XV (√225 Saison) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed on tap at Beer Kitchen. Never heard of BFM before and I love saisons, so this seemed like a good venture. I know little to nothing about this beer in advance. Poured into a 6 oz tasting glass.
Appearance - Golden sunlight and gentle hazy body of bright yellow with a frothy bone-white head of about a half finger. Head lingers for quite a bit, leaving sticky, interspersed lacing down the side of the glass as I drink it.
Smell - Without any other knowledge, I would probably classify this one as a wild ale or some other sour-ish variation based on smell alone. Citrus and lemon-curd tartness, with strong elements of barnyard funk, horse blanket, wet alfalfa. Deliciously complex in nature, so I'm very excited to try a sip.
Taste - Does not disappoint. While not as intoxicating as the amazing smell, the flavor delivers on the promise. Some lightly puckering sour elements, with lemon juice as well as pineapple and tropical fruit. The funk has become more Brett-like in characteristic in the taste than it was in the smell. Tastes like a saison that was allowed to mature with Brett for quite awhile after bottling.
Mouthfeel - Pleasantly carbonated and effervescent. Light body and highly drinkable and refreshing.
Overall, a very interesting beer. Not sure this is the saison I'd reach for, even if I wanted one more on the tart/sour side, but I'm always excited to try styles that push the boundaries a little bit, like this one. It's also the first Swiss beer I've tried, I believe. Certainly curious to try other beers from BFM if the opportunity arises.
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2013 15:40:18 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.21/5 rDev -0.9%
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!
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 01:13:34 | More by sprat1960
XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
94 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.