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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
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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of rand
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

rand, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Lldeegan
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straw gold in color with a white rocky head.

Belgian yeast is quite evident, from the spice, like coriander, with the backing of American hop additions, which lends to a citrus aroma.

It is bready at first with some spice, citrus and clove coming through along with some esters, rounding out to a citrus and hoppy finish.

Lively carbonation leads to a bready, yeast taste that creates an earthy yet floral hoppy note.

This would be a great cheese beer both from the carbonation and the floral, herbal, earthy flavors. Great balance of Belgian style with American innovation. A very drinkable beer, will definitely buy again.

Lldeegan, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft, City Beer Store. Very nice Belgian-style ale with an American twist. The beer pours a light yellow-gold with a big white head. The aroma is honeyed malt, sugar cane, earthy/spicy yeast notes and a floral/lemony/citric hop note. It's not as hoppy as most Belgian IPAs, but it's somewhere between that and a good, big tripel/light BSA. The taste is lightly and pleasantly sweet with gentle touches of hop bitterness around the edges. There's even more of an herbaceous/floral angle in the taste. It's easy to drink and sits much more lightly on the palate than the 9.5% abv would suggest. Having tried this from a tap, I'm quite pleased to have a bottle in my cellar.

popery, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Georgiabeer, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

prototypic, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderately hazy straw/golden color with an extremely effervescent body, cappeed by two to two and a half fingers of rocky head. Retention is good as it settles ever so slowly, with the head lasting for the duration of the beer.

S: Citrus is strong up front, in the form of both lemon zest and citrusy hops, followed by spices - mint and sage are evident. Wheat and yeasty character are in the background, along with some light floral esters.

T: Restrained citrus up front with more lemon zest and less citrusy hop character, followed by a strong wheat base. Spices come in near the backend but are more subdued than on the nose, leading to a fairly mild finish. Has the same components as the aroma, but doesn't seem to live up to it entirely.

M: Medium bodied with smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: ABV is well hidden, good drinkability but doesn't quite live up to its potential in the taste category.

Xul, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden colored with an overwhelming white head. Light and fizzy but just to much carbonation.

Spritzy, lemony aromas, with citrusy hops and fruit. Sweet tart candy like aromas spicey with yeasty undertones, with a floral ester on the end.

Quite a tasty treat, light and refreshing, this things 9.5% wow. Nice addition of citrusy, floral hops. Sweet fruity middle with lemon zest, spicey, zesty, with a big dose of yeast. Really easy drinking and nice. Light, highly carbonated and refreshing.

mcallister, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of runner72
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking forward to trying this collaboration. Green Flash is one of my favorite breweries so I was curious how the collaboration would be.

Serving - 22 oz bottle

Pours a cloudy golden color. Head is large, white with big bubbles. It does not adhere to the glass much. The aroma is evident just from the pour. You can smell vanilla, yeast and lots of spices. Taste is smooth with a little bit of bitterness toward the end. You can taste the spices. Very complex. Carbonation is high and you can feel it in the mouth. Overall, very good and very complex.

runner72, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

bluejacket74, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

GilGarp, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of track1646
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

track1646, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of mexikrainian
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

mexikrainian, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Bierguy5, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

RoyalT, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of radshoesbro
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

radshoesbro, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of vincicle
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

vincicle, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of mgoblue5743
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

mgoblue5743, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

BretSikkink, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

ArrogantB, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of shivtim
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

shivtim, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Mora2000, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

nickfl, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Gavage, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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).

womencantsail, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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!)

JoEBoBpr, Sep 01, 2010
Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
92 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.