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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Jason1337, Apr 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JDavidRice, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

GRG1313, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of ToasterChef
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 33cl bottle is poured into a tulip glass. There is no sticker indicating when this was bottled.

The beer is slightly hazy and has the color of dirty copper. A uniform head made up of tiny off-white bubbles rests on top. There is a good amount of clinging carbonation at the bottle of the glass. Swirling leaves a good amount of foamy film behind.

The aroma is very earthy. A can smell a good portion of toffee malts. There are some grass scents from the aroma hops.

The beer has a very enjoyable flavor. It is ever so slightly tart in the finish, which is a welcome surprise. Toffee and caramel malts provide a very good malt presence. It is a little sweet, but not overwhelming. There is a low level of bitterness.

The beer feels a little thick, but the carbonation is average. It's not sticky, but there is a film left behind. It is somewhat flavorful. The tartness in the finish provides a puckering sensation.

This is an interesting beer. I'm glad I tried it, but it's not one I'd go out of my way for, nor will I be buying a bunch of them to cellar.

ToasterChef, Jun 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

bluetrevian, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

PSUHops, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

M27, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ohtheguilt, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of cbeer88
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle (2006) into Duvel tulip. Bottle courtesy of trxxpaxxs in an awesome BIF box.

Appearance: Body color is a deep dark orange up close, solid brown from afar. Head is about a finger and a half of a light brown head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Very earthy and full of the musky smells of age. Farmhouse odors lay the base, and there's some tart cherry in there trying to poke through. Up to this point I'd swear this to be a Flanders Bruin.

Taste: Definitely not a Flanders anything… Very earthy with a good bit of oxidization taste. Very musty and funky - this has a little bit of fruit flavor, but not what I would have expected. It's certainly tart, but definitely not puckeringly sour. Basement is the first word that comes to mind…

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with strong carbonation. It feels pretty good in the mouth.

Drinkability: Low to moderate. Split a large bottle - it's not the alcohol, I just don't know if anyone really needs a full 750 of this.

Overall: I guess the short assessment is that this beer is a little past its prime. It's still complex and enjoyable, but the signs of age are potent in this one. So if you don't like that basement funk flavor, avoid.

cbeer88, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Yabev15, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

vince4953529, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.93/5  rDev +28.7%
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!

DCon, Oct 19, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit to picking this one up by mistake, thinking it was another brew. Not really even sure what to expect here, so this is totally blind. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: This looks like a gorgeous caramel. Like a glass full of caramel. I want this thing to be caramel right now. Setting myself up for failure? We'll see.

S: Smells like a sour. Sour fruit, but not particularly citrusy. Earthy, too. Apples, grapes...hmm...

T: Earthy, with sour notes. Apple-y, but not like a granny smith apple; more like a sour red apple. Can definitely feel the sediment in the aftertaste.

M: Watery. Not quite enough carbonation. Almost leaves a negative aftertaste.

O: For not knowing what to expect, it's not a bad beer. I'll enjoy it. Probably won't be picking up any more, though...

CWBlues, Jul 03, 2011
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.

gnemesis, Jun 15, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is a cloudy light amber. Not much head, and what there is dissipates to a ring, leaving no lacing. Poured to avoid a huge amount of sediment.

Smells sour, with notes of apples and grapes.

Tastes of malt and sour fermented apples and grapes. There is a little farmhouse funk, but the clean sour apple taste is dominant. Has a long slightly bitter and spicy finish with a note of clove. Leans more towards being a cider or wine.

Body is light and no carbonation, has a flat mouthfeel.

This is an interesting biere de garde, one that is on the sour side. I would desire a little more backbone to this and more carbonation, but I do like the taste. I did taste the sediment separately. It looked like it would taste of bitter yeast, but was surprised that it tasted yet more of sour apples. I suppose there would be no harm pouring it all into the glass, it would just make the beer cloudier and grainier but maybe give it a little more structure.

Beerenauslese, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of bbarrows
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from cask into brandy snifter
A: Translucent ruby red, persistent 1/2" white head
S: Light yeasty aroma with a touch of spice from the hops
T: Light flavors of yeast and noble hops, lightly malty. Well balanced and light for a 7.5% beer
M: Thick milky mouthfeel, probably due to service from cask.
D: One is definitely enough.

bbarrows, Feb 19, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

woosterbill, Feb 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

jpellett251, Jan 12, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Wisconsinality, Oct 22, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to wisconsinality for busting this one out on a random Thursday.

A: Poured into my standard pint the beer is dark golden orange. Full two fingers of cream hued head. Tons of sticky lace left behind.

S: The aroma is complex and mistifying at the same time. A modest funk greets me initially. Lots of tart green apples and hints of wood. This smells a lot like a tame wild ale.

T: Dry tart funk with a solid dose of green apples and dusty attic wood. The hops have faded into a musty bitterness that seems to overpower what might have been a solid wild ale.

M: Light body with modest carbonation.

D: Overall a unique and interesting beer for sure. Glad to have tried this one. One glass is enough for me though.

beerwolf77, Oct 12, 2010
Cuvée Du 7ème from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.