Douze - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 07-04-2010

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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 38
Photo of illpass78
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Very hazy orange/peach type color. Big white head that recedes slowly and then settles at about a half finger. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Smells of wheat, spices, orange rind, some funk and maybe a bit of apricot.

Taste: That apricot taste is up front, and there's an appealing salty/spicy mix. Somewhat saison-like. Very refreshing. Unique beer; can't name too many others that have this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Tiny bit of heat from the alcohol.

Overall: This beer is kind of like a hybrid witbier, BPA, Belgian IPA and saison. Almost a wee bit of gose-like saltiness in there. I guess it makes sense, since Switzerland is kind of a blend of different European cultures. It's the UN of beer! I liked it a lot - would have again, and will certainly look for more from this brewery.

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with minimal head and lace. A mild acidity and sharpness are with the hops and there is a touch of sour, tart fruits as well for some reason (this might just be me). Earthy, grassy, sharp hops are combined and balanced with hints of tropical fruit sweetness, enlivened thanks to lively yeast presence and there are touches of sweet malts. I assume that some of the sharpness of hops and the dry finish I experienced was the salt aspect but to be honest I really didn't pick up the salt; to me, at least, the addition of the salt was negligible.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Prying out the cork releases a tart sour nose with a little funk, lemon and herbs and hint of spice.
It pours hazy peachy gold under a finely bubbled 1" snow white foam cap.
Salt and fruit initiate the palate - peach and plum, some malt in the background which gives way to a lemony tart finish. The interaction between the tart and the salt is very interesting. The salt and the herbal qualities give it a slightly savory character. Not much hop bitter action.
Light and very exquisitely carbonated like a gueuze or a Berliner Weiss.

Photo of bruachan
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Appearance: golden orange with a gauzy film and good lacing

Aroma: pungent, grassy hops with a touch of citrus. bright, belgian yeast complexity. apricoty malt sweetness. there is a faint rubber scent, unfortunately, but it is easy to overlook

Taste: a very bold collection of flavors. strong hop flavors lead the way, with Cascade and Hallertau doing much of the work here. bright-fruit belgian maltiness. the salt presents at the finish and accentuates the flavors preceding it. the mouthfeel is sufficient to carry these strong elements but not clumsy

Overall: this is complex and different. the salt is evident and i really like it. i will now investigate adding salt to my homebrews. my new favorite Swiss beverage

Photo of patre_tim
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep honey colour, cloudy through and through, lots of fine bubbles, a finger of well sustained whip cream mounded head, sugary lacing.

S: Fruity, phenols, Belgian yeasts, lemon zest, peach pit, nectarine.

T: Fruity and floral with a tannin dry quality like black tea, a little tartness, a little sweetness, the flesh of nectarines, a floral blossom quality, a lingering bitterness. Not overly salty though there is Fleur de sel in it.

M: Medium body, low carbonation.

O: My first Swiss beer, and BA says its already retired. Love the experimental aspect of using Fleur de sel. Was glad to find it at Brawley’s Beverages in Charlotte. Drank in Boca Raton July 19, 2014.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

november 2009 release

pours a light copper with a hazy body. appeared heavier than it is. white fizzy head holds for a bit.

nose is light spice and tropical fruit. has a very hoppy scent although at 5 years old, i would think they would be muted

very vibrant flavors. light flower with a more dominant fruit and bitterness. towards the finish there is some light salt which blends with the bitterness. almost tastes like a belgian IPA mixed with a saison.

moderate carbonation with a light to moderate body

this is just amazing. found on a 1/2 off shelf so for $10 i won. i would happily pay $20 though. this has many more years on it.

Photo of tomcorey84
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I had the rare feat of having one of these bad boys last week. Labeled as brewed in 09 I think made it that much more enjoyable.

A - a beautiful color, golden with a hue of orange mixed in. A very exciting head that seemed to stick around even after the beer had sat for a few minutes.

S - a bit earthly for me but the worst beer I ever had was still good. You can smell the aging of this beer if that makes sense.

T - absolutely delicious. I was lucky to find this at the beginning of the night so my pallette was clear and not layer with anything else. Mildly fruity seems that there is a bit of a tropical appeal to the brew.

M - full mouth feel. Every taste bud seems to catch something a little different. Full mouth feel to say the least.

O - lucky the people that run the establishment known when to treat a regular well. This was pulled out of the back by the management and presented to me. If you happen to come across this and are a fan of Belgium Pales then you must try this.

Happy drinking!!

Photo of poolemhore
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - white foamy head with great retention, dark golden to amber hue with granules (presumably the salt) suspended in the liquid

S - biscuity, slightly phenolic (belgian-esque) with a very faint brine smell

T - slightly salty, dry biscuit and malt flavor that isn't very complex but intriguing; sea water with alcohol?

