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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 19
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Brasserie St. Feuillien visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Florida9 on 07-18-2010)
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

750 ml caged/banded and corked bottle, cork says Lot 2699, bottle says 22/04/12. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy light gold color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention was excellent, with a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, green apples, Belgian yeast and peppery spice. Taste is bready malt, grassy hops, lemon peel and peppery spice along with some clove and apricots. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has high but soft carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's nice and smooth. Also, the 9.5% ABV is well hidden as it's not really noticable in the aroma or taste. I thought it was a good brew, I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 22:28:29 | More by bluejacket74
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GilGarp

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:39:11 | More by GilGarp
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track1646

Pennsylvania

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

750ml poured into an Ephemere Tulip

Appearance - Huge bright white head that grows and grows. Golden yellow to honey color with a constant stream of small bubbles feeding the head. Head slowly (10 min) dissipates into a thick 1 inch froth.

Smell - Big nose of grassy hops mixed with light yeast and floral fruity tones.

Taste - Backs up the nose with fruity hops mixed with spices and yeasty esters. Alcohol adds a 3rd dimension to the flavor...not over powering but definitely apparent in the backbone.

Mouthfeel - Light but with a creamy/smooth element. Once it enters your mouth it expands as the carbonation turns the beer into a froth. The beer has enough texture to feel as if it coats your mouth.

Drinkability - Alcohol slows down the drinking a little bit, but this beer is airy enough to seem light. The addition of hops keeps the spices and sweetness at bay helping the overall drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:33:10 | More by track1646
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mexikrainian

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Ename Chalice.

Appearance: murky straw yellow with creamy white head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: honey, grassy and malty with heavy pear and apple notes.

Taste: hoppy character with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with high carbonation.

Overall impression: complex and unique, this is a great twist on a Belgian, somewhere between a tripel and saison. not an everyday drinker, but excellent nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 22:16:21 | More by mexikrainian
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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

750 ml bottle, 9.5% abv. Hazy, pale gold color. Great fluffy, rocky white head supported by a stream of fine carbonation. Great head retention and patches of lace.

Nose has some yeasty notes, spices. Pale cracker malt. Kind of a grassy, citrusy hop aroma. Some other fruity notes. A hint of alcohol as well.

Pale malt character. Very dry. Lots of lighter earthy spices. Some yeasy flavors. Good amount of hop bitterness, without being overwhelming. A citrusy edge to the bitterness, but also some earthy and spicy notes that go very well here.

Lighter body, with a good deal of carbonation. A big beer that feels very light. Some alcohol is felt, but does not detract much. A very nice beer here. Nice Belgian style with an American twist. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 21:24:02 | More by Bierguy5
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 23:54:37 | More by RoyalT
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radshoesbro

California

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 21:34:29 | More by radshoesbro
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vincicle

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 19:38:15 | More by vincicle
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mgoblue5743

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer. It's very hoppy but has a belgian feel to it, like a hoppy saisson. never had anything quite like it. worth trying. i had it on tap at a distributor event at blind tiger in nyc. the taste is fantastic, but the beer is a little thin and a bit hot; not a good session beer, but great type of brew to have after a long day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 19:42:29 | More by mgoblue5743
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

High-pitched and high-volume corking noise indicates that there has been some work going on inside this innocuous-looking bottle. Pours with a slightly ridiculous amount of alabaster foam. Outstanding retention, although it merely delays consumption after a certain point. What are you trying to prove, Biere de l'amitie? Golden-mustard color, well-hazed over. Nice appearance outside of the over-zealous head.

Nose has some pepper and phenolic notes, but is also fruity and has a hint of bubble gum. Fairly clean flavor, with the high carbonation peeling away any layers of finish that would otherwise care to stick around. Well-hidden booze, the spicing appears to be doing good work. Slightly bitter, but a herbaceous bitter, like licking aloe. Or something. White pepper, again, lots of bubbles.

Pretty interesting collaboration. Interesting pairing of brewers, and their finished product is a nice melding of the two: a fairly commonplace style, with a slight American twist. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 05:12:25 | More by BretSikkink
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $13. Nice orange color, decent head and a hoppy aroma. Citrus wafts up as well as a distinct spiciness. The flavor was more hops, citrus, and spices and well done I might say. I could not help but think this was distinctly influenced by Green Flash as it reminded me a bot of their tripel and le freak.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:41:55 | More by ArrogantB
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shivtim

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Porter in L5P Atlanta.

