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Brewed by BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Saignelégier, Switzerland

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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
La Meule, bière blonde 6% vol. est une blonde non conventionnelle au bouquet intense marqué par des notes de houblons puissants (agrumes, foin séché, gingembre) et souligné d’une pointe de sauge. En bouche son carbonique fin fait place à une amertume franche conférant de la longueur à cette bière

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4.8
SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Cloudy straw with white clumps and a thin white head. Soft medium body with medium carbonation.



Aroma: bright sourness, sweet pilsner malt, and just a hint of sage. Has a definite honey and lemon character to it.



Taste: citrusy tartness, moderate lambic character, pilsner malt, and minty sage.



Very nice, refreshing, and complex. Sour enough to be thirst quenching, yet still sessional. A great beer that i was not expecting.

4.4
crossovert (14038) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Brewed in the Swiss mountains.

From the exploseive pop of the brown belgian-styled flip top bottle the liqud goodness of this brew emanated to the mouth of the bottle, but I poured it into my Duvel tulip glass quickly with an uncontrollable white head with tons of brown bits in it. THe head recedes rather quickly to a froth atop the beer leavng some ornate lacing. The beer s a murky cider-like color with a nice cache of goodies sitting in the bottom of the glass.

This one smells amazing, there are hints of lemon lime, apple peel, sourness, a hint of woodsy pine, fruity, yeast twang, and a nice blast of sage. The sage smells very fragrant and perfumey. There is a little bit of alcohol burn in the nose but not overt.

The body is smooth but well-carbonated, in fact some pretty exceptional mouthfeel overall. The taste is very bold and has some tartness and spice that melts into a smooth sage and malty finish. Not really sure how to describe the taste on this one, it is just a smooth easily palatable flavor, yet it has some tang and sourness. The alcohol is more apparent as you go but not overt.

Overall this is a unique brew that should be tried at least once and savored

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-11-2009 02:30:24

4.4
dwyerpg (6454) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2012
This is tasty. Don’t really notice the sage all that much,except way after finished drinking. Taste quite a bit like a crisp Belgian blonde. Nice.

4.4
erikaraeb (308) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2017
Rich and herby brew from a great brewery. Perhaps not for everyone, but if you like yeasty blondes and sage then I’d highly highly recommend

4.3
lachrymalisis (448) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Dry honey malt, fresh herbal aromas and flavors, laced with beautifully dry, vinous sour fruit flavors. This redefines what beer can be.

4.3
Wombata (627) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 9, 2014
Tap at Marciero.
Aroma: Sweet herb, orange, sage, honey, floral.
Palate: Medium-bodied.
Flavor: Dried orange with a small amount of peel, sage, white pepper, honey, long, complex spicy & herbal & citrus finish.
Comment: Brilliant stuff!

4.2
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2002
Cloudy blonde with white head. Amazing aroma. Spicy and candyish (the aroma reminds a bit of the hated Ceres Bering Bryg). The flavour has a very nice medicinal bitterness. This is a very original and interesting beer. Thanks Alex.

4.2
SubCapt (23) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 [update Jun 30, 2006]

Jerôme’s been obviously working on it, and the current batches have evolved towards more stability and a more mastered fermentation process.
The beer’s become noticeably drier, crisper, both the sage and the final bitterness coming out a lot more clearly.
La Meule’s definitely carving a niche as one of Switzerland’s great beers.

[Jun 10, 2005]
Nice orange-ish golden colour, slightly cloudy.
Good stable white head.

Nose fruity and spicy / herbal aroma, ranging from ginger (there’s none) to italian herbs (sage is used here, according to the brewer, but it took me four years to extract this confession).

Amazing palate echoing the nose, with more sage, a touch of sourness (depending of age of samples), and a good herbal / grassy / spicy final bitterness.

Has known a slight drop in quality in 2002, but is now back on track, and damn well so !

Ages pretty well (three years, easily) and it is worth keeping a week or so upright at the bottom of the fridge, to make sure it settles, and pour it gently to obtain a clear one. The sage, especially, gets a lot crisper then.

One of the great, defiantly original yet damn drinkable, beers of Switzerland.


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