M - thicker than I expected but not unwholesome, velvety, very little carbonation kicking around

O - very interesting beer and very session able, succinctly good, well balanced and enjoyable

Photo of fourstringer
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Batch 8 is notched, but no date visible. Just bought this, but looks like it was brewed a few years ago...

A: Hazy, golden yellow-orange body. 1/2 finger of thin white head that quickly dissipates to a thin coating. Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with fruity notes. Some banana, orange, indistinct spice. Maybe coriander. Noble-smelling hops. Light cracker. Light grass. Good.

T: Brief Belgian yeast spiciness quickly yields to a moderate, noble hop-type bitterness. Semi-dry to dry finish with citrus-zest essence. A bit of pilsner malt biscuit. A subtle saltiness arises in the aftertaste and on the lips. Granted, I was looking for it...

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body makes for smooth drinkability, somewhere between a pilsner and a BPA.

O: Less salty than any Gose I've had, but a rather refreshing, clean-tasting beer. Elements of a pilsner, BPA and a dash of salt on the finish makes for a bit of a gulper. Well done, but not exceptional.

Prost!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy texture. Some particles floating around. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity, slightly hoppy aroma. Very nice.

T: Tasted of light, tropical fruits (mango), apples, fruit esters, a hint of malt, and some hops. One of the big problems with this flavor is that it's a bit on the watery side. Much too thin to be effective.

M: A below average amount of carbonation with a very harsh, almost acidic (yet somehow dry) finish. Light-bodied.

O: A wildly uneven beer if there ever was one. It has some good qualities, but still comes up short.

Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Novare Res in Portland, Maine. Nice to see something from BFM that I have not tried before. It pours a bright orange color with a small white head, that ends up with plenty of lace. The nose has apple, brett, caramel, some other fainter characteristics. While, the taste lemons, earthiness, some barnyard funk, mmm, this is pretty nice. Mouthfeel is easy going with a dry finish. An interesting APA, which ended up being one that I liked very much.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Birch Bar:

Tasted and felt weak and a bit watery to me. Not nearly as good as their other offerings. Maybe it's that I don't care for this style as much. Smooth tasting but not as vibrant as I'd like. After a great sour, I guess it's just not as pronounced of a flavor.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a firkin at Kraftwerks in a glass.

DOUZE pours in the glass a golden color with a brown underlay thrown in there. Some lively foam on top for a few, quickly fading but leaving some spots. Looks nice up to the light with a bright orange hue. Smell is quite fruity with some orange and mango and pale malt, with other ingredients. A mineral scent opens up. Taste is leveled between light fruits and light malt (pale) with a earthy quality. Small citrus with orange and apricot. The salt adds something that I cant describe here. A slight tart hit towards the end. Feel is a small step up from light with some bubbles and life from a freshly tapped firkin. Not really spritzy. Im interested to try this in a bottle. La Douze is an interesting beer with a different take on a pale ale (if it is a pale ale) but may take some time getting used to.

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle states that the beer was brewed in 2010. pours a burnt golden orange with a healthy, very off-white head that holds and leaves lace. nose is fruit, mineral(not salty, but like essence of french riviera in spring or the scent of the wind rolling off of the alps into nice... really unique, familiar and wonderful), caramel, herb and a touch of bread. can't tell if the fruit is from the hops or the yeast. taste is herb, pepper and fruit on bread kissed by and amplified/harmonized with minerality. wonderful balance. medium body that seems soft, yet crisp. just a tingle of carbonation. very minimal bitterness. definitely some mineral in the end. another truly amazing beer from jerome and bfm. wish i would have been hip to this one a little sooner. i would love a few more bottles.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Richard.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a rather large white head. The nose is fairly sweet and malty with a nice bread character. The fleur de sel comes through nicely and gives the beer a subtle saltiness that plays nicely with the fruitiness from the yeast and hops. The flavor is quite yeasty and bready, almost a bit like a saison. The salt adds a touch of earthy character that works nicely. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, brewed in February 2010. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/amber color with about an inch white head that stayed around a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrus, apricots, salt, pears, and some herbs. It tastes like peppery spice, apricots, lemon peel, citrus, salt and also has a light herbal/floral flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's dry, refreshing, and is well carbonated. I think this is an interesting (and good) brew. It's pricey at $17.99 a bottle, but I liked it and think it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rebetez and BFM kill it again. I missed out on this when a keg came to the Old Town Pizzeria Paradiso, but lucked out when it hit Connecticut Avenue Wine and Liquor - big thanks to Al over there!

Expectations are immediately high when the label reads "Jurassian Salty and Fruity Golden Ale - The Fleur de Sel de Guerande, a noble sea salt from the Bretagne region in France, is used to accentuate the flavors... Pair it with Green Poultry Curry or Seafood. Sante!"

