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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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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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 BucBasil
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is labeled as an Imperial Stout brewed with black pepper, vanilla, and tea.

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2oz swingcap bottle into a snifter. The beer is a pure black color, even when held to light, and is topped with a quickly dissipating 1 finger thick tan head.

Smell: Vanilla is immediately evident, as is a woody character. Bittersweet chocolate is evident, as is a tobacco richness underneath that may be coming from the tea added. Finally some hops show up for a fleeting moment, and spiced fruit finishes things out. This is one seriously complex aroma...

Taste: Surprisingly the tea flavor jumps out first, and it is very sweet, somewhat fruity, and not an altogether pleasant introduction to the tastebuds. Very shocking first taste, but once you get used to it, things seem to get better. Fruity flavors become more and more pronounced, revealing raspberry and sweet cherry flavors and the beer progresses along the tongue. The huge, almost overbearing sweetness carries through the finish, leaving a slightly milk chocolatey flavor in the mouth. No hops to be found in this sugary bomb.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but the right amount of carbonation and a smooth finish.

My final thoughts were, "What the hell did I just drink?" This was a great workout for the nose and tastebuds, but unfortunately, the whole thing just didn't come together very well. Maybe with some age, it might work, but I doubt it. I don't think I'll be picking this one up again.

BucBasil, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
2.17/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $9.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle from City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a snifter.

As written on the bottle:
Ingredients: water, barley malts, hops, cane sugar, yeast, Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, Boubon vanilla.
This Cuvée was created in the honor of the Jurassian revolutionist Alex Le Rogue. Enjoy this wonderful Cuvée at about 10°-12° Celcius (50°-53°F), with a crunch of bitter Chocolate or a Cigar. Cuvée Alex Le Rogue can be sequestrated for a few years in a cellar.

A very small head after an very aggressive pour of this thick brew. Black as night. Lacing coats thick, but falls quickly.

Smell is somewhat lacking in strength, especially for a Stout variation. Malts foremost, but hints of dark chocolate and alcohol.

Tastes a bit funky. The malts are masked by the complexity of other flavors; leafy hops, some yeast, chery sourness similar to a Flemish Sour and a variety of other flavors I can't really put my finger on. A lot going on, but nothing is triggering the pleasure centers.

Full bodied. Thick and creamy. Smooth finish. Mild carbonation.

If you are looking to try something different, this may be your ticket, but I guess I'm not too big of a fan. The hefty price tag on this one makes the decision even easier for me in the future.

ibbjamin, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Slatetank, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Okay, this beer is definitely unusual and a very different take on Russian Imperial Stout. Approach this with an open mind and try to appreciate the interesting components of this beer. Ding must have been having a bad afternoon when he did his review, or more likely it's the fact that he doesn't appreciate sourness in places where it is unexpected- especially in styles where it is unexpected. I on the other-hand appreciate the sourness sometimes found in Belgian interpretations of Russian Imperial Stouts, or in a beer like Madruga Obscura from Jolly Pumpkin. This beer is reminiscent of those with the addition of some unusual ingredients. The label says it is made with black pepper, tea, and vanilla. Those ingredients come through in different ways.

Pours black with a decent head that fades to a very thin tan cap. The aroma is quite complex. The black pepper is is prominent up front, the vanilla less so, and the tea lends some astringent tannins to the nose. Some light roastiness combines with the black pepper and tea to create an unusual depth of aroma. The taste is also quite interesting. Slightly sour to start with grain and a plumminess, and then developing first tea and then black pepper notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and somewhat tannic, but the overall effect is quite interesting. I wouldn't drink one all the time, but I'll give them marks for creativity and the unusual nature of the beer.

Georgiabeer, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

RblWthACoz, May 19, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jurassian imperial stout brewed with Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, and burbon vanilla.

A: Poured a viscous cola color with dark ruby highlights as it left the bottle producing a thin, fizzy dark, khaki layering.

S: subtle with warm, pleasant English tea scents with a dash of peppery spicing.

T: The initial flavor was spicy prunes, with warm tea notes and light citrus and cola hints. Progresses to a vinous burbon vanilla flavor along with ripe oranges and light peppery notes. The alcohol is extremely well hidden at 10.276% abv. The spicy warm tea flavor highlights this flavor with a quick, sharp peppery finish compliments of the Sarawak pepper. The finish was clean with only a minute trace of acidity.

M: very light, oily with a flat carbonation with warming spicy tea notes which gives way to a nice quick, sharp peppery finish.

D:Where in the world is the 10.276% abv? Besides from being a tad light body wise it does present a nice unique flavor which keeps you coming back sip after sip. Spicy, peppery and truly unique.

beerthulhu, May 12, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Chaz
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown in color. A rather firm pour produced a pleasantly dark, orange-tan head, a good two-fingers and of good duration. Lacing was moderate to very good,and lasted throughout the duration of the drink.
Plenty of cake-y, suspended yeast here.

The nose is lactic, tannic,and spicy. As stated on the label, spices are a component of this brew, and the vanilla is the first spice I made note of. There is also a something I can only call "green olive", a component of the lactic sour character. As per the label there is a fair amount of alcohol in this brew, but on the nose it is easily masked by the other characteristics. A beer this big should offer some sweeter malt notes on the nose and yet this one appears almost dry. Roasted and dark malts blend well with the spices, and overall.

Semi-sweet on first sip, with prominent licorice, roasted and bready malt notes, and a mild sweetness creeping up towards the end, and a fairly dry finish. Astringent. Black pepper is not very noticeable, but seems to come through along with the warming alcohol in the aromatics. The "Russian tea" on the label is something I've not heard of as per use in a beer, but if anything the tea adds to the astringency, and lends a lightly vegetal character. Dry, roasted, and biscuit malt notes are subdued throughout the mid-palate yet seem to appear at the end and linger nicely. Notes of cocoa appear amidst this malt backdrop, particularly as it warms. Likewise, as this warms the spices contribute greatly to the complexity of the aromatic aspect, giving this a liqueur-like appeal.

Mouthfeel is rather thin; no doubt the addition of cane sugar was something of a factor here. Lighter mouth feel would seem to add to the drink-ability, but not so much for the style.

Altogether this is a very challenging and interesting brew. It's altogether different than what we've come to expect of imperial stouts from craft breweries in America, and is much more in line with what the Belgians and others have done with the style. Recommended for those who have time to sit back and savor a brew; a "cigar beer" if you will.

(Note: I allowed this to warm sufficiently; the intricate flavors and effects of the spices would have been lost on this if served too cold.)

Chaz, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz swing-top bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Very unimpressive pour - the result was a dark-black, purple-colored hue with hardly any head at all and very minimal lacing...
Juniper-berry aroma noticeable along with hints of cocoa powder, thick roasted malts, and slight caramel tinged by a touch of vanilla...
Poor, average at best, watery taste consisting of the aforementioned nuances depicted in the aroma...
Watery mouthfeel without too much going on in this department...
For the five or six bucks I paid for this one, can't say I would really recommend it...

dsa7783, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Nearly black in color, and rusty red algae around the edges when held to the light. No head. Aroma of vinegar/ cherries - sour/ acidic. Flavor was a Flemish Brown type of deal with faint roast dominated by wet leaves in a rain gutter followed by oxidative notes. Not my thing. Light body and sour finish. Gross. Hard to tell if it was spoiled when there is only one other review so far.

dedrinker, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 22, 2008
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Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.