XV (√225 Saison)
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #64
Ranked #1,158
4.26 | pDev: 8.22%
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)
Notes: Aged in third use Abbay de Saint bon Chien barrels for 4 months.
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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 596
Photo of zeff80
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a very small, white head of foam. It smelled of oak, caramel and floral notes. Barrel-aged taste of oak & vanilla with some sweet caramel and subtle spices.

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Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a tulip glass. A hazy golden color with a frothy white head. Aromas of lavender, white pepper, lemongrass, and oak. Fairly tart with bright lemon and orange up front. Deeper flavors included white pepper spice, lavender, grass, and barnyard funk. Clean and dry on the finish. Delicious.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Never had it. Wasn’t interested in the style/brand back when I saw it more regularly. Swing tops of this beer would sit and gather dust. Looking back, I wish I was older. Bitch, I wish I was wiser. This is a beer for me. Tastes eerily like my favorite beer of all time. Orval. This thing is bolder, bigger, more aggressive and less nuanced. God damn did I strike out on this beer when I neglected trying it years ago. I’d flick my eyes away from it. Idiot. Wouldn’t have appreciated it as much ten years ago, though.

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Photo of MNAle
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is vinegar, apple, pepper. Pale hazy golden yellow with a tall white head that recedes rapidly to a cap and ring. Slight carbonation visible. Taste is astringent transitioning to quite sour. Earthy and sour. For me, it is too astringent, too vinegary, and too sour to be considered "refreshing" as so many other reviews say. I have no idea how to rate this beer. So, the description is accurate, but the rating? Take that with a grain of salt.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rerate, 750 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6%, vintage 2016. Cloudy golden colour, large white head. Fresh aroma of lemons and brettanomyces. Lemony sour flavour, also "spicy" brettanomyces notes. I'm upping it a point or two. Original rating: Sample from bottle at Edle Dråper-messen, Stavanger. Pale straw colour, hazy. Lemony aroma and flavour, more sour than any other saison I’ve had. Refreshing? Oh yes. A masterpiece? Hardly ... Worth spending a fair amount of money to buy a 750 ml bottle? It’s up to you, but I doubt I will.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK. Saison is for interpretation. Our range typically stretches from the over-herbal to the balanced to the wild.
XV Saison is a walk on the wild side. (I'm a stodgy old man, so wild is not my thing.)
But XV is an appropriate rendition within the saison's wide playing field.
Sour (tart!) fans will like this more than me, but I appreciate the thought and the yeast that went into XV.
My biggest disappointment is XV did not make my ratatouille taste better... like a great saison should. (That's OK, my dish is better the next day.)

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Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap in a tall snifter. A slightly cloudy yellow with a thin head and lacing. Very fragrant fruity smell, mostly of grapes and lemons. The taste is of white whine and lemon, sweet and tart with a bit of earthy funk. Nicely refreshing!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, yeastie,wheat gold color. Still very active. A very nice, light foamy cover, thin but effective.

A lemmony, zesty golden wheat, wild yeast. Awesome aroma.

The flavor is very wild, farmhouse supreme. Zesty, earthy and sour yeast bite! Wonderous, simple but complex as well.

The feel is very crisp, exciting light but smooth and slightly dry finish.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
2.99/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a: pale gold, hazy, little to no head with just a bit of lacing

s: funk, pepper, apple cider vinegar, a slight astringency/malt vinegar quality (think sarsons) definitely an astringent pinch, also fresh sliced apple

T: immediate pepper and lime notes, not quite lemon, slight hoppy bitterness (nondescript), some suggestions of pear and almost like a pineapple but without the sweetness, a definite juicy quality, the sensation of biting into a sweet tart

m: a tad oily but not in a bad way

o: decent but underwhelming, has some of the surface sour character of bon chien but not amazing, would buy at a bar if the price was right which i can’t help but imagine it wouldn’t be, kind of odd because it does not taste like a saison, a BPA or a belgain blonde but it borrows slightly from all of them, decent not remarkable, you don’t have to have it but you don’t have to turn it down if offered either

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy dark golden color with beige head. Aroma has intense farmhouse notes like fermented fruits, wet hay and other rustic notes. Taste starts with a hint of fruit tartness but gets more balanced and fruity, slightly malty with farmhouse flavors throughout and finishes quite dry with a slight amount of bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. A really rustic, well made, elegant farmhouse ale.

