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

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Cuvée Du 7èmeCuvée Du 7ème

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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by OldSock on 06-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Caeliabeyta
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of DCon
4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
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!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.58/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of acknight
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of jpellett251
4.49/5  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.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

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Photo of OldSock
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of Bov
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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 !:-))

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  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!

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

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Photo of HopStoopid120
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mikepcarney
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsawyer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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!!!!

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of RickSawyer
4.24/5  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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  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.


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Photo of watchnerd
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of smithj4
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Cuvée Du 7ème from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
3.85 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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