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La Meule (316 of 1001)

Rating: 3.8

My first beer from the Franches-Montagnes brewery now, usually abbreviated as BFM, this is a small brewery based in the canton of Jura which shares a border with Basel which is where I managed to grab a bottle while on vacation there recently. This one is one of the first that the brewery made way back in 1998 (although the recipe has been tweaked slightly since then) and it is a beer that takes some influence from Saison Dupont, a beer I’ve reviewed here previously. This one is another Swiss beer to feature in the 1001 beers list, my sixth such beer and the penultimate one of those I still have to add here. Founded in 1997 by Jérôme Rebetez, the BFM brewery is one that specialises in barrel-aged beers and using unusual ingredients. This particular offering, their La Meule, is labelled as a Swiss golden ale but is probably closer to a spiced or herb ale and it is one of two beers from the brewery that I managed to try whilst in Switzerland, the other being their soon to be reviewed Curvee Alex Le Rouge imperial stout.

La Meule

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a hazy orange colour with a  one centimetre, foamy white head on top that is slightly creamy looking and quite thick. Retention is pretty good with the beer with it managing to hold well for the opening couple of minutes and keep about three-quarters of its original height.
Aroma (7/10): This one opens up with quite a lot of yeast coming through, there is some nice citrus notes as well and I got a few touches of spice into the bargain. The nose featured some oranges and plenty of coriander alongside a hint of sourness. The balance seemed good with fresh and floral notes coming through alongside some herbs and a hint of bitterness right at the end.
Taste (7/10): Light, pale malts and a good helping of spice kick things off here before some coriander, cloves and some citrus flavours start to show themselves; there is a nice mix or orange and lemon flavours with some yeast not far behind. I managed to detect some biscuit malts around the middle with touches of bread before the floral flavours from the nose along with some junipers, pine and grassy touches that sneak in towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and quite a lively feel thanks to the strong carbonation levels which helped to give the beer a refreshing feel and made it an easy one to drink. The balance of the beer seemed good throughout with it featuring quite a dry and crisp palate that was sharp towards the end but very pleasing.

Overall (16/20): This one was quite a lively and spicy beer with good carbonation as well as being an easy one to drink which helped it to grow on me as I worked my way down the glass. There was some refreshing aspects to the beer and the citrus played its part in balancing out the pale malts and spice whilst adding some to the complexity of the beer making La Meule one of the better spiced beers I’ve tried; great stuff all round.

Brewed In: Saignelégier, Jura, Switzerland
Brewery: BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
First Brewed: 1998
Full Name: BFM La Meule
Type: Herbed/Spiced Beer
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Drinks of the World (Basel)
Price: 5.20 CHF (approx. £3.37)

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  1. December 14, 2015 at 12:03

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