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La Meule - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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84
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Switzerland

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 06-07-2006

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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 86
Reviews by phisig137:
Photo of phisig137
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky light brown pine color, with a one finger head. Froth falls quite quickly, and only a slight ring remains.

S- Very interesting how this changes as it warms. Smells exactly like boiling wort when it is fresh out of the fridge. As it slowly warms to about 50°, the aroma begins to change to spicy sweet sage. The aroma almost tickles the inside of your nose like the fuzz on a sage leaf. A bit one sided, but quite nice.

F- Up front, the flavor is dominated by malt sweetness and honey flavors. Actually it almost tastes like a few gravity samples that I've taken. The flavor does a 180 in the middle, switching over to pure sage waves, and a relatively firm hop bitterness on the finish. I'd be willing to bet that the sage is added a few times in the boil, because it is quite complex. This isn't the typical sage you taste when cooking, but round, green, spicy, smooth, and interesting. Yeast phenols linger like black pepper on the tongue.

M- Actually, pretty bad. Low carbonation, and terribly thin mouthfeel. I think yuengling may have more mouthfeel than this.

D- pretty good, but still a bit of a sipper. Tastes mighty good outside on a hot summer day though.

Overall, I'd buy it again, and I'd definitely serve it with saltimbocca. It is not quite a sublimely delicious or earth-shatteringly complex and different as Bon Chien, but it still holds its own. Any fan of wierd, different, experimental beers should seek this one out, along with all the others from BFM.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DCon
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 33cl / 11.2 FL.OZ. bottle of this from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO for $5.19. Poured from the bright yellow labeled bottle w/ the BFM lizard & a swing-top cork into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has ???? on the top label.

Aroma- Very complexed and malt dominant. Has tons of citrus at the beginning and then musky and a good goaty note at the finish. Light spices are in here too.

Appearance- Pours a easy going, 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a white, cloudy body but then glowing orange background! Cool! Tons of sediment hang out in the bottom of the glass. Leaves belgian style lacing afterwards (tons of suds and lace but fades after time).

Flavor- Overpowers the mouth with grapefruit and sweet malts from the beginning. A nice marriage of spices, fruit, and hop then come in mid-drink. A medium-high bitterness level hangs around in the complexity of the drink.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Gritty, and then sweet fruits stay on the palate with some light spices.

Overall Impression- What a challenging brew to wrap your head around... Everything hit positive for me and would recommend trying this (especially for the price!). Many other brews from BFM are around $15-20 for a bottle but this is reasonable and has nice complexity! A Belgian spiced Ale I would call this one.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try somethin a little different so I went for this one today.Poured into a small sulip glass a slight hazed light golden with a tight formed one finger bone white head that settled slowly leaving shitty lace behind.A souor lactic note sticks out most in the nose a hint of white pepper-like spice,pretty refreshing on the palate with a sour bite,just a big lemon blast with some residual white pepper spice in the finish.There is some herbal/grassy flavors showing thru more as the beer warms along with light phenolic yeast notes.A refresher of a beer,I dont pick up any sage compnent but still quite nice.

Photo of ricke
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw colored, rather hazy. Medium sized white head with good retention. Nice lacings.

S: Powerful spices and herbal notes that I'm not really comfortable with. Some yeast, bubblegum, notes of banana. White bread.

T: The taste is better than the smell. Rather unidimensional in the mouth with mostly sweet malts, white bread, some yeast and spicy and grassy notes. Bubblegum. In the middle a semi-tart sourdough-like note develops. But overall, the taste is rather sweet. In the finish, the spicy and herbal character strengthens even further and it blends with a gentle floral bitterness, mint, sweet alcohol, grass and a somewhat tart finishing note. This one is spiced with sage, but I don't think I'm able to pick up such a flavor in the taste.

M: Moderate body, very smooth with surprisingly anonymous carbonation. A pleasant mouthfeel.

