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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2004)

Formerly brewed at BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Saignelégier, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
An abbey-style ale aged in wooden casks for 20 months including Merlot,Merlot Cabernet,Whiskey and then Grappa. The final version is blended from the different casks to ensure balance. Only 1000 bottles were sent to the U.S.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2006
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 750 ml, dégusté au Mondial de la Bière 2006 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de petits fruits foncés, de caramel et de porto. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Saveur: Goût de petits fruits foncés, de caramel et de chocolat. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de raisins en arrière goût. (Rating #513)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 Brown body with a small tan head. Very vinous (a lot of grapes and dried grapes) and a bit sour (black cherries). Soft carbonation. I liked its earthy flavours but overall a bit too port-wine-ish for my taste to be considered a masterpiece. Champaign-like finale. A Nice Doggy indeed. Sampled at Mondial 2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2006
Sampled at the mondial, hazy brownish hue, with a frothy tan-colored head, vineous fruitiness of plums, raisins, caramelized malt, port wine aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a winey acidic fruitiness, of dark fruits, plums, raisins, caramelized malt, brown sugar, hint of oakiness, leading towards a sweet winey aloholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy brown with a low firm white foam. Interesting aroma of oak, white pepper and red fruit with a balsamic undertone. Oaky flavour of red wine, juniper, currant leaves and spices. Dry and slightly tart peppery aftertaste. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
[Bottled, thanks Bov!] Hazy mahogany colour. Refined aroma of tobacco and well oaked red wine. Medium sweet. Mildly malty and very vinous with some tartness. Surprisingly light bodied for it’s size. Simply wonderful flavourwise, with slightly less sweetness it’d achieve perfection!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2966) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle 00276. Quite a treat, glad to have experienced it, but at some point, you wonder why they don’t just start mixing beer and wine straight up. Eight different barrels of aging since 2004? This is the extreme of the beer industry trend in barrel aging beer, akin to the hop crazy IPA’s and dIPA’s of the US a few years ago. In any event, this one poured a burgundy to brown color with an intial thin head covering that turned to just a ring or so. Lacing actually made a showing. The aroma was very much of wine grapes with some wood. The flavor was so full of wine and oak, it was hard to find the beer underneath, honestly. Mouthfeel comparable to a Flemish sour, flavor that was vinous, acidic, and somewhat sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Sample from the bottle (750 ml) at the Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, 2006. A faint dark head dies to a lasting ring atop the muddy, murky dark umber body....the nose is all barrel, lots of whisky, caramel, raisins, highly tannic wine, a bit too boozy for me but the kitchen sink approach is overall fairly effective here....the body is highly vinous and a touch sour, full of richness in the caramelized malts and dried fruit...as it warms, bitter chocolate is felt and orangepeel, but alcohol is not as apparent on the tongue as in the nose....a hint of Belgian yeast perhaps in the end result and much woody character at the finish. A very interesting experiment, though I liked the other two unheralded samples I tried from this brewery just as much as this flavor-of-the-month.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Bottle from Max’s - Dense brownish black, lasting creamy tan head. The nose truly opens up at room temp with notes of oak, golden raisin, port, musty brown sugar, and just the slightest touch of funky farmyard. The flavor is similar with more oak and vinous tones, with soft dark funky fruity and brown sugar notes complementing, but never overwhelming. ABV is well hidden. Full bodied, soft carbonation, drying, oakey, red wine-like finish. The brewmaster (Jerome) was a great guy to speak with on BFM night, and his beer went right along those lines. A very tasty and unique brew that’s definitely worth seeking out...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
This one reminds me a lot of the Drake’s Bourbon barrel barleywine. Bottle from Super Saver. The pour is hazy dark brownish with a small, tan head. The aroma is of vinous, oaky bourbon and peaty, krieky, plummy malts, with some cobwebby tainty funk at the rear. The palate is complex and lively, with flavors of vinous tart fruits, oaky bourbon, figgy malts, and some finishing brown sugar and cognac hints. Very unique style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, dark brown ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Great retention. Boozy, vineous aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla, oak and red wine. Big flavor! Lots of tangy and dark fruit, caramel, wood and wine. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and faint carbonation. Rich, boozy, tangy finish. Warming. Spendy beer at $25/bottle retail, but I got lucky and stumbled across Jerome, the owner, president and brewmaster, pouring $5 samples at Max’s in Baltimore... and I thought the highlight of my evening would be taking in a ballgame at Camden Yards. NOT! World class brew, this one!

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