BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #30
Ranked #15,089
3.91 | pDev: 9.46%
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Very Good
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always good to find a decent BPA not from Belgium. Curiously, BFM (Swiss French) may have the same problem many American crafters have: it is hard to get the Belgian yeast strains to perform like the real deal.

Douze Looks and Smells like I will want to drink it. It keeps a gentle foam, although I really like active protein swirling and don't get it here. Smells are like tree fruit in the fall (apples, pears), but really lacks something special. Tastes are better and improve towards the end when the bottom-laying yeast goes into my glass; adding more richness. Had with red sauce and pasta, Mouth Feel is not enough to cut through the red sauce and cleanse the palate; so I probably would not have Douze again as a table beer.

This is my 4th from BFM and none in the few years I've been on BA. So, a brewer review is in order and I went on their website. BFM is in a rural part of a very expensive country. So even after doing a loose conversion from Swiss francs, their restaurant menu seems dear as do their ales in the U.S. But they are sophisticated and not exactly in beer country and are making a go of it... perhaps because of the prices. While not on my BBBL (Belgian Brewers Bucket List) I do wish well to BFM. Perhaps they just need to work on that Belgian culture (yeast.)

Nov 20, 2019
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a very rich a color golden color that is cloudy with a large volume of yeast in the bottle. The pour is fast with almost no head and zero lacing. With Gose style lacing is irrelevant in my opinion.

The nose is a combination of peppery hops, bread, camphor, sour fruit, green unripened apples and a anti-septic undertone.

The flavor is a sharp contrast to the nose and not at the same time - there is contrasting flavors that are quickly settled by the bitterness of the hops. The finish is a tiny bit off, but not bad. This is a very dry version of the Gose style and is rather drinkable.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery for a gose style and passes the palate rather quickly causing some loss to the complexity of this unique beer.

Overall another fine and exceptional example of the Gose style with a nice extra bittering of hops. I really like this one. Goes really good with spicy food.

Feb 05, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big white fluffy head that dissipates soon thereafter, with lacing all the way through to the end. Nose of spice, tropical fruit, and slight funk. Taste follows, nice and smooth. Feel is more than adequate. Overall, I will be buying more of these to share.

Oct 29, 2016
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Mateo2699 from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a semi hazy, glowing orange hue. Good amount of yeast floaties which bother me none, moderate lacing with a small ring of white head that settles rather quick. Aroma mainly consists of a Belgian yeast profile, subtle hints of nectarine and peach. Slight bubblegum. A little rubber profile as well, nothing overpowering. Taste has a Belgian fruit maltiness upfront, hints of a bitter profile in the back end with a slight lemon zest. Hints of sea salt with a subtle funk. Mouthfeel is low carbonation, very interestingly different beer. Nice saison characteristics with a hints of your typical APA with a Belgian twist.

Aug 12, 2016
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shleepy from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11oz bottle, purchased at K&L. Fluffy head quickly dissipated. Murky yellow color. Smell has lemon candy and maybe hints of Brett. Light-medium body. Taste is Bretty but pleasantly sour. Like decent, sour homebrew. Not too spectacular for the price.

Nov 07, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Very hazy orange/peach type color. Big white head that recedes slowly and then settles at about a half finger. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Smells of wheat, spices, orange rind, some funk and maybe a bit of apricot.

Taste: That apricot taste is up front, and there's an appealing salty/spicy mix. Somewhat saison-like. Very refreshing. Unique beer; can't name too many others that have this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Tiny bit of heat from the alcohol.

Overall: This beer is kind of like a hybrid witbier, BPA, Belgian IPA and saison. Almost a wee bit of gose-like saltiness in there. I guess it makes sense, since Switzerland is kind of a blend of different European cultures. It's the UN of beer! I liked it a lot - would have again, and will certainly look for more from this brewery.

Jun 21, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with minimal head and lace. A mild acidity and sharpness are with the hops and there is a touch of sour, tart fruits as well for some reason (this might just be me). Earthy, grassy, sharp hops are combined and balanced with hints of tropical fruit sweetness, enlivened thanks to lively yeast presence and there are touches of sweet malts. I assume that some of the sharpness of hops and the dry finish I experienced was the salt aspect but to be honest I really didn't pick up the salt; to me, at least, the addition of the salt was negligible.

May 14, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Prying out the cork releases a tart sour nose with a little funk, lemon and herbs and hint of spice.
It pours hazy peachy gold under a finely bubbled 1" snow white foam cap.
Salt and fruit initiate the palate - peach and plum, some malt in the background which gives way to a lemony tart finish. The interaction between the tart and the salt is very interesting. The salt and the herbal qualities give it a slightly savory character. Not much hop bitter action.
Light and very exquisitely carbonated like a gueuze or a Berliner Weiss.

