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


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RATINGS: 503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.28%
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.

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rederic (3345) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
Black color, with a fluffy tan-colored head, leaving laces, yeasty, sweet toasted malt nose, with a faint tea leaves note, a subtle cocoa, vanilla, bourbonish accent, and a hint of peppery spiciness in he aroma follows through on a medium-palate with a yeasty, sweet sugarcane, fruity character, with a mild nice peppery, minty spiciness, with a hint of black coffee, roasty malt, some winey dark fruit flavors, a flowery hop, tea leaves note, with an alcoholic content of 10% well hidden, leading towards a malty, fruity, hop bittering finish.

fiulijn (21558) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2011
2011-07-24, Batch 2010, bb 2015-03, 1+ years old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Dark brown color, almost black, with a generous, brownish, frothy head; it has strage small floaters on the surface. The aroma is mild, some chocolate and a light vinous note. Good body, with a good caramel flavor, complemented by a mild sourness and wine touch, light spices, and correct bitterness. Balanced and pleasant.

I had another bottle a few months ago that was great.

2008-03-24, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Black color, with a creamy head. It’s a good beer, with a weaker body than an Imperial Stout requires, and the typical BFM sourness; there is a light alcohol feeling; good, but different than I remembered. Must try again.

2007-09-13, courtesy of Philippe, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Black color; creamy head. The aroma strikes first with a clean chili pepper, followed by white pepper, malt, fudge, mint and other herbs; finally, there is even a light fruity aroma. Good mouthfeel, good malt and caramel flavor, clean; medium sweetness, with a touch of roasted malt, pepper, herbs, vegetables, liquorice. It has a correct bitterness level. Crazy beer, but very good; unique.

MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Fruity vanilla drifts into a peppery finish as roasted malts assemble a frothy and slender Belgian-style Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A bubbly sheet of foam slowly sinks into the burgundy-sleeved black.
-Alcohol warming fits with the proposed flavor profile.
-Some dryness roams, which is unusual for the style.
-The flavor profile is classy; nothing’s too bold.
-A green, herbaceous character appears, perhaps because of the added tea?
-The nose is rather offers a subtle alliance of black pepper, tea leaves, mint and roasted malt.
-This is not an Imperial Stout to be compared to any American version; a more appropriate comparison would Ellezelloise’s Hercule, for example.

Bottles; best before 2012.

omhper (26207) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2007
Bottled, thanks Bov! Near black, rich but brief head. Intricate tobacco aroma. Medium sweet with full body and clean mouthfeel. Concentrated flavours where salty aniseed meets orange and smoke. No flavour really takes control making it complex, although a bit disaorganized. As always from BFM it’s an unusual but very tasty beer.

ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 Bottled. Thanks to omhper...and bov for this gem. Pours out in dark brown colour with a low grey foam. Deep and quite wild aroma of anise, bread crusts, grass, pine-needles, spices, toffee and sweet Arabic coffee. Full and certainly malty flavour of dark chocolate, anise, bark and surprisingly menthol. Long spicy and warming finish of dark coffee, nuts, anise, spices and alcohol. Original and tasty.

Bov (13553) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 1, 2007
draught at the Solothurner Biertage 2007 - very dark brown, almost black coloured; firm and stable beige foam; roasted, almost smokey with notes of tea, vanilla, pepper and chocolate; oily and full-bodied; rather low carbonation; a late and solid bitterness; aftertaste of vanilla and licorice with a warming alcohol touch - very complex and deeply pleasant

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