Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) | BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout)Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout)
BA SCORE
3.66/5
261 Ratings
Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout)Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Switzerland
brasseriebfm.ch

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.28%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phyl21ca on 01-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,235
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
261
pDev:
16.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
36
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 261 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful, complex stout that drinks surprisingly easy

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Photo of andant
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of PuFtonLyfe
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of Maich
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coolcheech
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured black, not jet black like some stouts though, depending on the light you could see brown. It had a very thin tan head that dissipated very soon after pouring. A thin ring of head did stay around the glass though.

S: Smells awesome, very malty, also reminded me of raisins.

T: This one is hard. The malty flavor really comes through strong, but nice. I couldn't really taste much of anything else except the malt at first, but after drinking it for a bit, I could find the tea in there. I did get some hints of spice here and there but not on every sip. Still tasty.

M: Medium body, not too heavy. Even though I thought it poured thin for a stout, it didn't feel that way.

D: This is a dangerous beer for me; I could drink these all day. At a 10+% ABV you can get pretty smashed easily. Thank god there $13 a bottle here, so I would be buying sixers any time soon.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.51/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review - poured from the swing-top bottle into a snifter. Dark but not opaque, although pouring with the sediment lends a considerable murkiness. Quickly dissipating head that nevertheless can be roused with some swirls of the glass.

From the description on the bottle, I'd guess this is going to be pretty complex, and the nose would seem to indicate so. Lot of malt, carob, black tea, and the black pepper also tickles the nostrils a bit. But at heart, definitely smells like an old-fashioned malt bomb. Love it.

Sometimes I get on big stouts for being too sweet (BrewDog Tokyo, I'm looking at you), but this one skews to the opposite end, as it finishes rather dry and mineral-y for this big a stout. And instead of the typical coffee/chocolate flavors you pull from Impy Stouts, this one glorifies Camellia sinensis with a real roasted black tea bitterness and some tobacco. Black pepper definitely in the mix. Aftertaste yields lots of chocolate and vanilla. Again, this is a quite dry 10% stout - allowing a whole lot of complexity to pull through. I like it more and more as it warms.

Soft, luxurious creamy feel. A little thin but I happen to like that.

Real tasty, this is a different take on imperial stout, and for me, well worth the indulgence. It's been a lot of fun to sip on. Please don't go into this hoping it will approximate American takes on the style.

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Photo of jordanian2
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer

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Photo of Gregwa
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of skiofpinsk
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of tjfinkle
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2008 poured into a tulip from a cool little bottle that looked more like a growler than a bottle...

A- Poured dark but not too thick with some light tan head that quickly dissipated into a nice lacing on the glass

S- Very smooth malts with some dark fruit and leather. Not nearly the harsh roasted malts many Imperial Stouts have. I definitely pick up some of the pepper smells that this beer is known for.

T- Malts up front. The roasted flavor that was missing from the smell comes through slightly with the finish. Again, definitely notice the pepper, which sounds not good for a stout but actually works well with the other flavors by adding a little spice to the mix.

M- Very mild and smooth for an Imperial Stout, especially one that is over 10%. The carbonation balances out the beer nicely. Unlike some Imperial Stouts, the roasted malts do not wreak havoc on your palate.

D- Very good beer. Would definitely recommend to a friend. Soft enough that it is easily enjoyable, but still very complex. Also very easy to drink for a beer of this style/ABV.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer that while it certainly has some qualities of an imperial stout, is entirely it's own thing.

What I really appreciate about it is the fact that you can clearly taste the adjuncts (tea, peppers) melded together with a clean sourness.

A very strange beer but well balanced and the drink ability is unreal. The 10 ish abv is not apparent at all. The bottle I had was from a recent bactch...

You can't and won't appreciate this if you go into it exclusively looking for the rich dark chocolate, roasty, coffee notes that you find in the typical Impy Stout category; but there in there in addition to the unique sourness.

