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

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XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 19
Gots: 61 | FT: 6
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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website

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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slight gusher even after I had the bottle in the fridge after I bought it.

Huge head of foam this beer brings; it took quite a few wee additions to get a full glass. Very cloudy, it looks like a glass of grapefruit juice thanks to the completely disappearing foam.

The nose is delightful. Mild funky notes, light spice, hints of some souurness going on, and a rather substantial aroma of a hoppy bitterness.

There's that oak character. I deliberately searched for it right off the bat as I couldn't get any from the smell. The usual flavours settle in quick smart. Light funk, some lemon citrus, a dash of spice as in pepper and very light clove, and a minimum of a fruity tartness. Scratch that. The tart notes are getting more noticeable with every sip.

I would call it on the lighter side of medium bodied with rather light carbonation, which surprises me.

I am very impressed with this Saison by BFM!

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 dank203
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

awesome beer. sour apple with dry woodiness, a little juicy hop bitterness in the finish.

Photo of JayQue
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding if unusual Saison. Poured a bright, hazy honey gold color from a 33cl stoppered bottle into a pint glass. Nicely carbonated with a small bubbly white head. Average retention and thin, delicate streaks of lacing.
Great aroma, lemon zest and yeast, but in place of "funk" and barnyard aroma, there isa not so mild sourness.

Taste is more of the same. Slightly sweet, lemony with Belgian style yeast, but then a vinegary sourness seamlessly blends in.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is just right, with the sweetness and sourness balancing each other out. Very nicely done!!!!

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 Taybeh
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

from a 33 cl swing-top into a tulip

a: golden honey, hazy, big fluffy 3 finger head that subsides in a couple minutes
s: funky and vinous, some wet hay, peaches, oak
t: lots of great and surprising stuff here...starts tart, floral hoppiness and a little sweet maltiness, more floral notes mixed in with some green grapes, lemon peel, a little orange that carries into a funky, oaky, cidery finish
m: very lively, good moderate to high carbonation, puckering, snaps dry at the end


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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl stubby bottle sealed with a flip top cap with BFM logo.
poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: translucent yellow orange bodied beer; the bottom yeast gets poured into the beer and it changes into an opaque orange bodied beer that looks like orange juice. Massive fluffy bone white head. Head drops down to thick cap very slowely because the head has excellant staying power. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: stanky stanky yeast is the first thing you smell; this is pretty funky smelling beer as well. White wine adding a brightness and tartness to the nose.

Taste: starts out with almost moderate bitter hops, light bready malts, and hint of honey sweetness. Fresh cut grass, fruity, and floral hop notes. Moderate level of musty and skunky funk that is pretty nice. Light notes of sweet orange flesh, white grapes, and pineapples with bitter orange peel that adds a contrast to the sweetness. Finishes with a hint of white wine and oak.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. The body of the beer is airy and creamy, but the wine barrel adds some heft to the body of this beer. Slightly dry finish; less than a semi dry finish.

Overall: This is a pretty solid wine barrel aged saison. This is my first beer from this brewery and I would say that I will be interested in trying more beers from them. I would not have expected a saison this good to come from Switzerland.

Photo of BenMcVickar
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Funky and sour, all around tasty beer !

Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy glowing light orange like a wonderful DIPA.

The aroma hits of spice saison quality, yeasty bread, ripe stone fruits of peach and apricot and citrus, some hay funk, honey,

The flavor is even more balanced. Floral up front, lots of lemon peel, a touch of tart, a good amount of hay funk, a medium breadiness, then onto a drying on the back of barrel character and tartness of lemon seeds and floral.

Extremely similar to an HF saison.

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 jbwimer
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Oddly green and vegetal. Like celery with a weird oakiness.

Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is reminiscent of sweet-tarts, along with a touch of hay, musty grapes, and confectioners sugar.

Flavor is tart and vinous initially, with modest sweetness that soon vacates and is replaced with a dry, earthy, peppery finish. Really opens as it warms, revealing apple and moldy basement notes.

Fairly complex profile, with the perfect saison dryness and spiciness.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden straw with a fluffy white cap. Nose is of oak, wine, lemon, grass, skunk, damp hay, and melon. On the palate, lemon and grassiness hit first, with barrel coming in on the back end. Finish is of wine and lemon with some grainy wheat. Lighter body, firm carbonation. This is a damn fine saison filled with barrel character; right in my wheelhouse.

Photo of predikit
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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 bschweis
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Taste: tart and citrusy at first. Sour and dry with lots of oak flavor in the finish. Lots of wild yeast funk. A great beer if you enjoy saisons and sours. Wish I could buy more.

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 Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of FoamFingers
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

First sour beer I ever had, so take this with a grain of salt. 3.5 puckers out of a possible five, and you will definitely notice that this isn't a "regular" beer. Exotic, subtle, and somehow Christmasy suggestion of fruit and spice. Like so many sours, expensive.

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 ChicagoMikeS
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

The color is a pale but slightly hazy yellowish-orange. It pours with a light head of about two fingers.

The aroma is nice. It has a sweetness backed up by some strong hints of spiciness, possibly coriander, and just a little bit of funkiness.

The flavor is slightly tart coupled with the spiciness detected in the nose. It finishes very crisp and refreshing with a note of zesty citrus

The body is very light and crisp, it's very easy drinking.

Overall it was an excellent saison. It was more sour/funkier than most I've had before, but quite delicious. The only thing stopping me from loading up on it is the price tag.

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 clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5%

Pours a cloudy orange body with large head and foamy lace that takes a long time to die down.
Intense sour aroma first hits me and then I get some barnyard funk along with touches of malts and possible dark fruit.
Beer is smooth and slightly sweet at first with touches of tropical fruit sweetness and possible caramel or toffee malts, then I get hit with a sharp, crisp, sour and funky bite like some sour apple and brett hit me.
Good balance, yeast gives it a fuller body and keeps it smooth sailing, and there is a crisp finish.
Rather pleasant and easy sour beer thanks to good amount of sweetness that sticks with it and well worth trying.

Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Looks outstanding with a golden, hazy finish and a huge, fluffy white head. Great aroma and flavor with tartness and funk. Fantastic!

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XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
94 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.