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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (3583) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
On tap. Comes almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, spices, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, spices, dark fruit, licorice, and hops. Unique.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark with quite a bit of weird colored fluffy head. Aroma is spices and some malt with a flavor to match. Not a beer I like.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2205) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle. Gift from Neko-chan. Lotsa spice: cinnamon, ginger, maybe lemon pepper, dirty butcher’s board, with a good touch of funk. Pitch black with a thick rocky tan head. Both sour and bitter in the initial; spices jump out, along with some mild chocolate; final goes into a moldy harsh dark sewer. Medium body. Interesting stuff that doesn’t quite work. Somehow the spices both add to and detract from the saison character. At first, they worked well with the chocolate notes; later, I just wanted them to go away.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1110) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle at Red Monk. It’s impossible to not buy a beer called Frienship Brew. Can’t be done. Nicely dry, a bit roasty. Some licorice. Odd, but it works pretty well for me.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
[5010-20121208] Cask. Spicy mint malt aroma. Black body with a quick creamy off-white head. Spicy jalapeno roasted malt flavour. Medium-full body with quite a spicy base. Not really a fan, too spicy. (6/3/5/3/11) 2.8
(@ Mr. Goodbar, Buffalo, NY)
Overheard: "That’s how it comes."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (3049) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 This is one of the stranger beers I’ve had in awhile. Incredibly spicy, almost like a Christmas beer. Tastes heavily of cloves, pepper, and nutmeg. Nicely bitter, with a dark appearance and a ton of head.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JesusO (48) - - DEC 29, 2012
Una cerveza interesante, agradable aunque difícil de acabar. Color ligero, color muy oscuro y espuma persistente beige. Aroma especiado y ligeramente ácido. En boca el ácido se nota menos pero las especias están muy presentes, especialmente el cardamomo, y la hacen bastante empalagosa. Bien hecha.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (12470) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Black (duh), brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of dark cocoa, subtle licorice. Taste is similar, in a combo with coffee that really doesn’t work.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12oz Bottle A - Pours black with a long lasting off white head. Good lacing S - Spiced Bubblegum? T - Dry Stout with Belgian spices black pepper, bubblegum etc. M - Dry to a flaw, medium bodied O- Intresting, but wierd. Glad I tried it, but once is enough.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mnoud (281) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2012.12.24 - 12oz bottle (bottled 07/31/12) in pint glass. Pours dark with a one inch foamy tan head which settles to half a finger. Aroma is odd, hinting evergreen or pine without actually being pine. Taste is similar, odd unidentifiable spice. Certainly unique tasting, but not necessarily tasty enough to warrant future reruns. Certainly seems in the black saison ballpark, vaguely reminiscent of the mild creaminess of Four Witches.


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