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Photo of clickpush
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Body is black but thin, allowing me to see the active carbonation inside the beer. A small light tan head forms upon pouring and translates to a nice halo and lacing after receding.

Smells of roasted malts and wild yeast. A very interested combination indeed, though on the light side. Some fruit aroma comes through as well, black cherries, citrus, and pepper corn.

Taste is sooo dry for how high the alcohol is. This must have been one seriously efficient fermentation! Flavors of chocolate, bread crust, and wild yeast. Finish is super complex with vanilla & spices & more chocolate. Mouthfeel is not what you expect from an imperial stout, but neither is any other facet of this beer; somewhat thin but at the same time well carbonated.

A joy and privilege to drink. I think this is the strongest session beer I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Bov
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

draught at the Solothurner Biertage 2007 - very dark brown, almost black coloured; firm and stable beige foam; roasted, almost smokey with notes of tea, vanilla, pepper and chocolate; oily and full-bodied; rather low carbonation; a late and solid bitterness; aftertaste of vanilla and licorice with a warming alcohol touch - very complex and deeply pleasant

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark and has a nice tone of deep ruby redness that only reveals itself when held to a bright light. The head is a tick, rich and very long lived with a texture reminiscent of memory foam. The lacing is very fine and consistent

The nose is very imperial with a sour overtone that blends with alcohol, bread, smoked malt, chocolate, ginger and coffee.

The taste is a sweet malty experience that fades to a complex alcohol based experience. The fruitiness and alcohol combine for a surprisingly effective base to build flavors of bread, raisins, chocolate, coffee and cherries.

The moutfeel is rich and settles fully across the palate.

Overall this is a very good example of what is an Imperial Stout..

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Nice chocolate brown with a large two finger almond colored head. Chunky brown lacing `
S- Smell is slightly sour, malty and spicy.
T- Smooth pungent and slightly cheesy. Has a really deep flavor profile, toasted malt and vanilla, it has some smoke and sweet to it and everything just melds together.
M- The mouth feel is super smooth and thick, slides over the tongue and doesn’t coat the mouth. Little to no carbonation.
O- Really enjoyable and drinkable beer. The flavors are so different than what I’m used to for a stout. The flavors run deep and there is a lot of thought and talent behind this beer. Delightful

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 brown glass swing-top without a notch on the label. Grabbed this at Publick House Provisions in Brookline, MA on my trip back from the EBF. Couldn't wait to get home and open it!

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark black (brown hues) with one finger of cream colored head. Leaves a little spotting as it fades.

Nose: Smells like a bourbon barrel aged stout. Vanilla is prime, a little smoke, sweet black molasses, heavily malted cereal grain, and maybe a suggestion of pepper way out.

Palate: Creamy at first, going crisp and medium bodied. The tea creeps in and starts sweeping things on the tongue with a crisp astringency. Flavors of dried vanilla bean, tea with cream, an a whisper of something like lemon zest.

Notes: I wish this beer were cheaper and in a six pack, I'd drink the hell out of it! Worth the money, and I'll probably grab another the next time I see it. My only complaint really is the body is a *little* light. Other than that, perfect!

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Photo of Le_C
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Opaque, black, even against sunlight. Bright head that just lasts in the glass until you took the last sip.

Smell: Surprised to smell floral aromas. Reminds me more of an IPA than a stout. Chocolate and malt.

Taste: IPAish, floral taste with a lot of dark chocolate and malt kicking in soon after. Lovely bitterness.

Feel: Nice carbonation, but mouth feel could be improved.

Overall: An interesting, deep Imperial Stout that should please the IPA as well as the Stouts connaisseur alike.

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Photo of Mikedhoppy
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of jmtpi
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopStoopid120
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cask at the Allen Street Pub in Albany, NY. Delicious at the warmer temperature!! With a liquor-like taste and texture, it definitely lingers on the palate longer but leaves you wanting another sip that much sooner. However, at 10.3%, be warned!

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Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 261 ratings
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