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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)

Brewed by:
Brasserie St. Feuillien

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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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 245
Photo of Mancer
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently on tap at The Gingerman.

This brew was served in a specialty glass, at around 8oz. Nice off-white head with a cloudy golden body. There was about a one finger high head with decent lacing. The smell of the beer was heavy on citrus with more floral notes as the beer warmed, during consumption. The taste was not as citrus based as the smell would perceive; there is a heavier focus on the floral notes which create and maintain an excellent flavor combined with the hop flavor. There was a sweetness to the beer that was more present at the forefront. I would characterize this as being close to a Saison in its qualities, all though not quite a full on saison. This was an excellent beer that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of david18
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. As a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale" I wouldn't put it in the same category as a duvel but it was a very good beer and I'm a huge fan of Green Flash. Light in color, very good aroma, nice carbonation, overall a great strong pale beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into 9oz snifter.

Pours a murky golden color, with decent head retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma has a ton of citrus - surprised me - almost IPA like. Decent grassy, and earthy qualities come through as it warmed a bit.

Flavor is just wild - lots of herbal, minty, and floral qualities. I'd almost characterize this as an IPA/Saison or Belgian IPA. Good herbal hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Terrificly smooth, with just the right carbonation. Slightly cloying from the high alcohol, but did not realize it was 9.5% until I saw it here.

Good drinkability, but suffers a tad (relative to the style) from the strong herbal bitterness.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts, sweet candi sugar, tropical fruits, and spices, in that order. As the beer warms the candi sugar and sweet malt flavors intensify a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by sugar-coated medium and tropical fruit flavors. Midway through the sip hints of leafy hop flavors make a brief appearance before being overtaken by peppery spices. The spices fade near the end of the sip, allowing the malt and fruit flavors to carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was hoping for more hops considering Green Flash was a part of the equation but what I got instead was a well-balanced beer. Neither side of the equation was robust enough to make it great but it's still worth a shot.

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Photo of John_M
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pour a solid gold color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is just wild, showing white pepper, flowery, perfumy hops, lime and tangerine. The flavor profile isn't quite as complex, but otherwise replicates the nose pretty closely. The lime, tangerine and white pepper take center stage in this beer, and the beer finishes with a dry, hoppy finish. For a hophead, this is just a lovely beer. Mouthfeel is fairly light, something I find incredible given the abv. Nevertheless, there is plenty of flavor in this fine beer, and drinkability is exceptional. The alcohol is brilliantly integrated into the flavor profile.

Wow. Really liked this beer. It really grew on me the more I drank it, and all I can say is that I hope it's around for a while. Very, very nice.

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

Large bottle, caged and corked, has some dating info of some sort on the rear label but not sure what it all means. Opens with a powerful "poof" and the high carbonation signs continue with the development of a quite large and loose white head and a load of bubbles continuing to scream up to the top. Leaves heavy sheeting and ample bits of lace. Heavily clouded, medium dull tangerine. The nose is orangy, floral and with a hint of wheat malts. Tasty brew, Belgian pale ale mostly in character with a jolt of Southern Cali hopped up bravado. Notes of moderate pepper, mild mango, pineapple, near biting lime, all flowing over a wheat malt infused base. Love this type/style of brew, love GF and SF, love the spirit of a Bière De L'Amitié. Fine brew to accompany a summer lunch of salads, spicy BBQ/seafood, Thai food....complex, bold, near bracing, and quite an interesting creation... whatever, just go get some of this stuff and enjoy.

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Photo of drummstikk
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This friendship beer is an incredibly risky combination of Belgian yeast character similar to a strong golden ale, sweet orange Amarillo hops, and spicy rye malt. To me, it is genius.

The beer is clear golden and smells of oranges and spices. The taste is unique among the beers I've tasted. It is dark and spicy, sweet and citrusy, and earthy, all at once. There is at least one sweet spot in the three-dimensional space defined by these flavors, and L'Amitie found it.

There may be some orange peel or cardamom in there. There may be spicy noble hops. The taste is different enough that you may have more questions than answers. A mystifying beer. I wish I had gallons to ponder.

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Photo of dzni
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange, big foamy head
S - Tangerine, yeast, herbs (spearmint)
T - Lots of hops up front, yeasty, citrusy, slight cool mint flavor
M - Medium bodied with a lot of hops
D - Nice drinkability, but its high alcohol content really creeps up on you. The hoppiness is almost a little overwhelming, but it's still a pretty interesting drink.

