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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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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.28% ABV

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 01-22-2008

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Photo of tjfinkle
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of crossovert
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cudmud
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 morebeergood
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at Novare Res in Portland on Sat 5/22. Arrived in an 8 oz glass for $5.50. Dirty brown color, with a murky body. No head, which I was not expecting from an imperial stout. Smell had a nice aroma of spice to it, almost like an herbal tea. Taste was good but not spectacular. Could taste some dark chocolate, malt, and vanilla, but it seemed like the cask aging really mellowed out all the flavors too much. All you could really effectively sense was the alcohol, which was definitely not toned down. Plus, the mouthfeel was almost watery, which is not what I really desire in an imperial stout. I am glad that I only paid $5.50 for a small glass, as I am happy I did not pay more and I really didn't need more than eight ounces.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big ups to my cousin for bringing this back from Switzerland for me. First and foremost this is no stout. Its brown for God's sake! I usually don't knock appearance but if you tell me its an imperial stout and its not black then you fucked up. It smelled slightly sour but not in a bad way. The flavor was vinous and kind of average. I'm not sure the brewer understands what an imperial stout is because it ain't this. I would not even give this beer an E for effort. Forgettable.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 4/23/2010- from notes.

Never had a Swiss beer so here we go!

Brown swing top bottle as pictured poured into a pint glass.

A- Almost but not quite pitch black, dark brown around the edges and when held up to the light topped off with a thin light tan head that faded pretty quick to a ring around the glass. Some lacing.

S- Picked up alot of malts, tea and maybe a little coffee.

T- Nothing really dominated the flavor to me at first, just hints of malty bitter chololate, a touch sweet, a little spicy bite which I'm assuming is the pepper, and tea. As it warmed the tea got more pronounced.

M- Medium bodied, it was a little thinner than I expected.

D- Pretty drinkable despite the ABV, I'm just not a huge tea fan so it got a little old towards the end. Probably wont look for it again.

Photo of Patrick999
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Coolcheech
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Domingo
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on my trip to Tampa. I'd never seen or heard of such a beer before.
Pours a black color with a thin white sheen of a head. The pour reveals this to be a little thinner than most as it doesn't leave a motor-oil like residue on the glass.
The flavor profile on this one is all over the place...in a good way. It starts off with some roasted dark chocolate flavors that take a bit of a sour turn. In the middle you can't help but get a very unique spice note from the chai tea. Tea, cardamom, and cinnamon hit the palate with a sharp peppery finish. Can't say I've had many beers like this. The only one I can think of was at the GABF pro-am, and it wasn't this polished. Not too sweet, and the booze is well hidden, too.
Texture is a tiny bit thin and slick, but not a serious flaw.
Not exactly something you'd make a session out of, but it's pretty drinkable for something this strong. Splitting a bottle with a semi-sweet dessert would probably be ideal, though.

Photo of Gavage
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +14.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -8.8%
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 +11.9%
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
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +13.3%
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 +9.1%
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
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of clickpush
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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 -2.5%
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.

Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.