Douze - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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116 Ratings

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Halcyondays on 07-04-2010

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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by Beer-A-Lot:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 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 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 glid02
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with mild amounts of funk. Also present are mild amounts of earthy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors with hints of breadiness kick things off. Solid amounts of funk join in midway through the sip along with earthy and somewhat leafy hop flavors. The funk fades out, allowing the hop flavors to further dry the malts and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with fine carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I didn't think this was one of BFM's better efforts - it was missing the complexity I've come to expect from them. Still, it's a ways off from being a bad beer and is worth a shot.

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 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 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester mix with some solid malt and a light tingly salty finish. Taste is also an interesting mix between some fruity ester backed by a solid malt profile with light salty notes. Hops are also quiet present and offer some citrus notes which somehow mesh well with the whole mix. Body is quite full with good carbonation. This was a very fun experiment that would pair well with exotic food.

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.


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.

Photo of blackie
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pretty sure the tap handle mentioned this as some sort of anniversary brew

a: chalice serving, colored an orange-tinged sunrise yellow, white head with good retention

s: built on a clean pale malt base is are intriguing layers of mineral salt, bright citrus - blurred lemon, grassy hops, dried herbs, and a lightly funky tart

m: carbonation lively but smooth, moderate in level, with a light body

t: dry, clean pale malts set a foundation for citrus and grassy hop notes that move towards a delicately salty flavor and sensation in the finish, probably in my head but it seems blatantly oceanic minerals rather than table-salt-shaker, underripe pit fruits, dried garden herbs, just a touch of pseudo-funk joins with the salt to give a mild tart/astringent feeling, excellent balance and lots of range

d: great drinkability, lots of flavor with a dry finish and light body make for a great warm weather ale

enjoyed at Novare Res, Portland, ME

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

750ml green capped bottle.

IT pours a hazy orangeish peach color. The head is big, white, and fluffy. It recedes with a thick wall of lacing.

The smell is rather interesting. It definitely has an oddly savory scent to it. It is also quite fruity.

It tastes like a mild sour ale. It is a light tartness. It is mostly fruity with some citrus, tropical and the salt accentuates it nicely.

I am not in a position to give this thing a proper review but this beer is great.

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 John_M
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing this beer at all is always a good thing, but on cask?

At Max's today.

The beer pours a sligtly hazy honey gold color with suprisingly good head retention and lacing. The nose is classic douze, with white pepper, honey and light sweet malt. On the palate, this beer is pretty amazing. In addition to what I picked up on the nose, this beer has a considerable barnyard funk and light sour component as well. The finish is fairly dry with some light bitterness, and I'm impressed by the amount of flavor I get in this (relatively) low alcohol beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is just terrific, with the alcohol in this beer barely an afterthought.

Very nicely done...

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BFM La Douze on cask at ChurchKey in Washington, DC.

Appearance: Served in a small brandy snifter, comes with a light head but very frothy, white and fluffy around the edges. Lots of bubbles. Barely any lacing, little retention. Hazy orange color, very Belgian looking.

Smell: Nourishing! Like the artificial flavor you'd put on bagged chips to make it taste like a real foodstuff. Fruity too, cider or apple juice. Feels like the countryside, aromas of barnyard.

Taste: More apple, this time resembles mini sour apples, green and tart. Yeast all around, very Belgian. Thin flavor, though. The salt appears ever-so-slightly at the end with a funky touch.

Mouthfeel: Body is low, very cask-y. Sort of like drinking flavored yummy water. Finishes similarly thin, but pungent enough to linger around the lips. I want more body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine. Not a huge pleasure to drink but nice enough. Surprisingly (and perhaps only in the cask version), feels a bit boozy for only 6.5%

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 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 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 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 joepais
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gritty for sharing this one.

Boy this one was a interesting kind of hybrid or mutt depending on how you look at it. We poured it into snifters, and were greeted with a hazy orange brew with a light head that went away rather fast to almost nothing.

It had a funky kind of aroma earthy and spicy with a dash of pepper. LOL brewed with salt and smells like pepper. I think I go with a Belgian Pale more than an American if it was up to me. Hey I could be wrong.

The flavor of this one is where I get the mutt thing I was talking about there is a ton of stuff going on here spicing from both the hops and spices them self. The yeast throwing some almost funk to the mix. You just don't know what you will pick up on the next taste. Complex flavors would almost be an understatement. It had a medium feel to it with ok carbonation. The finish was also drying (Yup a lot going on)

I was glad I tried this brew for the experience. Would I seek it out again... IDK . The one glass was certainly enough for me at a sitting

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Douze from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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