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RATINGS: 389   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Pours a dark chestnut brown color thatís completely opaque with a two finger, frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Slightly earthy aroma with peppery spice, farmhouse funk, estery dark fruit and sweet malt notes. Thereís a subtle grassy character that compliments the funky yeast along with some dark chocolate, licorice, raisin, fig and plum. Iím also picking up a subtle herbal/medicinal presence but it doesnít interfere with the other elements. Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a strong zesty spice flavor that lingers over the funk and sweeter notes into a dry finish. More syrupy/medicinal than the nose suggests with a slight cough medicine presence. Some dry, earthy hops up front complimenting the peppery spices. The farmhouse character is fainter than expected with slight grassy straw flavor before the malt and dark fruit notes come in to play. Hints of chocolate and toffee along with some grape, fig, plum and dark berries provide some needed sweetness. Pretty complex but the spice profile and medicinal flavors are a bit heavier than I prefer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 5, 2012
Tap. Notes of muddles rustic old @ellar must, soft cocoa, and peach pear fruit. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nickls (1883) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Tap. Very murky dark brown with a thin light tan head. Toasty, nutty, floral, and some bubblegum and spices in the aroma. Medicinal, floral, burnt toast, some gum and odd spice finish. Lighter creamy body. Weird and not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Draught from Milltown in Carrboro. Pour was one of the loveliest Iíve seen. In a St. Feuillien glass, with nearly two fingers of a tan head notable due to the uniformity of the bubbles through the glass. The foam on top was creamy and soft, but the bubbles beneath were like little uniform pearls. The aroma and taste? Intense. Not everyoneís thing, for sure, but I kind of liked it. It was big... lots of roasty malt, big hops in the form of resin and grapefruit pith, and a astringent thing that reminded me of brett. Taste was the same, with some added mild anise. Intense, but I enjoyed sipping this over lunch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2012
On tap at Tylerís, Durham. Silky dark brown/black pour with a fluffy head and plenty of beige sediment. Nose of modest spruce, molasses, and twig, with some super-dry hops in there too. Smooth, rich mouthfeel seems less saison-like and more like a healthy porter. Taste was a bit off-putting, as the heavy juniper/menthol/wood notes dominated. If thatís your style, this will please. But I definitely wasnít feeling it so much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6179) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. Black pour, tan head, fruity yeastiness, floral & potpourri notes. Bretty characteristics upfront with light roastiness in the finish, liked it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5038) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Draft at Rustico. Poured a pretty dark, mostly opaque color with a tan head. Aroma was dark, caramel/molasses, notes of sweetness, dark malts. Flavor was dark malt character, notes of nice hoppy characteristics to it. Liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3840) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2012
US Green Flash version, on tap. Ebony with a lasting cream on top. Nose is cocoa, roast, caramel and a light earthy funk. Taste is the same. Medium body is soft and well balanced, with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3156) - Montana, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle pours a jet black color with a massive tan head. Scent is spices and yeast. Taste is piney with black coffee. Not what I expect from a Saison at all. Black ipa maybe. I do like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Draft. Black body, brown edge, beige head, nice creamy lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, pepper, caramel, light anise, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pepper, roast. Medium body, slightly creamy.

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