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La Torpille - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Paddez on 02-12-2005)
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Reviews by Parrotshake:
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat reminiscent of a beer I had fairly recently, Jolly Pumpkin's Noel de Calabaza. It's practically raining soured Belgian Dark Ales up in here - by practically I mean this is the second one. I kind of wonder if this isn't more of an Oud Bruin. Regardless, it's nice. You got your caramelly and plummy notes and chalky yeast, granny smith and balsamic vinegar all at the same time. Very lightly bitter.

This is surprisingly thin bodied and fizzy for the style and gravity of beer we're talking about. It's actually very refreshing. You could have a couple. I only have one left and I think I'll save it until the next time I have confit duck, or something. Liked this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 19:41:57 | More by Parrotshake
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-29-2014 02:26:03 | More by JAHMUR
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4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great fireside beer. Spicy notes are apparent and complementary. A drier alternative to a mulled wine. I wish the smell was as heavenly as the taste, but the color and mouthfeel help to counteract this. Though it is the Spring, I look forward to finding this beer next winter!

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2014 02:35:25 | More by Vbbabe208
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

03-23-2014 01:47:58 | More by ggaffield
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-02-2013 19:02:13 | More by jmtpi
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-28-2013 14:55:12 | More by Seaba
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from 33cl swing-top bottle.

A: Slightly cloudy, light mahagony. Little or no lacing. Minimal head.

S: Oak, slight burnt cherry. Fruity Belgian yeast aromas.

T: Tart cherry and woody finish. Some hot esters.

M: Medium bodied. Well-carbonated.

O: Great Belgian brown ale, delicious wood and cherry flavors. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 21:38:01 | More by sbauer
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought overseas in a plane by my good buddy. Best by April 2013.

A: Viscous brown pour with hints of red when light hits it. Right around a finger, but no more, of head builds up and disappears quickly. Hardly any lacing is left behind.

S: The first thought I had when I took a whiff of this was: tart? Now that I've taken a few more, it smells more malty than tart, with plums, other dark fruits, and ester-y Belgian aromas coming through.

T: The characteristics of tartness are there again, but much less so on the taste. Plums, clove, spices (cinnamon?), and sort of a mustiness I didn't expect. The tartness comes and goes, sometime featured at the front, sometimes hidden at the end. Certainly a strange taste, but not unpleasant by any means.

MF: Thick and heavy body, much more so than I would have guessed. Decently drinkable, my palate is a bit confused by this beer so I took a number of little sips. The taste did begin to wear on me before the beer was completely gone.

O: This was a really interesting beer that I'm glad I got the chance to try. I can't say I'd have my buddy bring me back another bottle, but I might get it again if I saw it in a bar.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 00:16:50 | More by russwbeck
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3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows heavy brett with spices and a bit of chocolate.
Similar flavours. Acidic notes, chocolate, lemon. A bit weird, in regards to having the brett in with the richer, darker malt. Doesn't quite work.
Carbonation seems a bit excessive.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 06:35:11 | More by CrazyDavros
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

06-30-2012 14:08:01 | More by sonorb7
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer with thanks to beermasons and pours a murky mahogany hue which leaves a two finger creamy head that stays and leaves lacing here and there,the smell is dark fruits,bready malts,fruitcake and raisins soaked in honey,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of ripe dark plums,bready malts,raisins soaked in honey,fruitcake and finished with a cherry sournesss and overall a nice drop that has abit of everystyle in it and very drinkable with its ABV well hidden behind the sour/sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 15:22:19 | More by ADZA
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a small BFM snifter glass.
Enjoyed at "La Ferme du Château", Lausanne region.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown cloudy color. Forms a medium creamy white bit yellow head. Retention is low and some lacings are formed and left in the glass. A lot of sediment can be seen floating around

S: BFM trademark. Spicy and tart in the nose. Quite vinous too. Also caramel, caramel malts and yeasts. Notes of fruits like apples and grapes

T: Taste is also spicy and tart. Vinegar. Fruits. Caramel malts and yeasts. Very light earthy bitterness. In overall an acid and dry beer. Very taste, nevertheless

M: Medium body and low carbonation. Tart and mild bitter aftertaste

O: Not an easy beer and quite tart for the style but, quite drinkable anyway. BFM expected quality. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 14:18:03 | More by eduardolinhalis
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-14-2011 04:24:53 | More by nmann08
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-16-2011 02:45:05 | More by bpfrush
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Another decent brew from BFM. Dark burnt-orange/brown with a small, quickly receding head. A strong pungent aroma of fruit and spice. Light and sweet taste with a sense of alcohol, kind of similar to a tripel. Medium mouthfeel with a little bit of a syrupy feel. Moderately drinkable, but probably no more than a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 02:19:46 | More by Rifugium
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3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown. Thin head and almost no retention.

