Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by notchucknorris on 08-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
356
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
21.35%
 
 
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3
Gots:
11
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 356 |  Reviews: 105
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and lots of herbal and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a roasty finish. There is a medium amount of herbal and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but its aromas and flavors are quite medicinal in a way.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a miss to me. it pours really dark brown color, a little sludgy, with a tall and lasting tan head. the nose is odd, cocoa powder and cinnamon, which i dont think really go together well at all, and then a whole lot of dark roasty malts, almost smokey. all this under a real funky saison yeast. it doesnt work. the flavor is about the same, with the cinnamon taking on the main role. i love the yeast, its really different and potent, and i would love to taste it in a normal saison. all the additives in this make it taste pretty lousy really. not a drain pour, because it is still interesting, but not something i will ever buy again. too many things competing for my palates attention at the same time. mouthfeel is fine though, full bodied and well carbonated, but its not enough to save this beer. possibly me least favorite green flash beer to date, but i do appreciate the creativity, it just didnt work out this time.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that has very good retention properties and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and herbs in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has hints of roasted malts and spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
O: This is quite an interesting beer that seems to share some properties of an Irish Dry Stout (from the roasted malts) and a Scottish Gruit (from the herbs).

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3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The friendship that has cultivated between Green Flash and St. Feuillien has lead to some amazing Belgian-style beers. This go around, the highly floral character that Green Flash creates in their unique and unilateral Belgian influenced ales reign supreme here.

Unlike any traditional saison, the Friendship brew pours dark; darker perhaps than most Belgian strong dark ales and more like American porter. But capped with a dense sandy head, the beer retains and laces strongly with longevity and speckled lace left behind on the glass.

The extreme perfume notes leap from the glass and into the nose with an intense floral boquet, wrapped with fragrant spruce seemingly of Christmas trees. The malty underpinnings offer a glimpse into light coffee, cocoa, and toast. Any spice balance is largely engulfed by the perfume notes.

Malty flavors strike first to taste, and does so with bitter cocoa, medium toast, coffee grounds, and burnt molasses. But the taste of malt presents itself with dry accompaniment- meaning that the associated sweetness evades and the beer promotes dry malt taste. This makes way for the strong perfume aroma to manifest in taste with rose pedals, ginger, spruce, and the bitter taste of perfume spices. Low in bitterness, the beer achieves balance through it's dry malt and strong spice notes.

Medium-like in mouthfeel, the beer favors lightness although its robust taste makes the mind think "richness". But as soon as the creamy carbonation subsides, the dry char character promotes an arid effect on the mouth with powdery textures and the warm spicy pang of alcohol.

Like their Rayon Vert and Le Freak, this collaboration beer favors those floral, spicy, and perfumy character of Green Flash's Belgian-style beers and less of that from St. Feuillien. Though this is a unique and highly flowery type of taste, I think I prefer the more authentic, more subdued, and authentic taste of St. Feuillen beers better.

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2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap acquired for $8.99 at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz. 5.7% ABV according to my bottle. Label is blue and clearly identifies it as a collaboration with St Feuillien. Reviewed live. Expections are low given the current ratings and the brewery in combination with the style (is Green Flash capable of executing a black saison? I highly doubt it.) Brewed and bottled by Green Flash.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Shocked at the seeming overcarbonation as I poured. Pours a seven finger head of surprisingly appealing tan colour, great smooth cream, fantastic thickness, and excellent (~10+ minute) retention. The head just sits there; it's not receding at all. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque. Fair lacing as the head slowly slowly recedes. Quite foamy. It certainly looks overcarbonated. In any case, I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Peppermint/spearmint, biscuity yeast, and generic malts. Mint is dominant. Some blood-orange. Pumpkin gourd. Medicinal aspirin. Light timid leather. Maybe light brett yeast. Earthy notes. Fennel/anise/light licorice. Light soapy hops. Those are the only notes me broken nose can detect; all apologies, lads. A moderate strength aroma, and dareisay a unique one. I'm excited to try it.

T: Okay. Hm. Dominant mint, light fennel/anise/licorice. Light pumpkin gourd. Crappy cola notes. A bit medicinal, but in the best way possible - if that makes any sense. No bretts or yeast come through. No leather either. Lightly soapy hops. I expected this to be awful given current ratings; that isn't the case. Though it's not good. It's certainly not balanced well; this is a real mess. Buried roasted barley. Dark malts. Earthy character - which isn't doing it any favors. Lacks subtlety and balance. Underwhelmingly executed, but I don't know that it's bad. Certainly unfocused, but I like the ambition and experimentation. There are many beers that fail because they simply don't try; this one really goes for it - and fails spectacularly. I think there's respectability in that. I wouldn't say that I like it, per se, but it's not the crapfest current ratings (76) suggest.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Okay thickness. Light creamy quality. Carbonation is a bit overdone, but it works here. Palate presence is okay. It suits the flavour profile okay. Doesn't lack body.

