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%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 356 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of Hopswagger
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P: Black slightly transparent body with mahogany tint. A massive mountain if rocky brown ice cream float head. Great retention that settles to a creamy crown. 3 rings of lacing cling to the sides.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa nibs, dark fruits, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, clove and faint licorice. Earthy farmhouse yeast and roasted grains. Aroma is similar to the spring time gain laundry detergent.

T/M: Lots of char in the taste with a bouquet of floral hops, dark cocoa, chalky yeast and a bite of cayenne pepper midway through the swish. Sweetness from burnt molasses, brown sugar and dark fruits. Medium-full body boasting zesty carbonation. Finish is semi dry with lingering spice, wild onions and leaves a dirty grainy feel behind.

O: Super complex nose with a great a roasted earthy spiced profile that delivers sugary sweetness to bring balance. The aroma is the main attraction. Im not a huge fan of dark saisons but this one is pretty decent.

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Photo of YobroitsJoe
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cguidry44
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ChanChan
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sure, they call themselves friends, but do they go bowling together? Anyway, this stuff pours a midnight russet-garnet topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises pumpernickel, light perfume, black pepper, clove, light ginger, brown sugar, cardamom, light candied orange peel, light toast, and a bit of licorice. Man, there's all sorts o' things goin' on here, I almost don't know what to do with it all. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though the toast is stronger and there pervades a strange bitterness and spiciness throughout, one that puts me off more than it intrigues me. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, this is an odd duck, indeed. It's aroma is more than complex and intriguing, but the corresponding flavors just don't meld well together at all, leaving me wondering why they lied to me in the first place. Not the basis of a strong and prosperous friendship, if you ask me...

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Photo of dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite black with a cocoa-colored, bubbly, froth head; lacing is really nice

S: Spicy and fruity: bananas, cloves, apples, pepper, rosemary, anise; also bready and a touch of chocolatey; a strange but strangely appetizing blend of aromas

T: Grassy herbal flavors mingle with spicy fruity flavors: subtle anise, mint, grass, banana, cloves; this is weird but unlike most of the review, I like this

F: Sticky, medium body; good mouth feel

O: Strange. But a really interesting beer nonetheless: roasty, spicy, grassy, herbaly; frankly, though, I like it

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of troy138
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Jason1337
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of abex44
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of psuscott1
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Tjvan2
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown colour. Head is over-generous but beautiful, sinking slowly to form a marshmallowy lump on the top - lacing left behind is gorgeous, beige and sticky. Looks fantastic.

Smells strongly funky, with a rich, comforting dark roastiness. Strong star anise notes as well, a touch of nutmeg and maybe some fennel. Spice has a slight sour note to it, and could use maybe some more sweetness on the nose. Just a tad overdone on the spice to make it keel off-balance.

Taste is slightly more in balance. Roastiness underlies it all, slight char note with light coffee grounds. Spice is there too - anise, clove and some pepper. Still has that slight sour, raw spice kind of flavour, unbridled, but the roast malt makes a decent complement.

Thinnish feel; no real presence in the mouth. A little bland, but OK for the palate that goes along with it.

If it were stronger it might make a more interesting blend, or if there were more Belgian yeast notes, too. The spice is the dominant figure throughout, and the beer seems a bit uninteresting in what it does with it.

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Photo of Lanstrum
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of bigred89
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of MalterMatthau
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting brew, and in my lifelong quaffing continuum up to this point it stands out, so it james garners a mention here.

Appearance: held up to the early spring sunshine it allows no light to penetrate its obscurity. 3.5 for standing tough like onyx to the rays of the sun.

The smell is less than stellar, perhaps like forgotten licorice discovered stuck at the bottom of a jar. 2.5 for reminding me of a grandfather I never knew.

The taste of this Friendship Brew is its most remarkable aspect, a combination of anise and mint and nutmeg that my palette takes notice of continuously throughout imbibing. Four.

Overall, I'm happy to taste a new taste in beer but I'm not going to aggressively pursue buying another bottle. It should be noted that I finally tried this because of a three dollars price reduction.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Even though I paid $1.75 for this I still feel cheated. Color is that of a stout with no inescapable light and a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head. For some reason I wanted this to smell like a Black IPA but alas little to no hops in the nose just mint, anise, and a touch of coriander. Taste is only mildly palatable and makes me wonder why they even bottled this monstrosity. Burn rosemary, deep black anise (which isn't terrible but not great) and a mildly fruity yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel isn't that terrible giving me a medium chewy body much bigger than I would expect for such a low ABV Saison.

Overall this beer is pretty much a fail in the sense of friendship. It made me hate green Flash all over again (still can't drink west coast IPA it taste like soap)

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Photo of SFC21
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Did not know it was a black Saison. Pours very dark with a light white head. Light struggles to get through.

S-Oh no. Burnt rosemary? Anise. Spicy and herbal. Cooking spices. Yeasty and toasty.

T-A burnt arrangement of cooking spices. Menthol. Not even close to appetizing.

M-Dreaded each sip.

O/D-Bad.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Lawl3ss
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a 12-oz tulip. Bottled 7.31.12.

Look- Deep ruby brown, started with a glass full of foam, needed four pours to get it into the two tulips. Head is loose, pearlescent off-white, falls quickly. Sparse lacing.

Smell- Funky, lighter than expected. Spicy, minty, floral. No trace of darker malts. Dominated by the yeast.

Taste- Similar to the nose, light citrus, mint, funky, touches of roast and black malt here and there, but pretty vague- more like cola than anything. There are a number of things going on here but they don't add up to anything good- spices come across as medicinal. Finishes ashy and metallic, borderline unpleasant.

Mouthfeel- Prickly, dry-ish, medium heft. Coating, lingering listerine feel. 5.7%? I would have guessed at least 8% with how harsh it is.

Overall- It's got a feel that I generally associate with an infected homebrew- slick, overcarbonated, harsh, metallic finish. Vaguely reminiscent of a few of Jester King's wild yeast-spiked offerings, but theirs are actually good, whereas this one was pretty difficult to choke down. Feels sort of half-done, like they were shooting for something and fell short. I wouldn't buy it again and would probably pass if it was offered for free. A pity, as I generally like Green Flash.

I'm going to knock another half-point off of my overall score because the brewers chose to A) bottle the stuff and B) charge so much for it.

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Photo of imperiallibations
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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