Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) - Brasserie St. Feuillien
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Reviews by aepb1:
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
A- Hazy yellow-orange body with a massive, airy, white head
S- Typical belgian, yeasty, bananas and citrus, inviting clove
T- Citrus up front, clove and banana with a bready malt middle with an alcohol/carbonation bite to finish this
M- Medium/light body with more than average carbonation that bites in the finish
O- A nice beer but not much above average
11-21-2011 20:43:01 | More by aepb1
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4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
Appearance - This came out a beautiful light hazy orange in color that almost seemed yellow from some angels. The cloudiness in the beer was exceptional. The head came up nicely as well making this one a real beauty shop.
Smell - This is a rich bouquet of powerful pale-colored spices, mostly cardomom, with some big pale wheat and a monster hop aroma. The hops are not Belgian but not West Coast either so that's kind of confusing, but they are big and leafy promising lots of bitterness. The core yeast, most certainly Belgian, is actually big and intense enough to stand up to the hops. Oh, this is gonna be good.
Taste - The hops were powerful at the taste as well. They aren't piney like typical West Coast hops but lighter and citrusy in a big, big way. The hop flavor is very lingering as well, staying with the drinker will after the swallow.
The yeast and spices, which most assuredly come from St Feuillien, are classic Belgian all the way. The yeast is big and powerful and stands up well to the American hops, and the spices are light in color such as white pepper and cardamom but incredibly strong.
Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied with some amazing carbonation that is tight and energetic. It provided that ultra-velvety feel against your cheeks that you come to expect from quality efforts at the style. The finish is dry, long and lingering.
Drinkability - This is probably the best collaboration ale that I've ever head. They are mostly overhyped IMO and trying to get two different breweries to work together on a winning beer is difficult in the first place. Add to that two breweries on opposite ends of the Atlantic and you have a near impossibility, yet proven total wrong here as this combination can't be beat. This is a slow drinker for sure but worth every sip.
10-01-2010 23:54:37 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev -3.1%
A cloudy mustard-yellow. Lighter on the edges giving a soft glow. Smells deeply of squeezed lemon and Belgian yeast. Maybe some wheat and something sweeter like papaya. Sweet to start with a slight tang. That switches briefly to bitterness which then opens full into a thick, bready, yeasty wave. Some spice in the back end, maybe some clove and coriander. Despite its robust finish, it's not overly heavy. Good stuff.
Like it? Yep.
02-16-2012 01:13:57 | More by wrycon
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
A 750ml corked and caged bottle. Best by April 2012.
In a tulip it was a bright gold color, nicely carbonated. The thick white head persisted well.
Citrus, spicy aroma. Noticeable yeasty/earthy aroma.
Lemon taste, clove,yeasty funk, late hops.
Nice crisp beer. Good collaborative effort.
08-07-2010 01:16:38 | More by lordofthewiens
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Large bottle, caged and corked, has some dating info of some sort on the rear label but not sure what it all means. Opens with a powerful "poof" and the high carbonation signs continue with the development of a quite large and loose white head and a load of bubbles continuing to scream up to the top. Leaves heavy sheeting and ample bits of lace. Heavily clouded, medium dull tangerine. The nose is orangy, floral and with a hint of wheat malts. Tasty brew, Belgian pale ale mostly in character with a jolt of Southern Cali hopped up bravado. Notes of moderate pepper, mild mango, pineapple, near biting lime, all flowing over a wheat malt infused base. Love this type/style of brew, love GF and SF, love the spirit of a Bière De L'Amitié. Fine brew to accompany a summer lunch of salads, spicy BBQ/seafood, Thai food....complex, bold, near bracing, and quite an interesting creation... whatever, just go get some of this stuff and enjoy.
08-12-2010 21:07:25 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is yeast, pepper and lemons. The flavor is orange citrus, wheat, yeast and alcohol. A nice, fruity Belgian ale from two good brewers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.
09-07-2010 02:56:30 | More by Mora2000
3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
On tap poured into a tulip.
Pours a light clear amber with a small white head, light bubbles. Nose is wheat and sharp, a bit of lemon and spice, great.
Taste is sharp an tart, nice hoppy bite rounded out by a very solid spicy yeast. Very clean and crisp - very good.
05-14-2011 22:29:19 | More by kingcrowing
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
I untied the wire and put my thumb on the cork and it shot off with a huge pop and exploded onto my cieling.
Pours a nice light golden straw color. Huge fluffy white head that is not fading to lots of sticky lacing all too quickly. In fact very slowly.
Smells like cloves, bubblegum, a little anise maybe and a light citrus aroma.
Tastes are more bubblegum sweetness, spicy with a large wheat flavor and a nice dry earthy finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and very well carbonated. Smooth and crisp.
Overall is really good. Glad this finally made it to Oregon even if it is a year after the release.
07-23-2011 19:42:15 | More by daveytheformer
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of crisp pilsner malts, sweet candi sugar, tropical fruits, and spices, in that order. As the beer warms the candi sugar and sweet malt flavors intensify a bit.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by sugar-coated medium and tropical fruit flavors. Midway through the sip hints of leafy hop flavors make a brief appearance before being overtaken by peppery spices. The spices fade near the end of the sip, allowing the malt and fruit flavors to carry through to a crisp ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I was hoping for more hops considering Green Flash was a part of the equation but what I got instead was a well-balanced beer. Neither side of the equation was robust enough to make it great but it's still worth a shot.
