Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & 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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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
4.14 | pDev: 10.39%
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien)Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien)
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Photo of stevoj
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle courtesy of delabierman. Huge billowy head,clear golden body. Rich malt backbone,some spice and hay / meadow on the palate. Mouth feel is slick and buttery.

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Photo of seedyone
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As a big St. Feuillien fan I found this a bit disappointing. I recall another collaberation from these 2 that I found to be very disappointing. IMO Greenflash is pretty heavy handed w/hops, but that is not the case here. It's simply I don't particularly like th flavors here.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is bright, initially grapefruit, then mango and pineapple and some candy.
The taste is candy sweet, lemon drops and mild bitter finish.
The texture is light and airy.
Outstanding beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/6/14. Poured from a 750 into a stemmed chalice, the beer is a hazy, straw gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout, and a chunky, dense, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of caramel sweetness forward, with floral highlights, a solid spice blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and grains of paradise. Toasted notes, with a hops character profile of tropical fruit and cut grass. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, heavy on pineapple, apricot, and melon, all on a grassy and piney hops profile, accented by a blast of spices including cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper. This all takes place on a caramel and biscuit backbone, with some subtle yeast esters highlighting here and there. Pretty dynamic, and this one has been in the bottle for a year. Smooth, light, and effervesced in mouth, with a fruity and bready aftertaste, almost like a fruitcake, with hints of bitterness still kicking around. Smooth, light, slightly lingering finish. Good beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle dated 6/6/14 poured into a tulip
A: Hazy light orange/light brown color with a one-finger head that lingers
S: Lots of malt, lots of spice, toffee and Belgian yeast. Nothing extremely distinct yet bold and complex
T: Quite malty, also spice/toffee/yeast though very little in the hops department
M: Medium-bodied, malty/a bit sweet
O: For being a 'strong pale ale', even with the Belgian designation, I had hoped for some hop influence but I couldn't find any. That being said it's tasty and, while a bit pricey, a collaboration worth a try

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Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, bottled on 060614. Gorgeous to behold as it is at the same time beautifully clear and golden while showing a gentle carbonation and a plentiful amount of suspended particles of yeast. A billowing head that remains for days and leaves copious clumps as evidence of its presence proffers aromatic pilsner malts and heady Belgian yeast. Delightful light funk, mild spicy and peppery notes. A hint of banana and white grapes. A whiff of licorice that hides the slightest trace of alcohol. Taste is outstanding. Bready pilsner malt and light Belgian candi sugar sweetness is quickly enveloped in melon juiciness that quickly transitions to a delicate but firm American citrus IPA like hoppiness. Finish is exceptionally clean and dry with a touch of heat that barely gives notice to the amount of alcohol lurking in the glass. Feel is full and creamy while maintaining an unbelievable lightness that makes it easy to transition from sipping and appreciating to sessioning or pounding. It's just that drinkable and delicious. This is one of my favorites of the year past or the year to come. It's just that good. I'm going back to see if I can score a few more bottles of this intoxicatingly lovely liquid. Wow!

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Photo of zac16125
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

St. Feuillien Biere de l’amitie
750mL bottle into a chalice
Bottled on: 6/6/14

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with just under 1 fingers width of bright white head, that dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves only a few very small patches of lacing. 3.75

S: Spice, but its a unique spice, not one that I typically get in the style. Something I can’t quite place, maybe tyme or rosemary? Citrus, Beligan yeast esters, lemon, its got an almost tart lactic character. Really bizarre nose that I’m not a huge fan of. 3.25

T: The taste doesn’t really convey what I got in the aroma, which I would say is a good thing. Wheat, yeast, peppery spice, sweet esters on the finish, some lemon citrus, a fair amount of bitterness. Lots going on, but it works well together. 3.75

M/D: Heavier carbonation, which is appropriate, a bit dry on the finish, medium body, ABV is very well masked, and drinkability is pretty good. 4

O: An interesting brew. I was not a fan of the aroma, liked the flavor more, but still not blown away. Glad I tried it, but not something I would likely go to again in the future. 3.5

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Classic Belgian pale aroma of light fruit, clove, Belgian yeast and bready malt, slightly spicy. Starts with semi-sweet light fruit, bready malt, clove, coriander and a hint of rye spiciness. Quickly transitions to a dryer, more peppery and hoppy finish. The rye, hops and Belgian spices combine to a dry bitter finish that is almost reminiscent of saisons. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. An interesting hopped up take on a strong pale. Alcohol is well covered, although this is definitely still warming. The flavors are a bit subdued, as are the herbal hop flavors, but this is an older bottle (I think this was made in 2010), so that is expected. It has held up well and the flavor transition is interesting. Wish I could have tried it with fresh Green Flash hops, but this ist still enjoyable as is. There seem to be bottles still hanging around, and it is worth trying even at this late date. Nice collaboration between a hoppy American brewer and top notch Belgian brewery.

