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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 2
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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DCon

Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 33cl/11.2 FL.OZ. Swing-Top bottle of this from The Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $14 (oops, didn't look @ the price before :) Poured from the Bottle w/ BFM & a Gecko branded on it 3 times & the saying "be cool, say it in French <Q-V-DUE-SET-E-M>" on the front label into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Is from 2006 (per sticker on back of bottle).

Aroma- What have we come across here... Very strong and complexed! Starts with a huge sour aroma with dark cherries. Better yet, make that cherry pie! Has a nice sweetness to it as well. Can't believe how hard this hits the nose with its strength. Tremendous!

Appearance- Pours almost no head whatsoever but I wasn't worried about it. Had a viscous, dark bronze colored body even though it came out dark orange (from the bottle). Had tons of yeast/ingredient that stayed at the bottom of the glass. Left suds on the glass. Eye candy if I've ever seen it!

Flavor- Is very candy like from the start from its sweetness. Has a medium amount of citrus hop in the flavor and has a medium amount of bitterness. The backend of the drink has a sourness/ tart finish just like the aroma promises! Sweetness!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, and has a STRONG hop/wheaty finish with a slight tartness left on the palate. Can you say complexed!?!?

Overall Impression- What have I came across!?!? This is without a doubt, the best "Rousse de garde" AND beer I've had this month so far! I actually ordered this because I have never had anything Craft from Switzerland and it looked like an interesting one from the name even. Also, I have never seen/had an Aged Biere De Garde, so this was of interest and helped make the decision to buy it. With this one, I feel like I just walked upon Gold! If you ever see this one, DO NOT hesitate to buy! I am definitely going back to The Bridge to see if I can take another one of these to-go. Definitely in my top 5 of all time brews!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 19:28:29 | More by DCon
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 21:42:11 | More by GCBrewingCo
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jpellett251

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at The Porter 1/11/11.

Pours a nice pale orange, not a huge head. Smells of a little lemon, spicy hops, and some yeasty funk. Taste is beautifully balanced between the funk and the hops with a little malty richness in the background. A little bit of tart fruit, maybe lemon or apple is in there too. Carbonation maybe a little low, but also a little thicker than some sour pales, which I like. I had two and could have easily had more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 16:03:39 | More by jpellett251
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DaveHS

California

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:10:00 | More by DaveHS
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OldSock

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the B. United Website
Cuvee Du 7eme: 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.

Appearance – Picked up at Stateline under the guise of trying something that I had never heard of. The 330 ml swing-top bottle opens with a resounding POP and a small overflow of foam. In my wineglass the beer is a clear amber-red with a big creamy off-white head that lasts until the last for the entire drink.

Smell – Slight alcohol with the perfume of flowers, lavender and citrus. No spices listed on the label, just malt, sugar, yeast and 6 hops. The malt contribution is clean and light and the hops add a subtle spiciness and maybe some of the floral character. Superb complexity from a beer without spices.

Taste – Smooth with lots of yeast and hop complexity. Solid bitterness is balanced out by some sticky sweet toasted malt. A perfect blend of yeast and hops to give the illusion of elaborate spicing, I just wish I knew their secret formula. The beer is in remarkable shape for an import, really fresh and clean.

Mouthfeel – A bit thicker than a standard Belgian style beer, but the sharp carbonation cuts through it keeping the beer from being cloying.

Drinkability & Notes – The great flavor really makes this one easy to drink, it would be a 5 if it were just a bit lighter in the mouth. A single batch for BFM's 7th anniversary beer, very happy I got the chance to try it. Hopefully we'll start seeing a lot more of BFM soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 21:23:55 | More by OldSock
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Bov

Switzerland

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

using 6 sorts of hops added at different times; this is a new version for USA export - cloudy reddish-brown colour with a giant beige foam; complex hoppy nose where flowery and fruity notes are meeting together wih a cookie chocolaty maltiness; creamy mouthfeel and with a strong malt body; robust astringeant bitterness and a long bitter hoppy and a little bit earthy finish - a definitely cleaner, more balanced version (lucky americans !:-))

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 15:39:03 | More by Bov
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle vintage dated 2006. Also the label refers to this beer as a Bier de Garde, not a Belgian Strong dark as it is currently listed in the BA database.

Pours murky amber with orangy hues. A vibrant, off-white head of three inches swelled up before a slow retreat.
Plenty of webbed lacework remains throughout the glass, as well as a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with pink grapefruit, peach skins, oaky tannins, and earthy undertones.
Lemon pith, wet hay, and dusty boards follow through along with hints of wet sock and funky cheese.
Plenty of acid, earth, and fruit.

Light to medium bodied. A creamy and drying mouthfeel. Crispish.

Peach pits, grapefruit pith, lemon spritzed grass, and pineapple skins lead off the pallet. Dried apricots, tannic wood, and bitter, dried greens follow through.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, drying oakiness, and peach skins.

