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

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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:
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Added by Phyl21ca on 01-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
261
Reviews:
121
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
16.48%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with short-lived white head, that disapears into a ring around the side of the glass. Aroma of a bit of bourbon, vanilla, and spices. Taste was to me, more of a sour than a RIS, lemon (again the sourness), bourbon. A below average mouthfeel, not what I would associate with a stout never mind RIS. Sourness did not detract from drinkability, oddly. A bit of smoke and chocolate. Interesting.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Rating numbers for this one are all over the board for me. Looks good, smells pleasant, tastes different and "good" but it's not really very drinkable. Hard to judge this strange brew.

Pours a dark brown/black with a thick, firm medium tan head. Pleasant perfume nose of belgian fruit and malt, cooked peaches and candi sugar.

Thin but fresh and bright mouthfeel. Very different in that it tastes like a coffee, malty sour. Citric sour and tangerine hits the front palate and develops into a sweet coffee, malty flavor.

Finishes with light creamed coffee flavor and roasted malt.

Interesting drink but perhaps a beer with an identity crisis. Is it a sour or a stout? Nice if it stayed sour; nice if it stayed coffee/malty. It doesn't "stay" either. Interesting and worth the experience. Likely not a real good food beer. Not sure when you'd drink this one.

Reviewed again 02/04/11: Nice to see I'm consistent:

Jurassian Imperial Stout, brewed with black pepper, vanilla and tea. Pours black with a tan head that quickly fades. Nose is a light plum chocolate but extremely light and not assertive. Mouthfeel is thin, light and weak. Not much body or character and very light carbonation. Flavors are weak and watery. A light citric lime malt with hints of bitter sour coffee. Sounds more than it is since flavors are weak and thin. Some vanilla and roasted chocolate malt character develops in the glass but nothing real redeeming. The predominant character is a "sour" character that one can't help but feel is not intentional - almost a bad barrel age character. Finish is bitter citric but with some nice coffee and malt undertones. Likely would not try again. Can't imagine drinking this with any food that I can think of.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

My first beer from Switzerland.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch light tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Light penetrates at the bottom of the glass but not on the top near the head. Wavy lines of lacing stick to the glass on the drink down. Visible chunks of sediment are visible in the beer. Smell is of dark fruits, spiced chai tea, and some sour/funky aromas. Taste is of sour dark fruits, dark roasted malt, and some vanilla/tea flavors on the finish. These tea flavors create a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. A pretty good carbonation level with small, crisp bubbles on the tongue and in the throat. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is somewhat different than other imperial stouts I have had before.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very different take here, imperial stout with vanilla, tea, and pepper. have not had too much swiss beer either, so i was pumped for this. the pour is much lighter than the style norm, almost glowing red instead of black. it has a settling half inch of tan head and some really coagulated yeast bits the look rather nasty at the bottom of my wine glass. the nose smells like berries, tart ones, like cranberries, or wild yeast, definitely dont get the big bitter roasted barley here. i get vanilla in the flavor, but the contributions of the tea and pepper are less noticeable. some chocolate from the malt provides the base and a wild ale yeast cleans up a thick tart fruity finish. definitely an odd interpretation of the style, but its mostly successful, with the alcohol being well hidden and the fruit and yeast flavors being more central than they usually are in a big stout. the yeast pieces in the dregs are a little gross, but thats irrelevant in this really dynamic and delicious brew. rich and yummy, i need to try more from these guys, but man do they get expensive.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wanted to give this one a shot, The description on the label sounded like it would be pretty impressive. I poured the bottle out and it was a nice deep brown color with a decent looking head on it. The lacing was light and didn't really stick too well. The had some roasted malt aromas mixed with a nice dose of herbal aromas too. The taste of the beer wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be. I found it to be a little off balance and just kind of confusing. The mouthfeel had a decent thickness to it with a light carbonation. Overall I was a little bummed by this beer. I was expecting a lot more and nothing really came out of this one for me. It's drinkable but not really memorable.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It poured jet black into a snifter glass with a thin beige head that doesn't last very long, but left lacey patterns on the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of dark, roasted malts along with notes of black pepper and tea in the nose.
T: The taste shares a lot of similarities with the smell and also has flavors of black pepper and tea with some hints of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a little bit of warming from the alcohol. It doesn't feel thick and there is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden. The beer is very drinkable if you enjoy tea--it tastes like a coffee stout but with tea instead of coffee.

