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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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Reviews: 127
Hads: 238
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 23
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with excellent lacing on a murky golden with slight brownish hue.

S: soapy, corriander, sweet lemon and orange peel citrus.

T: more herbs and corriander. Citrus provides little overall and is mostly lemon tartness.the hops are mostly on the herbal side.

M: light body and high carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: The booze are well hidden. This one is very flavorful but not very complex. Definitely worth trying this one.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a snifter glass with a two finger high bright white head that slowly died down yet consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of spices in the nose along with hints of floral and citrusy hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite spicy (likely due to the combination of rye, spices and yeast), which lingers into the aftertaste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer shares a lot of similarities with a tripel given its relatively light body and hides the alcohol well from both the smell and the state, making it a very easy beer to sip.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightfully zesty and bubbly Belgian pale ale with the dryness and spice of a saison but with the hop rates that straddle tripels and Belgian IPA's. All with the lemony undertones and grassy finish.

The beer pours with hazy golden color with suggestions of yeast floating about. Very impressively, the billowing cotton white head forms a mousse-like blanket on the beer and shows the most stubborn of retention values. Lacing on the glass blurs the line where the head stops and lace begins. Very Belgiany indeed.

Pilsner malts give a rich bready, lightly biscuity aroma along with grainy sweetness and cracker-like crispness. Elements of fruit and herbs blend together with lemon/lemon grass leading the way. Ongoing citrus note reveal appricot, apple/crabapple, and grapefruit. Grassy notes develop into sharp olfactory sensations of white pepper, orange peel, clove, and tea-like earthiness.

Delicious flavors errupt from the fruity and spicy aromas. A fleeting malty sweetness gives life to the fruity esters and carry a short-lived grainy/malty taste from initial sips and into the rich mid palate. Citrus flavors from hops along with the acidity of beer reinforce the lemony and grapefruity bitterness that eventally close the taste. Spicy flavors give a rounded and smooth bitterness/bite to the hops and phenolic notes without forming any distracting flavors. Vodka-like alcohols become more prevailant as the beer warms.

Most impressively, the body is exquisit in it's early and expressive carbonation and ultra dry finish. As the beer hits the mouth, it errupts in an airy malty mouthfeel that lifts the beer from the surfaces and ushers in a mid palate that evaporates like cotton candy- leaving a bone dry finish, pleasant warmth, and the memory of confectioner's sugar and citrusy spice.

An absolutely beautiful beer that takes me back to the first time I tried Duvel. Absolutely effortless to drink, the beer borrows what's best from stronger Belgian pale ales, saison spice and dryness, and the assertive hoppy push of tripels and Belgian IPA's.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty with fruity notes. Also, some spiciness.

T - It tasted fruity with apple and pear flavors. Good spiciness with a yeasty kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and a warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a really tasty beer. I'm glad Sycamore had it on tap.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazy pale yellow color with a huge white head.

S: The nose is of sweet light fruits such as apples and pears, grass, and light malty sweetness. There is a touch of metal in there too, for some reason, along with subtle yeast esters providing some spice.

T: Sweet and bready malts with plenty of green apples, sweet pears, and floral honey-like notes. There are some nice grassy hop notes as well.

M: The body is on the light end of medium with a very lively carbonation.

D: Like pretty much everything else Green Flash does, this was a winner. Very nice and easy to drink (especially for such a high ABV beer).

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Photo of nickfl
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huuuge head of 5 fingers, messy lacing, hazy golden wheat color.

Nose belgian golden and saison, light golden malts, light spices, light citrus, bit sweet malts, wheat, lemony, touch of grassy hops.

Taste sweet belgian golden malts, light candi sugar, some lighter fruits, little booze warmth and tingle, chewy but sweet malts, light spices and citrus, light wheat, bit sticky, finishes a bit dry, mouth anesthetized with tingly booze, lingering malts and candi sugar.

Mouth is med bodied with tons of carb and warming and tingly booze, I was originally thinking a bit over carbonated, but it seems to balance the sweetness a bit.

Overall great, nice flavors, bit warming booze, a bit sweet, great flavors, candi sugar, light spices.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Alla Spina, Philly, PA

This was listed as a dark saison, though I'm not really sure I agree with that. My real question is: are there two versions of this beer? Because most reviews seem to say it's a golden-to-orange color, and I even Googled pics verifying this, but my pour was definitely dark, dark brown, bordering on black, and I know I've seen other reviews that report the same. I don't know, but I'm just calling it like it is.

