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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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Reviews: 80
Hads: 197
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 27.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky honey brown with no head and no lacing. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some slight vinegar notes. Taste is very much the same with an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with only a slight crispness. Overall, this is a pretty good beer as it is but I get zero rum barrel or typical barleywine aromas and flavors.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had some really high hopes for this brew. The pour was a little disappointing, the color was brown and there was basically no head on it at all. The smell of the beer was funky, there was a spicy note to it also but nothing overly appealing to me. The taste of the beer was tart with some really strange flavors of wood and other herbs. The flavors to me just weren't working together at all. The mouthfeel was hardly carbonated with did nothing for me really. The feel was semi-thick and it really doesn't have the best drinkablity to me. Overall I wouldn't buy it again. I would maybe try a vintage bottle a few years from now if I came across one... But I would hope it's would be much more enjoyable after some cellaring time.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass a murky russett brown with no head to speak of at all,not the most glamerous pour by any means here.A mix of sour and dark fruits dipped in rum in the nose,a little underlying cake to it as well.In some ways its like an English barleywine with its deep dark frutiness and cakey notes,but the rye gives a lactic somewhat spicey finish that doesnt seem to match well with other elements of the beer.Not my cup of tea here but its not really bad,I just dont care for the finished product much.

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Photo of nickfl
4.37/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
1.99/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a collaboration that I would have anticipated. Terrapin, which I can't get in California, decides to share their skills with the folks of BFM, a Swiss brewer. Part of the beer was aged in rum oak, so this could end up as a fun one. Coming out of a swing-top 33cl stubby bottle, on to the beer:

It looks dead. Flat, muddy brown color which strays into a yellow hue at places. Not even a fizzle of carbonation or head were founnd on the pour. It has legs though, adding much needed texture to the appearance. An interesting nose rebounds some confidence. Sweet like raisins, soaked in rum. There's a white grape element as well.

Is this my first sour barleywine? Me thinks so. The flavor is a lot like soured grapes. There's a subtle lick of oak, otherwise this beer is a strong, one trick pony. Some of the alcohol is felt in the mouth, with a stronger sensation of heat in the throat. The beer is full bodied, without carbonation, making it easy going down.

I have mixed feelings. While this was much different than I anticpated (annd quite good at that), my sweet tooth was really craving that rum and maltiness so typical of the style. Don't expect to run into a barleywine, come in expecting something sour.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

330 mL swing top bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter.

Appearance - Murky brown pond water with no carbonation. A small collection of bubbles from a very vigorous pour, but that's most likely not being released from this beer... I don't know how this could look any less appetizing. 1.5 may be a generous rating.

Smell - Fascinating and complex. Rum, vinous red wine characteristics. Certainly smells acidic. Oak and some malt comes through, but it's definitely secondary.

Taste - This took a while to grow on me. I initially wanted to dump it. Acidic red wine, tannins, and oak really permeate every other flavor. But deep inside is a decent beer. The rum is lost in the taste, unfortunately. Light caramel and toffee persist. Some earthiness in the finish. Very interesting, but slightly difficult to drink.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Not an easy beer to drink. This will take me a long time. Not really thick, but acidic and a little bit astringent.

Overall - This is tough to review. Insanely complex and fascinating flavors, not all of which are easy to consume. The sourness adds and detracts at the same time. Reminds me a lot of Billy the Mountain, another beer that is incredible and difficult at the same time. Very BFM.

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Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

- 2/3 ale, 1/3 ale matured in rum oak barrel. Collabration ale of Terrapin & Brasserie BFM of Switzerland. Brewed 2011. Consumed 8/12. Ages well with a 10.0276% abv.

A: A dark ice tea coloring upon bottle exit sits a steadfast black with absolutely no head formation, just a polished surface. No lacing or visible effervesce. No audible pop of carbonation upon opening of swingtop.

S: Rum is evident on the nose of moderate level. Caramel apple booziness best describes the aroma of limited complexity and interest. Really didn't lend to much excitement or anticipation.

T: Flavor was strongly soured, vinegar, puckering of lemon caramel. A real eye squinter, something i wasn't prepared for at first unsure of style (sour english barleywine). Boozy caramel apple, every bit its 10.0%abv. Leathery whiskey fade. The flavor puckering sour.

M: The mouthful was light, very sour, acidic, slippery texture with a flat carbonation factor. Lifeless on the hold, leaving with a sour vinegar like fade.

O: Overall i get the style, but comes nearly undrinkable by one's self. Flat lifeless mouthful is equaled by a flat lifeless flavor. Something i was not expecting. Best to share as this is a sipper and for fans of hardcore sours only. Yes i had Cantillon, and this is not.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A hard pour produced a small amount of foam that quickly disappears. Pretty much no lacing. Well, it's a 2011.

The colour is an opaque dark brown.

Initial whiffs reveal something very English Barleywine like with sweet caramel notes but that surrenders to a flood of sour aromas. That and some astringency.

Definitely a mix of English Barleywine and fruity, vinegar sourness. Could it be I this doesn't age well or was the intended result of the 2 breweries?

Decent mouthfeel.

Not a drain pour by any means but not something that I would buy again

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From cellar, purchased in 2011.
L: Pours murky brown with little sign of effervescence and no head.
S: Dates, plum pudding, traces of port, a little winey, some earthiness, lemon, citrus and acid.
T: Prune, alcoholic, rum, lemony tartness, vanilla, faint caramel with a buttery aftertaste. Not much rum character and the oakiness is restrained. The tartness masks some of the effects of aging.
F: Fairly thick, flat, like a heavy wine.
O: An interesting beer, not to everyone’s taste, that comes across like a tart, flat English Old Ale laced with a shot of vinegar. As a flat sour, I like De Oude Cam better.

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Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +31.3%
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.

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Photo of champ103
1.73/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a murky, dirty looking reddish/brown color. A tiny bubbly beige head forms, but recedes in a second. Not lace, and looks lifeless.
S: Buttery diacetyl and acidic fruits intermingle which makes the nose unattractive.
T: Follows the nose, but much more revved up. Full on buttery malt/popcorn/diacetyl. Mix that with a cringing sourness/acidic quality. Plenty of alcohol as well. Blah.
M/D: Syrupy, flat, and lifeless. To much alcohol, and just plan hard to drink.

Wow, this is plain bad. Most everything else I have had from BFM is amazing. This is a drain pour though. Avoid.

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Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
78 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.