La Meule
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #47
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3.75 | pDev: 13.87%
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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Notes: La Meule, blond ale with sage, frankly bitter with a subtle bouquet.
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If I were wanting a semi-dry to dry saison, La Meule would be close. IMHO, this should be re-classified as a saison.
But going with what the world is sometimes...

La Meule lacks really good Looks; more foam and swirling protein would make the saison argument stronger. Smells are mostly malt and the sage herb. Tastes start with the sweet, fruity malt but quickly the herbs come in and their interplay lasts through mid-palate; but then La Meule finishes nearly dry. An OK body, but the palate gets cleaned, despite not much bubbly action.

I've noticed two things about the 4 BFM Belgian-inspired ales I've had: they don't quite have a great house yeast; and, they are expensive relative to the quality of the real deal.

I had La Meule the first time because it was reviewed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die." I liked it. And the reviewer felt it was inspired by DuPont, (confirming my saison preferred classification.) But also, the BA ratings ranged so much I thought I'd have it again. And I'm glad I did.

Aug 21, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apricot gold pour with white head; quick cap reduction; lots of lace and lots of bubbles; brown yeast sediment. Biscuit and clove nose and black peppery notes with banana notes on the backend. Medium to strong clove flavor with spice (sage) right behind; bananas from the yeast show up in the finish. Highly carbonated with lite mouthfeel. Dry, spicy linger with some clove left over.

Dec 02, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Drinks of the World, Basel (5.20 CHF):
Quite lively & spicy with strong carbonation but still balanced & easy to drink. It was a beer that grew on me the more I had of it & it seemed refreshing in places with the citrus balancing the pale malts & spice whilst adding some to the complexity; certainly one of the nicer spiced beers I've tried.

Nov 26, 2015
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LiquidSw0rd from Switzerland

4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle from the Coop supermarket in Switzerland.

Aroma - Quite nice sourness at the beginning, and then a cool bitterness at the finish. Like a citrusy / herbal belgian Ale.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful orange / bright golden hazy beer, with a 1 finger head that dies quickly. Really cloudy.

Flavor- A nice marriage of grapefruit, lavender, soap, citrus, and sage.

Mouthfeel - Light-Medium bodied, Medium Carbonation, refreshing in a good way and far from boring.

Overall Impression - Everyone should try it. At the beginning it feels slightly wierd, but by the end of the glass I almost always want another one. It's the kind of beer that grows on you as you drink it.

Jan 29, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a hazy orange yellow with a 1 finger head of foam and does well with the lacing.

It smells spicy and earthy which likely comes from the sage used. Plenty of coriander in there as well.

Big coriander and bigger sage with a dash of pepper. No sweetness here, mild hint of tartness, good level of unusual bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation.

Enjoyable for the most part.

Oct 29, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Upon popping the swing top cap this thing foams like Mt. Vesuvius for 20 minutes exuding sage, spice and herb aromas with some fruit and a suggestion of tomato to strawberry.
I lose about a third of it but after it settles down I fill the glass with a cloudy apricot colored brew with a rocky white foam cap.
The sage makes a big impression on the tongue joined by stone fruits, lemony tartness, and a hint of white bread. The flavors are rich and complex but a good chunk of the carbonation departed with the foam eruption.
Might have been a good beer had it not been infected.

Oct 19, 2014
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden-yellow color, hazy appearance. Small cream-colored head that dies down fast, leaving a thin coating of foam remaining on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Wonderful smell - sweet citrus, mild malt with a mild spicy scent of sage. Very interesting. Made me want to drink the beer.

Taste starts off mildly acidic and citrusy, then progresses to a mild sage flavor and ends with a mild hoppy flavor and a dry finish. Decent flavor, and while a little unique there was nothing really special about it.

Light in body, but not thin. Lots of mild carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall I found this a well-crafted beer and I am glad that I tried it. That being said, I found it to be nothing really special - just a decent golden ale. While I would gladly drink another if it was served to me, there are so many better beers out there so I do not see me purchasing this beer again.

Jul 08, 2014
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml flip top bottle. Pours a cloudy yet sparkling golden yellow with no head, almost wine like. Aroma and Taste is mild sweet herbal spices, light malt, slightly pungent yeast with light bitterness, some alcohol essence and tartness. Palate is a medium body, smooth, with light carbonation. Finish is sweet and bitter herbal spices, sage, Belgian yeast, some fruity notes, almost like a white wine. Overall an interesting brew that grows on you as you drink, a good after dinner brew.

Jul 09, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color with a very thin head with low retention. Some very small particles floating particles and gets cloudy in its last pour.
Quite yeasty aroma, Belgian kind. Notes of honey, herbal, kind of pine or juniper and rotten oranges and lemon. Not overly sweet, perfect for the style. A hint of Bretta soapiness.
Excellent taste that follows nose. A pleasant citrusy with some piney hops.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation, with a second fizz phase.
Awesome beer, I guess there are more than chocolates in the gastronomy space in Switzerland. A pleasant surprise. I found this under rated, not sure if my sample were rightly matured (it looked old though did not have an expiration date), or I am getting used to funky beers.

