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

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

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 26.01%


Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.03% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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).

(Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 09-21-2011)
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DCon

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 11.4 FL. OZ. - 33cl bottle of this from the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC for $14.99. Poured from the Swingtop Corked bottle w/ both the Terrapin Turtle & BFM Lizard on the front of the label into a Shaker Glass. Has no bottled on date or lot # but does say "BREWED IN 2011" on the front. Lets see what this Barley Ryne has to offer!

Aroma- Has a big time sour cherry aroma from the beginning to the finish. Rye, light hops, and Belgian malts come through also. Not sure this is very "true to style" for a Barleywine... Will give an average because it is like BFM to include belgian/sour notes in every aroma.

Appearance- Pours no head at all and leaves no lace afterwards. Deep reddish colored body with semi-hazing.

Flavor- Has a huge acidic beginning and then pomegranate and fruit continue from the middle of the drink til the end. Has hardly any bitterness at the finish but very sweet.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, has a ton of sweet and sour tastes that remain on the palate.

Overall Impression- Like many BFM beers, there is always going to be funk and completely different characteristics than what the style really should be. I would say you should DEFINITELY go out of your way to get a bottle of this. Not too much rye included and not sure why this was. A English Barleywine? Probably not. A Sour Barleywine we can call this!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 20:11:38 | More by DCon
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ism

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flip-top bottles poured into a snifter and pint glass. Murky red-hued amber body. No real head, even trying to induce it with an aggressive pour.

Tart, dark fruit and sweet rum and malt in the nose, like cranberry and figs. Low carbonation but nice density helped by the original gravity and casking. Faint sweet vanilla note on top of rum and malt, wild lambic yeast character (but really the conditioning), and a slight tartness. The finish is amazing, with a dry sourness characteristic of cask-conditioned (sorry, there's nothing else to compare it to) and Flemish ales. It keeps going on and you can't help but smack your lips.

It's the closest thing to a cask-conditioned experience, in a bottle, that I've had. The ABV is well hidden, if not for the lack of head. It's pretty hard to compare this with other English Barleywines, and unfair to do so with Flemish sours. Definitely a unique and enjoyable brew and treatment.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:25:20 | More by ism
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown muddy cloudy color with a minimal yellow head. No retention neither lacings

S: Very tart and fruity. Grapes, wood, caramel malts and vinegar. Rhum and alcohol in the end

T: Follows the nose. A tart and acid beer. Quite fruity too. Grapes, candy sugar, oak, rhum, malt and yeasts. Upfront is mild sweet, in overall, acid and dry in the mouth

M: Heavy body, molasses. Very low carbonation

O: Very tasty and drinkable beer. As mention before by other reviewers, this beer is much closer to a Wild/Sour than to a Barley Wine. It reminded me their BFM "Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels)". By the way, a beer for real men, sissies won't like it

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 12:03:31 | More by eduardolinhalis
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 18:12:32 | More by ummswimmin
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n2185

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours brown with two fingers of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with decent lacing.

S: lots of sour notes with some vanilla and caramel notes. There are sweet bread notes as well, but it smells surprisingly sour.

T: again, sour dominates. Vanilla, caramel, and sweet bready flavors as well. The rum is subtle, but there.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is surprisingly light for its abv.

O: a very interesting beer. Much more sour-like than a barleywine, but still quite tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 22:37:07 | More by n2185
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Kromes

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy brown color with no head and legs that just stick to the glass and don't move. The carbonation is struggling to get to the top of the beer.

S: Caramel malt, sour plum, port, and a very boozy quality to the aroma.

T: The acidic/sour flavors hit right up front and continue into a citric acid puckering finish. Initially there are some fruity plum, cherry and caramel flavors underneath the sourness. The cherry flavor continues into the finish and eventually (30 seconds or so later) a slight clove spice comes through the sourness.

M: A heavier feel that is sugary sticky. The finish is impressive. Dry and sour with the flavors actually changing long after the beer is swallowed.

O: Very unique and complex beer. One of the better sour beers I've had

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:27:12 | More by Kromes
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a tawny burgandy color with absolutely zero head.

S- starts of with a toffee like malt profile with note of dark fruit. Rum characteristics really shine with a touch of spice and a hint of sugar cane. Slight basalmic vinegar sour notes with a huge spicy toasty oak finish. For 12% the alchohol is hidden beautifully.

