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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

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105
Ratings:
356
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
39.18%
 
 
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Photo of spinrsx
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $3.50

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, anise, lemons, smokey/burnt notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some smokey/burnt notes, anise, and a bit of a graininess and some sour citric flavours. It ends with a tart yet smokey aftertaste.

Overall - Can't say I've ever had a beer quite like this one. It's like a kitchen sink type of beer - everything has been thrown in. I can see how some would say this is a mess, but I can appreciate the uniqueness. Not something I'd rush out to get more of, but well worth a try to see how far the limits of beer can be stretched.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Bottled 8/7/2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

This is a good, if unexpected, seasonal from Green Flash and St. Feullien that combines a pleasing mixture of cardamom, roasted malt, and Brettanomyces characters into an easily drinkable, dark saison.

Pours a 2cm head of brown foam composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, which has better than average retention as is gradually subsides to a thin film atop the body of the beer, with clumps of foam with larger-sized bubbles scattered randomly throughout. Leaves generous clumps and streaks of lacing along the entire glass as the head declines, which are renewed with each sip. Body is an opaque dark brown to black color, carbonation not visible as such.

Strong aroma of cardamom, some Brettanomyces burnt plastic and dust, and a bit of roasted malt in the background. Interesting, a bit chai-like, slightly unidimensional, but enjoyable.

Tasting opens with cardamom and Brettanomyces character in the form of mild burnt plastic and dust. Mid-palate picks up further on cardamom, mild farmhouse-like Brettanomyces character and roasted malt; back of palate detects these along with a mild bitterness. Aftertaste is where bitterness increases substantially, along with some roasted malt, and slight sweetness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with medium level carbonation. The result is a fairly smooth mouthfeel with minor fizziness. Finishes very dry, astringent, as one would probably expect from the amount of cardamom in this beer.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into bulbous St Feuillien stemmed glass.

Full carbonation with fine bubbles (bottle conditioned).

Aroma is dominated by spice and menthol.

Tastes kinda like bitters and mint chocolate latte, some chai as well. Definitely some Brett in there too. For spices, I'd guess from ginger, eucalyptus, some kind of pepper, cardamom, anise, allspice, or sage, and in the Belgian tradition I'd bet on grains of paradise, coriander, and/or some kind of fruit peel. It's an interesting and complex spice presence, and certainly a strong one.

Slick mouthfeel with dry finish and lingering herbal bitterness. Fairly astringent and somewhat metallic.

Unique for sure, it really grew on me but I'd recommend sharing the bottle. It reminds me of bitters and beer cocktails, which I thoroughly enjoy, so I think that's why I like more than most.

Should be interesting to age.

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Photo of arfenhouse
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a large khaki head. Good retention and decent lacing.

S: Pepper, caramel, and some roasted malt. Brown sugar and some dark chocolate. Some spice and herbal and spice smell that's difficult for me to describe. A bit of mint, maybe some clove. Fun to smell.

T: Nice dose of bitter roasted malt upfront. Herbal and spice profile come in a bit bitter. Clove, pepper, a bit of allspice, and others that I can't really discern. Finishes with a bit of roasted coffee and roasted malt bitterness.

M: Smooth, silky, and medium-full body. Carbonation is medium. A bit wet.

O: This was my first saison and it left me a bit confused. Nothing off-putting about the flavors or smell but was a weird/interesting experience overall.

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

22oz. Damn opaque black pour, a frothy light tan head on top. Just a minute lacing.

Aroma, an earthy sage like spice is pretty heavy. Some citrus and yeasty notes.

Taste, kind of an odd mix of funk and Italian blend spice. Some citrusy notes. A nice herbal bitter finish. Some toast and dainter cocoa as well. There just isn't a whole lot of malt presence here.

