarthy, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of freduardo
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

freduardo, Oct 04, 2012
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.