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

XV (√225 Saison)XV (√225 Saison)
BA SCORE
94.5%
Liked This Beer
4.24 w/ 581 ratings
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
Ranking:
#974
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
581
Liked:
549
Avg:
4.24/5
pDev:
8.25%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
79
Trade:
3
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4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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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3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
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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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4.45/5  rDev +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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 94.5% out of 100 with 581 ratings
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