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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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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huuuge head of 5 fingers, messy lacing, hazy golden wheat color.

Nose belgian golden and saison, light golden malts, light spices, light citrus, bit sweet malts, wheat, lemony, touch of grassy hops.

Taste sweet belgian golden malts, light candi sugar, some lighter fruits, little booze warmth and tingle, chewy but sweet malts, light spices and citrus, light wheat, bit sticky, finishes a bit dry, mouth anesthetized with tingly booze, lingering malts and candi sugar.

Mouth is med bodied with tons of carb and warming and tingly booze, I was originally thinking a bit over carbonated, but it seems to balance the sweetness a bit.

Overall great, nice flavors, bit warming booze, a bit sweet, great flavors, candi sugar, light spices.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biere de L'Amitie, collaboration between St. Feuillien and California's Green Flash. Belgian strong golden ale, using rye and wheat malt, and American Amarillo hops in the end. A blend of Belgian tradition and American innovation. Straw golden color, effervescent, yeasty, hoppy Belgian ale.

Brilliant golden color, lightly hazy, lovely, lace leaving ivory head.

Zesty, bright aromatics, citrus and spice, lemon and pepper. Clean, fruity, hoppy, and beautiful.

Taste: smooth and gentle, yet dominated by lean, bready malt and crisp, bitter hoppiness. Hangs long on the palate, leaves a tidy bitter trail along, with bright lemon and lime flavors. Up comes pineapple and pear. It leaves slowly and gracefully. Sweet fruit flavors keep step with grassy, bitter hoppy edge all the way.

I recommend this for golden ale devotees and hop heads alike. May both factions come together over this fine ale.

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

A delightfully zesty and bubbly Belgian pale ale with the dryness and spice of a saison but with the hop rates that straddle tripels and Belgian IPA's. All with the lemony undertones and grassy finish.

The beer pours with hazy golden color with suggestions of yeast floating about. Very impressively, the billowing cotton white head forms a mousse-like blanket on the beer and shows the most stubborn of retention values. Lacing on the glass blurs the line where the head stops and lace begins. Very Belgiany indeed.

Pilsner malts give a rich bready, lightly biscuity aroma along with grainy sweetness and cracker-like crispness. Elements of fruit and herbs blend together with lemon/lemon grass leading the way. Ongoing citrus note reveal appricot, apple/crabapple, and grapefruit. Grassy notes develop into sharp olfactory sensations of white pepper, orange peel, clove, and tea-like earthiness.

Delicious flavors errupt from the fruity and spicy aromas. A fleeting malty sweetness gives life to the fruity esters and carry a short-lived grainy/malty taste from initial sips and into the rich mid palate. Citrus flavors from hops along with the acidity of beer reinforce the lemony and grapefruity bitterness that eventally close the taste. Spicy flavors give a rounded and smooth bitterness/bite to the hops and phenolic notes without forming any distracting flavors. Vodka-like alcohols become more prevailant as the beer warms.

Most impressively, the body is exquisit in it's early and expressive carbonation and ultra dry finish. As the beer hits the mouth, it errupts in an airy malty mouthfeel that lifts the beer from the surfaces and ushers in a mid palate that evaporates like cotton candy- leaving a bone dry finish, pleasant warmth, and the memory of confectioner's sugar and citrusy spice.

An absolutely beautiful beer that takes me back to the first time I tried Duvel. Absolutely effortless to drink, the beer borrows what's best from stronger Belgian pale ales, saison spice and dryness, and the assertive hoppy push of tripels and Belgian IPA's.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the wonderful Palm Tavern in Bayview (milwaukee)

appearance: served in a 12% distributor chalice -hazy straw-orange body with a delicate layer of carbonated white foam

smell: yeast, citrus, white pepper, pineappple

taste: Not particularly groundbreaking - was expecting a higher hop profile with the involvement of Green Flash. citrus, zesty yeast, light wave of alcohol, pineapple, white pepper, bready malt, apple

mouthfeel: clean, medium body

overall : solid but uneventful

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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 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 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 megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: straw yellow, medium-large head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeast and grains.

