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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%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
750 ml corked bottle. Brewed in Belgium. The cork exits with a boom. It is one of the best looking beers that I have seen. I poured it into my Duvel glass and it pretty much looks like Duvel. It is a clear gold with tons of carbonation bubbles racing form the etched D logo int eh bottom of the glass. The head is huge, foamy and white. It slowly recedes to some really nice lacing. The smell is unique. It is almost skunky at first.Then it becomes a spicy hoppy monster. It is definitely in the realm of Duvel Tripel hop, though spicier and not as hoppy imo. The flavor is pretty good. IT is sweeter and less hoppy than the smell. It has a big sweetness that carries some spicy yeast and some citrus with it. IT has some nice, subtle malt flavors under the yeast. The hops come in with a mild finishing bitterness and some added spiciness. It is a solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale for sure. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-19-2011 05:39:18

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (8425) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
Sampled on tap at Bottleworks, pours golden with a white head. Aroma of yeast, grains, straw, pear, a little citrus and spice. Flavour of sour apples, pear, licorice, yeast and bready malt. Very solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 My Bottom Line:
This fluffiest of Belgian Strong Ales is the setting for an intricate flavor display where doughy, bready yeast, herbal hop resins, citrusy spices and cushiony pils malts coalesce. Elegant, very drinkable for its size, complex and inspiring.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy tower of foam protects the hazy gold.
-Light alcohol warmth greets the palate upon the first sips, but is quickly forgotten once the mellow hop bitterness starts to build on the tongue.
-Subtle bubblegummy phenols add complexity
-The aroma is spicier than the flavor profile, which is more in tune with a classic, albeit fruitier, Tripel; the citrusy character of these spices is redolent of ginger and citrusy thyme varieties.
-All flavors are so well integrated into one another that they almost indistinguishable. An amazing display of cohesion and restraint from the brewer.
-I would never have guessed that Amarillo was used. These American hops were used parsimoniously, which I appreciate. Other more noble varieties seem to be at play as well.
-A second bottle proved to be very good, but not as divine as the first. Mouthfeel was overly prickly. The yeast pour did add some cohesion to the flavor profile, but it wasn’t world-class like the first bottle I had.

Bottles.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2010
750 cc from Capone’s. Pours clear canary with a champagne-level of carbonation and a huge white clingy head. Nose is pale malty, white winey fruit, yeasty spice, hops. Tastes malty, champagny, very carbonated, with hopcitrus, pinot grigio white winey notes, spicy yeasty notes, and a complex palate. Gets a tad cloying late, but that’s a minor beef.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (8150) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2012
Draught at Falling Rock on October 12, 2012
As "Green Flash Friendship Brew".
Black color, brown head. Sweet, mineral, brett scent. Brett, bitter taste. Dry finish, spritzy mouthfeel, high bitterness. Hints of licorice.
Most others around me found huge amounts of licorice, as where I felt mainly brett, I might have been interpreting the characters differently.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Thanks to Bryan at Blue Palms. Was told that this was a Saison. Pours with a clear golden body and a small white head. Aroma is fruity, melon, apple, citrus, tropical fruits, mango. Taste is dry, estery, banana, vanilla, mango, spice, cotton candy, american hops. Dry, with lively bubbles.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7588) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2011
On tap. Poured a slightly hazy gold with an off-white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a good amount of grain and yeast with a bit of spice, citrus hops and light fruit. Flavor was similar with more of a light fruit note coming through and the hops bringing a bit of bitterness to round out the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (7442) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Tap. Slightly hazy golden yellow pour with a nice white head. Yeast and spice on the nose. Medium palate. Nice flavor profile of yeast, pepper, nectarine, and hops. Great job on this brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle at James’ house for the End of History tasting. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Soft musk on the nose, a touch of hops, yeast. Medium bodied, soft sweetness, musk. Vibrant carbonation, fruity into the finish with more lingering yeast and a touch of warming alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Thanks to Blake for bringing this bottle over like 5 times! Opened with about the loudest pop I’ve ever heard, but it didn’t gush. Poured hazy medium golden with a fluffy white head. The aroma picked up lemon zest, cloves, and ginger over soft pale and bready malts.. warmer honey and peppery alcohol on the back-end.. enjoyed it. The flavor found more honey and lesser bready malts at the core, cloves, lots of catty Amarillo, and white pepper laced throughout.. warm on the finish. Medium-bodied and very well carbonated on the palate.. just too much carbo.. overall a tasty brew, but heavy-handed.


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