T- big toffee malt with a touch of sweetness at first. Big spicy oak rum barrel knocks out the sweetness like Mike Tyson in super punch out leaving a spicy toasty flavor with a hint of basalmic sour. Finishes with a peppery bitterness, rye spiciness and long lasting oakiness.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel that is a bit thin for a barleywine. Almost no carbonation with an average body.

D- great complexity a real headscratcher. The drinkability for the ABV is down right great.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 03:53:08 | More by Viciousknishs
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cavedave

New York

4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BulbMan for yet another stupefyingly yummy beer!

Not a pretty beer, but not terrible for a barleywine. Little carbonation, and a cloudy reddish brown, almost turbid. A swirl leaves some bubbly legs.

Strawberry jam, cider vinegar, raisins, candi, tart yeast, vanilla, and rumcake. Delicious aroma, not what I thought it would be, but it has my saliva glands activating juicily.

Perhaps this is a historic recreation of an EBW, sure not like any I know. It starts with tart yeast, sour fruit, raisins and figs, some light vinegar to it, maybe a bit of wood and vanilla, just a hint of hoppy bitter in there. Sip ends with the tart and sweet elements combining in a wonderful and delicious balance. Alcohol is completely hidden, as well as any beer I've tried. 12%? You must be kidding!!

Very thick, yet easy drinking, interesting and clean flavor profile, very low carb., and a decent, juicy finish.

What an excellent surprise waiting in this growler. Doubtful you will see this one, but if you do go for it, it is a walk on the wild (and delicious) side.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2011 22:10:26 | More by cavedave
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one while sitting by the pool in the recent 100+ °F weather! Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured a murky reddish brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, tart, tart cherries, fruit, wood, subtle vanilla, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, tart cherries, fruit, wood, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really taken back by the tartness going on here as I was not expecting it to be there at all. It did however blend in fairly well with the other aspects of the beer that were to be found here. One of my gripes is that the alcohol definitely made itself known early and didn't let you forget it was there after each sip. But the tartness did help to balance this out some however. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance and like a little well balanced tartness in your beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 11:13:24 | More by thagr81us
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RollBounce

New York

4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First i have to say i am reviewing this beer as if it was a Flander's style sour ale nit a Barleywine.

Pour a brownish foggy color with almost no carbonation, smell is of mustarted and pine, and fate raspberry, tastes of lemon juice, tart berrys and a tinge of copper.

Overall; A big find for sour lovers. I would never call this beer a barleywine thou.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 22:25:56 | More by RollBounce
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NuclearRich

Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 02:58:36 | More by NuclearRich
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jsanford

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando.

Poured a ruddy reddish-brown with a creamy beige head. Aromas of red wine vinegar, caramel , brown sugar, and oak dominate. Reminds me of a Barleywine that went sour in the barrel, this is a great blend of a caramel-toffee Barleywine with a vinegar-leather-oak Flanders Oud Bruin. Taste follows suit nicely, pleasantly tart and dry, much like a Flanders offering, with sweet caramel malt and vanilla. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Definitely not feeling the ~12% ABV, I'm really surprised to see it was that high! Overall a real treat, glad I got to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 16:40:03 | More by jsanford
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yoruefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a slightly-hazed ruby color with no real head or much of lacing. The nose has some rum and buttery oak, along with a bit of dark fruit and cherry. There's some light vinegar there, though that is subdued in the flavor and aroma.

The flavor is more typical BFM. There's some of the rum in there and a bit of spice, but mostly some fairly-brisk acidity plus light red-fruit notes. Light body and nearly flat. Dry and acidic finish. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 15:37:49 | More by Thorpe429
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a rye barleywine? aged in rum barrels? sounds unique. served on tap at pizzeria paradiso in old town alexandria. review from notes.

A: murky mahogany. very creamy looking head, however not great retention. good lacing.

S: this thing straight up smells like a shot of tequila. an oaky tequila. must be from the rye, booze, and being aged on rum barrels. spicy. black pepper. plums and raisins. a lot going on here.

T: a chewy caramel. booze, but not a hot, uncomfortable booze. more of an oak/rum/tequila all at once booze. some fruitiness that is straight up grape jam on the finish.

M: mild and silky. full body. delightfully done.

D: a little raw overall. good complexity, but i cant get over the tequila-ness. kinda weird aroma and flavor actually. hmmm cool concept but maybe rum barrels wernt the best aging mechanism.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 00:04:04 | More by Jimmys
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a thick, murky consistency. There wasn't really any head to speak of. Same with the lacing.

