Posted 23 March 2019 - 12:15 AM
bfm brut de franches sparkling ale brewed in 2015 - 8% abv. this is probably the best example of beer that’s trying to be wine that I’ve ever had, which may not sound like much, but it’s also one of the two or three best sours I can remember too, which is important because I think you have to point to lambics to say that this tastes like beer. this is a blend of three versions of their square root of 225 saison (regular, smoked, jura barrel aged) and some sugar that was aged at mauler, a swiss champagne maker that appears to make blends of other people’s wine, for three years, which is long enough that it no longer tastes anything like the regular base beer. a lot of champagne yeast must have made its way into this during those three years because the basic flavor is sweet, yeasty champagne. the basic tart/sweet balance is perfect, and there’s also a ton of detail here - apricot, yeast spice, white wine, berries, a little bretty funk, and so on. this isn’t really delicate but it’s very nuanced in a way that almost no other beer I’ve had is. strongly recommended plus.