S: A bit of tart and a bit of spice - black pepper? Not sure I like it.

T: More of the same from the aroma - very lightly tart with a bit of black pepper towards the end.

M: A bit on the heavy side, low carbonation.

D: Not too bad, and has an interesting taste, but not highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 16:36:49 | More by headlessclown
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a very hazy brown with a thin head. Smells lightly spicy, prickly, fruity, and slightly smoky. A little smoky and even the slightest bit of band-aid up front in the taste, luckily this is quite subtle. These flavors are followed by some light spicebox and some fruit. Very dry, and somewhat tart, and quite smooth in the mouth with a drying finish, and lingering spice. Fairly interesting, but if it went anymore in the medicinal direction from age, it would nosedive quickly in score.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 02:14:13 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at ChurchKey.

You know you're starting off well when you're not sure if you're pronouncing the beer's name properly when ordering. This one pours a hazy amber orange-brown (yeah, it sounds redundant, just trust me and imagine a slightly borderline color scheme...sumpin' like 'at...) topped by a finger of ecru mini-foam that stays on for an extended period. The nose comprises tart berries, sour grapes (kinda wine-like), green apple, and cinnamon. The taste maintains this sweet fruitiness with notes of tart white grapes, mandarin oranges, and a good amount of brown sugar. The body is medium, with very little carbonation (almost none) and not much oral coating at all. Overall an interesting brew, but not one to be particularly sought out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 15:25:24 | More by TMoney2591
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

Pours with a nice finger of eggshell colored head that doesn't hang around for very long; light hazy brown hue.

Very vinous in the nose; red grapes; light malt sweetness; some sour fruitiness; medicinal and earthy notes. Flavor is a little less sour than suggested in the nose; only a faint touch of fruit sweetness; some sourness and acidity; has some spice to it as well. Lighter body with bubbly carbonation. Interesting enough drinking, and one of the better offerings from BFM's more regular lineup.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 21:38:11 | More by Nickls
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a snifter glass. The beer is an opaque dark plum/brown color. There is a thin grey head of tiny bubbles that leaves even lacing. It has a sweet, dark fruit aroma. I'm picking up dates and raisins. The beer has a very unique favor. Vanilla and cream soda come to mind. There is also a dry alcohol component that is present initially and lingers after you swallow. Some sweetness pops out in the aftertaste. It has a medium body and a little bit of mouthcoating. There is some carbonation present, but nothing amazing. The mouthfeel is probably this beer's weak point, if you could call it that. I enjoy this beer, but I can see why some folks wouldn't like it. The beer is great for drinking slowly, by itself.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 19:38:19 | More by ToasterChef
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky dark brown with small head that immediately dissipates, leaving off-white patches, loads and loads of yeasty sediment. Aroma is spicy darkish malt, fruity sourness.

Taste is bittery herbal, dried fruit, hints of candi sugar, fruity and slightly tart finish. Mouthfeel is quite think with too much carbonation and mild alcohol warming.

Overall, an interesting Dark Ale, but I do not think I could drink much of that stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 17:50:53 | More by atis
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap beer poured with a reddish hue that was fairly interesting, with nothing distinctive in the smell. A little fruits, spices. Beer tasted sour with a medium body. A little sweetness was felt at the end, but not much. Really, its a beer that must be sipped, but enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 00:40:13 | More by lownote
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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious and rich.

Pours almost black, radiant purple, with a big fluffy bright white head with great lacing. Smell is powerfully phenolic. Flavor is woody and tannic, with a huge phenolic bite. Anise. Plum, cherry. Very dry. Mouthfeel is dry and thin.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 15:13:40 | More by Seanibus
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty complex, with cinnamon, red hots, light smoke, raw meat and funk. Flavors on the palate aren't quite so complex, consisting of some light sweet malt, but with spice, light sour, and tea. Pretty interesting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is not bad. Not sure I could drink a lot of this, but it's interesting and not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 00:28:14 | More by John_M
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2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Opaque, murky, dingy-looking brown body with an off-white head. Bless them for serving it up in a slender tulip goblet, but it does nothing to negate the beer's fairly repugnant appearance.

Smell: Darker malts accentuated with spices and layered with an underlying sourish background note of deserted fruits and one single drop of lacquer.

Taste: Dusky dark malts with only a very slight amount of sweetness. Perceived taste of soil-strewn, gnarled wood bark. Lightly tart, lightly sour pulped fruit liberally seasoned with stale cinnamon, spice, and a pinch of dried herbs. Slight earthy bitterness. Then, it's back to the exuberant earthiness and tastes of soiled fruits until the dry, thankfully short finish. All in all, this just comes across as rather discordant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, I... I suppose it's possibly tolerable in (very) small doses, but, really, this isn't one that I can, in good conscience, recommend. For me, this Torpedo was a dud.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 17:05:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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La Torpille from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
84 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.