Now, there's a few claims here that buyers are probably tempted to call bullshit on immediately. For instance, what is a "Jurassian" salty flavor and am I going to notice the regional tinge or the nobility in the saltiness? Answer: Jurassian = of the Jura region of Switzerland where this is brewed, and, no, no, almost certainly not. Then there's the pairing recommendation. Alright, noted, I'll drink this in 2014 when I next sit down with some Green Poultry Curry.

Thing is though, it really lives up to the label. The beer's got a phenomenal saltiness and sweetness that come together really well among an even more enjoyable citrus/light fruit combination. Beautiful pour and awesome aroma. Nothing to fault, here. Just a bit of difficulty tracking down the curried dishes he recommends, but I bet it's worth the search.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask poured into a wine glass.

Pours a very hazy amber apricot color with a almost non-existent head. Nose is tart, fruity and a bit salty.

First off the Mouthfeel is a bit watery and mellow with lowcarbonation. There's a light bitterness but not over the top. Smooth, refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of hoser
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last time I had a beer from this brewery it gushed all over a restaurant that had no corkage rules in Montreal blocks away from Dieu du Ciel. Paper towels, a bowl and a mess.

This beer is very entertaining Cantillion, de Ranke with a bit of a flinty finish all in the same breath. It really reminds me of de Ranke XXX bitter okay maybe a light version with a twist of Cantillon. More Saison than gueuze.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American Pale Ale not so sure, although it does have some American hop character.Poured into my Ommegang chalice a hazed peach infused light golden with a well formed tight one finger white head that held well.A mix of citric hops and cork-like yeasty notes along with light sour funk,a really nice mix of Belgian and American going on in my opinion.Flavors are yeasty with some sherry like flavors along with that cork,left coast citric and resiny hop flavors hit nicely in the finish.The salt comes in the aftertaste and gives the beer even more dimension.Wow what a cool beer,if I was to categorize it I would say Belgian pale with an American hop twist.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American pale ale? Hardly. Delicious? Most certainly. On cask at Max's before the Agalloch show, an imperial pints' worth.

Mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with great retention but no lacing. The nose is fantastic. Mildly salty and herbal with basil and mint, along with a well-rounded hop character, tropical and citrus with lemons, tangerines and pineapple. Malt character is light, all I get is a mild sugary sweetness. Opening up as it breathes, the Brett character really does assert itself. The palate opens salty, mildly Bretty with bandaids and plastic (but done right) as well as a little clove. This is well-complemented by the herbal and fruity hop character, the contrast between the Brett funk and the bright citrus and tropical fruit is interesting. Bitterness is low, this leans heavily on the flavor hops.Drying and mildly Bretty on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and carbonation. Great stuff, one of those few beers that's interesting, unique and still immensely drinkable

Photo of Neffbeer
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into an Allagash glass.

A: It pours a murky straw yellow color with some beautiful orange hues. The head is white and massive with a very, very slow fade. Lots of lacing and cloud-like foam.

S: The hops are definitely up front, herbal and floral with a spicy backside. The salt is noticeable, briny and oceanic along with a yeasty bread aroma. I can distinctly detect peaches and apples as it begin to warm.

T: I don't know where to begin on this one, salty and quite savory. The floral notes from the hops are detectable and the yeast is certainly front and center. There is some saison like funkiness at work here. Pepper and honey also come to mind.

M: Medium bodied with a long dry finish.

O: This is an extremely interesting beer that is drinkable beyond belief. It is light and refreshing and at the same time deep and complex. Cheers.

Photo of brystmar
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at the Gingerman in NYC.

A: golden hazy with white head and good lace.

S: funky yeast, citrus, salt! More funky yeast.

T: wow, pretty crazy. Starts off almost watery, turns sharply bitter, but takes a salty turn about 3 sec after swallowing and proceeds to get even crazier with funky yeast left and right. Super interesting but not sure it's totally up my alley here.

M: medium bodied with almost zero carbonation.

D: very easy drinking, pretty light overall, but still really interesting. Another unique brew from BFM!

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured first out of the cask freshly changed at Pizza Paradiso.. Me first! Me first! heh heh.. a little cool though but still do-able. Poured into a twelve oz. tumbler. Listed as BFM La Douze.

A cloudy faint orange is present upon the pour, with some real nice yellow lemon like hues. Nice looking creamy light off white looking head with nice small super small pin size bubbles. Very good lacing while finishing as well.

The first note on the nose is salt, but also gets into the typical borderline iodine. The salt smell is pre-dominant but there are floral flower notes behind it, I also felt like I got a small whiff of smoke also.

Taste is of course salty, but with the cask like quality, a tolerable salty melted butter, that gives way to a giant big open air floral garden. It's like tasting a giant nursery. Extremely soft bodied and on the finish is just barely a hint of tangerine citrus. Drinking this feels like swallowing an enjoyable ocean breeze.

This is a real interesting brew, but I think I would definitely need to eat food with this instead of just casually having it by itself. It's still a great drink though I have to give it that.

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Douze from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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