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La Meule - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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BA SCORE
84
good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%


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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Samp01

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 22:26:55 | More by Samp01
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FLima

Brazil

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color with a very thin head with low retention. Some very small particles floating particles and gets cloudy in its last pour.
Quite yeasty aroma, Belgian kind. Notes of honey, herbal, kind of pine or juniper and rotten oranges and lemon. Not overly sweet, perfect for the style. A hint of Bretta soapiness.
Excellent taste that follows nose. A pleasant citrusy with some piney hops.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation, with a second fizz phase.
Awesome beer, I guess there are more than chocolates in the gastronomy space in Switzerland. A pleasant surprise. I found this under rated, not sure if my sample were rightly matured (it looked old though did not have an expiration date), or I am getting used to funky beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:09:39 | More by FLima
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themind

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting brew that I do not have much to compare to. Pours almost no head yet the carbonation was fairly balanced. The beer is very herbal, just a different kind of beer then I am used to. That said it was worth drinking.

Bottom Line: Expand your beer experience and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:54:35 | More by themind
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spicelab

Australia

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 07:31:35 | More by spicelab
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 02:08:09 | More by CrazyDavros
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.15oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a murky dark yellow with a very small white head that quickly lapses into a collar around the glass; spotty lacing.

nose is marked by lemon and sage, a bit tart and some funk evident; notes of spice.

more of the same in the flavor but with a sweet malty presence in the background and some yeasty notes. sage is more subdued than the aroma suggested. some sour/tartness in the finish.

mouthfeel is decidedly "meh." medium-bodied, a bit thin and way under-carbonated. having perused a few other reviews i'm starting to question this bottle. drinkability isn't bad, it's not an offensive beer per se but i won't be seeking out another.

original review on: 10-22-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 21:50:33 | More by BostonHops
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ADZA

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew courtesy from beermasons and pours a hazy golden yellow hue which leaves a two finger head and nice lacing,the smell is sour barnyard funk,lavender,soap and honey ham,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of sherbet,sour funk,floral bouquet,apples,lemongrass and finished with a mix of spicy hops and a sour funkiness and overall its definately a different unique brew but if you dont like sour beers then you might want to give this a miss cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 06:45:47 | More by ADZA
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DCon

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:44:47 | More by DCon
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taigor

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured cloudy bright golden color with huge head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly grassy with hints of sage and bready yeast.

T - Sweet honey and sage upfront followed by tartness and lots of spices like pepper and cloves. Has a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

O - Very good and unusual spiced beer. Nicely balanced and overall I would recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 16:46:41 | More by taigor
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin wisp of white mousse. Looks good, but nothing sets it apart from other similarly colored ales.

S: Aromas of yeast, sage, cider apples, and lemon zest immediately make their presence known. Very unique combination of scents. Quite pleasant.

T: A tart entry reveals notes of sage, vanilla bean, fresh cream, white peppercorns, coriander, and sour, bready yeast. The finish is delicate and lingering with a combination of pepper, vanilla, and sage notes.

M: This is a full-bodied beer with a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Has a bit of weight to it in the mouth.

O: Aside from the odd flavor profile, nothing about La Meule really stands out to me. For what it is, it's solid. I just do not see myself revisiting it anytime in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 21:51:22 | More by mrfrancis
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip; thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Hazy yellow body beneath a finger of fine off-white foam. Nice retention and lacing. Attractive.

S: Big, piercing lactic + citrus sourness. A touch of vanilla, malt, and spice (sage) lends complexity. Great.

T: Generic fruity sourness up front, followed by some breadiness and light sage. Reminds me of tea in a weird way. Huh. Pretty solid, but nowhere near as intense and pleasing as the aroma.

M: Fairly light, frothy, and lively. Nice.

