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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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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.28% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 01-22-2008)
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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Nickls
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

Pours with a mahogany, almost black color that's brownish at points as well. Two fingers worth of a lightly tan, dense head.

First thing I noticed in the aroma was the tartness and hints of sour, which is pretty characteristic of BMF brews. Very vinous; some dark grapes, a bit of maltiness; and a hint of bittersweet chocolate comes in. The flavor follows along the aroma lines as well, but as the brew warms and warms you get more of the chocolate and a bit of roasted malt behind the vinous characteristics and it actually makes for interesting drinking. Not quite what I expected, but good. Medium body that is a bit thin for the style; OK carbonation level though. Not a bad sipping brew, and it had some interesting points, just a bit much after a bit. Alcohol was completely hidden, which was nice.

4.15/5  rDev +15%
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 jgasparine
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a thin khaki head, which was reasonably retained and exhibited some decent lacing throughout the drink. The body was a slightly cloudy deep garnet color with no observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of sweet caramel malts (but none of the anticipated roastiness) combined with sour fruit and some very faint barnyard aromas. Smells more like a sour Baltic Porter than a typical American Double Stout... but interesting nonetheless.

T- Starts out sweet with smooth candy malt flavor(again, none of the anticipated roastiness) and sour dark fruits. The sourness is mild to moderate, and turns bitter and dry in the finish with the distinct flavor of black tea. This is truly a rollercoaster in the mouth... flavors seem to clash a bit.

M- A nice medium body... reasonably attenuated with a nice soft carbonation. I must admit, though, that I would anticipate a much firmer mouthfeel from an Imperial Stout.

D- Overall it is quite drinkable. Perhaps my beer didn't warm-up enough, but the alcohol never seemed to make itself known on the nose nor the palate...

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a good black pour, starts with a light mocha head but can't last and is left with a bare top and thin collar.

Aroma - an odd grainy, soy thing. An odd, high abv antiseptic, almost hospital aroma. Hot smelling.

Taste - decent roastiness, a sweet raisin and/or soy type flavor. Not Jurassian or Jurassic or whatever, it ain't that big. Some good notes of coffee on the swallow, but the sweet and soy kind of disjoin things. Notes of pepper on the swallow sometimes. The vanilla is distant, the tea shows up at the end but is not bad. Singularly, I'm not all that impressed but together they do paint a decent palette of flavors. I still pick up an undercurrent of funky sour stuff that I don't like, but overall this is pretty interesting.

Mouthfeel - decent weight, mild to medium carbonation, but just not the big thick body I expect.

Drinkability - unfortunately, this is an imperial stout that needs the most basic of ingredients - more malt. There are lots of other things in the beer, but there's no substitute for a proper malt bill.

Photo of Travlr
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is proof that good things can come in small packages - lots of potential here. Almost black and completely devoid of head or lacing. Aroma suggests cafe au lait and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is very smooth, tastes slightly of oak, faint sourness. Hints of black pepper and vanilla, with an edge of scotch. Finishes with licorice. Very complex. Would like to see it after laying down for a couple of years.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of atis
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from Switzerland, 2008 batch

Pours black with dense 1/2 finger tan head with good retention, patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, mild dried fruit, bits of vanilla and alcohol background.

Taste is sweetish coffee vanilla with bitter chocolate, some dried fruit, maybe tea, rather dry finish and long lasting bittery roasted aftertaste. Quite complex and the mix of various flavours is interesting. Mouthfeel is about medium with low carbonation.

Overall, a very good one. I saw some people complaining about the price, as I got it for about 2.50 eur that is its normal price in Switzerland, I am sure it is well worth it.

Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with some slight amber hues when held to a light source and a thin coffee colored head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Spicy peppery aroma with hints of chocolate mal, toffee, vanilla, tea leaves, dark fruit and cinnamon.

Very spicy/peppery flavor with a prominent tea leaf presence and a roasted chocolate malt backbone. Hints of coffee, toffee, vanilla, candi sugar, grape, plum raisin and other dark fruit. This beer is very unique and complex and definitely not your average imperial stout. There is a nice roasty malt presence lying underneath, but there is a very unusual amount of spice and the tea leaf notes are very strong.

Photo of GRG1313
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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 clickpush
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with OK head retention and good lacing. The is rather odd, consisting of coffee grounds, golden raisans and light milk chocolate. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, but with some licorise and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and light, and drinkability is no better then so-so. Alcohol is fairly well disguised, but you can tell it's up there.

Not bad, but not one of the better imperial stouts I've tried.

Photo of thryn
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting-sounding beer. The label says it's brewed with sugar cane, tea, black pepper and bourbon vanilla ... and that sounds awesome to me.

It pours a cloudy dark brown. A small beige head doesn't stick around, but leaves a broken layer of foam and a ring around the edge. Not quite dark enough for an RIS, but given the ingredients I'm not surprised.

