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XV (√225 Saison) | BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Switzerland | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in third use Abbay de Saint bon Chien barrels for 4 months.

Added by Beer-A-Lot on 12-10-2012

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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 536
Photo of Bruno74200
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lyon bière festival. Amazing brett saison. Pepper, stone fruits, brett, oak both in aroma and flavour. A bit tart. Smooth mouthfeel. Great stuff

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Photo of hman43
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours light golden with a slight orange tinge to the color. It has a large white head.

Aroma:: It has a high fruit aroma with some sour and clove like elements to it.

Taste: It has a combination of a high fruit flavor with a sour kick. The hop flavors are spicy which provides a good balance between the fruit and sour flavors.

Feel: It feels moderate, but on the low side. It has a dry finish with a high amount of carbonation.

Overall: This has a combination of fruity flavors with some sour elements that features a dry finish.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this on a whim a last year to bring back to school. Bought again recently for my own pleasure.
Very much in the style of BFM's other releases but approachable. Sour, yes but not crazy sour like the Chiens. It's a saison worth tracking down. Bit of floral/citrus notes on the nose. Clear, gold color. One of my favorite beers to offer to others.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Draughthouse in Austin of all places.

The beer pours a somewhat cloudy, reddish amber color with decent head retention and light lacing. On the nose, there's some noticeable spice and light clove, but the bon chien barrels are really prominent, giving the beer something of a light tart, wine aroma. A slight funky, barnyard aroma only adds to the impressive complexity in this beer. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, and while there was a hint of tartness, it wasn't over the top. You definitely pick up some of the bon chien flavor in this beer, but as I'm a huge fan of bon chien, that didn't bother me in the least. Mouthfeel is fairly light in this beer, as one might expect from a saison with such (relatively) low abv. Drinkability is superb.

Just delightful. The $7 for an 8 ounce pour was a bit off putting, but otherwise, this was a real treat at the drafthouse.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy this is an interesting beer. A quite different saison than most others imported into the US. It has a little floral aroma with a slight tart finish. Not overly carbonated, which allowed a lot of the other subtleties of this beer to come through. I tasted a little honey type flavor, with hints of amber and funk. Nice job by the Swiss.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

easily the best beer i have had from bfm, and one of the better saisons out there i think. really tremendous stuff, like no other in a lot of ways. its pale and bright yellow, not hazy at all until i pour out the last few drops and it creeps in. the head is over an inch tall, airy and structurally sound, permanent in the glass. it smells tangy like crazy, lemons and lemongrass and green tea and white wine and peaches and funk. they are all there in the nose, and there is a patient subtle wheat malt base from what i gather that is a nice foundation for what else is going on. as cool as all of the fruity and herbal things swirling around are, this beer is all about the yeast for me, and its stunning really. equal parts belgian, bacterial, and brett, but tame in one way and robust in another. the funk comes first, with just a hint of citrus tang to it, even a little wet woody thing going on there, and it moves to a fruity belgian vibe that is short lived before a little bit of young bacterial acidity comes on late. i love the dynamic nature of this, it seems more drinkable but also more interesting than almost any other beer in its class on the market, and for all the weird stuff these guys have put out that i didnt love, this one makes up for all that money spent (their beers do not come cheap!). amazing mouthfeel too, limey acidity and epic carbonation, its refreshing and inspiring. i love it, highly recommended!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Delicate floral, perfumy, citrusy-orange/lemon aromas, coupled with a slight clean tartness and a very subtle spice note.

A: Coppery-orange color, opaque with a thick frothy white head of micro-bubbles. The head is so smooth it looks like it’s on nitro. There is massive lacing evident on the glass.

T: Slightly sweet orange-citrusy fruitiness. The beer is refreshing, crisp with a slightly dry and tart finish. There is a very subtle herbal component detected as well.

M: Med-light bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a slight astringency from the oak.

O: Very bright orange-citrusy aroma. Aging using third use Abbay de Saint bon Chien barrels for 4 months brings out some interesting complex flavors.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with a center nearing orange in the glass. Clear and a great off white head that stuck around a while. Nose is funk and grain with a little lemon rind. Flavor is tart like lemon but also peppery. The funk comes through like a hint of old leather. Super easy to drink! Glad I was able to have this one!

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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Attractive orange/mango-colored brew, hazy and nearly opaque, topped by a modest creamy white head from a gentle pour. Excellent head retention.

Tangy and sweet on the nose, with a little rustic funk. Hay, Belgian yeast, a touch of sugar, pale malt, wheat, lemon, and a slight grassiness. Not sure if I'm really picking up any oak past the slight funk and tartness.

Flavor follows, but it leans much more toward the dry , funky, tart side than the sweet side - although there is a pleasant mild sweetness on the back half. Rustic farmhouse flavors are really concentrated on that initial blast from the sip, then mellowing out. A touch of grapefruit, and a dull oak envelope to the flavors. Champagne-like. Very late aftertaste of lemon rind.

