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Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout)Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout)

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82
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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.28% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 01-22-2008

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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 115
Reviews by sweemzander:
Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz pop top bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Some good tan bubbles formed.

(S)- A very sharp whiff of a vinegar-like tobacco that quickly flows into some rich raisin, vanilla, and cocoa combo. Even hints at a black tea component which I quite like. A subtle smokiness at the end. Ever so slightly odd, but complex and inviting.

(T)- A unique beer here. Bits of bitter black tea, raisin, molasses, leather, and a subtle tart; almost acidic kick at the end. Very similar to the smell really.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A really different balance to it that is definitely not the norm for the style with its subtle sharp twang and almost earthy qualities, but at the same time its not necessarily as sweet as expected either. Very unique.

(O)- Definitely kind of an odd ball of a beer for the style, but somehow it just works for me as slightly weird as it is. Its not sour in the sense of the word, but there are hints behind some of its dry, earthy qualities. Had lots of enjoyment out of this nonetheless.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GerryPendry
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

You can't tell a book by its cover, and you can't judge a beer by the name on its label. I enjoyed this beer, but it's more like a Belgian strong ale than a stout. A little spicy, slightly roasty, a little tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is way too thin for an Imperial stout, and there's too much carbonation. Very drinkable though, and the high ABV is well hidden. I would have rated this one higher if it was in a more appropriate category.

Photo of Mantooth
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured at the wonderful Duckworth's - Park Rd - Charlotte, NC... all drafts $3.50 today!

It pours very dark brown with little to no head or lacing. The nose is toasty - pleasant to look at and smell, but the taste is a letdown - especially after the amazing brews I recently tried by them in VA @ Mekong. It's thinner than an imperial stout should be - very much a flat cola thing going on. It won't sour me on this brewery.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light roast with moderate amounts of dried dark fruits - plums and raisins. Also present are spicy, slightly woody notes in addition to anise. The anise influence increases as the beer warms.

Tastes much more one-dimensional than it smells. Muted roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by indistinct spices. Hints of cocoa powder and earthy hops come into play midway through the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I found this to be an interesting beer however it was upsetting that the complex nose didn't carry through to the flavor profile. Worth a shot but not worth seeking out.

Photo of ggaughan
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a few bottles of this in November 2007 at the brewery from their 10th anniversary party.

The beer poured a black opague color with an inch think head that is brown, bubbley that ran away quickly.

The aroma was a bit smokey, dried fruit with a touch of sweetness.

Taste is smokey and a bit oaky. There are some pepper notes but the main character has some dried fruit and chocolate. Very nice beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is an opaque brown color, no light getting through, but it's not black. A fizzy, quick to dissipate brown head, minor lacing.

The aroma is filled with sweetness, from blueberry soda, chocolate malt, actually, more like fudge brownies and a vodka scented heat tingle with raspberry tarts. strange, but inviting.

with the first sip it's obvious that the complexity is pretty high with many levels of flavor flowing in and out of eachother. do they all work together with some balance is the question! a bitter chocolate malt and white and black pepper hits the buds first. black coffee with a shot of vodka. semi bitter, very dry smack of hops does give some balance to the malt, but the flavor's are not cohesive, but radically seperate. This is something that laying the bottle down for a year or so usually cures. Medium to full feel, getting much heftier the warmer it gets. slippery, but not very thick with some thinness in the middle. The black pepper and tea additions give an extra dry feel in the back of the palate.

Age this one for a while, it seems a bit green right now.

Photo of Tuckersmth
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Listed as a sour at Pangaea in Sacramento . Understandable that it is hard to categorize this one but a stout it is not . Interesting to try once but I would not go back to this well again .

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with short-lived white head, that disapears into a ring around the side of the glass. Aroma of a bit of bourbon, vanilla, and spices. Taste was to me, more of a sour than a RIS, lemon (again the sourness), bourbon. A below average mouthfeel, not what I would associate with a stout never mind RIS. Sourness did not detract from drinkability, oddly. A bit of smoke and chocolate. Interesting.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decently lively pour yields a thin , fine tan head that recedes quickly into some lacing. Dark brown translucent body.

Some oak on the nose, and maybe a trace of peat. No trace that I can perceive of the pepper, vanilla, or tea (though I'm congested), so we'll see.

Definitely black pepper on the taste, right up at the front. This was served warmish, close to room temperature; should've been colder (tried it cooler, and some of the bitterness disappears). There's a bit of tannic bitterness (thanks to the tea), but the tea lends little other taste. I'm not getting the vanilla either, though there's a trace of oak... a bit vegetal.

Mouthfeel is standard, pretty par for the course, but nice.

This is an interesting one; Flemish sour plus some extra fun stuff thrown in. It wants to be refrigerated, and I could see this as versatile for food pairings; salad, pretty much any kind of cheese, even meat or fish. The label says dark chocolate, and it would probably go well with that too.

