La Meule | BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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La MeuleLa Meule

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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BeerBelcher
1.91/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I didn't care for this beer. I saw sage on the ingredient list, which sounded good, but came off to me as quite medicine an anti-septic grape sudafed.

Warning, this beer is dangerous to open! I flipped open the swing top (the bartender refused to) and a good amount of foam rushed out along with a pretty good "whoooosh!" noise. The beer had a golden color which was fuller/darker at the top of the glass than at the bottom. There was lots of billowy head that couldn't stand up and kept flopping over the side of my glass. Aroma was of grape medicine. Flavor was a bit brandy-ish, but those notes were overwhelmed by a grape medicine flavor. Later, as the beer warmed, it came off as a bit minty. I didn't care for the flavor and found it not very drinkable. Mouthfeel was very dry and astringent, and didn't make me want to drink any more beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.36/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

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Photo of rallison
2.45/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden with a 1 finger white head.

S: Spicy and funky. Smells a bit of gym socks - I thought this was infected, but a couple people also mentioned some funkiness, so I'll put this review in.

T: Very herb-y - I assume from the sage - with an astringent, dry bitter finish. Some funky flavors in the taste too. Maybe it's infected, maybe this is just how it is supposed to taste (I'm thinking this is just not a great recipe). Regardless, not very good.

M: Well carbonated.

D: Not very, considering the smell/flavor.

Not recommended.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Explodes out of flip top bottle with five+ finger head, settles to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, yeast left in bottle. Hoppy/spicy nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is spicy and hoppy, malts are hidden, dry bitter aftertaste. $5.19 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Bierman9
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes in an 11.15oz, swing-top bottle. Has some sort of freshness code (1 thru 9, and A thru F, with the 6 and the C marked) but I don't know what it means.

Popping the stopper produced an unexpected rush and gush of foam, though it thankfully stopped quickly. Poured into my small, Delerium Tremens chalice, it was an even mix of bier and stark, white foam. The head slowly, slowly ebbed back towards the slightly cloudy, golden-orange liquid. Has a fair amount of particulate within, as well as steady carbo rising up. The head is still a good, solid 1" of frothy white. The bottle has a fair amount of residue entrenched on the bottom. Despite all the foam, not much lacing is left behind. As for the aroma, well.... The label indicates the use of sage in this brew, so I can only assume that's what I'm smelling, not being familiar at all with that herb. It comes across as quite bitter, and almost medicinal. Body is a little short of medium, and there's more than ample prickliness on the palate.

Flavor is better than the aroma suggests. There's some mild, bready malt sweetness there, but hopping and herbing take center stage. The hops show up in the guise of a real earthy, grassy flavor. Quite the healthy dose of bittering action here. And the sage, again, adds more bitterness to the mix, as well as giving this bier a bit of a Listerine quality. Finishes a touch spicy (with the yeasties mixed in) and quite dry. I did manage to quaff the entire bottle, though I feel this is one of my least-enjoyed biers in quite some time.


overall: 3.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 2.5


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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - bright straw pour, a thin soapy layer of lace that clings well to the glass.

Aroma - light graininess at first, followed by some yeast, light lemon, and a definite wildish funk. Can't say I'm much of a fan.

Taste - yeah, grain, yeast, lemon, and funk, just as advertised. The sage is light and very late, but I only get it at the very beginning. After that, the palate gets wiped by a beer that is essentially a wild ale. I hoped for more sage.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp and refreshing on the palate. Has a smooth mellow body and carbonation, like drinking Mt. Dew, lol.

Drinkability - it's crafty but it's not for me. I could drink it again but won't go after it.

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Photo of themind
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of JBogan
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky wheat color with tons of floaties and no head nor lacing to speak of. Honestly it's a sad looking beer which makes me think twice about putting the glass to my lips.

Surprisingly when I put my nose to the glass the aroma isn't bad at all. Very herbal smelling with a nice lemon accompaniment. I kind of like this. Too bad the beer is still showing chunks and flecks, otherwise I'd be anxious to have a taste of this.

Eventually my lips meet the glass and the taste is still somewhat lemony with sweet malts playing a part as well. Not very complex, nor especially delicious, but it's not awful either.

