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

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XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)

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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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Photo of Evahflow
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- turbid honey with a billowy soapy head

S- Musky, crazy cheesy notes, citrus rinds. Smells like a musky old basement filled with lemons. I mean that in the best way possible

T- Musk, wet hay, lemon/orange pith, cornbread like grain notes, slightly sweet. Lemon like tartness that's substantial and really ties everything up in a nice bow for you.

M- creamy, very creamy. Some herbal bitterness. This beer is very very dry but there is a slight sweetness to it. Infinitely drinkable. I could drink buckets of this, if it came in buckets.

O- Maybe the best saison I have ever had. If this is the kind of stuff Swiss farmhands drank daily I'm in the wrong profession. Unbelievably well rounded and utterly perfect beer.

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Photo of stevepat
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of bschweis
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Taste: tart and citrusy at first. Sour and dry with lots of oak flavor in the finish. Lots of wild yeast funk. A great beer if you enjoy saisons and sours. Wish I could buy more.

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Photo of rangerred
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the Thirsty Monk.

Poured a hazy dark orange with a solid white head with amazing lacing.

Aroma of fresh fruit with the likes of pears and peaches. There is just the slightes hint of barnyard funk which is enough to keep it interesting.

The flavor is very juicy with the same peaches and pears present in the aroma but much more powerful here. More funkiness but it plays nicely in the background. The fruityness lasts throughout but transitions wonderfully into an absolutely bone dry finish like a great Saison should.

Overall, this is one of the best Saisons I have experienced and a truly world-class beer. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Batch 5; Best by 2015.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before slowly dissipating to a broken 1/8 inch head. Semi-resilient lacing streaks down the glass leaving a thick ring behind.

S- Certainly some lactic acid somewhere in there. The sourness combines with the hops creating a lemon and peach aroma. Plenty of barnyard funk and some mild Brett to make for a soft green olive smell.

T- The Brett also comes through in the flavor but there's also a lovely accompanying sourness that's not overbearing. My, how balanced this is. I don't think I've ever witnessed such a perfect marriage of Pediococcus and Lactobacillus

M- A moderate pucker that's pretty on the money when bouncing off the medium-high carbonation. Light body with a dryness that complements the Brett beautifully.

O- Everything I love in a Saison fused with everything I love in a sour.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy glowing light orange like a wonderful DIPA.

The aroma hits of spice saison quality, yeasty bread, ripe stone fruits of peach and apricot and citrus, some hay funk, honey,

The flavor is even more balanced. Floral up front, lots of lemon peel, a touch of tart, a good amount of hay funk, a medium breadiness, then onto a drying on the back of barrel character and tartness of lemon seeds and floral.

Extremely similar to an HF saison.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

from a 33 cl swing-top into a tulip

a: golden honey, hazy, big fluffy 3 finger head that subsides in a couple minutes
s: funky and vinous, some wet hay, peaches, oak
t: lots of great and surprising stuff here...starts tart, floral hoppiness and a little sweet maltiness, more floral notes mixed in with some green grapes, lemon peel, a little orange that carries into a funky, oaky, cidery finish
m: very lively, good moderate to high carbonation, puckering, snaps dry at the end


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Photo of champ103
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at several places around Houston. I finally got a bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color. A rocky white head rises to over two fingers. Excellent retention and rings of lace. This is a looker.
S: Funky, earthy, and acidic. Tart, slightly acidic lemon. Grassy with a bit of yeasty, peppery spice. A bit of oak. Lovely.
T: Like the nose earthy funk. Peppery yeast, grassy and floral flavors. Lightly tart and acidic with lemon and orange rind. A bit of wood/oak lingers. Again, I love it.
M/D: A light to medium body. Very crisp and dry. So smooth at the same time. Amazingly refereshing. Incredibly easy to drink. What a great Saison.

There is a lot of character in this smallish Saison. All around excellent. Maybe one of the best Saisons sitting on the shelf.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I often criticize the beers of brewers who use the term "saison" or "farmhouse" as a marketing tool when their beers really don't resemble the classic rural Belgian taste. Whether they are too sweet, too fruity, lacking champagne-like carbonation, or is less spicy or earthy- there's always reasons to criticize... until now!

The opening pour releases a creamy and highly effervescent peach-orange color that's playfully cloudy and somewhat wine-like. Upon its body, the ale relinquishes a light ivory blanket of creamy foam that's impressively sturdy. How can a beer be this zesty and creamy at the same time?