This beer was dark brown, nearly black, with a nice half inch or so of tan head that retained fairly well. Biscuity malts on the nose, coffee, yeasty, sharp and crisp herbal notes, and a good dose of licorice and cinnamon. Trust me, this is what I got, and there were no other beers on the tap list that matched this description, which is why I find this confusing. Taste reflected the aroma, moderately roasty, but with pils malt qualities coming through, cinnamon, clove, licorice, black pepper, bready yeast, light fruit esters. Body was medium, and this was quite flavorful and drinkable overall. As for the variance in color and other general qualities, I have no explanation. But check the other site...I'm not the only one.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best by 1/20/2013. Pours a very hazy golden straw color with a very nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge lemon, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, herbal, floral, apple, pepper, coriander, earth, bread, honey, grass, and big spicy yeast esters. Excellent and complex aromas with great balance. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, pepper, herbal, floral, coriander, earth, apricot, apple, pear, bread, grass, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, apple, apricot, pepper, pear, herbal, coriander, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of fruity flavors with spiciness; and nice complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel; with very smooth sipping with the carbonation level. Alcohol is extremely well hidden at 9.5%; with only a very slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale! Fantastic balance of sweetness with spiciness; and extremely smooth and enjoyable to sip on. A great effort by both breweries.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biere de L'Amitie, collaboration between St. Feuillien and California's Green Flash. Belgian strong golden ale, using rye and wheat malt, and American Amarillo hops in the end. A blend of Belgian tradition and American innovation. Straw golden color, effervescent, yeasty, hoppy Belgian ale.

Brilliant golden color, lightly hazy, lovely, lace leaving ivory head.

Zesty, bright aromatics, citrus and spice, lemon and pepper. Clean, fruity, hoppy, and beautiful.

Taste: smooth and gentle, yet dominated by lean, bready malt and crisp, bitter hoppiness. Hangs long on the palate, leaves a tidy bitter trail along, with bright lemon and lime flavors. Up comes pineapple and pear. It leaves slowly and gracefully. Sweet fruit flavors keep step with grassy, bitter hoppy edge all the way.

I recommend this for golden ale devotees and hop heads alike. May both factions come together over this fine ale.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes. Got to try at the Captain Lawrence cdc release.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of floral and citrus hops, as well as a little bit of spices.

t - Tastes of spices, yeast, and citrus hops and fruits.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent Belgian style ale. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Binny's. Shared at yesterday's Flossmoor release. Served in a taster glass.

A - Pours with huge foam, that settles to a thick collar leaving behind some splotchy lace. Hazed golden straw body. Duvel-like carbonation & appearance.

S - Surprisingly sweet for the style - lots of vanilla and fruits mingling with grains of paradise, Belgian yeast, and spicy esters. Hop aroma seems to have faded since the release date.

T - Very fruity, with some pale malts and malted wheat, coriander, zesty herbaceous hops and a kiss of rye. Finishes very spicy and bitter.

M - Zesty carbonation that verges in prickly. Medium-light body, and a clean finish. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden, with only faint warmth after a half-glass.

D - I liked this a bit more than Tripel Perfection - the flavor was more complex and unusual, but the elements fit together very nicely. Would drink again, particularly if they made a new batch - I'd love to see what the Amarillo dry hopping does for this.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 3"+ fluffy white head. The head lasts a long time.

Smell: spicy yeast, floral bitterness, and citrus tones leap from the glass. Some softer fruit tones are in the background.

Taste: bigger than expected malt level with some green grapes, pear sweetness, pepper spiciness, yeast, and a hearty floral bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp from start to finish with some drying late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors remain in the mouth.

Drinkability: this beer is a slow sipper. It comes across as a highly hopped belgian tripel. Nice collaboration beer you should definitely try.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a pale golden, lightly hazy, with a soft white head, solid retention.

S: Yeasty, white spice, with some minty hops.

T: Lots of yeast esters. Also the taste gets really herbal with wintergreen and spearmint, almost has a gruit like aspect. Some pils style malt is there, but you'd never notice it.

M: Dry, medium-bodied, very smooth, soft carbonation.

