Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) | 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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Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Florida9 on 07-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.71/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a St. Feuillien chalice. Cheers to proper glassware!

A: Very lightly hazed light gold body underneath a finger of persistent, delicate white foam. Absolutely outstanding retention and good lacing. Great looking BSPA.

S: Citrus hops, pale malts, and pronounced artificial plastic-y astringency. Weird.

T: Big medicinal, phenolic, band-aid notes up front, with fruity yeast only showing up at the very tail end. Bitter overall, but more from the medicinal astringency than the hops. Not great. Kind of bad, actually.

M: Medium body with plenty of sharp carbonation.

D: Difficult to finish - not because of the alcohol, but rather the flavor.

Notes: I really, really wanted to like this beer. I love Green Flash (especially their IPAs), and was excited finally to see something they had a hand in in CT. Unfortunately, this doesn't hold a candle to West Coast IPA (much less their DIPA). Possibly the most medicinal beer I've ever had, which is not a good thing. Thanks to P16 for the opportunity to try it.


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Photo of HopHead84
2.97/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


On tap at Churchill's in a snifter.

A: Vibrant straw golden with a soft fizzy white head.

S: Belgian yeast, wheat, and strong coriander. A dash of rye and a little orange. Subtle floral notes. Perfumey and aromatic.

T: Coriander is strong, with orange and a little pepper and grass. I get some bubblegum . Finish is spicy. 

M: Medium light body with lower high carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Insipid. Wouldn't want to drink much of this. Actually, I wouldn't want to drink any quantity of it again.

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Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear golden orange color with golden yellowish orange hues and a two finger frothy, soapy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Chunks of soap lacing left behind.  

Sweet estery, light fruit aroma with hints of zesty peppery spice, alcohol, bubblegum and earthy, soily hops.  Belgian esters are  very prominent with bubblegum, light fruit and zesty peppery spice.

Medium bodied with a dry earhy hop preence up front which isn't too bitter. This is complimented by zesty peppery spice, notably coriander, pepper and bitter hops.  There's also a strong Belgian estery light fruit presence with hints of bubblegum, apple and strawberry.  alcohol phenols and heat toward thw finish.  The 9.5% is decently nsskrd with heat toward the finish and slight wamrth in the chest.  Faint malts underneath but this beer is all spice and hop up front followed by sweet fruit and bubblegum with booziness in finish.  

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Photo of johndoe8
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, I'm a little torn. It looked good, smelled good, tasted ok, but in the end, I just got sick of it after about 12oz.

The head was enoooormous. It just tasted like a very average belgian pale, with some spice notes (biere de garde? but i think that was their intention), but very average as far as belgian pales go.

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Photo of ncaudle
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap into a Gulden Draak tulip.

poured a gold / light orange with about an inch head. very cloudy...

the smell was very citrusy yet filled with spice and a saison like funk. probably my favorite part of this brew. while taste and smell go hand in hand, I preferred to smell it than the taste.

very carbonated. similar to the few Green Flash brews I have had. for my tastes, too carbonated...

is it just me or does this brew seem almost as if it is a blend of Green Flash IPA and the Feuillien Saison?

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Photo of seedyone
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
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 mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes. Got to try at the Captain Lawrence cdc release.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of floral and citrus hops, as well as a little bit of spices.

t - Tastes of spices, yeast, and citrus hops and fruits.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent Belgian style ale. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of zac16125
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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 doughanson78
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden straw color. Pretty hazy like a Hefe. Huge head, three fingers. Very fluffy. Great retention and lacing.

S: Very spicy. Corriander? Cloves. Lemon. Alcohol.

T: Cloves. Spices. Lemon.

M: Medium bodied. Sticky feel.

O: Decent brew. Probably not for me. Little to sweet/sour.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The sample I bought popped like champagne, but at least I didn't get a beer "Old Faithful." Nevertheless, open with care - and be damned careful where you point the bottle because that cork is likely to come shooting out like a bullet! Strong, fruity aroma has banana and apple components, a yeasty underpinning, and hints of malt, wheat and honey. Pours a clear, bright solar yellow with a fluffy and very thick, if not too persistent, white head. Fruity flavor has a strong grassy component, a little like lettuce or spinach that is past its prime, as well as hints of yeast, woody hop bitterness, and honey sweetness. That vegetable component seems to lessen as I drink it, but it does bug me. Sorry, a point off there. Smooth texture has a lively fizz and good body. I love collaboration brews - they may not always be the best, but they're fun to try.

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Photo of aepb1
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy yellow-orange body with a massive, airy, white head

S- Typical belgian, yeasty, bananas and citrus, inviting clove

T- Citrus up front, clove and banana with a bready malt middle with an alcohol/carbonation bite to finish this

M- Medium/light body with more than average carbonation that bites in the finish

O- A nice beer but not much above average

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Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
Lot 2699
Served in a tulip glass
From notes 4-10-11

A - It pours a clear yellow. It is topped with a mountain of white head.

S - The aroma is grass and light banana notes.

T - I get weak banana and clove. I also get some alcohol on the finish.

O - It was a nice beer but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $13. Nice orange color, decent head and a hoppy aroma. Citrus wafts up as well as a distinct spiciness. The flavor was more hops, citrus, and spices and well done I might say. I could not help but think this was distinctly influenced by Green Flash as it reminded me a bot of their tripel and le freak.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stamped 22/04/12.

750mL bottle, cork with strap, served cool into a globe. Beware of this cork - it comes out with great force!

Pretty cool to see a colaboration between a brewery that has been around less than 10 years with one that was established in 1125!

