Brewed by Brasserie St-Feuillien / Friart
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Le Roeulx, Belgium


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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
St. Feuillen’s centuries old brewing traditions combine with Green Flash Brewing Company’s cutting edge brewing techniques to form our first collaborative brew: Bière De L’Amitié (Friendship Brew). A blond Belgian collaboration ale, brewed with St. Feuillen’s traditional yeast and spices. For a modern twist, we add rye malt, wheat malt, and American Amarillo hops. At the crossroads of collaboration, we dry-hopped the brew for more zest. It’s old-world Belgian Abbey-style meets new-world American craft brewing - and a friendship is formed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Bottle. pours straw-like yellow, hazed, white, rocky and lacy head. nose of saison yeast and straw, but very bright and clean...do i smell the rye? maybe. maybe some coriander too..no wait...definitely some coriander. nose was refined...flavors a little less so...the sweetness is a bit overly present...and distracting..making the spices seem overdone, the alcohol doesnt play in to that scenario very well either...making it all a bit cumbersome. There’s some lemony touches throughout...but the sweetness and alcohol make this beer a bit overdone and not so great. Not a big fan of this...its a hot, sweet somewhat mess....but the nose was nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2010
Very pale golden coloured beer. The nose is surprisingly light and soft. There is a touch of soft berryish fruitiness as well as some light spice, but it is quite light. The palate is quite soft – there is a touch of Belgian malt but the yeast and spice are very subdued. Light lingering spice. It’s nice, but much more subtle than I would have imagined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 (750ml bottle) Pours hazy straw yellow with white head and active carbonation. Aroma is slightly anise, herby, and bark? Getting some lavender or other floraly herb. Some of the citrus is there from the belgian part of the collaboration. Taste is sweet/sour with bitterness. The rye characteristic is certainly there. Light bodied with oily texture. Carbonation is lively and finish is slightly bitter. OK beer. My concern about the two breweries collaborating was that Green Flash would overhop the beer as is the case with many west coast brewers, but they added some finesse and didn’t overpower their partner. As a big St. Feuillien fan, I can say that I prefer their beers when they do all the work, but this was a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Thanks to Bu11zeye! Super intense carbonation. slight rotten banana flavor. Maybe a banana pudding that has sat outside for a couple days.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
750ml Bottle: Cork blew with a loud pop. Aroma of yeast, grain, slight spice, and slight hops. Poured yellow/gold in color with a huge, loose, foamy, frothy, white head that filled up half of the glass. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of yeast, light pepper, slight spice, hops, light pale malt, and a hint of honey. Medium body. Tingly, then dry, slightly chalky texture. Lively carbonation. Pale malt, yeast, hops, and light spice finish is lightly sweet and medium bitter, and ends dry and slightly chalky. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Over-carbonated. Not all that flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2010
BB 04-12. The pour is a hazy, straw color with a full, white, fizzy, rocky head which settles to a fluffy layer and leaves loose, sporadic lace. The nose interesting with a nice mesh of Belgian yeast and American hops; honeyed bread, lemon peel matching wheat tartness, floral, peppery alcohol matching spicy rye, a touch of white grapefruit, some resins, and some rosemary. The flavor is similar but citrus is more prominent, still lots of honeyed bread, spicy rye, orange and lemon peel, tart wheat, citrus notes somewhere between orange and white grapefruit, just hints of floral and the rosemary. The palate is fitting with a lively to fizzy carbonation, moderately full body, a creamy body, warming sensation, and the carbonation adding a seeming dryness. The finish is long with the carbonation drying it out, citrus notes throughout, honeyed rye bread dissipating, rosemary left on the tongue and a less than moderate bitterness. An interesting brew to take such a light colored Belgian and add lots of hops without adding a bunch of bitterness. The spicy rye notes masked the ABV well, the tartness from the wheat meshed well with the citrus. Amarillo hops seem to compliment Belgian yeast strains well for what ever reason. From two breweries for which I have mixed feeling for, they collaborated to make a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6234) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle, cloudy golden pour with floral, sweet honey aromas, flavors of grainy clover honey, wheat and yeasty, nice even finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3396) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2010
750ml bottle from Market Square Liquors. Yellow pour with a huge white head that leaves soapy stick. Aroma of mint, lemon, light malts, yeast and pine. Tastes are more of the same with spike of carbonation. Finishes dry, bitter, pepper and mint. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Pours a hazy yellow, nose is of belgian yeast esters, fruity, with a nice fennel kick. Taste is spicy, clean belgian pils malt, and again a good fennel bite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2892) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Slight lemon notes in a very soft tripel aroma, from the yeast. The appearance is very light with a bit of lemon haze and a small white head. The flavor is so light and smooth that you don’t tase any alcohol at all for that ABV. The light notes of lemon come on gradually and linger lightly for a bit, it goes down very easily.

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