Very dry up front, but as it gets deeper into the profile, there's a slight stickiness. Lively and smooth.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dried apricot body with a creamy foamed head. Smells of lemon, dampness, peach, cinnamon, barrel, vanilla, grain. Tastes of citrus, funky yeast, fungal character, stone fruits. Tart and dry. Mouthfeel is a bit fluffy with some stinging bubbles. Overall this is good, but I liked it better fresh on tap. This bottle had about a year on it, and I think the yeast went off the rails a bit.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slight gusher even after I had the bottle in the fridge after I bought it.

Huge head of foam this beer brings; it took quite a few wee additions to get a full glass. Very cloudy, it looks like a glass of grapefruit juice thanks to the completely disappearing foam.

The nose is delightful. Mild funky notes, light spice, hints of some souurness going on, and a rather substantial aroma of a hoppy bitterness.

There's that oak character. I deliberately searched for it right off the bat as I couldn't get any from the smell. The usual flavours settle in quick smart. Light funk, some lemon citrus, a dash of spice as in pepper and very light clove, and a minimum of a fruity tartness. Scratch that. The tart notes are getting more noticeable with every sip.

I would call it on the lighter side of medium bodied with rather light carbonation, which surprises me.

I am very impressed with this Saison by BFM!

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Photo of Evahflow
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- turbid honey with a billowy soapy head

S- Musky, crazy cheesy notes, citrus rinds. Smells like a musky old basement filled with lemons. I mean that in the best way possible

T- Musk, wet hay, lemon/orange pith, cornbread like grain notes, slightly sweet. Lemon like tartness that's substantial and really ties everything up in a nice bow for you.

M- creamy, very creamy. Some herbal bitterness. This beer is very very dry but there is a slight sweetness to it. Infinitely drinkable. I could drink buckets of this, if it came in buckets.

O- Maybe the best saison I have ever had. If this is the kind of stuff Swiss farmhands drank daily I'm in the wrong profession. Unbelievably well rounded and utterly perfect beer.

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Photo of JayQue
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding if unusual Saison. Poured a bright, hazy honey gold color from a 33cl stoppered bottle into a pint glass. Nicely carbonated with a small bubbly white head. Average retention and thin, delicate streaks of lacing.
Great aroma, lemon zest and yeast, but in place of "funk" and barnyard aroma, there isa not so mild sourness.

Taste is more of the same. Slightly sweet, lemony with Belgian style yeast, but then a vinegary sourness seamlessly blends in.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is just right, with the sweetness and sourness balancing each other out. Very nicely done!!!!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

from a 33 cl swing-top into a tulip

a: golden honey, hazy, big fluffy 3 finger head that subsides in a couple minutes
s: funky and vinous, some wet hay, peaches, oak
t: lots of great and surprising stuff here...starts tart, floral hoppiness and a little sweet maltiness, more floral notes mixed in with some green grapes, lemon peel, a little orange that carries into a funky, oaky, cidery finish
m: very lively, good moderate to high carbonation, puckering, snaps dry at the end


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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft into a tulip. Served goddamn ice cold such that I can't smell or taste it.

3.25 A: Well hazed yellow brown color. Came with a short frothy head.

3.75 S: Pleasantly lactic tanginess. Grassy hay, apple orchard, dry-rot wood. Some barnyard funk with a neutral wheat.

3.75 T: Similar to nose, but less acidic. Slight astringent finish.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Feels somewhat dead on the tongue.

3.5 D: It's decent, but overrated based on the reviews.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl stubby bottle sealed with a flip top cap with BFM logo.
poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: translucent yellow orange bodied beer; the bottom yeast gets poured into the beer and it changes into an opaque orange bodied beer that looks like orange juice. Massive fluffy bone white head. Head drops down to thick cap very slowely because the head has excellant staying power. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: stanky stanky yeast is the first thing you smell; this is pretty funky smelling beer as well. White wine adding a brightness and tartness to the nose.

Taste: starts out with almost moderate bitter hops, light bready malts, and hint of honey sweetness. Fresh cut grass, fruity, and floral hop notes. Moderate level of musty and skunky funk that is pretty nice. Light notes of sweet orange flesh, white grapes, and pineapples with bitter orange peel that adds a contrast to the sweetness. Finishes with a hint of white wine and oak.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. The body of the beer is airy and creamy, but the wine barrel adds some heft to the body of this beer. Slightly dry finish; less than a semi dry finish.

Overall: This is a pretty solid wine barrel aged saison. This is my first beer from this brewery and I would say that I will be interested in trying more beers from them. I would not have expected a saison this good to come from Switzerland.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy glowing light orange like a wonderful DIPA.