A plethora of spice, fruit and earth flood the nose as the scent of dried citrus peels, weathered wood and white pepper melange delightful in aroma. Its seamless transition to taste opens up the most arid of sweetness as the taste of dehydrated limes, grapefruit, and pineapples fade quickly, thus allowing a near-sour lime, cider, and white wine taste to command its middle palate. Turning decidedly spicy, the taste of wood spice- attic powdery taste, cellar-like must, a pep of cedar, and an overall aura of saddle leather all swirl above the palate as the finish of dry alcohol spice and arid woods continue in aftertaste.

Incredibly, the beer bounces off of the tongue with an effervescent acidic texture that ushers in high drinkability early on. The early onset of dryness ensures a spicy bite and hardly noticeable warmth that concludes with a whimsical wheat creaminess that seems to come from nowhere.

The ale really captures the essence of "farmhouse" in its most endearing and classic form, even exceeding what's expected of Saisons- its a unique and celebratory taste that's not to be undermined. It's incredible in every sense of the word.

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Photo of ChicagoMikeS
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

The color is a pale but slightly hazy yellowish-orange. It pours with a light head of about two fingers.

The aroma is nice. It has a sweetness backed up by some strong hints of spiciness, possibly coriander, and just a little bit of funkiness.

The flavor is slightly tart coupled with the spiciness detected in the nose. It finishes very crisp and refreshing with a note of zesty citrus

The body is very light and crisp, it's very easy drinking.

Overall it was an excellent saison. It was more sour/funkier than most I've had before, but quite delicious. The only thing stopping me from loading up on it is the price tag.

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Photo of larryi86
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden copper color with a massive fluffy white head.

S- Tart lemons, oak, some grapes, some barnyard funk, kind of reminds me of a gueuze.

T- Tart lemons, light fruits, oak, barnyard funk, some earth spices, slight sweetness, well balanced.

M- Smooth, light to medium body, good carbonation.

O- A good saison, love the tartness. Pricey, but worth the money to try. Probably will pick up another bottle some time soon.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

easily the best beer i have had from bfm, and one of the better saisons out there i think. really tremendous stuff, like no other in a lot of ways. its pale and bright yellow, not hazy at all until i pour out the last few drops and it creeps in. the head is over an inch tall, airy and structurally sound, permanent in the glass. it smells tangy like crazy, lemons and lemongrass and green tea and white wine and peaches and funk. they are all there in the nose, and there is a patient subtle wheat malt base from what i gather that is a nice foundation for what else is going on. as cool as all of the fruity and herbal things swirling around are, this beer is all about the yeast for me, and its stunning really. equal parts belgian, bacterial, and brett, but tame in one way and robust in another. the funk comes first, with just a hint of citrus tang to it, even a little wet woody thing going on there, and it moves to a fruity belgian vibe that is short lived before a little bit of young bacterial acidity comes on late. i love the dynamic nature of this, it seems more drinkable but also more interesting than almost any other beer in its class on the market, and for all the weird stuff these guys have put out that i didnt love, this one makes up for all that money spent (their beers do not come cheap!). amazing mouthfeel too, limey acidity and epic carbonation, its refreshing and inspiring. i love it, highly recommended!

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Photo of spoony
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 bottle (label is notched "Batch 9") into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about two and a half fingers of dense, light-khaki head. The retention is more than two minutes and the lacing is impressive. The head reminds me of an IPA. The beer is very murky and lighter in color with orange highlights.

S-The aroma is a really inviting mixture of fruit-forward, bretty funk and a light, citrus tartness. I smell musty peach and a hint of herbal, grassy spice. There is a vague, drying bitterness in there too. Complex aroma for sure.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. I taste juicy stone fruit; musty funk; a bit of grassy, spicy bitterness, some tart citrus acidity; and a bready, doughy malt base. It is complex and the flavors are well integrated with each other.

M-The feel is light to medium heft with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

O-This is a great (if expensive) wild-ish saison/farmhouse. I really enjoy how the funk is not so dry and dusty, but has a little bit of nuance and fruit character to it. The funk, fruit, and tartness are in good balance with each other, and they make fore a very drinkable beer that I would happily drink a ton of if it didn't cost $23 a bottle.

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Photo of corby112
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, best by 2015

Pours a hazy, deep golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with large rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Looks very good.

