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Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale) | BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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203 Ratings
Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale)Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale)
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.03%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rare and Funky beer brewed with Spike from Terrapin for "Un Mare di Birra" Beer Cruise. Rum barrel aged Rye Barleywine (20% rye).

Added by Viciousknishs on 09-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
203
pDev:
27.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChairmanHoltz
1/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer holds a special place in my plumbing system as the first drain pour it ever received. It's a failure in all respects. The pour looks like you sliced the corner off of a year-old bag of produce and let the juices flow. The resulting pool that collects in your glass is still, dead, and wholly unappealing. The nose is spoiled balsamic vinegar and the taste follows suit. The feel is flat, heavy, and it stays with you like a ratty stray dog you decided to feed. A true disaster of a beer. And it's $10+ for an 11.2 oz. bottle.

I can't imagine that when the brewers said "let's make a rum barrel aged English barleywine," this is what they envisioned. It is uncarbonated infected afterbirth. For what it's worth, BFM also makes √225, which is the greatest beer known to, well, me, I guess.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

11.4 oz bottle
Bottled in 2011
10.0276% ABV

Purchased this bottle for $9.99. Poured into a snifter. Very little carbonation with this beer. The aroma and taste is tart rum soaked cherries, plums, and raisins. The taste is extremely tart with some dark fruits and alcohol in the background.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.28/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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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1/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Zero carbonation. All around bad. This is definitely infected.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bcp5296d
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks like a brown ale or flanders. Smells like an american red sour, and taste is the same. Thick mouthfeel but not much going on here but mild sourness. At 10 bucks a 375, this beer is grossly overpriced, but somewhat enjoyable as a unique beer. Possibly worth trying, but would not come close to buying again at that price.

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Photo of wellsnb
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ddedhed
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Matty123
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of memphischas
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NateF90
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One-half of a 33 cl swing-top dated 2011 poured into a Beer'd Belgian flute (the other half went to my better half...). Not barely a hiss, but 5 pencil-tip sized bubbles worth of carbonation. Pours opaque and with apparent viscosity. The nose hits immediately with sour, lacto, acetic whatever. Sour. Not unpleasant though. As the glass warmed notes of wood and booze became more and more evident. Aroma is an integral part of a good sip of this beer more so than others. The flavor is again predominately sour, coupled with just a hint of oak and a finish of cherries. Not very deep, nor very subtle. I may have sampled this guy well past its prime, but I am very much so enjoying my half glass. Mouthfeel is heavier than I think I'd enjoy but not unpleasant. Mediocre brew definitely worth trying but isn't worth its space in the cellar (nor the price).

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3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of s1ckboy
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GPHarris
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

2011

A - poured a dark brown, near black color into a snifter. No head and the carbonation obviously did not last.
S - fruit like raisins and cherries.
T - tart cherry, oak.
M - slick and coating but no carbonation.
O - had potential but the swing top didn't hold the carbonation.

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Photo of Craigory
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No carbonation, though none expected. A bit of rye, and bit of cherry sour, a good bit of acetic/vinegar. More like an Oud Bruin than a Barleywine, but intriguing.

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Photo of Tim725
1.48/5  rDev -56.1%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
2.37/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Brewed in 2011, opened late 2014

Appearance – Pours a very dark, but clear brownish red color, with almost no head or lacing. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell – Has a sour vinegary smell, with a hint of rum, oak, raisins, and red wine. The smell is the best thing about this beer.

Taste – Has a sour, vinegary taste similar to the smell. Not much more to it. Maybe pickles.

Mouthfeel – Very flat. A bit of bite in the aftertaste, perhaps from the rum.

Drinkability – Flat, vinegary, and not very tasty. Disappointing for the $7.49 price tag.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.4 oz. swing-top bottle into a Cycle snifter.

A: No "pffft" at all when the swing-top is opened. Pours a very hazy reddish brown. Forms essentially no head, and there is no visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Prominent vinegary acetic tartness, dark sour cherries, some roasted malts, and hints of oak dryness.

T: Sour acetic acid up front, which dries the mouth. Tart cherries, blackberries, and underripe fruit. Some underlying roasted malts but the vinegar flavor is the star of the show. I still feel like I'm picking up some hints of oak tannins in the dry flavors but I'm not certain. The acetic dryness lasts into the hang.

M: Medium-bodied, and the fairly hefty ABV is well-hidden. Absolutely no carbonation here though. This was essentially a still beer.

O: This was laughable at the categorization of an English barleywine. It's potentially more believable as a bier de garde, but really not that either. Perhaps a decent Flanders Red or Oud Bruin? Or truly infected? Regardless, it's very acetic and probably over the top. The absolutely no carbonation issue sucks any life out of this if might have otherwise had. Not worth the price of admission.

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Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 203 ratings
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