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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
pras (522) - Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Not one of my favorites from this brewery. Very dark appearance with a nose full of spices. Flavor is more of the same. I thought I tasted some brett in there. Just didnít do anything for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
11 ounce pour - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Brought to my dark, dank corner of the bar a very dark brown body with infinitesimally small bubbles arising from the sides of the glass. Smallish, khaki-colored head depositing a fair amount of lace on the way down.

Smell: Florals that crank the scent dial towards heavily herbal atop astringent burnt, blackened malts and licorice root. Smells like Ricola cough drops.

Taste: Roasted maltiness leaning towards touches of burnt black malt. Near nil sweetness. Then, that rather curious St. Feuillien spice mix that again just screams Ricola (though I guess honking Ricola through one of those long-ass alphorns is more appropriate). Charred prune skins. Itís warming, heavily spiced, with coarse burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Itís all well and good to have a collaboration but one best ens--hey, hold up a sec, my cough... itís gone! Thanks, Green Flash/St. Feuillien!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
weihenweizen (2057) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Refrigerated 12 oz. bottle from JStax poured into a shaker. Pours opaque black with small light brown head. Thin small bubble lacing, medium carbonation, and anise aroma. Taste is roasted malt, herbal hops, and anise. Too much anise for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Draught at Saucer. Pours black with thick foam. Smells herbal, some lemongrass and coffee. Interesting, wit bubblegum, funk, and star anise. Finishes dry

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14246) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle at home. Black - brown head. Bitterness, burned malts, ok hoppy, red berries, spicy, roasted ,alts, ryebread, soapy, light leather, dry bitterness, licorice, solid malty, fruity notes, nice bitterness, a bit wierd.

   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 (1066) - Chicago, Illinois, 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 (5158) - 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 (3525) - 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.

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