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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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160 Ratings
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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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ngeunit1

California

4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served a cloudy red color with a touch of brown and very little head and no lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour cherries, oak, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sour and tart cherries with some oak and vanilla in the background. Through the middle, some more sourness comes through alongside some caramelized malts and some light booze. The sourness mellows a bit as the beer finishes with some more oak coming through.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice sourness and tartness from the cherry. Could have used a touch more body and carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 22:34:45 | More by ngeunit1
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Belgian Cafe in Philly, poured into a tulip.

Dark brown, slightly red, finger of tan foam.

Caramel, earthy rye with hint of spice, cherries!, bourbon not very noticeable but touches of vanilla, ABV totally hidden, hints of raisin sweetness and barleywine in the body behind, more Flanders than barleywine, touch of booze in the nose, the more it warms the more barleywine comes out & the more confused you are...

Really fantastic beer, one of the highlights of my trip.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 04:22:59 | More by ritzkiss
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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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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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fountainhead. Served in a snifter.

A - A collection a big bubbles tops a dark red-brown body. Typical BFM in that it's pretty much still. Once the bubbles vanish this looks like a bit like semi-transparent blood.

S - Well, if this is supposed to be an English barleywine then I'm guessing they were shooting for historical accuracy. The initial aroma is lactic sourness, a kiss of rye and other toasted grains, oak, and vanilla. As the beer warms up I get more in the way of tart green apples and sour cherry vinegar. This actually seems more sour than the BFM Grand Cru variants.

T - The rum finally makes a brief appearance mid-palate imparting some sugary sweetness that complements the malt and oaky vanilla flavors. Not sure what rum barrels were used, but there isn't much, if any, spice character. Light oxidation and definitely sweeter and more sherry-like than the aroma. Finishes lightly tart and vinous, but not vinegary as previously suggested by the smell.

M - Medium-full body, tannic and dry texture, very low carbonation, and the typical deceptive BFM alcohol. There's no way I'd guess this was anywhere near 12%.

D - A very strange beer, and not at all what I was expecting from the description. The rum presence is quite mild, and the souring bacteria have really taken hold here. Quite easy to drink considering the ABV, but unfortunately not as easy to drink considering the price. I hope the Grand Cru - Rhum is somewhat similar, as I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 16:00:39 | More by MasterSki
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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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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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque warm mahogany with a thin, light tan, fine-bubbled head. Woody aroma has crisp, sour fruity and subtle malty tones. Flavor has strong woody and sour apple notes with an undertone of malt, banana and caramel. Texture has average body and a fair amount of fizz, leaving a fruity, tingly and slightly woody finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 18:59:49 | More by Cyberkedi
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oline73

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish cloudy dark amber. Looks rather murky with no head to speak of.

Smell: Very vinegary, reminds me a bit of malt vinegar. Mildly sweet from the grain with some fruity notes as well.

Taste: Super vinegary with fruit notes and malt. The finish is extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The fruit notes were good in this beer, but I thought the vinegar notes were a bit strong. A good sour, and very interesting, but I don't think I'd go back again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 02:14:01 | More by oline73
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very murky. Brown with red hues. No head really.

S: vinegar and some apricot and raisin.

T: starts with apricot, salty, bitter and chardonnay like and finishes woody

M: moderate to high carbonation and medium body.

Overall: this one is hard to drink. Strange beer as expected from bfm, not really terrapin like.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 11:33:00 | More by kylehay2004
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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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russwbeck

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey DC

A: Mostly clear with some clouds, the beer pours red with a frothy white head.

S: It smells a lot like a red wine. Boozey, grapes, rum, other dark fruits, balsamic vinaigrette. Very interesting.

T: The taste follows the smell really well. Boozy, full of grapes and other dark fruits, and only hints of rum. Very complex, yet well balanced, and dark.

MF: Medium to heavily bodied, carbonated well, dry finish.

O: Very much like a red wine. I really enjoyed this. It was not was I was expecting at all, and it blew me away.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 05:02:13 | More by russwbeck
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nickfl

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with a minimal head of off white foam on a hazy, dark brown body. Light lace as the beer is consumed.

S - Caramel, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar.

T - Dry caramel, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce up front. Some more sour caramel in the middle with salty molasses. A more Flemish red like sweet and sour dynamic in the finish with lingering caramel and meaty spice notes.

M - Medium thick body, moderately low carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Really strange (especially for something involving terrapin), complex and great. It has a lot of odd flavors, but they work well together in ways that are hard to express. I used a lot of unpleasant sounding descriptors in my review, but I mean it in the best way possible. This is very odd, but good beer that has a lot more BFM than Terrapin in it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 03:29:30 | More by nickfl
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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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jmhart

Georgia

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

On tap at the Brickstore Pub.

A - Cloudy mahogany (brown, red, hint of purple), minimal head, but with some nice almond colored lacing. Appearance is thick, like a 1.020 FG or higher. It's definitely carbonated, but low for sure. The look is that if a fine barrel aged beer.

S- Vanilla (from the barrel or the rum, not sure) with caramel, definitely hints of rum and raisins. A fairly sweet smell.

T- raisins, dates, hints of prunes, red wine, oaky, slightly tart, and only the slightest bit of funk. Compared to your average English Barleywine his is funky, but I wouldn't call this a funky beer.

M - thick and chewy, it really rolls around and coats well. It's fairly tannic on the finish. I'd like to see this 5 years from now.

O- it's tasty and I'm glad to see Spike experimenting/learning about barrels and funk. It reminds me of something from Russian River, something from a red wine barrel, I just can't remember what. Anyway, it's tasty and I'd recommend trying it, but like I said, I'd like t see a bit more age on it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 17:59:25 | More by jmhart
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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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Benish

Wisconsin

2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:38:31 | More by Benish
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seand

California

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 07:51:24 | More by seand
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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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chugalug06

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 05:07:17 | More by chugalug06
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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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DIM

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -71.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:14:49 | More by DIM
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

1.53/5  rDev -55.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:25:05 | More by facundoCNB
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TMoney2591

Illinois

1.9/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:47:00 | More by TMoney2591
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Rusel_G

North Carolina

1.29/5  rDev -62.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:28:13 | More by Rusel_G
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Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
79 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.