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

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116 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Switzerland
brasseriebfm.ch

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of Raziel313
1.5/5  rDev -61%

Photo of Sspeer1
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of drewone
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of akorsak
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of bbarrows
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pop! The bottle opened, cold gases streamed out, condensing water vapor, and a mini-volcano of foam commenced. After it was contained and poured into a snifter, I had to sit back and gape at the head. Massive. The beer itself was a beautiful color, a cloudy orange, and the head stuck nicely to the glass.

I wish I'd read the reviews on this one before trying it (or tried to convert the label's suggestion for serving at 10 to 12 degrees C to Farenheit) -- I had it fairly cold, which may have hurt my impressions of it. Overall, I was unimpressed -- it had all the elements of Belgian styles -- fruity yeast, spices, dark fruit -- but they were dominated by the booziness. I didn't even finish my glass. I wonder if 5 degrees C would have made all the difference.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml - 2006

A: Poured a hazy/cloudy ruby-ish amber color with a huge off-white head with amazing retention. Leads to a decent amount of lacing.

S: very sour esters. Tart green apples, some sour citrus as well.

T: This hasn't mellowed much over the past year or so, and if it did it is too hard to tell. Very tart/sour which kind of destroys any flavors coming in. Mostly sour citrus. You can also taste the alcohol right behind the initial sours.

M: Good mouthfeel, carbonation is a little too high. Very interesting palate, sours with a hint of sweetness.

D: very interesting beer. Not quite what I expected but I look sour beers, and this one was very sour. I wouldn't mind letting one age for a few more years. I think some time will mellow this one out.

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Photo of BeerMeBro720
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sleazo
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a big bag of beers at Eagle Provisions today and I noticed there was a little leakage which came from this bottle with the Grolsch style cap. So i wasn't planning on drinking tonight but I figured I should have this in case it was going to go bad. It opened with a thunderous pop though so my fears were probably unjustified. Oh well time to have my first Swiss beer.

A-Pale cloudy brown with a thick cream coloured fluffy dense three fingered head. Settles down into a nice one finger cap and leaves sheets of lace.

S-Spices and more spices. Also very yeasty and slightly sweet from the caramelised malt. The spices I am getting are cinnamon, maybe a twinge of black pepper and some cardamom.

T-Not as sweet as I was expecting. There is a minorsweet caramel start followed up by a deep bitterness that complements it well. The follow through reveals some raw alcohol notes which turn me off a bit. Still this is very interesting as there are a good deal of spice notes throughout and a bit of black pepper in the aftertaste.

M-Lighter than I would have thought with a effervescent champagne like carbonation.

D-Very interesting brew but the alcohol burn in the end at the back of the throat is a little much for me. An interesting choice though and in no way a bad beer, but not one I will go out of my way to get again.

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Photo of cbeer88
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 33 cL brown bottle swingtop into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was a dull peach nectar golden brown color. A film of head stayed throughout.

Smell was of dusty Belgian yeast. Dark stone fruits and apricots. Dank. Vinous. Interesting.

Taste was tangy. Fruity. There was a biter building aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium to full. Mouthfilling carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5.

Pulled straight from the fridge and it STILL gushed like crazy. Huge unshrinking head of foam in my glass. A small amount of liquid on the bottom...cloudy orange.

Intensely sour bitterness on the nose with a Brett like aroma.

Strong bitter flavour with a fruity and light vinegar tartness, hint of horse blanket. Pouring in the rest of the bottle, I find a mild sweet note or 2.

Mouthfeel suffers some from the over carbonation.

Interesting brew but not one I'd likely visit again.

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Photo of MichaelLamb
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Jason1337
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, orange-brown in color, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is similar to a witbier: oranges, lemons, and a bit of sourness. Above average, tasty, and smooth. Decent beer, but there are others I prefer in the style.

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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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