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Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is Duvel-esque with a dark golden straw color. Very clear with almost no haze. On top of the golden straw color is a bright white head. Right at a finger thick, it's a brilliant white ocean of tiny, tiny little bubbles. Retention is long and the lacing is attractive.

They nailed the scent, totally Belgian with tart fruit, light grapes and green apple, with white pepper from the yeast. Really classic. There's a savory hop character as well.

I'd prefer a bit more dark fruits in the flavor, but this isn't it. Taste copies the scent with peppery yeast dominating. The rye malt shines through, keeping with the spicy theme. The earthy, savory hop presence begins in the finish.

Again, I was looking for a bit more dark fruits, but this was crisp and dry, well carbonated, somewhat earthy. Balanced with malts, yeast and hops being equally accounted for. Little sweetness, moderate bitterness, slight twang, and a bit of alcohol and pepper heat in the finish.

This was pretty easy to drink despite what I was expecting. A good beer by Green Flash, but pretty obvious there was some Belgian expertise involved.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Very light yellow in color with a lot of haze. Creamy white head tops out at three fingers and survives for as long as there is beer int the glass. Lacing is thick and foamy.

S: The signature St. Feuillien house yeast is here in all its glory. Very musty, like an old book. Lightly chalky. Light wafts of white pepper and vague spices. Biscuity malt base. Grassy hops with flashes of lemon spritz and mandarin orange. Delicately spicy hop aromas too.

T: Biscuity malt, some bready wheat. Very yeasty. Musty like an old cobwebbed cellar. White pepper and spices. Subtle tick of alcohol. Hops kick in toward the back end. They lend some herbal, green, oily spice and hints of grapefruit and lemon. They complement the beer perfectly and never outpace the rest of the beer. Yeasty and musty finish with a slight clamp-down of orangey, lemony and spicy herbal hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Airy, round, and creamy. Strong scrubbing carbonation. Slight hint of alcohol warmth.

O: This is excellent. The St. Feuillien fingerprint is all over this one, as their house yeast really does the heavy lifting. Green Flash's hop contribution is modest enough to let the yeast really shine through, but just loud enough to add its own restrained citrusy and herbal complements. A delight to drink. As good if not better than what Duvel has been doing in their Tripel Hop series, and offered at a better price. This is one I wish would become more than a one-off.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very, very pale light yellow. It's a tiny bit hazy, but still clear. It had a big billowy head on the pour. Some of it stuck around.
The smell is very yeast-heavy. It has strong notes of toadstools and a pile of dead spiders in the corner of a basement. Also, honey, cloves, and coriander comes through on the nose, maybe a bit of orangey citrus.
The spices come through MUCH more strongly in the flavour than on the nose. It's pretty strongly orange and clove flavoured. It also tastes a little like Indian spices, maybe cardamom. This would normally not be my cup of "tea," but it's got a nice strong hot alcohol flavour, yeasty mouthfeel, and lack of especially astringent hop flavour that keeps me happy. So, I am totally on board with this. This is probably the only beer I've had with such a strong flavour of spices that I've actually enjoyed. Actually, one other exception comes to mind, but this is still better. If they still brewed this, I'd probably buy it again and I don't even know how much it costs.

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Photo of Brenden
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes out of the bottle lively but by no means fizzy, forming a very nice soft and fluffy-looking but very strong head that's pure white. It rests at two fingers and shows exemplary retention as it supports the brew for the entirety of the session. The beer itself is a cloudy bu very bright yellow-gold color with a little yeast sediment in there. Lacing sticks in some rings that develop a bit of webbing down the walls of the glass.
The malts in this beer must be pretty well-varied, as they give off both drier, more crackery notes, a bit of dough, and some not-quite toasty breads. The malts are complemented by a certain grassiness with an herbal edge and a bit of citrus pith alongside light tropical fruits sweetness before a slightly tart lemony note shows. Alongside comes an easy sort of gentle spicing, adding just a touch of white pepper and definite soft notes of clove.
There's an earthy, raw, stemmy sort of moderate hoppiness that comes out up front on the tongue, then gives way to the softer, sweeter and brighter notes. Clove rests easily underneath, while fresh lemon adds a lightly tart sort of juiciness to even the sweetness and the light bitterness. There's plenty of citrus running through all the while, working together with the gentle spicing. Herbal and dustier earthy notes only add complexity without muddling the flavor. Alcohol is warming and adds a mellow effect, well managed despite its strength.
This beer is well-carbonated, managing a smooth, creamy fluffiness without being overly filling. It's massively soft in the near-medium body, keeping from a chalkiness that seems impossible to avoid given the absolute dryness, particularly in the finish. It manages all this while maintaining a delicate crispness.

