Brewed by BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Smoked
Saignelégier, Switzerland


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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
BATS: Bière ambrée au Tarry Suchong. Brassée avec différents malts fumés et du thé fumé chinois. L’idée de cette ale fumée m’est venue en visitant une mine d’asphalte, l’odeur caverneuse fut alors retranscrite dans son bouquet. C’est une bière plutôt maltée en bouche, par contre, la phase aromatique se dévoile beaucoup plus sophistiquée, mêlant la délicate touche des divers niveaux de fumé avec une pointe de tanins, avec une belle persistance aromatique

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
77ships (6539) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2015
750 ml. bottle as BFM BATS. BBF 07/2016. A very longtime want given my fascination with BFM & my love of Tarry Suchong (yes I am that white). Deep red fruit amber, little tanned head. Nose is weirdly sweetish band-aids mixed fish guts, sweetish plastic, weirdly oily,…. Mmh not too exciting & not really like Tarry Suchong. If I had to pick a tea here, I would go with Pu-erh, which I do not care for (once again, yes I am that white). Taste is oily sweet with weird band-aid taste, oily herbs caramel, plastic caramel, faint fish oil, very weird oily, herbal plastic, weird dark fruits, and almost faintly sour, very oily bark. Body is super oily. Not liking it too much, quite disappointing really. I have had good smoked tea beers so I know that fermentation doesn’t ruin it per definition or anything like that, the tea is pretty robust, this one is all weird, didn’t do it for me. Not really like Tarry Suchong either for me, some kind of smoked tea maybe but not one that appeals to me. There appears to be plenty of tea oil in here just not in a good way for me. Also easily my least favourite BFM beer so far.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (920) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Cloudy dark red color with a foam layer. The smell reminds of tea with red berries. The taste is not super complex, but quite balanced with a lot of red berry fruits and black tea. Nice, pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1601) - Garching, GERMANY - OCT 9, 2015
Amber color with tan head. Smoked malt, tea, great aroma, some fruity sourness. Taste is similar, like a smokey amber with tea. Soft carbonation. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1615) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2015
750 ml bottle at home. Pours cloudy reddish amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is a sour-ish smoked malt base with some herbal and floral scents indeed. Medium body, a bit sweet and smoked, flavours make one remind of tea, with a mixture of smoked and sour malt. Quite complex for a 6%-er but I like their sour beers way more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (4340) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2015
Ambrée. Mousse beige. Nez fruité, un peu terreux, herbes sèches. Bouche d’herbes fumées, très sèche, mince, pétillante. Un verre de dégustation, pas davantage. Finale très courte. Drôle de bière mais je ne déteste pas l’expérience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle, 75cl corked. As BATS, at Haand Festival 2014. It pours an unclear, dark golden body under an off-white head. The aroma is lightly smoked, with a hint of peat. Dried apricotes and a touch of tea too. Quite subtle flavor with peat smoke, dried fruits and a light malty touch. Not much bitterness detected, but as in the aroma there’s some tea here, lasting for a good while. Dry and full-bodied. An unusual one indeed, but nice anyway. 140524

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2322) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2015
Rating #2000. Bottle from Table and Vine. Amber with red hue lasting beige fizzy fluffy head and lace. Mild aroma of fruit funk wood leather smoke and tea. Mild fruity sweetness with hints of woody nuts plenty of smoke, especially as it warms funky farmhouse leather woody finish. Medium light body. Low internal carb, most of the carb seeps out through the fizzy head, but the texture is nice and soft. Excellent. Yay me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3780) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
Un verre en fût au Saint-Bock sous le nom BATS. Une bière ambrée avec une mousse beige. Un nez intense de fumée, de moule fumé. La bouche est peu complexe car dominée par la fumée. Une curiosité qui est pour le moins étonnante.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crlnts (390) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 18, 2014
Hazy amber, small white head. Strong malt base, caramel, sweet. On top of that, light smoked tea taste. Pleasing but not radical.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sebilinz (1364) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber body with white head. Aroma is some malts some floral notes and hints of smoke. Taste is some yeast with some malts and some herbs. Aftertaste malty with some tea. O. K.

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