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

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XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 19
Gots: 61 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Beer-A-Lot on 12-10-2012

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Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.15oz swingtop bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a bright, pale golden color with hints of orange. Quite light in color - mildly hazy. On a somewhat aggressive pour, the beer produced a huge three fingers of thick, rocky head with excellent staying power. A slow fall to the surface leaves behind lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Draining the bottle completely results in a thin wisp of yeast at the end that eventually settles to the bottom of the glass.

S - Rather potent aroma that can be easily smelled at least a couple of feet away from the glass. Earthy malt base, pretty good amount of yeasty funk - dirty socks, wet hay, bit of horsey-ness, touch of spicy cloves. Lots of citrusy fruit with plenty of oranges, orange blossom, tart lemons.

T - Quite tart up front for a saison...a bit Berliner-weisse'y actually. Dry, clean and grainy malt, wheat, a dull thud of a hop bitterness, a touch medicinal. Lots of lemons on the tongue, a bit soapy, a bit earthy. Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but still quite nice.

M - Thin in body, but definitely not watery. A higher level carbonation that tingles the entire mouth on each sip. Fruity, sour, bitter, tart flavors flow in and out of this beer alternately taking the lead at different times and on each sip. Lingering medicinal bitterness detracts just a bit.

O - Interesting saison. Quite tart/sour and heavy on the citrus. A bit out of the ordinary and perhaps lacking a bit in flavor complexity. Aroma is outstanding - I wish the flavor had as much complexity and balance/interplay between the different nuances. Definitely a pleasant surprise.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
2.86/5  rDev -32.5%
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 tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Glowey straw gold beer. Giant cream colored head. Sticks to the glaass like cream cheese cake frosting. Big clumpy goodness.

S: Aroma reminds me of a more tart orval. Sweet dandelions, warm summer farmy smells, soft orangy citrus, wild stinky yeast, very floral.

T: Very dry, floral, puckering lemon rind tart, sweet crackery breadiness. Moderately acidic. Nicely done.

Photo of Evahflow
4.92/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -9%
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 goochpunch
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a tumbler glass with copious foam, which settles pretty quickly. Not much if any lace, but there's a lasting veil across the surface. Hazy saturated orange color, rapid rising carbonation.

Damp wood and hay aroma, influence of Brett yeast. Slight mineral and citrus rind tang.

Tart with some citrus and dried pineapple flavors, slight Brett funk, some dry woody tannin, fairly complex. Spritzy and crisp on the tongue, lingering Brett yeast in the dry aftertaste. Nice and tasty, don't know if i'll buy it again at $23, but would drink again for sure.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a super large foamy white head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of light bready yeast notes with some light funky vinous notes and rustic malt with nice floral notes. Taste is also a remarkable mix of rustic malt with light bready yeast with some peppery notes and some light funky notes with white wine notes also perceptible. Body is about average with almost perfect carbonation. Lovely stuff that I would love to have access to on a regular basis.

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%

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 gtermi
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

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 yamar68
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this one on a hunch... fingers crossed...

Glowing pear body with a frothy off-white head and fantastic lace. Retains incredibly well.

Sour white grape, vinous red fruits and clove... fantastic balance of tart, sweet, dry and peppery.

Very mellow acidity that doesn't overwhelm a truly 'farmhouse' flavor profile. Faint sense of tartness only accentuates the subtleties of the sasion base. I'd be interested to see how this one evolves with time.

Very good.

Photo of wedge
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@ Busy Bee

Hazy gold covered with a low head of loose, sticky bubbles. Surprisingly tart aroma...pear, wood, funkiness, berries, and floral notes. Not as sour in the mouth; increased spicy, dry wood and earth. Slick, juicy fruit sweetness, mild peppery yeast, and orange peel. Vague hints of vinegar here and there. Light, mildly astringent, and quite dry. It didn't blow my socks off, but this was a unique take on the style that I certainly enjoyed. (3.5|4.25|4|3.5|3.75)

Update: Much better than the first time around. Delightful nose of funky lemon, white wine, peach skin, and dustiness. Flavor is funky and dry with continued vinous fruit, wood barrel, and light grain.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Birch. I enjoyed most of BFM's offerings quite a bit, including this one. If you don't care for Saison's or sours, this may not be for you. But if you like these styles, this gives a pretty cool twist. Lightfarmhouse ale with a cool blend of sour. The brewery is awesome. I recommend sour lovers trying everything they can get their hands on. Jerome at BFM is a funny and cool guy too.

Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Batch 5; Best by 2015.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before slowly dissipating to a broken 1/8 inch head. Semi-resilient lacing streaks down the glass leaving a thick ring behind.

S- Certainly some lactic acid somewhere in there. The sourness combines with the hops creating a lemon and peach aroma. Plenty of barnyard funk and some mild Brett to make for a soft green olive smell.

T- The Brett also comes through in the flavor but there's also a lovely accompanying sourness that's not overbearing. My, how balanced this is. I don't think I've ever witnessed such a perfect marriage of Pediococcus and Lactobacillus

M- A moderate pucker that's pretty on the money when bouncing off the medium-high carbonation. Light body with a dryness that complements the Brett beautifully.

O- Everything I love in a Saison fused with everything I love in a sour.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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 JulioH
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


This saison pours a beautiful yellow color. It has barely any carbonation. I would say it was flat. Smells good, although it is not a pronounced smell. It is very subtle. I smelled a bit of that funky yeast, typical of saisons. Taste is good, although a bit flat again. I didn't taste much of the hoppy characteristic of the saison, but I did get the lambic taste. It is easy to drink, like all other saisons.

I think my bottle was a bit off, still it was a good saison. I'll seek it out again and update.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of te glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some funk but there are also flavors of oak from the barrel aging
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the sourness and the underlying saison.

Note: Batch #1

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Hazy gold body with an off white head, low retention. Some clear lacing. Aroma includes orange juice, tart overripe apples, cinnamon, white pepper, pineapple, candi sugar. Taste includes all of the flavors from the aroma and is actually quite tart, more so than expected from the aroma. Interesting and flavorful as always from BFM.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into bfm chalice at Mekong in Richmond va. Pours a hazy golden with 2 fingers of head...wow lots of head for a sour. Huge funky sour aromas...lots of spice and a bit of grassy hay. Taste is awesome. Funky spice and pepper mixed with a bit of munich or caramel malt and subtle hop finish. Nicely tart and sour and perfectly dry. Wow what a fantastic brew. Funky earthy sour and just awesome.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Etan
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. Batch 1.

A: Pours a glowing orange rind color with a thick white head.

S: Moderate lactic and mild acetic acidity presents first, with a beautiful mineral-like character that reminds me of a soft geuze. Subtle malt sweetness and floral esters make their way up as well.

T: Citrusy, lactic acidity comes to a head, followed by a wash of clove and white cake, mild minerality, vinous tannis. The finish dries out with some oak and peppery esters.

M: Light-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: The label says "18th Century Historical Ale," so I assume this is supposed to hark back to a time when saisons were stored in oak and there was little sanitation and no pasteurization to guard from souring bacteria and yeast. Regardless of whether or not the taste is historically accurate, it certainly is good, and rivals the better barrel-aged saisons that are being produced by American breweries.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Hazy yellow-orange pour with a gorgeous three finger fluffy, meringue-like, pure white head with crazy retention and lacing. Really unique and complex nose with hints of lemon, green apples, barnyard, yeast, grass, and some subtle vinous notes. The taste is just as unique and complex with huge lemon up front, followed by hints of sour apples, tart citrus peel, grass, barnyard funk, grape skin, white pepper, subtle oak, and a nice white wine vinous character. The mouthfeel is tart and tangy, light bodied, with medium carbonation and just enough sweetness to allow a measure of balance, but it's definitely leaning to the sour side. Crisp and refreshing with a nice dry tangy finish. Overall, this is one unique Saison, that is, if that's indeed what it is. It's got all the great qualities of a Saison, perfectly meshed with the best qualities of a sour. No matter how you categorize it, it's an amazing beer!

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 12/14/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, citrus, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a tart citrus flavor. Then some breadiness comes in from wild Belgian yeast and a thin malt character creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good sour representation of style, this is a very good sour Saison to drink for a long time.

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XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
94 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.