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Photo of stevepat
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A real gem. Possibly my favorite saison. Clean and crisp with a complex and yet well balanced flavor that features crisp grain flavors with a pleasant background of wood and citrus.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy medium golden color with lasting finger white head, soapy lace. Funky sour aroma, wood notes. Taste is funky n woodsy n tart, each in moderation, come together well. Finish is very dry with a little back-end bitterness. Medium silky feel. Overall very well done saison, liked it a lot.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From XXXII. 75cl. Un Teku glass. At dinner, with chicken steaks + papas aliñas; and watching Los Soprano 1x01 after that. Refreshing tartness in aroma and mouth. Tangy and dry, giving thirst. High carbonation, causing los of foam. Not so bad, but 75cl become tiresome, 33cl would be better. Some sediments at bottom

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Photo of sjccmd
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Funky and fruity aroma. Wet hay, overripe papaya, and pears. Floral and yeasty. Touch of honey and bready malts. Juicy. Oranges, prickly pear. Quite complex. Some clove and bandaid. Iodine. Riesling-like.

Pours hazy light orange/gold. Small but frothy head. Good lacing and decent retention.

Tart upfront with juicy fruits following finishing with earthy funk. Dry and somewhat bitter finish. Fresh ripe mangos. Herbal hops. Riesling-like petrol notes. Over-steeped tea. Grass and earth.

Medium body, medium high carbonation. Oaky tannins seem to be present without much oak flavor. Bracing acidity and dry.

Complex and juicy. Kind of like an aged Fantome.

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Photo of MrDell
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


BFM – La Saison √225
Saison - 6.0% - 330ml Bottle - Bottling date unknown - Best Before January 2017

Appearance: Pours orangey bronze colour and has a few huge bubbles making up carbonation. Head is perfect white with big gaps as the carbonation explodes on the surface of the beer.

Aroma: Green apples, spices, leafy, like a smell of fresh ham, not smoked more boiled .?!

Taste: Fruity yeast up front with sour apples or sour green grapes it then turns very dry, very quickly, and makes you want to dive back in for another big lug - I like it! Especially on a boiling hot day like today.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin bodied but it suits this beer. Quite still in the mouth and very dry in the finish.

Overall: Extremely refreshing and very satisfying (it's been 30 degrees here today). Would definitely buy again but would only drink this one on Sunny days I think, it's not a beer I would be reaching for on a winters evening.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden hazy yellow pour with very frothy head. Excellent lacing on the glass. Very tangy and fruity, clean refreshing tart aroma. Hints of lemon zest, funk, and oak. Taste is dry and tart. Typical funky flavors come through. Definitely more tangy and funky than sour or sweet as the aroma suggested. Some hints of grapefruit and peaches come through as well. Mouthfeel is medium to heavily carbonated, bubbly and palate coating. Great beer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lyon bière festival. Amazing brett saison. Pepper, stone fruits, brett, oak both in aroma and flavour. A bit tart. Smooth mouthfeel. Great stuff

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Photo of hman43
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours light golden with a slight orange tinge to the color. It has a large white head.

Aroma:: It has a high fruit aroma with some sour and clove like elements to it.

Taste: It has a combination of a high fruit flavor with a sour kick. The hop flavors are spicy which provides a good balance between the fruit and sour flavors.

Feel: It feels moderate, but on the low side. It has a dry finish with a high amount of carbonation.

Overall: This has a combination of fruity flavors with some sour elements that features a dry finish.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this on a whim a last year to bring back to school. Bought again recently for my own pleasure.
Very much in the style of BFM's other releases but approachable. Sour, yes but not crazy sour like the Chiens. It's a saison worth tracking down. Bit of floral/citrus notes on the nose. Clear, gold color. One of my favorite beers to offer to others.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Draughthouse in Austin of all places.

