FlacoAlto (4013) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A soft pour into my Bruery tulip produces a four-finger thick (including a finger above the rim of the glass), pale, off white head. The beer is a rich gold color that shows a bright, brilliantly clear, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of balanced spices, hay like notes, citrus & tropical fruit, and a backing, pale grain character. A second, more focused, look at the nose yields a really juicy, tropical fruit laden, Amarillo hop character; floral peach, lychee, candied mango, and juicy fruit bubble gum aromatics seem to jump out of the glass. Spicy notes of musty white pepper, ginger, lemon zest, and perhaps some earthy spice notes (sort of coriander like, but cleaner) play a soft, accentuating, and supporting role in the nose.
Dry for a split second, then fruity hops and esters along with a pale malt character contribute a sweetness to this beer. Peach juice, apricot nectar, lychee, ripe guava, and bright kumquat are all brought out by the hop notes. The finish has a grassy, sort of herbal note, a slight peppery, green wood character, as well as spicy from esters and fairly smooth higher alcohols; this can even get a bit sterile / medicinal at times in the finish. The beer is fairly light bodied, but does have some viscosity, but much of this is scrubbed clean by the ample, effervescent carbonation that at times can even seem foamy.
Not a bad beer in the end. I definitely like that the hop character comes through so well and that the spices merely play a supporting role. Having said that the fermentation character can clash just a bit with the hops at times, but still, overall this is kept in check. Despite it getting a little sharp in the finish, this beer is dangerously quaffable for a beer of this strength.
Chad9976 (1473) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Fatehunter (1766) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jb (2592) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caged and Corked. A bit fuzzy, a medium well saturated yellow. Nice retention, thin amount of white head. Lots of stuff springing out of the nose, wow. I detect rye, bubblegum, lemon, and coriander notes. Taste is very spicy with the coriander out front, then the bubblegum, then a very dry finish. Nice.
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated on 5-13-2013 (Corked and caged bottle) This beer’s appearance is a huge smooth white head with a long retention, hazy pale yellow body, slow rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is lemon, herbal hops, yeast, wheat, malt, spicy, and hint of pepper. The flavor is sweet, wheat, spicy, peppery, malt, and hops in the background. The mouthfeel is zesty and this beer is light-medium bodied. This beer is very quaffable and has a lot going on in the aroma and flavor. It is very good tasting, worth trying and a beer I will drink again if it comes my way.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MadIndian (2634) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Isaacs. I was really impressed with this brew. Nice notes of dough, rye, Belgian spice, hay and hop. Finish is very zesty and bready. Well done.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the End of History tasting. Aromas are zesty lemon, lemon grass, and biscuit. Pours pale with light lacing and good carb. Taste is dulled lemon zest, floral/lemon grass, and a hint of rye. Light and easy in the mouth with a warm malt feel but no detectable gravity. This is dangerously easy to gulp. Well done.
Jow (2848) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by myself at End of History tasting. Nose is yeast and lemon zest. tastes bright and peppery, of barnyard, lemongrass, and Belgian yeasts. nice carbonation. pleasant brew
jtclockwork (11289) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at end of history tasting. Pours yellow white head. Nose/taste of spice, lemon, lemongrass, Belgian yeast and peppercorn. Medium body.
vtafro (5090) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Yellow pour with white head. Spice, yeast and light hop aromas. Belgian yeast, touch of hops, some spice flavors.