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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Added by hopsaplenty on 06-07-2006

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

This beer poured a cloudy golden brown, and looked very much like a hefeweizen.The head was significant, and left some thick lacing around the tpo of the glass. The taste was quite unique. The best way that I can describe the flavor is that the spices had an earthy quality. It's had to imagine making a spiced beer a session beer, but you should definately give this a try if you find it.

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

pours a hazy orange colour under a little unregular but stable beige foam; nice lace; charming spicy aroma (sage comes to mind but only since I know this to be used :-)), some fruity notes in the background (old apples and pineapple); some tartness due to the high carbonation, a solid bitterness (nice to see it back withoutthe unpleasant sourness which caused some sorrows to the brewer and his fans some years ago); long bitter spicy and herbal finish - it has been more than 5 years since I have not drink this beer and take some notes and I am glad to see it back at its top

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Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl/11.15oz flip-top bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

The flip-top popped, loud, like a champagne cork. On initial pour, the glass was filled from stem to rim with foam. After a couple of minutes the foam settled and left nice sticky lace all down the sides of the glass.

A: Honey colored and hazy. Nice and unfiltered.

S: Floral earthiness from the sage. Peppery and mildly fruity (pear and/or apple).

T: Hints of spicy Belgian Pale Ale flavor. Deliciously musty funkiness brought out by the sage. Minute hints of cinnamon or cardamom. Nice dry, peppery finish.

M: Pleasantly oily thinness. Carbonation settled right down and became rather still, compared to how it initially poured. Just right for the style, IMO. Peppery dryness lingers on the tongue for ages.

D: Quite refreshing. Could easily see spending a day with a few of these.

p.s. I swirled around the dregs from the bottle and poured them into a seperate shotglass. It poured the color of pear nectar, light brown and opaque. Much fruitier nose than the rest of the bottle. Exceedingly dry, must be all the sage in the sediment. A nice way to compliment a fine beer!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this odd fellow from Sam's Blue Light in Durham for a pretty penny but was intriqued by the bottle and origin. I remember being mostly unimpressed with the brew I drank when a visited Switzerland several years ago but I've got a feeling this one is different from the Rugenbrau I guzzled all those yars ago.

Body is an extremely pale golden with an immense bubbly white head and drippy lacing. The nose is laced with coriander and the advertised sage along with crystal malts over alcohol. Other unidentified spices are also evident and the overall aroma is somewhat sour.

Interesting, layered taste with surprising bitterness and an oily finish that offsets the overcarbonation. Alcohol is a constant presence and could be better masked. Initially, a powerful tartness of herb and fruit takes over, causing me to pucker and bear it. Finish is satisfying but still nakedly astringent.

Overall, although this is a well made beer, I found it fairly difficult to drink due to the herbal bitterness and high alcohol tones but can see how others woulld enjoy it, just not so much for my personal taste.

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Photo of queenboadicea
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wondeful aromas of almost smokey herbs (you can definitely smell the sage) that balance well with a firm hop and malt presence. The foam is firm and persistant, and gives off more of the wonderful aroma. Getting sage to integrate and get along with the other ingredients is no mean feat- having tasted in in other beers and meads it can definitely take over if not handled just right.

The mouthfeel starts off moderatle rich and smooth but ends with an invigorating bite that again keeps all of the different flavors in check. There are some mouth-watering notes of tree fruits such as apples and apricots, as well as some floral overtones. The finish is where you can definitely appreciate the sage- herbal and snappy yet long. An incredibly layered and refreshing ale.

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Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A steady, slow pour from the stubby 11.2 oz. flip-top yields a floating iceberg of merengue-like foam. Irregular drifts and crags form over time, as the glass is drained.

Smell is fruity and floral with a citrus zest, like a garden variety of natural elements. The bottle lists sage and hops, which accounts for the herbal and floral notes. The fruit seems like a combination of pear, apricot, or peaches.

Taste has a strong herbal hop and sage presence, that dries out at the finish. The body is ripe with fruit and floral flavors, creating a straightforward heady mix. In the aftertaste, there's an earthy taste of bitter herb. Each sip seems to bring something different, and the bone-dry finish beckons you to drink more. Fruit is always present, in the form of pear, cantaloupe, and apricot.

Very nice Belgian Pale. If I hadn't read the bottle to figure out it's Swiss origin, I would've sworn it was from Belgium...

From the bottle:
"Original Unfiltered Hand-Crafted Swiss Golden Ale"
Serving temp. at 50º-53ºF.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a huge, Duvelesque head. Zesty aromas of sage, coriander, and some fresh fruits. Very little identifiable malt characteristics in the aroma. On the palate, light, flashing sweetness up front, then some light citrus characteristics, then the spices come out to play, with a bit of a cinnamon notes that I didn't pick up on the nose. Toward the end, there's a nice, nectary sweetness, before that vanishes, leaving a dry finish that lingers on the tongue for a while. Very frothy carbonation on the tongue, with a fairly light body to the beer. There's a lot going on in this beer. It's very complex, especially due to those spice notes, but the yeast has also clearly affected it positively as well. This is one of those beers that you can get something different from every time you drink it. Very, very good.

