Cuvée Du 7ème - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Cuvée Du 7èmeCuvée Du 7ème

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BA SCORE
86
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldSock on 06-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This amazing beer was created the day we commemorated the 7th anniversary of the Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes. The opening days, held every year on the first Saturday of November, are the opportunity for the brewer to devise a new recipe.
This one-off impressed B. United International Inc.'s boss so much that he asked for it to be brewed again just for you lot across the Pond. It is brewed using a combination of 6 aroma hop varieties, which give it a moderate bitterness and a complex bouquet evolving over time. Yes, because Cuvee Du 7eme will improve over time, you should stash it away in a cellar.
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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by ADR:
Photo of ADR
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big 750 ml bottle, dated 2006...

Hazy ginger brown color with a reddish cast, giant head of over an inch. Laces are thin, spidery, and complete. Whew, sharp aroma, almost like onion juice over very aged cheddar. Mouthfeel is on the light side (the last pour from the big bottle is plenty thick and sedimented), carbonation is well-spaced and subdued. The taste is very unusual with a lot of complexities, perhaps this alone makes this fairly expensive brew worth the price. Malty syrupy underpinnings, almost molasses in tone with a tangy yeast and dry hoppiness. All along, there's a distinct medicinal quality, minty in a wintergreen manner, spicy with clove and mace, and an overlay of strong ginger. Pretty interesting product here, nice to try something very different and somewhat challenging.

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazy orange body with a small beige head that has some staying power. Extravagant lacing like drywall paste.

Interesting aroma has some fruity peach, cracked white pepper, lemon rind, and some floral hops.

Medium body with a low medium carbonation. A prevailing dryness rules the mouthfeel.

Taste has some lemongrass, white pepper, lavender water, and a ton of floral and herbal notes. Very complex.

This one is very enjoyable but quite a style bender. I don't have an idea what style this is but I certainly wouldn't call it a Belgian strong dark ale.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – An amber color hue with a HUGE foamy white head. very appealing looking.

Smell – Notes of flowery hops, yeast, some oranges rind, lemon, and lavender.

Taste – Very clean. The yeast and different hops mingle with some sweet malt. Very complex for the few ingredients.

Mouthfeel – Sweet and sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation is very active.

Drinkability – I am glad I got to try this. I would definitely pick up some more if I could.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a very hazy golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with mild amounts of breadiness. Also present are slightly funky light fruits - pears and green apples.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off with funky and mildly tart pear flavors. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors sweeten a bit and indistinct spicy flavors join in, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this wasn't as good as the normal Abbaye de St. Bon Chien but it seems like a lightly spiced version that's still good. Worth a shot.

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Monk's Cafe BFM tasting the other night. Beer was served from a 11.15 oz bottle with a swing top. The beer poured a amber color that was a bit hazy and had a nice crisp off white head. The aroma of the beer game me some citrus hints and other fruit tones combined with an earthy character. The taste was a suble mix of hop bitterness and malty sweetness. There were also notes of the yeast coming through and making this a very pleasant beer. This was the first BFM beer I tried that night and it was one of the last ones also as we came back to it after trying the other 6 that were available.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Can't beleive this is listed as BSDA. Sort of biere de garde/flemishy.

2006 vintage.

anyway, pours a nice ruby color with an off white head that retains pretty well and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is slightly wild, some nice vinous nose and some grape skin and cherry.

Taste follows with great fruit flavors and nice vinous notes. Grapes and slight cherry. Man, very nice beer. There is a significant wild presence in here, but I would not call this one sour or tart, but there is a good wild presence that lends itself to the nice dryness on the finish. A good grapeiness. Very dry.

Mouthfeel is right where I like it in beer like this. Good carbonation, very nice dryness.

Drinkability is solid, but this is a good one to sip with some nice cheese. Not chuggable, but drinkable as hell for what it is.

Overall I am very impressed with this beer. It really fails to meet any particular style Im aware of, but is closest to a biere de garde I would say. I really like the slight sourness combined with the very dry finish. The fruit flavors in here are very good as well. I love the vinous grape notes. An awesome beer!