D: Not bad, but nothing extraordinary. Perhaps just a little more interesting than good. Not very complex due to the dominating spicy/herbal flavors. Fairly refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Hailing from Switzerland, and an oddity in the beer world, La Meule is a lively Blonde Ale flavored with sage. Very active carbonation produces an intense head that nearly pours out of the glass, with a cloudy yellow hue. Fresh sage and a light honey-like maltiness dominate the aroma. Rolling crispness lends a fluffiness to the moderate body. The sage flavor is expressive, the first flavor to smack the palate. Spicy throughout, from a blend of alcohol, hops and yeast. Dry malt flavor provides an almost translucent base for the spiciness and sage to play off of each other. Bitter component from the yeast distracts the taste buds for a moment, but seems more a signature than an annoyance. Suggestions of honey and wild flowers come to mind, but the sage stays for the duration.

Very interesting, though we don't know whether to drink it or cook with it. Paired well with prosciutto, fresh buffalo mozzarella and beefsteak tomatoes.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Upon popping the swing top cap this thing foams like Mt. Vesuvius for 20 minutes exuding sage, spice and herb aromas with some fruit and a suggestion of tomato to strawberry.
I lose about a third of it but after it settles down I fill the glass with a cloudy apricot colored brew with a rocky white foam cap.
The sage makes a big impression on the tongue joined by stone fruits, lemony tartness, and a hint of white bread. The flavors are rich and complex but a good chunk of the carbonation departed with the foam eruption.
Might have been a good beer had it not been infected.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a golden straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer of bubbles on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of Belgian candi sugar, then after a moment the sage comes out, like a meld of pine and floral scents.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet Belgian candi sugar up front, followed by hints of light fruits and sage. Again, the sage flavor is a lighter version of the sometimes harsh pine flavors in big IPA's.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a light thickness and smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. The flavors meld together very well and I could have more than one of these.

Overall this is a unique beer that doesn't use sage as a gimmick but rather as an ingredient in an above-average beer.

Photo of ggaughan
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the BFM beer tasting at Monk's Cafe, the back bar. This bottle was a 11.15 oz bottle with a swing top cap. The label says that it is a Swiss Golden Ale brewed with amoung other things, the spice sage. Very interesting. The beer poured a cloudy golden color with a thick bubbly white head, reminding me of the character of a Duvel. The nose of this unique ale has a hoppy bit but also a spicey touch, probably from the sage which is unusual for a beer. The taste is very crisp, then leading to a more bitter hop taste but balanced out well with the sage tones which are enjoyable. I found this beer to be pretty darn drinkable with a medium body and good carbonation. Another fine beer from Jerome.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a Belgian beer souped up with sage(say that quickly three times). Past expirey date from Oak Park in Joysey by almost a year. Champagne-like white yeast. The sage kicks in but was nicely aged, so it gives a positive taste impact.Smoothly done, good brewing.

Photo of schenked
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I think of the Swiss and sage, I don't typically think of outstanding beer, but that has all changed. This beer pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow. It has a really nice subtle sage scent mixed with a tinge of alcohol. It has a wonderful flavor. The sage is present in a flavor that is somewhere between a saison and a tripple. Hints of citrus and that slightly funky quality that comes with a farmhouse ale. It has a soft palate with light carbonation.

This is a great beer that I wish was in wider distribution. It is pricey, but worth every penny.

Note: I have had this beer on two seperate ocassions at two seperate locations. Both times the flip-top bottle seemed to be leaking a bit after purchase. Obviously, I didn't think it hurt the beer, but it is a curious event.

Photo of Samp01
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml flip top bottle. Pours a cloudy yet sparkling golden yellow with no head, almost wine like. Aroma and Taste is mild sweet herbal spices, light malt, slightly pungent yeast with light bitterness, some alcohol essence and tartness. Palate is a medium body, smooth, with light carbonation. Finish is sweet and bitter herbal spices, sage, Belgian yeast, some fruity notes, almost like a white wine. Overall an interesting brew that grows on you as you drink, a good after dinner brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in the Swiss Mts. with sage.

A: Pours a clear lemon color with a huge rocky 3 finger snow white head that lasted for most of the drink leaving a nice sticky lacing behind.

S: a nice yeastiness with lemon bread, sage, and sour citrus.