Mouthfeel is thinner than the chunky appearance would suggest. Very slick, but with a somewhat dry finish.

Man, if this beer wasn't so ugly I'd have rated it higher. It's still only an average beer at best, but jeez, it looks like golden pond scum. Maybe worth a try if you come across it. Maybe.

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Photo of Foxman
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a very hazy honey golden amber. A thing finger of white head dies off unceremoniously. The lacing is ephemeral and flighty.

In the aroma, the first thing that steps out is the sage, earthy and lightly bitter. Underlying doughy grain is joined by a crest of candy sugar.

Upon tasting, the malt is momentarily caramel before a thick honey and sugar sweetness is itself aborted by the spicy bitterness of sage and some crisp esters of yeast. A trailing swirl of tart apple further crisps the presentation, and the finish is lingering, very dry, and non-descript. In so many words, it's awkwardly rapid and fractious.

Medium bodied, the feel is a high point, with a soft but peppy lilt on the palate.

Sage with a leg of lamb, or even chops, is simply sublime. Sage in a beer, at least this one, is out of place, gratuitously bitter, and a detriment. Take the herb out and it's less than memorable, but with it, it's memorable for the wrong reasons. It's drinkable enough to finish the bottle, but not enough for another...ever. A sage man might say, no sage, thank you.

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Photo of albern
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is an essential one to try because it will give the reviewer a clear indication of what the spice sage tastes like in a beer. I have tasted and smelled hints of this in other beers and didn't know what it was and could not properly identify it. Now I know, and so will you because it is overpowering in this beer. The beer pours a rather light golden color with a white soapy head, some retention and lacing. The carbonation is modest and the mouthfeel watery and crisp. It is a refreshing beer to an extent. The aroma is all about the sage, but there is also an unpleasantness to the smell as well, similar to household cleaner or detergent. In any case, the aroma is pungent and unmistakable. The taste is all about the sage. There is a tart lemon or lime rind and citrus to the beer too. The finish is mouth puckerish, tart, with some bittering hops, tea like in quality. The aftertaste lingers a bit long and the dry puckerishness continues. The beer is worth a try if you want to know what sage tastes like in a beer. If not, and you don't care, than I wouldn't be recommending this beer in its own right.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractively packaged with parchment looking label and paper-sealed swing-top. Nice looking bottle. Pours up a very cloudy medium orange with lots of little white yeast particles floating about. Head is snow white and has a tightly knit appearance. Looks interesting at the very least.
Smell is yeasty and spicey, but I cannot specifically pick out the sage as listed on the bottle.
Taste, while good, is a bit shallow. Nearly bereft of any carbonation what-so-ever, this is rather dull in the mouth. I *will* say, however, that the sage is quite noticeable on the palate. Very average feel, being neither too assertive or thin.
Overall, not a bad beer. The sage really made for an interesting brew. Not something I would seek out all the time, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
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

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Lion's Pride.

Pours a straw color with a decent sized head and leaves a bit of lacing along the glass.

Smell is odd, lots of spice and aroma but unfortunately none of it seems to work together, the thing that stuck out (and the reason it piqued my interest) was the sage.

Taste starts out quite malty until the spice kicks in and ruins things, the sage starts out first which doesn't work well in a beer along with some of the other spices that mish-mash together.

I was kinda excited to try it, not really excited anymore though.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of ricke
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw colored, rather hazy. Medium sized white head with good retention. Nice lacings.

S: Powerful spices and herbal notes that I'm not really comfortable with. Some yeast, bubblegum, notes of banana. White bread.

T: The taste is better than the smell. Rather unidimensional in the mouth with mostly sweet malts, white bread, some yeast and spicy and grassy notes. Bubblegum. In the middle a semi-tart sourdough-like note develops. But overall, the taste is rather sweet. In the finish, the spicy and herbal character strengthens even further and it blends with a gentle floral bitterness, mint, sweet alcohol, grass and a somewhat tart finishing note. This one is spiced with sage, but I don't think I'm able to pick up such a flavor in the taste.

M: Moderate body, very smooth with surprisingly anonymous carbonation. A pleasant mouthfeel.