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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this awesome beer at the Town Hall Brewery bowling Ally!

It is a complex and wonderfully beer!

Green Flash has a great beer line and I am stoked they hooked up with St. Feuillien for this strong ale!

Apperance: Orangish pale and cloudy with nice lacing

Smell: Belgish yeast and biscuits

Taste: yeasty and malty and smooth with a slight sweetness and biterness

Mouthfeel: a after taste of dryness that finishes very well

Overall: a beer to enjoy for a minimum of an hour as it warms the flavors really come out, but worth starting cold

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Photo of Tilley4
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was an amazing beer.... from the Duvel-like carbonation to the kiss of Amarillo hops, I was happy the whole time... the earthiness of the yeast provided a perfect backdrop for the bitterness here and it was a truly sublime drinking experience... a very sneaky 9.5% left me reeling after the 2nd pour... hate to see this one retired, I would purchase this regularly

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage on tap @ Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington, VT.

A - Cloudy medium yellow with some orange. A thin layer of white head.

S/T - Belgian yeast, big clove presence, banana, spice, pepper, breadiness.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter and it looks like a light colored brew as it exited the bottle. Once the head settled to a nice two finger medium thick white head, that has that typical Belgian look to it, it looks like a hybrid of a Wit, Tripel and Strong Pale. To call it hazy yellow that is impossible to see through is as accurate as I can describe it. Looks very interesting. The smell is almost like a saison. Wet grass, apple peels and typical Belgian Yeast characters you would imagine. On the bottle is says spices and I am not really getting any. Maybe corriander and grains of paradise but I am not getting much of that citrus zest they tend to lend the nose. Least to say, this is interesting. I am not sure of the age of the brew. I found new stories from 2010 about the release and if so, this has been kept in a good place over time. No skunkiness from light contamination noticed on the smell. Now for the taste. Interesting flavor. It does not smell like it tastes at all. No spices on the flavor. Totally a Belgian Strong Ale flavor with a lingering flavor from the Amarillo hops, but there is not much of that in the front of the taste like you would in an IPA. There is a hint of a citrus zest in the front but its gone quick. Most of this beers flavor rests on its lighter malts and the yeast. The rye malt actually is the odd man in this brew that stands out. It has that kind of "what the heck is that" going on. Its spicy but in this case the rye did not alter the color of the beer like in some that tend to have more of a brownish or reddish tone. So it sneaks up on you. I like this. I must say I do not recall a Belgian Strong Pale with Rye. The wheat gives it a kind of sweet note to it similar to a wit. However this beer lets you know its big. The alcohol is noticeable which makes me really surprised. However its not a bad tasting note. Its there to remind you that this is not a Witbier and its a strong ale. However, as it warms up, the spices of zest start to cut through. I imagine they decided to do a hybrid of a Wit and a BSP and then did the hopping like an American Craft brew. Its works and its quite nice. For the moutfeel it is as it should. Its a medium body that ends a bit dry. The carbonation is crisp and not over bearing. Nothing spectacular. Overall I cannot go over a 4. Its a great beer but nothing like oh man I need more of this. After having some of Green Flash's Belgians I can say that I think this was a great project for their team. Its a heck of a beer that I would liked to share with a friend not because its a big beer but because of its unique characters. If you see it, grab it and share it with a drinking buddy.

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Photo of tbsb
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance is light - straw yellow.
Aroma of light malt wit h citrus and hay.
Taste of barley and slight taste of mint with some bubble gum.
Mouthfeel medium to light.
Overall very good beer but very similar to the St. Feuillien Tripel.

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Photo of impending
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly clear pale golden yellow, egg shell colored dense towering head, excellent lacing.

Sweet yeasty goodness aroma. Clean with a hint of earthy tea. wonderful

Momentarily sweet, a tad of hop citrus couples with pineapple and pear. The St. Feuillien yeast is prominent.
Final quietly fading pleasant bitter is of cedar bark and lemon grass, pleasantly lingers. Thin to middln lively grainy mouthfeel.
seems a delicious bière de garde to me
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Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1626th Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot wine glass
750 ml C/C

App- A lighter yellow with what I would call a liquid gold/butter color. A small one finger head was there and lasted for quite a bit and popped and cracked well. The inside color of the beer was like an incandecent lightbulb going out. A good amount of lace and cling.

Smell- This really had me going for a bit. Took me a while to really get that spicy amarillo hop layer and then a little bit of that dry grass came in with some spiced layers. A nice amount of the blonde came in and was balanced out by a citrusy lemon.