O: I'm not at all sure whether this beer was supposed to be sour or not, but since everything else I've had from this brewery has been I wasn't surprised. The sage definitely lent a welcome bit of strangeness to an already strange beer. Pretty solid stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 22:13:46 | More by woosterbill
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chefelf

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color. Heavy sediment in the bottom of the glass showing up as tiny black specks.

This tasted similar to a saison with a slightly more bitter flavor. Very crisp and a little tart. This wasn't quite what I was expecting based on what I read but it was still quite good. I liked it far better than the other BFM offering I've tried which was La Dragonne.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 14:02:46 | More by chefelf
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Billed as a Saison with Sage. On tap in a tulip at The Memphis Taproom.

In the tulip, La Meule looks very bright yellow, almost lighter than that, tan maybe, it reminds me of a cleaner Allagash White. A nice inch of foam thats white and semi sticky.

Smell is on the spicy side with sage just coming at me. It is the main scent for a while but significant warming brings on the bread and somewhat of a perfume scent.

Taste is not overly spiced, not cloying in anyway and that was my worry going in. Sage, a bit of coriander, some lemon and a yeast strain I cant place. I may be reaching but some flowers come up in the bouquet of flavor.

Feel is a little bit more than light bodied and the carb is minimal at best. It gets a bit tangy after a few sips and Im always game for that. It works though and makes for a easy ride. For some strange reason this recipe works, great beer, although it may get a bit much after a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 06:01:31 | More by BARFLYB
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours no head except for a crescent of soap suds bubbles. Hazy applesauce brown, kind of like a weak apple cider. Smell has banana and spice. Taste is kind of like if you took a tart fruit juice and then watered it down until it nearly lost all character. Sorry but I'm quite disappointed. The bottle with the flip top stopper and the funky gecko on the yellow label had me hoping this would be a lot of fun.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 01:11:21 | More by MoreThanWine
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Erish

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:25:50 | More by Erish
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from tap into BFM snifter.

pours nice golden, slightly hazy, yellow with thick, fluffy, white head that left considerable lacing all over the glass. beautiful.

aromas remind me of a dry Reisling with a touch of spice and tartness. sage, pepper and dry wine please the tounge. nice sipper.

mouthfeel was thin to medium but slightly creamy. good carbonation levels. very pleasant drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 17:10:38 | More by ncaudle
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petacutlasaurus

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Walking home after work one day, checked out the draft list at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont. Lo and behold, BFM made it on there with a beer of theirs I've never tried. After work the next day, I went in like a sap and grabbed a serving to review at my table for one. Totally worth apparent pity from onlookers. My first BFM beer on draft and my first BFM beer to develop a head. About a finger's worth of white fluff on top and a righteous floral and citrus smell.

On tasting: very effervescent with a tall light head, fills the mouth with upfront orange, middle mint and a bitter, tart finish. A little grassy, a little sage-y - earthy while being really light with an unusual body. Definitely enjoyed it, and get it on draft if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 23:42:40 | More by petacutlasaurus
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a murky apricot butterscotch tinged orange. Two fingers of a plush pillowy cloud like off white head pours nearly out of the glass. Head retention is incredible.

S- The nose starts of with some acidic aromas that brought hot dog condiments come to mind, especially sweet pickle relish. The Vlasic stork dropped this baby right on to our palate! Savory herbal characteristics of Sage, Thyme and ginger smooth out the aroma in the middle. Spicy white pepper and earthy dried grass notes on the finish.

T- Begins with bold earthy herbal sage on the front with a slight lemony citrus. A tinge of brett lactic tart flavor makes your taste buds sit back and say, "OY!" Subtle honey sweetness, ginger and classic Saison white pepper are, well peppered in with some orange/lemon zest. Finishes with dry hay and a resurgence of the tart note.

MF- Spritzy at first with an extremely dry finish. Medium to light body with a medium frenetic carbonation.

D- High Drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 05:47:55 | More by Viciousknishs
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 19:40:09 | More by metter98
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA

A: Bright golden with a fluffy white head.