Appearance is a hazy golden yellow color with thick soapy-looking white head. It settles gradually but leaves very little lace.

Aroma is fresh mint and sweet lemons. There is a little bit of Belgian yeast character but very little of the west coast hops that I was expecting.

Flavor is almost shocking because it is so strong and bitter but yet it has the same characteristics as the aroma. For me that means mostly lemon citrus and fresh mint. Of course there is more than that going on but that's the main focus. In the background are more subtle flavors associated with Belgian trippels and strong pales namely black pepper, barnyard funk, and clove.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body but practically over-carbonated. I know a lot of the beers in this category are big in bubbles but this really detracts from the enjoyment. I'll probably let it sit so it flattens out.

Overall a tasty collaborative brew but unfortunately not worth the high price.

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Photo of stevoj
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
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 salvo
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flute at Novare Res in Portland, Maine.

Quarter inch head dissipated to nothing with the Amarillo hops dominant, lending a lemony nose over yellow to yellow-orange -- lemony soap rather than fresh fruit.

Fizziness was the first sensation followed by a long sour flavoured middle with a sharp hoppy lingering end. Medium body in the mouth. My enjoyment built with each sip, ending much more satisfied than I began. It was a wonderful companion to a plate of speck and semi-soft Landaff cows' milk cheese from Vermont.

Drinkable, rich, and memorable.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow gold, lingering small head with lace, big horse blanket, light malt and anise aroma. Flavors of bubblegum, sweet malt, pineapple, some light bitterness. Signification carbonation and a full body, though I'm not sure I'd call it easily quaffable. Interesting overall, but not what I'd call delicious compared to most of their other beers that I love...can be a very cool brewery to visit.

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Photo of vincicle
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer opened with a bang and the thick, persistent head was testament to that carbonation. The smell of this beer did not impress me. It has a light flowery scent but hints at an unfinished rawness. The taste is very surprising, with each sip being both "saisson"esc with a delightful crisp bitterness of armarillo hops. Once the carbonation settles down (by around the second glass or so) the beer is delightful complex and subtle hints of spice and orange tightly hidden behind the floral hoppiness. A very interesting beer overall and a true collaboration that highlights the strengths of both breweries.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a light clear amber with a small white head, light bubbles. Nose is wheat and sharp, a bit of lemon and spice, great.

Taste is sharp an tart, nice hoppy bite rounded out by a very solid spicy yeast. Very clean and crisp - very good.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color body with a massive, fizzy, white head. Decent lacing.

S: Smells like a typical Belgian strong pale ale. Nice lemon and banana notes with a spicy backbone.

T: A nice lemon zest upfront followed by some spices and banana flavor. Pale malts make an appearance along with some herbal & bready notes.

M: Tingling carbonation, light body, crisp & clean texture.

O: This is a nice one for it's style. I don't think it's anything amazing, but I'm glad I got more the 1 bottle. Well balanced and nicely done.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, glowing gold with a pillowy white head that lingers forever. This is one seriously attractive beer, especially if served in a St. Feuillien chalice.

S: Aromas of grass, tart citrus, and spicy yeast are present on the nose. It should be noted that the aromas do not integrate all that well, which becomes increasingly obvious as the beer warms. Perhaps there is a bit too much Amarillo in this one.

T: Opens tart and fruity with notes of lemon, lime, kumquat, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, grass, biscuits, and pepper. The finish is dry and robust, yet somewhat mellow, presenting flavors of biscuity malt and spicy, mildly pungent yeast after a surge of lemon and grapefruit.

M: Full bodied, dry, and firm. Carbonation is spritzy. This ale has a bubbly, energetic feel in the mouth coupled with a slight alcohol presence. The balance of this beer is better than some other examples of this style.

O: This is a nice Belgian strong pale ale, though it would have been better if the U.S. hops were toned down just a bit. It is apparent to me that Green Flash's contributions to this ale probably most affected the outcome. Regardless, this is a pretty solid collaborative effort that will be welcomed by fans of strong, hoppy ales.

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Photo of beagle75
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft service into a half-pint goblet at Stone Bistro.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild, with restrained bright fruit and some equally tame Belgian yeast esters. It leaves more of an impression of breezy green fields than anything ripe or sugary. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright fruit that is surprisingly juicy and layered along with an appealing citric tartness that is defining. Fruit is variably tropical, peachy, and lemony, without being overbearing. Refined pale malt shows up late, remaining clean and with mild Belgian yeast character throughout. Bitterness is present, but well-behaved, while alcohol plays no role here.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, sleek and supple on the palate with no sharp edges, and with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer is obviously something special, but it may be a bit hard to pin down--not offering any single quality up for hyperbolic aggrandizing. While the smell is a little understated, everything else about it seems to be quietly and respectfully mindful of its other aspects. It is uncommonly smooth for an ale of its strength, which is as good a feature as any to hold up for public appraisal. Consider each sip, it will go by too fast.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batting Clean up during my initial visit to Tulune's Southside Saloon in Johnstown, PA was Biere De L'Amitie by Green Flash (becoming quite the studs in brewering) and Brasserie St. Feuillien. This beer was quite interesting...came with a cloudy golden color with generous white head. The nose included a spice, hint of clove, and very slight citrus. The taste was somewhat un-describable....and could really say for sure if I liked it. But there is no question that black licorece flavor was present....what do they call it...Anise??? This could be caused by the combo of spice and clove. One is more than enough for anyone!!! Overall....there is alot of good going on with this beer.

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Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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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