Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
04-22-2009 01:32:32 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
My first beer from Switzerland.
Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch light tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Light penetrates at the bottom of the glass but not on the top near the head. Wavy lines of lacing stick to the glass on the drink down. Visible chunks of sediment are visible in the beer. Smell is of dark fruits, spiced chai tea, and some sour/funky aromas. Taste is of sour dark fruits, dark roasted malt, and some vanilla/tea flavors on the finish. These tea flavors create a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. A pretty good carbonation level with small, crisp bubbles on the tongue and in the throat. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is somewhat different than other imperial stouts I have had before.
08-22-2011 03:47:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
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
05-27-2010 02:31:17 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance: Arrives with a translucent dark color and a modest cap that leaves little lacing (it is cask conditioned)
Smell: A bit of roast, some tea character and a real sense of vanilla
Taste: Roasty malt, up front, with a developing tea character and some dark fruit; by mid-palate, the vanilla and Sarawak pepper both make their presence felt and the combination with the Belgian yeast strain adds complexity, after the swallow
Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation; some warmth in the gullet from the ABV
Drinkability: Tremendously creative and complex; really enjoyed the multiple layers
02-21-2011 16:05:43 | More by brentk56
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
01-22-2008 20:36:40 | More by Phyl21ca
3.13/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
08-11-2009 05:46:04 | More by GRG1313
3.15/5 rDev -12.7%
Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body, reddish-hued at the edges, and capped by a small, beige head.
Smell: Aroma of dark malts, dried herbs, tart fruits and fainter notes of licorice and molasses.
Taste: Dark malts with a thinned taste of chocolate. Salted plum flesh. Sprinkling of licorice water. Hint of wood, molasses. Light bitterness. There's never any real sweetness. In its place, there's a pervasive tart fruitiness, like a wine cooler past its prime. Pinch of earthy spice on the creosote finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very mild carbonation.
Drinkability: Different, for sure, but it's just not what I'm looking for in an Imperial Stout.
04-12-2008 21:11:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
Wanted to give this one a shot, The description on the label sounded like it would be pretty impressive. I poured the bottle out and it was a nice deep brown color with a decent looking head on it. The lacing was light and didn't really stick too well. The had some roasted malt aromas mixed with a nice dose of herbal aromas too. The taste of the beer wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be. I found it to be a little off balance and just kind of confusing. The mouthfeel had a decent thickness to it with a light carbonation. Overall I was a little bummed by this beer. I was expecting a lot more and nothing really came out of this one for me. It's drinkable but not really memorable.
07-15-2011 20:13:45 | More by Knapp85
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Sure, this bottle made my jaunt to Chevy Chase a bit more expensive than I anticipated, but it just sounded so good... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises blackstrap molasses, roasted malts, light acrid coffee, mild anise, faint hints of various dark fruits, and a light wisp of smoke billowing around every now and again. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more of a fruity component (not enough to make things all that strange, though) and a new vein of what seems like tea. The body is a hefty medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that makes me wanna seek out more from this brewery, despite the seemingly higher pricetags.
08-03-2013 21:37:40 | More by TMoney2591
3.25/5 rDev -10%
Ow! My ears! This thing popped so loud when I flipped the cap that it really did give me a bit of a ringer.
Pours very dark with a thin tan head.
Nose is fruity and spiced, yes. Do you know what the problem with it is though? It reminds me of those markers I would get as a kid that each had its own fragrance. I take a sniff and just think of my old purple marker with the grape fragrance.
As the label so kindly informs me, this beer is "Extremely Complex". Oh really. Thanks for the help there buddy. Sure it is complex, but it seems like everything was thrown together. All the characteristics of this one just jump into my mouth together and don't stand alone to let me savor it all. Seems a bit messy.
The liquid feel is thin. The carbonation is decent.
Overall this is not worth the price. A bit of a mess and not really bringing enough interesting character. Pass.
05-19-2008 06:24:04 | More by RblWthACoz
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Pours with a black body topped by a light brown head of foam. Decent lace and retention.
S - Fruity plums and raisins with spicy alcohol. Some notes of chocolate and light, roasty coffee.
