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

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XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)
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XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)

Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in third use Abbay de Saint bon Chien barrels for 4 months.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a stange.

Pours a fairly-hazy golden-peach color with a thin, bubbly white head that feel somewhat quickly into a lasting thin collar atop the beer.

The nose started with some light stone fruits beside some light grain and straw. As it warmed, there was a bit of light spice and mild tropical fruit. Along with the slight acidity, the fruits gave off a bit of a kiwi and pineapple impression. Flavor was even better with the acidity picking up and really carrying the flavors through. Beautiful fruit and strong along with a touch of backing pepper and yeasty spice.

Body was light and crisp, really popping. It was incredibly difficult to put this one down. Ultra delicious and one of the best saisons that I've ever had.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jsboots21
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fully poured from 33 cL swingtop bottle into my Lakewood snifter. Batch 5. Purchased at the my favorite local store, Lonestar Beverages.

Appearance is what's expected of the style, plus a bit of extra pizzazz. Vibrant gold meets yellow cushions a huge, fine-bubbled white head that dissolves to 1/3 finger and rests at the glass's edge. The beer is hazy, but not opaque.

One word describes aroma: wow! A bready yeastiness is beautifully accented by light oak and subtle red wine grapes. Just a wonderful smell. I can't detect any alcohol. I can't put the glass down.

Taste is a significant pullback from aroma, though it's still quite pleasant. While the flavor is slightly watery, there is still significant complexity from wine barrel treatment. White and red grapes meet orange peel and lime. There's a minor hint of green apple tartness on the finish. The taste lingers for a few moments, then leaves the tongue dry.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Body is light to light-medium. Carbonation is lovely and well-integrated, nearly resulting in a creamy feel. As mentioned, finish is dry with a bit of linger.

Overall, this is a good beer, but I'd honestly rather buy Goose Island Sofie for the same price with twice the volume. Definitely worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Hazy gold body with an off white head, low retention. Some clear lacing. Aroma includes orange juice, tart overripe apples, cinnamon, white pepper, pineapple, candi sugar. Taste includes all of the flavors from the aroma and is actually quite tart, more so than expected from the aroma. Interesting and flavorful as always from BFM.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of MrDave
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cavedave
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes, on tap at DeCicco's 12/12/12

It's fine yeast cloudy dark straw/gold. A bit of beige skim briefly, then a bare cap.

Aroma is a tart and fruity funk and earth, beautiful,some vinous notes, some tasty bitter in there, balanced with a clean, grainy, sweet fragrance.

All the tastes of the nose, but now presenting a balance that lets the tart be the tie that binds. As it warms and opens up some rooty sorta spicy bitter comes into it in a good way. The earthiness is the distinct note of it that really gains my enjoyment.

Very low carb. and light in mouth it is just the mouth to give this killer of a finish.

Is it a Tired Hands or Hill Farmstead Saison? No., but I highly recommend this beer should you encounter it. Delicious, complex, interesting, and refreshing. What more could you ask?

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of rEBELlION
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light in color and body, tart-citrusy-farmhouse-funk nose. Thick, fluffy white head. Just the right amount of carbonation, plentiful and effervescent without being over the top. Great saison/sour mouthfeel. Refreshing and delicious. If you're a fan of Saisons or sours pick this one up.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 591 ratings