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 chinchill
2.86/5  rDev -32.2%
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 JackRWatkins
2.99/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a: pale gold, hazy, little to no head with just a bit of lacing

s: funk, pepper, apple cider vinegar, a slight astringency/malt vinegar quality (think sarsons) definitely an astringent pinch, also fresh sliced apple

T: immediate pepper and lime notes, not quite lemon, slight hoppy bitterness (nondescript), some suggestions of pear and almost like a pineapple but without the sweetness, a definite juicy quality, the sensation of biting into a sweet tart

m: a tad oily but not in a bad way

o: decent but underwhelming, has some of the surface sour character of bon chien but not amazing, would buy at a bar if the price was right which i can’t help but imagine it wouldn’t be, kind of odd because it does not taste like a saison, a BPA or a belgain blonde but it borrows slightly from all of them, decent not remarkable, you don’t have to have it but you don’t have to turn it down if offered either

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Photo of josanguapo
3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From XXXII. 75cl. Un Teku glass. At dinner, with chicken steaks + papas aliñas; and watching Los Soprano 1x01 after that. Refreshing tartness in aroma and mouth. Tangy and dry, giving thirst. High carbonation, causing los of foam. Not so bad, but 75cl become tiresome, 33cl would be better. Some sediments at bottom

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

"18th century historical ale." "Ale aged in oak barrels." "Batch 9." Imported by B. United International, Inc. (At least it's not the Shelton Bastards). 5% ABV confirmed per the label. 75cl green glass (ugh...) bottle with branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at Jester King brewery a couple days ago and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live, as a saison - since the label clearly identifies it as such. Expectations are high; it sounds tasty and I do appreciate a good complex saison.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured,.

Pours a half finger wide head of off-white colour. Disappointingly thin. Okay creaminess. Decent complexion and consistency. Head retention is poor; it dissipates within a minute and a half, leaving only a floater ring. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass when it's tilted.

Body colour is a nontransparent lightly hazy translucent orange-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears a bit undercarbonated.

Overall, it's less hazy than most traditional saisons and I don't find it unique or special. There are no noticeable flaws, and I'm looking forward to trying it, but this is standard fare for the style.

Sm: Has a wonderful honey and crystal malt character accompanied by a bold oak wood tone which I love. Heavy nectary sweetness is evident - from actual nectar or just hops I can't tell. Lovely floral notes. Belgian pale malts. Light starchiness. Exquisite flowery character. Wow, this is something.

It doesn't have the spicing you'd expect from something like a Fantome saison nor is it the milky peppery type of saison you'd expect from Dupont, but the raw honey/nectary character here is divine, and I can't wait to discover the complexities and subtleties of the flavour profile. If I had to guess, I'd say the oak barrels used were pretty young as I'm picking up some heavy barrel sugars - a character I rarely come across.

A teasing aroma of mild to moderate strength. Boy is that enchanting.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Heavy on the flowery character and floral hops, with a raw honey/nectary/polleny character dominating the build. Has a nice complementary Belgian pale malt foundation, with plenty of crystal malt in there too. The oak tone is a bit more subtle than I'd like, but it lends the beer a natural grace and cohesion. Some might find this too sweet, but I think it works. I do crave some peppery notes or spicing, but that's just personal taste. This is a very interesting and ballsy take on a saison. While not quite unique in character, it's certainly uncommon.

As it warms, I pick up a hint of cedar as well as some nice citrusy fruit notes. Also some wisps of lime. Has a kiss of cidery green apple.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I don't pick up on any off-flavours.

The heavy sugary sweetness throws it a bit off-balance, and the flavour profile isn't anywhere near as intricate, complex, or subtle as the aroma promised, but I still find myself drawn to it. It does drink a bit heavy for a 5% brew, though. And while it does have a nice lactic edge - the highlight of the beer for me personally - I crave more. And brettanomyces funkiness is sorely missed. That said, it's got a nice cohesion, though it's far from a gestalt build. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: The smacky lactic feel is great. It's a surprisingly filling beer for 5%, and is a bit too thick and heavy for what should be a light, refreshing ale. That said, it IS refreshing, and the smoothness and wetness aid drinkability. Near perfectly carbonated. The texture is very well executed overall, and maintains the raw honey vibe of the flavour profile. Good presence on the palate. It could be softer. I like the subtle acidity.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or rough.

