Brewed by BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Eisbock
Saignelégier, Switzerland


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 9.99%
ONE TIME BREW! Based beer is BFM’s La Mandragore (8% ABV Winter Stout brewed with jurassian spelt wheat and a complex mix o’ malts) that was maturing in wine barrels. Then it was accidentally frozen in the barrels due to the harsh and extremely cold winter this year in Switzerland.

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Oakes (19525) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2018
Flat and light brown. There's a sweetish, vanilla, and maple note on the nose, Hints of chocolate Just a touch of the roast. I didn't like Mandragore the first time but this smells civilized. On the palate, this has deep fruitiness, sweet & sour. The dark malts have been transformed, with raisins, and caramelized figs. Old school BFM - a crazy beer that defies boundaries, an in fact pretends that they do not exist. Damn, I didn't even like Mandragore...happy accident.

beerplace (2387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2018
330ml bottle from at Alex's. Pours a very dark brown with no head. Aroma is oxydized with fruity notes. Taste is very dry and sour with berry notes. An ok.

sonnycheeba (6595) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours mostly clear brown. Aroma and flavor are balsamic, acetic acid, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, and some woody notes. Medium body.

fiulijn (21522) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016
2015-10-07, bottle, 7-3-7-3-15=35
Dark brown color with no head, flat. Good balance of tobacco, chocolate and acetic sourness.
Very interesting.

2012-12-12, bottle from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier 8-4-8-4-17=41
Dark brown color, almost no carbonation and no head. Excellent aroma, strong, with chocolate, wood, a bit vinous as well and light sweat. Good body, not too oily, with strong flavor of dark malts, wood, some chocolate, rather dry; the ice concentration has improved/increased the funky BFM character; there is a trace if acetone. Complex, powerful, very interesting

2012-06-29, bottle at Fête de la Bière Artisanale, Crissier

BVery (11488) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Tap at Cask Republic. Sour vinegar bomb. Murky pour. I don’t really like this at all. Tastes like the accident it is.

sebletitje (10536) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2016
Draft @ Moeder Lambic Original. Couleur brune foncée, col offre qcq fines bulles beiges. Arôme est fortement balsamique, rétro de boisé, malt assez prononcé mais dont les premières effluves attaquent de suite le nez avec des notes aigres puissantes. Palais est similaire, énorme couche d’aigrelet, acétone presque sur fin boisé, malté caramel, grillé virant vers balsamique, Sherry. Retrouve un peu le côté funk de BFM de certaines Bon-Chien mais ici tout semble plus fort et concentré.

Ferris (17756) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle - a Tobacco and balsamic. Deep brown and maroon with no head. Lots of tobacco and light soured malts. Tons of tobacco.

mcberko (20253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2015
330mL bottle, pours black with a reddish tinge and a tiny bubbly head. Nose brings out red wine barrels, light perfumey notes, some toasted bready malt, and light acidity. Flavour is quite vinous, with very tart berries, tobacco and red wine barrels upfront, with some light acidity and a little perfume. Dry, leathery and acidic on the finish. Well-integrated on all the different flavours. Good in small amounts.

conway (2210) - - DEC 18, 2014
Draft. Dark ruby with little head. Vinous with touches of cherry, yogurt, oak and vinegar. Medium sticky mouthfeel and quite boozy. Very unique.

eduardovl (1490) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 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! [ BA Review @ 2/9/2013 ]

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