T: Initially the flavor starts out tart, with some sour lemons, some spices, and a smooth wheat malting, along with dried fruitiness (pineapples). The hopping is spicy, with some light peppery notes. Reminds me a little of a Hoegaarden but just not as spicy or sour.

M: light, and oily. On the finish is some sour citrus notes and wildflowers which Im guessing is coming from the sage.

D: Overall this is a nice golden ale, very smooth sourness. Good overall.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows a mix of lemon, herbal notes, barnyard funk and doughy wheat. The funk is quite prominent.
Flavours include more brett and acidity followed by an astringent finish. Some lemon and wheat pokes it's head out.
Carbonation is suitably high, the body feels watery though.
Interesting, but a little the herbal notes and accompanying astringency are a little harsh.

Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A steady, slow pour from the stubby 11.2 oz. flip-top yields a floating iceberg of merengue-like foam. Irregular drifts and crags form over time, as the glass is drained.

Smell is fruity and floral with a citrus zest, like a garden variety of natural elements. The bottle lists sage and hops, which accounts for the herbal and floral notes. The fruit seems like a combination of pear, apricot, or peaches.

Taste has a strong herbal hop and sage presence, that dries out at the finish. The body is ripe with fruit and floral flavors, creating a straightforward heady mix. In the aftertaste, there's an earthy taste of bitter herb. Each sip seems to bring something different, and the bone-dry finish beckons you to drink more. Fruit is always present, in the form of pear, cantaloupe, and apricot.

Very nice Belgian Pale. If I hadn't read the bottle to figure out it's Swiss origin, I would've sworn it was from Belgium...

From the bottle:
"Original Unfiltered Hand-Crafted Swiss Golden Ale"
Serving temp. at 50º-53ºF.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my new Sam Adams Boston Lager glass (thanks to SA and BA), the beer pours a gold/orange color with pretty much no head at all. It smells like some citrusy/grassy hops, honey, lemon and a herbal smell that I assume is the sage that the bottle says the beer is brewed with. It tastes like I'm drinking liquid Ricola. The taste is very herbal, with some honey and yeast too. It's not bad tasting, just very herbal and a little bit bitter. That's the best way I can describe it. Mouthfeel is light/medium, finishes dry and with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, the beer is very smooth and surprisingly very easy to drink. It's a unique tasting beer, very hard to describe but definitely worth a try. I'd buy this again sometime.

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swing-top 33 cl bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Aroma is sweet and fruity with a potent spicy note that I rather enjoy. The body is a dull yellow/gold and holds a three fingers thick bubbly white head that is very lasting. Bitter and herbal at first with some dry sweetness and lots of floral spice and bitterness. Very crisp mouthfeel....nice drinking feel to it. Very nice brew.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some spices (sage). Taste is also dominated by some nice Belgian malt notes with some sage also easily noticeable. Body is full with some limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done and sage provide an interesting edge to this Belgian ale.

Photo of Erish
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. There appears to be a date code on the neck label, but I cannot decipher it.

A: murky yellow-gold color, and there are plenty of chunks of yeast floating around in this unfiltered ale, the head is fizzy and quickly falls into a decent cap with decent lacing.

S: clove, banana bread, sage, dried fruit, sour grape, allspice. A truly unique aroma.

T: the fruit (grape, sour apple, banana) and bread-like malt are present up front, a decidedly sage-ey wave hits in the middle, and the finish is clove, spice, and a bitter herbal finish. Interesting... I'm not sure if I like it or it's just "interesting"... I'm leaning toward interesting. Maybe I need to be Swiss to truly enjoy all of the complexities that this beer has to offer...

M: light to medium bodied, lightly silky to watery texture, moderate carbonation, and a cottony dry finish.

O: I really go back and forth between liking this beer for its originality and thinking it is just a bit too strange for me. When I compare it to a really fine Belgian Dubbel, it loses, and I go back to thinking it is just weird...

Photo of rallison
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden with a 1 finger white head.

S: Spicy and funky. Smells a bit of gym socks - I thought this was infected, but a couple people also mentioned some funkiness, so I'll put this review in.

T: Very herb-y - I assume from the sage - with an astringent, dry bitter finish. Some funky flavors in the taste too. Maybe it's infected, maybe this is just how it is supposed to taste (I'm thinking this is just not a great recipe). Regardless, not very good.

