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Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale)Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale)

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 26.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Switzerland

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.03% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 09-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Rare and Funky beer brewed with Spike from Terrapin for "Un Mare di Birra" Beer Cruise. Rum barrel aged Rye Barleywine (20% rye).
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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 77
Photo of NateF90
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One-half of a 33 cl swing-top dated 2011 poured into a Beer'd Belgian flute (the other half went to my better half...). Not barely a hiss, but 5 pencil-tip sized bubbles worth of carbonation. Pours opaque and with apparent viscosity. The nose hits immediately with sour, lacto, acetic whatever. Sour. Not unpleasant though. As the glass warmed notes of wood and booze became more and more evident. Aroma is an integral part of a good sip of this beer more so than others. The flavor is again predominately sour, coupled with just a hint of oak and a finish of cherries. Not very deep, nor very subtle. I may have sampled this guy well past its prime, but I am very much so enjoying my half glass. Mouthfeel is heavier than I think I'd enjoy but not unpleasant. Mediocre brew definitely worth trying but isn't worth its space in the cellar (nor the price).

Photo of GPHarris
2.74/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

2011

A - poured a dark brown, near black color into a snifter. No head and the carbonation obviously did not last.
S - fruit like raisins and cherries.
T - tart cherry, oak.
M - slick and coating but no carbonation.
O - had potential but the swing top didn't hold the carbonation.

Photo of Craigory
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No carbonation, though none expected. A bit of rye, and bit of cherry sour, a good bit of acetic/vinegar. More like an Oud Bruin than a Barleywine, but intriguing.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
2.37/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Brewed in 2011, opened late 2014

Appearance – Pours a very dark, but clear brownish red color, with almost no head or lacing. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell – Has a sour vinegary smell, with a hint of rum, oak, raisins, and red wine. The smell is the best thing about this beer.

Taste – Has a sour, vinegary taste similar to the smell. Not much more to it. Maybe pickles.

Mouthfeel – Very flat. A bit of bite in the aftertaste, perhaps from the rum.

Drinkability – Flat, vinegary, and not very tasty. Disappointing for the $7.49 price tag.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.4 oz. swing-top bottle into a Cycle snifter.

A: No "pffft" at all when the swing-top is opened. Pours a very hazy reddish brown. Forms essentially no head, and there is no visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Prominent vinegary acetic tartness, dark sour cherries, some roasted malts, and hints of oak dryness.

T: Sour acetic acid up front, which dries the mouth. Tart cherries, blackberries, and underripe fruit. Some underlying roasted malts but the vinegar flavor is the star of the show. I still feel like I'm picking up some hints of oak tannins in the dry flavors but I'm not certain. The acetic dryness lasts into the hang.

M: Medium-bodied, and the fairly hefty ABV is well-hidden. Absolutely no carbonation here though. This was essentially a still beer.

O: This was laughable at the categorization of an English barleywine. It's potentially more believable as a bier de garde, but really not that either. Perhaps a decent Flanders Red or Oud Bruin? Or truly infected? Regardless, it's very acetic and probably over the top. The absolutely no carbonation issue sucks any life out of this if might have otherwise had. Not worth the price of admission.

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed 2011. Pours a viscous murky red brown with no head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla and cask, yeast with some fruity alcohol esters. Taste the same as aroma with some mild bitterness. Palate is a full body, viscous and smooth and mild stickiness mouth feel, mild carbonation. Finishes with a combination of sweet caramel malt, yeast and mild tartness, toffee, some vanilla and woody cask flavor, dark fruit and mild dry sweet alcohol and bitter ending. A bit on the tart side. Overall an easy on the palate barley wine style brew, very drinkable an fairly good brew.

Photo of Dreizhen
1.12/5  rDev -67%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The first craft beer I haven't been able to finish. Everything sounded good untilled I smelled and then tasted the beer. Straight soy sauce. I tried to find the rye and the bourbon, but I couldn't get past the soy. Lots of balsamic vinegar. Not the real kind that's thick and aged; I'm talk about the kind you buy at a Kroger for $3 a liter. This is evidence that nice bottles, brands, and styles can still lead to a godawful beer.

Spike, where did you go wrong?

Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown with lots of red highlights, this beer is completely opaque as it's extremely thick and murky. The off-white head isn't much more than a short layer of bubbling that does achieve some spotting.
Wow. This beer is all about some acidity, funk and sourness. I guess it hits it's mark, as I imagine those are the three aspects the brewers had hoped to showcase. It practically makes the nostrils pucker (if they could), and the mouth absolutely does. There's lots of vinegar, some apple cider but more balsamic, against the backdrop of sweet ripened dark fruits. It's got some red wine character, tannins and a vinous quality, too. I didn't know it was barreled at first (not knowing what it was), but lots of wood comes out with vanilla. Also alonng for the ride are an earthy spice, raw lemon juice, horseblanket, and something like allspice, mostly on the tongue. It takes some time to reach through the complexities. There is a biting sting from the high acidity, and it seems to get a little too harsh. The alcohol is pretty well masked, though.
The acidic dryness hits the feel, of course, but it's very interesting for the palate to attempt to assimilate. It does bite, hard, but the dryness on the roof of the mouth and the sourness scraping the tongue are fun in their own way. Carbonation is on the lower end and crispness is soft but consistent.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.5/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Bottle bought and drank at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Barrel aged barleywines aren't what they used to be. What the fuck was this monstrosity of a beer? I don't mind sour beers if they are done well, but this was just rancid.

2011 vintage. Please make this the last vintage. Don't make it again. Plz.

Pours fairly still and murky honey brown, with no head or lacing.

Smells like vinegar, tobacco, pickle juice, leather, and death.

The taste is similar, just atrocious. What is going on here? This is billed as a rum barrel aged rye barleywine. There is absolutely nothing here to suggest any of the flavors one would assume would be in a rum BA barleywine. Tastes like pickle juice, vinegar, old feet, with maybe the slightest touch of wood. Maybe this was sort of good when it was released, but at this point, it's a muddled, offensive mess of a beer.

Medium bodied, not at all drinkable, no carbonation. I couldn't finish the bottle.

Please stay away from this beer, I beg of you.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.64/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this beer is pretty bad. i drink a ton of wild ales and sours, and even though this is made by some heavy hitters, and has been carefully aged and all, and even is a really cool recipe probably, the execution is just piss poor. its rankly sour, vinegar and lemony and off. the rye is faded and stale, and there is zero carbonation. i mean, this isnt belgian lambic here. red rusty color, lots of yeast bits, and not a single bubble to be found. a nose of stale grain, sweet leftover sugar, and infected acidity. have not had a nose this off really since the paradox stuff that was just so infected and offensive. it still has hope though, until i taste it, and i get the acid all up front, totally covering up any success that may exist in the mash or in the flavoring. no rye at all, some rum or bourbon wood, but its all lost to aggressive lactic acidity that cant possibly be palatable to anyone who drinks sours on a regular basis, its just so far off the mark. what i like about it (albeit not very much), is how weird it is. i can see the potential here, hopefully mine aged poorly or something, but i can see how this could be awesome in a different manifestation. woody and strong, clever. for a bottle that lists abv percentage out the the ten thousandths place, i mean, if we are being that exact here, how can the beer be so sloppy? i know they have an awesome reputation, but so far i am zero for two with these guys. 17 bucks a go for this? no thanks.

Photo of NuclearRich
3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was so very unique. A sour rye barley wine. I love sours and bw, can't wait. It poured a murky deep reddish brown in typical barleywine style, but more appropriate to a sour, no carbonation. Like none. Smells tart but there are definite notes of raisin and molasses. The impact on my tastebuds was similar to biting into a lemon, soo very tart. Really can't find much vinegar. The molasses and raisin come through in the end, hard to prevail over such sourness, but it adds a unique mouthfeel that doesn't really require carbonation. So interesting. Not the most incredible flavors or colors, but what a beer.

Photo of Benish
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: really dark brown and opaque, like prune juice. No foam or any lacings.

Smell: Very funky. Also picked up a bit of raisins and prunes. Not getting much of oak or aromas associated with barrel aging.

Taste: Clearly does not taste like a barely wine. Has a intense vinegary tartness. Unfortunately I do not know if this is intentional or it's full blown infected. I do not taste any rum or oak from the barrels. It does have a nice bitter finish that goes melds well with the tartness but once again, I do not know what the intentional flavors of this beer is.

Mouthfeel: no carbonation in this beer. There is some body but really nothing spectacular. No warmth from the alcohol either, kind of weird considering it's 10% ABV.

Overall: I'm trying to like it but once again not sure if this is infected or not. It's sour and I did not expect this. It did not indicate anywhere on the bottle that this would present some serious funk.I also have to add that if I knew this was going to be sour, I might have enjoyed this a lot more (then I wouldn't be debating if the current flavors are intentional or not).

