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

XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)
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From:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
 
Switzerland
Style:
Saison
Ranked #108
ABV:
5%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,212
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 8.25%
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
511
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 14, 2022
Added:
Dec 10, 2012
Wants:
  31
Gots:
  82
SCORE
94
Outstanding
XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)
Notes: Aged in third use Abbay de Saint bon Chien barrels for 4 months.
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Rated: 3.62 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Out of the bottle, it pours a clear yellow color, looking hazy and with an orange tint in the glass. A large foamy head retains very well, leaving a leathery layer of film and lacing throughout.
The nose is rustic and funky, emitting notes of tart fruit, spices and oak. Aromas of lemon, peach, white grape, musty grass, pepper and coriander.
Definitely on the tart and funky side with dry notes of oak, perhaps Brett, fruit and spices. Notes of lemon, lime, sourdough, cracker, white grape, dry green apple cider, coriander, clove and white pepper.
Medium bodied with a vinous mouthfeel and dry palate. The finish is tart and quite dry. The carbonation is lively.
A very tasty example of a sour/tart Saidon with good barrel character. I would have again.
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger head that fades to a collar; not much lacing

Smell: Funky hay aromatics with hints of green apple, white wine grape and lemon, all supported by a bready/yeasty aspect

Taste: Green apple, lemon and white wine grape flavors up front, with a tart and funky element building; the bread and yeast flavors underpin along with some spicy phenols that merge into the finish, though the tart and funk linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is from Batch 5 and I imagine it is a few years old as the carbonation is starting to slow down; it would be better with a livelier mouthfeel
Nov 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2021
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Swing top bottle. No batch number and the size is hidden by a torn label. Assuming it's about 11.2 oz.

Pours a beautifully hazy deep amber color with tinges of orange. The head is massive, a creamy off-white color. Incredibly stubborn retention; Like the head on a root beer float. Leaves some sticky cobwebs along the glass as the head takes its sweet time dissipating. Not a typical appearance for the style, but an absolutely gorgeous beer nonetheless. Can't help but give it a 5.

Strong aromas of granny smith apples, pear, and apricot. Some light vinegar, banana esters, citrus zest, hay, oak, and funk. Lots of cereal grain and doughy malts in the back.

The flavor brings notes of green apples, apricot, peaches, and pear, followed by some white wine vinegar, damp hay, oak, and funk. Finishes grainy, herbal, and with some light pepper spice.

The feel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Soft, yet sharp and acidic. Very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a great saison. It's lightly tart, lightly funky, with plenty of earthy notes and fruit. So easy to drink It's borderline illegal.
Oct 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jul 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by MaxOhle from Illinois

Jun 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by caahare from West Virginia

Jan 01, 2021
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Reviewed by SimplySinister from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Reviewed by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 22, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.33 by BeerGlassesCollector from Cyprus

Jan 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by abrodsky from Massachusetts

Nov 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by fthegiants from California

Aug 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jul 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Jul 05, 2019
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev 0%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by zbelair from Pennsylvania

Feb 17, 2019
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Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Rated by ArmyStrong from New York

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
포장하나는 너무 멋졌다. Acidic, sour, fruity, creamy, mild, no bubble, no hoppy
Jun 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.91 by Vylo from New Jersey

May 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by dbauer from California

Mar 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.4 by coz from Illinois

Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by mltobin from Connecticut

Sep 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by dcmchew from Romania

Sep 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by MarioM from California

Aug 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jul 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.42 by weareallfalafel from Virginia

Jul 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.19 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Jul 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jun 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.26 by DavidHume from Virginia

May 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by Mikexw from New York

May 05, 2017
XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 612 ratings