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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
SSSteve (3661) - - SEP 29, 2012
bottle. black pour with a large, creamy, brown head. minty with chocolate in aroma. flavor is a mess of mint, basil, dark chocolate, brett, nuts. creamy palate is probably the best thing about this one. don’t like it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (4412) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Draft to taster. Looks decent; cola black light beige lacing. Smells yeasty,doughy, and a little peppery and malty. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2478) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Pint at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, smokey spicy. Deep smokey, chocolate with yeasty clove, strong aroma. Brownish black color. Good initial head. Faded quickly to a ring. Bitter flavor. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel bitter finish. Good, real strong roasty, smoky malts. Bitter spice from yeast. Not one I’d have a lot.of, but solid .

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyalFlushing (322) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle poured a dark brown/black with a thin tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma includes black cherry, lemon and orange zest, and peppery notes. Taste also includes notes of cherry and citrus with more pronounced roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Unfortunately, the flavors are somewhat muddled and this definitely did not meet my expectations.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Dark brown shade of black with a frothy tan head, lots of sticky webby lace. Nose is quite spicy indeed, lemon vebena, orange peel, allspice. As it warms, tarter black cherry notes are more pronounced with a light vinegar/acetic character. Glad I let it warm a bit as the nose is more complex than originally noted. Flavor has a more roasty, bitter cherry skin character, lots of bakers chocolate, tartness is more subtle than nose. Very dry, lightly tannic finish. An interesting beer. Drinks more in the old English porter style in my opinion with a little spice thrown in.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (4902) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2012
I kinda wanted to like this more than I did. Smells a bit spicy, a bit nutty. Flavor is a bit muddled. I got some traditional saison flavors, but nothing really stood out.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Nice dark black color with a tan head Aroma was light, a bit grainy with hints of straw, some sweet estery notes, some clove and anise as well, not very "up front" however. Flavors were much more pronounced. Lots of lightly sweet and slightly fruity Saison flavors, but with a heavy dose of bitterness imparted by the hops. Some definite nuttiness from the darker malts, perhaps a bit of coffee, clove, and anise. A pretty interesting experience. Definitely a solid, easy to drink, well-made beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (508) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Nearly opague brown, black color topped by a big rocky tan head. Aroma is medicinal-like. Notes of iodine, molasses, licorice, nutmeg, charcoal, black pepper and cardamom. Flavor is charcoal malt, leather, dark fruits and cola. Some barnyard here, too. Certainly is different. Not easy to like. but unique enough to try.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (2450) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Dark spices, some licorice, and anise aromas. Herbal flavor with some spice and fresh herbs and a light cooling like tone.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle, pours a nice black, aroma is very spicy, the flavour is not too spicy, it kind of has a little roastiness to it, it finishes with a nice spiciness maybe some sage, overall very nice offering


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