Cuvée Du 7ème - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
4.63/5 rDev +19.9%
The beer poured into the chalice amber brown but straight up dark amber when held to light. The head was off-white, slow forming and grew well in a tight and moussy formation that laced the glass.
The aroma was earthy with a farmhouse character and a light spice. Dark fruits, namely raisins, were present. Also a nice dark caramel aromatic was prominent and a very slight oud bruin tartness with cherry esters.
The flavor was much different than expected. The beer was well bittered and had many flavor characteristics found in many of the Saison's found today. The flavor had a light Brett character, nothing powerful, but enough to be present. The dark fruits were lightly present but trounced by hop character and flavor which were earthy and well done with an excellent complexity. Peppery spice was present and was interesting. Just a very light tartness was begining to develop in the flavor and only served to add more complexity to the party.
The finish was dry with a lasting peppery spice and dry dark fruit character into the aftertaste and bittering lasing well beyond that. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was creamy. Some warming from alcohol was present after consumption but alcohol did not play any particular role in the aroma or flavor. A wonderful beer, it's dark but has more in common with a Saison than a Belgian Strong Dark.
750 ml bottle. The label says Rouse de garde and 2006. Just noticed that the neck label has 00276 on it.
06-08-2006 21:42:11 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
06-28-2008 13:49:28 | More by merlin48
4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
06-21-2006 00:27:11 | More by ADR
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-29-2007 03:20:50 | More by stereosforgeeks
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
05-20-2010 21:15:36 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
06-08-2006 01:20:11 | More by ggaughan
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
Wow. Can't beleive this is listed as BSDA. Sort of biere de garde/flemishy.
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!
01-13-2009 02:51:27 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
07-01-2007 04:01:37 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
10-20-2006 00:04:09 | More by NeroFiddled
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-01-2009 04:20:47 | More by cjgator3
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-08-2009 16:53:00 | More by BeerZack
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
11-16-2010 13:04:29 | More by thagr81us
3.75/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-10-2013 17:44:06 | More by Samp01
3.2/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
09-24-2006 14:19:21 | More by akorsak
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
01-20-2008 02:51:25 | More by emerge077
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
01-31-2008 08:10:24 | More by rallison
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
07-07-2006 18:22:35 | More by weeare138
3.4/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
01-04-2009 16:59:49 | More by Cresant
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
07-29-2009 22:43:43 | More by triptens
Cuvée Du 7ème from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.