1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

365 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 365
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 15
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beer-A-Lot on 12-10-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 365 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Sammy, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

spycow, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, grape, apple, wood, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, funk, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.7%

djrn2, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a stange.

Pours a fairly-hazy golden-peach color with a thin, bubbly white head that feel somewhat quickly into a lasting thin collar atop the beer.

The nose started with some light stone fruits beside some light grain and straw. As it warmed, there was a bit of light spice and mild tropical fruit. Along with the slight acidity, the fruits gave off a bit of a kiwi and pineapple impression. Flavor was even better with the acidity picking up and really carrying the flavors through. Beautiful fruit and strong along with a touch of backing pepper and yeasty spice.

Body was light and crisp, really popping. It was incredibly difficult to put this one down. Ultra delicious and one of the best saisons that I've ever had.

Thorpe429, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

nmann08, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Texasfan549, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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

metter98, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

kjkinsey, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I often criticize the beers of brewers who use the term "saison" or "farmhouse" as a marketing tool when their beers really don't resemble the classic rural Belgian taste. Whether they are too sweet, too fruity, lacking champagne-like carbonation, or is less spicy or earthy- there's always reasons to criticize... until now!

The opening pour releases a creamy and highly effervescent peach-orange color that's playfully cloudy and somewhat wine-like. Upon its body, the ale relinquishes a light ivory blanket of creamy foam that's impressively sturdy. How can a beer be this zesty and creamy at the same time?

A plethora of spice, fruit and earth flood the nose as the scent of dried citrus peels, weathered wood and white pepper melange delightful in aroma. Its seamless transition to taste opens up the most arid of sweetness as the taste of dehydrated limes, grapefruit, and pineapples fade quickly, thus allowing a near-sour lime, cider, and white wine taste to command its middle palate. Turning decidedly spicy, the taste of wood spice- attic powdery taste, cellar-like must, a pep of cedar, and an overall aura of saddle leather all swirl above the palate as the finish of dry alcohol spice and arid woods continue in aftertaste.

Incredibly, the beer bounces off of the tongue with an effervescent acidic texture that ushers in high drinkability early on. The early onset of dryness ensures a spicy bite and hardly noticeable warmth that concludes with a whimsical wheat creaminess that seems to come from nowhere.

The ale really captures the essence of "farmhouse" in its most endearing and classic form, even exceeding what's expected of Saisons- its a unique and celebratory taste that's not to be undermined. It's incredible in every sense of the word.

BEERchitect, Jun 03, 2013
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kylehay2004, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

ygtbsm94, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -5.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.7%

SocalKicks, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.7%

largadeer, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

emerge077, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at the Christmas event at Hunger N Thirst, served chilled in a tulip.

The color is like orange marmalade with light haze and thick white cream head with average bead, lace sticks and retention is good. The smell has a strong tropical aroma with mild funk and light lemon zest with pineapple the dominant aroma. The feel is very good with textures that are dry, tangy and mildly warm with medium carbonation and light sweetness with mild bitterness in the extra dry finish.

The taste is very good, not exactly sure where to start there is a subtle horseblanket type wild yeast flavor with mostly tropical fruit adding the most flavor from the yeast with a slight acidic lemony zest and hint of spice with lactic acid and mild malt coming through. There is a slight woody possibly from the hops in the finish. Overall a very good beer, lots of complexity I was extremely pleased to try this on tap.

Slatetank, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a number of times on-tap, and both in 750ml and 33cl formats. Served in a Darkness tulip.

A - Voluminous eggshell foam settles to a creamy meringue cap and intricate glass-coating lace patterns. Lightly hazed peach flesh body with plenty of visible bubbles rising to the top. Nearly perfect other than a few specks of suspended sediment.

S - A nice mix of lactic sourness, candi, slightly spicy Saison yeast, and stone fruit malt sweetness. As it warms there is lightly medicinal brett and a touch of hay.

T - Taste is a bit less acidic and sour, with more funky Saison character to it. Stone fruits, pineapple light pale malt, but less sweet and more perfume-esque. Light lemony lactic tartness and mineral in the finish.

M - Extremely dry, medium-light body, with slightly prickly active carbonation. No alcohol, nor would one expect any. Quite refreshing on a hot summer day. Texture is a bit grainy, but there's good heft for a 5% brew.

D - Any extremely tasty Saison with supreme drinkability. Even at the price point I find myself returning to this one often. Hopefully Jerome keeps making this one as it's a great brew.

MasterSki, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -5.7%

oline73, May 30, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mendvicdog, May 30, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
95 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.