The aroma hits of spice saison quality, yeasty bread, ripe stone fruits of peach and apricot and citrus, some hay funk, honey,

The flavor is even more balanced. Floral up front, lots of lemon peel, a touch of tart, a good amount of hay funk, a medium breadiness, then onto a drying on the back of barrel character and tartness of lemon seeds and floral.

Extremely similar to an HF saison.

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Photo of chinchill
2.86/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy amber body topped with a very good head.
Funky and fruity aroma featuring orange.
Funky and fruity taste with, as expected, too much funk for my taste.

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Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is reminiscent of sweet-tarts, along with a touch of hay, musty grapes, and confectioners sugar.

Flavor is tart and vinous initially, with modest sweetness that soon vacates and is replaced with a dry, earthy, peppery finish. Really opens as it warms, revealing apple and moldy basement notes.

Fairly complex profile, with the perfect saison dryness and spiciness.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden straw with a fluffy white cap. Nose is of oak, wine, lemon, grass, skunk, damp hay, and melon. On the palate, lemon and grassiness hit first, with barrel coming in on the back end. Finish is of wine and lemon with some grainy wheat. Lighter body, firm carbonation. This is a damn fine saison filled with barrel character; right in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of predikit
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque straw color, unfiltered, visible particles floating around. Massive amount of carbonation, a lot of carbonation rushed to escape on opening, I was almost worried it was going to fizz over the top of the bottle. The head dominated, angled slow pour and the head took up nearly 75% of the glass, and it stuck around for ages and ages.

Smells like straw, a tad bit skunky, slight cinnamon notes, and barley.

Lemon flavors come through on the taste, then slightly grassy hop notes and bitterness for the finish. Not very complex, and flavor was very subtle overall.

Medium body, high carbonation, creamy texture.

Was excellent to try, but at that price point not something I'll revisit.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange body. Big white head. Great retention.

Smell - Very woody. Lemony acidity. Green apples. Dried grass. A little bit funky.

Taste - Much more of the apple flavor. Still a ton of oak. Very slightly tart, but it has less of a citrus flavor and more of a stone fruit character. Malty in the back end, but drops off leaving a cidery finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but drops off in the back end. Well carbonated.

Overall - As always, BFM makes a complex beer. Lots of interesting flavors, maybe not in the most desirable of proportions.

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Photo of bschweis
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Taste: tart and citrusy at first. Sour and dry with lots of oak flavor in the finish. Lots of wild yeast funk. A great beer if you enjoy saisons and sours. Wish I could buy more.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 10/24/14

Split with Goblinmunkey7

A: Pours clear until the sediment at the bottom of the bottle hits the glass - medium to burnt orange in color with some golden highlights - medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks and blobs of lacing

S: A potent aroma that smells both familiar and unfamiliar - very funky, with some big funk - yeasty, with some ripe, lactic funk - some farmhouse weirdness, old cellar, old barn aroma - huge oak component, very woody throughout, with a white wine that becomes increasingly obvious as it warms up - a variety of light, fruity esters

T: Funky and interesting - a bit different than what I would expect from this style, but I like it - funky, with some big yeasty notes - farmhouse weirdness, musty, lactic funk - damp, earthy, old cellar and old leather - big white wine notes - some light fruits - very oaky and very woody -finishes with some nice lingering tartness and sourness

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, dry finish

O: Math is hard

This is remarkably odd. It's very unlike what one would expect from an American saison. The wood and white wine notes are very interesting. Overall, this is worth a try, even if just for the novelty.

Edit: After reading Goblinmunkey's review, I agree that the mysterious, "unfamiliar" aroma is very reminiscent of sourdough bread

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Head is a loose bright-white. Decent retention leaves a small cap and collar with spotty lacing. Keeps the small cap for the duration.

Smell: Unique. Deep mealy fruit - pear and some apricot - with a ton of deep funk. Honeycomb and a ton of musty earth. Sourdough bread. Some pale malt sweetness as well as some Belgian yeast esters. Slightly fruity with waffle batter and a ton of grass and floral elements. Raw honey with a rough vague herbal element. Bready in good measure. Tons of grass and hay. Yeast, passion fruit and pear. Uniquely tropical and mealy.

Taste: Yeast. Sourdough bread. Well and truly. Pear, passion fruit, mango, a touch of orange zest, grapefruit as well. Fruity and deeply funky. Grass, hay, musty and damp basement with a touch of earth. Lightly sweet with some wheat and a powdery yeast. Sour and funky. Mildly lactic. Mealy and tropical. Some bread crust and Belgian yeast funk. Slight pithy bitterness. Lemon zest, it's slight. Pale and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Light almost medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly juicy initial sip. Lacks some of the dryness I would expect.

Overall: 15 flavors and then some.

Definitely something unique. Fruity in a tropical way that most things aren't. Actually sour at times with a slight bitterness. Something worth trying at least once.

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XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
93 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.