Wednesday, October 7, 2015

St. Feuillien/Green Flash Bière De L’Amitié


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1470) - Albany, New York, 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