Jurassian Imperial Stout (Cuvée Alex Le Rouge) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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Reviews by phisig137:
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Pours the darkest possible black, with a one finger creamy head. I held a flashlight up to the glass, and it didn't let any light though... even around the edges. Even after 10 minutes, a thick cap of foam covers the top of the glass, and leaves a good amount of lace behind.
S- A little ho-hum here. Slightly vinous and lactic, with a touch of astringency. Interesting, but not overly complex.
T- Here is where it picks up. There is a lot going on in here, but all of it buried under a gentle sourness. The pepper is immediately apparent on the back of the throat, with some warming vanilla following in the finish. Astringency, whether from the roasted malt or the tea, is present from front to back, and marries well with the pepper notes. Again, a slight sourness is present, becoming a bit more lactic as the beer warms. Three very distinct and conflicting flavors that were played to play nicely. You've got to dig to find them, but very interesting.
M- A bit on the thin side, especially for the style.
D- Even with the high alcohol, it is VERY well hidden. It would be easy to gulp this if it weren't for the delicate complexities that you wouldn't want to miss.
Overall, another winner from BFM. This definitely isn't your typical imperial stout, but is a very interesting take. Once again BFM manages to pack incredible complexity into an otherwise ordinary style. The more I have from BFM, the more I love them. This is on the expensive side, but I'm glad that I picked it up.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2008 00:00:49 | More by phisig137
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3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
A - Pours light brown w/ a golden reddish hue. Almost like root beer. Little head which dissipates quickly, and no lacing.
S - My favorite part of this beer. Lots of sour cherry and oak aroma. There's some earth and farmhouse funk in there as well. Maybe a hint of vanilla, but no black pepper or tea aroma.
T - Sweet dark fruits up front transform to an acidic tart cherry finish. Faint hop bitterness present in the aftertaste. Can't say I taste any vanilla, black pepper, or tea.
M - Not much carbonation or body in this one. It was a 2009 bottle. I'm not sure if that had an effect on the mouthfeel.
O - This beer was not what I expected, and I feel like it's mislabeled as an Imperial Stout. However, I really like the beer itself. It reminded me a lot of a flanders red. Kinda a beginners sour beer. Enjoyed trying this beer, but I would not pay the steep price for another bottle.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 00:34:36 | More by SCbrewpubfan
3.79/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
very different take here, imperial stout with vanilla, tea, and pepper. have not had too much swiss beer either, so i was pumped for this. the pour is much lighter than the style norm, almost glowing red instead of black. it has a settling half inch of tan head and some really coagulated yeast bits the look rather nasty at the bottom of my wine glass. the nose smells like berries, tart ones, like cranberries, or wild yeast, definitely dont get the big bitter roasted barley here. i get vanilla in the flavor, but the contributions of the tea and pepper are less noticeable. some chocolate from the malt provides the base and a wild ale yeast cleans up a thick tart fruity finish. definitely an odd interpretation of the style, but its mostly successful, with the alcohol being well hidden and the fruit and yeast flavors being more central than they usually are in a big stout. the yeast pieces in the dregs are a little gross, but thats irrelevant in this really dynamic and delicious brew. rich and yummy, i need to try more from these guys, but man do they get expensive.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 17:02:25 | More by StonedTrippin
3.13/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Had at Max's (from notes).
A: Pitch black.
S: Light and grainy.
T: Lots of malt with a bit of a black coffee feel. Watery, eh.
O: Not one with big stout flavors. It has a weird body for a stout and doesn't deliver on a full body. Too thin and coarse of a liquid.
Serving type: on-tap
10-29-2013 07:01:25 | More by gillagorilla
Jurassian Imperial Stout (Cuvée Alex Le Rouge) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.