T - Tart (?!?), spicy yeast notes upfront with fruity berry flavors. Cherry and blackberry followed by roast malt notes of coffee. Some spicy hops and low bitterness in the finish with a light note of plastic/phenolic yeast and pungent acidity.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry, chalky finish.
D - This is a weird one. I have had one or two (intentionally) sour stouts before, but I had no idea that is what I was going to get when I poured this. Complex and strange, it is sour but not particularly funky. The malt is a nice compliment to the fruit and keeps things balanced. I can't decide if the sourness is intentional or the result of age, but it works surprisingly well. I don't know that I would go out of my way to drink this again, but I am glad I tried it and I would recommend it for the novelty if nothing else.
10-16-2009 05:38:48 | More by nickfl
3.9/5 rDev +8%
My 600th review! -Acuired this bottle as a gift from mughugger, I poured the 11.2oz brown flip top at cellar temp into the BFM goblet also a gift from inmyblood, thank you so much. The ale opened with a high pitched "floot!" kind of like a raquetball striking a wall at high speed.
A - Deep brown, almost black w/ a tan toasted bread crust shade for a head, the cap is about 1/4 inch of ultra tight bead. There is a quick settling of foam leaving a moderate amount of lace on the goblet.
S - A hint of funky leather and pepper(Sarawak according to the label) and slightly biscuit arom w/ a bit of sour cherry and dark molasses and black grape notes. There is a hint of vanilla and musk w/ an almost cedary woodiness
M - Warming both in its 1o.276%? abv and at 50 degrees sampled, this is a unique feel - it is all over the map and has great crisp carbonation. There is spice/ creaminess w/ the malt texture and dry vinous textures w/ a slightly husky grain and cider-like sour tinge w/ a nutty spiced tip
T - The first sip has a black tea like jolt w/ a tannic edge and a cracked pepper spiciness and then the creamy vanilla seems to come in under the radar. The flavor has slight vegetal notes of tea that combine w/ sweet dry malt that has almost no roastiness. The paper taste returns in waves adding an interesting hint w/ a warmth of abv in the flavor too. The fruit flavors are there, but much more subdued and there is more stone fruit/grape tinges w/ subtle apple rind notes. I was hoping this would have more roasted malt since it is an Imperial stout, but heck the tea and pepper seem to be more in focus and it really refreshes like tea as it nears room temp
D - A fine experimental spiced Imp stout I would definitely like to taste this again. This has an interesting mix of flavors and I enjoyed how tea pepper, and vanilla were utilized. I could see this as something that may cellar well.
06-17-2008 15:16:50 | More by Slatetank
3.79/5 rDev +5%
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.
01-06-2014 17:02:25 | More by StonedTrippin
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
First had: on tap at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA
A: Rich, dark red color, with a nice white head.
S: Roasty, with sweet fruits.
T: Roasty malts, licorice, sweet fruits, definite alcohol twinge.
M: Medium body, seemed more a strong dark ale than a stout.
D: Somewhat drinkable, but the sweetness stopped me from ordering a second.
12-12-2010 16:58:03 | More by Rifugium
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours with a creamy, dense, initially two-finger thick, somewhat browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite black colored though it does show flashes of clear, dark chocolate brown when held up directly to the light. The aroma is an interesting mix of chocolate a perceived tartness, smoked almond aromatics (a mix of salt, smoke and toasted nut notes), earthy city roast coffee, a definite spicy wood-like note, a slight must note, as well as a distinct, toasted nutty character that seems to finish things out. After a bit some soft fruit notes of plums left too long under the broiler become noticeable as well. This has an interesting, very complex, yet hard to describe aroma.
Quite dry tasting and actually fairly light, especially considering the strength of the beer. My suspicions of the sour aromatic notes are confirmed towards the finish as this has a definite lactic character to it. There is a slightly smoky, salt-leaning almost peat like note here that mixes with the tartness to remind me a bit of the ocean. While tart it is only lightly so, the beer is very dry with no real sweetness noticeable at all. A very earthy leaning, slightly smoky seeming . The finish also has a faint vanilla note that adds just a hint of perceived sweetness that also makes me noticed a prune-like flavor and some tart plum flavors as this beer warms up. I am not sure what the tea adds to this beer, but I wonder if it influences the smoky notes, the woody character, some tobacco notes, and a certain leafy-like sort of tea quality that becomes a touch more noticeable as I work my way through this beer. This has a nice roast finish to it, though this definitely competes with the tartness to be noticed.
