Procrastinator Ice Bock | BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

Style: German Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 37
Photo of agreenman19
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - dark chocolate brown.

S - nail polish, blackberry brandy. This shit is serious.

T - more of the same. Tart cherry, dark fruits. Warheads. Not as sour as I was expecting but overall well-rounded. Sweet raisiny syrup.

F - prickly, but smooth in part to the 10%

O - wild beer! Sour, wheaty, slick, and syrupy. LOT going on.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL swing-top bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown, nearly black hue with very little light let through. There is no head upon pouring, which I don't love. Color is great though.

Smell: rich, dark fruits: raisins, dates and black cherries are all in the mix. It kind of reminds me of a very strong kvass. I like it quite a lot, actually.

Taste: shazam, this is a strong beer. Those rich dark fruits are all present, but with a surprising element of tartness in the works. Actually, this kind of reminds me of a Flanders-style kriek -- something I quite like indeed. Maybe not a normal eisbock, but a flavor I can really get behind.

Mouthfeel: moderately thick body with virtually no carbonation. It's OK, but really lacks a nice creaminess.

Overall: this beer's flavor was a big surprise to me. Although it has its faults, especially regarding texture, I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a thin ring of bubbly head. Fades quickly.

S - Dark caramel malts, sour cherries and other dark fruits, acidity, oak, vanilla, and some booze.

T - Dark caramel malts, sour cherries, other dark fruits, acidity, some chocolate, oak, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, sour, and warming finish.

D - Interesting Eisbock. A bit off balanced and could use some carbonation.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black color forming no head. I've tried to put it let say, aggressively and then it formed some big bubbled brown head. Low retention and no lacings. BFM strong beers style

S: Sour and vinegar, slight sweet and very malty in the nose. Strong notes of caramel and roasted malts. A bit too fruity to the style. Light notes of alcohol

T: Slightly sweet and roasted malts upfront. Overall sour taste with a mild bitter hoppy end

M: Heavy and molasses body. Very low carbonation. Sour to bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability but, a difficult beer. Not a Bock beer for sure, not a Eisbock either. It's far too sour and too bitter to the style. However, I would recommend it to sour and aggressive beer lovers. From my favorite Swiss brewery!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with no head. No lacing on the drink down either. Smell is sour and tart with some dark fruit and nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a flat and acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with no head and an opaque, black body.

S - Thick, sweet balsamic vinegar with molasses and smoky caramel.

T - Caramel, molasses, and acetic acid up front. The balsamic vinegar character continues through the middle and finishes with a touch of chocolate, caramel, and some rum notes.

M - Medium body, no carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is different. It is like a cross between a eisbock and a Flemish red. It smells amazing, but lacks drinkability, you have to be prepared for weirdness with BFM.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: no head on a jet black body.

S: dark fruit, dark chocolate, tart and sour cherry, oak and rum

T: dark fruit with mostly cherry, raisin and fig, oak, carbinet and hint of chocolate.

M: no carbonation, medium body.

Overall: the alcohol is very well hidden, much more drinkable than I was expecting. Nice amount of sweetness and balanced. This one us basically cold red wine.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark reddish brown, nearly opaque with absolutely no carbonation, totally flat. Aroma of red wine, tannins, dark dried fruit, darkly sour. Flavor of dark fruit, cherries, red wine tannins, wood, finishing with sour cherry, wine vinegar and a long unidentifiable bitterness. Warming alcohol is covered by the distinct flavors. Medium bodied, but lack of carbonation detracts from the mouth feel. I could detect no evidence at all of the underlying eisbock in this beer. It is similar in flavor to this brewery's Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien, but a bit less complex and with an odd bitter, sour finish. Interesting, but rather too sour and vinous to resemble a bock beer. Biere de Garde and Flemish Red fans might like to give this a try. Unusual.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.08/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Something tells me this beer will speak to me in a familiar language... It pours a bleak black-sienna topped by a slight wisp of glowing tan foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, sherry, light fennel, and a twinge of plum. The taste is an explosion of sour hatred, an unholy collection of acetone, vinegar, tart sweat, bile, and musty, moldy wood. A touch of sweet toffee lies beneath, but it's quickly punched back into the burning water of malice. The body is a languid medium, with a light, almost nonexistent carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, I must just not get this beer. There's no real redeeming quality that I can find, only pain through and through. This is unlike any bock, eis- or otherwise, I could have imagined, somehow turning out more tannic than some harsh red wine. I am lost, bewildered, frightened, and violated. The horror...

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Photo of John_M
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Graciously gifted to me by Casey at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a muddy brown color with no head retention or lacing to speak. As is typical with many beers from BFM, this beer appears to be completely still. On the nose, there is so much going on it's amazing. The wine barrel and sour aroma dominates, but there's still considerable vanilla, grappa, gin, light chocolate, some sandlewood and a hint of cherry. The beer isn't quite as good on the palate, as the wine and sour flavor seems to dominate the flavor profile. Also, the beer came across as a bit thin, which is nothing short of shocking considering the abv. On the other hand, I was stunned to see the abv. (the label indicates it's 9.99%), as I got no sense that the alcohol was so high.

Another interesting beer from BFM, though it's hard to imagine drinking a whole lot this. Still, I'm a huge BFM fan, and it was an absolute treat to sample this beer.

Thanks Casey!!

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Procrastinator Ice Bock from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 37 ratings