Earthy, musty aroma with a subtle vinous barrel presence along with some funky bugs, zesty spice, light fruit esters and an interesting herbal tea-like character. Really complex with faint oak, horseblanket, lactic funk, musty brett and farmhouse yeast countered by vibrant citrus rind, vinous light grapes and apple. Smells like a white wine barrel aged saison with a dash of lambic blended in there.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Lightly tart and extremely refreshing with a perfect amount of citrus acidity and lingering sourness. Complex yet easy to drink with no harsh, overly acidic or solvent-like character. Musty funk and dry, earthy yeast notes along with peppery spice and a touch of dry, toasted oak up front followed by bready yeast and light fruit flavors. Again, I'm not sure what kind of barrels were used but there's a nice vinous white character that nicely compliments the citric acidity and funky yeast. Has an almost Berlinerweisse like feel to it because of the sourness and lemon juice flavor but is more saison/farmhouse in style. Slightly dry, tart finish with a touch of acetic vinegar flavor that leaves anticipating the next sip.

Overall, this is a really well made beer and possibly the best offering I've had from this brewery yet. A lot of interesting, complex flavors going on but they all go together perfectly. This is a delicious beer that I think I could drink in large quantity. I'll definitely be heading back to the store for more bottles. Highly recommended!

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of rEBELlION
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a super large foamy white head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of light bready yeast notes with some light funky vinous notes and rustic malt with nice floral notes. Taste is also a remarkable mix of rustic malt with light bready yeast with some peppery notes and some light funky notes with white wine notes also perceptible. Body is about average with almost perfect carbonation. Lovely stuff that I would love to have access to on a regular basis.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Hazy yellow-orange pour with a gorgeous three finger fluffy, meringue-like, pure white head with crazy retention and lacing. Really unique and complex nose with hints of lemon, green apples, barnyard, yeast, grass, and some subtle vinous notes. The taste is just as unique and complex with huge lemon up front, followed by hints of sour apples, tart citrus peel, grass, barnyard funk, grape skin, white pepper, subtle oak, and a nice white wine vinous character. The mouthfeel is tart and tangy, light bodied, with medium carbonation and just enough sweetness to allow a measure of balance, but it's definitely leaning to the sour side. Crisp and refreshing with a nice dry tangy finish. Overall, this is one unique Saison, that is, if that's indeed what it is. It's got all the great qualities of a Saison, perfectly meshed with the best qualities of a sour. No matter how you categorize it, it's an amazing beer!

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Photo of mt24turner
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- poured into a chimay goblet, nice 2 finger head. hazy golden color, lively carbonation bubbling up

Aroma- sour aroma, with some smooth bready and haylike smells

taste- super super smooth, a lot of complex yeast flavors, hay, light bready flavors, very little sweetness but lots of fruity flavors with a lightly sour bite

mouthfeel- champaignlike carbonation, low amount of sugar, watery kind of finish but with great flavor, very very refreshing

overall- what a great treat, this was everything i could want out of a saison i would give it a 5 but i really try to avoid that in case something better comes along..but for this style i doubt it could get any better

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not entirely sure where this bottle came from when we were drinking up at Tim's in Portland, ME. Think Tim broke this one out at the tasting. Or Xenon, one or the other...review taken from notes:

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a nice cloudy straw hue with a good fluffy two finger head that faded to leave a nice thick blanket and solid side lacing. Glorious.

S - Very pleasant. Fair amount of funky barnyard and sour lemon here. Super enticing.

T - Taste compliments the nose wonderfully. More of the barnyard funk. Big, bright sour lemons, however, not quite as pungent as the nose. Still, mighty tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is damn near perfect here. Bright carbonation that plays off the light sour sensation across the pallet. Stuff is crazy drinkable.

O - Overall just an awesome saison. Who'd have thought from Switzerland, and from the guys who gave us 'Jurassian Imperial Stout' no less! Incredibly well crafted, would love to get my hands on a bottle of this.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of WTKeene
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 5 swing-top bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Beautiful thick, creamy and ridiculously persistent off-white head. The beer itself would best be described as hazy and apricot in color. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Smell: Lots of green apple. Seriously, LOTS of green apple. A hint of funkiness and brett. I love how this smells.

Taste: Pretty sour for a saison. I do get a lot of the green apple. A little bit of bready malts. A hint of bitterness on the finish. I do get a bit of farmhouse flavor, but it doesn't really taste a whole lot like a saison to me, but it's certainly a very tasty mild sour.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Light on the carbonation.

Overall: I like this a lot. Glad I bought a second bottle, which I might sit on a while. It's hard to consider this a saison but it was very tasty. Definitely worth seeking out.

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