Dr: Drinkable. Not stellar, not awful, but drinkable. People are being a bit harsh on it, methinks. It's not a great Black Saison - or even a good one. But it's not awful, either. I always applaud experimentation. This is one effort that seems to suffer from its nature as a collaboration beer; I can't help but think that it'd have turned out far better if St Feuillien had brewed it alone. In any case, I won't be buying it again - especially at its high price point. As a saison fan, I don't think much of this offering - but I appreciate what they were going for. The elements here just really don't mesh. Also, why is the ABV so low?

High D+

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - Very herbal with spices and some bready malt notes.

T - It tasted very spicy. Herbal and piney with some grassy notes. Some fruitiness with a bready malt backbone.

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

O - This is a nice beer. Very heavily spiced makes it a little rough around the edges.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/7/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of roasted malt, coriander, clove, pepper, dark chocolate, lime, light smoke, toast, ginger, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and unique aromas with good strength and complexity; lots of spices noted, was hoping for more roasted balance in the nose. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, lime, coriander, clove, sage, pepper, toast, light smoke, ginger, raisin, light coffee, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of roasted malt, toast, coriander, clove, pepper, sage, herbal, light coffee, lime, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Good flavor balance and complexity; with a solid malt/spiciness balance; and minimal cloying spices after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good black saison style. Good balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable and unique offering.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of chinchill
2.42/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle dated July 2012 served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours very dark brown; black in the snifter; capped with a large, dense beige head, with loads of lace left on the glass. The aroma features fairly strong notes of perfume in a floral and spruce mix with traces of spices and yeast. The remarkable aroma is complex and unusual, but is not really inviting ingestion.

The flavor starts sweet, as suggested by the aroma, but soon turns bitter. The flavor has some malty underpinnings of a black ale, but this is overrun by brett/perfume/spruce resin. Hints of bitter cocoa, coffee, ginger and rose petals.

Medium body and carbonation.

O: this intense brew is the most floral and perfumed beer I've ever encountered. I found it quite interesting, but rather hard to rate and challenging to consume. It is not one I'll return to.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black in color with some very faint clear dark brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall dense and creamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized thick patch, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass - very good head retention properties. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is primarily dominated by the herbal smells - rosemary, thyme, and sage. There is a light underlying aroma of dark roasted malts with some peppery yeast.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate flavor of dark roasted malts. Next the herbal flavors of rosemary, thymes, and sage come out though slightly less intense than the malts. Finally the beer finishes with some spicy/peppery yeast.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is a very interesting style, a black saison - you lose some of the funkiness and yeastiness of a normal saison but retain the herbaceous qualities (maybe it could have been described as a black gruit as well). I enjoyed the beer but it definitely was not a real easy drinker or a sessionable beer. Perhaps this beer is a little more complex than it needs to be - the flavors and aromas almost compete with one another.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark spiced ale that I would call a Belgian Dark rather than a Saison, but I suppose it's all in the yeast. Really interesting spicy flavor with a lot of the meaty, savory umami taste. Seems like there are three kinds of bitterness-- hops, herbs, and Belgian yeast. Barnyard funk in the nose, hay and hoppy resins on the tongue. The herbs are hard to place. Perhaps anise, hibuscus, licorice root, cigar wrappers, sage, and coriander.

Dark brown and near opaque in the pint glass . Modest foam and appropriate carbonation. Ends with a bite of bitter bark. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. 5.7% seems to be the accepted abv. I had a couple of different St. Feuillien brews in Belgium last week, and it was one of my favorite breweries. Green Flash ought to just borrow a couple of their recipes for the classics and brew them here.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours black with a solid 1-inch thick off-tan head which fades slowly and yields clumpy lace.

S: Loads of herbs and spices. Mostly sages and mints with some earthy, yeasty and roasty notes.

T: Roasty, herbal, floral, some spices and yeast.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry with yeast and herbs/spices.

O: Interesting pungent herbs and yeast with some roasted malts. Not sure what to make of this.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

11 ounce pour - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Brought to my dark, dank corner of the bar a very dark brown body with infinitesimally small bubbles arising from the sides of the glass. Smallish, khaki-colored head depositing a fair amount of lace on the way down.

Smell: Florals that crank the scent dial towards heavily herbal atop astringent burnt, blackened malts and licorice root. Smells like Ricola cough drops.

Taste: Roasted maltiness leaning towards touches of burnt black malt. Near nil sweetness. Then, that rather curious St. Feuillien spice mix that again just screams Ricola (though I guess honking Ricola through one of those long-ass alphorns is more appropriate). Charred prune skins. It's warming, heavily spiced, with coarse burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's all well and good to have a collaboration but one best ens--hey, hold up a sec, my cough... it's gone! Thanks, Green Flash/St. Feuillien!

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Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 356 ratings.
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