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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 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 (836) - 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 (390) - 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 (3089) - Conifer, 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 (5348) - 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 (1181) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle 12oz @ Tröls. Pitch black with a solid frothy head. Aroma is fruity with chemical citrus, orange and apricot. Taste is coffee slight acidity with dark berries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jorn69 (1566) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Köpenhamn 8/2-2014. Blommig och fruktig, parfymerad med en hel del syrlighet, citrus, nystädad toalett (Vim). En ganska besk avslutning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielyabu (1352) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 9, 2014
huge creamy frothy light brown head. excellent lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick brownish-black body. aroma: plum, apple, pear, white wine, metal, moderate malt, dark chocolate, mild coffee. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, oily texture, medium carbonation, metallic finish. Delicioso dulçor de maçã, ameixa seca, amargor lupulado frutado, típico de bohemian pilsener, deliciosa cerveja. Cravo no paladar, condimentada, nota-se ainda coentro. 230 s

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2417) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is a deep brown color with ruby red hues and long lasting, fluffy tan head. If my Mother was still with us she could pin down those vibrant "secret spices" in the description. My guess: Clove, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and coriander. Also a tart fruit character like tangerine. Medium body. But the flavor has additional spices noted. Perhaps turmeric along with the other listed. Mildly bitter end but mainly spicy

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