Photo of seand
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a very small amount of head, and what is there dissipates to nothing, leaving no lacing.

S: Sweet and sour malt, with notes of sour cherry and honey.

T: Sour, but balanced by the significant sweetness. The slightly boozy syrupy note coats the inside of the mouth, with a sour note digging out the center.

M: Full body, very low carbonation.

Overall, interesting, but I'm not sure I'd really recommend it, and I wouldn't seek it out again. It's certainly still worth a try if you are interested in something unique.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sour Barleywine. You just don't see that everyday. But as the "imperialized" status of Terrapin meets the "wild and funky" flare of BFM, something crazy is about to go down!

While the beer pours nothing like expected, its non-carbonated stillness allows the ale to settle into the snifter with an appearance that looks like a mix of dark red wine and prune juice. A quick swirl delivers classic brandy-type legging on the glass instead of the common foamy lace. Dark, tawny and murky- the ale is rustic and mysterious even to the eye.

Olfactory piercing aromas attack the nose with vengeance. Balsamic vinegar, black cherries, dates, figs, prunes, limes and red grapes all add to the tangy but dark, dried and aged fruit. Its leathery aroma invites other funky notes of sea air, weathered oak, cork, horse hair, musty attic wood and cellar-like pungency. Its a challenging vinous, tart and savory combination that's highly intimidating.

Its first sip zings right to the jowls and forces immediate mouthwatering sensations with its acute sourness. A mixture of balsamic and white wine vinegar is winy, acidic and highly fruity. A glimpse of fruit sweetness props up the sourness with all those dehydrated and stone fruits of the nose- its savory prune and date combination is the perfect complement to the black cherry, salty and umami rich and savory tones. Something akin to soy sauce leaps out and pulls the mature fruit and sourness together seamlessly. Its limey, briny, woody flavors finish the taste with a kiss of spiced dark rum.

The sourness pangs on the soft tissues of the mouth like a drum. As the mouth continues to water, the beer's jaw-stabbing astringency feels like splinters as the high alcohol warmth and the sheer acidity hammers away on the taste buds without apologies. That combination is palate-stripping as it leaves the mouth like dry vermouth.

There are very few glimpses that tell me that this beer is a Barleywine. But its sheer alcoholic power and thin sweetness is all that's left after that high sourness is done.

Photo of chugalug06
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick and syrupy. Rather flat and unremarkable. Very little in the way of carbonation. Murky, Kind of nasty…

Lots of Cherry, lemon, vinegar. Lots of berry. Tart vanilla/barf /foot aroma.

Tarrrrt!!! Dry, nicely bitter, slightly metallic. Dead, missing any carbonation or life. Sweetness is even and quickly interrupted by quirky dryness. Not a lemon drop for sure. Lots of cherry and red apple. Rum is noticeable, but not promenade; it must have been an old barrel they used to infect…

Slightly a mess. Dry, unremarkably bitter and sour. Sourness is mixed with orange peel. Different. Not sure I recommend @ $10 for a 33cl. Glad I tried it, but not as sour as I would have liked. BdM is still king for the style.

Photo of kencarman
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here's the problem. They list this as a Biere de Garde on the bottle. Um... not. If it is the aging in rum barrels has covered that and turned it far too dark. Hazy.

Don't get me wrong: this is a beautiful quaff if you're looking for a sweet rum beer but every other sense, whether Barleywine as listed here, Biere DG as listed on bottle, or Barley RYNE as also listed on the bottle are gone. None of the malt, or rye if that was in here or the often sweet, complex maltiness of a BW.

Can we also add that what style they wanted it to be is, perhaps intentionally, confusing. BDG and BW are very different?

I get rum sweet and hefty abv. Otherwise all masked. There's no "inteplay" other than between rum and sweet. Carbonation? Flat as hell. Hops? Nah.

Be interested in trying with without the rum, or at least less.

Photo of DIM
1/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh good, my first flat infected beer. What the hell is up with so many reviewers noting how tart this is and giving it decent or better scores? Its a barleywine for crying out loud.

a: Flat murky brown.

s: Vinegar. No barleywine or rum barrel.

t: Vinegar. No barleywine or rum barrel.

m: Flat.

o: Absolute garbage. I was really excited to try this, I love the idea of partially barrel aged beer.