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Although BFM markets the 6 types of hops, the bitterness is well contained, and most substantiated in the finish. Superior tasty Belgian dark, with herbal aroma. Some caramel, grassiness, bold taste for merely 7.5% (and great for a weekencd lunch), orange peel citrus, coriander,fruity,sweet spicey yeasty.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had very high hopes for this beer as it cost me $6.99 from BierKraft in Brooklyn. As suggested on the label, I let it warm to just below cellar temperature (50º-53ºF) before tasting it.

It opened with a 'crack', and was a bit hard to pour as even the initial liquid foamed up immensely (not that hasn't happened to me with some of my favorite Belgian beers), but once that settled a bit I was able to fill the goblet. It delivered a cloudy deep-chestnut colored body beneath a thick-thumb of frothy yellowed-antique-white. Over time the head died down, but a continual creamy covering was maintained, and it left walls of thick and creamy lace about the glass. Nice!

The nose was yeasty and spicy. The label reads that it's made with 6 aroma hops, but I didn't really get a whole lot of hops at all - what was there was floral and spicy (although the spice may have been from the yeast).

Although it had a massive carbonation to begin with, most of that was released during the pour, and it was gently effervescent with a tingle on the tongue and a smooth, medium-light body.

The flavor was very much as the nose indicated, with spice and yeast (that's both "yeast", and yeasty fruitiness) over a lightly sweet, subtly candyish, mildly chocolate-tinged malt, and an alcohol-soaked raisin side. The bitterness was brisk and solid underneath, and it finished dry with a wash of alcohol and some lingering spice (seems almost like dull nutmeg and all-spice, but it's probably clove).

Overall, I found it to be poorly made, with characteristics of a high fermentation temperature; and a general lack of interesting character, and by that I mean that it lacked flavor - it certainly has a large amount of flavor - it doesn't seem to have any real depth or complexity. Maybe I had a bad bottle. Maybe it was poorly stored. But as a professional brewer for over a decade, I think I can see through that... this is just not focused enough.

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- There is a lot of carbonation in the bottle, I definitely had to pour very slowly to avoid an over pour. Poured into a snifter. Pours a brownish amber color with a huge off-white head from all the carbonation.

S- The aroma features some toasted grain and caramel. There was also some dark fruits along with some yeasty and spicy characteristics too.

T- The taste is caramel and dark ripe fruits, along with some spiciness and alcohol in the finish. This is a very nice flavorful beer.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer that is worth a shot.

Photo of BeerZack
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle says 2006, purchased from LiquorMax.

Pours a deep orange with hints of amber. Nice pillowy cream-colored head that leaves good lace.

Sweet and slightly sourish smells come out. Strong Sourdough bread component with woody or barrel-like notes. Figs, dried apricots.

Sour (tart) and somewhat dryish or muted dried fruit flavors. Tastes pretty much like you would expect from a bier de garde, with an extra (cherry?) fruit impression.

Dry, almost tannic impression here, but kinda watery feel overall... so I guess it seems balanced. Nice beer for sure.

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into in a Duvel tulip. Poured a massively hazy yellow-orange with loads of sediment with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quite quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, slight hops, and a subtle sour note. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, very slight hops, and sour apple. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice refreshing brew. The flavor was quite nice and the aroma was good as well. The sour note of this one stole the show for me and made me enjoy it even more. However, I am a big fan of the sour, so if you aren't you might not enjoy this one as much. Glad I picked this one up and that it is still available in my area.

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml flip top bottle. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with no head. Aroma and Taste of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, very fruity, some plums and raisins, slightly sour tart flavor. Palate is a medium body, light carbonation, mildly tart flavor. Finishes with Belgian yeast, fruity, plums and raisins, ending I’d mildly sweet tart and fruity. Overall a good drinking Belgian brew.

Photo of akorsak
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a 330 mL flip top bottle.

A: The ale is dark in color with a thick ring of head that twice overflowed.

S: The ale has a musky yeast aroma that implies a good bit of strength in the ale.

T: The ale has a strong alcohol flavor that is underscored by alefruits, some figs and dates primarily.

