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RATINGS: 398   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (4008) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Tap. Near black with small head. Malty as a stout, but light mouthfeel. Mild funk. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1715) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle at tuulensuu, tampere. Almost black color, hint of red. Light brown head vanishes quickly. Quite weird aroma of hops, tobacco and licorice. Multiform taste of hops, roasted hops, carbonation, licorice, belgian-style sweetness and spices. Medium aftertaste, dry finish. With better body this would be awesome, now it’s nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6888) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
On draught at Max’s Tap House, Baltimore 4/12/2012. Opaque and dark brown with a tight, off-white head. Aroma of fruit cake, orange peel, ginger and floral hops. Full-bodied mouth feel with plenty more fruit, peppery hops and a dryish finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 10, 2012
Botella. Black colour, huge nicely creamy rick steady thick dark brown head, really good looking! Pleasant roasted maltiness with spice and dark fruit and a good tartness in the aroma. Good filling mouthfeel. Well roasted maltiness with spices, licorice, dark fruits, caramel and a pleasant tartness. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Wow, didn’t expect such a dark monster. There’s a nice, low-key herbal aroma. But on the first sip, you’re overtaken with some big garden-born green vegetables and spice. Quite floral and earthy, dominated by sage (?). Easy-drinking body. (#4854, 12/9/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (988) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Smoked maple syrup, oak, burnt wood and rose petals on the nose. Blackish auburn in color with a light foam on top. Smoked maple, brown sugar, and oats with other notes of burnt molasses, floral undertones and hibiscus. Very mellow and crisp with an advanced complexity. Overall, this is pretty tasteful with very unique flavors. Nice toasted and smoked characteristics. I’d give this a B- rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Nearly black in color, beige head. Aroma has roast, spice, spicy hops, light hay, yeast. Flavor is an interesting take on this style. Spice, yeast, roast, hops. Cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (34864) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2012
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a huge, creamy and tan head. Light annis seed and cloves spiced aroma, dark roasted malt and peppery yeasty. Herbal, spiced and dark roasted malty. Cloves, annis seed and peppery dry. Bitter and light herbal finish, dark to almost burned malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (19112) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a roasted malty spicy licorice aroma with yeasty hints. Roasted malty spicy cinnamon and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy yeasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3983) - Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Strong aroma has a malty core and firm floral and herbal notes, including a firm coriander tone. Pours a warm coffee brown with a thick, foamy and rather persistent tan head. Flavor has roast barley, herbal, floral and woody notes. The herbal component is on the strong side, perhaps a mite too strong. I like coriander flavoring in beer, but not too much! It leaves a woody, herbal, slightly malty finish. Fairly smooth texture has decent body and fizz. Let’s drink a toast to friendship between craft breweries!

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