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

A cloudy mustard-yellow. Lighter on the edges giving a soft glow. Smells deeply of squeezed lemon and Belgian yeast. Maybe some wheat and something sweeter like papaya. Sweet to start with a slight tang. That switches briefly to bitterness which then opens full into a thick, bready, yeasty wave. Some spice in the back end, maybe some clove and coriander. Despite its robust finish, it's not overly heavy. Good stuff.

Like it? Yep.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enormous head. Spicy aroma. The taste is spicy and yeasty, which gives it a sweet spicy balance. Pepper, cardamon, rye, orange citrus,. A bit of funk. Most pleasant,nicely hopped, a little aging did not hurt it. Excellent drinkability, great with fish.

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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 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 UDbeernut
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very active moon crater head placed on top of a hazy golden hue. Gobs of carbonation visible. clean malty nose, hint of light spice. Taste adds biscuit, apple, and pear to round it out. alchohol is well hidden. WOW!!! light to medium body. This is a quite a tasty treat.

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

First thing I noticed was that this has the big aroma reminiscent of a tripel, those heady, estery Belgian beer aromas that we all know and love. When smell trumps sight you know you’re on to something!

There’s a generous layer of foam capping my pour. Clear, golden color. A big spicy, fruity bouquet with lots of citrus and apricot that come through. Very effervescent, with a big finish. It’s chewy but seems lighter on the palate thanks to the carbonation. Did the bittering hops they used turn this into a big, boozy, bitter Belgian blond? Smells fantastic, looks great, tastes good but finishes solid—when what I was expecting was a home run. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good beer. But for the price and the reputation of both brewers this collaboration doesn’t meet expectations.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark cloudy golden. Head is white and very frothy. Retention is amazing. Lacing is minimal. The Nose is grainy with with a mix of citrus and floral hops. Picking up sweet apricot, sour apple, and candy sugar. Very tropical for the most part. Like the nose. The taste has sweet orange, pineapple, bitter hops. And a slight alcohol warmth. Mouth feel is medium bodied and very soft. Washes over nicely. Carbonation is also excellent. This one is amazing. Complex enough to be enjoyable yet simple enough to relax to.

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

A - Pours hazy straw in color into my snifter with visible sediment and almost two fingers of fluffy white head that has moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Sweet malts, mild citrus hops, bread and yeast, a touch of rye and subtle mint notes.

T - Yeasty and malty, nice spice throughout with hints of rye as well, faint hops and little alcohol presence.

M - Perhaps it's the style, but too much carbonation for my liking, especially paired with the natural spiciness of this beer.

O - A nice beer for the most part. Just really, REALLY fizzy.

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

750mL bottle (best by 1/13/2013) poured into a tulip. Hazy straw color, thick fluffy white head leaves nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, spices (pepper, coriander), lemons, flowers.

Taste is bright, peppery, floral, and fruity. Nice balance with the hops. Crisp, sharp mouthfeel, semi-dry finish. A little mustiness from the yeast but not overpowering.

Overall this is really good. Kind of a cross between a Belgian strong ale and a saison.

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

(Served in a chalice)

22/04/12 on the bottle

A- This beer pours a clear yellow body that becomes a bit murkier with each pour. There is a thin white film that breaks up and is supported by a gentle carbonation of microbubbles.

S- The perfumed yeast has a nice bright natural mint note to it with a soft citrus hops finish that is a bit soft.

T- The taste of green mint jelly is dry and blends with wheat bread note as the beer warms. There is the distinctive St. Feuillien yeast character that comes through with a fullness from the yeast in the finish. A woody bready quality blends with some pale malt notes.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a great big fizz that grows as the beer opens up. It scrubs the tongue and almost has a burning quality to it that is not the alcohol but the fizz.

O- There is a nice beer under there but much of it is hid buy the fizz. The mint is nice and crisp and balances with the other flavor well. There are some nice saison yeast notes but they soon become hidden aswell. It is a bit more dry than most of St. Feuillien's beers but that is a pleasant compromise.

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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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