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

from notes.

I untied the wire and put my thumb on the cork and it shot off with a huge pop and exploded onto my cieling.

Pours a nice light golden straw color. Huge fluffy white head that is not fading to lots of sticky lacing all too quickly. In fact very slowly.

Smells like cloves, bubblegum, a little anise maybe and a light citrus aroma.

Tastes are more bubblegum sweetness, spicy with a large wheat flavor and a nice dry earthy finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and very well carbonated. Smooth and crisp.

Overall is really good. Glad this finally made it to Oregon even if it is a year after the release.

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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 thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Jake1605 for sending me this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a four finger pure white fizzy head that subsided to two finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, sweet alcohol, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, sweet hop, sweet alcohol, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty nice brew. It had a very nice flavor and aroma going on in this one. The spice aspect was a little off-putting to me and I don't feel as if it were needed (made it feel like a saison). Granted in the aroma the spice aspect mixed in quite well. I got this back in the day only because it was on the old Top Buzz List, and now I can see why. This one is a definite must try.

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Photo of Skeeter206
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the grill next door in Haverhill, MA a few days ago so will be doing this review by memory.

A~ Looked like what you would expect from a belgian strong pale... light color, thick white head great lacing.

S~ Smell kind of reminded me of a Delerium Tremons, very complex, some strong belgian yeast notes in there, maybe some fruity/ citrus notes in there as well. Great smelling beer.

T~ WOW, after having my first taste of this I actually started laughing because it was so good. Exactly what you want to expect out of the style, a great tasting beer, cannot tell that its 9.5 percent at all. The malty spicyness completely tookover and just made this beer a pleasure to drink all the way down... very happy I had a chance to drink this on tap while it was available.

M~ Good carbonation levels, not too high, not too low. Very refreshing after a long day of work in the sun.

O~ Great beer, if you have a chance to try this beer I highly recommend you do so, for it will only be around so long.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Collaboration ale with Green flash.

Hazy gold with rushing bubbles and a lush, whipped look. yeastie bits providing lots of life to a full, clumpy, pure-white head that stands strong. Lots of lace with ultra-slow dissipation.

Big earthy, musky hop aroma, whole cone, freshly picked, wet hop-like hop aroma...honestly, I've never smelled a more potent freshly picked hop cone aroma. amazing. Tangy yeast with big earthy musty musk, dry earth and spices, golden wheat...did I mention that amazingly fresh Amarillo hop scent???!! slightly fruity but damn...that hop aroma is nice.

The first hit is a big WOW. amazingly complex flavor's and supremely jazzy, lush feel that keeps this interesting right til the very last drop. The yeast is simply amazing, hearty musky dry earth, add the delightful, fresh hop flavor and it's off the charts! Crisp, light wheat flavored malt with subtle sweetness and gentle spices and pepper. The hops are not at all bitter but dry, earthy and full of hearty flavor. The hops and yeast together provide everything i love in the flavor of this style. The malt plays a supporting role in just the right way. The warming heat is a gentle presence that falls right into the balance perfectly.

This collaboration delivers the best of the Old and New world style's in all of the best ways, the fresh American hops and traditional complex yeast brings forth a perfectly forged brew for the ages. I love this style, and this version is beyond the pale!

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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 WastingFreetime
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served to me on tap at Dexter's Pub (Madison WI) into a rather large brandy snifter.

Appears a slightly murky golden straw color with no head, but rather a small ring of foam. I wish I had unobstructed line of sight to see how aggressively the bartender poured it, but alas this was not the case.
The nose is an odd thing. If the snifter is swirled briefly, the brew releases small controlled bursts of delicious Saison spicing and horseblanket funk... but in very light amounts and only for short periods of time. When left alone and settled, the nose is entirely Belgian in character. By which I mean it smells of pears and peaches poached in a lightly sweetened vanilla syrup, mashed up into psuedo jam or preserves, and spread upon a biscuit or cracker with a chaser of lemony citrus hops. Taste follows the nose mostly, the intermittent Saison character blending in with the Amarillo hopping so intertwined that it becomes a single entity, counterbalancing the sweetness of the malt quite nicely yet not overpowering it. Somebody did a great job of balancing this brew. There is an interesting sort of subdued earthy twang to the malt flavor that I associate with properly done rye malts. Body is pleasingly carbonated, on the lighter side of medium heft, crisp and refreshing.
The name translated means "Friendship Beer" I know that I certainly am great friends with this beer now that I have been introduced. :)

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty with fruity notes. Also, some spiciness.

T - It tasted fruity with apple and pear flavors. Good spiciness with a yeasty kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and a warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a really tasty beer. I'm glad Sycamore had it on tap.

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

Lot number 2699 best by date 4/22/12. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Uncorked with a resounding pop. The pour is a nice blonde color. Very good carbonation. A nice one-two finger thick foamy head appears and retains nicely.

Smell is nice. Reminds of a saison but not as grassy. Very clean. First taste is wonderful. Very crisp. Hops are very much in the background, but are slightly noticeable. The beer has a certain "bite" to it. It's quite tasty. Mouthfeel is light but the carbonation is very apparent.

Overall it is a very good beer as collaboration between two outstanding breweries. This is a good summertime beer. Cheers!

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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 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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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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