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La Torpille - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 42
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Paddez on 02-12-2005

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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 42
Reviews by Parrotshake:
Photo of Parrotshake
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (680 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Vbbabe208
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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! (278 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of dark fruits - plums and raisins - with a good amount of Belgian candi sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Candi sugar and dark fruit flavors up front, with a robust malt backbone that tastes slightly toasted. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have a few more.

Overall this is an interesting BSDA - it's got more malt flavors and less sweetness than most others in the style. Worth a shot. (741 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the BFM tasting at Monk's Cafe the other night. I think the brewer only brought 1 or 2 bottles of this from what I was told. The beer poured a deep brown color with a medium tan head, nice bubbles. The nose of the beer was slightly bitter, fruit tones and a bit yeasty. The taste was full of spice and fruit notes with a balance of bitterness. The taste was also a bit toasted which is pleasing, The body was medium and very drinkable if more was available but I enjoyed what I was able to have. (506 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a swing-top from Drinks of the World, and according to the label this is a Biere de Garde.

Pours a murky brown in my glass with an off-white head. The aroma and flavor both have deeply herbal funk element, which is an interesting effect. It reminds me of a slightly bitter and sour herb medicine, but not in a bad way, there are also lovely dark fruit esters rolling around to add to the complexity. This one is something different - a beer to think about. Give it a try if you can find it. (501 characters)

Photo of Seaba
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -15%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian style malt is enjoyable enough. Taste is a mix between dry fruits (plums and figs) and some candi sugar notes. Body is slightly thinner then expected with some great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. A bigger malt profile would have benefited this beer. (391 characters)

Photo of ggaffield
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Paddez
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this in small shop in Neuchatel in Switzerland. It looked intresting enough to pick it up, although it was rather pricey.

The beer itself is dark amber-brown in colour. A hard pour produced a medium-sized head that dissapeared almost immediately, leaving behind virtually no foam or lacing. Some sediment to make things more intresting but overall slightly dissapointing.
Aroma's are of fruits and yeast.
The taste is rather intresting. Lots of woody, spicy and malty flavours wich are accompanied by a strong dry taste of bitter coffee. There's a yeasty undertone. Pretty intresting and rather complex.
The mouthfeel wasn't as good as the taste though, the cardbonation was too aggressive. The soda-like fizzyness of the brew was over the top.

Overall though, this is an intresting brew that is certainly worth trying. It had a lot more authenticity than I expected. (884 characters)

Photo of biernack
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rivoire
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sbauer
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of lownote
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atis
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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La Torpille from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
85 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.