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Cuvée Alex Le Rouge

Rating: 4.1

My final Swiss beer from my trip to Basel last month and I deliberately kept this one to last when in the city given it was such a strong imperial stout. The beer was my second from the Franches-Montagnes but unfortunately this one does not appear on the 1001 beers list, perhaps an updated version will feature it at some point though as it was an excellent beer. It follows on from the bottle of La Meule from the brewery that I had tried not long before sampling this one. Labelled as a ‘Jurassian Imperial Stout’ on the bottle, after the region it is brewed in and the bottle I picked up was a 2015 vintage that was a surprisingly hoppy beer from an imperial stout but it was also one that I really enjoyed; here’s what I though of it.

Cuvée Alex Le Rouge

Appearance (4/5): This one is pitch black with an opaque body, literally nothing is getting through this one it’s that dark. There was a one centimetre tall, bubbly head on top that was off-white in colour and slightly creamy towards the centre. There was a touch of lacing left on the sides of the glass as well and the beer wasn’t a bad-looking one, particularly given it was such a strong beer.
Aroma (7/10): This one was a surprisingly hoppy beer on the nose, there was definitely more coming through that I’d have expected for an imperial stout and could possibly be attributed to the fact the beer was still a relatively fresh one when most beer I pick up from American of this style are usually considerably older than this. There was some nice pine and grapefruit with a few touches of apricot through in as well before a few fresh and floral notes made an appearance. This was followed by the more traditional roasted malts and chocolate notes that came through around the middle and were backed up by some rich cocoa and touches of vanilla before a few sugars seen things out.
Taste (9/10): As you might have guessed from the nose, this one was one of the more hop-filled imperial stouts that I’ve tried with quite a lot of pine and grapefruit kicking things off with the taste as well. There was a nice amount of sugar early on that provided some nice sweetness and I managed to get some strong roasted malts coming through as well. The beer was lighter than expecting but very enjoyable with some nice chocolate and cocoa flavours coming through alongside a few earthy touches and a roasted bitterness right at the end before a nice alcohol kick seen things out.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a full body and quite a complex palate that came through with a strong alcohol kick towards the end but remained a relatively easy on to drink thanks to the well-balanced flavours that had plenty of fresh and hoppy flavours that gave the beer a lighter than expected feel but one that was excellent none the less.

Overall (18/20): This one was a very surprising take on the imperial stout style of beer with a lot more hops than I’d been expecting and a few floral flavours led by some excellent pine and grapefruit flavours with a few background fruits thrown in as well. These were balanced well against some nice roasted malts and a chocolate base that complimented each other well and helped the beer go down a lot easier than I was expecting for a beer coming in above the 10% abv. mark. The beer was truly an excellent one and easily one of the best beers I tried when in Switzerland, so much so that I’d love to see this one available in Scotland at some point but I’m not entirely sure how likely that would be.

Brewed In: Saignelégier, Jura, Switzerland
Brewery: BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
First Brewed: circa. 2007
Full Name: Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout)
Type: Imperial Stout
Abv: 10.276%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Drinks of the World (Basel)
Price: 7.50 CHF (approx. £5.04)

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