Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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4.53/5 rDev +25.5%
A: Poured black, not jet black like some stouts though, depending on the light you could see brown. It had a very thin tan head that dissipated very soon after pouring. A thin ring of head did stay around the glass though.
S: Smells awesome, very malty, also reminded me of raisins.
T: This one is hard. The malty flavor really comes through strong, but nice. I couldn't really taste much of anything else except the malt at first, but after drinking it for a bit, I could find the tea in there. I did get some hints of spice here and there but not on every sip. Still tasty.
M: Medium body, not too heavy. Even though I thought it poured thin for a stout, it didn't feel that way.
D: This is a dangerous beer for me; I could drink these all day. At a 10+% ABV you can get pretty smashed easily. Thank god there $13 a bottle here, so I would be buying sixers any time soon.
03-03-2010 00:57:32 | More by Coolcheech
4.5/5 rDev +24.7%
Live review - poured from the swing-top bottle into a snifter. Dark but not opaque, although pouring with the sediment lends a considerable murkiness. Quickly dissipating head that nevertheless can be roused with some swirls of the glass.
From the description on the bottle, I'd guess this is going to be pretty complex, and the nose would seem to indicate so. Lot of malt, carob, black tea, and the black pepper also tickles the nostrils a bit. But at heart, definitely smells like an old-fashioned malt bomb. Love it.
Sometimes I get on big stouts for being too sweet (BrewDog Tokyo, I'm looking at you), but this one skews to the opposite end, as it finishes rather dry and mineral-y for this big a stout. And instead of the typical coffee/chocolate flavors you pull from Impy Stouts, this one glorifies Camellia sinensis with a real roasted black tea bitterness and some tobacco. Black pepper definitely in the mix. Aftertaste yields lots of chocolate and vanilla. Again, this is a quite dry 10% stout - allowing a whole lot of complexity to pull through. I like it more and more as it warms.
Soft, luxurious creamy feel. A little thin but I happen to like that.
Real tasty, this is a different take on imperial stout, and for me, well worth the indulgence. It's been a lot of fun to sip on. Please don't go into this hoping it will approximate American takes on the style.
04-18-2010 15:54:38 | More by Patrick999
4.45/5 rDev +23.3%
Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Body is black but thin, allowing me to see the active carbonation inside the beer. A small light tan head forms upon pouring and translates to a nice halo and lacing after receding.
Smells of roasted malts and wild yeast. A very interested combination indeed, though on the light side. Some fruit aroma comes through as well, black cherries, citrus, and pepper corn.
Taste is sooo dry for how high the alcohol is. This must have been one seriously efficient fermentation! Flavors of chocolate, bread crust, and wild yeast. Finish is super complex with vanilla & spices & more chocolate. Mouthfeel is not what you expect from an imperial stout, but neither is any other facet of this beer; somewhat thin but at the same time well carbonated.
A joy and privilege to drink. I think this is the strongest session beer I've ever tasted.
07-10-2009 05:24:24 | More by clickpush
4.43/5 rDev +22.7%
Batch 2008 poured into a tulip from a cool little bottle that looked more like a growler than a bottle...
A- Poured dark but not too thick with some light tan head that quickly dissipated into a nice lacing on the glass
S- Very smooth malts with some dark fruit and leather. Not nearly the harsh roasted malts many Imperial Stouts have. I definitely pick up some of the pepper smells that this beer is known for.
T- Malts up front. The roasted flavor that was missing from the smell comes through slightly with the finish. Again, definitely notice the pepper, which sounds not good for a stout but actually works well with the other flavors by adding a little spice to the mix.
M- Very mild and smooth for an Imperial Stout, especially one that is over 10%. The carbonation balances out the beer nicely. Unlike some Imperial Stouts, the roasted malts do not wreak havoc on your palate.
D- Very good beer. Would definitely recommend to a friend. Soft enough that it is easily enjoyable, but still very complex. Also very easy to drink for a beer of this style/ABV.
09-12-2010 03:32:50 | More by tjfinkle
4.43/5 rDev +22.7%
This is an excellent beer that while it certainly has some qualities of an imperial stout, is entirely it's own thing.
What I really appreciate about it is the fact that you can clearly taste the adjuncts (tea, peppers) melded together with a clean sourness.
A very strange beer but well balanced and the drink ability is unreal. The 10 ish abv is not apparent at all. The bottle I had was from a recent bactch...
You can't and won't appreciate this if you go into it exclusively looking for the rich dark chocolate, roasty, coffee notes that you find in the typical Impy Stout category; but there in there in addition to the unique sourness.
04-26-2012 11:14:32 | More by pixieskid
4.35/5 rDev +20.5%
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..
07-27-2014 21:27:31 | More by AtrumAnimus
4.35/5 rDev +20.5%
draught at the Solothurner Biertage 2007 - very dark brown, almost black coloured; firm and stable beige foam; roasted, almost smokey with notes of tea, vanilla, pepper and chocolate; oily and full-bodied; rather low carbonation; a late and solid bitterness; aftertaste of vanilla and licorice with a warming alcohol touch - very complex and deeply pleasant
10-19-2008 18:15:58 | More by Bov
4.3/5 rDev +19.1%
11.2 brown glass swing-top without a notch on the label. Grabbed this at Publick House Provisions in Brookline, MA on my trip back from the EBF. Couldn't wait to get home and open it!
Appearance: Pours a fairly dark black (brown hues) with one finger of cream colored head. Leaves a little spotting as it fades.