Light bodied. Enough carbonation, could use maybe a tick more. Drink easy enough. Feels like if the malt bill was upped just a bit this could have just a little more. But really a pretty good example of the style, just not as interesting as some of the other black saisons.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new style for me, so I am not sure how it "should" taste. However, I liked it. A very complex brews. Pours a clear, deep brown looking black in the glass. Thick and enormous coffee head settled to a quarter-inch rocky cover. Heavy lacing. Nose is sharply herbal with sage, mint tea, rose, chamomile. Taste is initially lightly sweet, then delicately sour with umami notes. The finish is bitter and floral. Avg carbonation. Texture is slick. Finish is bitter and long. Overall, it was a fascinating beer. Complex and interesting. Dark and wild with an interesting spiciness and rough finish. Not at all forgettable, bur for the right reasons.

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

Into a Belgian Independence day glass.

Friendship Brew pours out a dark color, coca cola black that is not pitch black with a nice amount of dark tan bubbles forming a nice cap and lacing on the way down. Spotty and thick, nice head, good retention. Smell is very spice laden, way more spicy scents than a base saison. I get some herbal remedies with lavender and some underlining pine. No alcohol and some faint dark fruits. I cant really tell what way this beer is going. The taste mimics the scent with a lot of floral notes and the lavender flower I am getting in the nose is boosted in the taste. Some dark malts with underlining fruit taste and some roast. This beer is a different animal. The body is a step up from light with a soothing feel and some ummpphh from the carb. All in all a good effort, but not something I will revisit. Reminds me of something Stillwater would brew up. Either way a good effort from the Green Flash outfit

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

355ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. A black saison, brewed with (unspecified) spices, as a collaboration between Green Flash in California and St. Feuillien in Belgium.

Pours, indeed, rather black: certainly darker than many Black Saisons I've had. Firm and deep body, that sloshes rather fluidly. Head is a toasty pale brown colour, pocked with large bubbles. Lacing forms in long ribbons as the head goes down. Looks pretty good.

Nose is spicy and slightly tangy, with aniseed and fennel coming through. Some mild peppery characters, and a hint of cola or candy sweetness. Liquorice is the main event though, and it's pleasant: it wafts in an out amongst the mild acidity and the roast to make a pleasant concert.

Taste is also heavy on the aniseed, but here it's much less dominant. Instead, there are big biting, bitter characters which seem to take over: quite pronounced hop bitterness, mixed with roasted astringency turning ashy towards the back. The saison character perhaps is only felt as a soapy lemony character, very reminiscent of detergent, on the mid palate, although the spices give a continuing peppery buoyancy through to the end.

Overall, it's not bad, but it feels a bit out of balance. There's a lot going on, in ways that aren't always in harmony. It creates something of a cacophonous whole that doesn't work as well as it might have.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark cola brown out of the bottle and turns black in the glass. There is a thick, light tan head that dissipates very slowly. There is plenty of lacing left behind on the glass as the head dissipates. The aroma of Brett hits the nose up front. There's citrus, roasted malt, and some other spices as well. It definitely conjures up memories of Rayon Vert. Dark roasted malt and those spices hit up front along with that farmhouse yeast. More of the citrus comes out as I sip it. The hops don't really show up very much here. The roasted malts add some of that bitterness you would expect. The flavors are unique. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. This is a decent beer that's worth trying.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely tan head and foamage. This thick film of foam lasts for all twelve ounces. Like the oil black color and even some sticky lacing.

Spicey and roasty herbal aromas. Roasted malt acts as the backbone for the herbal spices one would often find in a more standard saison.

Herbal and roasted flavors abound from start to finish. Hints of coffee mixing with chammomile, sage, maybe lavender. Palate is dry and the finish is a bitter herbal flavor. This was a fun and interesting beer to try.

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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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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, "Bottled on 7/31/12"

Pours black, under a HUGE very dark tan head, that stays and stays, it goes all rocky, frothy and leaves off the chart amounts of thick and very sticky and high lacing. Unusually awesome looking brew.

Floral and perfumed nose, with waves of roasted malts in the rear.

More dark malts, some perfumed interest, but the taste is a bit disappointing after appreciating the stunning look and smell of this collaboration. A bit thin in the mouth, and lacking the complexity teased by the sniff.

Unusual and intriguing, well worth a try but ultimately not quite living up to the potential heralded by the initial look and smell of this interesting beer.

