Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
10-11-2012 20:46:56 | More by jrenihan
3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
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
10-10-2012 02:51:18 | More by BEERMILER12
3.63/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
10-10-2012 02:16:42 | More by Bung
4.05/5 rDev +24.6%
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.
10-06-2012 17:57:26 | More by Cobrito
2.1/5 rDev -35.4%
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.
10-06-2012 02:35:23 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
10-05-2012 21:21:09 | More by barczar
2.2/5 rDev -32.3%
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.
10-05-2012 03:09:53 | More by chugalug06
3.3/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with a two finger, frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with peppery spice, farmhouse funk, estery dark fruit and sweet malt notes. There's a subtle grassy character that compliments the funky yeast along with some dark chocolate, licorice, raisin, fig and plum. I'm also picking up a subtle herbal/medicinal presence but it doesn't interfere with the other elements.
Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a strong zesty spice flavor that lingers over the funk and sweeter notes into a dry finish. More syrupy/medicinal than the nose suggests with a slight cough medicine presence. Some dry, earthy hops up front complimenting the peppery spices. The farmhouse character is fainter than expected with slight grassy straw flavor before the malt and dark fruit notes come in to play. Hints of chocolate and toffee along with some grape, fig, plum and dark berries provide some needed sweetness. Pretty complex but the spice profile and medicinal flavors are a bit heavier than I prefer.
10-02-2012 06:17:17 | More by corby112
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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