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La Meule - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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84
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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 06-07-2006

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of JBogan
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky wheat color with tons of floaties and no head nor lacing to speak of. Honestly it's a sad looking beer which makes me think twice about putting the glass to my lips.

Surprisingly when I put my nose to the glass the aroma isn't bad at all. Very herbal smelling with a nice lemon accompaniment. I kind of like this. Too bad the beer is still showing chunks and flecks, otherwise I'd be anxious to have a taste of this.

Eventually my lips meet the glass and the taste is still somewhat lemony with sweet malts playing a part as well. Not very complex, nor especially delicious, but it's not awful either.

Mouthfeel is thinner than the chunky appearance would suggest. Very slick, but with a somewhat dry finish.

Man, if this beer wasn't so ugly I'd have rated it higher. It's still only an average beer at best, but jeez, it looks like golden pond scum. Maybe worth a try if you come across it. Maybe.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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

Pours with a fluffy pure white head that held quite nicely. Some spotty lacing here and there, but nothing remarkable. Really hazy marigold orange hue.

Definitely loads of sage and other herbs in the aroma, not overpowering but definitely trumps the other aspects. Lemon peel and some yeastiness also show up.

Interesting flavor, but not as powerful as suggested in the aroma. The sage is definitely there, but is pretty tame. Citrus fruit and yeastiness come through clearly as well. Light and chalky body, and quite a dry finish. Not bad drinking at all, and I enjoyed the more savory spice characteristics. Pretty enjoyable.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - bright straw pour, a thin soapy layer of lace that clings well to the glass.

Aroma - light graininess at first, followed by some yeast, light lemon, and a definite wildish funk. Can't say I'm much of a fan.

Taste - yeah, grain, yeast, lemon, and funk, just as advertised. The sage is light and very late, but I only get it at the very beginning. After that, the palate gets wiped by a beer that is essentially a wild ale. I hoped for more sage.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp and refreshing on the palate. Has a smooth mellow body and carbonation, like drinking Mt. Dew, lol.

Drinkability - it's crafty but it's not for me. I could drink it again but won't go after it.

Photo of crossovert
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in the Swiss mountains.

From the exploseive pop of the brown belgian-styled flip top bottle the liqud goodness of this brew emanated to the mouth of the bottle, but I poured it into my Duvel tulip glass quickly with an uncontrollable white head with tons of brown bits in it. THe head recedes rather quickly to a froth atop the beer leavng some ornate lacing. The beer s a murky cider-like color with a nice cache of goodies sitting in the bottom of the glass.

This one smells amazing, there are hints of lemon lime, apple peel, sourness, a hint of woodsy pine, fruity, yeast twang, and a nice blast of sage. The sage smells very fragrant and perfumey. There is a little bit of alcohol burn in the nose but not overt.

The body is smooth but well-carbonated, in fact some pretty exceptional mouthfeel overall. The taste is very bold and has some tartness and spice that melts into a smooth sage and malty finish. Not really sure how to describe the taste on this one, it is just a smooth easily palatable flavor, yet it has some tang and sourness. The alcohol is more apparent as you go but not overt.

Overall this is a unique brew that should be tried at least once and savored

Photo of atis
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow iwth some head that slowly fades to white patchy layer, downsliding lacing. Aroma is intense sourish spice that might be sage, quite interesting and even extraordinary.

Taste is dry and quite bitter hops that slowly turns out to be sweet herbal citrus malt with dry finish and slightly spicy herbal aftertaste, complex, but very pleasant. Mouthfeel is rather thin with more than average carbonation and mild alcohol warming.