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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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Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash

A: Pours black with a gorgeous fluffy khaki colored head. Really great retention.

S: A gpod amount of spiciniess in here. Cracked black pepper, cayenne, some roasted malt and some faint dark fruit.

T: A lot lighter than I expected. Roasted malt, some peppery hops and a lot of black pepper on the finish.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black with a monster , foamy 3 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Loads of floral fruits, cherry, grape, plum, rasin. Spices, belgium yeast, Chocolate, fig, smokey malts.

Taste - Lots of spices, floral/grassy notes. Bitter fruits, some malts and yeasts. Lot of cherry and grape flavor. Plum and rasin add the bold, dark fruty flavors. No real alcohol to speak of. A little chocolate, cocoa and coffee comes at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness along with all the spices coats mouth. Tounge gets the spices, hops and yeasts. Palate gets more spices, hops, along with the roasty malts. The aftertaste is bitter, farmhouse sweet and funky.

Overall - This is decent, has a nice mix of malt and saison flavors. Easy enough to drink and enjoy. I guess i was expecting more, the fruity flavors are a little weak though. Its worth a drink, just not something that floored me.

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Photo of SebD
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep amber (almost black) colour to it. It has a thick beige head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Aroma: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, spices, citrus and roasty malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet roasty malts, some yeast, spices and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Overall: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavours and aromas.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at fridge temp. Poured into a snifter. Bottled on 7/31/12.

Pours out pretty much opaque black with a huge, billowy tan colored head. Some really nice lacing and amazing, rocky head retention. Looks great! Very stout like.

Interesting aroma. Floral smelling, reminiscent of roses, with a big scent of smarties candy. A bit of spice. Also some tart aromas which make me think a little bit of Brett is at play.

Follows the aroma, very floral, smarties candy, sweet tarts, some overall tartness. A bit of pepper and hop bitterness in the finish. Hints of spice. Some roasted grain as it warms, expected a lot more just based on the color.

Very light feel, carbonation is up there. Just a touch watery. Becomes creamier as it warms.

Not too bad, a little off at first but it grows on you the more you drink it. Very Saigon like.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian-style stemmed tulip glass. Needed aggressive swirling to get all the sediment out of the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance - Almost completely black, with garnet/ruby hue barely perceptible on the edges. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was a glass of cherry cola, with a slightly creamier head. The foam is light beige but denser than soda foam. Foam is sustained by traces of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass. Moderate lacing

Smell - Some toasted rye, and biscuity malt and hint of floral bouquet. A faint hint of semisweet chocolate but aroma is dominated by medicinal/menthol/alpine overtones.

Taste - Nose expresses hoppy bitterness, but that gives way to fresh soil, earthy undertones and just an echo of that classic barnyard funk that so often comes with the saison style. It's almost not present at all. Perhaps a trace of coriander?

Mouthfeel - silky with a lingering feel on the tongue.

Overall, a beer that I would drink again in the right situation. It's weird and interesting, but there are certainly other beers that I would choose first. It's quirky and, imho, something worth sampling to help train your palette, but not a beer you would just sit down to drink, I don't think.

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Photo of Jathorp
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was given as a gift. (How appropriate.)

Pours dark black. Small head with moderate lacing.

Smells faintly of malt. Didn't get much of a smell, but my nose isn't the best.

Hop flavor up front followed by rich malt. There's an earthy spiciness that I can't quite describe -- maybe a touch of cinnamon, but that's not quite right. The spices are subtle.

Not so thick that I have to chew, but full bodied.

Good beer. Very interesting. I'm enjoying it more and more as I drink.

