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

Formerly brewed at BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Barley Wine
Saignelégier, Switzerland
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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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.

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77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2013
If this was marked as a Flemish Oud Bruid as opposed to a Barley Wine this would get better reviews for this tread similar territory to for instance Struise Ypres. It has quite a few things in common with Rodenbach as well. This was obviously very unintentional as is all of BFM stuff including some of the sours probably as well. 2011 Vintage. 33 cl. swing top (odd choice) with the BFM logo on the top, neat. Pours a very murky pomegranate brownish, only a handful bubbles for a head – yeah it looks flat. Sweet in the nose, very strongly lots of the astringent berry skins in the nose of this one, overripe fruits, sour mats, cherry skins blended with sweet sugar syrup, red wine and leather. Taste is lots of sour berry skins, astringent, sour, red wine, cherry skins, sugar syrup, light barley wine touches buried underneath + rye, barrel, very sweet rum, sugar, acidity,… Flat but full. An unintentional interesting Oud Bruin to me.

Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Swing top bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with no head (still). Aromas of overipe plums, toffee, tobacco, rye and light rum. Palate was light bodied and smoothy. Flavors of overipe plums, rye, toffee and light rum with a smooth lingering fruity finish.

glennmastrange (2871) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aroma of roasted and cereal, moderate hop and yeast notes ofcooked orange, leather anf funkiness, with hints of raisin, prune, cherry, port wine, wood, toffee, alcohol and faint vinegar. There’s no head, no lacing and color is murky medium brown. Flavor starts heavily acidic and very sour, then finishes heavily acidic, moderately bitter and very sour. Palate is medium, a bit slick with no carbonation. Smells really nice and looks like it would be sweet and syrupy, but it either funked in the bottle or this is a confused mix of a Barley Wine and a Flemish Sour.

RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2011 swing top bottle. Pours murky reddish brown with zero head. No lacing. Aroma is malt, dark fruit, a bit of sour. Taste is surprisingly sour with a great rye spice. A bit too syrupy. But a pleasant delight after reading other reviews.

Atom (2455) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Swing top bottle pours a dark brownish amber with some light tan bubbles for a head. Aroma is sticky caramel and toffee and really smells like Halloween candy corn in a good way. Taste is picking up a lot of sour cherries, slight rum behind the sour, with some rye and caramel malt. I wasn’t sure about this one the first few sips but and interesting a growing enjoyable as a Cuvee Barley Wine mix.

csaso (2284) - Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle - no head at all, murky dark amber color, malty pungenty aroma, very sour fig like flavor - not a big fan of this one ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 The aroma is mostly sour with sweet over ripe fruit, oak, and plastic. The appearance is deep maroon with no head. The taste is like the aroma and quite hard to drink. The palate is thick from viscosity but completely flat. Overall I can’t stand it. It’s a flat sour beer the only nice thing is the slight sweet rum but nearly impossible to finish. As a matter of fact I can’t. Drain pour.

Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottled. Poured deep garnet with no head sticking around. The aroma picked up sour, darker fruits, raisins, and oak smacked with a major dose of cherry skins.. came across like a Flemish sour with too many other sugars in it. The flavor was sour throughout, with lots of cherry dust and oak.. some darker fruit sweetness as well, but the sourness dominated.. finished sour and belly-warming.. tasty, but it took a long time to grow on me. Medium-bodied with very little carbonation on the palate.. tart and sour throughout.. OK feel, but not great.

sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2012
33cl swing top, thanks Rémi for hauling it from Switzerland. Cuivrée, col beige fin disparaissant vite et ne laissant que qcq fines bulles disparates. Arôme garde ce bouquet typique de BFM de la série St Bon Chien, un funk et une aigreur se font noter mais le tout est accompagné par une certaine douceur de fruits noirs et malt. Note aussi un léger côté boisé avec le rhum qui reste en retrait. Palais est ici aussi plus à l’avantage de la signature BFM, le tout restant aigre-doux pour une effervescence faible. Pointe d’épice, fruits noirs, le tout est assez huileux avec le boisé qui reste moyen rajoutant une fine pointe d’épice. Seigle est également discret ne contribuant pas plus que cela au profil de cette bière. Au final, bière bizarre qui pour moi essaie de mélanger deux style; barley wine et sour sans vraiment convaincre.

Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
I’ve had this beer twice now thanks to Darrell and Michael. The beer appears murky and dark brown / ruby in color. The head is nonexistent. The beer appears still. The aroma offers booze, wood, sour cherries, malt, yeast,a bit of funk. I like the flavor. Complex and tasty, with sour, funky cherries and oak leading the charge. A nice mix of sweet and sour. Light in body and devoid of carbonation, though it fits this beer pretty well. Tannic in nature with a bit of a sharp, harsh alcohol burn in the throat at the conclusion of every sip. Still, overall, this was intriguing and enjoyable, albeit in small quantities. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-12-2012

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