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

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XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)

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377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

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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look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

"18th century historical ale." "Ale aged in oak barrels." "Batch 9." Imported by B. United International, Inc. (At least it's not the Shelton Bastards). 5% ABV confirmed per the label. 75cl green glass (ugh...) bottle with branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at Jester King brewery a couple days ago and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live, as a saison - since the label clearly identifies it as such. Expectations are high; it sounds tasty and I do appreciate a good complex saison.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured,.

Pours a half finger wide head of off-white colour. Disappointingly thin. Okay creaminess. Decent complexion and consistency. Head retention is poor; it dissipates within a minute and a half, leaving only a floater ring. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass when it's tilted.

Body colour is a nontransparent lightly hazy translucent orange-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears a bit undercarbonated.

Overall, it's less hazy than most traditional saisons and I don't find it unique or special. There are no noticeable flaws, and I'm looking forward to trying it, but this is standard fare for the style.

Sm: Has a wonderful honey and crystal malt character accompanied by a bold oak wood tone which I love. Heavy nectary sweetness is evident - from actual nectar or just hops I can't tell. Lovely floral notes. Belgian pale malts. Light starchiness. Exquisite flowery character. Wow, this is something.

It doesn't have the spicing you'd expect from something like a Fantome saison nor is it the milky peppery type of saison you'd expect from Dupont, but the raw honey/nectary character here is divine, and I can't wait to discover the complexities and subtleties of the flavour profile. If I had to guess, I'd say the oak barrels used were pretty young as I'm picking up some heavy barrel sugars - a character I rarely come across.

A teasing aroma of mild to moderate strength. Boy is that enchanting.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Heavy on the flowery character and floral hops, with a raw honey/nectary/polleny character dominating the build. Has a nice complementary Belgian pale malt foundation, with plenty of crystal malt in there too. The oak tone is a bit more subtle than I'd like, but it lends the beer a natural grace and cohesion. Some might find this too sweet, but I think it works. I do crave some peppery notes or spicing, but that's just personal taste. This is a very interesting and ballsy take on a saison. While not quite unique in character, it's certainly uncommon.

As it warms, I pick up a hint of cedar as well as some nice citrusy fruit notes. Also some wisps of lime. Has a kiss of cidery green apple.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I don't pick up on any off-flavours.

The heavy sugary sweetness throws it a bit off-balance, and the flavour profile isn't anywhere near as intricate, complex, or subtle as the aroma promised, but I still find myself drawn to it. It does drink a bit heavy for a 5% brew, though. And while it does have a nice lactic edge - the highlight of the beer for me personally - I crave more. And brettanomyces funkiness is sorely missed. That said, it's got a nice cohesion, though it's far from a gestalt build. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: The smacky lactic feel is great. It's a surprisingly filling beer for 5%, and is a bit too thick and heavy for what should be a light, refreshing ale. That said, it IS refreshing, and the smoothness and wetness aid drinkability. Near perfectly carbonated. The texture is very well executed overall, and maintains the raw honey vibe of the flavour profile. Good presence on the palate. It could be softer. I like the subtle acidity.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or rough.

Dr: This beer feels a bit young; I'd love to see how that raw honey note develops with age. This is definitely one to cellar. It has some wonderful elements, but ultimately the taste doesn't deliver on the promises of the aroma. I'll definitely be looking into this brewery's other offerings because there's some serious potential in this ale. I'd recommend fans of the style give this a try. I'd absolutely drink this again. Solid work from BFM.

Serve chilled. This really improves as it comes to temperature.

Low B

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3.71/5  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.

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3.74/5  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.

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