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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (4942) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2014
Sampled at a pub in Linköping. Lovely smell, spicy and yeasty. Very odd taste feels like it is all over the place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2014
Notes from 9/2013 Picked his one up at Sun Devil Liqours in Mesa, poured from a 12 oz bottle. I love Green Flash! This one was bottled 8/12/2012 so it’s been sitting for just a little over a year. A - 4 - Black beer with a ton of tan head that never goes away, leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Ar - 7 - Some roasty malts, coffee, with a nice spicy and strong black pepper smell to it. T - 8 - Black pepper, smoke, roasted malts, some coffee. Probably some other spices in there that I’m missing. It’s actually a little spicy if you let it sit in your mouth. Hop bitterness definitely present. Interesting beer! M - 4 - Medium mouth feel, spicy. Leaves a roasted black pepper aftertaste. Alc is covered. O - 15 - Weird beer, but good, not sure if aging this more would make it better. I’d pick it up again just for how unique it is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stuedmaster (325) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2014
This is like an overly spiced, overly hopped homebrew. Whatever weird medicinal spice they use completely dominates the aroma and flavor. It reminds me of sweet calamus, dark roasted grain, licorice, ginger, earthy, kind of smells a bit like vomit. Just doesn’t sit well with me, too hoppy with an astringent finish, clashing with the aggressive spicy flavors. Doesn’t taste like a saison, more like a black bitter with spices. Two thumbs down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwmiller16 (112) - Delaware, USA - APR 25, 2014
Pours dark brown with an off tan almost grey foam. Nose is sour, with subtle sweetness, instantly turned on the floodgates in my mouth! Sourness on the front of the tongue, but quickly changes to smokiness with a dry finish. Complex but enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
[Tap] Pours an opaque black color with a large beige colored head. Roasted malty nose includes light wood, anise and light mint. Taste is of grainy malts, caramel, licorice, fennel and grass. Light mint comes out in the finish. Interesting for sure, but I would have liked to see a better balance overall. Tasting notes from 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_est_deus (1024) - örebro, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2014
En svart(!) saison med brunt skum, första svarta för mig. Doft: Kinesisk ingefärs godis, jenka, rosmarin, koncentrerat urin, (polskt) rengöringsmedel, torkade rosenblad, lite vintage rodenbach, tjära. Otroligt komplex doft. Smak: Kinesiskt ingefärs godis, rök, rosmarin, konstgjord citrus smak, rengöringsmedel, tjära, funk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
badhack (474) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Almost black in colour with a very thick creamy (and tasty) head that sticks around. Tastes strongly of spice and malt and chocolate and charcoal malts. Bitter and earthy hops and dark malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (4383) - Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2014
22 oz bottled on 07/31/12 and poured into a pint glass. Black appearance with a lingering, sticky, light brown head. Aroma is a strong blend of spices, light funk, roasted malts, Belgian yeast, earthy hops and a touch of dark fruits. Similar flavor, roasted and earthy with plenty of spices and mild bitterness. Medium body, pretty easy to drink. This help up pretty well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a mostly opaque dark brown body under a small tight bubbled beige head that had nice retention. The nose is very fruity with a heavy Belgian yeastiness and some light spices. The flavor is slightly sweet with lots of dark fruits and some interesting spiciness. Heavy influence from the yeast. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and a lingering fruity finish. Some light roasty malt under all the fruitiness and yeast. Pretty nice beer, though I’m not the biggest fan of dark Saisons in general.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
I am enjoying the friendship brew to mark two occasions, one retrospectively minor and the other prospectively major. The former is to celebrate the end of a very rare rainy weekend in San Diego, which joyfully brought me back to my days as a resident of Seattle. The latter is the beginning of a new fitness program. I hope I can “be friends” with this schedule unfriendly change. And so, like my father, I am “jumping off” with a very beer filled weekend before battening down the health hatches for Spring. This brew is a black saison, which to my recollection, I’ve never had before. It is a deep black, though not as murky as a stout - instead, this brew shines with a bit of polish. The head formed a beautiful plateau, like an inverse canyon standing erect out in a dusty brown desert. The aroma might even have a little best of that sonoma kind of smell that I recall from old road trips. Sage, fresh fennel, freshly scooped soil, and some brown sugar. The flavor loses all pretense of being sweet, and instead leans on that rich, botanical garden and basket of spices bundle of flavors, with carrot, beet, parsley, more sage, and a drizzle of molasses to bring the whole thing together. It’s a curious blend, and one ill-suited for a younger palate, but at a somewhat older age, this is a wonderful taste, if unconventional.

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