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BFM / Terrapin Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante (Collaboration Ale)

Formerly brewed at BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Saignelégier, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 301   ABV: 10.03%
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Barley wine made with 20% rye, 80% malted barley, aged in rum barrels. Made for the "Un Mare di Birra" beer cruise.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Squat flip-top from Capone’s. Pours dark brown with minimal tan head. Nose is oaky cherry, run, some lactose and tannins. Tastes very tart, funky, with notes of cherry, lactic tartness, mild funk, and oak. This one is mis-categorized, and should be a sour ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
john_henry (93) - - JUN 27, 2014
Pours a flat murky deep dark brown/red with no head. Light vinous aroma. Tastes slightly acidic, vinous with very little sweetness, but well balanced. Overall a very enjoyable beer I look forward to visiting again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nimbleprop (4531) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2014
33cl bottle via trade. Pours a murky brown with basically zero head. Nose has an odd mix of booze, wood pulp and strawberry jam, a little brown sugar, some nail polish, rhubarb. Flavor is really strange, tart, cherries and currants, some stewed mustard greens, a little raspberry vinaigrette, pickled swiss chard stems, oily, a bit medicinal. Oily finish. Very strange. Definitely infected, but also poorly made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pras (420) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Like others have said, this probably got infected. If it got infected, they should figure out what happened and replicate it. Sometimes, mistakes have really good results. This is a very interesting brew because in the nose it smells 100% like a barley wine. It has a strong raisin note, with other dried fruits along with it. Taste is oak, and then pure sour funk. Finishes with a nice bitter bite in the back of the throat (perhaps from the rye). Alcohol is well hidden. My only regret is not having another bottle to save for later.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (1822) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2014
2011 Vintage
Tasted on 4/30/14 from a swing-top 330mL bottle purchased at Bruisin’ Ales. Pours clear, dark mahogany with no head, but some thin bubbly lace that quickly disappears. Beers like this are always hard for me to judge. If it were classified as a Sour or Wild Ale, I would rate it much higher, but being classified as a Barley Wine I am pretty sure that it is just infected. The nose is tart and sour ala an oud bruin, but with a ton more sweet caramel and vanilla rum aroma. The flavor is the same, very sour with the same caramel, toffee, and vanilla barrel-aged barley wine from the nose. The body is full and tannic with zero carbonation and a long sour and sweet oak finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HellesBunny666 (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Caramel, vanilla, woodsy smells. Tart sour taste, kinda flat carbonation. Sour berries, caramel, hints of vanilla, rum, yeast, funky. Dark and cloudy color. Weird, not a favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (857) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Aromas of caramel and faint vanilla, tart green apple and tart cherry, and burnt sugar. Murky light brown, raw cider-like, no head. Dry, sour, funky, with some astringent herbaceous notes as well as tart berry and cherry fruit, light maltiness. Light bodied, sharp, sour. Not much of a barleywine, but an interesting beer for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3740) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Small bottle in a tasting glass. Pours deep amber with a small head. Aroma of tartness, light toffee and caramel from the malts, light oak, and hints of oak and notes of rum. Flavor the same. Average texture. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3086) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 29, 2013
No head, the nose is much more like an oude bruin, than a barley wine. Fairly tart with wood, cherries, green apples. The mouth shows low carbonation with modest amount of tartness, lots of dark cherries and apples. Well balanced and alcohol extremely well hidden. Lingering oaky finish. Nice. I can’t understand why the ratings for this are so low.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamP01 (537) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Brewed 2011. Pours a viscous murky red brown with no head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla and cask, yeast with some fruity alcohol esters. Taste the same as aroma with some mild bitterness. Palate is a full body, viscous and smooth and mild stickiness mouth feel, mild carbonation. Finishes with a combination of sweet caramel malt, yeast and mild tartness, toffee, some vanilla and woody cask flavor, dark fruit and mild dry sweet alcohol and bitter ending. A bit on the tart side. Overall an easy on the palate barley wine style brew, very drinkable an fairly good brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ibrew2or3 (6760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2013
The 33cl swing top bottle pours with a murky red tanned leather looking body that supports a minimal tan ring of foam. The aroma comes across initially as prunes and brown sugar and quickly gets into tart wild yeast and red wine with murmurs of spicy oak in the background. The taste is on the thin side and delivers tart yeast infection (or maybe re-label and triple the price and sell it as a sour) with mild rum booze mixing with red wine and then some big of spicy oak. This is not going all that well.

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