Dr: This beer feels a bit young; I'd love to see how that raw honey note develops with age. This is definitely one to cellar. It has some wonderful elements, but ultimately the taste doesn't deliver on the promises of the aroma. I'll definitely be looking into this brewery's other offerings because there's some serious potential in this ale. I'd recommend fans of the style give this a try. I'd absolutely drink this again. Solid work from BFM.

Serve chilled. This really improves as it comes to temperature.

Low B

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft into a tulip. Served goddamn ice cold such that I can't smell or taste it.

3.25 A: Well hazed yellow brown color. Came with a short frothy head.

3.75 S: Pleasantly lactic tanginess. Grassy hay, apple orchard, dry-rot wood. Some barnyard funk with a neutral wheat.

3.75 T: Similar to nose, but less acidic. Slight astringent finish.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Feels somewhat dead on the tongue.

3.5 D: It's decent, but overrated based on the reviews.

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Photo of predikit
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque straw color, unfiltered, visible particles floating around. Massive amount of carbonation, a lot of carbonation rushed to escape on opening, I was almost worried it was going to fizz over the top of the bottle. The head dominated, angled slow pour and the head took up nearly 75% of the glass, and it stuck around for ages and ages.

Smells like straw, a tad bit skunky, slight cinnamon notes, and barley.

Lemon flavors come through on the taste, then slightly grassy hop notes and bitterness for the finish. Not very complex, and flavor was very subtle overall.

Medium body, high carbonation, creamy texture.

Was excellent to try, but at that price point not something I'll revisit.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Head is a loose bright-white. Decent retention leaves a small cap and collar with spotty lacing. Keeps the small cap for the duration.

Smell: Unique. Deep mealy fruit - pear and some apricot - with a ton of deep funk. Honeycomb and a ton of musty earth. Sourdough bread. Some pale malt sweetness as well as some Belgian yeast esters. Slightly fruity with waffle batter and a ton of grass and floral elements. Raw honey with a rough vague herbal element. Bready in good measure. Tons of grass and hay. Yeast, passion fruit and pear. Uniquely tropical and mealy.

Taste: Yeast. Sourdough bread. Well and truly. Pear, passion fruit, mango, a touch of orange zest, grapefruit as well. Fruity and deeply funky. Grass, hay, musty and damp basement with a touch of earth. Lightly sweet with some wheat and a powdery yeast. Sour and funky. Mildly lactic. Mealy and tropical. Some bread crust and Belgian yeast funk. Slight pithy bitterness. Lemon zest, it's slight. Pale and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Light almost medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly juicy initial sip. Lacks some of the dryness I would expect.

Overall: 15 flavors and then some.

Definitely something unique. Fruity in a tropical way that most things aren't. Actually sour at times with a slight bitterness. Something worth trying at least once.

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Photo of JulioH
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


This saison pours a beautiful yellow color. It has barely any carbonation. I would say it was flat. Smells good, although it is not a pronounced smell. It is very subtle. I smelled a bit of that funky yeast, typical of saisons. Taste is good, although a bit flat again. I didn't taste much of the hoppy characteristic of the saison, but I did get the lambic taste. It is easy to drink, like all other saisons.

I think my bottle was a bit off, still it was a good saison. I'll seek it out again and update.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 10/24/14

Split with Goblinmunkey7

A: Pours clear until the sediment at the bottom of the bottle hits the glass - medium to burnt orange in color with some golden highlights - medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks and blobs of lacing

S: A potent aroma that smells both familiar and unfamiliar - very funky, with some big funk - yeasty, with some ripe, lactic funk - some farmhouse weirdness, old cellar, old barn aroma - huge oak component, very woody throughout, with a white wine that becomes increasingly obvious as it warms up - a variety of light, fruity esters

T: Funky and interesting - a bit different than what I would expect from this style, but I like it - funky, with some big yeasty notes - farmhouse weirdness, musty, lactic funk - damp, earthy, old cellar and old leather - big white wine notes - some light fruits - very oaky and very woody -finishes with some nice lingering tartness and sourness

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, dry finish

O: Math is hard

This is remarkably odd. It's very unlike what one would expect from an American saison. The wood and white wine notes are very interesting. Overall, this is worth a try, even if just for the novelty.

