Ferme De La' Ville Provision
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #293
Ranked #6,533
4.09 | pDev: 10.27%
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States
Ferme De La' Ville ProvisionFerme De La' Ville Provision
Notes: A farmhouse ale brewed with a touch of rye, wheat, golden naked oats & locally gathered honey, blended with various barrel and Brett matured farmhouse ales aged 9 & 12 months then cellared an additional 3 months.

25 IBU
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Visually, this beer is difficult to judge and its fault is partially my own. The first pour came out beautiful. Clean light amber with a foamy and rocky white head leaving a small island surrounded by a coastline around the glass. The second pour had the sediment making for a much murkier deep yellow to gold.

The aroma does a wonderful dance with the sense of smell. Tart berries, light oak, honey, hay and dried grass, and the ever familiar "sweaty horse" funk.

The taste buds celebrate a similar tune. The tart berry like flavors are very dominant initially, but as it warms the oak and honey, grass and farm take their time to settle in before leading to a mild earthy and "soapy" finish.

It's crisp, mildly tart and dry. The oak gives it nearly a white wine like finish. The light bubbles aid to a percieved bitterness, and though it's difficult to describe, the earthiness creates it's own signature to the feel.

This was a true pleasure. In a blind tasting, I would bet for sure that this had come from some of the European masters of the style. It's so delicately flavorful and hits all the right marks in the other categories. Cheers!

Nov 08, 2017
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle from "b2 taphouse" in Salem OR Pours a slightly turbid darker gold colour body with a small frothy cream coloured head. Slightly tart and sour aromas, bananas, clove and vanilla wood. Taste similar..but with the sourness rising towards the end..creamy esthiness..if thats even possible! Nice moderate mouth feel..perhaps if there is a fault coud have more carbonation..but its fine enough. Great beer..one for the fall.

Sep 09, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml C&C of the 2012 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon taster 7/7/2014.

A- Slightly hazy straw yellow body. For some reason, it is particularly appealing. Two finger white head with good retention, a bit of lacing.

S- Peppery, slight lemon zest, oak, a bit of funk. Not particularly complex, but it does have a slight sweetness to it in comparison to Dupont.

F- Lemon zest, a bit of funk (but not a ton), honey, peppercorns, oak. Again, not particularly complex and does not have much tartness like I'd prefer, but this is well-put together with all of its components.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth-drinking. The finish is a bit more bitter than I'd like, perhaps from the noble hops.

O- Solid saison, I know this has a relatively low bottle count but it's basically a slightly better version of fresh, unskunked Saison Dupont.

Jul 08, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The front hits of tartness of lemons along with kiwi or persimmon. The general fruit flavor is then of apricot and unripen stone fruit. There's a touch of bready malt, a good amount of funk, and then a huge strong wood and oak flavor on the finish.

A well made and interesting brew.

May 19, 2014
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cbrunpc from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

A: Cloudy orange color. One finger of foam.

S:Funk, and then some funk of top of the funk. Maybe some citrus after all the funk.

T: Funk with tart and then some tart with funk. Some spice as well.

M: Light and dry.

O:One of my favorite beers from these guys. I have a 2011, two more 2012, and 6 2013 to see how they all age. This beer has done well and I feel the rest will only get better.

Sep 16, 2013
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle bought online from Bring On The Beer. 2013 Vintage, corked and caged.

A- a cloudy orange-straw colour, pulled straight from the fridge, there's a glorious 3 finger head of foam. I bet the lacing is up there.

S- loads of spice, funk, and lemon with a heaping helping of candi sugar and honey. The aromas are dazzling my senses.

T- ahh...big funky notes with a wonderful level of tartness that almost makes me forget about the spicy and sweet goodness. Almost...I get lots of peppery notes and clove, big sweet notes from honey,ahh again. Aged in oak barrels, I do get a light woody flavour from time to time but for me, it's on the light side. That lovely tartness just keeps on giving and giving and I'm taking all I can get!

M- fairly light bodied, perfect carbonation, and at 6% abv, this is superbly drinkable. And...the foam never gives in and yes, the lacing is top notch.

O- can I say....magnificent? I do believe I will. 2 new examples of the style I tried today and they both impressed the hell out of me in different ways. Both breweries need to be watched closely..

Sep 01, 2013
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DrippingI from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Huge frothy head upon initial pour that quickly seemed to want to flatten out in a matter of seconds. The body has a nice semi-hazy, golden hue to it that would rival most other beautifully crafted saisons.

Aroma: When I take a whiff, I feel like I'm in the tall, grassy fields that are depicted on the label. Healthy amount of the Belgian yeast, succulent drops of honey, pinch of clove, and a moderate dose of an almost earth-tinged/floral hop aroma cloud.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light-moderate/moderate carbonation.

