That’s a mouthful. OK, so I gave you the old standby in the Dogfish Head 60 Minute piece…..now I’m giving you Weird Beer. This beer, brewed by the crazies at BFM in Switzerland, is, oh, just another 6% amber ale brewed with some smoked malt and Lapsang Souchong tea. Smoked tea.
I have had some oddball BFM beers before, and they are always fun beers to drink, and usually (in my opinion) quite good and dialed in, for being so odd.
Poured into a giant wine glass, it shows a slightly hazed amber. Not opaque, but there’s some wispy cloudiness. I’m not getting a ton of foam off the pour, but it still appears reasonably carbonated.
The aroma is pretty crazy. It smells like….smoked juniper berries, if there was such a thing. Some stonefruit, it smells somewhat tart and funky too, like there’s Brettanomyces in here. The smoked tea is there, too, but it doesn’t smell like a campfire as it tends to in a tea cup.
This is definitely a Brett beer, whether intentional or otherwise – I’m getting that crazy pineapple-leather flavor, along with a good bit of sea salt. In fact, mid-palate it does taste a bit like a sea-salt beer these guys brewed called Douze. The smoked tea is actually relegated to a supporting role here on the finish, but it does take over on the aftertaste. And yeah, I am also getting fleeting notes of the juniper I was smelling. Let the aftertaste linger long enough and I taste a thick, caramel-drizzled bread.
A confusing, complicated beer with a lot going on, but it somehow works, as it usually does with this brewery.
This one wants cheese badly. How about a little Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue?