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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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2592) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle. A dark brown color with a lush lasting brown head. The aroma had a nice combination of porter + saison with a with fruity and mild spice aroma on top of the malty and chocolate base. I was pleased.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (5889) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, lots of spice on the nose, sweet roasted spice taste.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zvikar (3964) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom C’s place. Thanks Tom C. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of lemon, spices, dark bread, caramel, nuts, flavor of dark bread, coffee, caramel, sage and micromeria, medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6760) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
"Dark saison. Very very up front herbal nose, almost menthol like in quality. Flavor similar with some dark roast and lite funk. I really dug this but probably couldn’t drink a ton..."

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (8199) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom C’s place. Thanks Tom C. Black-colored with a nice tan head. Aroma of lots of spices, licorice, some fruitiness, some chocolate and coffee. Sweetish flavor, spicy, with caramel, licorice, a light sourish note, fruitiness, coffee, some chocolate and a drier bitterish finish. Medium-bodied.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gamin (143) - Brockport, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Saison?! So confused. This beer pours dark with a chocolate milk head. Smells and tastes like thin mint Girl Scout cookies. So weird!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1399) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2015
Purvis Cellars bottle(26-Jan-2015)Sour sweet light choc malt aroma.Over primed black thick head&fluffy lace.Funky fruit malt spice flavour.Funky fruit finish and roast malt funky aftertaste.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reynolds314 (2763) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Takes a lot for me to dislike a saison but make it a straight black licorice bomb and that will happens. Dont advertise a secret blend of spices if it really just tastes like anise. Warn people.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XaenDovet (1204) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Very dark brown, large airy off-white cap, dense lacing. Aroma is potent medicinal anise, straw, earthy. Taste is bitter, with a soft rounding sweetness. Sticky. Long dry finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Imaena (2004) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle. This is a pretty sour saison with an almost funky background note. I almost wonder if this is infected.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1957) - - AUG 24, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-27-13- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance –Served a black colored brew with a small tan head. The head faded quite fast, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt mixed with spices of coriander and clove. Some pepper aromas as well as some funky aroma are mixed in as well giving it a odd roasted and funked saison kind of smell. Taste – The flavor begins with a strong dose of roasted malt mixed with a small amount of a citrus taste. Spices of pepper and clove are rather heavy up front. While the spices dwindle toward the end they remain ever present in the taste. A herbal and grassy flavor comes to the tongue at the middle to the end. These flavors take the taste to its end where a roasted and lightly bittered grass/herb flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the medium side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was average as well. Both were a good compromise for the roasted body of the beer and the more funky and spicy flavors. Overall – A fairly interesting beer in my opinion. While the flavors don’t meld perfectly at all times they make for an interesting combination and style. While it isn’t one I would go to on any real occasion, it is a good one to try.


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