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

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

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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.

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3.6
sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2010
thanks Tony @ OTH for the share. pours cloudy golden, white head. aroma,f ruity, clove, spices, light bread, definitely has the St Feuillien signature along with a more hopped up American style. flavors, champagne yeast? mild/thick malt presence, fizzy carbonation with ample citrus. Belgian yeast with light hops adding for a nice bitter palate. Spices, cloves?, dry hopping is on the light side, rye adds some spiciness.

3.4
tderoeck (10203) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2013
7/IV/13 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ Erwin’s place - bottled: VII/31/12 (2013-312)

clear dark brown beer, irregular small beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, grains, spices, swimming pool, liquorish, aniseed. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: caramel, spices, aniseed, mocha, bitter hops. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, coffee, bitter hops, dry, bit dirty.

4
MartinT (10036) - 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.

3.3
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a slight hazed yellow- mostly clear with a relatively dense, bright white head that has decent retention and scant lacing. Aroma is potpourri, bitter orange peel, perfume oils, some spice, lemonade. Taste is very dry, some saison character, light candi sugar, soapy, perfumey. 9.5%abv is not noticeable.

3.9
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. Straw colored beer with a huge whitish head. Summer fruit and spice aroma with light sweet malt. Malt and spice flavor with summer fruit and yeast. Medium bodied. Spice and malt lingers with sumemr fruit.

3.6
douglas88 (9632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle shared by Eric. Pours a golden almost yellow color with a medium white head. The aroma is heavily spicy, peppery saison. A rich Belgian yeast and malt profile, some heat, spicy and dry. Interesting.

3.1
JoeMcPhee (9554) - 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.

3.7
drowland (9080) - Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2010
9/26/10. 750mL bottle. Cloudy orange pour with a huge thick but fizzy white head that cuts in half and lasts. Huge spicy aroma with phenols, yeast, rye, orange peel, skunk, pee, and more. Very sweet flavor of malt and orange peel with a yeasty kick. The flavor is a little light and hard to perceive because of the huge bubbly carbonation - almost too much there.

3.7
drfabulous (8591) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Draught at Freshcraft. Lemon yeasty light and good carbonation. For a strong ale, it has the yeasty taste of wit.

3.8
BuckeyeBoy (8500) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2011
750ml Bottle pours out dark golden/amber topped with a sandy head. Aroma was of spice, hops, dough, lemon zest, and some sweetness. Taste is much as the aroma with the spice, zest, and lots of complexity. A very fun one to try.


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