Oct 18, 2014
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bruachan from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Appearance: golden orange with a gauzy film and good lacing

Aroma: pungent, grassy hops with a touch of citrus. bright, belgian yeast complexity. apricoty malt sweetness. there is a faint rubber scent, unfortunately, but it is easy to overlook

Taste: a very bold collection of flavors. strong hop flavors lead the way, with Cascade and Hallertau doing much of the work here. bright-fruit belgian maltiness. the salt presents at the finish and accentuates the flavors preceding it. the mouthfeel is sufficient to carry these strong elements but not clumsy

Overall: this is complex and different. the salt is evident and i really like it. i will now investigate adding salt to my homebrews. my new favorite Swiss beverage

Sep 02, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep honey colour, cloudy through and through, lots of fine bubbles, a finger of well sustained whip cream mounded head, sugary lacing.

S: Fruity, phenols, Belgian yeasts, lemon zest, peach pit, nectarine.

T: Fruity and floral with a tannin dry quality like black tea, a little tartness, a little sweetness, the flesh of nectarines, a floral blossom quality, a lingering bitterness. Not overly salty though there is Fleur de sel in it.

M: Medium body, low carbonation.

O: My first Swiss beer, and BA says its already retired. Love the experimental aspect of using Fleur de sel. Was glad to find it at Brawley’s Beverages in Charlotte. Drank in Boca Raton July 19, 2014.

Jul 20, 2014
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hooliganlife from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

november 2009 release

pours a light copper with a hazy body. appeared heavier than it is. white fizzy head holds for a bit.

nose is light spice and tropical fruit. has a very hoppy scent although at 5 years old, i would think they would be muted

very vibrant flavors. light flower with a more dominant fruit and bitterness. towards the finish there is some light salt which blends with the bitterness. almost tastes like a belgian IPA mixed with a saison.

moderate carbonation with a light to moderate body

this is just amazing. found on a 1/2 off shelf so for $10 i won. i would happily pay $20 though. this has many more years on it.

May 27, 2014
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tomcorey84 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I had the rare feat of having one of these bad boys last week. Labeled as brewed in 09 I think made it that much more enjoyable.

A - a beautiful color, golden with a hue of orange mixed in. A very exciting head that seemed to stick around even after the beer had sat for a few minutes.

S - a bit earthly for me but the worst beer I ever had was still good. You can smell the aging of this beer if that makes sense.

T - absolutely delicious. I was lucky to find this at the beginning of the night so my pallette was clear and not layer with anything else. Mildly fruity seems that there is a bit of a tropical appeal to the brew.

M - full mouth feel. Every taste bud seems to catch something a little different. Full mouth feel to say the least.

O - lucky the people that run the establishment known when to treat a regular well. This was pulled out of the back by the management and presented to me. If you happen to come across this and are a fan of Belgium Pales then you must try this.

Happy drinking!!

Mar 18, 2014
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poolemhore from Maine

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - white foamy head with great retention, dark golden to amber hue with granules (presumably the salt) suspended in the liquid

S - biscuity, slightly phenolic (belgian-esque) with a very faint brine smell

T - slightly salty, dry biscuit and malt flavor that isn't very complex but intriguing; sea water with alcohol?

M - thicker than I expected but not unwholesome, velvety, very little carbonation kicking around

O - very interesting beer and very session able, succinctly good, well balanced and enjoyable

Mar 06, 2014
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fourstringer from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Batch 8 is notched, but no date visible. Just bought this, but looks like it was brewed a few years ago...

A: Hazy, golden yellow-orange body. 1/2 finger of thin white head that quickly dissipates to a thin coating. Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with fruity notes. Some banana, orange, indistinct spice. Maybe coriander. Noble-smelling hops. Light cracker. Light grass. Good.

T: Brief Belgian yeast spiciness quickly yields to a moderate, noble hop-type bitterness. Semi-dry to dry finish with citrus-zest essence. A bit of pilsner malt biscuit. A subtle saltiness arises in the aftertaste and on the lips. Granted, I was looking for it...

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body makes for smooth drinkability, somewhere between a pilsner and a BPA.

O: Less salty than any Gose I've had, but a rather refreshing, clean-tasting beer. Elements of a pilsner, BPA and a dash of salt on the finish makes for a bit of a gulper. Well done, but not exceptional.


Dec 20, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Apr 23, 2013
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy texture. Some particles floating around. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity, slightly hoppy aroma. Very nice.

T: Tasted of light, tropical fruits (mango), apples, fruit esters, a hint of malt, and some hops. One of the big problems with this flavor is that it's a bit on the watery side. Much too thin to be effective.

M: A below average amount of carbonation with a very harsh, almost acidic (yet somehow dry) finish. Light-bodied.

O: A wildly uneven beer if there ever was one. It has some good qualities, but still comes up short.

