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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Editor’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ronaldtheriot (1436) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Green Flash Friendship Brew has an enormous, soapy, light brown head and a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, with brown highlights in evidence on the edges as light hits the glass. Lots of lacing is left behind. The aroma is of spices (white pepper?) and dark bread crust, with an underlying sweetness. Taste is of white pepper, other odd spices of some sort, black bread, and there is a wall of bitterness at the back end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Green Flash Friendship Brew finishes dry, mellow, peculiar, and easy drinking. Overall, even though it’s a strange beer, it’s still quite nice. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scipio (749) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Pours a dark, opaque brown with a big, long lasting, dark beige head. Aroma has licorice, spices, mint, and a little bit of chocolate. The taste has some similarities, as it has mint and some light chocolate as well. But I also get grapefruit and lemon in here. There is some slight tartness also. Medium in body, a slick texture, and flatter carbonation. This one has a very unusual combination of flavors. I’m really not sure that I agree with everything going on here. It starts off good enough. But the more I drink it, the less I like it. I guess its not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (3861) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from Bierkompass.de. Pours black color, thick brown head. Aroma is heavily spiced, ’julmust’ , anise, hops, yeast. Some funkiness lures behind. Flavor has toasted bread, hops, aniseed, licorice, caramel. Very dry , hoppy finish. Complex brew, really nice. I find more layers as the beer gets warmer. The aroma is very close to Anchor - our special ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeremyh70 (841) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours opaque dark brown with big head and good lacing. Aroma is herbal from spices and floral from hops. Taste is the same with moderate bitterness with a little herbal astringency. Moderately drinkable but wouldn't buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kambei70 (748) - - JAN 13, 2013
Pours nice dark brown with off white head. Smell is floral with spices like nutmeg and maybe oregano or pepper. Taste is pine hops, a bit grassy and bitter. Not unpleasant but can't taste the spices. Good lacing and medium mouthfeel. Okay. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Slipstream (2155) - USA - JAN 13, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 Big, creamy Belgian head on this Cali-Belge combo. Very noticeable fruity, floral aroma with a sprinkling of yeast and coffee. The flavor is unexpectedly sharp, dry, and tart. There are some burnt grains, and a little sourness and acidity. Not a super successful collaboration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
blutt59 (6129) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
bottle, dark brown with big tan foam, aroma and flavor of black licorice, with herbal weak spritzy finish, not good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11960) - DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle @ FOneFan, 5.7%. Almost black with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, yeast, chocolate, spices, mint and hops. Flavour is roasted malts, yeast, mint, chocolate, hops, bitter, little sweet and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (12674) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear very dark reddish brown with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, yeasty and pepper. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Light dry and moderate bitter finish. 120113

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (14336) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle @ Berliner Weisse Takeover Ulfborg, 2013. Pours nearly black with a creamy head. Nose is yeast, mint and herbs. Toothpaste. licorice root. Bitter spicy finish. A bit overdone.

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