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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 5
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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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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

2007 vintage.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, and burnt plastic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, fruit, spice, and plastic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with plastic aromas and flavors that are not very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 8-1-2007. I have actually had this beer several times prior to now. Somehow I never took the time to review it. I guess I was too busy enjoying it at Spuyten Duyvil to care about reviews.

Pours a dark brownish with orange tint and it is completely clouded. Nice crème head. Spices are on the nose as in an airy light orange citrus. Flavor is a thick mix of spices. That is the astounding theme here. Spices and a bit of funk. I feel like just biting into a thick bloody steak as I drink this. Feel has an attacking carbonation that is firm on the tongue. Liquid is pretty well bodied too. I say this is very drinkable, though the mass of spices assaulting the palate will definitely turn some people off. But hey, I like it. Enough to have had it a third time already.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of drewone
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fresh on tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA

Absolute no head at all, even with a two foot pour. At first I thought wasn't even any bubbles but on very close inspection there are some minuscule bubbles on a quarter of the rim. Obviously no head. Dark amber color with strong orange overtones. Some haze.

Strong licorice aroma (anise?). Smells medicinal.

Interesting flavor of caramel and sweet cherry. The anise is present, but less so. Very unusual. Soft and short aftertaste. Great combination of sweetness and licorice. Full bodied with nearly no carbonation.

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

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thoroughly over carbonated, the beer starts to foam up as soon as I pop the cap, this active bottle is definitely sitting in the sink where it can foam at its leisure. I am able to get maybe two-fingers of beer in my glass with the rest being foam, including a good two-fingers above the rim of my glass. The head is a light tan color and sits on top of a reddish-pink tinged, copper colored brew that is almost brilliantly clear. The aroma is quite interesting, a mix of damp, earthy / musty notes, ripe fruit and malt. Amped up notes of red apple, plums, candied tropical fruit are offset by a mix of malt and funky notes. The malt leans toward toasted grain, crushed malt and biscuit notes while the funky notes provide an overripe fruitiness and a touch of musty funk.

Lightly sweet, but it finishes with a sharp, substantial bitterness as well as a bit of musty funkiness. The beer is quite light bodied, almost surprisingly given the perceived sweetness, though I think a lot of the sweetness is accentuated by the amped up fruit character of this brew. The fruit notes lean towards a mix of strawberries, rip melons, berries, plum and blood oranges. The fruitiness seems a bit over-ripe, which is really where the funkiness comes in to play, but there is a light, musty, damp earthiness here that contributes lightly to the flavor profile. The malt character has all but dissapeared from the flavor, probably reduced by whatever bug has dried this out.

What a strange beer, the mix of hop focus (which has clearly mellowed with age) and weird fruity funkiness (was this even intended) can be a bit confusing at times. I admit though that the two don't really get in the way of each other. While this may not be the exact vision of the brewer (though maybe it is), it is certainly an interesting, engaging and tasty brew. In the end this is definitely a hop dominated brew, especially since the malt character has been reduced so much by the "wild" bug, but I like the light funky influence.

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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 afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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 jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle making a five-finger+ white rocky head that goes quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Ton of yeast. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty, yeasty nose. Flavor is sweet and spicy some raisin, clean finish. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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