Taste: A notch lower than expected after taking a gander at the aroma. It is being blinded by some wet blanket notes, but the true inner spirit is still visible. I'm getting a more tame amount of the Belgian yeast, low dose of floral hops, pinch of clove, and slight drizzle of honey along with a tad of oak, hidden pocket of brett, and lightly sprinkled with some sort of spice (black pepper, perhaps?) to pull it all together.

Overall: Block 15's nod to the Belgian classic is quite the stepping stone for them. Sure, it's not the best in its class and not something I would go out on a hunt for. But, I'm really glad I gave this beer a try and enjoy it's refreshing characteristics on this somewhat humid night. One thing that I absolutely love about this beer is the label. Sweet chariots of Mayfield is it gorgeous! With an almost $15 price tag, I'd say it would probably be worth it to try this out once if you're really into saisons. Though, if you don't care for saisons or aren't overly wild about them, I'd just skip this one for now.

Aug 27, 2013
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harrymel from Washington

3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage

It's a clear gold with no evidence of carbonation (odd based on the oral experience). Smells of classic belgian yeast, some grain, some bit of metal, rice and flowers (I'm not a botanist). Flavor is yeast, sweet grains, a touch of corn, and a slight and subtle tartness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin with exceptionally hi carb and a dry finish. As it warms, this beer is much better. Initially, it's a standard, low excitement carb and as it warms, it becomes yummy.

Jun 15, 2013
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Pours a fairly clear plain golden amber with a huge off white head. Good head retention.

Fairly spicy, slightly funk brett, pepper, hint of fruity ester, banana maybe.

Pretty bright and floral taste, spices again, dry, touch of brett, pear or banana or some kind of sweet estery fruit.

Nice carbonation, refreshing and drinkable.

Solid brett saison.


May 12, 2013
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John_M from France

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always get a kick out of the lebel, but regardless, had this on tap at the Hop and Vine release the other day.

Ferme pours a striking, solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is great on this one, as I get an interesting blend of sandlewood, light clove, peach, white pepper and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose in this fairly dry saison, but with a hint of sour funk and light bitterness on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a crisp, dry, very clean finish. Alcohol is barely an afterthought in this nicely crafted beer.

One of the more interesting domestic style saisons that I can recall having in some time (well, at least since the Tired Hands event I attended at Teresa's Next Door a while back). Very nice beer...

Feb 18, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Aaron! Served in a cervoise. Huge head and lacing. Strong saison nose followed by light acidic twang and wheat in the flavor. Very dry with light oak. Good saison character and I love the backing acidity, as it goes quite well with the rest of the beer and really enhances the drinkability.

Dec 16, 2012
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dirtylou from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split - purchased at Bailey's PDX

appearance: a stunner - served in my lost abbey teku, straw-golden body, firm fluffy white head, strong retention

smell: brett, lemon, wheat, pepper, earth

taste: earthy, nice tones of brett, white pepper, musty, lemon rind, oak, pear, green grape, honey. Unfortunately, the meal it was paired with turned out to be a trainwreck. Nice beer, though.

mouthfeel: dry, earthy

overall: nice stuff

Dec 16, 2012
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for this beer! Thanks Hollis!

reviewed from notes taken 11/16/12.

poured into tulip glass.

The cork came out of the bottle with a loud thunderous pop.

Appearance: yellowish orange bodied beer with a huge fluffly white head. Easily 3 fingers of head after a gentle pour.

Smell: wheat and a hint of sweetness. Oranges, lemons, and lots of pepper. Tropical fruits, green apples, earthy, and oaky.

Taste: grainy and cracker like malts with a touch of sweetness. Big pepper notes. Fruity more specifically pears, apricots, and green apple. Citrisy with lots of oranges and lemons. Oaky, earthy, grassy. and a mild funkiness. A touch of sour in this beer as well that almost reminds me of a wine like taste maybe white grapes?

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. Crisp, clean, and refreshing saison here! The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a great saison with big pepper notes! Great balance and nice complexity. This is a really memorable beer, especially for a saison!

Nov 20, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle from Luke (writerljberg), thanks! Snifter.

A: Honey orange with two inches of white sea foam. Lacing is scattered.

S: Flowery and perfume-like with notes of honey and wheat. There are light pepper-like spicy notes and fruity esters, reminiscent of apple, apricot, and pear.

T: Peppery spiciness up front with pear, kiwi, green grape, and apple. Floral characteristics are pervasive, accompanying a lower moderate bitterness. Leather melds with oak, earth, and rustic notes. There's a mild tartness. The finish is dry and reminiscent of a Chardonnay with some acidity.

