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

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XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)

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BA SCORE
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437 Ratings
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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beer-A-Lot on 12-10-2012

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Ratings: 437 | Reviews: 69
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!!!!

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

Reviewed from notes taken at Stone Sour Fest 6/23/13.

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

fantastic

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.02/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

3.25 A: Well hazed light orange. Came without a head.

3.75 S:

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.

Photo of BenMcVickar
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Funky and sour, all around tasty beer !

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.

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

Photo of jbwimer
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Oddly green and vegetal. Like celery with a weird oakiness.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of FoamFingers
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

First sour beer I ever had, so take this with a grain of salt. 3.5 puckers out of a possible five, and you will definitely notice that this isn't a "regular" beer. Exotic, subtle, and somehow Christmasy suggestion of fruit and spice. Like so many sours, expensive.

Photo of gtermi
4.23/5  rDev 0%

Pours a cloudy golden body. Has a sweet saison funk to the smell. The taste is brett forward with a nice sweetness. Thicker carbonation and body. Very solid beer

Photo of ChicagoMikeS
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

The color is a pale but slightly hazy yellowish-orange. It pours with a light head of about two fingers.

The aroma is nice. It has a sweetness backed up by some strong hints of spiciness, possibly coriander, and just a little bit of funkiness.

The flavor is slightly tart coupled with the spiciness detected in the nose. It finishes very crisp and refreshing with a note of zesty citrus

The body is very light and crisp, it's very easy drinking.

Overall it was an excellent saison. It was more sour/funkier than most I've had before, but quite delicious. The only thing stopping me from loading up on it is the price tag.

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Very little pop or hiss when opening. Gonna love this little bottle for home brewing though.

Deep orange apricot body, a bit of fizz sound off the pour with some fluffy carbonation and matching head. Settles three fingers tall, with small retention. Collapses into a real nice bowled puck though and thick soapy bone white collar. Some yeast sediment, from topping up, and scattered lacing.

Real interesting bouquet. Pollen, slight garden apple sweetness with some pear skin and real nice funky acidic quality. Hints of good sourdough bread on the malt bill, with a big punch. Very impressive. Lemon tropics as well, with a real diverse nose.

Palate fills with a big wine like body, with complimenting sour fruit. Hints of tropical mango, and a big earthy brett and pepper finish. Lemon really finishes to pick up the brett and a big oily zesty rind as well. Not as juiced as anticipated, more of a light white wine body but still easily holding the flavors nicely.

Overall, great solid saison and beer as expected from these guys. Always need to drink more of their stuff.

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a cloudy orange body with large head and foamy lace that takes a long time to die down.
Intense sour aroma first hits me and then I get some barnyard funk along with touches of malts and possible dark fruit.
Beer is smooth and slightly sweet at first with touches of tropical fruit sweetness and possible caramel or toffee malts, then I get hit with a sharp, crisp, sour and funky bite like some sour apple and brett hit me.
Good balance, yeast gives it a fuller body and keeps it smooth sailing, and there is a crisp finish.
Rather pleasant and easy sour beer thanks to good amount of sweetness that sticks with it and well worth trying.

Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Looks outstanding with a golden, hazy finish and a huge, fluffy white head. Great aroma and flavor with tartness and funk. Fantastic!

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pour with some orange highlights and a foamy one-finger white head. Great sour aroma of citrus and light yeast. Taste is lightly sour with orange and lemon standing our very nice upfront. Very light bodied with medium carbonation and also has just a hint of grass and bread. Finishes slightly sour. Just wish the flavor lingered a little longer.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Phyl21ca for sending this out west in a great trade.

A: Pours with four fingers of white microfilm head top a mirky apricot brew.

S: Tart green apples and pears with lemon juice and fresh green grass and meadow floral notes topped with a sweet amber honey.

T: Fruity and sweet with stone fruits of apricots and peaches. Tartness of lemon rinds and chalky minerals with a slight sour brett. There are some yeasts, but those seem to be over shadowed but the sour and tart.

M: Soft carbonation with a light body, supports the smell and taste perfectly.

O: Refreshing and tangy with just enough sweetness and chalky minerals to add depth to the flavour & smell. Enjoyable and drinkable, light enough to enjoy a couple of glasses in a sitting.

Photo of sprat1960
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow with a light orange tint in color; very hazy making the beer opaque. Nice rich 1+ finger cream colored head when poured that died down leaving a coating of foam on the surface of the beer and some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Mild slightly funky, yeasty aroma typical of a sour. Delicious light sour flavor; starts with a mild citrusy flavor that moves quickly to a mild sour green apple flavor and ends with a slightly dry, tart finish. Extremely refreshing. Light to medium body, mild carbonation (small bubbles); very smooth mouthfeel. Overall an excellent light sour. I wanted a 2nd glass immediately upon finishing the bottle!

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XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
94 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.