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Brewed by BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Imperial Stout
Saignelégier, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.28%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Silver medal at Soleure’s extreme beer fest 2007. An extreme black beer whose nose goes toward pepper, vanilla, ashes, tobacco and fresh hops. It reaches the palate all in softness, but quickly becomes intensely bitter, though not very dry. Long and satisfying finish.
This Cuvée was created in the honor of the Jurrassian revolutionist Alex Le Rouge. Enjoy this wonderful Cuvée at about 10°-12° Celsius (50°-53°F), with a crunch of bitter Chocolate or a Cigar. Cuvée Alex Le Rouge can be sequestrated for a few years in a cellar. Ingredients: water, barley malts, hops, cane sugar, yeast, Serawak pepper, Russia tea, Bourbon vanilla.


Grovlam's rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4156) - Copenhagen, - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle. [Great two day tasting session @ Papsoe] Huge light brown thick and creamy head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Muddy black like color. Aroma of light sweet chocolate and coffee. Light fruit. Over the palate some wood, roasted malt, dried fruit. Medium to full bodied with an average carbonation and somewhat alcoholic and thick texture. Moderated to heavy sweet flavor with some bitter notes. Roasted malt and light chocolate finish.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (865) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - OCT 30, 2014
BOTTLE 33 CL from CH-303. Look: almost opaque black, beige frothy head. Aroma: intense, hoppy, "green", herbal/peppery, citrus/lemony and hints of cloves. Light alcohol notes. Very little black malts and some light fruity notes at the very end. Taste: again full of hoppy, peppery flavours, zesty and lemony, totally overwhelming the roast and sweetness of a stout. Light astringent acidity, zesty/peppery bitterness in the finish. Easy drinking body.

A unique and somewhat bizarre stout, roughly in the Belgian style, with "green" flavours totally dominating the malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (10859) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2014
Haand 2014. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, hop, berries. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, hop, berries, caramel, alcohol. Full body. Nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adasko (440) - Poznan, POLAND - OCT 26, 2014
Dobry, solidny Imperial Stout, ale niczym nie zachwyca, nie jest fenomenalny i perfekcyjny. Na pewno warto spróbować, ale nie jest o nigdzie blisko tego co można z tego stylu wycisnąć. Jest bardzo wodnisty i lekki jak na ten styl.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ipamonger (72) - New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
Pours a very dark black-ruby, with a very thin, fleeting head. Aromas of malt, roast, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is sweet over bitter over salty-umami. A great sour finish with the tea. Dry too. A beer that quenches as you slowly sip along. Quite an achievement.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevnic2008 (8244) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - OCT 21, 2014
Poured black with light brown head. Chocolate malt aroma. Taste is rich chocolate and malt.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rouhlas (199) - GREECE - OCT 19, 2014
From tap at BierCab, Barcelona. Black color with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate, light alcoholic and kind of perfume. Taste is sweet and bitter, roasted malty and alcoholic again. Almost medium body, oily with average carbonation and alcoholic finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (3240) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
En fût au Saint-Bock. Petite tulipe bien foncée, entre le brun et le noir. Un anneau comme représentation mousseuse. Un nez de cola à l’italienne avec des petits fruits et quelque chose comme un mélange de poivre, d’anis et de réglisse. Une bouche passablement épicée, vaguement sauvage, peu chocolatée ou même impériale, avec cette sensation épicée qui n’est pas désagréable ni charmante mais assez singulière ou unique. Un corps trop pétillant qui n’est cependant jamais trop mince. Une finale épicée/mentholée/médicamenteuse qui me laisse songeur. En fait, ce truc, bien éloigné du stout impérial tel que je le connais, n’est pas fait pour mon palais. Ceci dit, je vois cette dégustation comme une expérience enrichissante.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (1309) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Black with a brown head - Dark malt aroma with some dark frutiy tones - Good malt body with some sweet notes from dark fruits, and in the back some roasted malt bitterness - Lingering malt finish with some alcohol as well - This was good

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6270) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, creamy/frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain), lightly hoppy (resin), with notes of rubber/plastic/carpet, sour apple, burnt meat. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. BFM was 3-for-3 with me before this, so I ignored the stupid "Extremely Complex" stamp on the label (if you have to say that to sell it, then it probably isn’t true) as well as the stupid list of adjuncts (pepper, vanilla, and tea, none of which are apparent in the aroma to me...and if you need to add stuff like that to an Imperial stout, especially vanilla, then your base beer clearly needs work). Unfortunately this is pretty unpleasant...the aroma is just kinda weird and phenolic and dirty, doesn’t smell a whole lot like beer even. I kept thinking "vanilla", and couldn’t find vanilla. Ditto for the pepper and tea. Sour and dirty in the mouth too, so...um...yeah...this is a huge swing-and-a-miss. Down the drain with this one, I’m afraid. The only attractive thing about it is the appearance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (891) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a chalice. A: Beautiful black color with a huge beige head when poured. As it dissipates, many lacings are left around S: Complex. BFM spiciness trademark. Acid and tarty. Vanilla, roasted malts and black chocolate. Earthy yeasts end. Few of alcohol can be noticed despite the considerable 10% ABV T: Complex as the nose. Considerably tart for an American Imperial Stout. Amazing taste of BFM yeasts. Spicy. Notes of pepper. Vanilla, caramel, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Pleasant roasted and hoppy bitter end M: Full body. Medium to low carbonation. Roasted and hoppy bitter aftertaste O: High drinkability. Great beer. From the best Swiss brewery [ BA Review @ 7/24/2010 ]


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