Photo of GRG1313
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Rating numbers for this one are all over the board for me. Looks good, smells pleasant, tastes different and "good" but it's not really very drinkable. Hard to judge this strange brew.

Pours a dark brown/black with a thick, firm medium tan head. Pleasant perfume nose of belgian fruit and malt, cooked peaches and candi sugar.

Thin but fresh and bright mouthfeel. Very different in that it tastes like a coffee, malty sour. Citric sour and tangerine hits the front palate and develops into a sweet coffee, malty flavor.

Finishes with light creamed coffee flavor and roasted malt.

Interesting drink but perhaps a beer with an identity crisis. Is it a sour or a stout? Nice if it stayed sour; nice if it stayed coffee/malty. It doesn't "stay" either. Interesting and worth the experience. Likely not a real good food beer. Not sure when you'd drink this one.

Reviewed again 02/04/11: Nice to see I'm consistent:

Jurassian Imperial Stout, brewed with black pepper, vanilla and tea. Pours black with a tan head that quickly fades. Nose is a light plum chocolate but extremely light and not assertive. Mouthfeel is thin, light and weak. Not much body or character and very light carbonation. Flavors are weak and watery. A light citric lime malt with hints of bitter sour coffee. Sounds more than it is since flavors are weak and thin. Some vanilla and roasted chocolate malt character develops in the glass but nothing real redeeming. The predominant character is a "sour" character that one can't help but feel is not intentional - almost a bad barrel age character. Finish is bitter citric but with some nice coffee and malt undertones. Likely would not try again. Can't imagine drinking this with any food that I can think of.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

M: Coarse.

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jurassian imperial stout brewed with Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, and burbon vanilla.

A: Poured a viscous cola color with dark ruby highlights as it left the bottle producing a thin, fizzy dark, khaki layering.

S: subtle with warm, pleasant English tea scents with a dash of peppery spicing.

T: The initial flavor was spicy prunes, with warm tea notes and light citrus and cola hints. Progresses to a vinous burbon vanilla flavor along with ripe oranges and light peppery notes. The alcohol is extremely well hidden at 10.276% abv. The spicy warm tea flavor highlights this flavor with a quick, sharp peppery finish compliments of the Sarawak pepper. The finish was clean with only a minute trace of acidity.

M: very light, oily with a flat carbonation with warming spicy tea notes which gives way to a nice quick, sharp peppery finish.

D:Where in the world is the 10.276% abv? Besides from being a tad light body wise it does present a nice unique flavor which keeps you coming back sip after sip. Spicy, peppery and truly unique.

Photo of bonbini26
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger

Pours a dark brown with a creamy brown head, that leaves a small amount of lace. Smells of roasted chocolate at 1st, with vanilla, dried fruit, cherry and some licorice. Taste is of dark chocolate, vanilla, sweet fruit, cocoa, berry. Mouthfeel was porter like at 1st then thickened, started sweet, tart, dry and finished dry and roasted. Overall I still like my Imperial Stouts from the US, but not a bad brew

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a big dirty brown color head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some sweet malt. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt with medium bitterness, some notes of liquorice are also noticeable with a nice sweet malt base. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. Definitely different then most imperial stout around but very satisfying nonetheless.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong pour gets an easy three fingers of biscuity tan head that is fluffy and has super retention. Body is jet black much the same as other imperial stouts. The nose has lots of tart dark berries, cherries, some chocolate and a bit of bitter coffee. The tartness really doesn't translate into the taste though. There is a very creamy texture to the flavor on this one. Ripe sweet cherries, mocha like coffee tones and a brownie like chocolate feel. There is a dusting of spice on the back of the tongue along with a hint of vanilla that leads into the soft pleasant mouthfeel. This is a very nicely drinkable stout although not what I was expecting.

Photo of Proteus93
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

dkachur provided this curious brew... thanks, Dan! Shared along with CrellMoset

A: Deep brown to the point of being black. Head is quite fizzly and recedes quite quickly.

S: The pepper is there straight up, with vanilla following behind. A roasted malt.

T: A big fruit flavour. The pepper is not a strong flavour but comes out on finish. Apple like... Prune? Malt and a sugary touch.

M + D: A mild shimmer of carbonation, but a little pepper bite on the very end. Don't love it, don't hate it. It was quite interesting if nothing else.

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It poured jet black into a snifter glass with a thin beige head that doesn't last very long, but left lacey patterns on the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of dark, roasted malts along with notes of black pepper and tea in the nose.
T: The taste shares a lot of similarities with the smell and also has flavors of black pepper and tea with some hints of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a little bit of warming from the alcohol. It doesn't feel thick and there is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden. The beer is very drinkable if you enjoy tea--it tastes like a coffee stout but with tea instead of coffee.

Note: Batch 2008

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark and has a nice tone of deep ruby redness that only reveals itself when held to a bright light. The head is a tick, rich and very long lived with a texture reminiscent of memory foam. The lacing is very fine and consistent

The nose is very imperial with a sour overtone that blends with alcohol, bread, smoked malt, chocolate, ginger and coffee.

