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

XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #71
ABV:
5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,310
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 8.22%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
607
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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
 
Switzerland
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Wants
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Gots
  82
SCORE
94
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XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)
Notes: Aged in third use Abbay de Saint bon Chien barrels for 4 months.
Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 607 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 750ml bottle, 2016 vintage, with a notched best before date of August 2021. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.

Appearance: A very lightly hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had decent retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Light tartness, apricot, citrus zest and rind, green apple, notes of funk, oak, and a splash of lime.

Taste: Tart, lemon, orange, funky, pepper spice, grass, lightly herbal, and bitter notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An interesting refreshing Saison, but perhaps a bit too herbal for me.

Nov 10, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bottle marked 2014. Restrained pour into chalice producing a cloudy golden straw/ pale orange colored brew sporting a 1-2" head. Moderately dissipating head. High carbonation.

S - Honey, orange/ citrus, bread, yeast. Sour. Some banana.

T - Amazing. Honey, orange, bread, yeast. Sour. Clove. Grass/ straw.

M - Big bite to this one. Refreshing. Clean. Non-artificial. Medium bodied. No synthetic flavors whatsoever. Sessionable.

D - Fantastic. Finishing a pint of this brew is no chore. All in all, one of the best farmhouse saisons I've ever tried.

Nov 04, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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

Batch 4 bottle

Pours hazy golden amber orange with a fairly dense creamy white foam head. Smells a bit acetic and vinegary, tannic and vinous, acidic with oak wine barrel, tart citrus, sour lemon, leather, phenolic spice, vanilla, banana, apricot, bready grainy malts, with dusty floral earthy herbal hops. Tastes more complex with a bit more depth, acidic tannic oak red wine barrel, touch of vinous cherry, sour lemony citrus, leathery phenolic spice, unripe green banana, apricot, tart apple, pear, toasty bready wheaty cereal grain malts, hint of vanilla, and floral earthy herbal grassy hops. Feels medium-light bodied, fairly creamy, dry with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice oak aged slightly sour saison.

Sep 12, 2020
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle with the production code: L1 09.2024
I am guessing that this is a best by date with a shelf life of five years; so this beer should be about 10 months young.

L: A decanted slow pour yields a pale to deep gold with excellent clarity and a fine, white finger of head with good retention. After a few minutes the head has fallen to a 4 mm ring around the circumference of the glass leaving a good amount of spotty lacing as the beer goes down.

S: A prominent spiciness, a hint of vanilla, citrus character, herbal/tea notes, a bit of funky oak, a good amount of yeasty brett goodness, and the faintest of white wine notes.

T: I get lemon and tea on the front end mixing with some fresh cut grass/hay and a bit of grainy malt character in the middle. On the backend woody funk with some cedar character comes in mixed with a gentle lactic acidity and light notes of oak and white grapes. On the finish I get some cloves and a very light bitterness.

F: A medium body with medium-light carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and a bit smooth with a well balanced acidity that doesn't overpower. The finish has a bit of dryness.

O: For me this is the gold standard for a farmhouse ale. This beer ages very well. I recently tried a bottle from 2014 and it had held up amazingly for an almost 7 year old saison. Balance is the key here. All components of this beer come together perfectly without one overwhelming or detracting from the other. This one is highly recommended!

Jul 27, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one pours a hazy golden orange color, with a tight fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like floral funk, ripe peach, oak, vanilla, pears, apple, and barnyard funk.

This is absolutely incredible - one of the best saisons that I've ever had. This brewery is just so underrated - this and ADSBC are some of the best beers in their style. The barrel character on this is really nice - some wine-like acidity, oak spice, even a bit of vanilla. The yeast character is really citrusy, but also with dry melon, peach, and pear type flavors. The funk factor increases as the beer warms a bit, lending floral and spicy barnyard type flavors.

This is light bodied, crisp, and with a perfect acidity. It's got a really killer softness to it.

This might be the best saison I've had made in Europe. HF saisons are my end-all-be-all worldwide, but this absolutely stacks up.

Jun 19, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

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.

Jun 30, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

May 29, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 27, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

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.

Jun 22, 2018
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Sigmund from Norway

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.

Jun 12, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Saison is increasingly open to interpretation. The range stretches from the over-herbal to the balanced to the wild.
XV Saison is a walk on the wild side for this 2017 tasting. (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 (or tart) fans will like XV more than me; but I appreciate the thought and the yeast barrel-aging.
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.)

7/3/21 I'm glad I ventured to buy this four years later so I could edit my review and improve the rating... based on me maturing more, or at least being more accepting, of tart saisons. Satisfied, I will keep count @ Untappd.

I do want to comment that BFM does not have a well-developed website for a brewery close to two decades old. They do have an interesting post-Covid event in which they sell bottles of other brewers... which is unusual and something I think encourages collaboration and sets a higher standard. A Votre Sante' !

Jul 22, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

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!

Mar 14, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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.

Dec 18, 2016
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

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

Nov 05, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Oct 30, 2016
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

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.

Sep 12, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

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.

Aug 08, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

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

Jul 31, 2016
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sjccmd from Minnesota

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.

Jun 26, 2016
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MrDell from Switzerland

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

23.06.2016

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.

Jun 23, 2016
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Mateo2699 from Texas

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.

Jun 06, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

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

Apr 24, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

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.

Dec 31, 2015
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NoZeFace from Texas

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.

Dec 30, 2015
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John_M from France

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.

Dec 02, 2015
XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 607 ratings