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La Meule - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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BA SCORE
84
good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 04:40:29 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Well-bubbled gold with a fine particulate haze that is due to either yeast or sage... or both. The alabaster cap that filled more than half the glass on the initial pour is softy rocky and pleasingly plush. Although foam bridges connect head and glass, they don't result in an overwhelming amount of lace when they eventually break.

Before popping the swing-top, I took a quick trip to the spice rack to remind myself what sage smells like. After reading the label, I've learned that it comes from a hearty, evergreen shrub. There's no question that this beer smells like sage (and like spruce). I wasn't thrilled with the herb itself, but I like the way La Meule smells. Actually, I love it.

I can't recall having had a sage-infused beer before. I was skeptical at first, but it turns out that it works as well as coriander or cinnamon or just about any other herb or spice. The trick is in adding it to a quality beer and adding it in just the right amount. Both of those conditions have been satisfied here.

I think that most herbed beer is better when it favors sweet over bitter. Herbs can be bitter, and when used alongside hops, things can get out of control in a hurry. That's why I was pleased to see that candi sugar was used. This golden ale has just enough sun-ripened, sugar-crusted maltiness to offset the other flavors. I like this stuff more and more with each passing ounce.

The mouthful favors the light end of light-medium. Due to an expert use of carbonation, it works out well. I'm not sure I'd want a chewy sage beer since this sparkly, refreshing one feels so good in the mouth.

I picked up this bottle of La Meule last week because it looked interesting and because I was curious about what a sage beer would taste like. Frankly, I didn't expect to like it this much. It just goes to show that the list of things that can be used to flavor beer is much longer than most people realize. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 12:52:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale straw color with a bountiful head that retains well and lines the glass with "Swiss" lace

Smell: Unusual wit-like aroma of coriander and lemon with clear undertones of sage present (although I might not have picked out sage had it not been on the label)

Taste: Starts with an herbacious coriander and lemon flavor with the sage making a strong appearance, mid-palate; after the swallow, there is an astringent, medicinal aspect that flows into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: Doubt I will come back to this one, but definitely worth a try

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 21:46:46 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 16:12:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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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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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 23:40:09 | More by oberon
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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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emerge077

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 01:49:01 | More by emerge077
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle code of 7 D; Sampled February 2009
This beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a nice gold color that shows a hint of haze and a bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells most notably of pears and golden raisins. There is a touch of spiciness here as well as a bit of cracker-like malt. At first I did not get any sage, but after a bit I start to notice an up front savory note and perhaps a hint of herbal aromatics. If it wasn't on the label, based on the aroma, I never would have guessed this was brewed with sage. This smells like a Belgian Blonde more than anything.

Fairly dry tasting with a nice prickly carbonation and a tart-leaning finish. A certain savory note lingers on in the palate after each sip; a touch of menthol, a light grassiness and perhaps a touch of something like rosemary. This beer really is quite dry, it is also fairly light bodied with only a touch of malt texture to it. Some cracker like malt is just noticeable here towards the end and as the beer warms a touch of herbal honey-like malt becomes noticeable.

I like how dry this beer is, it brings out a soft tartness that makes this beer quite refreshing. I do wish that the sage was just a little more prominent, as it is I would be hard pressed to say anything out of the ordinary was added to this beer, though there is a general spiciness to this beer that makes it seem like a Belgian ale of some sort.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 02:25:00 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recently purchased at Oak Tree in S. Plainfield, NJ.
Flip-top bottle - had a label that looked like a possible freshness date with numbers and letters - the 6 and the A were marked in red, whatever that means. It gave a loud "pop" when opened.
Poured a hazy golden with a great deal of small-bubbled fast and steady carbonation and a very large towering white head that became a patchy white head after a few minutes. It left plenty of lacing.
The smell was of floral herbs and spices, especially sage.
The sage taste was up-front. It had bitter, earthy tones. The alcohol was well-covered. It had a slight medicinal taste. Outside of a slight fruity (orange-like) hint as the drink is near the finish, the taste was fairly constant.
It had a bitter, earthy feel. After the head settled, there was a slight water thinness, but a leafy, sage-like aftertaste was dominant in the aftertaste. A sharp dryness was left in the end.
Overall, it had a sharp, unique taste. It was like a cross between a Belgian ale and an herbal tea. It's something you really have to be in the mood for. It's certainly not a session brew, though I did grab a second one after a while. But, one or two in the right mood is enough. It's largely a "something different" brew - a bit too much sage for me, personally.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 20:22:41 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Sampled 1-9-2007. Pours a cloudy straw gold with a big off white head. Nose is yeasty, but gently floral as well. Flavor is quite unique. Starts off like a milder Belgian style brew and then you get an acrid flowery edge to it that leaves a plant-like aftertaste in your mouth. Feel is carbonated but light in punch from ingredients. I think it is drinkable, but for people who are not into this style, I can definitely see them not liking this at all since it is such a unique production. But for me, I'd probably give it a go again. Even though the price is a bit high.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:11:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.15 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head, some lines of lace. Turbid, rustic, unfiltered look.