Jun 28, 2013
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themind from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting brew that I do not have much to compare to. Pours almost no head yet the carbonation was fairly balanced. The beer is very herbal, just a different kind of beer then I am used to. That said it was worth drinking.

Bottom Line: Expand your beer experience and give it a try.

Apr 03, 2013
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spicelab from Australia

3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Beermasons.

Violent pop on opening swing-top. Clear golden-straw with a decent white head that falls to a nicely rasisd curtain and film.

Odd soapy, lactic sourness, with underlying lemon pith and dried grass. Interesting notes of lavender and heather, with mild sweet esters floating around.

Again, the funky soapiness is about, but is less dominant, allowing in flavours of grapefruit, lemon, hay and some floral honey.

Light to medium mouthfeel, a tad oily with slightly spritzy carbonation leading to a moderately dry finish on the rear.

Constantly teetered over whether the soapy yeast character was appetising or not as I drunk this. Quite a unique beer that is far from boring.

Aug 26, 2012
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows a mix of lemon, herbal notes, barnyard funk and doughy wheat. The funk is quite prominent.
Flavours include more brett and acidity followed by an astringent finish. Some lemon and wheat pokes it's head out.
Carbonation is suitably high, the body feels watery though.
Interesting, but a little the herbal notes and accompanying astringency are a little harsh.

Jun 07, 2012
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.15oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a murky dark yellow with a very small white head that quickly lapses into a collar around the glass; spotty lacing.

nose is marked by lemon and sage, a bit tart and some funk evident; notes of spice.

more of the same in the flavor but with a sweet malty presence in the background and some yeasty notes. sage is more subdued than the aroma suggested. some sour/tartness in the finish.

mouthfeel is decidedly "meh." medium-bodied, a bit thin and way under-carbonated. having perused a few other reviews i'm starting to question this bottle. drinkability isn't bad, it's not an offensive beer per se but i won't be seeking out another.

original review on: 10-22-2010

May 16, 2012
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ADZA from Australia

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew courtesy from beermasons and pours a hazy golden yellow hue which leaves a two finger head and nice lacing,the smell is sour barnyard funk,lavender,soap and honey ham,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of sherbet,sour funk,floral bouquet,apples,lemongrass and finished with a mix of spicy hops and a sour funkiness and overall its definately a different unique brew but if you dont like sour beers then you might want to give this a miss cheers.

Apr 13, 2012
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DCon from Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 33cl / 11.2 FL.OZ. bottle of this from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO for $5.19. Poured from the bright yellow labeled bottle w/ the BFM lizard & a swing-top cork into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has ???? on the top label.

Aroma- Very complexed and malt dominant. Has tons of citrus at the beginning and then musky and a good goaty note at the finish. Light spices are in here too.

Appearance- Pours a easy going, 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a white, cloudy body but then glowing orange background! Cool! Tons of sediment hang out in the bottom of the glass. Leaves belgian style lacing afterwards (tons of suds and lace but fades after time).

Flavor- Overpowers the mouth with grapefruit and sweet malts from the beginning. A nice marriage of spices, fruit, and hop then come in mid-drink. A medium-high bitterness level hangs around in the complexity of the drink.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Gritty, and then sweet fruits stay on the palate with some light spices.

Overall Impression- What a challenging brew to wrap your head around... Everything hit positive for me and would recommend trying this (especially for the price!). Many other brews from BFM are around $15-20 for a bottle but this is reasonable and has nice complexity! A Belgian spiced Ale I would call this one.

Jan 02, 2012
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taigor from New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured cloudy bright golden color with huge head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly grassy with hints of sage and bready yeast.

T - Sweet honey and sage upfront followed by tartness and lots of spices like pepper and cloves. Has a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

O - Very good and unusual spiced beer. Nicely balanced and overall I would recommend it.

Nov 08, 2011
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin wisp of white mousse. Looks good, but nothing sets it apart from other similarly colored ales.

S: Aromas of yeast, sage, cider apples, and lemon zest immediately make their presence known. Very unique combination of scents. Quite pleasant.

T: A tart entry reveals notes of sage, vanilla bean, fresh cream, white peppercorns, coriander, and sour, bready yeast. The finish is delicate and lingering with a combination of pepper, vanilla, and sage notes.

M: This is a full-bodied beer with a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Has a bit of weight to it in the mouth.

O: Aside from the odd flavor profile, nothing about La Meule really stands out to me. For what it is, it's solid. I just do not see myself revisiting it anytime in the near future.

Oct 04, 2011
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip; thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Hazy yellow body beneath a finger of fine off-white foam. Nice retention and lacing. Attractive.

S: Big, piercing lactic + citrus sourness. A touch of vanilla, malt, and spice (sage) lends complexity. Great.

T: Generic fruity sourness up front, followed by some breadiness and light sage. Reminds me of tea in a weird way. Huh. Pretty solid, but nowhere near as intense and pleasing as the aroma.