Taste- This was a very nice beer. A bit large for the ABV. Needed to come down a bit. The little floral notes that came out really highlighted the belgian style where as the dry hopping brought out a dry grass note with a little bitter tinge behind it.

Mouth- This was more of a full medium body with a medium bubbly thick carbonation. A good amount of the dry hopping remains on this one. A solid residual floral notes sticks around with a small tinge of bitter.

Drink- A beer that I enjoyed. I can say this was a very solid collaboration. The belgian and west coast styles paired well and balanced all of the floral and spice notes well. I think this one could age well with the ABV.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Alla Spina, Philly, PA

This was listed as a dark saison, though I'm not really sure I agree with that. My real question is: are there two versions of this beer? Because most reviews seem to say it's a golden-to-orange color, and I even Googled pics verifying this, but my pour was definitely dark, dark brown, bordering on black, and I know I've seen other reviews that report the same. I don't know, but I'm just calling it like it is.

This beer was dark brown, nearly black, with a nice half inch or so of tan head that retained fairly well. Biscuity malts on the nose, coffee, yeasty, sharp and crisp herbal notes, and a good dose of licorice and cinnamon. Trust me, this is what I got, and there were no other beers on the tap list that matched this description, which is why I find this confusing. Taste reflected the aroma, moderately roasty, but with pils malt qualities coming through, cinnamon, clove, licorice, black pepper, bready yeast, light fruit esters. Body was medium, and this was quite flavorful and drinkable overall. As for the variance in color and other general qualities, I have no explanation. But check the other site...I'm not the only one.

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Photo of Donis
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my beer club's, beer of the month. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very foamy head that took its time to mellow. RIch amber color that looks even better with light behind it.

S - Very nice smell. Very traditional to the St. Feillen's usual yeast & spice combination. Lovely.

T - Not overwhelming and very balanced. The dry-hop process of the Green Flash crew adds enough zest to be noticed but not over the top.

M - My favorite part of this beer is how well its sits on the tongue. It almost feels like a beer cloud that decided to float into my mouth and rain light pellets of deliciousness. Perfect.

O - Great collab btw a more old world and new world brewers. Well packaged, but more importantly... well brewed.

Good job!

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Photo of Philousa
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Burger. on 10/21/12

Opaque tawny yellow with a great big foamy head, white that laces beautifully. Pungent farmhouse yeast mingles with Belgian pale malt an a bit of vanilla. A hint of clove and pepper with a swirl. Feel is very creamy. Some earthiness is definitely part of this beer's game. Some bark and coppery dirt flavor are slight but noticeable. There's some nectar flavor mixed with lavender. The finish is super dry. 

This is a somewhat off center Belgian strong pale. It's earthy and spicy, but the spices are more pungent than savory. It's very interesting in a once in a while way.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having on draft at Novare Res in Portland.

It is a golden straw yellow that looks pretty hazy and some signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. It poured a one finger head that has reduced and left some crazy lacing on the glass.

It smells of powdery yeast, bready malts, vanilla, spices, Belgian candy, and nice citrus tangerine aromas. Taste is along the same lines, but with a little bit of bitterness in the end. Booze is hidden extremely well too.

This beer drinks really smooth, high carbonation, medium bodied, and a little bit of bitterness to it too. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit a nice fall day up here in Portland. Mm, mm delicious.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says 22/04/12.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit then fizzles down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a patch of surface foam. Not much lacing.

S- Soft citrus aroma that's surrounded by an undeniable aroma of oxidation. Yeast is present but only in a sharp context, not the rich note I was looking for and had experienced when drinking this same beer on tap.

T- Slight wet cardboard taste but the citrus and yeast glean through making it enjoyable. The age has certainly toned down the alcohol since it's detectable but very subdued, so that's a plus. A bit glassy tasting, but not too bad. Notes of lemon, coriander and even apple.

M- Very spritzy from the lively medium-high carbonation. Light body and a tangy feel.

O- Wow, this was so much better on tap. It's almost like two different beers. I think what's mainly missing is the hop character. After sitting for so long, the hops merely lost their luster and are nearly undetectable. Probably what those off flavors and smells were: deteriorated hops. My advice is, if you see this on draft somewhere, order one immediately. But, if you see a bottle priced over ten bucks (mine was $14), don't waste your money. Still, it's decent for what it's become.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden ale with a tall white colored head, it certainly has the looks.

Smell is light and bright, mild honeysuckle malt aroma with apples and roses and a coriander. Slight aspirin aroma really wish Amarillo hops would just die out. Slightly soapy aroma.

Starts out light and heavily carbonated. Mildly bitter with a fairly flowery taste. Flavor is light and the coriander is subdued. Lightly flavored beer that tastes a lot like Hennepin.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a mild and tasty Belgian Ale.

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Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 245 ratings