Taste: hops, yeast, spices, and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: champagne-like medium.

This is a nice brew. It is well crafted. The balance is very nice.

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Photo of confer
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It comes in a 750 ml bottle, corked caged and strapped. Very impressive look including the label. It pours a pale yellow and very murky. Very active during the pour but the head mellows into a small layer of froth.

S- The Belgian yeast and the American hops blend together very nicely in the smell, but both are still very apparent. It smells like vanilla and lemony citrus.

T-An interesting mix of flavors. Some sips you can taste the hops and others the sweet Belgian taste. Then there is a candy like sweet coating that is left on you lips after each sip.

MO- These two breweries getting together was a very good thing. This collaboration is is an easy drinking beer with a hefty kick to it. I know they classify it as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but it could be a Belgian IPA or a Tripel it has characteristics of both. We got this as one of our April beers in our BOTM, so we got a pretty good case price. At a bottle shop this would be a special occasion beer since I can imagine what individual bottles would be sold at.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured like champagne into the glass. Very pale yellow and slightly cloudy with a GIANT four finger head. The carbonation was going nuts.

S: What is this?! Big white grapefruit with a bit of skunkiness. Sour notes with yeast.

T: What is this?! More white grapefruit, bitterness, raw dough, slight sourness, very sweet white grape juice. Lots of light spicy, herbal and grassy hop character throughout. The taste tricks me. Like its leading me left and then runs right. Wild.

M: Fizzy, fizzy fizzy and thin.

O: This was an awesomely unique beer. I could only drink my 1/4 share of the 750 due to the sweetness and fizz but appreciated the character of this beer. For hot days to be split. Seems like an awesome summer brunch beer.

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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 DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-golden straw color with a...OMG! HUUUGGGGEEEE head...it keeps growing! It won't stop! I'm hoping it mellows out soon, because this beer smells great. It is hoppy with some very strong lemon zest and other spices. I get a bit of rye and funk as well. Taste is citrusy with some lemon and orange flavors. I also get some sweet coriander and spiciness. Delicious flavors of Belgian yeast blend well with fresh American hop flavors. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, but not as high as the appearance would lead you to believe. Drinkability is fairly high.

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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 MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Binny's. Shared at yesterday's Flossmoor release. Served in a taster glass.

A - Pours with huge foam, that settles to a thick collar leaving behind some splotchy lace. Hazed golden straw body. Duvel-like carbonation & appearance.

S - Surprisingly sweet for the style - lots of vanilla and fruits mingling with grains of paradise, Belgian yeast, and spicy esters. Hop aroma seems to have faded since the release date.

T - Very fruity, with some pale malts and malted wheat, coriander, zesty herbaceous hops and a kiss of rye. Finishes very spicy and bitter.

M - Zesty carbonation that verges in prickly. Medium-light body, and a clean finish. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden, with only faint warmth after a half-glass.

D - I liked this a bit more than Tripel Perfection - the flavor was more complex and unusual, but the elements fit together very nicely. Would drink again, particularly if they made a new batch - I'd love to see what the Amarillo dry hopping does for this.

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Photo of Boto
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: The cork came out of this one with a very loud "POP". The pour had a huge amount of a frothy white head on it. It left a fair amount of lacing. Nice aroma to this one. I get floral notes, honey, spices, yeast and some fruits. This has a really nice flavor. There is a slight tartness to it. Some lemon, breadiness, spices in the taste. It has a medium to full body to it, yet has a bit of lightness in the mouth. Absolutely no clue that the ABV is over 9%. Very nice!

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Photo of crossovert
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked bottle. Brewed in Belgium.

The cork exits with a boom.

It is one of the best looking beers that I have seen. I poured it into my Duvel glass and it pretty much looks like Duvel. It is a clear gold with tons of carbonation bubbles racing form the etched D logo int eh bottom of the glass. The head is huge, foamy and white. It slowly recedes to some really nice lacing.

