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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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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 01-22-2008)
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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

corby112, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

GRG1313, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of clickpush
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

clickpush, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

John_M, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of thryn
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

thryn, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

gford217, May 12, 2009
Photo of mikeyv35
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

mikeyv35, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Sammy, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

grub, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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!

Viggo, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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..

Reagan1984, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Proteus93, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

tavernjef, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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

bonbini26, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

GClarkage, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

SFLpunk, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of MarcGetty
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I could not pass up purchasing Cuvée Alex Le Rouge when I saw it for sale at The Foodery. A "jurassian imperial stout brewed with black pepper, vanilla, & tea" was not exactly something you can pass up the opportunity to try!

I poured the 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass (it is a stout, no?) and it had zero head (maybe not a stout?). There was effervescence along the sides of the glass, a lot like a Coca-Cola. The color is also identical to Coca-Cola, and mouthfeel is not too off from Coca-Cola either.

The "10.276% vol" of alcohol is not obvious, but the crazy layers of flavor sure are! It does indeed taste like black pepper and vanilla, although I did not come across any notes of tea as advertised on the bottle. Overall the taste(s) make it absolutely worth trying.

As for drinkability, it takes quite a while to down a glass as the flavors are a little bit (not too much) overpowering.

Buy one. Try it. However, don't buy more then one.

MarcGetty, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this one at Bruisin' Ales in Ashville, NC yesterday. I really need a hand-fill growler, so I figured I'd put this one to the test. Great 11.2 ounce bottle with no freshness date. I had no idea Switzerland brewed a RIS, so here we go!

Pours an attractive clear, dark root beer/mahogany brown. After an agressice pour, I get a ¾ inch creamy dark tan head. Minimal spotty lacing seen up the sides of my over-sized tulip...

Nose is surprisingly limited. Some lightly sweet malts, cherry tartness and grassy hops are all I really get.

Medium bodied and medium to full flavored RIS. Very wet mouthfeel with a sour tang, (versus a bitter and hoppy one). Beyond the wetness (which is big), I get a subtle sour again mixed with sweet malts. I'm disappointed because I am not tasting the vanilla, tea or black pepper like the label suggests. It's frankly a weird beer overall. Glad I only got one. Unique, but not my cup of tea.

beachbum1975, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz swing-top bottle.

Pours a dark chocolate brown. Looked a little murky. Creamy, purposeful, glass-crawling, peanut-shell brown head. Nose is an odd mix of tart cherry, chocolate, vanilla beans, bourbon (just a little), and earthy (peppery?) leather.

Starts off with tart cherry, and a bit of wild funk. Hmmm. It's not a puckering sour, but it is definitely tart. Earthy malt flavors mix with a bit of dark chocolate beneath the sourness. Some vanilla and even fruity malt (vaguely sweet) show up near the finish, with a crescendo of pepper. It's an odd mix of flavors, and not very imperial stout-y, but it's actually not that bad. In fact, it's a little refreshing! Mouthfeel is a little thin, however, and this definitely does not feel like 10%. Glad I tried this, but I doubt I will buy it again!

alexgash, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

GbVDave, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of phisig137
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

phisig137, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of kimcgolf
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plenty of carbonation as it completely blew out the flip-top when I raised the lever. Poured to a deep dark black brown color with a nose of chocolate and coffee with a hint of licorice. Dark tan head lingered awhile and left okay lacing, but the taste was a nice follow-up to the nose. As the beer warmed, the 10+% abv began to make itself known in the nose, flavor and finish, which was warming and slightly sweet.

My first Swiss beer was not a disappointment. In fact, this should be what the St. Bernards carry in those little barrels.

kimcgolf, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz flip top bottle.

Poured a dark black color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate, smoke, and some pepper. Tastes of chocolate, pepper, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, and some smoke. Alcohol hidden.

Notes from 3/1/08

hopdog, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Split three ways w/ dkachur and proteus93 - my portion poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, thick black with a fast-fading one-finger slightly off-white head.

Aroma: The pepperyness is definitely there, and the tannins from the tea lend a distinctly tart, sour note. A faint vanilla note, but I am nonetheless frightened. Prune is the predominant fruity note. There's some faint chocolate in the background.

Taste: Tart apples, grapes, pears, and cherries, with some faint roasted breading in the background. Tastes like pain. There's some faint chocolate in the background, leafy notes (either from the hops or tea ... yeah, probably from the tea), a few lighty fruity notes. A smoky note, too, strangely enough, probably from the spice - dkachur gets cumin, and I don't disagree.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated, a little tart and bitter from the tannins and light fruits.

Drinkability: This one was ... weird. Very strange, almost incredibly so. The alcohol was certainly well hidden, despite the high and strangely accurate (10.276%!?! Significant figures, anyone in Switzerland?) abv% level. This one's weird, and worth trying once just for the experience. One of the weirdest beers I've ever tried, hands down.

CrellMoset, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

ggaughan, Nov 08, 2008
Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.