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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at the Christmas event at Hunger N Thirst, served chilled in a tulip.

The color is like orange marmalade with light haze and thick white cream head with average bead, lace sticks and retention is good. The smell has a strong tropical aroma with mild funk and light lemon zest with pineapple the dominant aroma. The feel is very good with textures that are dry, tangy and mildly warm with medium carbonation and light sweetness with mild bitterness in the extra dry finish.

The taste is very good, not exactly sure where to start there is a subtle horseblanket type wild yeast flavor with mostly tropical fruit adding the most flavor from the yeast with a slight acidic lemony zest and hint of spice with lactic acid and mild malt coming through. There is a slight woody possibly from the hops in the finish. Overall a very good beer, lots of complexity I was extremely pleased to try this on tap.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy dark golden color with beige head. Aroma has intense farmhouse notes like fermented fruits, wet hay and other rustic notes. Taste starts with a hint of fruit tartness but gets more balanced and fruity, slightly malty with farmhouse flavors throughout and finishes quite dry with a slight amount of bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. A really rustic, well made, elegant farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw Thorpe’s rating and had to grab a pour of this. The beer is orange with a small white head. Spotty lacing. The aroma brings floral notes, light citrus, oranges, funk. Smells nice. Grassy and herbal. Smooth on the palate with low carbonation. Light bitterness in the finish. Tasty beer.

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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 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 MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a number of times on-tap, and both in 750ml and 33cl formats. Served in a Darkness tulip.

A - Voluminous eggshell foam settles to a creamy meringue cap and intricate glass-coating lace patterns. Lightly hazed peach flesh body with plenty of visible bubbles rising to the top. Nearly perfect other than a few specks of suspended sediment.

S - A nice mix of lactic sourness, candi, slightly spicy Saison yeast, and stone fruit malt sweetness. As it warms there is lightly medicinal brett and a touch of hay.

T - Taste is a bit less acidic and sour, with more funky Saison character to it. Stone fruits, pineapple light pale malt, but less sweet and more perfume-esque. Light lemony lactic tartness and mineral in the finish.

M - Extremely dry, medium-light body, with slightly prickly active carbonation. No alcohol, nor would one expect any. Quite refreshing on a hot summer day. Texture is a bit grainy, but there's good heft for a 5% brew.

D - Any extremely tasty Saison with supreme drinkability. Even at the price point I find myself returning to this one often. Hopefully Jerome keeps making this one as it's a great brew.

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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 John_M
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pour with some orange highlights and a foamy one-finger white head. Great sour aroma of citrus and light yeast. Taste is lightly sour with orange and lemon standing our very nice upfront. Very light bodied with medium carbonation and also has just a hint of grass and bread. Finishes slightly sour. Just wish the flavor lingered a little longer.

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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 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 Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slight gusher even after I had the bottle in the fridge after I bought it.

Huge head of foam this beer brings; it took quite a few wee additions to get a full glass. Very cloudy, it looks like a glass of grapefruit juice thanks to the completely disappearing foam.

The nose is delightful. Mild funky notes, light spice, hints of some souurness going on, and a rather substantial aroma of a hoppy bitterness.

There's that oak character. I deliberately searched for it right off the bat as I couldn't get any from the smell. The usual flavours settle in quick smart. Light funk, some lemon citrus, a dash of spice as in pepper and very light clove, and a minimum of a fruity tartness. Scratch that. The tart notes are getting more noticeable with every sip.

I would call it on the lighter side of medium bodied with rather light carbonation, which surprises me.

I am very impressed with this Saison by BFM!

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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 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 barczar
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is reminiscent of sweet-tarts, along with a touch of hay, musty grapes, and confectioners sugar.

Flavor is tart and vinous initially, with modest sweetness that soon vacates and is replaced with a dry, earthy, peppery finish. Really opens as it warms, revealing apple and moldy basement notes.

Fairly complex profile, with the perfect saison dryness and spiciness.

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