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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy dark red/brown colour with a weak head. Aroma of oak, sourness and grain. Sour flavour with a noteable of alcohol and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2006
Pours a murky brown color with a thin white head. Great aroma and flavor of dark malt, caramel and yeast. It’s mildly sour and dry. Excellent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle. Red brown colour with a small beige head. Light acid, fruity, vinous aroma and a light sour, fruity taste. Medium body with a light sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a hazy, dark orangey brown with an off-white head. Sourish aroma with hints of wood. Surprisingly light body with a tart, vinous edge and distinct oakiness. The alcohol really shines through in the finish. Very interesting - sort of an Imperial Flemish Sour. Thank you Bov for this yummy brew. 130806

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26170) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Clear orange brown coloured with an off white head. Light acidic aroma of wood and red wine. Flavour of wood and red wine with light acidic notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Poured a murky dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was sweet and tart with a nice fruitiness. Notes of yeasty funk and leather. The flavor was vinous. Big red wine notes. Fruity and grapey with a light tartness. Very warming and wine like.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2006
750 ml bottle purchased at Manchester Wine and Liquors. This is my 1500th official rating. 00276 is what the paper bottle cap topper says, I do not know if that is significant, though. 2004 vintage. Aroma is woodsy, oaky, with some chocolate maltines and peatiness as well. This turns vinous, a bit sour and lactic, like green apples. Perfectly well-balanced aroma between the sourness and the sweet, maltiness. Probably the most quaffable beer I have experienced to this point. Moderately hazy, murky dark amber color with a bit of a smallish light tan head. Sour, tart, vinous start, which turns more woodsy and oak-like in the middle. There are some raosted malts hiding behind with some peaty and chocolate flavors as well hiding behind. Nice slightly sweet, tasty finish. A bit of hoppiness as well in the end. Magnificently balanced, a pleasure of a beer. I think this is a bit closer to being a barrel-aged scotch-like ale than anything else. It is truly unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Pours an orangy-brown with a small tannish head. Hints of wood present. A little sour with hints of green apples. A good solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Bottle: Shared by Styles. Aroma is very vinuous, sour, and somewhat fruity. Pours a dark mostly transparent mohagany with an insignificant off-white head. Flavor is very vinous, moreso than any beer I’ve ever tasted. All the aging in different wine casks is very obvious. Subtle hints of caramel and a touch of sourness. Very dry finish. I know very little about wine or I would probably give a better description of this beer. Interesting and unique, but I’m under the impression the base beer is getting dominated by all the different cask aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2011 100th Rating!!! Had to make this one a special one! 750ml bottle into a Snifter glass (only 1,000 bottles available in the USA!). Pours a very thick and murky reddish amber brown with very little head. What head there is is tannish and it hugs the rim of the glass. Aroma is almost identicle to merlot with spices added. Grapes and cabernet also perfume off the brew. This is basically like drinking a fine wine. As it warms up (and please let it!) the flavor is heavy on grappa, merlot, and hints of the cab. Cherryish beer comes out more towards the finish. Very complex. Hits the palate like wine going down the throat. Has the lingering of wine in the back of the mouth. The alcohol is present but not forward. If you can find one of these, grab it and split it between two people. Absolutely incredible! Reconsumed a few days ago, August 1stish, 2011. Dank. Pure dank. Tastes almost fully like wine at this point with a small hint of carbonation at the back end. Beautiful creation here!!

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