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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2006
At the PIB 2006 preparty. The rarity of this beer kinda won me over without even trying it. I was just so amazed at the story that was told before sampling it, all the different barrels it aged in, the time it has spent before I was able to even try it. Did it let me down? no. Very complex flavor, with the two glasses of this that I was able to try the flavors never felt familiar. Different fruits peaked, bourbon, oak, wine, brown sugar, fig, grapes, and yeast esters swam in a complex patern that was hard to pin down. Light acidity to the finish, fairly dry. With this many flavors put in I could see how this beer could just be a mess of flavors that don’t work together. But I found them all working nicely and giving this beer an amazing character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle #276. Almost no head with very little carbonation. Awesome aroma. Slight oaky tartness with plenty of vinuous notes and raisins. Rich and powerful. Good helping of malts to offset the the tartness in the aroma. Color is a very impressive burgundy brown. Sweet and strong. More oak and plenty of grapes and raisins. The sourness in minimal which is the way I like it. Moderate alcohol presence with a very deep warming from way down inside. Rich and malty. Finish is tart and a little dry. Lingering raisins and alcohol with more oak again. A very complex, balanced and tasty brew. Very good stuff and I think my first brew from Switzerland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (15272) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2006
2004 bottle, 10%. Sour, sweet, vinouos aroma with earthy and woody notes. Cloudy dark red/brown colour. Very small light brown head. The flavour is sour, acidic, raisiny.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Thanks to ClarkVV for opening this at the KSBF ’06 after-party... Appears a dark brown with a red hue and a foamy white head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky streaks of foam hug the side of the glass. Smell is of mild tartness, raisins, caramel, apples, vanilla, cream, and wild, woody funk with a touch of cocoa. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the flavors being a bit less intense as the smell. It’s still a nice mix of flavors direct from Switzerland. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly tart & wild, and a good mix of sweets and tartness. Now that I look, I’m astounded to see how many different barrels this was aged in before it was blended. Nice! Thanks again, Clark!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2006
KSBF 2006 RB after party. Thanks to ClarkVV. Pours a hazy dark brown amber with a lgith tan creamy head. Aroma of barnyard, tart, lightly sour, yeasty, wood vineous and vanilla. Flavors of the same. Lots of yeast, kind of tart and fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11527) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
750ml bottle. Poured a dark and muddy / cloudy brownish color with a small sized white head. Aromas of dark fruits, wine, some wood, grapes and vanilla. Tastes of carame, grapes, wood, berries and light vanilla. Light alcohol in the finish as well. Only 1,000 bottles - gotta find me some more of this soon!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2006
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a deep amber color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is very complex, malt, oak, berries, grapes and raisins mixed with brown sugar, red wine and a touch of alcohol. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. A very complex tasting beer, there is a lot of weird and wonderful stuff going on here. Malts are fruity and sweet. With lots of oaks, port wine, blackberry, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate and smoke flavors all combining for a very varied and complex flavor. Despite all that taste explosions, a very smooth tasting beer. Hides the 10% alcohol very well. Although it might be just a bit too much, it is still interesting to see how well 8 different barrel aged beers can be blended together. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2006
This beer pours a purplish reddish color with a soapy white head and small amounts of lacing. The aroma on this beer is just overwhelming, but thats not necessarily a bad thing. Red wine, grapes, whiskey, brown sugar and wood. The flavor is a masturbatory explosion of awesomeness in the mouth. Port wine, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, blackberries, raisins and brown sugar. Carbonation levels are generally solid but not overwhelming. Tart and sweet finish with grapes predominating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
Alcohol, dates, raisins, figs, grapes, oats and brown sugar in the floral aroma along with notes of oaky vanilla. Opaque brown body is like cocoa topped by a low tan head that recedes to ring. Raisins, grapes, brown sugar, chocolate, dates and figs make appearances in the salty, lightly sour flavour. Oak is prominent but never overwhelms the malty body with vanilla. Almost vinegary in the aftertaste with lingering whiskey. Medium body with moderate carbonation and fair alcohol warming. Sampled at Mondial 2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Pours a deep brown cloudy wine-like with a light foamy head. Aroma is slightly tart flemish red-like, woody, oak, lgith phenols, thick sweet caramel malts, tannin-like and lightly yeasty. I also get a hint of solvent- paint thinner like quality probably from the grappa? Flavor is sweet earthy, woodsy, lightly astringent, red wine, oak, cranberry and grapeskin. Tart and lightly astringent finish but still nice full mouthfeel. Very complex and a nice exciting beer to come out of switzerland.

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