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La Torpille | BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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BA SCORE
3.76/5
Very Good
44 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Switzerland
brasseriebfm.ch

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Paddez on 02-12-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,283
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
44
pDev:
11.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Euroglot
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of icemanls4
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baumaxx1
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance -
Pours a murky, brown colour. A small one finger head forms on pouring and quickly dissipates to a thin film. Mild effervescence is observed.

Smell -
Dark fruits - cherries, plums, red grapes. A hint of licorice. Choc chip cookie malts.

Taste -
Follows the nose, with strong dark fruit presence. A hint of walnut, and a strong bubbly red wine quality. Hints of spice, cinnamon and a bit of pepper when swallowed. Plenty of tart.

Mouthfeel -
A mild fizz. Feels quite creamy, a hint of thickness and stickyness. Refreshing and dry.

Overall -
Strong flavour, good smell, and has dessert like qualities. Plenty of complexity to be able to pick out different flavours. A quirky beer to enjoy, but probably not more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nyrblue2
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rivoire
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biernack
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Vbbabe208
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great fireside beer. Spicy notes are apparent and complementary. A drier alternative to a mulled wine. I wish the smell was as heavenly as the taste, but the color and mouthfeel help to counteract this. Though it is the Spring, I look forward to finding this beer next winter!

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Seaba
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of sbauer
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from 33cl swing-top bottle.

A: Slightly cloudy, light mahagony. Little or no lacing. Minimal head.

S: Oak, slight burnt cherry. Fruity Belgian yeast aromas.

T: Tart cherry and woody finish. Some hot esters.

M: Medium bodied. Well-carbonated.

O: Great Belgian brown ale, delicious wood and cherry flavors. Would buy again.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought overseas in a plane by my good buddy. Best by April 2013.

A: Viscous brown pour with hints of red when light hits it. Right around a finger, but no more, of head builds up and disappears quickly. Hardly any lacing is left behind.

S: The first thought I had when I took a whiff of this was: tart? Now that I've taken a few more, it smells more malty than tart, with plums, other dark fruits, and ester-y Belgian aromas coming through.

T: The characteristics of tartness are there again, but much less so on the taste. Plums, clove, spices (cinnamon?), and sort of a mustiness I didn't expect. The tartness comes and goes, sometime featured at the front, sometimes hidden at the end. Certainly a strange taste, but not unpleasant by any means.

MF: Thick and heavy body, much more so than I would have guessed. Decently drinkable, my palate is a bit confused by this beer so I took a number of little sips. The taste did begin to wear on me before the beer was completely gone.

O: This was a really interesting beer that I'm glad I got the chance to try. I can't say I'd have my buddy bring me back another bottle, but I might get it again if I saw it in a bar.

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3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows heavy brett with spices and a bit of chocolate.
Similar flavours. Acidic notes, chocolate, lemon. A bit weird, in regards to having the brett in with the richer, darker malt. Doesn't quite work.
Carbonation seems a bit excessive.

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1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of Parrotshake
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat reminiscent of a beer I had fairly recently, Jolly Pumpkin's Noel de Calabaza. It's practically raining soured Belgian Dark Ales up in here - by practically I mean this is the second one. I kind of wonder if this isn't more of an Oud Bruin. Regardless, it's nice. You got your caramelly and plummy notes and chalky yeast, granny smith and balsamic vinegar all at the same time. Very lightly bitter.

This is surprisingly thin bodied and fizzy for the style and gravity of beer we're talking about. It's actually very refreshing. You could have a couple. I only have one left and I think I'll save it until the next time I have confit duck, or something. Liked this a lot.

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Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer with thanks to beermasons and pours a murky mahogany hue which leaves a two finger creamy head that stays and leaves lacing here and there,the smell is dark fruits,bready malts,fruitcake and raisins soaked in honey,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of ripe dark plums,bready malts,raisins soaked in honey,fruitcake and finished with a cherry sournesss and overall a nice drop that has abit of everystyle in it and very drinkable with its ABV well hidden behind the sour/sweetness.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a small BFM snifter glass.
Enjoyed at "La Ferme du Château", Lausanne region.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown cloudy color. Forms a medium creamy white bit yellow head. Retention is low and some lacings are formed and left in the glass. A lot of sediment can be seen floating around

S: BFM trademark. Spicy and tart in the nose. Quite vinous too. Also caramel, caramel malts and yeasts. Notes of fruits like apples and grapes

T: Taste is also spicy and tart. Vinegar. Fruits. Caramel malts and yeasts. Very light earthy bitterness. In overall an acid and dry beer. Very taste, nevertheless

M: Medium body and low carbonation. Tart and mild bitter aftertaste

O: Not an easy beer and quite tart for the style but, quite drinkable anyway. BFM expected quality. Recommended

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La Torpille from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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