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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2014
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with a massive, frothy tan head that laces the glass heavily and settles unevenly. Aroma of florals, perfume, dark chocolate, roast, dust, earth, plum, dried berries, and spice. Flavor of roasted and toasted malts, earth, chocolate, subtle fruits, florals, and mild peppery spice. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Funkier in the nose than the flavor. Pretty nice beer; interesting dark saison.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (5719) - 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.

3.8
   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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stuedmaster (345) - 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.

3.2
   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

3.5
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_est_deus (1109) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
badhack (492) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (4897) - Denver, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5770) - 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.


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