La Ferme' De Demons | Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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La Ferme' De DemonsLa Ferme' De Demons

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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Black farmhouse ale brewed with Belgian Pilsner, French Wheat, Candi Sugar, roast malt and farmhouse yeast. Aged for 6 months in three barrel types; Pinot Noir, Oregon Oak, and Bourbon with Brettanomyces. After barrel aging and blending, this dark ruby black ale is further matured with a touch of Oregon Tart Cherry."

8.75% alc/vol 29 IBU’s

Added by djbreezy on 05-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by jbakajust1:
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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured @ the Bier Stein into a 12oz Tear Drop, oddly enough, sitting next to the brewer of said beer who was in town on his lunch...

A - Pours a pitch black w/ 1.5 finger thick brown head, fades to ring and oil slick, good carbonation if you look close, and leaves a small amount of lacing

S - Smells of cherries, acid, light vinegar, roast coffee & chocolate, dried fruits, and Brett funk, spices

T - Tastes of lactic acid, roast, chocolate, sour cherries, wine, oak, vinegar

M - Dry, roasty, tart, tannic, nice sourness, light body, and decent carb, kind of tingly

O - Very interesting, the look is of a stout, but lots of fruits, spice, oak, funk, sour. Complex, w/ light vinegar. Enjoyable, but I'm not gonna buy a bottle to cellar.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of seanthornton152
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to James (cavemanlawyer) for this beer. Cheers!

Not sure why this gets such hate. This is very “sour stoutesque”, a style I rather enjoy I must admit (if done right).

Appearance – Pours into my trusty tulip with an opaque color and a finger of tan head.

Smell – Malts, cocoa, dark fruits, nice tart cherries, slight plum.

Taste – Great tart cherries and plums. This has much more plum than the new JP Cinco. Oak comes through midway which then fades to a nice bittersweet cocoa and roasted malts. Slight vinegar and lactic acid. More sour than others are mentioning; it appears time has made this a bit more puckering.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – Very enjoyable beer. I would gladly have this again and hope to get another to age.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Aaron! Served in a Block 15 tulip. Extremely dark and nearly flat. Nose has some cherry and whiskey plus a bit of anise. Flavor his a mild acidity and slight vinous notes. Pretty interesting, but didn't have the complexity and depth that I was hoping for.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly more than the sum of its parts, but the earlier years had more richness and cherry, if plagued with some carbonation issues.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap a Belmont Station on 10.27.2011

A - Pours a dark brown with a light brown head that slowly fades to a thin layer. No lacing at all.

S - Very slight bourbon, that is about all I got.

T - Very woody and smokey up front, then some of the red grape and fruit comes through.

D - Medium carbonation and medium body.

O - Different, but I liked it. The wood is a bit strong now, but I think in time it will balance more.

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Photo of Khazadum
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of scottfrie
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into snifter. Thanks for sharing, Brian!

A: Pours near black with a finger of dark tan head that faded into a long lasting film that didn’t leave much lace. I understand why it looks the way it does, but this is a saison??
S: Tart smelling with notes of cherry skins, dry oak, vinous white wine, bourbon booze, gritty tannins, acetone and a hint of earthy brett.
T: Follows the nose but the flavors are creamier than it let on. I get light bretty funk and a bit of hay and cheese. I also taste flavors of bourbon and maybe chocolate. The finish is buttery. This beer is vinous overall with sour/bitter citrus pith in the aftertaste. Not super tart, but also not super saison.
M: Greasy mouthfeeel, thankfully not super tart with a very slick medium body and even carbonation.
O: The description of this beer baffles me. Pilsner malt, French wheat, candi sugar, farmhouse yeast, pino, oak and bourbon barrels, brett and tart cherries!? Unlike any saison I’ve ever had. It was pretty good but I think the ingredients clashed with each other. Less is more.

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Photo of corylew
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very lucky to have the '10 and '11 at Block 15. The 11 packs much more flavor and the carbonation seemed nicer. Aging seemed to get rid of a lot of the hot alcohols and smooth the body beautifully.

Pours deep dark ruby with a dark tan head. In the thick of the glass it even appears black, as it gets lower shows a gorgeous red hue.

Smells wonderful. Sweet malt, oak and bourbon, with a punch of sour and cherry. If they made candles that smells like this I'd buy a case of them.

Taste comes out a sour and malty with cherries that stand in the background. Some hot alcohol that seems like it will fade well with time.

Mouth feel is big and sweet. Packs sour cherry flavor that lingers as an aftertaste.

Overall seems nice, but tastes young. Once this smooths out it has potential to be one of the best saisons, or dare I say beers, I have ever had.

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Photo of bbb099
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark with slight amber hue color with creamy-ish mocha colored head.

S - Acidic aroma - grapefruit, cherry and a little bit of wine smell to it.

T - Mild cherry and pear flavors. Little bits of the oak comes through. Was expecting something more sour from the aroma.

M - Average carbonation, medium to full bodied.

O - I haven't had much experience with saison beers, but this tastes agreeable enough. Not sure if I would specifically look for this beer again however.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Thanks for sharing! Snifter.

A: Black with a finger of light tan froth.

S: Tart cherry with prominent grape and plum. Lightly smoky with restrained bourbon and a little coffee. Smells pretty nice.

T: Tastes a bit like watered down wine. Very simple. Some oak, plum, and grape. Whisper of bourbon. The finish is somewhat acetic.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: A very simple beer and pretty bland. Nothing about it was particularly bad, but I had no desire to finish my pour. Mediocrity itself.

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Photo of tcampbel1
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Station 10/27/2011

A-Pretty dark but light was able to pass through. Light brown head quickly faded to nothing.

S-Booze and wood slight fruitiness.

T-Glad I had this beer as the last of my day. Smokey and woody up front. As it warmed, the alcohol heat really took over.

M-Little to medium carbonation and medium bodied.

O-Quite complex but seemed a little hot rigt now. This should mellow with some time. The potential is there for an amazing beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kscaldef
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temp, corked and caged bottle, 2011 vintage.

A: Very dark brown, with a large creamy tan head. Good display of carbonation.

S: Funky dark fruit, with a little chocolate and roast. Some grassy / herbal notes hiding in there as well. Pretty restrained aroma.

T: Starts rich and malty with chocolate notes, then kicks in with sour cherry and funk, then the finish returns to chocolate, with an acidic, mildly alcoholic finish. This is a fun ride!

M: a lot of carbonation manifesting as foaming on the tongue. Pretty dried out, medium-light body.

O: Greatly improved from my memories of this beer fresh, when it seemed a little disjointed. Time seems to have melded the flavors nicely and I think it's drinking really well right now.

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