M: The mouthfeel is a little rough, as the yeast and the alcohol give the beer a strong flavor.

D: Not a bad beer but nowhere near the best in the nebulous style.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served around 50º cellar temperature...after the first pour, the bottle began to slowly foam while sitting upright. In the glass there was a copious amount of dense/sturdy eggshell foam. It had a hazy, rusty amber tone to it. Racing carbonation from the bottom of the glass, at the point where the bowl meets the stem.

Very doughy and twangy lemon in the nose.

Tastes of amber malt with muted spices, lingering orange peel and buttery biscuits. It has a light tartness, but not overtly sour. Saison -like with a steady flow of carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish.

Drinks very light & balanced. Perhaps the year plus of aging has sent the spices into the background. If you still have this vintage sitting around, break it out on a spring or summer afternoon with a cheese plate.

Photo of rallison
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a 2 finger off-white head that sticks around pretty well and leaves a touch of lacing. Smells very interesting - some sweet caramel with some odd piny hops I think. Some other notes that I can't quite identify and I wouldn't necessarily call good (but not all that bad either).

Upon first taste, I am not a huge fan. This is no Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Relatively well hopped with piny hops with a lot of spicing and some qualities reminiscent of saisons. Relatively dry, with some astringency. Some toffee sweetness is back there. Bitterness and spiciness lingers. Might be some oxidation as well, and a bit of musky qualities - actually, kind of a woody sort of taste.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp but enjoyable. Drinkability is pretty good.

An interesting, slightly odd beer. Some qualities here that some might not enjoy, but different enough to keep it interesting. I am wondering if this came together better fresh though (although, I haven't had this bottle that long). Would I buy again? Probably not. But, it was worth a try.

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Doppel07/Whaleman for this...
Appears an orange amber with a fluffy light tan head. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of a decent hop presence that is sweet, along with a malt presence that contains notes of herbs, citrus, vanilla cream, and mild toasted nuts.
Taste is of the same aromas with the same sugary blend that seems to fit together in an interesting mix.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front and fading to the back of the tongue in a medium bodied brew.

Photo of Cresant
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 33 cL brown bottle swingtop into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was a dull peach nectar golden brown color. A film of head stayed throughout.

Smell was of dusty Belgian yeast. Dark stone fruits and apricots. Dank. Vinous. Interesting.

Taste was tangy. Fruity. There was a biter building aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium to full. Mouthfilling carbonation.

Photo of triptens
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

07 Vintage 750ml

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a big foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Pretty funky, horsey, pungent nose, with some biscuity malts showing.

Taste: Lemongrass, orange rind, white pepper in the finish. Very nice flavorful tangy beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, highly carbonated, acidic, tangy.

Drinkability: I could split this with another person. Very drinkable, and acidic would be great with some rich food.

Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cuvée Du 7ème - Product of Switzerland.
750 ml bottle

I shared this beer with BA bookert at Sunday evening meal when his family joined mine for dinner. Great evening great beer.

Allowed to warm while we ate. And served after the meal.

Appearance: Poured a murky copper brown color with a big head and notable lacing in my snifter glass.

Smell: Delightful aroma of yeast and spices. Sugary sweet with apples and raisins and a hint of plum and some farmhouse attributes.

Taste: Initially I found this to more pale ale ten strong dark. Our first pours did not include the yeasties and we re-corked the bottle and set it aside. My first thoughts were very sharply sugar with cinnamon and Belgian yeast a hint of apple. I returned to this bottle at the end of the evening after everyone else went to bed it still had the wine cork it ant a glass left. This one I enjoyed even more at room temperature and including the 'bottom of the barrel'. More plum raisin and molasses along with the cinnamon and cardamom. A bit of alcohol on the cheeks forces a slight pucker on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and active and a bit gritty on the palate. Spices and alcohol and sharp sweetness and dryness in the finish tug and pull on the palate keeping you very busy.