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Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

dark opaque brown, very thin head that disappears quickly. nose is huge black licorice with dry bitter cocoa. taste is toasted barley/malts, licorice and an array of pie-type spices that i can't pick apart. odd mix of flavors with the black licorice standing out strongly. aftertaste is more licorice and a stout-esque burnt toast rind.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep nut brown. It holds a one and a half finger head of microscopically clumped light brown bubbles. This leaves patterns and sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass, as it retains nicely. Carbonation appears active, and no haze is noted. Chunks of sediment are suspended throughout. The aroma is very interesting. The malts are deeply roasted, with musk, light coffees, and faint caramel sweetness. A citric, fruity quality sits far against the back, along with a handful of fresh herbs, including mint and dill, as well as a fine licorice bite. Booze comes with plastic phenols to round out the bitterness. There is a fresh floral hop, intertwining with that citric, grapefruit sweetness. The yeast with warmth seems Bretty, with that saison funk. Our first impression is that the flavoring is quite the mix of interesting notes. The sip opens with barnyard grass and funky Brettiness, mixing with deeply blackened and sweetened malts. A light citric hop appears on the top here, bringing us to the freshest and cleanest flavoring at the peak. The char of malts briefly falls away, allowing for some sweetness and cleanliness of paler malts and light, toasted caramel sweetness to shine through. The finish shows a revival of the smoke, along with the first suggestion of mud, mineral, medicinal phenols, raw crystalized ginger, and those floral, herbal notes suggested in the nose. The malts at the end take on a more chalky, drying role. The aftertaste is cooling, minty, and smoky, much like a menthol cigarette. There is bite from the funk and yeast, as well as the depth of malts skipping across the tongue, arm in arm with a bouquet of fresh herbs and flowers. The body is fuller, and the carbonation is solidly medium. The mouth is left bone dry with big astringency and pucker, following an initially creamy coating. Pop, glug, smack, and swallow are all nice, but do little to ease the puckering and pull on the taste buds. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks on the slower side.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how unique it is. The depth of malts are certainly something new to us, when it comes to the saison. The herbal qualities, in particular with the mint, added to this depth, making for an extraordinarily complex and, at times, muddled, brew. They tended to go a bit overboard with all of the additional inclusions and didn’t quite balance them that well, as it felt like we had to split our attention between numerous interesting elements throughout the tasting.

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Photo of babayaga
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- As poured, 3-finger light brown head. Very lasting &
excellent lace. Black, almost opaque. I actually tried to shine some light through it and it blocked it all out.

Aroma- Big. Mint, medicinal, herbal, you can smell the funk.

Taste- That minty flavor transforms a bit with the roastiness, but it's still in-your-face. Much rounder in flavor than I would suspect from the aroma. Nice light acidic tang, slight clove and ~allspice background.

Mouthfeel-light to medium creamy body. Moderate carbonation. It's just very-interesting.

I didn't think that I would enjoy it as much as I am. I would definitely drink it again on a cool saturday afternoon.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep, dark body on the border between black & purple, thick mocha head, sticks around nicely.

Interesting, heavily herbed nose. Can't quite put my finger on exactly what herb this evokes, but it really reminds me Saison du BUFF, I think sage is the dominant note. Throws in a little mint, anise, lime, but yeah, that "other" herbal note is way stronger than any of those. Some fig & floral smells, too. Tough getting at the actual beer through all this, but a pretty unique smell among beers. Ooh, I think I got it - cardamom!

Again, strong herbal & dried flower taste at first, right on the border where fruity turns to flowery. Moves into a mildly roasty, sweet character, which makes for a curious interplay with the floral aspect. Like many ''black'' hybrids, ends with that roasty flavor, but the cardamom lingers.

Both silky & heavy on the tongue at the same time - very smooth & kind of slides right along, but leaves a lot in its wake. Medium-bodied, & that roasty character leaves a slightly ashy feeling.

It took me til halfway through the beer before I realized what it reminded me of: Epic Ales' OTTO-Optimizer, an ale with cardamom & roasted barley. I think this is more balanced than that, but it was fun reliving that crazy rollercoaster of herbs & roast. A unique beer, enjoyed it enough but can't say I'd revisit it a bunch.

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Photo of DavidST
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a pitch black color with a large tan head which has long retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of spices, coriander, cloves, a little coke smells. The feel is medium. The taste is good, high peppery tastes, the spices, some weird bitterness (not quite hop bitterness), like a bitter orange.

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