Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) - Brasserie St. Feuillien
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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
5/5 rDev +21.1%
Had this awesome beer at the Town Hall Brewery bowling Ally!
It is a complex and wonderfully beer!
Green Flash has a great beer line and I am stoked they hooked up with St. Feuillien for this strong ale!
Apperance: Orangish pale and cloudy with nice lacing
Smell: Belgish yeast and biscuits
Taste: yeasty and malty and smooth with a slight sweetness and biterness
Mouthfeel: a after taste of dryness that finishes very well
Overall: a beer to enjoy for a minimum of an hour as it warms the flavors really come out, but worth starting cold
08-04-2013 20:27:59 | More by xmorgan
4.83/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
08-28-2011 22:20:51 | More by nickhiller
4.78/5 rDev +15.7%
Had this on tap at the grill next door in Haverhill, MA a few days ago so will be doing this review by memory.
A~ Looked like what you would expect from a belgian strong pale... light color, thick white head great lacing.
S~ Smell kind of reminded me of a Delerium Tremons, very complex, some strong belgian yeast notes in there, maybe some fruity/ citrus notes in there as well. Great smelling beer.
T~ WOW, after having my first taste of this I actually started laughing because it was so good. Exactly what you want to expect out of the style, a great tasting beer, cannot tell that its 9.5 percent at all. The malty spicyness completely tookover and just made this beer a pleasure to drink all the way down... very happy I had a chance to drink this on tap while it was available.
M~ Good carbonation levels, not too high, not too low. Very refreshing after a long day of work in the sun.
O~ Great beer, if you have a chance to try this beer I highly recommend you do so, for it will only be around so long.
07-01-2011 21:44:56 | More by Skeeter206
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
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
This friendship beer is an incredibly risky combination of Belgian yeast character similar to a strong golden ale, sweet orange Amarillo hops, and spicy rye malt. To me, it is genius.
The beer is clear golden and smells of oranges and spices. The taste is unique among the beers I've tasted. It is dark and spicy, sweet and citrusy, and earthy, all at once. There is at least one sweet spot in the three-dimensional space defined by these flavors, and L'Amitie found it.
There may be some orange peel or cardamom in there. There may be spicy noble hops. The taste is different enough that you may have more questions than answers. A mystifying beer. I wish I had gallons to ponder.
08-09-2010 06:29:57 | More by drummstikk
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
this smells like a strong saison and tastes like a west coast version of a belgian pale. it's very very good. pours a nice gold with a good finger head that leaves good lace. fair carbonation, but it was hard to tell in the dimly lit bar. at 9.5% this is insanely drinkable. i don't think this even warrants comparisons to duvel, as it's very different. get this while you can!
09-18-2010 21:34:29 | More by radshoesbro
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
A - Pours with a large, three finger head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. Streams of bubbles rise turbulently to the surface and support the head, giving it near infinite retention.
S - Herbal, spicy hops with an underlying note of sweet, bready malt. Some gentle, fruity yeast in the background with pear, pineapple, and vanilla.
T - Sweet, bready malt up front with a bit of pear and pineapple yeast character. Some herbal hop notes come out in the middle, complimented by yeasty clove. Finishes with a moderate bitterness, balanced by sweet malt with vanilla, clove, and lemony hop flavors.
M - Medium-thick body, very high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.
D - Wow, this is an excellent beer! The malt and hops combine beautifully with the yeast to produce a classic example of the style. The yeast has an excellent level of complexity with notes of pear and vanilla that are tempered by a spicy clove note that accentuates the hops. I don't get much in the way of American hop character from the amarillo that is apparently in here (just a hint of citrus towards the finish), but there is an excellent grassy, herbal hop essence that works perfectly with the malt and yeast. Everything about this beer is well executed, from the color to the silky mouthfeel and vigorous carbonation that speaks of masterful bottle conditioning, this is a really wonderful example of craftsmanship. To my palate, there is a lot more St. Feuillien than Green Flash in this bottle but I am not complaining in the least as this represents an all too rare treat: a truly world class Belgian strong pale ale!
09-06-2010 06:23:11 | More by nickfl
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
From bottle to tulip glass
Pours a light, cloudy blond with lots of vibrant carbonation, forming a sudsy, two-inch head. The sea-foam head shows strong retention, but as it slowly recedes, little lacing is left in its trace. There are plenty of earthy, spicy tones in the nose, including coriander and orange zest, backed by ample alcohol volatiles. An earthy funk is prevalent at the front of the sip. Layers of spice are along for the ride. A nice citrusy profile is also noted, presumably from the West Coast hops, which seamlessly blends with the grassy, funky tones. Honey, biscuit-like malts not only round out the flavor but give the brew a unique backdrop - like freshly baked artisan bread. Alcohol warms but is well masked. The hop bite dries the beer toward the finish, leaving a relatively crisp aftertaste.
The brew has a rich, velvety mouthfeel. Its carbonation matches its rich complexion and works to scrub your palate with each sip. Nothing is out of place here, and, even though the beer has 'big' character, its 9.5% ABV quickly becomes an afterthought. It gets HUGE points for sticking to a traditional Belgian style while adding just a twist of American hoppy goodness. Complex, flavorful, unique - there are plenty of flavors here to be unraveled and pondered, and this should do well with age. I'm glad I bought two.
12-11-2010 06:29:51 | More by rand
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
Poured into a Duvel goblet.
A: Hazy golden yellow with a billowy white head. Excellent lacing. Very very good looking beer.
S: Spicy. White pepper, floral and citrus.
T: Malty and spicy, soft fruit notes. Quite a pleasant beer. Hop bitterness does not dominate but rather the hops flavors do a nice job of contributing to the overall beer.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Finishes fairly dry, but it's got a decent amount of body to it.
D: Pretty high for me, this went pretty fast and paired quite well with a wood fired pizza.
01-11-2011 02:29:03 | More by aggiearcher13
Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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