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

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356 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by notchucknorris on 08-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,539
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
356
pDev:
21.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
Trade:
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Ratings: 356 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of dgilks
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Inky balck with a big, rocky, tan head. Great head retention.

Interesting combination of aromas. Roast, earth, pine, juniper, coriander.

Roast dryness and lots of earthy spice. Lightly sweet malt. I don't like the way some of the herbs play in here as it doesn't seem to work.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay beer but the flavours don't seem well integrated to me with the herbal notes just not working.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.17/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 22 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a extremely dark brown color that manages to be completely opaque in spite of being less than pitch black. The head is a two finger light mocha color with an almost stout like consistency and texture. Thank cripes this isn't a total foamer the way Rayon Vert was. As the head recedes, plenty of lacing patches stick around.

S: Decently complex, with notes of peppermint, chocolate, grassiness, coriander, funk, phenols, and apples...but there's a cherry cough syrup note that's distractingly hard to shake. Otherwise, it's fairly reminiscent of a fresh cut lawn in a manner.

T: Other reviews are noting this as being 'medicinal', and I'm inclined to agree with them. Flavor-wise, it opens plasticky and slightly harsh. It isn't horribly unpleasant, but it hurts an otherwise solid profile. On the upside, I love the finish of this (at first) - it's full of roasty, bitter coffee.

Come to think about it, once it warms up sufficently, it goes from a 3 to about a 1.5, thanks to the emergence of some cherry flavors - combined with a mere modicum of sweetness, it makes this taste like glorified cherry cough syrup. A textbook example of a trainwreck, plain and simple.

M: Silky smooth and soft yet somehow dry, crisp, and prickly. The actual feel, carbonation, and texture is quite good, it's just the flavor that sucks.

O: Let's chalk this one up as a 'failed experiment', shall we? The medicinal flavors pretty much kill any chances of this being an enjoyable drink. It was fine (but unremarkable) when drunk at a cold temperature, but became pretty nasty as it warmed up. Stay away from this one, I had to drain pour about 3/8ths of this.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bubseymour
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Mattias
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jaxon53
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a moderately-sized tan head. Head fades fairly quickly. Some lace.

Smell contains spices, along with roasted malt and ginger. Fairly weak smell.

Lots of spice in the taste. Cardamom sticks out for me, also white pepper and ginger. A malty base, somewhat roasted, with some Belgian yeast.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Irritating.

Overall, meh. Pretty average.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with fluffy tan head.
S: It smelled like allspice and clove, with some pumpkin bread and grassy hops and horse blanket.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and allspice and pumpkin bread, with some clove and copper and horse blanket. It had a clean and funky and earthy aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with lots of carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice spicy beer, perfect for the holidays. The scent and taste were complex and enjoyable, and the body was fitting. The finish was smooth too, so it was easy to drink. Nice unique brew (surprisingly better than the black saison collaboration with Stone, Evil Twin, and Stillwater).

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of hollywood_15063
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having reviewed this on tap, I realized I have a bottle in the fridge. There's not much difference, but it's noted where there is.

The look is pretty much the same out of the bottle as I saw from the tap. It is, again, as black as a "black saison" could be, and crowned by a thick, fat tan head 1 1/2 to 2 fingers high and sturdy. It drops strong, creamy lacing on the glass as the beer recedes.
Nothing changes in the smell or taste; stillthe strongest smell I get is mint basil. It seems to be a mix of the minty character of the hops and the strong herbal notes. It's also floral and piney. I don't quite get the balance from malts that I get in the flavor which, again, strongly reminds me most of mint basil but lets things play together as more floral (almost perfume-like), toast, pine, and a touch of roasty sweet notes come into play. There's no question the not-quite-funky but herbal and earthy characters of a saison are here, with a bit more in play.
The feel is where this beer deviates just a little. It's still got a medium body,but as the dryness pulls out more, it still has crispness but loses a bit of the smoothness. Carbonation still brings out a little of that creaminess, but it fades off. As it dries out, I get slightly more of a chalkiness in the dry finish.

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Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Strong aroma has a malty core and firm floral and herbal notes, including a firm coriander tone. Pours a warm coffee brown with a thick, foamy and rather persistent tan head. Flavor has roast barley, herbal, floral and woody notes. The herbal component is on the strong side, perhaps a mite too strong. I like coriander flavoring in beer, but not too much! It leaves a woody, herbal, slightly malty finish. Fairly smooth texture has decent body and fizz. Let’s drink a toast to friendship between craft breweries!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows slight roast along with an unmistakable tang and some spice that I can't pick. Interesting.
Same story with the flavours: wierd spices and some roasty malt along with the same tang again.
Carbonation is spot on at least.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at Little Pub in Ridgefield, CT.

Pours very dark brown, good thick lasting head of foam. Lacing abound. Roasted smell, some pine. A touch funky. Taste is all at once an oaty fruity coffee. Fascinating blend. Some bitterness holds. Like a porter with an alter ego. Firm mouthfeel. Really good.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of arizcards
2.29/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Picked up a single from Total Wine in mid-November for $2.49.

Beer poured black as night with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is something out of a medicine cabinet with a bit of barnyard funk. The combo is terrible.

Taste is a muddled mess, the barnyard medicine cabinet ruins the beer. In the end the roasted malty hoppy backbone attempts to salvage this brew but cannot pull it off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of smooth.

Overall this is a bad of beer that i have had in a long time. I don't think i can finish it which says a lot as this rarely happens.

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Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, herbal, and potpourri. The flavor was of sweet malt, herbal, earth, medicinal, and toasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While I can say that there were things I liked about this brew, there were also things I did not like as well. I did like the sweet and earthy aspect going on. However, I did not like the herbal and medicinal part at all. Even with the sweetness going on, it did nothing to cover up the dislikes to make it a good brew. I really went into this one expecting good things, but I was slightly letdown. Worth trying if you get the chance to judge for yourself, but I doubt I would personally buy a bottle to drink to the face.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On: 07/31/12

A: Pours a very dark, near black color with 2+ fingers worth of tan head that lasted for a while

S: Belgian yeast, spices, slight medicinal quality (although as the beer warms, it becomes more of a funkiness), fruit, and some roast

T: Follows the nose. Roast and fruits come through first, followed by light spice and yeast. The medicinal qualities are still there, but toned down a bit from the nose. As it warms, more of the barnyard and funky characteristics come out. Hops provide a light bittering finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly drying

O: I always have some difficulties with rating these dark/black saisons just because they deviate slightly from what you would expect from the lighter versions of the style. Oh well... Onto this beer though. The more you let this warm up, the more the medicinal qualities turn into more of a funkiness and barnyard character that you would expect from the style. It is worth letting this beer warm a bit just because of this fact. This is a solid collaboration otherwise

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Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 356 ratings
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