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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Beer-A-Lot on 12-10-2012)
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Photo of predikit
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.

Photo of robgage
3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raeman70
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
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 helios7
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

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4.24/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
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
3.74/5  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)
94 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.