M: Lower medium body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: A very nice Saison.

Feb 04, 2012
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mudbug from Oregon

4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the corked bottle into a tulip glass results in a game of patience until the huge rocky bone white cloud of head recedes enough to get the glass full, the body of the brew is a hazy amber with continuos lively carbonation evident, lively and appealing.
The aroma is, well, fantastic. Green apple, unripe pineapple, new mown hay, cider. very clean and crisp.
Taste brings lemon zest, a touch of white pepper,a hint of sweet malts, grapefruit rind, funk is there only as a suggestion, awesome!
Crisp and bubbly, refreshing in every way, what a nice saison that hits the mark on every level, I will buy this every time a bottle comes my way!

Jan 15, 2012
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BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review, taking a break from studying for my Contracts final. Thanks for making my study break more enjoyable, cavemanlawyer!

Vintage 2011

Look - The cork comes out of the bottle with a large pop and a bit of gunsmoke and whiff of clementine. The pour yields a big, bulbous head that exceeds the capacity of my Lost Abbey chalice, sitting above the rim like a cream crown. Murky orange-tan hued beer with thick globs of meringue foam lacing clinging to the sides of the glass and a small pillow of foam resting on top of the beer after a couple minutes and sips.

Smell - Earthy, light rye notes to start with some clementine and quince hiding in the background, maybe some D'Anjou pear, perhaps a squeeze of lemon and the barest hint of fresh wheat and light bready malt to balance. Fairly faint overall but nice.

Taste - Gentle sweet-tart lemon-orange juice to start, and again with a light quince note, and as it opens up a bit of pineapple too. The middle shows fresh wheat and then intermingling rye and earthy brett must along with some Macintosh apple/D'Anjou pear. The finish is oil of lemon and clementine zest with a hint of white and pink peppercorns. Pretty tasty, with just enough light tart up front to balance the faintly sweet honey and the slightly bitter, earthy brett end.

Mouthfeel - Really nice, medium body smoothed out pleasantly by the oat presence, with just enough tannic astringency on the tongue in the finish that makes it not too heavy. Perhaps the best part of this beer.

Overall - A solid effort by Block 15. Clearly a well thought-out brew, which is intentionally very drinkable and balanced, though not overally flavorful or too much in any one direction. All the flavors meld together quite nicely, but it is not very exciting by any means. Recommended pairings would be goat gouda, white fish, and pan-seared chicken.

Dec 11, 2011
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brokensail from California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Shane.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a big/huge white head on it. A nice fruity saison with plenty of spice and earth notes to it as well. Some lemon zest and perhaps some green apple and other citrus. Slight sweetness of bread/cracker malts, too. The flavor is a touch sweet, but still decently dry from the Brett. Again, some fruity tones to go along with the earthy and floral character.

Dec 10, 2011
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, total gratitude to msubulldog25 for hooking me up with yet another Oregon rarity. Hail to thee, Brian G!

Caged and corked, and literally the only cage that didn't twist exactly 6 times to come off. A bartender in Belgium revealed that little secret to me in 2006 and I've counted every single time since, just to see if he's right. But this doesn't come from Belgium, and I'm not going to judge its authenticity on the 10 twists it took for the cage to come off!

An extremely healthy "POP!" goes the cork, letting out the aroma that wanders to the nose when a couple feet away. The liquid doesn't gush over, but there is a slowly rising column of foam inching up the bottle neck. Had to pour a bit every 30 seconds until it calmed. Very much a living beer.

No surprise that the head is a thick, enormous thing, blinding white and very rocky. Firm, two fingers thick, disappearing only after about 20 minutes, which is impressive. A very hazy peach/gold/rust in color.

Intensely aromatic, with gooseberry, Chardonnay, lemon zest and a kind of bleached graininess making bold impressions. Yeast is mildly "farmy," but not quite horse-blanket, and the overall vibe is cleanness and brightness.

Lemon and Chardonnay emerge biggest in the flavor, with the many grains used here (barley, wheat, rye, oat) conspiring cleanly, never too messy or confused. Dryness and tartness in equal measure; mild hints of wood; acidic unripe gooseberry; super-earthy yeast and lemonade in the finish, along with a bit of citrus rind pucker. Bright, tingling, effervescent texture.

Ferme de la' Ville Provision (a name I will never remember, guaranteed) is relatively complex, but maybe I expected even greater complexity, considering the incredible details given on the label (many grains, Belgian farmhouse yeast, blended with portions of barrel-matured farmhouse ales, conditioned over two month prior to release, etc.). But you know, it's still pretty damn awesome. Also one of the most authentically Belgian-tasting saisons not originating in Belgium. Sad it will likely never pass my way again, but glad it did at all. Thanks Brian!

