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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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325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 21.85%
Wants: 2
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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Even though I paid $1.75 for this I still feel cheated. Color is that of a stout with no inescapable light and a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head. For some reason I wanted this to smell like a Black IPA but alas little to no hops in the nose just mint, anise, and a touch of coriander. Taste is only mildly palatable and makes me wonder why they even bottled this monstrosity. Burn rosemary, deep black anise (which isn't terrible but not great) and a mildly fruity yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel isn't that terrible giving me a medium chewy body much bigger than I would expect for such a low ABV Saison.

Overall this beer is pretty much a fail in the sense of friendship. It made me hate green Flash all over again (still can't drink west coast IPA it taste like soap)

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:44:28 | More by DrDemento456
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dgilks

Australia

3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Inky balck with a big, rocky, tan head. Great head retention.

Interesting combination of aromas. Roast, earth, pine, juniper, coriander.

Roast dryness and lots of earthy spice. Lightly sweet malt. I don't like the way some of the herbs play in here as it doesn't seem to work.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay beer but the flavours don't seem well integrated to me with the herbal notes just not working.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 08:16:44 | More by dgilks
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vfgccp

New York

3/5  rDev -7.7%

11-22-2012 20:39:21 | More by vfgccp
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $3.50

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, anise, lemons, smokey/burnt notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some smokey/burnt notes, anise, and a bit of a graininess and some sour citric flavours. It ends with a tart yet smokey aftertaste.

Overall - Can't say I've ever had a beer quite like this one. It's like a kitchen sink type of beer - everything has been thrown in. I can see how some would say this is a mess, but I can appreciate the uniqueness. Not something I'd rush out to get more of, but well worth a try to see how far the limits of beer can be stretched.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 23:51:30 | More by spinrsx
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Brenden

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having reviewed this on tap, I realized I have a bottle in the fridge. There's not much difference, but it's noted where there is.

The look is pretty much the same out of the bottle as I saw from the tap. It is, again, as black as a "black saison" could be, and crowned by a thick, fat tan head 1 1/2 to 2 fingers high and sturdy. It drops strong, creamy lacing on the glass as the beer recedes.
Nothing changes in the smell or taste; stillthe strongest smell I get is mint basil. It seems to be a mix of the minty character of the hops and the strong herbal notes. It's also floral and piney. I don't quite get the balance from malts that I get in the flavor which, again, strongly reminds me most of mint basil but lets things play together as more floral (almost perfume-like), toast, pine, and a touch of roasty sweet notes come into play. There's no question the not-quite-funky but herbal and earthy characters of a saison are here, with a bit more in play.
The feel is where this beer deviates just a little. It's still got a medium body,but as the dryness pulls out more, it still has crispness but loses a bit of the smoothness. Carbonation still brings out a little of that creaminess, but it fades off. As it dries out, I get slightly more of a chalkiness in the dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 11:00:31 | More by Brenden
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown colour. Head is over-generous but beautiful, sinking slowly to form a marshmallowy lump on the top - lacing left behind is gorgeous, beige and sticky. Looks fantastic.

Smells strongly funky, with a rich, comforting dark roastiness. Strong star anise notes as well, a touch of nutmeg and maybe some fennel. Spice has a slight sour note to it, and could use maybe some more sweetness on the nose. Just a tad overdone on the spice to make it keel off-balance.

Taste is slightly more in balance. Roastiness underlies it all, slight char note with light coffee grounds. Spice is there too - anise, clove and some pepper. Still has that slight sour, raw spice kind of flavour, unbridled, but the roast malt makes a decent complement.

Thinnish feel; no real presence in the mouth. A little bland, but OK for the palate that goes along with it.

If it were stronger it might make a more interesting blend, or if there were more Belgian yeast notes, too. The spice is the dominant figure throughout, and the beer seems a bit uninteresting in what it does with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 10:26:26 | More by laituegonflable
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

07-16-2013 02:07:20 | More by pathman
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

11-23-2012 22:21:29 | More by enelson
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -7.7%

03-21-2013 00:24:25 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-01-2012 01:02:15 | More by Axnjxn
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with fluffy tan head.
S: It smelled like allspice and clove, with some pumpkin bread and grassy hops and horse blanket.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and allspice and pumpkin bread, with some clove and copper and horse blanket. It had a clean and funky and earthy aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with lots of carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice spicy beer, perfect for the holidays. The scent and taste were complex and enjoyable, and the body was fitting. The finish was smooth too, so it was easy to drink. Nice unique brew (surprisingly better than the black saison collaboration with Stone, Evil Twin, and Stillwater).

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 21:21:58 | More by Pencible
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows slight roast along with an unmistakable tang and some spice that I can't pick. Interesting.
Same story with the flavours: wierd spices and some roasty malt along with the same tang again.
Carbonation is spot on at least.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:41:51 | More by CrazyDavros
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +23.1%

11-14-2013 02:38:06 | More by AngusOg
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2014 17:05:15 | More by Griffith
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.54/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Did not know it was a black Saison. Pours very dark with a light white head. Light struggles to get through.

S-Oh no. Burnt rosemary? Anise. Spicy and herbal. Cooking spices. Yeasty and toasty.

T-A burnt arrangement of cooking spices. Menthol. Not even close to appetizing.

M-Dreaded each sip.

