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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Serving: Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours black with a light tan head. The nose is overwhelming anise, mace, and yeast notes. The flavor is medicinal with a ton of anise, spice, clove and mace. There is something else I canít quite place. Very one sided and medicinal with a lingering bitterness on the tongue. Very dry finish. This one is a miss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2681) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2015
A 2012 vintage thatís seemed to have aged perfectly. At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Black as midnight with an inch of rocky, beige foam atop that holds and leaves a thick and messy lace. Strong berry sherbet and eucalyptus and tea-tree oil notes on the nose amongst a blend of mace, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove spices. On the palate it is spice driven, dry and creamy with a malt, hop, wood and spice finish. Slight smoke, camphor, eucalypt, bitter orange peel. mace, dark chocolate, clove and twiggy bark. Really mouthfilling with a solid malt and US hop base. Lengthy bitterness that melds everything. There is a touch of nettles and rosemary; this has a ridiculous amount of complexity going for it at three years old. Somewhat medicinal. Well rounded and curious. A herbal aperitif. Delicious and original. (1pint, 6fl.Oz, Bottled 31/07/12, The Intíl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
felip989 (131) - S„o Paulo, BRAZIL - JUN 26, 2015
Dark brown almost black with a big beige head. Aroma is cherries, prunes, grapes, yeast, caramel, chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, some red fruits. Bitter aftertaste. Good but the fruitness donít combine with the roasted malt flavour. Strange Saison...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kayres (659) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Black with a thick tan head. Sweet malty nose. Smooth spicey bits of lemon and maybe cinnamon. Fairly dry ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Ugh. This was a terrible beer. The only good thing about this beer was the aroma. Chai spices with not much else. The pour was a stout like dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was pretty bad. Too much going on and it didnít work. Strong spices, dark roasted malt made it a little bitter. Yeast and malt were drowned out by the crazy spices. Finished the beer, but it was difficult

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gamin (146) - 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reynolds314 (2915) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (7290) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black, lots of spice on the nose, sweet roasted spice taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1507) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XaenDovet (1227) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zvikar (4086) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom Cís 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.

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