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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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Reviews: 73
Hads: 494
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 23
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Aged in third use Abbay de Saint bon Chien barrels for 4 months.
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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 494
Reviews by spoony:
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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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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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XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
93 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.