S: Pungent perfume, with some breadiness underneath.

T: Citrusy with a multitude of herbs and spices.

M: Light and crisp, with average carbonation.

D: Definitely very drinkable. Nice as a blonde ale, nice as a spiced ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 17:02:21 | More by Rifugium
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.15oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a murky dark yellow with a very small white head that quickly lapses into a collar around the glass; spotty lacing.

nose is marked by lemon and sage, a bit tart and some funk evident; notes of spice.

more of the same in the flavor but with a sweet malty presence in the background and some yeasty notes. sage is more subdued than the aroma suggested. some sour/tartness in the finish.

mouthfeel is decidedly "meh." medium-bodied, a bit thin and way under-carbonated. having perused a few other reviews i'm starting to question this bottle. drinkability isn't bad, it's by no means an offensive beer but i most likely won't be seeking out another.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 05:58:35 | More by perrymarcus
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Delicious BFM specimen.

A: Looks like a witbier, yellow to white color with a very cloudy body. Pours a medium fluffy head which dissipates leaving no lacings
S: Very good. Spicy as it should. Citrus lemon. Malts, biscuits and yeasts. A bit flowery
T: Really good stuff. Light sourness. discreet pepper and coriander. A bit of vanilla (?). Light bitterness.
M: Light after all. Smooth. Medium to low carbonation
D: Good

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 19:32:24 | More by eduardolinhalis
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying to get some flip tops for homebrewing, picked up at the foodery.

Poured into by konings hoeven trappist glass, presents with feint white head that dissipated immediately, but the color and body is very nice, golden with flecs of yeast. Definitely a unique look to me.

Smell is lightly lemony, hint of mild malt biscuity note with sage lightly there. I like this too.

Taste is a bit different than the scent, a more malt presence, less sage and lemon flavors, but pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel is good, well balanced, good flavors throughout.

A very good unique beer, but not extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 00:01:35 | More by mvanaskie13
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Neat beer! Swingtop had a nice "pop" when opened. Poured with a nice sized foamy frothy off white head and some lace. Color is a very hazy to lightly cloudy medium amber. Aroma is divine. The sage fits great here and perfectly compliments yeast hops and malt. Flavor the sage falls down and brings out some bitterness that is discordant. Body is a bit soft and good with decent carbonation. Finish is like flavor and a hair boozy. Not a session for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 02:17:17 | More by drpimento
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Birreria Paradiso tulip glass.

While typing this, I decided to use Google's translator to find out what "La Meule" means. Turns out, it means "wheel". Huh. Go fig, right? Wait, why would they name this beer The Wheel? Just as with the other mysteries of the universe, we're left with nothing but question marks (and no Mysterians are in sight). Well, whatever the reason, this beer pours a golden straw over-laden with a haze that only those dwelling near the moors truly understand. I mean, they've lived amongst this haze, so they've gotta know something about it, right? Maybe they know why this beer is named-- whoa, gettin' kinda off-topic now. Where did I leave off...? Oh, yeah, the head rises fairly tall, thick, white, and foamy. Like an aquarium in dire need of cleaning, particulates abound in my glass. The smell is funky, yeasty, populated by cloves, cardamom, coriander, orange zest, and lemongrass, a spice rack taken out on a picnic in a broad Swiss lea. This idea is furthered when the tongue gets involved. The buds are struck by lemon zest, a solution of hoppy bitterness, and parsley and other greenery. With reference to the stated style, there's too much herb, not enough spice. Yeah, let's put it that way. The light-medium body is pumped with plenty o' fizz, but it's more bubbly than carbonated, if that makes any real sense. And like a bottle of the ol' bubbly, this brew finishes decidedly dryly. This helps the drinkability stay afloat, but the rescue boats are still en route: The overt chlorophyll sank the ship quite a distance into the voyage.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 02:54:22 | More by TMoney2591
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La Meule from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
84 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.