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St-Feuillien & Green Flash / Bière De L’Amitié

Formerly brewed at Brasserie St-Feuillien / Friart
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Le Roeulx, Belgium


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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (3009) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Pours a bright yellow golden color with a nice three finger head that just sits and waits like a well trained dog ! Sticky with proteins too.... Aromas are big and fruity; tropical, apple, citrus...as well as a touch of rustic yeast, straw and a bit of herbal spice. On the palate its a lot of the same but the hop presence really shines mid palate with fresh dose of earthy bitterness to cut into the Belgian candied flavors and fruity roundness of the beer. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (2929) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, Mild White Head, Some Lacing S: Belgian Sugar, Belgian Yeast, Lemon Zest T: Belgian Yeast, Belgian Sugar, Chardoman, Mild Corriander, Mild Lemon Zest M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Spicy, Mildly Yeasty Overall, a pretty nice blend between belgian ale and saison, easy drinking if you like both styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3121) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Pretty good brew. Self popping cork! With a good, solid bang, too!! Poured with a small to medium sized, sudsy, off white head that lasts a little and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy light amber. Aroma is lots of citrus fruit, malt, yeast. Taste is very similar with lots of lingering sweetness. Body is very good and it has champagne like carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13254) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
750 ml bottle poured a clear yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, pear, citrus, light earthiness and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, pear, pineapple and citrus with a crisp dry lingering citrus finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Poured from the bottle into a belgian-style goblet. The ale had a nice appearance and aroma. The taste is what you would expect from a american-belgian collaboration, very yeasty with a nice hoppy nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Wow, what is this amazing madness? Nothing short of de-lish. Pours a beautiful, cloudy light yellow-gold with a HUGE pillow of white head. Nice sticky lacing throughout. Aroma is belgian yeast and candi sugar with grapefuit, honey and a floral touch. Flavor is an a-mah-zing combo of Belgian/American goodness. Fruity, sweet grapefruit hop flavor, followed by yeasty fullness, some Belsgian spice with a drier hop finish. Keeps me guessing, and I’m guessing I want more. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut (2638) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2012
very active moon crater head placed on top of a hazy golden hue. Gobs of carbonation visible. clean malty nose, hint of light spice. Taste adds biscuit, apple, and pear to round it out. alchohol is well hidden. WOW!!! light to medium body. This is a quite a tasty treat. Rated via BeerBuddy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Poured from a bomber into a St. Feuillien goblet a golden brew with a thick off white head Aroma of funk tells me we got Belgium yeast. Malty floral & citrus follows. Taste is classic abbey ale but with some citrus thrown into the barnyard. Totally a brew I would enjoy with a heavy meal. Overall I would say this a well above average collaboration brew & would easily buy again to share with others over dinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (2240) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Pours a half finger of head on a hazy light straw body. The aroma is bright, initially grapefruit, then mango and pineapple and some candy. The taste is candy sweet, lemon drops and mild bitter finish. The texture is light and airy. Outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2015
I usually enjoy brewery collaborations, though it’s rare I see Americans and Belgians doing the collaborating. In the case of Bière De L’Amitié I was especially excited since it’s made by Green Flash Brewing of California and St. Feuillien of Belgium – which brewery would have the greater influence? I can safely say it was actually the latter, as the beer is classic Belgian in most aspects but does have plenty of unique features to it. None that I would categorize as American per se, but I appreciate the innovativeness.

I poured a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottle on 2/25/15 and cost $2.99 (marked down from $12.99) ($0.12 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright orange hue with plenty of haze, though spastic carbonation is clearly visible. Pours to a huge, fluffy, white head, which retains fine but doesn’t actually lace the glass.

Smell: Light and fruity with notes of orangepeel, some spice rack seasonings, and classic Belgian yeast esters.

Taste: There’s a lot going on in this palette; so much that it’s difficult to document it all but I’ll try. Right away I get a lot of Belgian malt character: slightly sweet pale maltiness coupled with an orange sherbet flavor. Banana, thyme, lime peel, rye, and pink peppercorn are all quite prominent throughout the middle of the swig. It finishes with a remarkable sweet flavor of caramel or toffee. I liken it to that of Cracker Jack or any kind of caramel popcorn. In fact, I may even get a bit of chocolate or toasted character in here.

Drinkability: I was hesitant to drink the entire bottle solo considering it’s 9.5% ABV, which is not something you throw back for kicks. Still, Bière De L’Amitié was remarkably drinkable for such a big bodied brew. True, the mouthfeel is quite lively and it’s challenging to drink more than a few sips at a time, and there is noticeable alcohol warmth. Still, it leaves a clean aftertaste and it might even be refreshing for a moment or two while in the mouth. I’m sure this would complement poultry and fish dishes with ease, but I recommend drinking it by itself to really enjoy and appreciate it for the brewing accomplishment that it is.

RATING: 9/10

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