Feb 17, 2013
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Novare Res in Portland, Maine. Nice to see something from BFM that I have not tried before. It pours a bright orange color with a small white head, that ends up with plenty of lace. The nose has apple, brett, caramel, some other fainter characteristics. While, the taste lemons, earthiness, some barnyard funk, mmm, this is pretty nice. Mouthfeel is easy going with a dry finish. An interesting APA, which ended up being one that I liked very much.

Jan 05, 2013
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Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Birch Bar:

Tasted and felt weak and a bit watery to me. Not nearly as good as their other offerings. Maybe it's that I don't care for this style as much. Smooth tasting but not as vibrant as I'd like. After a great sour, I guess it's just not as pronounced of a flavor.

Dec 01, 2012
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a firkin at Kraftwerks in a glass.

DOUZE pours in the glass a golden color with a brown underlay thrown in there. Some lively foam on top for a few, quickly fading but leaving some spots. Looks nice up to the light with a bright orange hue. Smell is quite fruity with some orange and mango and pale malt, with other ingredients. A mineral scent opens up. Taste is leveled between light fruits and light malt (pale) with a earthy quality. Small citrus with orange and apricot. The salt adds something that I cant describe here. A slight tart hit towards the end. Feel is a small step up from light with some bubbles and life from a freshly tapped firkin. Not really spritzy. Im interested to try this in a bottle. La Douze is an interesting beer with a different take on a pale ale (if it is a pale ale) but may take some time getting used to.

Mar 20, 2012
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timtim from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle states that the beer was brewed in 2010. pours a burnt golden orange with a healthy, very off-white head that holds and leaves lace. nose is fruit, mineral(not salty, but like essence of french riviera in spring or the scent of the wind rolling off of the alps into nice... really unique, familiar and wonderful), caramel, herb and a touch of bread. can't tell if the fruit is from the hops or the yeast. taste is herb, pepper and fruit on bread kissed by and amplified/harmonized with minerality. wonderful balance. medium body that seems soft, yet crisp. just a tingle of carbonation. very minimal bitterness. definitely some mineral in the end. another truly amazing beer from jerome and bfm. wish i would have been hip to this one a little sooner. i would love a few more bottles.

Jan 29, 2012
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womencantsail from California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Richard.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a rather large white head. The nose is fairly sweet and malty with a nice bread character. The fleur de sel comes through nicely and gives the beer a subtle saltiness that plays nicely with the fruitiness from the yeast and hops. The flavor is quite yeasty and bready, almost a bit like a saison. The salt adds a touch of earthy character that works nicely. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Jan 16, 2012
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, brewed in February 2010. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/amber color with about an inch white head that stayed around a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrus, apricots, salt, pears, and some herbs. It tastes like peppery spice, apricots, lemon peel, citrus, salt and also has a light herbal/floral flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's dry, refreshing, and is well carbonated. I think this is an interesting (and good) brew. It's pricey at $17.99 a bottle, but I liked it and think it's definitely worth a try.

Dec 16, 2011
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petacutlasaurus from Washington

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rebetez and BFM kill it again. I missed out on this when a keg came to the Old Town Pizzeria Paradiso, but lucked out when it hit Connecticut Avenue Wine and Liquor - big thanks to Al over there!

Expectations are immediately high when the label reads "Jurassian Salty and Fruity Golden Ale - The Fleur de Sel de Guerande, a noble sea salt from the Bretagne region in France, is used to accentuate the flavors... Pair it with Green Poultry Curry or Seafood. Sante!"

Now, there's a few claims here that buyers are probably tempted to call bullshit on immediately. For instance, what is a "Jurassian" salty flavor and am I going to notice the regional tinge or the nobility in the saltiness? Answer: Jurassian = of the Jura region of Switzerland where this is brewed, and, no, no, almost certainly not. Then there's the pairing recommendation. Alright, noted, I'll drink this in 2014 when I next sit down with some Green Poultry Curry.

Thing is though, it really lives up to the label. The beer's got a phenomenal saltiness and sweetness that come together really well among an even more enjoyable citrus/light fruit combination. Beautiful pour and awesome aroma. Nothing to fault, here. Just a bit of difficulty tracking down the curried dishes he recommends, but I bet it's worth the search.

Jul 05, 2011
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kingcrowing from Vermont

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask poured into a wine glass.

Pours a very hazy amber apricot color with a almost non-existent head. Nose is tart, fruity and a bit salty.

First off the Mouthfeel is a bit watery and mellow with lowcarbonation. There's a light bitterness but not over the top. Smooth, refreshing and drinkable.

Jun 28, 2011
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hoser from Canada

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last time I had a beer from this brewery it gushed all over a restaurant that had no corkage rules in Montreal blocks away from Dieu du Ciel. Paper towels, a bowl and a mess.

This beer is very entertaining Cantillion, de Ranke with a bit of a flinty finish all in the same breath. It really reminds me of de Ranke XXX bitter okay maybe a light version with a twist of Cantillon. More Saison than gueuze.

Apr 24, 2011
Douze from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 135 ratings