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Cuvée Du 8ème - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian amber ale brewed with cocoa powder.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 11-17-2007)
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Reviews by BBM:
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New York

2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured an apple cider brown into the glass with no head or lacing around the glass. Unappealing, to be honest. Aromatic notes of sour fruits and citrus.

Sour fruits dominate the flavor, with slight notes of Belgian yeast and alcohol. Couldn't really detect the cocoa. I have to admit, any time I question if the bottle is skunked, that is not a good sign. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery. Didn't really want more than one of these.

I was hoping for something unique and exciting with this brew. Well, it was unique, but for the wrong reasons. Would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 02:06:16 | More by BBM
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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Woot!

The beer appears orange to ruby in color, with a half inch of tan head that leaves some decent lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma offers light funk, cherries, malt, bread, fruit. Spices assert themselves more in the flavor than in the aroma. Tart cherries, spice, very mild funk. Not sour at all. A bit bland and light in the mouthfeel. Moderately low carbonation and really easy drinking. While this is not incredible, I don't comprehend the 3.41 review average. Enjoyable and tasty, though conservative. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 21:28:59 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours like most BFMs: copper with mild carbonation and trace amounts of head. Smells pretty sour with tart fruit and funky yeast front and center. A touch earthy towards the end. The tartness here is distinctively BFM.

Taste starts off mildly sour but quickly turns bland and watery. Some hidden fruits show up here and there before finishing slightly bitter and chocolatey. Bitterness is from the semisweet baker's chocolate, not hops.

Weak body is typical of BFMs but not of the style. The watered-down taste and thin body lend themselves to good drinkability, so there's that. Unimpressive overall, especially considering the other excellent brews BFM produces.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 02:25:14 | More by brystmar
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another one I had picked up at gbx and decided to open up tonight. poured into a fluted glass.

the pour was a touch dull with just a clear medium amber coming through and that was about it, no head to speak of. aroma is odd. lots of wood, muted grains, no cocoa, so no clue where that fits in, grape skins, various dark fruits. warming brings a hint of caramel and light hops, but again nothing crazy at all. clean finish, a touch slick with the oak coming through strongest about 15 secinds after the swallow.

not enough to distract me from the rest of the lineup, but this one fails.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:41:06 | More by mikesgroove
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours lighter than I expected, an amberish copper with a smallish pure white head that settles to a thin film, yet laces okay.

lots of sour fruits on the aroma. not much cocoa powder or amber qualities in the smell. berries and a bit of vinegar.

sour flavor follows, but goes sweet in the middle with a touch of cocoa powder, caramel, toffee, a slight nuttiness and plenty of dark berries. kind of odd, but its definitely tasty.

tingly medium bodied with very slight carbonation.

overall, not bad, but not tremendous. I would drink it again. some subtle flavors ranging from sweet to sour to savory.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 03:18:27 | More by silentjay
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled 2007. Drank Feb 2010.

A - Medium amber ice tea. Zero head to speak of.

S - Super light. Touch of booze. Slightly tangy character.

T - Cider. Unripe peaches. Tangy tartness. Dry dustyness on the back end.

M - Watery with a dry finish.

D - Poor flavor and mouthfeel. I wouldn't recommend a bottle this old.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:50:24 | More by vfgccp
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4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the 2008 version of this beer recently. Wonderful BFM brew. I think it's on my short list of beers that are both understated and delicious. The cocoa doesn't come through too heavily. Definitely citrus dominant, but the cocoa offers that taste a great balance. Lots of sediment, and can't wait to try this again down the road.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 20:20:17 | More by petacutlasaurus
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3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Didn't really have much of a head, but it does have a hazy amber tinged caramel color.

Smell - Is pretty faint. A bit of a sour, fruity buttery smell.

Taste - Initial taste is a bit on the sour side, with a very alcohol taste. I don't really pick up the cocoa.

Mouthfeel - Prickly which eventually turns into smooth.

Drinkability - I could probably have another, but I wouldn't consider this a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 05:05:44 | More by jennt76
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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours with a one finger head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Very interesting color...looks like molten caramel, opaque light tan color. Some tan sediment was on the bottom of my glass after the pour.

Smell - The aroma was of sour fruit with maybe a twinge of caramel. Not real big in the nose.

Taste - Citrousy twang, the sourness almost reminds me of Delirium Nocturnum...almost. Unique tart taste but doesn't seem like a good example of an amber ale (listed as an amber ale on the label). The tartness (almost vinegarry) makes it feel more like a wine than a beer. And where is this cocoa they speak of?

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Thin mouthfeel, pretty high in carbonation. Finishes crisp and fairly clean. Way too expensive to be high in drinkability (not to mention it's retired...that's probably why it cost $7 for one bottle). Even if price were not a factor I don't think I could drink more than one or two in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 22:36:41 | More by drizzam
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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the head is a little too light for me, portending a beer that might be under carbonated as some have suggested the hazy dark amber/ brown color of the beer however is appealing to me in that it looks kind of raw and not overly filtered and processed

S: there is an attempt at a robust bouquet here, but i just don't smell it. from the bottle you get a rush of yeasty fruits, but once poured into a glass it dissipates and it somewhat overshadowed by mild phenols

T: there is more fruit in the taste and its not tart but more sweet cut by dryness created by a yeast finish, not from any sort of hops. much more like a mild barley wine or something rather than a bpa the mouth feel is a bit too watery and you dont notice the cocoa at all.

M: a bit too watery and no notice of 7.5% abv, might as well be 4% this isn't a problem but doesn't fit the "strong pale ale" moniker.

D: i don't want to dash this beer too much, its a solid raw beer, i just don't think upon close inspection it fits its style, or the goals listed on the bottle. it tastes like a middling home brew in that its raw seemingly unfiltered unprocessed. this is not a bad beer at all, just not a great one

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 03:40:05 | More by Redwood21
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New York

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12oz into a pint glass. Cloudy tan/red liquid with a thin head.

S: sour fruit and yeast

T: quite mild considering the strong smells. Fruity but barely tart No sign of the cocoa or 7.5% ABV.

M: not much going on. Think cider without the fizz.

D: easy to drink especially considering the strength. But I don't want to.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 02:58:45 | More by Richardberg
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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Against the Grain in NYC.

Pours a very nice, hazed, reddish amber. The head thins to a wispy film. The aroma is sharp with acidic cherry notes. Wonderfully tart smelling.

Much milder on the palate than suggested by the aroma. On the sweet side of sour, but only mildy so. There's a nice tart fruitiness. The finish has a hint of cocoa. Mild overall, but tasty. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Nice for a milder sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 20:28:07 | More by EPICAC
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3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark amber/ orange color with thick yellowish head and big chunks of yeast floating around. Very fruity citrus aroma with hints of chocolate and alcohol. Surprisingly tart/ sour citrus fruit taste consisting of lemon and orange peel. Slightly bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 09:41:32 | More by corby112
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3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy pale amber color. There is no head, and no lacing. The aroma is of sour apples, dry cider, barnyard funk, and some tartness. The taste is the same as the aroma, but with a vinegar taste through out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but where is the cocoa the bottle talks about being there?

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 23:38:49 | More by KarlHungus
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Cuvée Du 8ème from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
80 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.