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Photo of schenked
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I think of the Swiss and sage, I don't typically think of outstanding beer, but that has all changed. This beer pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow. It has a really nice subtle sage scent mixed with a tinge of alcohol. It has a wonderful flavor. The sage is present in a flavor that is somewhere between a saison and a tripple. Hints of citrus and that slightly funky quality that comes with a farmhouse ale. It has a soft palate with light carbonation.

This is a great beer that I wish was in wider distribution. It is pricey, but worth every penny.

Note: I have had this beer on two seperate ocassions at two seperate locations. Both times the flip-top bottle seemed to be leaking a bit after purchase. Obviously, I didn't think it hurt the beer, but it is a curious event.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown bottle, with the ‘A’ of A-E and the ‘6’ marked with red on the neck band. Bottled Jan/Feb 2006?

According to the ingredients on the label, La Meule includes water, malt, hops, sugar, sage, yeast.

14K honeyed gold with a slight haze. Towering, glass-filling head of small golden white bubbles that possess a creamy consistency. The head settles slowly, but the peaks never fall and are reminiscent of the Swiss mountains where this is brewed. Clots and clumps of sticky lace are deposited on the sides of the glass. Ample actively jetting carbonation streams shoot upwards. A spicy, peppery aroma wafts from the glass, punctuated with basil, sage, orange peel, lemon zest and bits of an almost honey sweetness. Very nice and inviting. An initial blast of spiciness hits the tongue, a bit of lemon and orange peel that is complimented with a light malt sweetness. The spice kicks over to a black pepper bite and more of that sage/basil dry tartness in the finish which is drawn out in a pleasing way. The spice keeps accumulating during the bottle, but never gets out of hand. Medium body with nice, fine carbonation. Supremely drinkable and the sage adds an interesting component. Worthy of seeking out.

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Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: You really have to give this beer credit for the presentation. It is a cool unique stubby little flip top bottle. When Bob flipped the top open it popped like a gun shot and the whole room turned to see.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow with very active carbonation bubble rising rapidly.

Smell & Taste: The flavors in the beer are complex and I only had a share of this beer so I will need to re-visit it if I ever get the opportunity. I got a very spicy ginger and sage character, earthy grassy hops and a significant amount of dryness. The variety with in the Belgian Pales continues to impress. Every beer is so unique.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated creamy medium body beer.

Drinkability: I am definitely going to seek this out again. My share went down way to quickly.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recently purchased at Oak Tree in S. Plainfield, NJ.
Flip-top bottle - had a label that looked like a possible freshness date with numbers and letters - the 6 and the A were marked in red, whatever that means. It gave a loud "pop" when opened.
Poured a hazy golden with a great deal of small-bubbled fast and steady carbonation and a very large towering white head that became a patchy white head after a few minutes. It left plenty of lacing.
The smell was of floral herbs and spices, especially sage.
The sage taste was up-front. It had bitter, earthy tones. The alcohol was well-covered. It had a slight medicinal taste. Outside of a slight fruity (orange-like) hint as the drink is near the finish, the taste was fairly constant.
It had a bitter, earthy feel. After the head settled, there was a slight water thinness, but a leafy, sage-like aftertaste was dominant in the aftertaste. A sharp dryness was left in the end.
Overall, it had a sharp, unique taste. It was like a cross between a Belgian ale and an herbal tea. It's something you really have to be in the mood for. It's certainly not a session brew, though I did grab a second one after a while. But, one or two in the right mood is enough. It's largely a "something different" brew - a bit too much sage for me, personally.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.87/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy pale golden with a white and frothy head which rose extremely tall and frothy and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was herbal with sage aroma and a Belgian Witbier citrusy orange in tow. The aroma was floral and lightly fruity and also contained a light corn presence.

The flavor was freaking crazy interesting with peppery spice complexity mixed with sage and a nice backup of bittering which was spicy and a bit earthy and grassy in nature. Some wheat character was present and a fruity and floral presence added to the complex mix of flavors and intensities. Some corn presence was notable in the flavor as well.

The finish was dry with lasting peppery spice flavor and corn with wheat long into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium with a fairly high carbonation level and a creamy mouthfeel. What a great beer. All sorts of complexity in flavors and aromas. Outstanding!

11.15 ounce flip top bottle. Red markings at 6 and A on the neck label. Also the note that it was brewed with Herb Sage and that it is a Swiss Golden Ale.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the BFM beer tasting at Monk's Cafe, the back bar. This bottle was a 11.15 oz bottle with a swing top cap. The label says that it is a Swiss Golden Ale brewed with amoung other things, the spice sage. Very interesting. The beer poured a cloudy golden color with a thick bubbly white head, reminding me of the character of a Duvel. The nose of this unique ale has a hoppy bit but also a spicey touch, probably from the sage which is unusual for a beer. The taste is very crisp, then leading to a more bitter hop taste but balanced out well with the sage tones which are enjoyable. I found this beer to be pretty darn drinkable with a medium body and good carbonation. Another fine beer from Jerome.

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