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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Editorís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head. Smells anise. Tastes very spicy...end of the taste is a bit bitter and a little dirty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scarletfire65 (983) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Draft at Gingerman. Aroma is roasted malt, pine, band aids, medicinal. The flavor is roasted, smokey, spicy yeast, leather, Brett, funk. Lean and well attenuated. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle. A perfectly black colored brew with a light brown head. The nose has some anise and pears. There is also some black pepper spice. The taste is strong anise with notes of tobacco and some green grass. There is also some bread crust and notes of dark chocolate. A nice smooth brew with hints of coffee in the finish. The carbonation is a little high, but that is expected for a saison.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3245) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a dark grey head of foam. The aroma is grassy and resinous with some roast coming through. The taste is much more appealing. It has roasty chocolates and coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CV8Mate (4) - Alabama, USA - NOV 3, 2012 does not count
Bottle Aroma - Soft fruity arroma with a spicy hop note with hits of licorice. Appearance- Pitch black in color with a thick frothy tan head Taste- Dark fruits with a spicy slightly bitter coriander taste and a roasted malt backbone. Palate- Medium-Full Body with average carbonation with a bitter finish Overall- I havenít had many black saisons to compare this up to so I didnít know what to expect. It was an enjoyable beer, but I donít think I will be running out for another pack of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9479) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle @ home. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a full, fluffy brown head. Spicy, minty, burnt, a touch smoky, winter spicy aroma. Cool minty, smoky chocolate, somewhat spicy yeasty, sprucey, burnt toffee flavor. Kind of interesting but not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5348) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with a voluminous, foamy brown head. Aroma is rather spicy and herbal with soft toasted grains, roasted malt, flowers and yeast notes. Taste is very herbal with spice notes, dusty yeast, earthy hops, flowers, roasted malt, toasted grains, dark bread and faint fruit. Body is light-medium and soft with a moderate, creamy carbonation. Ends with more herbals notes, faint medicinal flavors, spices, roasted malt, toasted dark bead, dried flowers, fruit notes and dusty yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (2507) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours an opaque brownish black on tap with thick, frothy, brown head and light lacing. Aroma of belgian funky yeast, grainy dirt, and zesty spice. Taste is like christmas, interesting spice blend, notes of coriander, pepper, dark fruits. A lot better than the last black saison I had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Completely taken back and surprised by this oneís appearance. Picked up the bottle and expected light and refreshing but received dark and ominous. Guess I should have taken a closer look at the label. The appearance for the style was spot on: obsidian pour with a small khaki head. Aroma and flavor are filled with a myriad of spices. Coriander, cardamom, black licorice, anise and peppery hops donít meld well. Too herbaceous. Lots of evergreen as well. Just not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5925) - Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Draft at Dutchs. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The nose is big spicy herbal notes focusing on anise. Flavors are much of the same. Very unbalanced. Not much malt, hops, anything other than herbs and spices. Not my thing.

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