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

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 494
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 23
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pour with some orange highlights and a foamy one-finger white head. Great sour aroma of citrus and light yeast. Taste is lightly sour with orange and lemon standing our very nice upfront. Very light bodied with medium carbonation and also has just a hint of grass and bread. Finishes slightly sour. Just wish the flavor lingered a little longer.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Phyl21ca for sending this out west in a great trade.

A: Pours with four fingers of white microfilm head top a mirky apricot brew.

S: Tart green apples and pears with lemon juice and fresh green grass and meadow floral notes topped with a sweet amber honey.

T: Fruity and sweet with stone fruits of apricots and peaches. Tartness of lemon rinds and chalky minerals with a slight sour brett. There are some yeasts, but those seem to be over shadowed but the sour and tart.

M: Soft carbonation with a light body, supports the smell and taste perfectly.

O: Refreshing and tangy with just enough sweetness and chalky minerals to add depth to the flavour & smell. Enjoyable and drinkable, light enough to enjoy a couple of glasses in a sitting.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow with a light orange tint in color; very hazy making the beer opaque. Nice rich 1+ finger cream colored head when poured that died down leaving a coating of foam on the surface of the beer and some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Mild slightly funky, yeasty aroma typical of a sour. Delicious light sour flavor; starts with a mild citrusy flavor that moves quickly to a mild sour green apple flavor and ends with a slightly dry, tart finish. Extremely refreshing. Light to medium body, mild carbonation (small bubbles); very smooth mouthfeel. Overall an excellent light sour. I wanted a 2nd glass immediately upon finishing the bottle!

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Photo of JulioH
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


This saison pours a beautiful yellow color. It has barely any carbonation. I would say it was flat. Smells good, although it is not a pronounced smell. It is very subtle. I smelled a bit of that funky yeast, typical of saisons. Taste is good, although a bit flat again. I didn't taste much of the hoppy characteristic of the saison, but I did get the lambic taste. It is easy to drink, like all other saisons.

I think my bottle was a bit off, still it was a good saison. I'll seek it out again and update.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into stemmed belgian glass.

Appearance is a murky orange with fluffy cream colored head that leaves a nice film on the sides of glass.

Aroma is of soft citrus, berries, oak, subtle winter spices, freshly baked sourdough bread, and a certain funk which eludes me at the moment. The nose is certainly not in your face but is quite complex.

The taste yields more soft citrus and fruit characters, phenolic belgian yeast esters abound with black pepper and rosemary, and a wave of barrel character throughout. A touch of tartness possibly coming from the barrel aging in the old Bon-Chein barrels. Balance of flavors is apparent. Smooth as it should be for 5 percent ABV.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Almost silky. Body is where it should be for a barrel aged saison. Maybe a touch lacking on the carbonation.

Overall a very pleasant beer. The barrel aging helps the base beer tremendously. Without it, I'm not sure if the base beer was interesting at all. But the final product is easy drinking, flavorful, with similar attributes to bigger, oak aged farmhouse ales without being as sharp on the palate.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of spoony
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Photo of tastybeer
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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Photo of portia99
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.15oz swingtop bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a bright, pale golden color with hints of orange. Quite light in color - mildly hazy. On a somewhat aggressive pour, the beer produced a huge three fingers of thick, rocky head with excellent staying power. A slow fall to the surface leaves behind lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Draining the bottle completely results in a thin wisp of yeast at the end that eventually settles to the bottom of the glass.

S - Rather potent aroma that can be easily smelled at least a couple of feet away from the glass. Earthy malt base, pretty good amount of yeasty funk - dirty socks, wet hay, bit of horsey-ness, touch of spicy cloves. Lots of citrusy fruit with plenty of oranges, orange blossom, tart lemons.

T - Quite tart up front for a saison...a bit Berliner-weisse'y actually. Dry, clean and grainy malt, wheat, a dull thud of a hop bitterness, a touch medicinal. Lots of lemons on the tongue, a bit soapy, a bit earthy. Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but still quite nice.

