Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien)Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien)

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 22
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Florida9 on 07-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I noticed was that this has the big aroma reminiscent of a tripel, those heady, estery Belgian beer aromas that we all know and love. When smell trumps sight you know you’re on to something!

There’s a generous layer of foam capping my pour. Clear, golden color. A big spicy, fruity bouquet with lots of citrus and apricot that come through. Very effervescent, with a big finish. It’s chewy but seems lighter on the palate thanks to the carbonation. Did the bittering hops they used turn this into a big, boozy, bitter Belgian blond? Smells fantastic, looks great, tastes good but finishes solid—when what I was expecting was a home run. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good beer. But for the price and the reputation of both brewers this collaboration doesn’t meet expectations.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of wrycon
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes.

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.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of Brenden
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stamped 22/04/12.

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.

Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bière De L'Amitié is gold in color. It's moderately hazy, and looks slightly orange with backlighting. Carbonation is extremely active and yields a foamy white head that stands nearly four fingers tall. It's definitely slow to recede, and leaves a rather thick web of lace behind in its wake.

The nose is quite good. It's a nice mix fruit, spices, hops, and Belgian yeast. What's not to like about that? It kicks off with a nice fruity mix of orange, lemon, apple, and pear. Belgian yeast smells lively and delicious. Pepper and hops add some zeal. The hops smell citric and should probably be credited with the lemon and orange presence. Alcohol is there, but it's not too strong. I wouldn't guess 9.5%. Smells good.

The flavor actually tops the nose. This collision of Belgium and California is an explosion! The flavor kicks off with a bit pale malt, pepper, and light clove. It's followed apple and pear flavors. Hops are very lively and add citric orange and lemon flavors. It definitely has a bitter edge which is delicious. Belgian yeast adds tremendous character, and complements the other flavors perfectly. Alcohol is surprisingly tame for 9.5%. It doesn't seem that strong at all. Finishes spicy, yeasty, hoppy, and dry. Tremendous!

Bière De L'Amitié has a medium body. Carbonation is very active, but it never comes across as buzzy. The bubbles feel light and soft. Ultimately, it's nice and smooth, but it'd be even better with fewer bubbles. Drinkability is extremely high. This is damn tasty stuff, and it goes down extremely easy for a near 10% abv beer.

The verdict is in... Bière De L'Amitié is a fantastic collaboration between Green Flash Brewing Company and Brasserie St. Feuillien. It's everything you might expect from a California meets Belgium beer. In terms of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, it is somewhat novel with the hop flavor and bitterness. Fear not...it works extremely well with the traditional BSPA elements. If you don't have access to this beer, I'd suggest trading for it. You'll be glad you did.

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer was great. Served in a Duvel tulip, it was a hazy gold with a tall white head. There was a big grassy aroma that reminded me of Saison Dupont. After that big herbal hops hit, it immediately mellowed into a fruity yeast spice with fresh pale barley. It's a damn delicious mix and I wish I could find more of this beer. It's light on your tongue, really too drinkable for the alcohol, and holds a great complex mix of Belgian flavors.

Photo of vincicle
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer opened with a bang and the thick, persistent head was testament to that carbonation. The smell of this beer did not impress me. It has a light flowery scent but hints at an unfinished rawness. The taste is very surprising, with each sip being both "saisson"esc with a delightful crisp bitterness of armarillo hops. Once the carbonation settles down (by around the second glass or so) the beer is delightful complex and subtle hints of spice and orange tightly hidden behind the floral hoppiness. A very interesting beer overall and a true collaboration that highlights the strengths of both breweries.

Photo of Donis
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my beer club's, beer of the month. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very foamy head that took its time to mellow. RIch amber color that looks even better with light behind it.

S - Very nice smell. Very traditional to the St. Feillen's usual yeast & spice combination. Lovely.

T - Not overwhelming and very balanced. The dry-hop process of the Green Flash crew adds enough zest to be noticed but not over the top.

M - My favorite part of this beer is how well its sits on the tongue. It almost feels like a beer cloud that decided to float into my mouth and rain light pellets of deliciousness. Perfect.

O - Great collab btw a more old world and new world brewers. Well packaged, but more importantly... well brewed.

Good job!

Photo of nickhiller
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: crazy 4 finger head with streams of champagne bubbles, coating the glass in foam. Great head retention.

S: citrus, lemon, florals, cider, nutmeg, amarillo hops, Slight Belgian yeast smell but not overwhelming

T: sour and bready yeast, sharp lemon zest, candy sugar

M: medium body, sweet syrupy at first, dry finish, strong and sharp carbonation, slightly spicy finish (combination of carbonation, high alcohol, and dryness)

O: Delicious! Refreshing and drinkable but with plenty of flavor.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Jake1605 for sending me this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a four finger pure white fizzy head that subsided to two finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, sweet alcohol, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, sweet hop, sweet alcohol, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty nice brew. It had a very nice flavor and aroma going on in this one. The spice aspect was a little off-putting to me and I don't feel as if it were needed (made it feel like a saison). Granted in the aroma the spice aspect mixed in quite well. I got this back in the day only because it was on the old Top Buzz List, and now I can see why. This one is a definite must try.

Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and strapped bottle. Pours a hazy golden straw color with hints of honey; a fast building soapy white head that settles into a chunky ring leaving some chunky lacing. The smell has a beautiful belgian aroma; clove and pepper spice with touches of banana and green apple. Some flowery notes as well. The taste starts off with a flowery/lemony sweet belgian yeast flavor which is quickly muted by a dry malt and slightly bitter hop presence. Typical belgian spice profile: clove, pepper, and coriander; all in good balance. Some green apple presence as well. The feel is fairly light with very fizzy carbonation, almost burns. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Good balance between sweet and dry. This is a very well made BSPA. Definitely sides on the Belgian flavor. The american hops provide for a little bitterness but not much.

Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, bottled on 060614. Gorgeous to behold as it is at the same time beautifully clear and golden while showing a gentle carbonation and a plentiful amount of suspended particles of yeast. A billowing head that remains for days and leaves copious clumps as evidence of its presence proffers aromatic pilsner malts and heady Belgian yeast. Delightful light funk, mild spicy and peppery notes. A hint of banana and white grapes. A whiff of licorice that hides the slightest trace of alcohol. Taste is outstanding. Bready pilsner malt and light Belgian candi sugar sweetness is quickly enveloped in melon juiciness that quickly transitions to a delicate but firm American citrus IPA like hoppiness. Finish is exceptionally clean and dry with a touch of heat that barely gives notice to the amount of alcohol lurking in the glass. Feel is full and creamy while maintaining an unbelievable lightness that makes it easy to transition from sipping and appreciating to sessioning or pounding. It's just that drinkable and delicious. This is one of my favorites of the year past or the year to come. It's just that good. I'm going back to see if I can score a few more bottles of this intoxicatingly lovely liquid. Wow!

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Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
92 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.