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

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XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Switzerland
brasseriebfm.ch

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
555
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
20.8%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
80
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 555
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.15oz swingtop bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a bright, pale golden color with hints of orange. Quite light in color - mildly hazy. On a somewhat aggressive pour, the beer produced a huge three fingers of thick, rocky head with excellent staying power. A slow fall to the surface leaves behind lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Draining the bottle completely results in a thin wisp of yeast at the end that eventually settles to the bottom of the glass.

S - Rather potent aroma that can be easily smelled at least a couple of feet away from the glass. Earthy malt base, pretty good amount of yeasty funk - dirty socks, wet hay, bit of horsey-ness, touch of spicy cloves. Lots of citrusy fruit with plenty of oranges, orange blossom, tart lemons.

T - Quite tart up front for a saison...a bit Berliner-weisse'y actually. Dry, clean and grainy malt, wheat, a dull thud of a hop bitterness, a touch medicinal. Lots of lemons on the tongue, a bit soapy, a bit earthy. Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but still quite nice.

M - Thin in body, but definitely not watery. A higher level carbonation that tingles the entire mouth on each sip. Fruity, sour, bitter, tart flavors flow in and out of this beer alternately taking the lead at different times and on each sip. Lingering medicinal bitterness detracts just a bit.

O - Interesting saison. Quite tart/sour and heavy on the citrus. A bit out of the ordinary and perhaps lacking a bit in flavor complexity. Aroma is outstanding - I wish the flavor had as much complexity and balance/interplay between the different nuances. Definitely a pleasant surprise.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of John_M
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%

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

Photo of tbryan5
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

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

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

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of chinchill
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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Photo of stereosforgeeks
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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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of tastybeer
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)
4.23 out of 5 based on 555 ratings.
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