D: A very impressive collaboration. The American and Belgian influence is clear here.

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A collaboration between Green Flash and St. Feuillien, interesting...

A. Poured into a oversized wine glass, golden with a chill haze and bone white head.

S. Belgian yeast, some hops, some bready malt also.

T. Almost like a belgian style tripel, a pronounced fruityness with esters coupled with a citrusy hop bite and some earthyness on the back end. An American interpretation of a belgian style beer. Hides the alcohol gracefully.

M. Light to medium bodied, smooth finish, lingering herbal notes.

D. A very nice beer here. Easy to drink, Belgium meets the USA in the best possible way. Consider this a must try.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Beer Revolution. I liked this beer, but it definitely showed mostly a Belgian tilt and rather little influence from Green Flash. Pours a hazy golden with a decent head that eventually fades. The smell is very interesting. Light bubblegum and clove, slightly sour, some herbal hop notes, and some lemon on the finish. The taste is also complex, with lemon, clove, and crisp herbal hops with a very dry almost tinny finish. Dry and austere in the mouth, this is probably better as an aperitif.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/6/14. Poured from a 750 into a stemmed chalice, the beer is a hazy, straw gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout, and a chunky, dense, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of caramel sweetness forward, with floral highlights, a solid spice blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and grains of paradise. Toasted notes, with a hops character profile of tropical fruit and cut grass. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, heavy on pineapple, apricot, and melon, all on a grassy and piney hops profile, accented by a blast of spices including cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper. This all takes place on a caramel and biscuit backbone, with some subtle yeast esters highlighting here and there. Pretty dynamic, and this one has been in the bottle for a year. Smooth, light, and effervesced in mouth, with a fruity and bready aftertaste, almost like a fruitcake, with hints of bitterness still kicking around. Smooth, light, slightly lingering finish. Good beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear golden orange color with golden yellowish orange hues and a two finger frothy, soapy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Chunks of soap lacing left behind.  

Sweet estery, light fruit aroma with hints of zesty peppery spice, alcohol, bubblegum and earthy, soily hops.  Belgian esters are  very prominent with bubblegum, light fruit and zesty peppery spice.

Medium bodied with a dry earhy hop preence up front which isn't too bitter. This is complimented by zesty peppery spice, notably coriander, pepper and bitter hops.  There's also a strong Belgian estery light fruit presence with hints of bubblegum, apple and strawberry.  alcohol phenols and heat toward thw finish.  The 9.5% is decently nsskrd with heat toward the finish and slight wamrth in the chest.  Faint malts underneath but this beer is all spice and hop up front followed by sweet fruit and bubblegum with booziness in finish.  

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden ale with a tall white colored head, it certainly has the looks.

Smell is light and bright, mild honeysuckle malt aroma with apples and roses and a coriander. Slight aspirin aroma really wish Amarillo hops would just die out. Slightly soapy aroma.

Starts out light and heavily carbonated. Mildly bitter with a fairly flowery taste. Flavor is light and the coriander is subdued. Lightly flavored beer that tastes a lot like Hennepin.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a mild and tasty Belgian Ale.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.97/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


On tap at Churchill's in a snifter.

A: Vibrant straw golden with a soft fizzy white head.

S: Belgian yeast, wheat, and strong coriander. A dash of rye and a little orange. Subtle floral notes. Perfumey and aromatic.

T: Coriander is strong, with orange and a little pepper and grass. I get some bubblegum . Finish is spicy. 

M: Medium light body with lower high carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Insipid. Wouldn't want to drink much of this. Actually, I wouldn't want to drink any quantity of it again.

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Photo of John_M
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pour a solid gold color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is just wild, showing white pepper, flowery, perfumy hops, lime and tangerine. The flavor profile isn't quite as complex, but otherwise replicates the nose pretty closely. The lime, tangerine and white pepper take center stage in this beer, and the beer finishes with a dry, hoppy finish. For a hophead, this is just a lovely beer. Mouthfeel is fairly light, something I find incredible given the abv. Nevertheless, there is plenty of flavor in this fine beer, and drinkability is exceptional. The alcohol is brilliantly integrated into the flavor profile.

Wow. Really liked this beer. It really grew on me the more I drank it, and all I can say is that I hope it's around for a while. Very, very nice.

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Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
91 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.