Aroma is a slightly sweeter standard RIS scent at first, but then I start to notice the pepper and tea. Plenty of vanilla. I'm really intrigued by the tea scent. There's a fair bit of chocolate as well, and some toffee. Alcohol is faint.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, this is a little all over the place on the palate. I like it a lot, but the flavors are fighting more than blending. It's sweet and has a definite flavor of tea. The richer, chocolate and toffee notes are muted, but the vanilla is forward. Cane is very noticeable at first, then fades back a bit. Aftertaste is slightly bitter Pepper is there but only because I'm looking for it. A bit of a mess, but an interesting and tasty mess. It's a tiny bit boozy at first, but the alcohol is really well-hidden overall.

A little thin in the mouth, with a nice low to medium carbonation.

I would drink it again, but probably not at the price point. An interesting beer, for sure.

Photo of gford217
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330mL flip-top bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, dark brown with a huge creamy tan head that stays on for a long time and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet, tart and roasted all at once. It's got the dark malts in the background but there is also a bit of tart fruit mixed with chocolate and some lemony hop aroma. Interesting aroma.

If the aroma is interesting then the taste is pretty bizarre for the style. It's probably more of a sour than a stout and it's gone a big tart lemon flavor up front with a little bit of dark roasted malts but the finish bring that sourness back. The finish is fairly metallic actually.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of the spectrum for the style with lots of carbonation and very dry and tart, which are not adjectives I often use for an impy stout.

Well, this is certainly a unique take on this style and sits on the fence between stout and sour. It's OK but probably not one I'll go back to.

Photo of mikeyv35
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 04/23/2009 at The Beer Table (Brooklyn, NYC)

500ml. Swingtop bottle into Tulip glass

This brew pours a 1/2 finger creamy tan head and is midnight black in color as would be expected. The lacing is beautiful, but diminishes quickly. The nose on this one is of vanilla, black pepper, a touch of soy sauce, and a finish of my grandfather's fedora mustiness. Taste is pretty much on par with the smell, but this brew just seems to be lacking something - can't put my finger on exactly what it is. The mouthfeel is too thin for an Imperial Stout and leaves the mouth feeling relatively clean. Brew could be very drinkable due to the alcohol being well masked, but the broad spectum of flavors and that lack of something made it more enjoyable to finish versus ordering another.

Overall, a decent brew, but lacked some character that would have made it a much better interpretation of the style.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  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 grub
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml swingtop bottle purchased on a recent trip to buffalo. sampled march 28/09.

pours deep brown, almost black yet still not quite opaque. a thin dense tan head forms, quickly dropping to a thick ring around the glass that seems to last forever and leaves lots of spotty lace.

aroma is wild. alcohol. sour lemon. bit of malt vinegar. i can definitely pick out the pepper and tea mentioned on the label. feels like a bit of oolong tea specifically. milk and dark chocolate. coffee. touch of caramel. this is unlike any other imperial stout i've had - except perhaps madrugada obscura from jolly pumpkin.

taste is neat. dark and milk chocolate. cocoa. bit of coffee. lemon and malt vinegar. light alcohol. oolong tea. pepper. touch of caramel. vanilla. woody and earthy. touch of floral character. leather and tobacco

mouthfeel is good. nice big body, but with a fairly dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. balanced and interesting. the funky and sour component is something new and lends an interesting character, but i'm not enjoying it as much as the jolly pumpkin madruada obscura. i LOVED the abbaye du saint bon-chien from these guys, but this one isn't wowing me.

Photo of Viggo
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 ml swingtop bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a dark reddish brown, slightly opaque, almost black, thin tan head forms, quickly settles to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, decent retention, looks alright. Smell is weird, tea, spices, cinnamon, caramel, some light chocolate and roast, red wine, lightly acidic, raisins, licorice, quite sweet, very different. Taste is very weird, spices, some caramel/brown sugar sweetness, vanilla and licorice, raisins, lemony tartness, tea, apricots, molasses/licorice and vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is light o medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth for the ABV. Very strange flavour profile, not sure I like it, but its definitely interesting. Thanks Russ!

Photo of Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just shy of black and virtually no head. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma was spicy and of black pepper & deep fruits. Dates perhaps.

Flavor was interesting and had the same black Pepper along with licorice & tobacco. Flavor was nice but not quite as deep as I had hoped. Slight vanilla the more I sipped my way through the glass.

Medium bodied and not quite creamy...

Nicely drinkable. Good, but not one I'd chase again..

Photo of Proteus93
3.55/5  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 tavernjef
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very black in the glass and capped with a medium firm khaki colored foam. Keeps a good skim always present and laces out in big spots and globs.

Aroma is mild at best of a slight tangy fig and a bit of pepper and metalic tannins.

Taste is a super quick tang of mostly cherry, with touches of berry, raisin, and fig. Semi soured with cream on the side. Slight metalic notes and pepper are off the back end within its semi warming finish. Hardly anything to it really. Very basic and unimpressionable.

Feel is a quick off tang of soured darkish fruity stuff and sits pretty light in the overall body for what all other Impy/Dbl. stouts are. Where's the creamyness, where's the stoutyness. There's no length other then its quick hit of tang and that is it. Again, quite subpar, seemingly basic, with an offness about it thats hard to place but easy to discern as off and bordeline upsetting to have wasted a clean glass with pouring this stuff into one.

Quite possibly the worst stout I've had and one of the worst beers I've had in a long time. Avoid unless you like wierd sour/off stouts.

Photo of bonbini26
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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 GClarkage
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.