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

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86
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 4
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:
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.

(Beer added by: OldSock on 06-02-2006)
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Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer foamed out of the bottle like a volcano and kept foaming out of the bottle even after I'd poured two chalices. Unbelievable! The foamiest beer I've ever had. The aroma is lightly spicy and toasty with cinammon, clove, apricot, and a tannic finish. The flavor is even spicier, and is similar to the aroma. There is also a woodiness to the beer that balances the spiciness. Very dry and tannic, not very creamy, but not rough either. There is a bitter herbalness to this beer as well, but it tastes more like sage than hops. Very interesting. Pretty drinkable, a little intense to have much, but interesting enough to keep quaffing. Very nice to see this beer available in the states.I'll definitely be trying some more of their offerings.

Georgiabeer, Apr 15, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of EastBay_Nick
4/5  rDev +4.2%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

merlin48, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of acknight
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

acknight, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of ADR
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

ADR, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

stereosforgeeks, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

glid02, May 20, 2010
Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

ggaughan, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of seavercm
4/5  rDev +4.2%

seavercm, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Griffith, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Sammy, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

cjgator3, May 01, 2009
Photo of BeerZack
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

BeerZack, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +4.2%

zonker17, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

thagr81us, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.2%

GRG1313, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Samp01, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

akorsak, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

emerge077, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of rallison
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

rallison, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

freduardo, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

weeare138, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Cresant, Jan 04, 2009
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Cuvée Du 7ème from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.