M: Well carbonated.

D: Not very, considering the smell/flavor.

Not recommended.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color and has lots of visible particles floating in suspension. It poured with a thin white head that consistently covered the surface and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
S: There are strong aromas of sage in the nose, which smell very reminiscent of a gruit beer.
T: Like the smell, flavors of sage stand out prominently in the overall taste, which also has flavors of spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is some spiciness in the finish.
D: The beer is actually quite easy to drink and I would consider trying it again due to its unique taste.

Photo of spicelab
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Beermasons.

Violent pop on opening swing-top. Clear golden-straw with a decent white head that falls to a nicely rasisd curtain and film.

Odd soapy, lactic sourness, with underlying lemon pith and dried grass. Interesting notes of lavender and heather, with mild sweet esters floating around.

Again, the funky soapiness is about, but is less dominant, allowing in flavours of grapefruit, lemon, hay and some floral honey.

Light to medium mouthfeel, a tad oily with slightly spritzy carbonation leading to a moderately dry finish on the rear.

Constantly teetered over whether the soapy yeast character was appetising or not as I drunk this. Quite a unique beer that is far from boring.

Photo of vrazionale
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl/11.15 FL.OZ bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Not entirely sure what the markings mean, but on one of the labels, there are markings on "7" and "D" (this would make sense if you had a bottle).

A - Hazy light golden brown with a creamy head that seems drawn to the sides of the glass.

S - A bit of barnyard funk, sage (obviously), golden raisins, floral notes, a hint of stone fruit, maybe even a little bit of pepper. A pretty wide range for a nose, but pleasant and inviting.

T - Again, I'm getting some sour funkiness here, with an almost gueuze-like tartness. I taste bread, grass, yeast, sage (again, obviously), other herbs (tarragon? rosemary?), and lemon. The herbal notes really come through on the crisp, dry finish.

M - The tartness coupled with the balanced carbonation gives the beer a very agreeable mouthfeel. It's light and refreshing, and the long finish keeps you wanting more.

D - Honestly, I thought this beer was going to be mediocre at best. I was very pleasantly surprised. From the nose on through to the finish, this brew is complex and enjoyable. I think it would pair well with food (a buttery risotto or pork chop with apples are two dishes that first came to mind), but I really enjoyed it on its own.

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

On-tap at the Lion's Pride.

Pours a straw color with a decent sized head and leaves a bit of lacing along the glass.

Smell is odd, lots of spice and aroma but unfortunately none of it seems to work together, the thing that stuck out (and the reason it piqued my interest) was the sage.

Taste starts out quite malty until the spice kicks in and ruins things, the sage starts out first which doesn't work well in a beer along with some of the other spices that mish-mash together.

I was kinda excited to try it, not really excited anymore though.

Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: You really have to give this beer credit for the presentation. It is a cool unique stubby little flip top bottle. When Bob flipped the top open it popped like a gun shot and the whole room turned to see.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow with very active carbonation bubble rising rapidly.

Smell & Taste: The flavors in the beer are complex and I only had a share of this beer so I will need to re-visit it if I ever get the opportunity. I got a very spicy ginger and sage character, earthy grassy hops and a significant amount of dryness. The variety with in the Belgian Pales continues to impress. Every beer is so unique.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated creamy medium body beer.

Drinkability: I am definitely going to seek this out again. My share went down way to quickly.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of geexploitation
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a huge, Duvelesque head. Zesty aromas of sage, coriander, and some fresh fruits. Very little identifiable malt characteristics in the aroma. On the palate, light, flashing sweetness up front, then some light citrus characteristics, then the spices come out to play, with a bit of a cinnamon notes that I didn't pick up on the nose. Toward the end, there's a nice, nectary sweetness, before that vanishes, leaving a dry finish that lingers on the tongue for a while. Very frothy carbonation on the tongue, with a fairly light body to the beer. There's a lot going on in this beer. It's very complex, especially due to those spice notes, but the yeast has also clearly affected it positively as well. This is one of those beers that you can get something different from every time you drink it. Very, very good.

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La Meule from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
84 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.