D: Not bad, but nothing extraordinary. Perhaps just a little more interesting than good. Not very complex due to the dominating spicy/herbal flavors. Fairly refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Hailing from Switzerland, and an oddity in the beer world, La Meule is a lively Blonde Ale flavored with sage. Very active carbonation produces an intense head that nearly pours out of the glass, with a cloudy yellow hue. Fresh sage and a light honey-like maltiness dominate the aroma. Rolling crispness lends a fluffiness to the moderate body. The sage flavor is expressive, the first flavor to smack the palate. Spicy throughout, from a blend of alcohol, hops and yeast. Dry malt flavor provides an almost translucent base for the spiciness and sage to play off of each other. Bitter component from the yeast distracts the taste buds for a moment, but seems more a signature than an annoyance. Suggestions of honey and wild flowers come to mind, but the sage stays for the duration.

Very interesting, though we don't know whether to drink it or cook with it. Paired well with prosciutto, fresh buffalo mozzarella and beefsteak tomatoes.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | 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 by no means an offensive beer but i most likely won't be seeking out another.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a huge white head with blond color. Initial drink leaves a slight sting to the mouth, but finishes well. Taste of earthy spices, and citrus hops, with some grassy wheat in there. Great aftertaste, not bitter and nothing lingers. Goes down easy. Not something I'll look for again but nice to try once.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Birreria Paradiso tulip glass.

While typing this, I decided to use Google's translator to find out what "La Meule" means. Turns out, it means "wheel". Huh. Go fig, right? Wait, why would they name this beer The Wheel? Just as with the other mysteries of the universe, we're left with nothing but question marks (and no Mysterians are in sight). Well, whatever the reason, this beer pours a golden straw over-laden with a haze that only those dwelling near the moors truly understand. I mean, they've lived amongst this haze, so they've gotta know something about it, right? Maybe they know why this beer is named-- whoa, gettin' kinda off-topic now. Where did I leave off...? Oh, yeah, the head rises fairly tall, thick, white, and foamy. Like an aquarium in dire need of cleaning, particulates abound in my glass. The smell is funky, yeasty, populated by cloves, cardamom, coriander, orange zest, and lemongrass, a spice rack taken out on a picnic in a broad Swiss lea. This idea is furthered when the tongue gets involved. The buds are struck by lemon zest, a solution of hoppy bitterness, and parsley and other greenery. With reference to the stated style, there's too much herb, not enough spice. Yeah, let's put it that way. The light-medium body is pumped with plenty o' fizz, but it's more bubbly than carbonated, if that makes any real sense. And like a bottle of the ol' bubbly, this brew finishes decidedly dryly. This helps the drinkability stay afloat, but the rescue boats are still en route: The overt chlorophyll sank the ship quite a distance into the voyage.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden yellow with a decent white head.

S- Pretty hoppy aroma and a bit of I think sage that makes a nice spicy smell. Yep, sage just read it on the bottle.

T- Pretty distinctive taste coming from the sage. A spicy kind of dry finish.

M- Pretty good amount of carbonation and overall fairly light in body.

D- Alright here maybe a little too funky with the herbs for me.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle code of 7 D; Sampled February 2009
This beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a nice gold color that shows a hint of haze and a bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells most notably of pears and golden raisins. There is a touch of spiciness here as well as a bit of cracker-like malt. At first I did not get any sage, but after a bit I start to notice an up front savory note and perhaps a hint of herbal aromatics. If it wasn't on the label, based on the aroma, I never would have guessed this was brewed with sage. This smells like a Belgian Blonde more than anything.

Fairly dry tasting with a nice prickly carbonation and a tart-leaning finish. A certain savory note lingers on in the palate after each sip; a touch of menthol, a light grassiness and perhaps a touch of something like rosemary. This beer really is quite dry, it is also fairly light bodied with only a touch of malt texture to it. Some cracker like malt is just noticeable here towards the end and as the beer warms a touch of herbal honey-like malt becomes noticeable.

I like how dry this beer is, it brings out a soft tartness that makes this beer quite refreshing. I do wish that the sage was just a little more prominent, as it is I would be hard pressed to say anything out of the ordinary was added to this beer, though there is a general spiciness to this beer that makes it seem like a Belgian ale of some sort.

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Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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La Meule from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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