This is quite easy drinking for an Imperial Stout of this strength. The only thing that keeps me from drinking this faster is that it has some really interesting, unique flavors that are quite subtle. This beer is defined by the balance the many competing, yet intertwining components achieve in the glass. This beer has got to be drastically different than when it was first bottled, but it has certainly developed into an interesting departure from the traditional Imperial Stout. My biggest complaint is that it is perhaps more complex than it is good tasting; it almost seems like a better intellectual exercise than a truly tasty beer.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
09-21-2008 06:24:34 | More by Gueuzedude
3.23/5 rDev -10.5%
11.2 oz. bottle, 2009 Vintage, a very specific to 5 sig. figures 10.276% ABV,
A: Pours a super dark brown, with a fizzy off-white head, pillowy at first, dies down quick, but has good retention, light lace.
S: Definite note of vanilla on the first sniff, but then dominated by tangy cocoa powder and leather. Light black pepper.
T: Has a lot of pepper especially on the back end. Tangy dark malt throughout like old hot chocolate. Mild vanilla. Interesting, though it's not really super tasty.
M: Light-bodied, for the style, thin, feels a bit like a Belgian, medium acidity, light carbonation.
D: The idea of this beer intrigued me so I picked it up. An experiment that didn't really work for me, but it's definitely weird and a beer someone can have fun delving into. It grew on me a little more as it ended, but not close to being worth the price (~$6).
09-21-2010 05:41:44 | More by Halcyondays
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/4" tan colored head that breaks apart quickly. A few spots of lace develop.
Smell: brown sugar, malt sweetness, and some hints of tea are pleasant on the nose.
Taste: roasted malts, brown sugar, prunes, molasses, and pepper spice are up front. There is a hint of tea in here too. Bitterness is nicely balancing here, and alcohol provides some warming.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. For an Imperial Stout, the beer comes of quite thin. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish.
Drinkability: for the style this one goes down a little quicker than others since it is a little thinner in body. Nice flavor profile keeps it interesting.
02-10-2010 17:56:37 | More by Gavage
2.7/5 rDev -25.2%
Brown glass swingtop bottle poured into Weihenstephan weissbier glass in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live. Bottle label identifies the ABV as 10.276%, not 2.8% (give them a break; they're swiss).
A: Beautiful tan colour creamy thick head of seven fingers (keep in mind this is a weissiber glass) and brilliant retention. Solid black colour.
Sm: Sour lambic-esque esters. That's it. Not what I expected for the style, but it's more interesting than problematic. A moderate strength scent.
T: Sour ester hops alongside slight nut hops and a full barley body. Fairly complex but a bit off. Poorly balanced and built for the style. I detect absolutely no black pepper whatsoever. Vanilla may be present, but if so it's buried.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Complementary of the flavours of the body.
Dr: Not what's expected for the style, and not a good beer. Worth a go for lambic fans maybe, but don't expect it to be the type of imperial stout an imperial stout fan would enjoy. Overpriced as well. In fairness, it does cover its high ABV well.
06-25-2011 17:23:20 | More by kojevergas
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
03/03/09- Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido, CA.
Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a date strip attached to the flip top. Poured into my Duvel glass.
Appearance- Black in color pour. 1/2 inch quickly receeding head. It does, however, leave a lasting slight rim. Light spots of lacing upon finish of the beer.
Smell- Dark roasted malts, a light sour fruity note as well. Some dusting of chocolate also. Pretty nice.
Taste- Not really into sour stouts. It's not bad though. Has a lot of peppery spice to it. Along with some chocolate malt flavor, mild hops and some sour like fruits...all the flavors combine decently.
Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation...more sourness in the aftertaste along with some deep malty flavor.
Drinkability- Sour stouts are not my thing, but considering, this one was pretty good. Worth trying if it's your cup of tea.
03-04-2009 15:43:53 | More by GClarkage
Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.