Overall, a very interesting beer, especially I enjoyed the aroma.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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 bark
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Photo of ricke
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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 vrazionale
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 glid02
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml swing top bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for $7.25, split with my dad last night, poured into my Chimay goblet, color is a murky golden yellow, small 1/2 inch creamy white head that lasts for a little over five minutes, some decent legs at times, aroma is made up of sage, straw, mild hops, lemon juice, other herbs, and light malt, flavor is pretty herbal throughout, reminds me of a Belgian pale at first but then fades into several plant-like characteristics, later reminds me more of a witbier with a heavier spice component and a large herbal finish, like how the yeast and dry qualities really come together and form a unique beer, herbal, dry, slightly sweet, and earthy mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, could have drank this bottle easily, light on the stomach, keeps you coming back for more as its flavor changes with time, my dad liked this when he had it on tap a few days ago and I am glad we opened this bottle, a very different beer from a great Swiss brewer, would drink again, recommended

Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a huge white head with blond color. Initial drink leaves a slight sting to the mouth, but finishes well. Taste of earthy spices, and citrus hops, with some grassy wheat in there. Great aftertaste, not bitter and nothing lingers. Goes down easy. Not something I'll look for again but nice to try once.

Photo of nrbw23
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden yellow with a decent white head.

S- Pretty hoppy aroma and a bit of I think sage that makes a nice spicy smell. Yep, sage just read it on the bottle.

T- Pretty distinctive taste coming from the sage. A spicy kind of dry finish.

M- Pretty good amount of carbonation and overall fairly light in body.

D- Alright here maybe a little too funky with the herbs for me.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.32/5  rDev -11%
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 beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 albern
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is an essential one to try because it will give the reviewer a clear indication of what the spice sage tastes like in a beer. I have tasted and smelled hints of this in other beers and didn't know what it was and could not properly identify it. Now I know, and so will you because it is overpowering in this beer. The beer pours a rather light golden color with a white soapy head, some retention and lacing. The carbonation is modest and the mouthfeel watery and crisp. It is a refreshing beer to an extent. The aroma is all about the sage, but there is also an unpleasantness to the smell as well, similar to household cleaner or detergent. In any case, the aroma is pungent and unmistakable. The taste is all about the sage. There is a tart lemon or lime rind and citrus to the beer too. The finish is mouth puckerish, tart, with some bittering hops, tea like in quality. The aftertaste lingers a bit long and the dry puckerishness continues. The beer is worth a try if you want to know what sage tastes like in a beer. If not, and you don't care, than I wouldn't be recommending this beer in its own right.

Photo of phisig137
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Foxman
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a very hazy honey golden amber. A thing finger of white head dies off unceremoniously. The lacing is ephemeral and flighty.

In the aroma, the first thing that steps out is the sage, earthy and lightly bitter. Underlying doughy grain is joined by a crest of candy sugar.

Upon tasting, the malt is momentarily caramel before a thick honey and sugar sweetness is itself aborted by the spicy bitterness of sage and some crisp esters of yeast. A trailing swirl of tart apple further crisps the presentation, and the finish is lingering, very dry, and non-descript. In so many words, it's awkwardly rapid and fractious.

Medium bodied, the feel is a high point, with a soft but peppy lilt on the palate.

Sage with a leg of lamb, or even chops, is simply sublime. Sage in a beer, at least this one, is out of place, gratuitously bitter, and a detriment. Take the herb out and it's less than memorable, but with it, it's memorable for the wrong reasons. It's drinkable enough to finish the bottle, but not enough for another...ever. A sage man might say, no sage, thank you.

Photo of rallison
2.45/5  rDev -34.3%
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 NCSUdo
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.15 oz, flip top bottle

A: Pours a hazy deep golden/peach color under a fingers worth of white head. Some lace, some retention.

S: Some fruity undertones with obvious spice from the sage. The spice reminds me of a marinara sauce, like for a pizza. That may sound wierd, and it is a little, but it isn't bad.

T: Again, spices are prevelant with hints of the yeast that is floating around. Still seems to take on an Italian spice type note that is very unusual, but again it's not bad. Mostly dry in the finish with some of the spices sticking aroound.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very nice, creamy with a fullness that surprises a little, but still on the light side. Drinkability is a paradox for. Would I sit here all night and drink a bunch? I could, but the spices would wear on me. However, the way the spices present themselves to me, I could easily see having a nice Italian or Mediterranean dinner and going through a bunch of these. An unusual beer for sure, but very good.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

La Meule from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
84 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.