Note: Batch 2008

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Photo of kojevergas
2.69/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass swingtop bottle poured into Weihenstephan weissbier glass in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live. Bottle label identifies the ABV as 10.276%, not 2.8% (give them a break; they're swiss).

A: Beautiful tan colour creamy thick head of seven fingers (keep in mind this is a weissiber glass) and brilliant retention. Solid black colour.

Sm: Sour lambic-esque esters. That's it. Not what I expected for the style, but it's more interesting than problematic. A moderate strength scent.

T: Sour ester hops alongside slight nut hops and a full barley body. Fairly complex but a bit off. Poorly balanced and built for the style. I detect absolutely no black pepper whatsoever. Vanilla may be present, but if so it's buried.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Not what's expected for the style, and not a good beer. Worth a go for lambic fans maybe, but don't expect it to be the type of imperial stout an imperial stout fan would enjoy. Overpriced as well. In fairness, it does cover its high ABV well.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a translucent dark color and a modest cap that leaves little lacing (it is cask conditioned)

Smell: A bit of roast, some tea character and a real sense of vanilla

Taste: Roasty malt, up front, with a developing tea character and some dark fruit; by mid-palate, the vanilla and Sarawak pepper both make their presence felt and the combination with the Belgian yeast strain adds complexity, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation; some warmth in the gullet from the ABV

Drinkability: Tremendously creative and complex; really enjoyed the multiple layers

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a big dirty brown color head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some sweet malt. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt with medium bitterness, some notes of liquorice are also noticeable with a nice sweet malt base. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. Definitely different then most imperial stout around but very satisfying nonetheless.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a black body topped by a light brown head of foam. Decent lace and retention.

S - Fruity plums and raisins with spicy alcohol. Some notes of chocolate and light, roasty coffee.

T - Tart (?!?), spicy yeast notes upfront with fruity berry flavors. Cherry and blackberry followed by roast malt notes of coffee. Some spicy hops and low bitterness in the finish with a light note of plastic/phenolic yeast and pungent acidity.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry, chalky finish.

D - This is a weird one. I have had one or two (intentionally) sour stouts before, but I had no idea that is what I was going to get when I poured this. Complex and strange, it is sour but not particularly funky. The malt is a nice compliment to the fruit and keeps things balanced. I can't decide if the sourness is intentional or the result of age, but it works surprisingly well. I don't know that I would go out of my way to drink this again, but I am glad I tried it and I would recommend it for the novelty if nothing else.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA

A: Rich, dark red color, with a nice white head.

S: Roasty, with sweet fruits.

T: Roasty malts, licorice, sweet fruits, definite alcohol twinge.

M: Medium body, seemed more a strong dark ale than a stout.

D: Somewhat drinkable, but the sweetness stopped me from ordering a second.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mendvicdog
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of smithj4
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body, reddish-hued at the edges, and capped by a small, beige head.

Smell: Aroma of dark malts, dried herbs, tart fruits and fainter notes of licorice and molasses.

Taste: Dark malts with a thinned taste of chocolate. Salted plum flesh. Sprinkling of licorice water. Hint of wood, molasses. Light bitterness. There's never any real sweetness. In its place, there's a pervasive tart fruitiness, like a wine cooler past its prime. Pinch of earthy spice on the creosote finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Different, for sure, but it's just not what I'm looking for in an Imperial Stout.

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Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
3.64 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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