While hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy, G-LO and Company paid us a visit. Having been raised right, he did not come empty-handed. He had stocked up on a trip to the Foodery and brought over a bottle of the Ommegang’s Scythe and Sickle Harvest Ale and Green Flash’s Friendship Brew. This Black Saison is the second collaborative effort with Brasserie St-Feuillienon. I was looking forward to the bottle as I have had the Hop Head Red IPA, the Double Stout Black Ale and the Rayon Vert, plus, I was interested to see how one of my favorite styles (Black IPAs and Stouts) would blend with one of G-LO’s (he loves his Saisons).
Here is what Green Flash has to say about this beer:
Friendship Brew is a Black Saison that blends European and American hops, Belgian yeast and a cache of secret spices. The aroma and flavors are enticing, with delicate fruitiness, subtle spice and rounded roast malt characteristics. Bottle conditioning provides lively carbonation and rich beer foam for a luscious body and a lean, dry finish.
And here are my impressions of this beer…
- Appearance: Black with nice tan foam and good lacing.
- Aroma: Roasted malt, hay, and earth.
- Taste: Creamy and heavily roasted with some odd spices.
- ABV: 5.7%
I’m not sure if I missed something or not, but I found the Friendship Brew to be only okay. Of course, we did start off the day with a Ballast Point Indra Kunindra and that may have blown away my taste buds. Perhaps, this one is worth a second try.