XV (√225 Saison) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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Reviews by Ale-ienation:
4.29/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Luminescent candy orange with a creamy white head that stays.
S: Cherries, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, wet grass.
T: Very dry and tart up front. Notes of cherries and lemons blend with a citrus pithiness. Oak presence is well integrated throughout, accompanied by a clean finish with modest funk.
M: light bodied and well carbonated; very refreshing.
O: Wonderful saison. Dry, tart and mildly funky with a gorgeous estery palate.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2013 04:33:03 | More by Ale-ienation
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4.49/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a 750 bottle (label is notched "Batch 9") into a tulip.
A-A normal pour produces about two and a half fingers of dense, light-khaki head. The retention is more than two minutes and the lacing is impressive. The head reminds me of an IPA. The beer is very murky and lighter in color with orange highlights.
S-The aroma is a really inviting mixture of fruit-forward, bretty funk and a light, citrus tartness. I smell musty peach and a hint of herbal, grassy spice. There is a vague, drying bitterness in there too. Complex aroma for sure.
T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. I taste juicy stone fruit; musty funk; a bit of grassy, spicy bitterness, some tart citrus acidity; and a bready, doughy malt base. It is complex and the flavors are well integrated with each other.
M-The feel is light to medium heft with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.
O-This is a great (if expensive) wild-ish saison/farmhouse. I really enjoy how the funk is not so dry and dusty, but has a little bit of nuance and fruit character to it. The funk, fruit, and tartness are in good balance with each other, and they make fore a very drinkable beer that I would happily drink a ton of if it didn't cost $23 a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 05:40:02 | More by spoony
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into stemmed belgian glass.
Appearance is a murky orange with fluffy cream colored head that leaves a nice film on the sides of glass.
Aroma is of soft citrus, berries, oak, subtle winter spices, freshly baked sourdough bread, and a certain funk which eludes me at the moment. The nose is certainly not in your face but is quite complex.
The taste yields more soft citrus and fruit characters, phenolic belgian yeast esters abound with black pepper and rosemary, and a wave of barrel character throughout. A touch of tartness possibly coming from the barrel aging in the old Bon-Chein barrels. Balance of flavors is apparent. Smooth as it should be for 5 percent ABV.
Mouthfeel is light and airy. Almost silky. Body is where it should be for a barrel aged saison. Maybe a touch lacking on the carbonation.
Overall a very pleasant beer. The barrel aging helps the base beer tremendously. Without it, I'm not sure if the base beer was interesting at all. But the final product is easy drinking, flavorful, with similar attributes to bigger, oak aged farmhouse ales without being as sharp on the palate.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 00:46:10 | More by MarcWP
XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
94 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.