Edit: After reading Goblinmunkey's review, I agree that the mysterious, "unfamiliar" aroma is very reminiscent of sourdough bread

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange body. Big white head. Great retention.

Smell - Very woody. Lemony acidity. Green apples. Dried grass. A little bit funky.

Taste - Much more of the apple flavor. Still a ton of oak. Very slightly tart, but it has less of a citrus flavor and more of a stone fruit character. Malty in the back end, but drops off leaving a cidery finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but drops off in the back end. Well carbonated.

Overall - As always, BFM makes a complex beer. Lots of interesting flavors, maybe not in the most desirable of proportions.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz flip-top bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 9 with a 15 notched on the neck label (perhaps a consume by date). Pours a straw-gold with a fluffy, 1.5 inch bright white head that eventually settles into an 1/8th slick. Clarity is slightly hazy and textured strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses tart lemon, a light, grassy quality and a hint of yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, it's much tarter than one would anticipate and their is a suggestion of grapefruit seeds and a slightly herbal/medicinal quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively, bright carbonation and some astringency that stimulates the salivary glands. This is a pretty interesting beer that comes off as a gueuze/Berliner Weissbier hybrid in my opinion. I definitely enjoyed this more from the bottle than on-draft for some reason.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, grape, apple, wood, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, funk, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Treebs
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl swing top bottle served in my Treebs branded tulip.

A: Pours a hay orange color with a thick 2 fingers of pure white head forming on the pour. The retention on the head is great as it is heavy and thick Sticky and clumpy lace is left down the entire glass.

S: Oaky with a nice wine profile. Light, fruity and grapey with a sweet malt profile. The flavors blend nicely together with a body of yeast that provides a funk and dryness.

T: The saison style comes out more in the taste. Dry yeast with some stone fruit and a little cracker sweetness from the malts. The oak barrel comes back on the back end with some wine, red grape and a little fruity sweetness. Mild tartness.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. A creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

O: Pretty nice overall. Balanced with a nice wine oak barrel presence. Would have liked a little more tartness.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a cloudy orange body with large head and foamy lace that takes a long time to die down.
Intense sour aroma first hits me and then I get some barnyard funk along with touches of malts and possible dark fruit.
Beer is smooth and slightly sweet at first with touches of tropical fruit sweetness and possible caramel or toffee malts, then I get hit with a sharp, crisp, sour and funky bite like some sour apple and brett hit me.
Good balance, yeast gives it a fuller body and keeps it smooth sailing, and there is a crisp finish.
Rather pleasant and easy sour beer thanks to good amount of sweetness that sticks with it and well worth trying.

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Photo of hman43
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours light golden with a slight orange tinge to the color. It has a large white head.

Aroma:: It has a high fruit aroma with some sour and clove like elements to it.

Taste: It has a combination of a high fruit flavor with a sour kick. The hop flavors are spicy which provides a good balance between the fruit and sour flavors.

Feel: It feels moderate, but on the low side. It has a dry finish with a high amount of carbonation.

Overall: This has a combination of fruity flavors with some sour elements that features a dry finish.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Decicco's on 12/12/12
Poured into a 9oz. snifter. Pretty poor head. Poor retention. I blame the glass actually. Dusty and opaque cooked straw color. Dirty looking, with colors of honey, and well amber waves of grain. The aroma is oh so dirty. Goat, hay, horse blanket...funk. Also some lemon and high citrus notes. The flavor opens up with very earthy notes of tobacco, unprocessed straw, and some chalk. Following this is more traditional notes of hay, horse, and a hint of lemon sour drop. There is some nice earthy hop components adding herbal and interesting qualities to this beer. Dry boardering on astringent. Overall this is a beer that defies style. I would say this is beyond saison, but damn tasty regardless.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of te glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some funk but there are also flavors of oak from the barrel aging
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the sourness and the underlying saison.