S: Heavy on the sage, herbal, grassy smell. Pungent Provencal style notes.

T: Lemon and yeast flavours hit immediately, with a light acidity. Sage and woody herbs are big on the back end, with a light hoppy finish mixed with the herbs.

M: Spritzy and lively, rather light-bodied, a bit too much carbonation for me.

D: Love the flavours of sage, it complement hops well and always makes for interesting beer, though it gets rarely used. Love the experimentation of these guys, really solid ale right here. Good buy.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 21:12:57 | More by Halcyondays
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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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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Explodes out of flip top bottle with five+ finger head, settles to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, yeast left in bottle. Hoppy/spicy nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is spicy and hoppy, malts are hidden, dry bitter aftertaste. $5.19 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 23:32:48 | More by jdhilt
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

Apparently for the first time ever in the United States, on tap at Max's last night. Kudo's to the owner Casey for somehow managing to finagle a keg of this stuff.

The beer pours a hazy light gold color with fair head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is pretty subdued, though as it warms I do get some light honey and a hint of sage, with some noticeable tartness in the background. On the palate this beer is pretty impressive. One gets some more sage, honey and tartness, but there's also some noticeable white pepper and hoppy bitteness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and the beer has a crisp, spicey finish. Abv. looks to be pretty well disguised, though the spicey finish makes this beer a sipper.

A very nice, very intriguing beer from this Swiss brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 13:30:56 | More by johnmichaelsen
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 15:59:46 | More by beerthulhu
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 13:58:59 | More by glid02
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Bottle at Winking Lizard in Columbus. The beer is a honey color with a medium thick and frothy white head that burns off steadily. Stringy lacing. Floral aroma with yeast and spices along with a bit of malt. Medium body with a pleasant spice/herbal character. Flavors of yeast, sweet fruit and malt are all present. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. Pretty solid from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 20:14:20 | More by Dogbrick
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 00:21:13 | More by bluejacket74
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bark

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid somewhat cloudy. The finger thickhead is off-white and compact. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is strong with lots of yeasty flavours with an earthy note. The beer is spiced with sage, and the smell of that herb is very strong. I also note some hints of mint and lamb meat. Some sweet flavours and a bitter hint in the background.

The taste is... at first, not sweet at all: Quite reverse, it is dry and bitter with hoppy hints plus a touch of alcohol. Then, sweet malty notes and a strong clean flavour of sage and other fresh herbs emerge. The body is surprisingly weak, or is it just the very dry hoppy notes that play tricks with my palette? The aftertaste is spicy with fine notes of sage and a delicate dry bitterness in the background.

The carbonation is quite strong, almost like a wheat beer; the small bubbles are a bit sharp. The liquid is a bit thin.

A different and really entertaining beer, this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 20:19:41 | More by bark
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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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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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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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Bierman9

New Hampshire

2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes in an 11.15oz, swing-top bottle. Has some sort of freshness code (1 thru 9, and A thru F, with the 6 and the C marked) but I don't know what it means.

Popping the stopper produced an unexpected rush and gush of foam, though it thankfully stopped quickly. Poured into my small, Delerium Tremens chalice, it was an even mix of bier and stark, white foam. The head slowly, slowly ebbed back towards the slightly cloudy, golden-orange liquid. Has a fair amount of particulate within, as well as steady carbo rising up. The head is still a good, solid 1" of frothy white. The bottle has a fair amount of residue entrenched on the bottom. Despite all the foam, not much lacing is left behind. As for the aroma, well.... The label indicates the use of sage in this brew, so I can only assume that's what I'm smelling, not being familiar at all with that herb. It comes across as quite bitter, and almost medicinal. Body is a little short of medium, and there's more than ample prickliness on the palate.

Flavor is better than the aroma suggests. There's some mild, bready malt sweetness there, but hopping and herbing take center stage. The hops show up in the guise of a real earthy, grassy flavor. Quite the healthy dose of bittering action here. And the sage, again, adds more bitterness to the mix, as well as giving this bier a bit of a Listerine quality. Finishes a touch spicy (with the yeasties mixed in) and quite dry. I did manage to quaff the entire bottle, though I feel this is one of my least-enjoyed biers in quite some time.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 2.5

971

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 18:45:49 | More by Bierman9
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

Poured a cludy orange-amber color with massive white head.
I had forgotten what sage smelled like, but this beer quickly reminded me of waht it smells like.
Taste is also loaded with sage, and this totally dominates all taste sensation except for a strong bitter dryness at the finish.
A nice enough beer, but not anything to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 22:20:41 | More by tgbljb
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