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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA

A: Bright golden with a fluffy white head.

S: Pungent perfume, with some breadiness underneath.

T: Citrusy with a multitude of herbs and spices.

M: Light and crisp, with average carbonation.

D: Definitely very drinkable. Nice as a blonde ale, nice as a spiced ale.

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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 eduardolinhalis
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Delicious BFM specimen.

A: Looks like a witbier, yellow to white color with a very cloudy body. Pours a medium fluffy head which dissipates leaving no lacings
S: Very good. Spicy as it should. Citrus lemon. Malts, biscuits and yeasts. A bit flowery
T: Really good stuff. Light sourness. discreet pepper and coriander. A bit of vanilla (?). Light bitterness.
M: Light after all. Smooth. Medium to low carbonation
D: Good

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying to get some flip tops for homebrewing, picked up at the foodery.

Poured into by konings hoeven trappist glass, presents with feint white head that dissipated immediately, but the color and body is very nice, golden with flecs of yeast. Definitely a unique look to me.

Smell is lightly lemony, hint of mild malt biscuity note with sage lightly there. I like this too.

Taste is a bit different than the scent, a more malt presence, less sage and lemon flavors, but pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel is good, well balanced, good flavors throughout.

A very good unique beer, but not extremely drinkable.

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Photo of drpimento
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Neat beer! Swingtop had a nice "pop" when opened. Poured with a nice sized foamy frothy off white head and some lace. Color is a very hazy to lightly cloudy medium amber. Aroma is divine. The sage fits great here and perfectly compliments yeast hops and malt. Flavor the sage falls down and brings out some bitterness that is discordant. Body is a bit soft and good with decent carbonation. Finish is like flavor and a hair boozy. Not a session for me.

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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 jgasparine
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a thin white head, which quickly receded to a haze layer and collar. The body is completely opaque pale yellow. No visible carbonation.

S- The aroma is incredibly pungent with sage and bandage-like phenolics. No particular malt or hop aroma. I'm a little turned-off by the pungency of phenolics.

T- The flavor is actually wonderful with some pale husky, crackerlike malt up front; balanced with that bandage-like phenolic and sage spiciness. The sage spiciness and phenolics linger long into the finish.

M- Medium body with slight texture presumably from yeast and/or unattenuated sugar. Soft carbonation. No astringency.

D- Goes down smooth enough. The phenolics seem to border on overpowering, but never seem to cross the line. I would definitely seek this out again.

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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 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 pmlondrigan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Bottle pours a lovely golden straw color with a thin pure white head. The head fades but will reappear with a little agitation. Very fine bubbles. The aroma is very nice blend of fruity yeast, hop notes and of course herbaceous sage. These flavors play together very well. The flavor is well balanced like the aroma. The sage flavor is there, this is a very fruity beer that is slightly reminiscent of a triple. There is a lingering hop bitterness finish that works well for this beer. Nice mouth feel imparted by the bottle conditioning, feel is appropriate not too thin, not thick or chewy. Drinkability is high, I could see having a few of these. Overall this is a very tasty beer that I am glad to be drinking. BFM always delivers something interesting and this is no exception. I would purchase and enjoy this beer again if I see it on the shelves.

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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 Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.15 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head, some lines of lace. Turbid, rustic, unfiltered look.

S: Heavy on the sage, herbal, grassy smell. Pungent Provencal style notes.

T: Lemon and yeast flavours hit immediately, with a light acidity. Sage and woody herbs are big on the back end, with a light hoppy finish mixed with the herbs.

M: Spritzy and lively, rather light-bodied, a bit too much carbonation for me.

D: Love the flavours of sage, it complement hops well and always makes for interesting beer, though it gets rarely used. Love the experimentation of these guys, really solid ale right here. Good buy.

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Photo of Nickls
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy pure white head that held quite nicely. Some spotty lacing here and there, but nothing remarkable. Really hazy marigold orange hue.

Definitely loads of sage and other herbs in the aroma, not overpowering but definitely trumps the other aspects. Lemon peel and some yeastiness also show up.

Interesting flavor, but not as powerful as suggested in the aroma. The sage is definitely there, but is pretty tame. Citrus fruit and yeastiness come through clearly as well. Light and chalky body, and quite a dry finish. Not bad drinking at all, and I enjoyed the more savory spice characteristics. Pretty enjoyable.

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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 crossovert
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in the Swiss mountains.

From the exploseive pop of the brown belgian-styled flip top bottle the liqud goodness of this brew emanated to the mouth of the bottle, but I poured it into my Duvel tulip glass quickly with an uncontrollable white head with tons of brown bits in it. THe head recedes rather quickly to a froth atop the beer leavng some ornate lacing. The beer s a murky cider-like color with a nice cache of goodies sitting in the bottom of the glass.