O/D-Bad.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 01:05:21 | More by VelvetExtract
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –Served a black colored brew with a small tan head. The head faded quite fast, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt mixed with spices of coriander and clove. Some pepper aromas as well as some funky aroma are mixed in as well giving it a odd roasted and funked saison kind of smell.

Taste – The flavor begins with a strong dose of roasted malt mixed with a small amount of a citrus taste. Spices of pepper and clove are rather heavy up front. While the spices dwindle toward the end they remain ever present in the taste. A herbal and grassy flavor comes to the tongue at the middle to the end. These flavors take the taste to its end where a roasted and lightly bittered grass/herb flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the medium side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was average as well. Both were a good compromise for the roasted body of the beer and the more funky and spicy flavors.

Overall – A fairly interesting beer in my opinion. While the flavors don’t meld perfectly at all times they make for an interesting combination and style. While it isn’t one I would go to on any real occasion, it is a good one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 00:14:37 | More by Darkmagus82
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jaxon53

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

06-13-2013 00:06:38 | More by jaxon53
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ehammond1


2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 14:59:39 | More by ehammond1
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev 0%

05-01-2013 20:05:54 | More by ShemRahBoo
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prototypic

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Friendship Brew pours a very dark mahogany brown color. It’s nearly opaque. A few burgundy highlights are noted at the outermost edges. A nice tan head covers it. It stands a couple of fingers tall and sticks around for quite a while. It never fully dissipates. Lacing was sticky and moderate as it trailed down the glass. For a Saison – very interesting.

The nose is pretty good. It features a few dark malt notes out of the gate. Cocoa and dark chocolate are most notable. Coffee is noted. That’s surprising and seems a bit out of place. It smells very earthy and grainy. There’s even a strong piney scent. It has a very strong mix of floral notes and spices. I can’t even begin to identify them. Suffice it to say there are many. Alcohol is blended pretty and isn’t all that noticeable.

The flavor’s alright. It’s far from great. Chocolate malts are definitely noted. Cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate flavors are the base. Roasted coffee is also noted. So far, it’s definitely not your typical Saison. Earthy and grainy notes are prevalent throughout. It does have a rather strong piney flavor to it. I’m not crazy about it. There are some strong spicy notes throughout. Ginger is probably the strongest. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Given its strength, that’s not too surprising. Finishes malty, spicy, and piney. Eh. For a Saison, it’s pretty average.

Friendship Brew has a medium body. Carbonation seems pretty light and soft. It’s smooth and goes down relatively easy. If the flavor were a little better, this would be much more drinkable.

This collaboration between Green Flash Brewing Co. and St. Feuillien is alright, but doesn’t quite live up to the expectations I had for it. Its biggest problem is the flavor seems convoluted, too spicy, and far too piney. It’s probably worth a try, but I’d suggest sticking with a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 04:13:23 | More by prototypic
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #2 for Thanksgiving! Friendship Brew. Poured this one into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Achieved a mega-sized latte-colored head with craggy lacing and variable bubble sizes. Mind you, this beer is surely black. Has a thinner, softer black look to it. Looks marvelous in this glass.

Lovely spiced aroma of cardamom, wintergreen, licorice, and clove with a lively farmhouse yeast nose center. Smells very sweet, however. Very much the nose of an herbal elixir. Someone nailed it in a past review when they said Ricola cough drop. Actually picking up a bit of eucalyptus, also.

So nutso for a beer! A saison, sure enough, with tangy Belgian yeast strains and tart pomme fruits. Very herbal with loads of spices added. Notably, wintergreen, clove, star anise, spearmint, mace, and black pepper. Eucalyptus isn't a stretch, either. Medicinal tasting with some West Coast hopping at work in the background. A little spruce and a little citrus peeking through the blackening. Mentholated and sweet. Finishes decent, with lemon and grapefruit notes revealing themselves. Keep in mind, this isn't hoppy. It's just overloaded with busy flavors. But, after all, it almost works. Nothing particularly clashes. You just have to be into all of those medicinal flavors that can be so imposing here. Honestly, this is pretty well-done. I must say it's pretty tasty.

Very smooth in the mouth. Lighter-bodied, but the carbonation isn't accelerating much neither. The low alcohol level doesn't rear into the taste, it just kind of paces with you, unless you drink it too quickly (as I'm doing)... probably, because I'm enjoying it.

Looks great, smells interesting, then you taste it... a full-blown spiced black saison. Far from being short on flavor. This beer is a dream for a geek who loves experimental winter seasonals. A must try, in that regard. However, as a farmhouse ale, there are so many better and purer examples. I'm sure both Green Flash and St. Feuillien were happy with this product, and as it turns out, I am too.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 22:17:15 | More by thecheapies
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +23.1%

01-12-2013 04:30:28 | More by Gagnonsux
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flexabull

California

2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a big rocky tan head.

Aromas are very floral. Mixture of spices and a note of cola.

Taste is very vegetal. Slight cola sweetness, floral and spice notes and a quite bitter finish. Odd tasting beer for sure.

Mouthfeel is ok, on the thin side.

Overall, blah... Not a fan at all, I finished this but certainly didn't enjoy it. Worst beer I've had from Green Flash by far. Looking back, I think my review was kind, because this wasn't a good beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 19:18:15 | More by flexabull
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

10-13-2012 04:40:49 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Bung

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:16:42 | More by Bung
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.