Nose: Smells like a bourbon barrel aged stout. Vanilla is prime, a little smoke, sweet black molasses, heavily malted cereal grain, and maybe a suggestion of pepper way out.
Palate: Creamy at first, going crisp and medium bodied. The tea creeps in and starts sweeping things on the tongue with a crisp astringency. Flavors of dried vanilla bean, tea with cream, an a whisper of something like lemon zest.
Notes: I wish this beer were cheaper and in a six pack, I'd drink the hell out of it! Worth the money, and I'll probably grab another the next time I see it. My only complaint really is the body is a *little* light. Other than that, perfect!
02-26-2009 01:41:44 | More by SFLpunk
4.25/5 rDev +17.7%
I've never heard of this brewery or seen their offerings so this is a treat. Plus, they're in Switzerland.
Pours a black color, dark as night, with a brown two-finger head that fades down, leaving some lacing on the edges of the glass.
Aroma is full of a hint of cream, coffee, chocolate and trace hints of black pepper, vanilla and tea. Sweet and a bit peppery in the nose. Certainly is complex.
Taste is warm from the alcohol and that gives way to flavors of black pepper, tea and a hint of chocolate/cream. A second sip confirms much of the same. A bit of sourness is present as well. Complex and unique.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering alcohol warmth, black pepper and tea. Carbonation isn't too strong. Alcohol warmth has calmed down with age (this is the 2008 edition).
An amazingly complex beer that I would probably not try again. It was worth the price for a bottle because it has flavors that are not unique to the style but add something different to it. It's a sipping beer and the complexity of it might turn off others. I would recommend sampling it with friends.
10-18-2009 22:46:00 | More by Brad007
4.23/5 rDev +17.2%
330ml bottle served in a chalice.
A: Beautiful black color with a huge beige head when poured. As it dissipates, many lacings are left around
S: Complex. BFM spiciness trademark. Acid and tarty. Vanilla, roasted malts and black chocolate. Earthy yeasts end. Few of alcohol can be noticed despite the considerable 10% ABV
T: Complex as the nose. Considerably tart for an American Imperial Stout. Amazing taste of BFM yeasts. Spicy. Notes of pepper. Vanilla, caramel, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Pleasant roasted and hoppy bitter end
M: Full body. Medium to low carbonation. Roasted and hoppy bitter aftertaste
O: High drinkability. Great beer. From the best Swiss brewery
07-24-2010 16:34:51 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
11.2 oz brown swing-top bottle. Brewed with cane sugar, Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, and Bourbon vanilla.
It pours a dense ink black with an amazing looking dual tone caramel/tan head. There is a line going through it that separates the two different colors. It is thick and foamy with a bit of froth. It recedes decently quickly leaving just a little lacing but a nice froth atop the beer.
This beer doesn't say it is barrel aged but it kind of smells like it. It is probably form the nice bit of vanilla you get. The tea and the pepper bring a nice spice to the mix. This is above a nice chocolatey stout base.
The flavor is interesting. It is a bit too tangy than what I normally liek for the style and perhaps a bit sweet but it has a nice flavor. The sweetness levels as you go. There is a nice dose of coffee and smoke, rich sweet chocolate, spiciness some dark fruit, and residual cane sugar. The alcohol isn't completely hidden, but not a burden. The tea plays a role in the after taste with a nice dryness. This one has some amazing and interesting flavors.
It is a bit thin for an imperial stout, but the mouthfeel is still pretty decent it has a unique dryness in the finish perhaps form the tannic tea.
It is kind of a wonky beer, it looks and smells amazing, and tastes pretty good too but it is a bit on the odd side for mouthfeel.
09-02-2010 23:17:46 | More by crossovert
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
Pours a bright mahogany color but settles much darker, with a modest tan head. Aroma has quite a lot of raisins, with some tart red fruit and a load of dark grains. The vanilla also comes through, albeit mildly, almost like a Sees candy when coupled with the more chocolatey notes. Flavor recalls export stout more than imperial stout, with a dark bready malt profile and only a secondary roastiness. The pepper is obvious both up front and in the finish, but it remains a light accent. Surprisingly tart and fruity mid-palate with grapes, raisins and even a little citrus. The tea comes through not in flavor but in mouthfeel; it adds a vanishing dryness bordering on astringency. The vanilla is again mild --if you take a quick gulp you might get a bit of round sweetness but if you’re swishing it around looking for nuances, the other flavors overpower it. Medium body, appropriate for the flavor, with little-to-no alcohol present. Bottom line: This imperial stout is rather atypical, which makes it endearing and challenging to a palate that’s accustomed to coffee/chocolate bombs. The label calls it "Extremely Complex" and I agree. Definitely give this one a shot.
01-03-2012 08:53:04 | More by illidurit
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
Beer bottle (33 cl., batch 2010), purchased from Clem (Nantes) and tasted in 2011. (Review #1100).
Appearance : dark red color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt, spicy and peppery aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt flavours, caramel and chocolate, with vinous note in finish (rather acidic).
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Imperial Stout . Drink at cellar temperature :-). Made with cane sugar, sarawak peper, russian tea and Bourbon vanilla (La Réunion).
Note from Clément : it's possible to find differences in taste according to the vinous brews or chocolate.
11-01-2011 17:33:13 | More by thierrynantes
4.2/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
11-07-2012 15:16:22 | More by sweemzander
4.15/5 rDev +15%
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.
01-21-2010 19:51:25 | More by SPLITGRIN
Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.