Served in a chalice. Very hazy straw/gold colored, with lots of visible carbonation. Decent white head. Nose is white pepper and bananas. Nice balance of spice and sweet. Notes of sweet fruits and a slight hint of hops.

Taste is yeasty, fruity, spicy. Pepper and pineapple. Hoppy twinge to the finish. Pleasantly subtle, with nice flavors that aren't overpowering. Surprisingly, no alcohol is detectable.

Nice mouthfeel. Heavy carbonation without being over-the-top. Good drinkability. Very well done collaboration.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 14:00:25 | More by shivtim
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:56:30 | More by Mora2000
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nickfl

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 06:23:11 | More by nickfl
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 18:35:01 | More by Gavage
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womencantsail

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 07:57:52 | More by womencantsail
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a 750ml bottle. Lot: 2699

A - Opens with a strong loud pop. Very exciting. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a nice 1 inched medium and fluffy dense head. The dense is very retentive and has some slight stickiness. Nice and fluffy.

S - Delicious clove and malty sweetness nice fruity and slight vinous aroma. The alcohol is well hidden but its there. Totally full of spice with nice coriander and some slight peppercorn. This beer has a great aroma that is not as in your face as other BSPA but all the key delicious components are there.

T & M - Fluffy and frothy sweet malt taste up front with some slight honey and great clove character. Nice delicious sweetness that isn't too intense and is enhanced by some slight alcoholic warmth and esters. Great spices in the mouth slight pepper and some coriander as well. The beer is on the hoppy side which creates a great balance and a nice earthy and grassy flavor and feel. Crisp and clean flavors that are very prominent. It is pretty dry and as it warms the spices are enhanced so much more. Sometimes even making my mouth parch.

D - Extremely drinkable and delicious and more approachable than other BSPA. Its very comparable to Duvel. (Gasp!)

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 22:23:51 | More by JoEBoBpr
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a MJ Beer Hunter Tasting Glass.

Pours with a stark white, large billowy head on top of a light, almost hazy straw colored beer. Head stands up over time fairly well, with a mix of large and small tight bubbles.

Aromas of citrus (lemon), pepper, and yeast.

First sip is of lemon, chalk, pepper, and a lingering alcohol bite. Kind of a mix between a saison and a triple. What ever spices are actually in this are subdued, not overdone.

Mouthfeel is clean and light, with some carbonic bite.

Very drinkable beer, nice collaboration between St. Feuillien and Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 01:03:51 | More by JamnesCameron
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Mancer

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently on tap at The Gingerman.

This brew was served in a specialty glass, at around 8oz. Nice off-white head with a cloudy golden body. There was about a one finger high head with decent lacing. The smell of the beer was heavy on citrus with more floral notes as the beer warmed, during consumption. The taste was not as citrus based as the smell would perceive; there is a heavier focus on the floral notes which create and maintain an excellent flavor combined with the hop flavor. There was a sweetness to the beer that was more present at the forefront. I would characterize this as being close to a Saison in its qualities, all though not quite a full on saison. This was an excellent beer that I would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 02:51:35 | More by Mancer
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david18

New York

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

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. As a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale" I wouldn't put it in the same category as a duvel but it was a very good beer and I'm a huge fan of Green Flash. Light in color, very good aroma, nice carbonation, overall a great strong pale beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 19:24:18 | More by david18
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

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

Served on tap into 9oz snifter.

Pours a murky golden color, with decent head retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma has a ton of citrus - surprised me - almost IPA like. Decent grassy, and earthy qualities come through as it warmed a bit.

Flavor is just wild - lots of herbal, minty, and floral qualities. I'd almost characterize this as an IPA/Saison or Belgian IPA. Good herbal hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Terrificly smooth, with just the right carbonation. Slightly cloying from the high alcohol, but did not realize it was 9.5% until I saw it here.

Good drinkability, but suffers a tad (relative to the style) from the strong herbal bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 18:53:16 | More by BeerImmediately
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 19:52:35 | More by glid02
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John_M

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 20:01:59 | More by John_M
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 21:07:25 | More by Billolick
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drummstikk

California

4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 06:29:57 | More by drummstikk
Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
92 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.