Very complex with a nice level of tartness. Plenty of acid without being overbearing or sour.

Big ups to my SD connection for such a great extra in a trade!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 23:28:09 | More by brewandbbq
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 02:51:27 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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rsawyer

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into my glass, and the glasses of my fellow home brewers.

The beer pours a rich dark brown with visible carbonation. The beer smells earthy, with a combination of dark fruits, hay, and lemon. The beer taste as earthy as I would expect a wild ale to taste, with strong sour notes. I am a funk lover- so I am really loving this beer. This beer has strong carbonation that plays off the sour notes and creates a really lovely taste / mouthfeel.

Overall- this is a great beer- tough to drink a ton of due to complexity- but solid.

BTW- I think I would need to drink this for about a month straight to really get all the flavors in this brew. Super complex!!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 23:30:55 | More by rsawyer
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RickSawyer

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 23:36:02 | More by RickSawyer
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 2006 version. Pours a hazy copper orange color with a fluffy 3" head that lasts a long time. Nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: big fruity nose with some yeast tones.

Taste: caramel, yeast, ripe red fruits, pepper spice, hearty bitterness, and a hint of alcohol. Full flavored beer here.

Mouthfeel: prickly crispness at the start while the finish is crisp and dry.The flavors linger briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff for the style. Beer was expensive at $14.99 for a bomber bottle, so multi-bottle purchases seem unlikely. Was it worth $14.99 ? That's up for debate, but the beer is very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 20:23:59 | More by Gavage
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-24-2014 20:28:58 | More by HopStoopid120
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-22-2014 18:44:33 | More by afsdan
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watchnerd

California

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 750 ml bottle. I wouldn't call it a Belgian Strong Dark Ale at all, finding it closer to a saison, but it is good, being a unique amalgam of Belgian blonde and saison tastes, with just a tiny hint of lambic sourness. Enjoyable and a bit lemony. If you like this, you’d also like Flemish Primitive.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 07:23:44 | More by watchnerd
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 00:27:11 | More by ADR
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cask Republic.

A: Slightly hazy reddish-amber body with a lusciously creamy finger of persistent, sticky ecru head. Tantalizing.

S: Bracingly sour (slightly more acetic than lactic, but both kinds of acidity are present), along with some floral and cherry nuances that add depth. Surprising and terrific.

T: Candied cherry and malt sweetness open things up, followed by some floral yeast and a dry, sour, chalky finish. Hugely complex, but a little too heavy on the sweetness - more sourness and bitterness would have both been welcome.

M: Creamy full body is underscored with ultra-fine carbonation. Decadent.

D: It's a little heavy on the sweetness, but the acidity goes a long way to balancing things out. Great beer - I'd drink far more if it weren't $12 a glass.

Notes: I've really got to hand it to Cask Republic for getting some truly surprising, impressive, and unique beers. I've never seen anything from BFM in CT before (tap or bottles), and here I find a 5 year old anniversary Bière de Garde that's turned into a luxurious sour. Wow.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 22:53:53 | More by woosterbill
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 21:15:36 | More by glid02
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 02:51:25 | More by emerge077
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 16:43:43 | More by hopsaplenty
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popery

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer foamed up hugely upon decapping. I filled four glasses with foam before it died down enough to pour properly. The appearance is somewhat marred by the carbonation kicking up all of the yeast. At any rate, it pours a light brown color with an excellent, creamy head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with earthy complexity. The beer tastes similarly, a balanced sugar sweetness with notes of apricots, oranges and plums. There is also a balancing bitter herbal flavor and a good but somewhat light Belgian earthiness. The feel is smooth and creamy and drinkability is very good. Overall, it's a fairly delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 03:43:30 | More by popery
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Way too much of a head sits atop the cloudy amber liquid; on the flip side, as it settles, the retention is great, and so is the lacing

Smell: While there are a number of interesting elements to the aroma, I cannot get past the band-aid phenolics, but I'll try; there is some stone fruit, vegetal funk and just a hint of toffee

Taste: Fortunately, the beer tastes far better than it smells; opens with a funky blend of licorice, rum raisin, apricot and toffee that is particularly herbacious - absolutely wild, in fact; after the swallow, the sweeter elements of toffee and licorice nip out the herbal and funky aspects but produce a compellingly complex finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but overly carbonated

Drinkability: Despite my schizophrenic scoring, this beer is rather enjoyable to drink; just wish the smell and mouthfeel were as good as the flavor

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 00:34:31 | More by brentk56
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 04:01:37 | More by Sammy
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EastBay_Nick

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-31-2013 03:42:44 | More by EastBay_Nick
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 13:49:28 | More by merlin48
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 01:20:11 | More by ggaughan
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Cuvée Du 7ème from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.