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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Florida9 on 07-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +7.8%
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 +21.4%
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 -0.2%
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 -2.9%
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 -0.5%
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 -2.2%
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 +1.7%
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
of friendship

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Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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 -2.9%
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 +4.9%
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 -3.4%
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 +0.7%
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 -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 Zorro
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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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 kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with excellent lacing on a murky golden with slight brownish hue.

S: soapy, corriander, sweet lemon and orange peel citrus.

T: more herbs and corriander. Citrus provides little overall and is mostly lemon tartness.the hops are mostly on the herbal side.

M: light body and high carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: The booze are well hidden. This one is very flavorful but not very complex. Definitely worth trying this one.

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Photo of Kromes
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head that stands on the beer and doesn't quit. There's also an alka-seltzler amount of carbonation in the glass.

Biscuity malt and grassy, herbal hop aroma. There's also some distant coriander and sweet anise type spice.

The flavor is much more citrus and coriander flavor. The spice starts out and then fades a bit with the appearance of citrus hop, fruity esters (peach, apple, pineapple) and sweet candi sugar. The alcohol burn shows up in the finish which also has a lingering coriander spice.

High carbonation give it a peppery feel. Somewhat light body for such a high gravity beer.

A really nice Belgian Pale. All around quality. The collaboration of west coast and Belgium works out well.

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Photo of beergoot
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat cloudy, pale yellow body with a thick, chunky white head. Zesty lemon, lime, green apple, and other citrus and spice notes announce the smell, loud and clear. Sweet, tangy, tart flavors dominate the flavor; almost some cinnamon undertones; distinct bitterness and alcohol presence wraps things up, taste-wise. Light, crisp and dry mouthfeel with a lively carbonation on the tongue.

To say this beer has complexity is an understatement. There's a world of nifty flavors abounding. In one way, it seems like I'm drinking an interesting apple-cinnamon strudel beverage with a nice alcohol kick to it, but it is much more than that. In any case, this is a wonderful departure from my usual beers, nice depth and complexity to the flavors, all with nicely balanced overall.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best by 1/20/2013. Pours a very hazy golden straw color with a very nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge lemon, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, herbal, floral, apple, pepper, coriander, earth, bread, honey, grass, and big spicy yeast esters. Excellent and complex aromas with great balance. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, pepper, herbal, floral, coriander, earth, apricot, apple, pear, bread, grass, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, apple, apricot, pepper, pear, herbal, coriander, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of fruity flavors with spiciness; and nice complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel; with very smooth sipping with the carbonation level. Alcohol is extremely well hidden at 9.5%; with only a very slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale! Fantastic balance of sweetness with spiciness; and extremely smooth and enjoyable to sip on. A great effort by both breweries.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange to hazy golden body with generous yeast floating about with the lively bubbles of carbonation all beneath the thin white head which is very persistent as it sticks around for the duration of the beer and leaves a thick, sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

Aromas of apple and similar sour fruits drift from the glass, as well as yeast and earthy hops as it warms.

The flavor offers a balance of fruity esters, rye malt, and again the earthy hops from the nose. Orange peel and apple are present as well as just a hint of spice when it warms.

Medium to lighter in body with generous carbonation.

One of the better collaborations I have had in a while. This beer is refreshing with the higher abv hidden in the abundant flavors and aromas.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wonderful collaborative of what both breweries do best.

a very nice surprise when popped as it has a more robust nose than expected. absolutely shines best with food. pour is very belgian with a nice consistent head and lace that lasts. nose of orange peel, clove, coriander and tangerine meat but more assertive than expected. dry hop infused. very bright and refreshing. a bit cloudy orange body with some debris in the glass. nice malt characteristics. very spicy feel. hop dry bitter but not dominating end. some marzipan, pineapple chutney, and white grape notes. down the the mineral quality of the grape skin. light citrus funk that would be nice with fish. would be great with a nice cut of meat even... flank steak... brisket and green onion but honestly anything grilled.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured from a corked and caged bottle with a two-finger moussy white head over a semi-transparent yellow body. Aggressively carbonated, the head was well-retained and produced some fantastic lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma- Rich doughy aromas meld with some heavy Belgian yeast and spicy phenolics (cracked pepper), with hints of lemongrass to round things out. This nose leads me to believe that a rich brew will follow on the palate.

Taste- A surprisingly mild pale malt character first greets the palate, followed by a brief, fleeting wave of the anticipated Belgian yeastiness. The spices emerge in the finish and linger on the tongue with a very mild hop bitterness and a kiss of booze. The journey on the palate is light and delicate- almost underwhelming given the prelude by the nose- but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel- A beautiful medium body exhibits is presented with the viscosity of a light oil, and accentuated with a pervasive semi-soft carbonation. EtOH heat is mild. No astringency. The mouthfeel is very complimentary to the rest of the package.

Overall- A wonderful collaboration. Light and refreshing, this one is deceptively drinkable despite the big 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of kif
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours golden yellow with a thick white head

S - very citrusy. Typical Belgian smell

T - Lots of citrus, a nice Belgian flavors but a surprisingly nice amount of hops.

M- medium to light body. Decently smooth.

O- a decent Belgian that the added hops make it a solid beer. Definitely better than the average Belgian.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a towering three fingers of rocky head.

Opens up with a ton of spice, lemon zest, and some yeasty aromas.

Taste follows the nose... great spiciness to this beer! The spice definitely dominates the palate but it has a great lemon zest and a very nice yeasty quality. Pretty sharp tasting.

Medium to light in body with a very high amount of carbonation. Nice spicy finish.

Overall, this was a very delicious beer. Not worth the price tag in my opinion because a Duvel is a much better version in my opinion but this is definitely a solid Belgian Pale Ale and you should try it if you have the chance.

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Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
4.12 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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