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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: 198
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 42.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 198
Photo of Chaney
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Whew, I had trouble finding the record for this one on BA.

Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Poured a caramel brown color, with only a slight whispy head that even poured that way. Usually BA Barleywines aren't about the head they produce.

S: Very, very faint smell of melted Jolly Rancher, oak, and maybe a hint of candi sugar. Nothing overpowering or groundbreaking here.

T: Kinda wet carboard-like actually. One-dimensional would be an understatement. I got processed caramel, grains, and only a hint of oak... which didn't do a very good job covering up the booze.

M: The booziest English BW I've tried in a while BY FAR. They really need to go back to the drawing board on this one. Sure, it was thick enough, but I didn't care after a while. The lacing was minimal as was the carbonation.

O: Not quite bad enough to be a drain pour, but damn near bland enough to be one.

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Photo of RollBounce
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage reviewed 2/23/15 in a BFM chalice.

Appearance: Hazy deep red. no head.

Aroma: Blend of mild tomato soup, caramel, and acidity with a hint of oxidation. This was my last bottle, and luckily the least oxidized of the bunch.

Flavor: More nutty/toffee than the aroma. Spicey rye still comes through a bit. Acidity is present but mild. Hints of oak.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, mildly lingering finish of acidity and oxidation.

Overall: Impossible to judge to barley wine standards. It's something completely different, and 100% unique.

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Photo of maximum12
1/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Awww shit. Bought this off the shelf here in Georgia on a whim & scanning the reviews, it sounds like this might be sour...well, nothing to do but hope. 11.4 oz. swing-top.

Cool bottle. I release the metal & it exhales before the rubber stopper is even cracked. Yikes. Heading to sink now. But no, not even a whimper of head. Looks like red wine vinegar; kinda smells like it too. No. Almost exactly like it.

Spike & Jerome's Cuvee Delirante should have been strangled in the cradle. Heavy sour tang, red vinegar up the nose, with a tiny wisp of rum & some kind of beer right at the end.

Brewers: if you're going to brew sour shit, put the word SOUR on the label somewhere; you're going to end up in hell for calling things like this a "barleywine". Dammit. This just pisses me off. Unfuckingdrinkable. It makes me sorry I just dropped money on another Terrapin beer, & I won't touch anything from these other characters.

Possibly the Worst Beer Ever.

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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 cvm4
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dead flat, seems to be no carbonation. Looks like a muddled amber/brown in color.

S - Is really complex... Sweet brown sugar, rum, red wine and dry oak.

T - Sour red grapes, acidic tannins with the oak intertwined in the flavors. The rum is pretty much nonexistent and can't compete with the sharp flavors.

M - No carbonation, thin body.

O - It takes a bit to get used to. It's one you taste and not sure whether you should drainpour it or stick with it. The taste was just sour purple grapes and flat.

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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 ediaz
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into CCB hunahpu snifter. Circa 2011.

A: cloudy, murky brown with no head. Some bubbles around the edge, no lacing.

S: sweet inviting smell. Rye comes through. Malty.

T: tastes like it smells but not in a good way.

M: heavier with no carbonation. Unenjoyable

O: feels like crap pouring a 10$ beer down the drain but I can't get past a few sips. I would NOT recommend.

Happy 4th of July!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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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 eduardolinhalis
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
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

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Photo of mt24turner
4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In no way did this resemble a barleywine, but it was very complex and very tasty. be ready for a punch of tartnes but still a full flavored beer mouthfeel. alcohol is not present much taste wise. Just enough pleasant malt to balance the tartness.. loved it

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown/red with no head at all. No lace.

Some bruised fruit, some dark maltiness. But this is very limited in the nose. Some wood? Some light vanilla?

Shocker how tart this is, with good depth behind it. Sour throughout, but the rightness is nice. Malt, some bruised fruit, alcohol, and stone fruit pit bitterness as the palate clears. Cool complexity here.

Medium bodied. A little loose. Dead still. A bit of fizz would have been nice. Acidic.

Overall, a cool one to try. Much more of a sour than an English Barleywine -- but hard to classify. Not for the faint of heart or those who really are focused upon a single style of beer. This one threw me for a loop, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl swing-top.

It pours a dark brown with just the slightest bubbly head.

The smell is nice. Good barrel notes with some vanilla. There are dark vinous fruits with some sourness. It isn't too funky, just acidic in the smell.

The mouthfeel is thick and ever so lightly carbonated. The flavor is dark fruits, some toastiness, balsamic vinegar, leather, rum. This one is pretty complex and easily would scare off the average person.

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Photo of DCon
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +31%
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.

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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 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 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 b3shine
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to snifter. Looks decent; dark in color and little to no head/lacing. Smells good; molasses. Then it gets disappointing quickly. Taste is disappointing; vinegar - like an oxidized wine. Tastes like a bad sour that's been uncapped for a week (or two). Mouthfeel is average - for a bad tasting beer. Overall, average at best (and that's because categories other than taste pulled it up). Never buying again.

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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
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

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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 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.