Drinkability: This is not a very drinkable beer although it is enjoyable. Two of us left a glass in the 750. It is a beer that demands a lot, but is pleasant; I certainly don't need more than one though.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of geexploitation
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dusky, dingy orange amber. The head on this beer is massive to the point of being a PITA, and it sticks around forever. Soft, yeasty, spicy aroma that only really comes out at higher temperatures (contrary to the temperature serving instructions on the bottle). Also emerging at warmer temperatures are some smooth candi sugar notes. As for the taste, it's very tight at colder temperatures. It's initially sharp with hops before shifting into spice mode, but it's thin when cool. At room temperature, everything gets richer and much more in line with what I'd expect from a Beglian strong dark ale. Mouthfeel at room temp is on the heavy, sticky side of things for a beer, but light for a Belgian dark.

I can't stress enough that this is a beer that benefits from drinking at room temperature. At the lower temperatures I was very disappointed in this one, mostly due to the quality of other beers from this brewery and what this one costs. But at higher temperatures it's a very high quality beer. Probably still not worth the cost, but very good.

Photo of DaveHS
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a white wine glass.

A- Bottle opens with a pop and a few wisps of gunsmoke. Pours the color of apple cider, with a thin ring of white foam around the perimeter of the glass.

S-Tart green apples, fruit esters, earthy farmhouse funk.

T/M-Wow! This is amazing stuff. Starts off tart, then descends into an earthy, funky whirlwind of farmhouse flavors. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth, and there's so much sediment it finishes with a grainy texture.

D- Another excellent beer from BFM!

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle, with no date information.

According to the ingredients on the label, Cuvée du 7ème includes water, malt, a combination of 6 aroma hops, sugar, yeast.

Cloudy rubied amber. Tall, towering head of medium sized almond colored bubbles that settles slowly, but steadily. The solid core of focused carbonation streams send a plethora of bubbles to the surface. A mesa of creamy foam remains surrounded by a few bands of thick lace. Dark fruit and sweet/spicy aromas meld with candied nuts as well as a bit of Belgian-esque yeastiness. An interesting mix of candy sweet and dark fruit spicy aromas. The flavor is all over the place, currants and sugary sweetness bounce off peppery hop spice notes. The alcohol stands out a bit and adds some warming heat through the middle and into the finish. Dark fruit notes arrive as well, plums perhaps, but they are successfully juxtaposed against the intricate hop palate. There is a caramel bit as well as an almost woody-crispness. The back corners of the mouth are left tingling. As with La Meule, the spiciness builds over the course of the bottle, layering complexities. Medium body with fine carbonation and a bit dry. The alcohol lends warmth while the tongue tingles. Interesting and enjoyable and worth seeking out.

Photo of gnemesis
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is from 2006 #00276. 8oz sample poured from 750ml bottle into snifter on 05/17/2011.
Pours amber with darker edges. Fine-bead white head with good retention and slight lace. The nose is of earth, citrus, champagne, and grape. There is a slightly sour twang, with some grape juice, a touch of malt... sweet but balanced. Medium bodied and spritzy medium carbonation. Good beer that drinks like a champagne. Interesting ale indeed.

Photo of RickSawyer
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a milk chocolate, murky brown with hints of amber around the edges. Not very carbonated upon first pour. Smell is pretty interesting. Notes of whole wheat bread, lemon, loads of green grapes, european white wine... all very interesting. Taste follows suit. I wish I knew enough about grapes to name all the grape I was tasting. Strong notes of fig, earthy soil, lemon, wheaty, red apple. Mouthfeel is very 'guard-esque'. Overall, I would most likely need 3 - 4x of these to full appreciate how complex this beer is. Wow.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 Vintage.

750ml split and poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a deep burgundy with a nice haze to it. A half fingers worth of head and leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Some nice unexpected funk, grapes and a nice malt presence. A little bit of brown sugar. The age on this has added some complexities.

T- Taste falls way short of the nose. Pretty malt forward and almost a smokiness to it. No real tartness that was detected in the nose but some dark fruits are noticeable, most notably cranberry.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Just a hint of tartness and pretty dry on the finish.

D- A nice complex smell but the flavor is a little confusing. The 4 years on it has definitely changed this beer. I would like to try it fresh to see what the age has done to it. Interesting but nothing spectacular.

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Cuvée Du 7ème from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.