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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4.2
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, 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

4.2
larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Poured from 750, cloudy light gold, with a medium white head. Mild fruity nose, ripe-banana like. Slightly sweet taste, spicy with a touch of heat. this is pretty good stuff, zesty is a good word to describe it.

4.2
Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Pint on tap. Really really good. Bright sunshine color, cloudy, laces well, little head, bubbly. Aroma is citrus, peaches, nectarines. Taste is more sweet and citrus, with floral notes and herbs. Medium-light body. What a good blend of American and Belgian tradition.

4.2
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.

4.2
Fatehunter (2640) - 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.

4.2
ChadPolenz (1847) - 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

4.1
Travlr (26417) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso, courtesy of Greg - thank you sir! Very pale yellow, solid lacing. Aroma of freshly cut grass. Taste is very strong hops, but not too bitter. Good balance and complexity.

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presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle. Loud crack of the cork but no foamage. Long lasting big white head on highly carbonated gold. Lively clean spicy hop nose. Not extreme but smooth golden drink with some dandelion, strong hops and a bit of creamy butter. Alcohol is low key but you can feel the warmth in your body.

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FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Sampled from a 750 corked brown bottle this beer poured a very cloudy yellow-golden color with a huge foamy white head that lingered and produced incredible lacing. The aroma was tart citrus, bread, sugar and candied fruits. The flavor was tart and sour with notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, table sugar, bread, Sweettart candies and faint vague herbs. The finish was long and tart with lemon, pineapple, sugar and spice lingering. Moderately full bodied. The alcohol was well hidden. Excellent.

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boto (2283) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2011
750ml bottle: The cork came out of this one with a very loud "POP". The pour had a huge amount of a frothy white head on it. It left a fair amount of lacing. Nice aroma to this one. I get floral notes, honey, spices, yeast and some fruits. This has a really nice flavor. There is a slight tartness to it. Some lemon, breadiness, spices in the taste. It has a medium to full body to it, yet has a bit of lightness in the mouth. Absolutely no clue that the ABV is over 9%. Very nice!


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