The beer pours a somewhat cloudy, reddish amber color with decent head retention and light lacing. On the nose, there's some noticeable spice and light clove, but the bon chien barrels are really prominent, giving the beer something of a light tart, wine aroma. A slight funky, barnyard aroma only adds to the impressive complexity in this beer. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, and while there was a hint of tartness, it wasn't over the top. You definitely pick up some of the bon chien flavor in this beer, but as I'm a huge fan of bon chien, that didn't bother me in the least. Mouthfeel is fairly light in this beer, as one might expect from a saison with such (relatively) low abv. Drinkability is superb.

Just delightful. The $7 for an 8 ounce pour was a bit off putting, but otherwise, this was a real treat at the drafthouse.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy this is an interesting beer. A quite different saison than most others imported into the US. It has a little floral aroma with a slight tart finish. Not overly carbonated, which allowed a lot of the other subtleties of this beer to come through. I tasted a little honey type flavor, with hints of amber and funk. Nice job by the Swiss.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

easily the best beer i have had from bfm, and one of the better saisons out there i think. really tremendous stuff, like no other in a lot of ways. its pale and bright yellow, not hazy at all until i pour out the last few drops and it creeps in. the head is over an inch tall, airy and structurally sound, permanent in the glass. it smells tangy like crazy, lemons and lemongrass and green tea and white wine and peaches and funk. they are all there in the nose, and there is a patient subtle wheat malt base from what i gather that is a nice foundation for what else is going on. as cool as all of the fruity and herbal things swirling around are, this beer is all about the yeast for me, and its stunning really. equal parts belgian, bacterial, and brett, but tame in one way and robust in another. the funk comes first, with just a hint of citrus tang to it, even a little wet woody thing going on there, and it moves to a fruity belgian vibe that is short lived before a little bit of young bacterial acidity comes on late. i love the dynamic nature of this, it seems more drinkable but also more interesting than almost any other beer in its class on the market, and for all the weird stuff these guys have put out that i didnt love, this one makes up for all that money spent (their beers do not come cheap!). amazing mouthfeel too, limey acidity and epic carbonation, its refreshing and inspiring. i love it, highly recommended!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Delicate floral, perfumy, citrusy-orange/lemon aromas, coupled with a slight clean tartness and a very subtle spice note.

A: Coppery-orange color, opaque with a thick frothy white head of micro-bubbles. The head is so smooth it looks like it’s on nitro. There is massive lacing evident on the glass.

T: Slightly sweet orange-citrusy fruitiness. The beer is refreshing, crisp with a slightly dry and tart finish. There is a very subtle herbal component detected as well.

M: Med-light bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a slight astringency from the oak.

O: Very bright orange-citrusy aroma. Aging using third use Abbay de Saint bon Chien barrels for 4 months brings out some interesting complex flavors.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with a center nearing orange in the glass. Clear and a great off white head that stuck around a while. Nose is funk and grain with a little lemon rind. Flavor is tart like lemon but also peppery. The funk comes through like a hint of old leather. Super easy to drink! Glad I was able to have this one!

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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Attractive orange/mango-colored brew, hazy and nearly opaque, topped by a modest creamy white head from a gentle pour. Excellent head retention.

Tangy and sweet on the nose, with a little rustic funk. Hay, Belgian yeast, a touch of sugar, pale malt, wheat, lemon, and a slight grassiness. Not sure if I'm really picking up any oak past the slight funk and tartness.

Flavor follows, but it leans much more toward the dry , funky, tart side than the sweet side - although there is a pleasant mild sweetness on the back half. Rustic farmhouse flavors are really concentrated on that initial blast from the sip, then mellowing out. A touch of grapefruit, and a dull oak envelope to the flavors. Champagne-like. Very late aftertaste of lemon rind.

Very dry up front, but as it gets deeper into the profile, there's a slight stickiness. Lively and smooth.

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XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 596 ratings