S: A sharp, surprisingly sour smell of hops, malt, caramel and a vinegary quality.

T: Tasted of caramel, malt, hops, and a sour quality you don't normally find in this style of beer. An interesting flavor that is good, but not quite all there.

M: This beer needs some carbonation. It has a smooth finish and a medium body.

O: This wasn't my favorite beer, but it wasn't terrible either. An interesting little experiment.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 14:25:28 | More by avalon07
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the US Edition brewed and bottled by Terrapin.

A - dark opaque amber with little head

S - bourbon barrels, baked apples, sugar, vanilla, wood

T - brown sugar, wood, caramel, baked apples, faintly bitter, vanilla, alcohol

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a full flavored, complex barleywine. Each flavor appears as an individual at first. As the beer warms there is a little cohesion and balance that comes about. In the end, it's a nice barleywine, but I'm not sure it's one I would try again. It was definitely well worth trying once though.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 02:08:04 | More by tdm168
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is complex and intriguing, showcasing apple cider, brown sugar and light vanilla. The flavor profile is incredibly complex, showcasing sugar daddy candy, light appple vinegar, light lavendar and pine. The beer is fairly sweet, but the vinegar and noticeable alcohol counter it pretty nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the alcohol on the finish is pretty noticeble.

Not sure how much I'd want to drink of this, but this is a very interesting beer from the folks at BFM.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 21:05:19 | More by johnmichaelsen
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color and poured without any head.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of sour fruit in the nose.
T: The taste has a light amount of sourness that makes your lips pucker a bit and has some grapey red wine flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does not taste anything like a typical barleywine but is rather interesting. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 02:03:16 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 16:47:40 | More by BEERchitect
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer twice now thanks to Darrell and Michael.

The beer appears murky and dark brown / ruby in color. The head is nonexistent. The beer appears still. The aroma offers booze, wood, sour cherries, malt, yeast,a bit of funk. I like the flavor. Complex and tasty, with sour, funky cherries and oak leading the charge. A nice mix of sweet and sour. Light in body and devoid of carbonation, though it fits this beer pretty well. Tannic in nature with a bit of a sharp, harsh alcohol burn in the throat at the conclusion of every sip. Still, overall, this was intriguing and enjoyable, albeit in small quantities.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 18:46:16 | More by Huhzubendah
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a slightly cloudy/hazy deep red, almost purple in color which is very similar to wine. The beer had absolutely no head and no lacing was observed.

S: The aroma was all very intense sourness and funk with just the most subtle spicy hints (from the rye).

T: There was a surprising sourness that I did not expect from this style of beer. The beer had some hints of spice and some pretty intense vinous notes (bordering on the wine/vinegar boundry). Very tart in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very surprising beer - did not expect the sourness, funkiness, or the tartness but I enjoyed all three in this. There was no alcohol presence that I could detect but it was not a real easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 02:25:19 | More by dbrauneis
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kencarman

Tennessee

3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:21:50 | More by kencarman
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mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 02/11/12 notes. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one.

a - Pours a hazy reddish brown color with once inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, a little bit funky, dark fruits, alcohol. Nice mix of sour and sweet dark fruits.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, rum, spices, tannic, oak. Taste is not as sour as the nose.

m - Medium body and no real carbonation. A bit undercarbonated.

o - Overall a good barleywine, and pretty interesting. I liked the nose quite a bit; it was a nice mix of sweet and sour dark fruits. Would have liked more carbonation, but would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:50:24 | More by mdfb79
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stewart124

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 01:13:30 | More by stewart124
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gford217

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml flip top bottle.

Pours a murky reddish amber with very little head, just some bubbles around the edges which recede quickly.

Aroma is tart cherries and rum with some spicy rye and more than a dose of lactic acid in the nose. I don't get much barleywine notes, more like a sour.

I'm a little unsure how to review this with reference to barleywines. It's got lots of vinegar sourness and some tart cherries up front with lots of rum and oak.

The mouthfeel is flat with no carbonation and typical of other BFM beers I've had. Lots of wood and more port-like than beer-like in terms of feel.

Well, this is one of the more unique examples of a barleywine I've ever tasted and it tastes much more like a sour brown than any barleywine I've had. In that respect I think it's a solid beer just not comparable to a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 04:12:16 | More by gford217
Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
79 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.