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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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347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 21.98%
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 Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of horshack7
4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

Photo of doopydoogle
4.48/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with creamy tan head that flourishes. Good lacing and residuals.

S - Spicy yeast, slightly wild-yeast vibe, with rosemary, anise, and thyme finishing up the profile. Zesty and forward and quite unique. There's some hoppy citrus, with a toasted, roasted malt backing the whole thing up. Some strong roast qualities (soy sauce, charcoal) coming out at the end.

T - Spicy yeast forward with strong bitter that gives way to coffee and chocolate with some subtle fruity tones. Very complex for the style. Somewhere between a saison and a brown ale. Almost a new style entirely. Tropical fruits underlie the spicy, zesty front. A beer to think about.

M - Creamy, rich, yet bright, with a good carbonation.

O - A very unique beer that's worth a try for anyone looking for something new. Has many qualities to consider. Not a session brew, but certainly a good one to talk about and make friends over.

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Giantspace
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jtd1969
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black with some tannish head... good head retention with lacing

S - Lots of herbal spices, rosemary, thyme, SAGE with some sweet belgian tones

T - Lots of herbal spices with great hops, the dark malts provide a good balance to this herbal spice hop blend(more mild and earthy)

M - medium body with medium carbonation, a good spice aftertaste

O - What a unique beer, really tasty, not for all but really good!

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black in color with some very faint clear dark brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall dense and creamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized thick patch, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass - very good head retention properties. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is primarily dominated by the herbal smells - rosemary, thyme, and sage. There is a light underlying aroma of dark roasted malts with some peppery yeast.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate flavor of dark roasted malts. Next the herbal flavors of rosemary, thymes, and sage come out though slightly less intense than the malts. Finally the beer finishes with some spicy/peppery yeast.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is a very interesting style, a black saison - you lose some of the funkiness and yeastiness of a normal saison but retain the herbaceous qualities (maybe it could have been described as a black gruit as well). I enjoyed the beer but it definitely was not a real easy drinker or a sessionable beer. Perhaps this beer is a little more complex than it needs to be - the flavors and aromas almost compete with one another.

Photo of felixljr
1/5  rDev -69%

Photo of BoRaeCho
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of wanders0
1/5  rDev -69%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a 22 oz bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: pours black with a finger of mocha colored head after a gentle pour, the head shows some decent retention and settles into a film, leavs some good spots of lacing... Looks good.

S: smell is dominated with herbs and spices, I get mint, oregano, basil, sage, rosemary, some other floraly notes, and way in the background I start to pick up some slightly chocolaty dark Malts, seeing as I am not a huge fan of herbs and spiced beers I did not find this aroma very appealing. I also do not get a whole lot of Belgian yeast aroma, perhaps a touch of Clove, but overall I feel the spices overwhelmed the aroma.

T: unfortunately for me, the taste is much like the aroma, although the hops deffinatly make there presence know here, I get a nice west coast American hops right off the bat blended into the spices.... But again I feel as though the spice dominates the taste of this beer... I wish the Malts were more forward and the spices were toned way back. I do not get a whole lite of Belgian yeast flavors from this beer, as I feel they ate drowned out by the herbal/floral/spice notes.

M: medium body with medium carbonation.... Finish is dry and leavs a herby/floral aftertaste that I am not to find of in my mouth.

O: I did not enjoy this beer, too many things that I personally do not enjoy jammed into one bottle, I feel I would have liked this more if the malts were much more forward and the spices were seriously toned back.... Not my cup of tea.

Photo of jjcote
2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of HalfFull
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a globe glass. This rendition of the Friendship Brew pours pretty much jet black and with a fairly steady cap of mocha foam. A bit nontraditional yet I'm still interested to a degree.

Aroma is a blend of subtle Belgian yeast esters, some more prominent spices and a backdrop of chocolate malt notes. Coriander and chocolate are quite forward here and limit the yeast influence once the cap settles.

Flavor is a bit harsh and bitter, with the spice, dark malts and bitter hops combining to render a dry and brief finish. Feel is dry and unexciting, though more from the dark malts than a lack of sweetness per se. Surely lacks the complexities normally associated with the style.

Overall an interesting beer though not standing very tall in the Saison world. Just as a Black IPA fights back the hop aroma normally found, this Black Saison does the same with respect to the yeast. The result is perhaps interesting yet odd, and limits drinkability to a large degree.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours black with a solid 1-inch thick off-tan head which fades slowly and yields clumpy lace.

S: Loads of herbs and spices. Mostly sages and mints with some earthy, yeasty and roasty notes.

T: Roasty, herbal, floral, some spices and yeast.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry with yeast and herbs/spices.

O: Interesting pungent herbs and yeast with some roasted malts. Not sure what to make of this.

Photo of ehammond1
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for pre-release opening this with me, Josh!

Very dark brown in color with a quickly-forming, persistent dark brown head, which eventually leaves messy webs and irregular bubbles and lines of lace down the glass. Very pretty and an unusual style.

Very herbaceous aroma, perhaps sage or rosemary even. There's some black pepper notes along with roast and a mild yeast character as well. A lot going on, though I'm not sure it comes together particularly well.

The flavor suffers a similar fate as the aroma; there's simply too much going on, and none of it working in concert. It's a roasty, yeasty, herb garden of a beer, without much nuance or drinkability.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Perhaps some time will help this one, but I don't have high hopes. Yet again, an interesting idea does not necessarily translate into a tasty beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and lots of herbal and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a roasty finish. There is a medium amount of herbal and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but its aromas and flavors are quite medicinal in a way.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash

A: Pours black with a gorgeous fluffy khaki colored head. Really great retention.

S: A gpod amount of spiciniess in here. Cracked black pepper, cayenne, some roasted malt and some faint dark fruit.

T: A lot lighter than I expected. Roasted malt, some peppery hops and a lot of black pepper on the finish.

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Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.