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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
weihenweizen (1921) - 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 (13903) - 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 (1006) - 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 (5129) - 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 (3321) - 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 haven’t had many black saisons to compare this up to so I didn’t know what to expect. It was an enjoyable beer, but I don’t 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 (9550) - 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 (5370) - 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.

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