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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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BA SCORE
75
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336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 3
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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Photo of flexabull
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

flexabull, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of bigred89
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

bigred89, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev +12%
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.

Bung, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is dark brown, looks just like a stout. Cocoa colored head starts with generous amounts and dissipates to a thin coating. Heavy lacing present. The nose is spice forward with heavy notes of clove, anise, and lemon zest. A bit of funk is present as well. Not getting anything from the dark malts... guessing there is some debittered black malt in the malt bill purely for the purpose of changing the color, can't say that I'm a fan of this technique. Taste is spicy, similar to nose. Clove and lemon are the predominant flavors with some funky yeast in there as well. Flavors don't really come together as the spice profile seems to leave a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is a mediocre saison that I would not recommend going out of the way for.

homebrew311, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3/5  rDev -7.4%

ste5venla, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

millerbuffoon, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Hanzo, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Ciocanelu, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of buckyp
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

buckyp, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +23.5%

mdillon86, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

david18, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of hollywood_15063
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

hollywood_15063, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of FLima
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with an incredible caramel head with great retention and leaving lots of laces. So this is a Dark Saison.
Refreshing funky aroma with a pleasant lemon tartness, Belgian yeast, spices and just a hint of cocoa powder.
Very original flavor, notes of coffee, a good deal of earthy and herbal hops, tons of spices (ginger, pepper, cloves, cardamon, so many that is hard to really say it for sure), anise, mint, pumpkin, licorice, green apple, finishing with a lemony tartness and dark chocolate.
Medium body with good carbonation, a bit effervescent.
Love or hate beer. Surprising taste, I was expecting the same usual average Saison taste; it actually reminded me of Jägermeister liquor with its medicinal flavor with Mexican mole! I found it much more interesting than most beers of its style, but it is definitely not for everyone, which may be the reason why this brew is underrated.

FLima, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jrenihan, Oct 11, 2012
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 jsh420
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

jsh420, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of arizcards
2.28/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Picked up a single from Total Wine in mid-November for $2.49.

Beer poured black as night with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is something out of a medicine cabinet with a bit of barnyard funk. The combo is terrible.

Taste is a muddled mess, the barnyard medicine cabinet ruins the beer. In the end the roasted malty hoppy backbone attempts to salvage this brew but cannot pull it off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of smooth.

Overall this is a bad of beer that i have had in a long time. I don't think i can finish it which says a lot as this rarely happens.

arizcards, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Chugs13, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

notchucknorris, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev +8%

whatname, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of beergorrilla
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

beergorrilla, Feb 01, 2013
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 Fettpopps
1.5/5  rDev -53.7%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

zonker17, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Friendship Brew has an enormous, soapy, light brown head and a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, with brown highlights in evidence on the edges as light hits the glass. Lots of lacing is left behind. The aroma is of spices (white pepper?) and dark bread crust, with an underlying sweetness. Taste is of white pepper, other odd spices of some sort, black bread, and there is a wall of bitterness at the back end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Green Flash Friendship Brew finishes dry, mellow, peculiar, and easy drinking. Overall, even though it’s a strange beer, it’s still quite nice.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jan 15, 2013
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.