M - Thin in body, but definitely not watery. A higher level carbonation that tingles the entire mouth on each sip. Fruity, sour, bitter, tart flavors flow in and out of this beer alternately taking the lead at different times and on each sip. Lingering medicinal bitterness detracts just a bit.

O - Interesting saison. Quite tart/sour and heavy on the citrus. A bit out of the ordinary and perhaps lacking a bit in flavor complexity. Aroma is outstanding - I wish the flavor had as much complexity and balance/interplay between the different nuances. Definitely a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz flip-top bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 9 with a 15 notched on the neck label (perhaps a consume by date). Pours a straw-gold with a fluffy, 1.5 inch bright white head that eventually settles into an 1/8th slick. Clarity is slightly hazy and textured strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses tart lemon, a light, grassy quality and a hint of yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, it's much tarter than one would anticipate and their is a suggestion of grapefruit seeds and a slightly herbal/medicinal quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively, bright carbonation and some astringency that stimulates the salivary glands. This is a pretty interesting beer that comes off as a gueuze/Berliner Weissbier hybrid in my opinion. I definitely enjoyed this more from the bottle than on-draft for some reason.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at several places around Houston. I finally got a bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color. A rocky white head rises to over two fingers. Excellent retention and rings of lace. This is a looker.
S: Funky, earthy, and acidic. Tart, slightly acidic lemon. Grassy with a bit of yeasty, peppery spice. A bit of oak. Lovely.
T: Like the nose earthy funk. Peppery yeast, grassy and floral flavors. Lightly tart and acidic with lemon and orange rind. A bit of wood/oak lingers. Again, I love it.
M/D: A light to medium body. Very crisp and dry. So smooth at the same time. Amazingly refereshing. Incredibly easy to drink. What a great Saison.

There is a lot of character in this smallish Saison. All around excellent. Maybe one of the best Saisons sitting on the shelf.

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Photo of rEBELlION
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light in color and body, tart-citrusy-farmhouse-funk nose. Thick, fluffy white head. Just the right amount of carbonation, plentiful and effervescent without being over the top. Great saison/sour mouthfeel. Refreshing and delicious. If you're a fan of Saisons or sours pick this one up.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Hazy yellow-orange pour with a gorgeous three finger fluffy, meringue-like, pure white head with crazy retention and lacing. Really unique and complex nose with hints of lemon, green apples, barnyard, yeast, grass, and some subtle vinous notes. The taste is just as unique and complex with huge lemon up front, followed by hints of sour apples, tart citrus peel, grass, barnyard funk, grape skin, white pepper, subtle oak, and a nice white wine vinous character. The mouthfeel is tart and tangy, light bodied, with medium carbonation and just enough sweetness to allow a measure of balance, but it's definitely leaning to the sour side. Crisp and refreshing with a nice dry tangy finish. Overall, this is one unique Saison, that is, if that's indeed what it is. It's got all the great qualities of a Saison, perfectly meshed with the best qualities of a sour. No matter how you categorize it, it's an amazing beer!

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Photo of WTKeene
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 5 swing-top bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Beautiful thick, creamy and ridiculously persistent off-white head. The beer itself would best be described as hazy and apricot in color. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Smell: Lots of green apple. Seriously, LOTS of green apple. A hint of funkiness and brett. I love how this smells.

Taste: Pretty sour for a saison. I do get a lot of the green apple. A little bit of bready malts. A hint of bitterness on the finish. I do get a bit of farmhouse flavor, but it doesn't really taste a whole lot like a saison to me, but it's certainly a very tasty mild sour.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Light on the carbonation.

Overall: I like this a lot. Glad I bought a second bottle, which I might sit on a while. It's hard to consider this a saison but it was very tasty. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of larryi86
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden copper color with a massive fluffy white head.

S- Tart lemons, oak, some grapes, some barnyard funk, kind of reminds me of a gueuze.

T- Tart lemons, light fruits, oak, barnyard funk, some earth spices, slight sweetness, well balanced.

M- Smooth, light to medium body, good carbonation.