08-17-2010 19:52:35 | More by glid02
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
(Served in a chalice)
22/04/12 on the bottle
A- This beer pours a clear yellow body that becomes a bit murkier with each pour. There is a thin white film that breaks up and is supported by a gentle carbonation of microbubbles.
S- The perfumed yeast has a nice bright natural mint note to it with a soft citrus hops finish that is a bit soft.
T- The taste of green mint jelly is dry and blends with wheat bread note as the beer warms. There is the distinctive St. Feuillien yeast character that comes through with a fullness from the yeast in the finish. A woody bready quality blends with some pale malt notes.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a great big fizz that grows as the beer opens up. It scrubs the tongue and almost has a burning quality to it that is not the alcohol but the fizz.
O- There is a nice beer under there but much of it is hid buy the fizz. The mint is nice and crisp and balances with the other flavor well. There are some nice saison yeast notes but they soon become hidden aswell. It is a bit more dry than most of St. Feuillien's beers but that is a pleasant compromise.
09-13-2011 21:28:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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
5/5 rDev +21.1%
Collaboration ale with Green flash.
Hazy gold with rushing bubbles and a lush, whipped look. yeastie bits providing lots of life to a full, clumpy, pure-white head that stands strong. Lots of lace with ultra-slow dissipation.
Big earthy, musky hop aroma, whole cone, freshly picked, wet hop-like hop aroma...honestly, I've never smelled a more potent freshly picked hop cone aroma. amazing. Tangy yeast with big earthy musty musk, dry earth and spices, golden wheat...did I mention that amazingly fresh Amarillo hop scent???!! slightly fruity but damn...that hop aroma is nice.
The first hit is a big WOW. amazingly complex flavor's and supremely jazzy, lush feel that keeps this interesting right til the very last drop. The yeast is simply amazing, hearty musky dry earth, add the delightful, fresh hop flavor and it's off the charts! Crisp, light wheat flavored malt with subtle sweetness and gentle spices and pepper. The hops are not at all bitter but dry, earthy and full of hearty flavor. The hops and yeast together provide everything i love in the flavor of this style. The malt plays a supporting role in just the right way. The warming heat is a gentle presence that falls right into the balance perfectly.
This collaboration delivers the best of the Old and New world style's in all of the best ways, the fresh American hops and traditional complex yeast brings forth a perfectly forged brew for the ages. I love this style, and this version is beyond the pale!
06-23-2011 22:19:41 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
750mL bottle, cork with strap, served cool into a globe. Beware of this cork - it comes out with great force!
Pretty cool to see a colaboration between a brewery that has been around less than 10 years with one that was established in 1125!
Appearance is a hazy golden yellow color with thick soapy-looking white head. It settles gradually but leaves very little lace.
Aroma is fresh mint and sweet lemons. There is a little bit of Belgian yeast character but very little of the west coast hops that I was expecting.
Flavor is almost shocking because it is so strong and bitter but yet it has the same characteristics as the aroma. For me that means mostly lemon citrus and fresh mint. Of course there is more than that going on but that's the main focus. In the background are more subtle flavors associated with Belgian trippels and strong pales namely black pepper, barnyard funk, and clove.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body but practically over-carbonated. I know a lot of the beers in this category are big in bubbles but this really detracts from the enjoyment. I'll probably let it sit so it flattens out.
Overall a tasty collaborative brew but unfortunately not worth the high price.
10-07-2010 23:39:11 | More by GilGarp
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
Enormous head. Spicy aroma. The taste is spicy and yeasty, which gives it a sweet spicy balance. Pepper, cardamon, rye, orange citrus,. A bit of funk. Most pleasant,nicely hopped, a little aging did not hurt it. Excellent drinkability, great with fish.
01-15-2012 03:29:43 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -3.1%
on-tap at the wonderful Palm Tavern in Bayview (milwaukee)
appearance: served in a 12% distributor chalice -hazy straw-orange body with a delicate layer of carbonated white foam
smell: yeast, citrus, white pepper, pineappple
taste: Not particularly groundbreaking - was expecting a higher hop profile with the involvement of Green Flash. citrus, zesty yeast, light wave of alcohol, pineapple, white pepper, bready malt, apple
mouthfeel: clean, medium body
overall : solid but uneventful
04-30-2011 19:16:03 | More by dirtylou
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
Batting Clean up during my initial visit to Tulune's Southside Saloon in Johnstown, PA was Biere De L'Amitie by Green Flash (becoming quite the studs in brewering) and Brasserie St. Feuillien. This beer was quite interesting...came with a cloudy golden color with generous white head. The nose included a spice, hint of clove, and very slight citrus. The taste was somewhat un-describable....and could really say for sure if I liked it. But there is no question that black licorece flavor was present....what do they call it...Anise??? This could be caused by the combo of spice and clove. One is more than enough for anyone!!! Overall....there is alot of good going on with this beer.
04-27-2011 02:55:13 | More by WoodBrew
Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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