La Meule | BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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La MeuleLa Meule

Brewed by:
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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Added by hopsaplenty on 06-07-2006

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Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of vince4953529
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of taigor
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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 woosterbill
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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.


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Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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 Erish
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

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Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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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 metter98
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color and has lots of visible particles floating in suspension. It poured with a thin white head that consistently covered the surface and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
S: There are strong aromas of sage in the nose, which smell very reminiscent of a gruit beer.
T: Like the smell, flavors of sage stand out prominently in the overall taste, which also has flavors of spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is some spiciness in the finish.
D: The beer is actually quite easy to drink and I would consider trying it again due to its unique taste.

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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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La Meule from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
3.71 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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