O- A good saison, love the tartness. Pricey, but worth the money to try. Probably will pick up another bottle some time soon.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Batch 5; Best by 2015.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before slowly dissipating to a broken 1/8 inch head. Semi-resilient lacing streaks down the glass leaving a thick ring behind.

S- Certainly some lactic acid somewhere in there. The sourness combines with the hops creating a lemon and peach aroma. Plenty of barnyard funk and some mild Brett to make for a soft green olive smell.

T- The Brett also comes through in the flavor but there's also a lovely accompanying sourness that's not overbearing. My, how balanced this is. I don't think I've ever witnessed such a perfect marriage of Pediococcus and Lactobacillus

M- A moderate pucker that's pretty on the money when bouncing off the medium-high carbonation. Light body with a dryness that complements the Brett beautifully.

O- Everything I love in a Saison fused with everything I love in a sour.

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Photo of corby112
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, best by 2015

Pours a hazy, deep golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with large rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Looks very good.

Earthy, musty aroma with a subtle vinous barrel presence along with some funky bugs, zesty spice, light fruit esters and an interesting herbal tea-like character. Really complex with faint oak, horseblanket, lactic funk, musty brett and farmhouse yeast countered by vibrant citrus rind, vinous light grapes and apple. Smells like a white wine barrel aged saison with a dash of lambic blended in there.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Lightly tart and extremely refreshing with a perfect amount of citrus acidity and lingering sourness. Complex yet easy to drink with no harsh, overly acidic or solvent-like character. Musty funk and dry, earthy yeast notes along with peppery spice and a touch of dry, toasted oak up front followed by bready yeast and light fruit flavors. Again, I'm not sure what kind of barrels were used but there's a nice vinous white character that nicely compliments the citric acidity and funky yeast. Has an almost Berlinerweisse like feel to it because of the sourness and lemon juice flavor but is more saison/farmhouse in style. Slightly dry, tart finish with a touch of acetic vinegar flavor that leaves anticipating the next sip.

Overall, this is a really well made beer and possibly the best offering I've had from this brewery yet. A lot of interesting, complex flavors going on but they all go together perfectly. This is a delicious beer that I think I could drink in large quantity. I'll definitely be heading back to the store for more bottles. Highly recommended!

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of Treebs
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl swing top bottle served in my Treebs branded tulip.

A: Pours a hay orange color with a thick 2 fingers of pure white head forming on the pour. The retention on the head is great as it is heavy and thick Sticky and clumpy lace is left down the entire glass.

S: Oaky with a nice wine profile. Light, fruity and grapey with a sweet malt profile. The flavors blend nicely together with a body of yeast that provides a funk and dryness.

T: The saison style comes out more in the taste. Dry yeast with some stone fruit and a little cracker sweetness from the malts. The oak barrel comes back on the back end with some wine, red grape and a little fruity sweetness. Mild tartness.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. A creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

O: Pretty nice overall. Balanced with a nice wine oak barrel presence. Would have liked a little more tartness.

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Photo of jsboots21
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fully poured from 33 cL swingtop bottle into my Lakewood snifter. Batch 5. Purchased at the my favorite local store, Lonestar Beverages.

Appearance is what's expected of the style, plus a bit of extra pizzazz. Vibrant gold meets yellow cushions a huge, fine-bubbled white head that dissolves to 1/3 finger and rests at the glass's edge. The beer is hazy, but not opaque.

One word describes aroma: wow! A bready yeastiness is beautifully accented by light oak and subtle red wine grapes. Just a wonderful smell. I can't detect any alcohol. I can't put the glass down.

Taste is a significant pullback from aroma, though it's still quite pleasant. While the flavor is slightly watery, there is still significant complexity from wine barrel treatment. White and red grapes meet orange peel and lime. There's a minor hint of green apple tartness on the finish. The taste lingers for a few moments, then leaves the tongue dry.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Body is light to light-medium. Carbonation is lovely and well-integrated, nearly resulting in a creamy feel. As mentioned, finish is dry with a bit of linger.

Overall, this is a good beer, but I'd honestly rather buy Goose Island Sofie for the same price with twice the volume. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  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.

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