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

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XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)

Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Beer-A-Lot on 12-10-2012

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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Kitchen. Never heard of BFM before and I love saisons, so this seemed like a good venture. I know little to nothing about this beer in advance. Poured into a 6 oz tasting glass.

Appearance - Golden sunlight and gentle hazy body of bright yellow with a frothy bone-white head of about a half finger. Head lingers for quite a bit, leaving sticky, interspersed lacing down the side of the glass as I drink it.

Smell - Without any other knowledge, I would probably classify this one as a wild ale or some other sour-ish variation based on smell alone. Citrus and lemon-curd tartness, with strong elements of barnyard funk, horse blanket, wet alfalfa. Deliciously complex in nature, so I'm very excited to try a sip.

Taste - Does not disappoint. While not as intoxicating as the amazing smell, the flavor delivers on the promise. Some lightly puckering sour elements, with lemon juice as well as pineapple and tropical fruit. The funk has become more Brett-like in characteristic in the taste than it was in the smell. Tastes like a saison that was allowed to mature with Brett for quite awhile after bottling.

Mouthfeel - Pleasantly carbonated and effervescent. Light body and highly drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Not sure this is the saison I'd reach for, even if I wanted one more on the tart/sour side, but I'm always excited to try styles that push the boundaries a little bit, like this one. It's also the first Swiss beer I've tried, I believe. Certainly curious to try other beers from BFM if the opportunity arises.

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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2.86/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy amber body topped with a very good head.
Funky and fruity aroma featuring orange.
Funky and fruity taste with, as expected, too much funk for my taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JFrank78
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Glowey straw gold beer. Giant cream colored head. Sticks to the glaass like cream cheese cake frosting. Big clumpy goodness.

S: Aroma reminds me of a more tart orval. Sweet dandelions, warm summer farmy smells, soft orangy citrus, wild stinky yeast, very floral.

T: Very dry, floral, puckering lemon rind tart, sweet crackery breadiness. Moderately acidic. Nicely done.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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