Photo of facundoCNB
1.63/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

popped the swing top open and heard a slight fizz.. poured a murky brown with no head at all. smells of barley, rye, chocolate, and wood barrels.. wine/vinegar. ohai infection.. this tastes awful.. vinegar, wood, etc etc.. off putting bitterness reminiscent of burnt plastic/rubber. combine that with the flat body, and we have a drain pour.

you would figure a 10% barley wine would keep for at least 2 years, but not this one.. i did hear a while ago that most of this batch was infected, so i assume this is one of those bottles.. really sucks because this was not cheap whatsoever.

Photo of TMoney2591
1.99/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

It's been a little while since I've had a BFM beer, so I figured, what with Terrapin being involved (and considering I can no longer easily obtain their beers since moving back from the coast), I'd give this one a shot. It pours a clear ruby-auburn with no real head to speak of. Looks about as still as an aged wine. The nose comprises mild marmalade (something I just tried the other day, oddly enough), sweet caramel, a pinch of cinnamon, and a strong current of boozy vinegar. The taste is a wave of acetone and vinegar, each artificially flavored with Bertie Bott Jelly Belly flavors (you know, absurd things like bone, snot, and the like), rye bread, and vague fruits. I can't impart how objectionable this combination was upon first sip, but, believe you me, it was the closest I've been in a long time to having my own genuine spit take. Suffice it to say: it's muddled and awful. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, this sounded like a good idea for a beer, but the execution proved quite the contrary. Something tells me the rum-barreling went awry, but, regardless of the true cause, this beer just tastes godawful.

Photo of Rusel_G
1.28/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Muddy red with no carbonation to it.

S: Strong Vinegar smell to it.

T: Red wine vinegar taste to it & very sour, tastes exactly like it smells.

M: Dry, Tart, medium body.

O: I think this is past its prime. No carbonation, & strong vinegar taste distracts from what I can even imagine the intended beer was supposed to be. Came in a pretty cool flip top bottle though.

Photo of match1112
1/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

the 11.4oz swing top made a noticable hiss as it swung open so i know it wasn't completely flat. despite that, there are no signs of life to this beer as it pours out into the cup. body is a dark murky brown with some reddish hues around the top edges.

the nose is very sweet and jelly like, reminds me of jello shots when they're in liquid stage. the taste is horrid, this could be the worst beer i've ever had. overly sweet with a flat stale juice flavor to it. there is a noticable alcohol presence to it, but it doesnt have any hints of rum or oak to it, jkust over the top sweetness.

mouthfeel is completely flat and sticky. like i mentioned earlier, there is some alcohol burn to it. overall this is just nasty. i'm at a loss of words for how truly horrid this beer is.

Photo of cocojoe
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky brown with reddish hues to it

S: Caramel, toffee, Funky, tart, alcohol, cheesy quality, Oud Bruin like

T: Smoothe, sweet, caramel, very tart, dry, those same oud bruin like qualities are there. Can tell that the big barley wine body is there, with a different yeast quality. Tannic notes as well.

M: Dry, Tart, Full Body

O: Really Interesting. A lot of things going on. Barley wine, very tart, sweet, and dry. Would definitely drink again though.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a snifter to maximize the aroma off this blended ale.

Off the top I pick up a decent amount of sour off the top. This is a very rich smell with lots of fruit in there (like cherry and dark fruit). I would say that this carries more of the biere de Garde style to the bouquet.

The flavor is rich as well. I like the way that this biere lingers in the mouth.

I was lucky to have found this at a liquor store about six months ago. I think I opened it at the perfect time to maximize the flavor and nose.

Photo of Bung
2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Little flip top. Nearly becalmed, thick apple cider brown pour.

Aroma, there is some faint sour here. Check that, pretty potent vinegar. Faint caramel behind it.

Taste, Cider and red wine vinegar. There is more oaky malt here, but not much more. Some sherry. Faint cocoa finish, but the vinegar lingers.

It's pretty heavy, nice for a barleywine, but there is not enough carbonation for the sour ale it is. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. I struggled with this little bottle, but if you like and are ready for a sour, this might be nice.

Not undrinkabe, though nearly. More like something you could get from Russian River, like some sort of wild ale.

Photo of stewart124
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red with very little visible carbonation.

Grape and dark candied sugars in the nose.

Slightly sour with little carbonation. Tart without biting. Medium body and zero hops throughout.

Very tasty but not at all what I expected. English barley wine? What's that you say? Was there lactobacillus or brett in that rum barrel? Some spice and hotness from the run I presume. Alcohol is well hidden despite the spice and general hotness. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
78 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.