The smell is unique. It is almost skunky at first.Then it becomes a spicy hoppy monster. It is definitely in the realm of Duvel Tripel hop, though spicier and not as hoppy imo.

The flavor is pretty good. IT is sweeter and less hoppy than the smell. It has a big sweetness that carries some spicy yeast and some citrus with it. IT has some nice, subtle malt flavors under the yeast. The hops come in with a mild finishing bitterness and some added spiciness.

It is a solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale for sure.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Lots of carbonation. Opened with a big pop. Poured a hazy pale gold with a thick, rocky white head. Citrus, spice in the aroma. Also a fair amount of hops for a Belgian style. Light bodied with more citrus, some spice and hops in the finish. Crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Nice beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer was great. Served in a Duvel tulip, it was a hazy gold with a tall white head. There was a big grassy aroma that reminded me of Saison Dupont. After that big herbal hops hit, it immediately mellowed into a fruity yeast spice with fresh pale barley. It's a damn delicious mix and I wish I could find more of this beer. It's light on your tongue, really too drinkable for the alcohol, and holds a great complex mix of Belgian flavors.

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

Bright, yet cloudy and pale banana peel yellow with lots of nice bubbling and a thick film of foam. Looks like a proper Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

The aroma is a bubbly yeast and fruit. The yeast gives some dry, slighty tart fruit aromas. The malts added a soft toast and bring the spiceness of the American hops down a little. The hops a a fresh cut grass zest to the aroma.

The taste Great carbonation tickles the front of the tongue and lingers even after the swallow. The malts help give a soft grainy texture, and unmilled and toasted grain flavor. The hops add some sharp grass flavors, a little earth, and even some tropical fruit flavors. Palate is sharp, a little dry, well carbonated, and refreshing.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel goblet.

A: Hazy golden yellow with a billowy white head. Excellent lacing. Very very good looking beer.

S: Spicy. White pepper, floral and citrus.

T: Malty and spicy, soft fruit notes. Quite a pleasant beer. Hop bitterness does not dominate but rather the hops flavors do a nice job of contributing to the overall beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Finishes fairly dry, but it's got a decent amount of body to it.

D: Pretty high for me, this went pretty fast and paired quite well with a wood fired pizza.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A collaboration between Green Flash and St. Feuillien, interesting...

A. Poured into a oversized wine glass, golden with a chill haze and bone white head.

S. Belgian yeast, some hops, some bready malt also.

T. Almost like a belgian style tripel, a pronounced fruityness with esters coupled with a citrusy hop bite and some earthyness on the back end. An American interpretation of a belgian style beer. Hides the alcohol gracefully.

M. Light to medium bodied, smooth finish, lingering herbal notes.

D. A very nice beer here. Easy to drink, Belgium meets the USA in the best possible way. Consider this a must try.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, but bright yellow/gold color with massive white head. Bubbles are streaming up the glass and the head has great retention.

Aroma is actually very mild, probably due to it's age (8 months, I think). I'm not detecting much in the way of spices that I wouldn't have attributed to yeast if I didn't read the label. There is a gentle orange peel, vanilla, and a lot of cotton candy. Hops are also just about undetectable at this point. Pretty standard for a Belgian Pale, except the cotton candy complexity brings it up a notch.

Mouthfeel is textbook Belgian. It is very carbonated (but not "fizzy") with a very dry finish, and a very well hidden alcohol content. The flavor is more mild than the nose, with simple malt flavors reminding me of white gummy bears (what flavor is that supposed to be?) and burnt sugar. High level of bitterness on the finish that has a similar level as Duvel. Just like the nose, spices are almost undetectable. For a Belgian Pale, this is great; but don't expect a lot of spice or hops like the label suggests.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma orange citrus, coriander, dry yeast and hop notes. In the taste, spicy, dry hoppiness, and yeast notes. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hop and spice aftertaste. Nice hop presence and quite spicy. A very nice beer.

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Bière De L'Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien) from Brasserie St. Feuillien
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 245 ratings
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