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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Editorís Note: The 6.5% abv European version is listed under St Feuillien

Our second collaboration with Brasserie St-Feuillien, Friendship Brew, is a Black Saison that blends European and American hops, Belgian yeast and a cache of secret spices. The aroma and flavors are enticing, with delicate fruitiness, subtle spice and rounded roast malt characteristics. Bottle conditioning provides lively carbonation and rich beer foam for a luscious body and a lean, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5720) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with only the slightest bit of light coming through at the very bottom of the glass, all with a nice, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of yeast, bread, grass, plastic/petroleum, hay and a hint of light herbal hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and herbal hops up front with a distinct yeast strain, some light roasted malt notes and a perceived bready flavour. Aftertaste shows a large grassy and herbal note with some hop bitterness, a little roasty flavour and the smallest amount of sweetness. Overall, an interesting and relatively unique beer - even amongst black saisons - the yeast is distinct and the grassy and herbal notes are well defined, just not amazingly flavoured themselves. Interesting to try and Iíd recommend it to all, however the price stands in the way. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 24-October-2012 for US$3.99 sampled at home in Washington on 02-April-2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (2322) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
On tap at Kinsale Public House, Boston. Big foamy head with lots of lacing. Pours black. Nose is roasted and yeast. Aromas of burnt malt, yeast, and lemon. Bitter tasting with some fruity sweetness in the background. Reasonably low carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2013
On tap. Black pour, cream head. Nose is cinnamon, spice, yeast, dry, and fruits. Very smooth on the palate, spiced gum drops, light yeast, earth, and an easy finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hansen (8435) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2013
Almost black coloured, has an off-white head, lasting. Spicy aroma, peppermint, toothpaste-like, upleasent. Spicy, malty and unpleasent flavor. Creamy texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5633) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
A Black Saison bottled 08/07/12. Nose loaded with herbs and spices, a veil that canít be penetrated by any hops or malt. Main offender is toothpaste mint, but there are strong clove, anise-y licorice, and rose hip components. Some Brett and actual horse blanket. Deep brown-black with a jiggly, dense light brown head. Taste has a strong initial burst of extremely rubbery bitterness, the aforementioned spices/herbs are there but diminished, more black pepper instead, some mingled citrus peel and super-heavy horse blanket and pretty distinct footy/socky flavor. Paper, faint grain. Drybone scrape of the tongue (scrimshaw?) with some musky aftertones, sage and even some basil, chocolate and light roast, dash of coriander, pleasant black patent. Has a faint gruit component, maybe some myrtle/gale? Relatively smooth feel, full body. Super strange and love the complexity, a good and rather didactic pint but Iím sure itíll be a one-time thing for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
omikr0n (870) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with nice thick brown head. Aroma is yeast, spices, hops and a bit roasty. Flavor is malt, licorice, spices, mint, hops, roasty. Slightly roasty dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a dark black with a burgundy hue. Aroma is fruity but also possesses a peppery/soapy element. Flavour was like a dark peppery barnyard yeast. Pretty dry and medium body finish. Interesting and challenging combination, but not as good as their other stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aniela (4207) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a creamy big beige head. Floral, soapy, spicy aroma. Spicy, dark chocolate, leather a bit sourish flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gringo332 (611) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Pours quite dark with a nice tanned head. Smells of yeast, fruity esters, brett and malts. Moderate sweet, nice touch of brett and a fruity character from the yeasts. Moderate bitter finish. A very nice saison; of this black kind i donít know much, but i know i liked this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1390) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2013
From a 355ml bottle on 24/3/2013. Pours close to balck with a medium head. Has a curious aroma which is dominated by licorice with a touch of spice. The flavour is curious as well, with bitter roasty notes, some sweet dark fruit, more licorice, and a lingering spicy finish. An unusual and quite interesting brew without quite hitting the bullseye.

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