Nov 29, 2011
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Docer from Washington

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.5)
- Wonderful cloudy straw yellow and zesty orange brew with a huge fluffy 4 fingers of bright white head... won't settle to much but a pinky of thick foam, and layers around the glass. A really pretty farmhouse brew.

Smell: (4.0)
- Huge zesty and bready yeast notes, lovely sour and tart tang to the bready and creamy malt aromas.. sweet subtle honey notes, and bitter tinge. Not bad. Can't wait to taste.

Taste: (4.5)
- Sweet bready malts, big farmhouse yeasty bready notes.. esters, light clove and grain.. tart woody character, and a lovely citrus zest.. certainly a great beer. I was expecting a bit more sour, but didn't get it from the bottle. That is ok, because it is super good as it sits.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Light to medium bodied, and very well carbonated as the style should be. Lovely chewy notes, and the zesty balance really sets the palate alive. Watering goodness. Dry as well in the finish. This beer seems to hit all the best qualities.

Overall: (4.5)
- This beer seems to be one of the most carefully crafted and finessed farmhouse ales I have had. Lovely oak barrel sour touch, and aging. The blend seems to be what a brewmaster would want to have on tap in his or her own home at all times. A very good farmhouse ale, and made even better with the slight souring process and barrel aging. The bottle seems like the cage on the cork was hand screwed and was kinda gnarley.. but the overall experience of this beer is nothing short of fantastic.

Sep 25, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant (Corvallis, OR) on 8/29/11. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a hazed apricot, topped with a 1 ½ finger cap of frothy eggshell-white head. This retains with some robust edging, which flares up to a rich ½ finger when swirled, leaving back thick swathes of foamy lacing. The Brett jumps right out in the aroma, with a fresh and earthy blast of tart crispness that mixes with the honeyed sweetness of the malts. There’s a bitter and spicy smelling core of pithy fruit to the nose, with a light floral touch and notes of tannic oak adding airiness to the edges of this.

The taste starts out with fresh Brett that spreads out into the mouth with an earthy tartness, sitting against a backing of sweet sugary grains, spice, and a touch of green fruit. A mild oakiness hangs on the edges, pulling into a finish that is dry and crisp, with lingering notes of tartness, earth, and spice which sticks to the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel to medium to fuller bodied, with a nice prickly crispness that sits on top of a more creamy slickness underneath and helps pull this down the throat. Alcohol is nicely hid. Maybe a touch of heft to the body but there isn’t much warmth here at all.

This was good, with a solid and even mix of Saison, wild yeast, and barrel character and had the right amount of crisp snap to the flavors (especially considering the complexity here) to make sure that this wasn’t a chore to drink. This was a nice offering from Block 13. I’m glad it was on tap during our visit.

Sep 15, 2011
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PaulStoneAnchor from California

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a beautiful head that lasts for a while.

S: Creamy Lacto, clove, green apple, banana, and some apricot

T: a beautiful creamy apricot, ginger, lemongrass, and some slight grapefruit. It has a smooth tartness that allows for the malty flavors to come through.

M: Very creamy, with a smooth carbonation

O: This beer was quite amazing it has a creamy tartness from the lacto bacillus and the flavor profile is amazing. I am really impressed with this, and now I am quite happy I bought four from the release. Absolutely amazing!

Sep 13, 2011
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jodan from California

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle Thanks Aaron!

A- Upon opening, had to pour quickly before foaming over. Giant Head, lots of lacing. Hazy orange, big white head.

S- Some lemon, tart cherries too. Some funk, definitely changes as it warms wheat shows up too.

T- A little citrus, and tart to start with. Once it warms the fruitiness comes out more along with the brett funk

M- Really carbonated, maybe a bit too much. Really light and quite dry, which I prefer in Saisons.

O- When I opened it I was worried about the dreaded 'I' word based on the crazy carbonation and tart cherry aroma. Luckily that wasn't the case at all. I really enjoyed the slightly different take on the style this seems to be something I would enjoy having more of.

Sep 05, 2011
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 25.4oz bottle today, poured into my HotD Tulip glass. Really? I am the first to review it?

A - Pours a honey orange with a huge off-white foamy head. Crazy retention, as the head never really fades and solid lacing covers the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, spices, lemons.

T - Yeast, lemon, honey, spices, some slight pepper, and a little farmhouse funk.

D - Tons of carbonation, maybe too much, and a light body.

O - My first Block 15 brew, and I really enjoyed it. It makes me upset that I have missed some of their earlier offerings. I am going to pick up another bottle and cellar it for a bit.

Aug 30, 2011
Ferme De La' Ville Provision from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 94 ratings