Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) - Brasserie St. Feuillien
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4/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Classic Belgian pale aroma of light fruit, clove, Belgian yeast and bready malt, slightly spicy. Starts with semi-sweet light fruit, bready malt, clove, coriander and a hint of rye spiciness. Quickly transitions to a dryer, more peppery and hoppy finish. The rye, hops and Belgian spices combine to a dry bitter finish that is almost reminiscent of saisons. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. An interesting hopped up take on a strong pale. Alcohol is well covered, although this is definitely still warming. The flavors are a bit subdued, as are the herbal hop flavors, but this is an older bottle (I think this was made in 2010), so that is expected. It has held up well and the flavor transition is interesting. Wish I could have tried it with fresh Green Flash hops, but this ist still enjoyable as is. There seem to be bottles still hanging around, and it is worth trying even at this late date. Nice collaboration between a hoppy American brewer and top notch Belgian brewery.
04-07-2014 03:06:07 | More by LiquidAmber
3.91/5 rDev -5.3%
The pour is Duvel-esque with a dark golden straw color. Very clear with almost no haze. On top of the golden straw color is a bright white head. Right at a finger thick, it's a brilliant white ocean of tiny, tiny little bubbles. Retention is long and the lacing is attractive.
They nailed the scent, totally Belgian with tart fruit, light grapes and green apple, with white pepper from the yeast. Really classic. There's a savory hop character as well.
I'd prefer a bit more dark fruits in the flavor, but this isn't it. Taste copies the scent with peppery yeast dominating. The rye malt shines through, keeping with the spicy theme. The earthy, savory hop presence begins in the finish.
Again, I was looking for a bit more dark fruits, but this was crisp and dry, well carbonated, somewhat earthy. Balanced with malts, yeast and hops being equally accounted for. Little sweetness, moderate bitterness, slight twang, and a bit of alcohol and pepper heat in the finish.
This was pretty easy to drink despite what I was expecting. A good beer by Green Flash, but pretty obvious there was some Belgian expertise involved.
12-31-2013 04:01:45 | More by RickS95
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
A: Very light yellow in color with a lot of haze. Creamy white head tops out at three fingers and survives for as long as there is beer int the glass. Lacing is thick and foamy.
S: The signature St. Feuillien house yeast is here in all its glory. Very musty, like an old book. Lightly chalky. Light wafts of white pepper and vague spices. Biscuity malt base. Grassy hops with flashes of lemon spritz and mandarin orange. Delicately spicy hop aromas too.
T: Biscuity malt, some bready wheat. Very yeasty. Musty like an old cobwebbed cellar. White pepper and spices. Subtle tick of alcohol. Hops kick in toward the back end. They lend some herbal, green, oily spice and hints of grapefruit and lemon. They complement the beer perfectly and never outpace the rest of the beer. Yeasty and musty finish with a slight clamp-down of orangey, lemony and spicy herbal hops.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Airy, round, and creamy. Strong scrubbing carbonation. Slight hint of alcohol warmth.
O: This is excellent. The St. Feuillien fingerprint is all over this one, as their house yeast really does the heavy lifting. Green Flash's hop contribution is modest enough to let the yeast really shine through, but just loud enough to add its own restrained citrusy and herbal complements. A delight to drink. As good if not better than what Duvel has been doing in their Tripel Hop series, and offered at a better price. This is one I wish would become more than a one-off.
11-18-2013 01:30:35 | More by ryan1788a5
4.39/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a very, very pale light yellow. It's a tiny bit hazy, but still clear. It had a big billowy head on the pour. Some of it stuck around.
The smell is very yeast-heavy. It has strong notes of toadstools and a pile of dead spiders in the corner of a basement. Also, honey, cloves, and coriander comes through on the nose, maybe a bit of orangey citrus.
The spices come through MUCH more strongly in the flavour than on the nose. It's pretty strongly orange and clove flavoured. It also tastes a little like Indian spices, maybe cardamom. This would normally not be my cup of "tea," but it's got a nice strong hot alcohol flavour, yeasty mouthfeel, and lack of especially astringent hop flavour that keeps me happy. So, I am totally on board with this. This is probably the only beer I've had with such a strong flavour of spices that I've actually enjoyed. Actually, one other exception comes to mind, but this is still better. If they still brewed this, I'd probably buy it again and I don't even know how much it costs.
11-11-2013 07:04:47 | More by ElCommodoro
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
This beer comes out of the bottle lively but by no means fizzy, forming a very nice soft and fluffy-looking but very strong head that's pure white. It rests at two fingers and shows exemplary retention as it supports the brew for the entirety of the session. The beer itself is a cloudy bu very bright yellow-gold color with a little yeast sediment in there. Lacing sticks in some rings that develop a bit of webbing down the walls of the glass.
The malts in this beer must be pretty well-varied, as they give off both drier, more crackery notes, a bit of dough, and some not-quite toasty breads. The malts are complemented by a certain grassiness with an herbal edge and a bit of citrus pith alongside light tropical fruits sweetness before a slightly tart lemony note shows. Alongside comes an easy sort of gentle spicing, adding just a touch of white pepper and definite soft notes of clove.
There's an earthy, raw, stemmy sort of moderate hoppiness that comes out up front on the tongue, then gives way to the softer, sweeter and brighter notes. Clove rests easily underneath, while fresh lemon adds a lightly tart sort of juiciness to even the sweetness and the light bitterness. There's plenty of citrus running through all the while, working together with the gentle spicing. Herbal and dustier earthy notes only add complexity without muddling the flavor. Alcohol is warming and adds a mellow effect, well managed despite its strength.
This beer is well-carbonated, managing a smooth, creamy fluffiness without being overly filling. It's massively soft in the near-medium body, keeping from a chalkiness that seems impossible to avoid given the absolute dryness, particularly in the finish. It manages all this while maintaining a delicate crispness.
10-18-2013 15:36:44 | More by Brenden
Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
92 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.