Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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2.88/5 rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
The beer pours in an almost black color with no head.
The aroma is a bit boring of some leather, some roasty notes, and a strange off chocolate. A bit of spice. Not much sweetness in there.
The flavor follows again with a lack of roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate. There's certainly some muted vanilla with a tea dryness on the end.
The body is super watery for this big of a beer and it lacked any carbonation.
A really disappointing beer and really pushes how an imperial stout can be done so very wrong.
Serving type: on-tap
09-23-2013 05:14:07 | More by dar482
4/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2013 21:37:40 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured as part of the "We Want the Funk" flight at Trappist Provisions from a 22oz bottle into a 6oz wine glass. Consumed "05/08/13." Review is from my notes.
Pours a blackened, nearly opaque color with a greyish head that immediately gives this the appearance of cold mocha brew. There's a surprising amount of bubbles that glide to the top and that remind me that this is indeed a beer, in spite of the viscous, nearly fortified wine looking appearance. Alcohol legs are huge on this one. In a way, almost looks like a puréed plum drink, if it were not for the alcohol and carbonation. Just like other beers from BFM, looks great.
The aroma is chock filled with many flavors that gives this an odd yet surprisingly fascinating profile overall. There's an immediate tinge of plums and raisins that is followed by a soured, woody, vinous profile, and then immediately melds into roasted cocoa, vanilla, light floral notes, tea, and dried leaves. The soured flavor lingers on, and with the wood resembles tobacco or a slightly leathery flavor. Very earthy overall, yet filled with a combo of ripe and faded tannins from the malts, wood, and delicate yet highly mineral-like hop profile. Very refreshing, not too explosive, and integrated to the point of holding interest in the long run.
The flavor is immediately soured plums combined with an earthy, slightly smoky flavor imparted from the wood. Then, these flavors become slightly more tarty and meld with leather, cherries, Port wine-like fortified flavors, and a crisp yet juicy dark malty bready finish. Alcohol is well hidden, but the sweetness is undeniably there. The soured juiciness of the fruits, as well as the light chocolate, black tea, and leafy flavors are all very well integrated, and allow each other space in the long run. Carbonation is good, as indicated from the very beginning. The finish is very long lasting, and while tarty, it does not induce salivation by any means. Not a chore to drink at all - very complex but well assembled.
BFM really shows here how a barrel aged soured stout should be made. Dark fruit forward, slightly roasted, tart and crisp, filled with tannins that slowly open up in a long aftertaste, and ultimately, balance that makes this drinkable for pretty much any occasion. I think this beer deserves more love than it's been getting here. This is not a style that is common by any means, but it's one that I'm starting to enjoy more as they turn out this way.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2013 21:12:23 | More by magictacosinus
3.06/5 rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Weird beer. The bottle says it's a 2009 batch. This means the beer could possibly be four years old at this point. I don't have much experience with aging beers so I can't really comment how this really effects the beer. It mostly makes me second guess everything.
Overall I liked it. Smell is pretty sour (vinegar-ish). And the sourness comes over in taste as well, but it's clearly not a intended to be marketed like a sour. I attribute it to the tea adjuncts. Malts are strong in the after taste. The alcohol is noticeable but tasteful.
Carbonation is off. It poured odd, like water. Mouthfeel is where it's lacking. Too sticky.
Not going to buy this again, but I liked trying it. I'm a sucker for pop-top bottles.
I like to compare beer to metal bands. If this beer was a heavy metal band it would be Furze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aMz5F3qJec
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2013 01:18:29 | More by GiantCogs
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A - Dark brown-black with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. Fades quickly.
S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, cherries and other dark fruits, coffee, vanilla, black pepper, tea, black licorice, and some booze.
T - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, cherries and other dark fruits, coffee, vanilla, tea, a bit of sourness, black licorice, molasses, and some booze.
M - Medium-minus bodied, mild carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish.
D - Interesting Imperial Stout. Flavors well balanced, but body and carbonation off.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2013 05:01:34 | More by ngeunit1
Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.