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

wedgie9's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (2507) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8992) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle (courtesy of cybercat). Lactic orange, brown sugar malt, rum, and weedy grass aroma. Dark brown with minimal head. Sweet-tart cherry, light brown sugar, barley malt, and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Light rum finish. Nice body. Interesting - grew on me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bill Becker (548) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUN 25, 2015
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (9323) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
375mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours a filthy dark reddish brown with no head. Aroma is quite unique, with dark sour fruits, a little rye, and maybe a touch of oak -- not getting the rum on this though. Flavour reveals quite a bit of rye, followed by tart dark fruits, light-to-moderate vinegary quality, and a decent woodiness. Again, not getting any rum barrels as all. A fairly pleasant woody, dark fruity sour with moderate vinegariness on the finish. Quite decent, but rather dirty and muffled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (8538) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2014
11.4 oz swingtop bottle. Dated 2011. Just got re released here in OH for some reason. Pours a hazy dark red brown color. Dark particles in the body. Khaki bubbles, but absolutely no head. Drinks as flat as it looks, absolutely no carbonation. Bigger body. Kind of slick. Lots of dark fruit, and vinegar in the flavor, and what I guess is kind of a woody mildly spicy rum aroma. Some decent vanilla in there comes out later, some vinous notes for sure. Moderate sour taste, mild tannic, bigger sweet. Overall, not a fan of this one. Not easy to drink, the absolute lack of carbonation doesn’t help at all with that. Why does it have to be flat, who wants that in a beer? Weird unpleasant kind of acetic taste to it as well that doesn’t agree with me. Managed to finish the glass after a long period of time (sipped at it while packing a box up for a trade). It did get slightly better as I went further.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3053) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 3, 2014
Shelled out the 1000 yen for this Terrapin/BFM collaboration barleywine is made with 20% & 80% malts then aged in rum barrels. Bottle from World Beer Market’s online shop. Served in a snifter. 10.03% It pours a plum brown with no head but has a wonderfully rich nose of sweet candied plums, warming rum, dark fruits and a touch of oak. Smooth viscous mouthfeel while the taste gives you a berry tartness, woodsy, sweet fruits, some oak and some rum heat going down. Really good stuff, not what I was expecting. It is more of a sour brown ale than a barleywine, nice tartness, fruits & some oaky/earthy barrel-character. I like it to sip on such a cold winter day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (4501) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2014
330 ml Bottle shared by Eric H. Dirty brown color without any head. I didn’t hear a pop when he opened the bottle but I was talking when he opened it. Aroma is dirty socks, vinegar and light oak.

I don’t taste and rum at all, just sour brune. Port wine hints up front with overly tart fruit and vinegar through the center. The flat mouthfeel doesn’t help the flavor in anyway shape or form. The only thing I like about it is the rye malt and barely can still be detected. Some sour heads may like it but it’s hard to know what you will get after opening the swing top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
loco_gallego (217) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Brune foncée, mousse quasi-inexistante. Très fruitée et acide au nez. Boisée. Grosse sensation d’alcool-rhum. Légèrement caramel au maltage. Levures. Balancée malgré le fort caractère acide et alcool... En bouche pareil, fruitée (fruits rouges). Acidité et aigreur très présente. Sensation de sucré-caramel. Fin de bouche sur le bois, et l’alcool-rhum donne une belle fin de bouche. Très très peu carbonatée. Balancée. Bière curieuse, se rapprochant plus d’un Sour/Wild mais avec une belle touche "barley wine".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2939) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
BFM swing top versus Terrapin bomber, both from 2011. BFM pours a much darker brown, Terrapin a copper, both with minimal to no head or lacing. Aroma on the BFM is more intense, some roast and dark fruit, hint of vanilla. BFM has some sour notes on the tongue, acetic tartness, Terrapin is much more toward the barley wine, big caramel and vanilla. Terrapin is smoother, BFM is more complex. Definitely a cool beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eduardovl (1075) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2014 330ml bottle served in a snifter. A: Pours a dark brown muddy cloudy color with a minimal yellow head. No retention neither lacings S: Very tart and fruity. Grapes, wood, caramel malts and vinegar. Rhum and alcohol in the end T: Follows the nose. A tart and acid beer. Quite fruity too. Grapes, candy sugar, oak, rhum, malt and yeasts. Upfront is mild sweet, in overall, acid and dry in the mouth M: Heavy body, molasses. Very low carbonation O: Very tasty and drinkable beer. As mention before by other reviewers, this beer is much closer to a Wild/Sour than to a Barley Wine. It reminded me their BFM "Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels)". By the way, a beer for real men, sissies won’t like it [ BA Review @ 4/8/2012 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AbouAli (195) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 11, 2014
En bouteille 33 cl Genre Barleywine ? Nez caramel et porto Amertume agréable avec un corps léger Acidité améliore le rendu et fait de cette bière quelque chose de très buvable Légère touche boisée

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