The taste is a sweet malty experience that fades to a complex alcohol based experience. The fruitiness and alcohol combine for a surprisingly effective base to build flavors of bread, raisins, chocolate, coffee and cherries.

The moutfeel is rich and settles fully across the palate.

Overall this is a very good example of what is an Imperial Stout..

Photo of ibbjamin
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $9.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle from City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a snifter.

As written on the bottle:
Ingredients: water, barley malts, hops, cane sugar, yeast, Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, Boubon vanilla.
This Cuvée was created in the honor of the Jurassian revolutionist Alex Le Rogue. Enjoy this wonderful Cuvée at about 10°-12° Celcius (50°-53°F), with a crunch of bitter Chocolate or a Cigar. Cuvée Alex Le Rogue can be sequestrated for a few years in a cellar.

A very small head after an very aggressive pour of this thick brew. Black as night. Lacing coats thick, but falls quickly.

Smell is somewhat lacking in strength, especially for a Stout variation. Malts foremost, but hints of dark chocolate and alcohol.

Tastes a bit funky. The malts are masked by the complexity of other flavors; leafy hops, some yeast, chery sourness similar to a Flemish Sour and a variety of other flavors I can't really put my finger on. A lot going on, but nothing is triggering the pleasure centers.

Full bodied. Thick and creamy. Smooth finish. Mild carbonation.

If you are looking to try something different, this may be your ticket, but I guess I'm not too big of a fan. The hefty price tag on this one makes the decision even easier for me in the future.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the BBT in Palm Bay. Pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head that leaves little to no lacing.

Nose is dark fruit with some sour cherry and alcohol

Taste is dark fruits, sour cherry, vanilla some pepper and alcohol.

Not a lot of carbonation, with a very light mouthfeel for a stout. Alcohol, while present is pretty well hidden for 10.3%

A very good beer, not what you are expecting from an Imp Stout, though.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a flip-top 11.2oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark cola-brown or black tea brown color that shows a slight lightening at the edges. This is capped by a creamy, khaki-colored, one-finger head that sticks around for quite a while yet doesn't leave much in the way of lace in its' wake.

S: This one features subtle aromas of chocolate, blackened malt, vanilla bean, alcohol, cherry, dark fruit, and (as mentioned in other reviews) a slightly sour lactose aroma.

T: Interesting mix of dark chocolate, black pepper, and cherry. Also along for the ride are vanilla, sweet dark fruit, cocoa, tart berry, lactose, citrus, and alcohol.

M: Started off a little on the porter side of things but thickened considerably as it came up to temp. At the same time sweet, tart, and dry (Perhaps from the tea? Or the alcohol?) Nice dry & roasty astringency. The black pepper does a little dance on the tongue, as well.

D: Overall, I liked this. I felt the alcohol came off as a little hot and boozy, but I liked all the other stuff going on in here enough to help me overlook that. Interesting, to say the least.

Photo of aasher
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. This was a random grab from the back in the cooler. My name is Al so I had no problem with opening a beer with the name Cuvee Alex Le Rouge. It poured a little light for the style, a dark brown with a light beige head. The aromas were very surprising. The label said it contained tea, pepper, and vanilla beans yet the nose was almost all citrus fruits. It was heavy on the oranges and grapefruits before becoming a very leafy tea. The flavors were an interesting blend of bitter chocolate, funk, grass, major tea leaves, and a nice black pepper finish. It was really interesting how the pepper took a back seat until the aftertaste too. It drank a little light for the style, but pretty smooth overall. I thought this beer was interesting and that's what I was aiming for so I'll mark this random selection as a success.

Photo of dsa7783
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz swing-top bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Very unimpressive pour - the result was a dark-black, purple-colored hue with hardly any head at all and very minimal lacing...
Juniper-berry aroma noticeable along with hints of cocoa powder, thick roasted malts, and slight caramel tinged by a touch of vanilla...
Poor, average at best, watery taste consisting of the aforementioned nuances depicted in the aroma...
Watery mouthfeel without too much going on in this department...
For the five or six bucks I paid for this one, can't say I would really recommend it...

Photo of cudmud
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: No head or lace and very dark.

Smell: Smells of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and carmel. No hops noted. Interesting aroma.

Taste: Black pepper and coffee combined with strong hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick and leather-like.

Drinkability: A tasty beer, but I don't think you drink more than one a night.

Photo of Mo_fro
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Nice chocolate brown with a large two finger almond colored head. Chunky brown lacing `
S- Smell is slightly sour, malty and spicy.
T- Smooth pungent and slightly cheesy. Has a really deep flavor profile, toasted malt and vanilla, it has some smoke and sweet to it and everything just melds together.
M- The mouth feel is super smooth and thick, slides over the tongue and doesn’t coat the mouth. Little to no carbonation.
O- Really enjoyable and drinkable beer. The flavors are so different than what I’m used to for a stout. The flavors run deep and there is a lot of thought and talent behind this beer. Delightful

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Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.