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

A 750ml corked and caged bottle. Best by April 2012.
In a tulip it was a bright gold color, nicely carbonated. The thick white head persisted well.
Citrus, spicy aroma. Noticeable yeasty/earthy aroma.
Lemon taste, clove,yeasty funk, late hops.
Nice crisp beer. Good collaborative effort.

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Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and strapped bottle. Pours a hazy golden straw color with hints of honey; a fast building soapy white head that settles into a chunky ring leaving some chunky lacing. The smell has a beautiful belgian aroma; clove and pepper spice with touches of banana and green apple. Some flowery notes as well. The taste starts off with a flowery/lemony sweet belgian yeast flavor which is quickly muted by a dry malt and slightly bitter hop presence. Typical belgian spice profile: clove, pepper, and coriander; all in good balance. Some green apple presence as well. The feel is fairly light with very fizzy carbonation, almost burns. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Good balance between sweet and dry. This is a very well made BSPA. Definitely sides on the Belgian flavor. The american hops provide for a little bitterness but not much.

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

Pretty good brew. Self popping cork! With a good, solid bang, too!! Poured with a small to medium sized, sudsy, off white head that lasts a little and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy light amber. Aroma is lots of citrus fruit, malt, yeast. Taste is very similar with lots of lingering sweetness tempered with sufficient bitterness. Body is very good and it has champagne like carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Easy drinking beer.

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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 Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a pale golden, lightly hazy, with a soft white head, solid retention.

S: Yeasty, white spice, with some minty hops.

T: Lots of yeast esters. Also the taste gets really herbal with wintergreen and spearmint, almost has a gruit like aspect. Some pils style malt is there, but you'd never notice it.

M: Dry, medium-bodied, very smooth, soft carbonation.

D: A very impressive collaboration. The American and Belgian influence is clear here.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with ample head that last awhile. Need to be careful pouring this, even at cold temperatures, as the head can be voluminous. That sometimes happens with Belgian golden ales. If you let it sit awhile, the head will eventually recede to a fine layer. Better to pour carefully and not have to wait.

Aromas of banana and tropical fruits (which others describe as band-aid). I also smell some coriander and ginger spices.

Taste has that belgian malt and yeast going, with buttery Chardonnay-like flavors and nice assortment of tropical fruit salad flavors. Hops are there in the finish, smooth and very green, as Green Flash beers can be. One could argue this could just as well be a St. Feuillien/Popperinge collaboration, but I really taste the Green Flash hop style in this. Probably the American hops coming through. But I am all over this flavor, which I think could define what a Belgian IPA could be.

Body is light, and ample carbonation makes this creamy, almost mousse-like.

This beer is a delight and cheers to St. Feuillien and Green Flash for bringing this to the table. It is amped at 9.5%, which makes it a strong ale, but to me, it is a definitive version of what a Belgian IPA should be.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this is listed under Green Flash, would think it would be under St. Feuillien, as they actually brewed the beer. 750 ml bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. White, frothy, foamy head with moderate retention on a crystal clear blonde body. Aroma is of an unmistakable Belgian type yeast, a perfume like alcohol smell and hops. I've read that the beer has a medicinal character, I do see where that comes from but I don't consider it to be a negative as the dominant flavors are tasty. This one sort of reminds me of Duvel with some spices added. Entirely drinkable for a 9.5% beer. Interesting collaboration. I do think, actually that this beer may benefit from a little bit of aging...a year or so.

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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 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 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 Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Hop Leaf

A: Despite the menu noting this one would be served in a goblet, it arrived in a half pint glass. Pale straw yellow in color with visibly active carbonation. Served with only the slightest bit of white head, though retention was decent.

S: Complex, but not very strong. Spice, most notably coriander and cumin, with some citrus rind and grassy hops.

T: Similar to the smell. A light malt backbone with plenty of spice. (I note this one was brewed with rye, which I didn't pick up while drinking it) Again coriander, cumin, and citrus rind and very slight fruitiness. Toned down Belgian yeast funkiness. Finishes with the light flavor of parsley and grassy hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium with rather effervescent carbonation. Crisp.

D: A good beer. Unfortunately I made this my selection alongside Hopleaf's Belgian mussels, thinking the two would be a natural pair and they were not. The mussels brought out an unpleasant bitterness in this beer which required me to set it aside until the mussels had been completed. However, the beer itself was quite enjoyable, really ratcheting up the spice flavor, while not being overpowering.

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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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