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

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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

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87
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571
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl stubby bottle sealed with a flip top cap with BFM logo.
poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: translucent yellow orange bodied beer; the bottom yeast gets poured into the beer and it changes into an opaque orange bodied beer that looks like orange juice. Massive fluffy bone white head. Head drops down to thick cap very slowely because the head has excellant staying power. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: stanky stanky yeast is the first thing you smell; this is pretty funky smelling beer as well. White wine adding a brightness and tartness to the nose.

Taste: starts out with almost moderate bitter hops, light bready malts, and hint of honey sweetness. Fresh cut grass, fruity, and floral hop notes. Moderate level of musty and skunky funk that is pretty nice. Light notes of sweet orange flesh, white grapes, and pineapples with bitter orange peel that adds a contrast to the sweetness. Finishes with a hint of white wine and oak.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. The body of the beer is airy and creamy, but the wine barrel adds some heft to the body of this beer. Slightly dry finish; less than a semi dry finish.

Overall: This is a pretty solid wine barrel aged saison. This is my first beer from this brewery and I would say that I will be interested in trying more beers from them. I would not have expected a saison this good to come from Switzerland.

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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 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 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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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden straw with a fluffy white cap. Nose is of oak, wine, lemon, grass, skunk, damp hay, and melon. On the palate, lemon and grassiness hit first, with barrel coming in on the back end. Finish is of wine and lemon with some grainy wheat. Lighter body, firm carbonation. This is a damn fine saison filled with barrel character; right in my wheelhouse.

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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 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 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 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 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 FoamFingers
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First sour beer I ever had, so take this with a grain of salt. 2.5 puckers out of a possible five, and you will definitely notice that this isn't a "regular" beer. Exotic, subtle, and somehow Christmasy suggestion of fruit and spice. Like so many sours, expensive.

UPDATE

Tried again in April, 2016. Have learned the difference between a saison and a real sour. Downgraded to 2.5/5 puckers. Second tasting was on draft, first out of a bottle. The drink from the keg brought more evidence of banana to the nose, and a bit more foam on the top of cloudy body.

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Photo of gtermi
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a cloudy golden body. Has a sweet saison funk to the smell. The taste is brett forward with a nice sweetness. Thicker carbonation and body. Very solid beer

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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 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 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 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 FondueVoodoo
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Phyl21ca for sending this out west in a great trade.

A: Pours with four fingers of white microfilm head top a mirky apricot brew.

S: Tart green apples and pears with lemon juice and fresh green grass and meadow floral notes topped with a sweet amber honey.

T: Fruity and sweet with stone fruits of apricots and peaches. Tartness of lemon rinds and chalky minerals with a slight sour brett. There are some yeasts, but those seem to be over shadowed but the sour and tart.

M: Soft carbonation with a light body, supports the smell and taste perfectly.

O: Refreshing and tangy with just enough sweetness and chalky minerals to add depth to the flavour & smell. Enjoyable and drinkable, light enough to enjoy a couple of glasses in a sitting.

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

LIGHT SOUR.

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 MarcWP
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into stemmed belgian glass.

Appearance is a murky orange with fluffy cream colored head that leaves a nice film on the sides of glass.

Aroma is of soft citrus, berries, oak, subtle winter spices, freshly baked sourdough bread, and a certain funk which eludes me at the moment. The nose is certainly not in your face but is quite complex.

The taste yields more soft citrus and fruit characters, phenolic belgian yeast esters abound with black pepper and rosemary, and a wave of barrel character throughout. A touch of tartness possibly coming from the barrel aging in the old Bon-Chein barrels. Balance of flavors is apparent. Smooth as it should be for 5 percent ABV.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Almost silky. Body is where it should be for a barrel aged saison. Maybe a touch lacking on the carbonation.

Overall a very pleasant beer. The barrel aging helps the base beer tremendously. Without it, I'm not sure if the base beer was interesting at all. But the final product is easy drinking, flavorful, with similar attributes to bigger, oak aged farmhouse ales without being as sharp on the palate.

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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 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 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 tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of portia99
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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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XV (√225 Saison) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
4.22 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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