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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 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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Photo of woosterbill
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl swingtop into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing this oddity.

A: Cloudy mahogany body; only a few bubbles. Meh.

S: Intense. Heavy acetic acid, as well as some vanilla, rum, and rye. Sourness dominated, but it's still pretty complex. Weird, but not unappealing.

T: Sourness absolutely destroys everything else, with some weir, bitter, almost bile-like grossness along with it. Not good at all.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Average at best.

O: This one sounded like it had great potential, but the vinegar funk just obliterated everything else in the end. Not recommended.


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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 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 ism
4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Dope
2.26/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Interesting beer. A "Barley Ryne" according to the bottle. 1/3 aged in rum barrels too. This is definitely a first.

A: A rusty dark brown/red color. Literally no head, just a smattering of bubbles around the edges. No lacing or retention of course.

S: Pretty boozy rum up front. Some heavy molasses in there. I don't really know how to describe what I'm smelling, this is totally unique. It's similar to dark vermouth in a way, a sort of herbal aroma but almost wine-ish. Maybe some sherry? Very strong, sharp and boozy but not altogether unpleasant. I'm honestly scared to taste this one.

T: Tastes like red wine with a little bit of rum added. And there's just a touch of rye. Then some old apple cider. Very sour at the same time. What the?

M: Almost totally flat, otherwise thick, borderline syrupy. Drying.

O: I'm not really sure what to say here. The complete lack of carbonation really hurts it for sure. Tastes more like a wine or a mead than a beer. A bad one at that. I had a stomach ache after just drinking a few ounces and poured it out. Hard to say if it's infected or intentional, the other reviews all point to it not being an accident though. Definitely wins the award for the craziest beer I've ever had.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl swing-top bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a glazey, syrupy, translucent dark reddish-brown. Absolutely no head. None. Two or three bubbles along the edge hint that this might have once been carbonated. Looks stagnant and thick. Absolutely coats the inside of the glass when agitating, but no legs form. Pretty ridiculous.

Big sour nose with smacks of vinegar, oakiness from the barrel aging, sour apple/pucker, sweetness of alcohol (perhaps the rum?), a little funky; aromas not dissimilar to an American Wild--aromas unbecoming of any kind of a barleywine (I'm sure that big malt backbone will come through in the taste). No need to fret, I saw this coming; the descriptions said so, and I can read. And, to be honest, it smells pretty delicious.

Okay, either I have an infected bottle, or this is one of the top three strangest beers I have ever had in my life. Alright, check this out... very thin taste with an emphasis on the rye malts used. The barrel aging is there, sort of, but strangely enough the alcohol is not. Like, at all. It's almost gone. I know that seems impossible. It's extremely smooth, but thin. Okay, I'm going back and smelling it again and I'm getting a lot of bitter liqueur, like Campari or Bitter Kas (for those who know what I mean by that). Back to the taste, again. It's warming up. The malt is getting bigger, and there is glimpses of the alcohol. Very vinous, like a full-bodied uber-dry red wine. I want to give it at least a 3.0, but... I just can't. I'm seriously speechless. I kind of like the way this tastes. I wonder if my other bottle is different.

Way thick, not sticky, but glossy and thick. It doesn't feel bad for being full-bodied, but very strange for having no carbonation. This is off in some sort of way.

Overall, I'm enjoying drinking something so off-balance and wacky. I don't like calling this a barleywine or a 'barleyryne' or whatever. For a different style, I'd rate it higher. It's not that I dislike this beer, it's just way off-style and... just off (still not counting out the possibility of infection here). Not a drain-pour by any means, actually I like working on this one. I just can't put this one at average.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A dark brown, not much head or any sticy lace

S - Sour, with prevalent alcohol.

T - Sweet and sour! Mostly sour. Not very well balanced

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation.

O - A non-carbonated sour. Not very good. Hopefully their next collaboration is better.

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Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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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 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 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 atis
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from the brewery. It says 10.02% ABV on the bottle, as opposed to 12% on kegged versions.

Pours oily dark brown, no head, no lacing. Aroma is balsamic vinegar, fruit, bits of rum, grain.

Taste starts with fruity sweetness, immediately followed by sour vinegar, sweet and sour balance each other out perfectly. There is a subtle presence of rum. Semi-dry finish and long lasting sourish boozy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with very low carbonation.

Excellent. Certainly will go to the shop to buy a couple more bottles for ageing.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.47/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"In February, a monumental collaboration was taking place at Switzerland’s Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes. Terrapin’s own Spike Buckowski had traveled there to brew a unique barleywine with BFM’s Jerome Rebetez. The beer would consist of 20% rye malt, finish at over 12% ABV and be aged in rum barrels!" Thank you Charleston Beer Exchange!

**I really love sour things but I've never liked wild or sour beers, it is literally the only kind of beer that I cannot get into. I try to review and rate beers keeping an open mind and keeping my reviews relative to the style so I am doing my best to relate it to other wild ales/barley wines. It is hard for me to really enjoy these so I am not the best judge with barley wines/sours**

**After 2 of these and after allowing the beer to warm to would I would guess to be ~50 F I need to come back and adjust my ratings, less funk, more sweet malts/sugars and a mild hop bitterness as well**

A - Pours a muddied brown with moderate caramel colored head (poured aggressively)which dissipates fairly quickly, some lacing left behind as I enjoy.

S - Boozy sour vinegar and caramel for the most part some sweet darker fruits and rum also come through

T - Sour vinegar flavors, caramel, dark fruits (raisins, dates, prunes), semi tart, red wine. a little too funky of a finish for me. I am picking up more sweet tootsie roll like notes and less funk as it continues.

M - Medium to fullish bodied, not as heavy as I would expect at 12.03%. Mild carbonation, a little thick on the pallet

O - Overall, I dont really care for sour ales. That being said, there are several qualities that I do enjoy and appreciate in this beer, the funkyness isn't too overwhelming although its less than desirable to me. I would imagine if you like sour beers this would be a real treat.

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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.