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

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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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4/5  rDev +23.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of drewone
1.75/5  rDev -46%

drewone, Nov 25, 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 lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. A black saison, brewed with (unspecified) spices, as a collaboration between Green Flash in California and St. Feuillien in Belgium.

Pours, indeed, rather black: certainly darker than many Black Saisons I've had. Firm and deep body, that sloshes rather fluidly. Head is a toasty pale brown colour, pocked with large bubbles. Lacing forms in long ribbons as the head goes down. Looks pretty good.

Nose is spicy and slightly tangy, with aniseed and fennel coming through. Some mild peppery characters, and a hint of cola or candy sweetness. Liquorice is the main event though, and it's pleasant: it wafts in an out amongst the mild acidity and the roast to make a pleasant concert.

Taste is also heavy on the aniseed, but here it's much less dominant. Instead, there are big biting, bitter characters which seem to take over: quite pronounced hop bitterness, mixed with roasted astringency turning ashy towards the back. The saison character perhaps is only felt as a soapy lemony character, very reminiscent of detergent, on the mid palate, although the spices give a continuing peppery buoyancy through to the end.

Overall, it's not bad, but it feels a bit out of balance. There's a lot going on, in ways that aren't always in harmony. It creates something of a cacophonous whole that doesn't work as well as it might have.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 21, 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 Georgiabeer
3.76/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this super fresh when it first came out at Beer Revolution in Oakland on tap. I sorta liked it, but overall my impression is that this is too heavy on the hops and too light on the herbal and fresh Saison notes. You end up getting something more like a slightly watered down white IPA rather than a Saison. Oh well.

Georgiabeer, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/7/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of roasted malt, coriander, clove, pepper, dark chocolate, lime, light smoke, toast, ginger, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and unique aromas with good strength and complexity; lots of spices noted, was hoping for more roasted balance in the nose. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, lime, coriander, clove, sage, pepper, toast, light smoke, ginger, raisin, light coffee, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of roasted malt, toast, coriander, clove, pepper, sage, herbal, light coffee, lime, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Good flavor balance and complexity; with a solid malt/spiciness balance; and minimal cloying spices after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good black saison style. Good balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable and unique offering.

superspak, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a Belgian Independence day glass.

Friendship Brew pours out a dark color, coca cola black that is not pitch black with a nice amount of dark tan bubbles forming a nice cap and lacing on the way down. Spotty and thick, nice head, good retention. Smell is very spice laden, way more spicy scents than a base saison. I get some herbal remedies with lavender and some underlining pine. No alcohol and some faint dark fruits. I cant really tell what way this beer is going. The taste mimics the scent with a lot of floral notes and the lavender flower I am getting in the nose is boosted in the taste. Some dark malts with underlining fruit taste and some roast. This beer is a different animal. The body is a step up from light with a soothing feel and some ummpphh from the carb. All in all a good effort, but not something I will revisit. Reminds me of something Stillwater would brew up. Either way a good effort from the Green Flash outfit

BARFLYB, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

afsdan, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Greenflash
Friendship Brew
Style: Dark Saison

LOOK: Dark brown in color with a mocha cream head and active carbonation rising to the surface. Leaves plenty of lace, looking like a well hopped brew.

SMELL: Herbs, roasted malts, hops, musty basement and band aid.

TASTE: Very earthy and spicy with a roasted malt base. Notes of peppercorns, sage, anise, lemongrass and grapefruit rind are strong in the taste. Has a small earthy tartness and a good dose of hops. Fairly bitter, which works well with the other strong flavors.

FEEL: Medium bodied, very smooth and only slightly dry for the style.

OVERALL: An interesting take on the Saison style. Earthy, herbal, and pretty nice all in all.

Stinkypuss, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Latarnik, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - blackish brown with a huge brown, foamy, dense head that has great retention

S - anise, roasted malts, sage

T - anise, citrus, sage, bitter finish, some other spices that I can't put my finger on

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This doesn't resemble a traditional saison, but it's unique and tasty. I'm a huge fan of the herbal notes. I wouldn't have expected these flavors to have all worked together so well. This isn't my favorite "saison", but I give it bonus points for uniqueness. It's definitely worth a try especially if you're a fan of herbs in beer.

tdm168, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of chinchill
2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle dated July 2012 served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours very dark brown; black in the snifter; capped with a large, dense beige head, with loads of lace left on the glass. The aroma features fairly strong notes of perfume in a floral and spruce mix with traces of spices and yeast. The remarkable aroma is complex and unusual, but is not really inviting ingestion.

The flavor starts sweet, as suggested by the aroma, but soon turns bitter. The flavor has some malty underpinnings of a black ale, but this is overrun by brett/perfume/spruce resin. Hints of bitter cocoa, coffee, ginger and rose petals.

Medium body and carbonation.

O: this intense brew is the most floral and perfumed beer I've ever encountered. I found it quite interesting, but rather hard to rate and challenging to consume. It is not one I'll return to.

chinchill, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A midnight black colored body is accompanied by a mountainous 3 finger goldish-tan head that was absolutely rock steady on the hold. Thick, sloppy spongy patchwork adores the glass.

S: Slight muskiness, barnyard, hay is prominent with a dry grain finish.

T: Flavor is musky chocolate, dry grains and hay with that aforementioned barnyard flair. Dry bitter finish comes with some burnt vegetation and a touch of burnt wood, coal, and earthy soil. Dry barnyard funk, burnt herbaceous hop cones and some coffee with a dash of peppery spice.

M: Mouthful was bitter and dry, medium bodied, burnt touch, barnyard funk and soft carbonation.

O: Overall hard to determine what spices were used. the belgian yeast added some barnyard funk to compliment the dark bitter grain base. Good.

beerthulhu, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -30.6%

sendbeer, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Zaphog, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +8%

rolltide8425, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

tobelerone, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a huge brown head into my glass. Brown on brown, what else? I personally love collaboration brews.

The aroma consists of a great mash-up of American and European hops (citrus, pine and grass come to mind) with spicy belgian yeast. Label description is spot-on.

Chewy, grassy citrus hop essence mated to spicy yeast. That's all I can really say. I'm used to saisons/farmhouse ales being "bright and airy". This is neither but it's still darn tasty!

Lingering hop/spice at the back of the tongue. Very mellow. The low ABV helps too and the roasted malt adds a new dimension.

A black saison? New style? One-off? Either way, check it out! If you like St.Feuillien and Green Flash, well, there you go!

Brad007, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +8%

THECPJ, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely tan head and foamage. This thick film of foam lasts for all twelve ounces. Like the oil black color and even some sticky lacing.

Spicey and roasty herbal aromas. Roasted malt acts as the backbone for the herbal spices one would often find in a more standard saison.

Herbal and roasted flavors abound from start to finish. Hints of coffee mixing with chammomile, sage, maybe lavender. Palate is dry and the finish is a bitter herbal flavor. This was a fun and interesting beer to try.

scruffwhor, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -7.4%

xnicknj, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, yeast, and some spices.

T: A very interesting flavor for this beer: Lots of hops - way more than I expected considering the style - but also a good amount of yeast, light spices, and a floral quality. Didn't have the funk you expect in a saison. Certainly not your typical saison flavor, but still very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An unusual beer, but well worth checking out. Drinkable.

avalon07, Oct 18, 2012
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.