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La Meule - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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84
good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 06-07-2006)
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Reviews by pmlondrigan:
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Bottle pours a lovely golden straw color with a thin pure white head. The head fades but will reappear with a little agitation. Very fine bubbles. The aroma is very nice blend of fruity yeast, hop notes and of course herbaceous sage. These flavors play together very well. The flavor is well balanced like the aroma. The sage flavor is there, this is a very fruity beer that is slightly reminiscent of a triple. There is a lingering hop bitterness finish that works well for this beer. Nice mouth feel imparted by the bottle conditioning, feel is appropriate not too thin, not thick or chewy. Drinkability is high, I could see having a few of these. Overall this is a very tasty beer that I am glad to be drinking. BFM always delivers something interesting and this is no exception. I would purchase and enjoy this beer again if I see it on the shelves.

pmlondrigan, Feb 28, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

oberon, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

ricke, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
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.

pat61, Sunday at 04:14 PM
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Mantooth, Apr 09, 2014
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.

glid02, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of ggaughan
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

ggaughan, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of jALEson
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

jALEson, Jun 21, 2014
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.

Sammy, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Bugs318
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Bugs318, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Seaba
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
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.

schenked, Oct 08, 2006
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.

Samp01, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

beerthulhu, May 26, 2008
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jun 07, 2012
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.

emerge077, Oct 28, 2006
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.

bluejacket74, Jul 21, 2007
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.

Jredner, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of ggaffield
4/5  rDev +7.5%

ggaffield, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Erish
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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...

Erish, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

enelson, Apr 01, 2014
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La Meule from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.