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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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75
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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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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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
Photo of jjveverka
3.5/5  rDev +8%

jjveverka, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of phorestfreak
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

phorestfreak, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of wceaton
4/5  rDev +23.5%

wceaton, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

corby112, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +23.5%

cfinch2, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of kendellmarie
4/5  rDev +23.5%

kendellmarie, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of mbs11
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

mbs11, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev +8%

st9647v3, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
3.5/5  rDev +8%

GennyCreamAle, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Lob
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Lob, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

KTCamm, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of funkel81
3/5  rDev -7.4%

funkel81, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into aDuvel tulip glass. Body is black with a 2-finger milkshake-colored, fairly dense head - looks more like a stout or American porter than anything. Good rings of lace.

S: Florally, perfumey hops over a touch of coffee beans and chocolate. Hint of spice.

T: Spice shows up more prominently in the taste. Malty stuff is there too: slightly burnt toast and char, a touch of dark chocolate or bakers chocolate and molasses. Finishes dry, with a lingering taste of char and bitter, roasted coffee beans. Also some spice towards the back end that I'm having a hard time pinning down - maybe ginger? For some reason "wood" comes to mind. . . . Overall this one drinks like a cross between a porter and a saison.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is active but non-obtrusive .

O: Good stuff. An interesting collaboration beer that actually seems like a collaboration - i.e., a blending of different styles into something new and unique, marrying elements from both brewers. Here, I get San Diego and Belgium. Neat.

Kendo, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of RyanAU
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

RyanAU, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

JAHMUR, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Hanzo, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep black with a velvity two fingers of dark tan head. Great retention with good lacing.

S- beautiful blend of roasted malt, spice and anise. A kiss of leafy floral hop in the middle. Yeast spice on the finish.

T- rustic dark bready malt envelopes the palate at first. The spice kicks in with mint, anise and nutmeg.touch of floral hop with a lingering roast character on the finish.

MF- sharp mouthfeel with a medium body. Expressive carbonation.

D- good drinkability.

Overall a very unique beer.

Viciousknishs, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

PatGreer, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, "Bottled on 7/31/12"

Pours black, under a HUGE very dark tan head, that stays and stays, it goes all rocky, frothy and leaves off the chart amounts of thick and very sticky and high lacing. Unusually awesome looking brew.

Floral and perfumed nose, with waves of roasted malts in the rear.

More dark malts, some perfumed interest, but the taste is a bit disappointing after appreciating the stunning look and smell of this collaboration. A bit thin in the mouth, and lacking the complexity teased by the sniff.

Unusual and intriguing, well worth a try but ultimately not quite living up to the potential heralded by the initial look and smell of this interesting beer.

Billolick, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The friendship that has cultivated between Green Flash and St. Feuillien has lead to some amazing Belgian-style beers. This go around, the highly floral character that Green Flash creates in their unique and unilateral Belgian influenced ales reign supreme here.

Unlike any traditional saison, the Friendship brew pours dark; darker perhaps than most Belgian strong dark ales and more like American porter. But capped with a dense sandy head, the beer retains and laces strongly with longevity and speckled lace left behind on the glass.

The extreme perfume notes leap from the glass and into the nose with an intense floral boquet, wrapped with fragrant spruce seemingly of Christmas trees. The malty underpinnings offer a glimpse into light coffee, cocoa, and toast. Any spice balance is largely engulfed by the perfume notes.

Malty flavors strike first to taste, and does so with bitter cocoa, medium toast, coffee grounds, and burnt molasses. But the taste of malt presents itself with dry accompaniment- meaning that the associated sweetness evades and the beer promotes dry malt taste. This makes way for the strong perfume aroma to manifest in taste with rose pedals, ginger, spruce, and the bitter taste of perfume spices. Low in bitterness, the beer achieves balance through it's dry malt and strong spice notes.

Medium-like in mouthfeel, the beer favors lightness although its robust taste makes the mind think "richness". But as soon as the creamy carbonation subsides, the dry char character promotes an arid effect on the mouth with powdery textures and the warm spicy pang of alcohol.

Like their Rayon Vert and Le Freak, this collaboration beer favors those floral, spicy, and perfumy character of Green Flash's Belgian-style beers and less of that from St. Feuillien. Though this is a unique and highly flowery type of taste, I think I prefer the more authentic, more subdued, and authentic taste of St. Feuillen beers better.

BEERchitect, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of horshack7
4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tulip is a beer that is quite dark. On top is a dark beige head two fingers thick.

Aroma: Musty, black licorice, lots of spice, band aid, yeasty, light coriander and some faint cinamon.

Taste: Tons of spice in the front and lots of dryness on the palate. Black licorice, yeasty, coriander, light tones of cinamon, band aid.

Notes: A great Saison nice and dry. Cheers.

horshack7, Sep 24, 2012
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.