Note: Batch #1

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Very little pop or hiss when opening. Gonna love this little bottle for home brewing though.

Deep orange apricot body, a bit of fizz sound off the pour with some fluffy carbonation and matching head. Settles three fingers tall, with small retention. Collapses into a real nice bowled puck though and thick soapy bone white collar. Some yeast sediment, from topping up, and scattered lacing.

Real interesting bouquet. Pollen, slight garden apple sweetness with some pear skin and real nice funky acidic quality. Hints of good sourdough bread on the malt bill, with a big punch. Very impressive. Lemon tropics as well, with a real diverse nose.

Palate fills with a big wine like body, with complimenting sour fruit. Hints of tropical mango, and a big earthy brett and pepper finish. Lemon really finishes to pick up the brett and a big oily zesty rind as well. Not as juiced as anticipated, more of a light white wine body but still easily holding the flavors nicely.

Overall, great solid saison and beer as expected from these guys. Always need to drink more of their stuff.

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Photo of jsboots21
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of goochpunch
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dried apricot body with a creamy foamed head. Smells of lemon, dampness, peach, cinnamon, barrel, vanilla, grain. Tastes of citrus, funky yeast, fungal character, stone fruits. Tart and dry. Mouthfeel is a bit fluffy with some stinging bubbles. Overall this is good, but I liked it better fresh on tap. This bottle had about a year on it, and I think the yeast went off the rails a bit.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber orange color. Cloudy opaque. Voluminous 6orange-tinged white head. Lots of lacing, very good retention. The aroma has a nice oaky vinous character with a light citrus note. Mild funk. Some pale grain sweetness. Taste is light to medium tart with a lot of pleasant stuff going on. Tropical fruit, medium tannic oak, wine, citrus, subtle peppery spice. The barrel character is probably the strongest element, but it all blends together very well. Very pleasant and refreshing flavor. Mouthfeel is light, relatively gentle carbonation. Very tasty beer.

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Photo of yamar68
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this one on a hunch... fingers crossed...

Glowing pear body with a frothy off-white head and fantastic lace. Retains incredibly well.

Sour white grape, vinous red fruits and clove... fantastic balance of tart, sweet, dry and peppery.

Very mellow acidity that doesn't overwhelm a truly 'farmhouse' flavor profile. Faint sense of tartness only accentuates the subtleties of the sasion base. I'd be interested to see how this one evolves with time.

Very good.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow with a light orange tint in color; very hazy making the beer opaque. Nice rich 1+ finger cream colored head when poured that died down leaving a coating of foam on the surface of the beer and some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Mild slightly funky, yeasty aroma typical of a sour. Delicious light sour flavor; starts with a mild citrusy flavor that moves quickly to a mild sour green apple flavor and ends with a slightly dry, tart finish. Extremely refreshing. Light to medium body, mild carbonation (small bubbles); very smooth mouthfeel. Overall an excellent light sour. I wanted a 2nd glass immediately upon finishing the bottle!

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a tumbler glass with copious foam, which settles pretty quickly. Not much if any lace, but there's a lasting veil across the surface. Hazy saturated orange color, rapid rising carbonation.

Damp wood and hay aroma, influence of Brett yeast. Slight mineral and citrus rind tang.

Tart with some citrus and dried pineapple flavors, slight Brett funk, some dry woody tannin, fairly complex. Spritzy and crisp on the tongue, lingering Brett yeast in the dry aftertaste. Nice and tasty, don't know if i'll buy it again at $23, but would drink again for sure.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 12/14/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, citrus, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a tart citrus flavor. Then some breadiness comes in from wild Belgian yeast and a thin malt character creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good sour representation of style, this is a very good sour Saison to drink for a long time.

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