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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
tap at Ginger Man - a tasty brew but was a little tough to get through the whole glass. Black strap molasses, chocolate roast. Some funky notes. smokey char and crystal malts, bitter astringent finish that I can still taste almost an hour later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - OCT 14, 2012
Lovely spicy aniseed and pepper driven nose. Body is very thin and there is a huge whack of the invested additives - mainly aniseed and cracked pepper. Some dark, roasted malt and a short, spicy pepper driven finish. Seems a bit hollow and lacking (body and carbonation) for want of a better term.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jw0406 (883) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
12 oz bottle pours black color with a small off white head. aromas of sweet dark malt, spice, belgian yeast. Light bodied with some sweetness and a dry spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (3991) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2012
dark brown color. Dry peppery, lemon zest, coriander and aniseed nose. The mouth is dry and fairly hoppy, but a bit over attenuated and a but strange. Dry roasted malt, peppery finish, but ainseed really kicks in and then just lingers, a bit too much so.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Ar: Minty, dank earthy spice. Ap: Black, opaque - huge light mocha head with great retention, leaving a voluminous foam cap. T: Mint and woody spice spice up front, no sweetness - quickly transitions to flavor of tea that has been steeped too long - medium bitterness, very harsh and astringent. P: Light body with medium carbonation - comes off as watery - finish is very dry. O: The spice on this beer is not very appetizing - the profile on this just doesn’t come together very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5280) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Black Saisons are hard to pull off - thankfully, as I suspected, Green Flash has managed to - pour is dark reddish brown, nearly black, with a frothy head that shrinks to a moderate lace - nose is distinctly saison, albeit a bit heavy on the spice - lightly earthy phenols, even a touch Orval-like character in them - light sweetness - some tropical, almost bretty notes - in the flavor, these notes are, sadly, washed out a bit by the strong roast and moderate acidity of the dark malts - however, these notes do eventually get out of the way through the middle - a nice mineral driness works well with both the malt character and the gentle yeast character - light tropical character in the finish also works surprisingly well with the lingering bitterness of the malt - maybe a little overly bitter, but I like it quite a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrob21 (2858) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2012
On tap at Young Augustines. Aroma like a saison with some funk, pepper, and spice. The flavor here with the roastiness and belgian yeast is a total mess though. This does not come together well. The black part of this drink adds an element that clashes with the belgian part. The sourness of hte yeast with the bittersweet malt smashes together all at once. Tone down one or the other of these things and you probably have something much more subtle and cohesive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9265) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
355mL Green Flash version. Pours a clear, deep maroon to deep brown looking black in the glass. Thick and enormous coffee head with sheen appearance and rocky retention. Huge webby lacing. Nose is sharply herbal with sage, mint, rose, chamomile. Taste is similar. Like the dark version of Stillwater Cellar Door or Southampton Cuvée des Fleurs. Palate is dry, some cocoa powder. Fresh and vibrant with a lighter black tea palate and decent herbal hoppy balance. Dry, minerally, spicy finish. Good stuff. One of the few beers that clearly has accomplished the odd "black saison" moniker. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
climberbob (248) - Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2012
12 oz bottle. Peculiar odor of stale sweat and rotting grain. Dark beer with a thin tan head. The taste is an odd mix of Saison and stout - two of my favorite beers but not a winning combination. The Saison funk is there, but so are the toasty malts of a green flash stout. Some complex flavors, but not a winning combination....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tmoreau (2844) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Shared 12 oz. bottles poured to snifters at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying a black/brown color, a modest amount of light tan, bubbly head foam, and spotty lacing. The aroma was very floral, with strong licorice notes. The flavor added a hint of cheesiness, and lingering, dry, very earthy, peppery, and acrid bitterness. Not on my repeat list.

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