This one smells amazing, there are hints of lemon lime, apple peel, sourness, a hint of woodsy pine, fruity, yeast twang, and a nice blast of sage. The sage smells very fragrant and perfumey. There is a little bit of alcohol burn in the nose but not overt.

The body is smooth but well-carbonated, in fact some pretty exceptional mouthfeel overall. The taste is very bold and has some tartness and spice that melts into a smooth sage and malty finish. Not really sure how to describe the taste on this one, it is just a smooth easily palatable flavor, yet it has some tang and sourness. The alcohol is more apparent as you go but not overt.

Overall this is a unique brew that should be tried at least once and savored

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Photo of atis
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow iwth some head that slowly fades to white patchy layer, downsliding lacing. Aroma is intense sourish spice that might be sage, quite interesting and even extraordinary.

Taste is dry and quite bitter hops that slowly turns out to be sweet herbal citrus malt with dry finish and slightly spicy herbal aftertaste, complex, but very pleasant. Mouthfeel is rather thin with more than average carbonation and mild alcohol warming.

Overall, a very interesting beer, especially I enjoyed the aroma.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try somethin a little different so I went for this one today.Poured into a small sulip glass a slight hazed light golden with a tight formed one finger bone white head that settled slowly leaving shitty lace behind.A souor lactic note sticks out most in the nose a hint of white pepper-like spice,pretty refreshing on the palate with a sour bite,just a big lemon blast with some residual white pepper spice in the finish.There is some herbal/grassy flavors showing thru more as the beer warms along with light phenolic yeast notes.A refresher of a beer,I dont pick up any sage compnent but still quite nice.

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Photo of bark
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid somewhat cloudy. The finger thickhead is off-white and compact. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is strong with lots of yeasty flavours with an earthy note. The beer is spiced with sage, and the smell of that herb is very strong. I also note some hints of mint and lamb meat. Some sweet flavours and a bitter hint in the background.

The taste is... at first, not sweet at all: Quite reverse, it is dry and bitter with hoppy hints plus a touch of alcohol. Then, sweet malty notes and a strong clean flavour of sage and other fresh herbs emerge. The body is surprisingly weak, or is it just the very dry hoppy notes that play tricks with my palette? The aftertaste is spicy with fine notes of sage and a delicate dry bitterness in the background.

The carbonation is quite strong, almost like a wheat beer; the small bubbles are a bit sharp. The liquid is a bit thin.

A different and really entertaining beer, this one!

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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 vrazionale
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl/11.15 FL.OZ bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Not entirely sure what the markings mean, but on one of the labels, there are markings on "7" and "D" (this would make sense if you had a bottle).

A - Hazy light golden brown with a creamy head that seems drawn to the sides of the glass.

S - A bit of barnyard funk, sage (obviously), golden raisins, floral notes, a hint of stone fruit, maybe even a little bit of pepper. A pretty wide range for a nose, but pleasant and inviting.

T - Again, I'm getting some sour funkiness here, with an almost gueuze-like tartness. I taste bread, grass, yeast, sage (again, obviously), other herbs (tarragon? rosemary?), and lemon. The herbal notes really come through on the crisp, dry finish.

M - The tartness coupled with the balanced carbonation gives the beer a very agreeable mouthfeel. It's light and refreshing, and the long finish keeps you wanting more.

D - Honestly, I thought this beer was going to be mediocre at best. I was very pleasantly surprised. From the nose on through to the finish, this brew is complex and enjoyable. I think it would pair well with food (a buttery risotto or pork chop with apples are two dishes that first came to mind), but I really enjoyed it on its own.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a golden straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer of bubbles on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of Belgian candi sugar, then after a moment the sage comes out, like a meld of pine and floral scents.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet Belgian candi sugar up front, followed by hints of light fruits and sage. Again, the sage flavor is a lighter version of the sometimes harsh pine flavors in big IPA's.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a light thickness and smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. The flavors meld together very well and I could have more than one of these.

Overall this is a unique beer that doesn't use sage as a gimmick but rather as an ingredient in an above-average beer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml swing top bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for $7.25, split with my dad last night, poured into my Chimay goblet, color is a murky golden yellow, small 1/2 inch creamy white head that lasts for a little over five minutes, some decent legs at times, aroma is made up of sage, straw, mild hops, lemon juice, other herbs, and light malt, flavor is pretty herbal throughout, reminds me of a Belgian pale at first but then fades into several plant-like characteristics, later reminds me more of a witbier with a heavier spice component and a large herbal finish, like how the yeast and dry qualities really come together and form a unique beer, herbal, dry, slightly sweet, and earthy mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, could have drank this bottle easily, light on the stomach, keeps you coming back for more as its flavor changes with time, my dad liked this when he had it on tap a few days ago and I am glad we opened this bottle, a very different beer from a great Swiss brewer, would drink again, recommended

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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 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 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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La Meule from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
3.71 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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