M: Fairly light, frothy, and lively. Nice.

O: I'm not at all sure whether this beer was supposed to be sour or not, but since everything else I've had from this brewery has been I wasn't surprised. The sage definitely lent a welcome bit of strangeness to an already strange beer. Pretty solid stuff.


Oct 01, 2011
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chefelf from New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color. Heavy sediment in the bottom of the glass showing up as tiny black specks.

This tasted similar to a saison with a slightly more bitter flavor. Very crisp and a little tart. This wasn't quite what I was expecting based on what I read but it was still quite good. I liked it far better than the other BFM offering I've tried which was La Dragonne.

Aug 25, 2011
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Billed as a Saison with Sage. On tap in a tulip at The Memphis Taproom.

In the tulip, La Meule looks very bright yellow, almost lighter than that, tan maybe, it reminds me of a cleaner Allagash White. A nice inch of foam thats white and semi sticky.

Smell is on the spicy side with sage just coming at me. It is the main scent for a while but significant warming brings on the bread and somewhat of a perfume scent.

Taste is not overly spiced, not cloying in anyway and that was my worry going in. Sage, a bit of coriander, some lemon and a yeast strain I cant place. I may be reaching but some flowers come up in the bouquet of flavor.

Feel is a little bit more than light bodied and the carb is minimal at best. It gets a bit tangy after a few sips and Im always game for that. It works though and makes for a easy ride. For some strange reason this recipe works, great beer, although it may get a bit much after a bit.

May 08, 2011
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MoreThanWine from Massachusetts

2.36/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours no head except for a crescent of soap suds bubbles. Hazy applesauce brown, kind of like a weak apple cider. Smell has banana and spice. Taste is kind of like if you took a tart fruit juice and then watered it down until it nearly lost all character. Sorry but I'm quite disappointed. The bottle with the flip top stopper and the funky gecko on the yellow label had me hoping this would be a lot of fun.

May 07, 2011
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Erish from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. There appears to be a date code on the neck label, but I cannot decipher it.

A: murky yellow-gold color, and there are plenty of chunks of yeast floating around in this unfiltered ale, the head is fizzy and quickly falls into a decent cap with decent lacing.

S: clove, banana bread, sage, dried fruit, sour grape, allspice. A truly unique aroma.

T: the fruit (grape, sour apple, banana) and bread-like malt are present up front, a decidedly sage-ey wave hits in the middle, and the finish is clove, spice, and a bitter herbal finish. Interesting... I'm not sure if I like it or it's just "interesting"... I'm leaning toward interesting. Maybe I need to be Swiss to truly enjoy all of the complexities that this beer has to offer...

M: light to medium bodied, lightly silky to watery texture, moderate carbonation, and a cottony dry finish.

O: I really go back and forth between liking this beer for its originality and thinking it is just a bit too strange for me. When I compare it to a really fine Belgian Dubbel, it loses, and I go back to thinking it is just weird...

Apr 23, 2011
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ncaudle from Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from tap into BFM snifter.

pours nice golden, slightly hazy, yellow with thick, fluffy, white head that left considerable lacing all over the glass. beautiful.

aromas remind me of a dry Reisling with a touch of spice and tartness. sage, pepper and dry wine please the tounge. nice sipper.

mouthfeel was thin to medium but slightly creamy. good carbonation levels. very pleasant drink.

Apr 22, 2011
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petacutlasaurus from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Walking home after work one day, checked out the draft list at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont. Lo and behold, BFM made it on there with a beer of theirs I've never tried. After work the next day, I went in like a sap and grabbed a serving to review at my table for one. Totally worth apparent pity from onlookers. My first BFM beer on draft and my first BFM beer to develop a head. About a finger's worth of white fluff on top and a righteous floral and citrus smell.

On tasting: very effervescent with a tall light head, fills the mouth with upfront orange, middle mint and a bitter, tart finish. A little grassy, a little sage-y - earthy while being really light with an unusual body. Definitely enjoyed it, and get it on draft if you can.

Mar 20, 2011
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Viciousknishs from Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a murky apricot butterscotch tinged orange. Two fingers of a plush pillowy cloud like off white head pours nearly out of the glass. Head retention is incredible.

S- The nose starts of with some acidic aromas that brought hot dog condiments come to mind, especially sweet pickle relish. The Vlasic stork dropped this baby right on to our palate! Savory herbal characteristics of Sage, Thyme and ginger smooth out the aroma in the middle. Spicy white pepper and earthy dried grass notes on the finish.

T- Begins with bold earthy herbal sage on the front with a slight lemony citrus. A tinge of brett lactic tart flavor makes your taste buds sit back and say, "OY!" Subtle honey sweetness, ginger and classic Saison white pepper are, well peppered in with some orange/lemon zest. Finishes with dry hay and a resurgence of the tart note.

MF- Spritzy at first with an extremely dry finish. Medium to light body with a medium frenetic carbonation.

D- High Drinkability.

Feb 20, 2011
La Meule from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 160 ratings