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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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Very dark ruby/brown. Small, frothy, tan cap. Nose of dry red wine, sour grapes, oak, and light doses of chocolate, smoke, vinegar, alcohol. Same flavors. Additions: sour cherries, sweeter grape grappa, subtle vanilla, zesty yeast. Very complex. Full body, balanced. Truly excellent brew. How the hell is the average only 3.9?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours a murky mahogany-brown body with a brownish small head. The aroma is just unreal, I had it at a 9 at first but not too long after I just had to bump it up. Complex as all hell- cherries, jam, caramel, toffee, grapes, and rye bread. Very well balanced/tuned. Quite dry with lots of fruit character and soft chewy toffee malts and just a touch of butterscotch. The tartness comes in at the perfect times. This is delicious stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2011
DRAFT pours dark hazy red with decent retention. Aroma is sweet malt vinegar, caramel, brett barnyard funk, lactic sourness, cherries, red wine tannin, mustiness, some pie notes developing. Taste is vinuous musty French red wine, dry Chardonnay complexity, caramel malt vinegar, brettanomyces, cherries. Not even a hint of a hint of 10%+ abv. Body is light, highly frothy, active carbonation, funky musty dry finish. Endlessly complex and ingenious brew Overall, you don’t get the opportunity to try a 7 year old masterpiece like this every day... . Even less often is the occasion you get to drink this beer and the bartender forgets to charge you $9 for the glass, which is what happened to me! This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had and by far the best old sour I’ve had yet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 Matured in 8 different barrels, including Cabernet, Merlot and Grappa. Pours dark brown and mostly still. Smell is of oak, figs, blueberries, butterscotch, lots of dark fruits. Taste is incredibly complex with more oakiness, lots of fruits, buttery, cognac, whisky, some sweet lemony elements. Mouthfeel is very viscous. Finish is semi-alcoholic. An amazing over the top complex beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Super Big THANKS to Notalush for sharing this delicious bottle with me. I would like to have a bottle on hand for a special occasion, myself. This beer is very, very winelike, so if you don’t like wine, you probalby won’t care for this. There is a pleasant, yeasty sourness and an interesting tartness. I wonder what kind of yeast they use. Slightly sweet and slightly woody. Nice earlth tones. Maple syrupy aroma, but this doesn’t show in the flavor. It’s hard to equate this as a barleywine since it lacks the typical overly sweetness, but the alcohol makes quite a statement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Big thanks to boboski for this one. Hazy dark brown color with ruby tints within. Thin white head. Aromas are plentiful and remarkable. Aggressive yeast and lambic/funk aromas, dark musky oak/wine/grape/black cherry aromas, freshly cut apples, raisins. Palate is medium-bodied and the carbonation is well-done, not being noticed. Dark, dry, sweet cherry and grape flavors throughout with some spiciness. Sour finish, which shifts around (as do the aromas) as the beer sits. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Sampled fresh, at 15 months and at 30 months, this rating is for the more impressive, older sample. Hazy dark brown pour with glints of red. A rocky tan head is very well retained and leaves spectacular lacing. A knockout of an aroma begins with vibrant red wine notes and freshly split oak. then it just takes off into realms of complexity rarely encountered: notes of figs, dates, tart tropical fruits, grappa washed barrel, sun-blasted and withering grapes, tart yeast, plentiful grain, chocolate syrup with an excess of sugar, spices, caramelized brown sugar, rose petals and a handful of cherries. Alcohol has a vast, encompassing presence and is really the only thing that keeps this from being perfect. Different notes from different casks are evident and married so well in the final blend that nosing this becomes a touch surreal; unexpected pleasures are always the most exciting. Such elaborate, entangled nuances, both subtly aromatic and forthright at once, brilliant! The flavor is just as amazing, incorporating the aforementioned elements in an incredibly drinkable amalgamation. Alcohol fades quickly after the first sip...what’s left is just as impressive as the aroma. Vinous notes are all over the board, focusing on very tart fruits and grape notes. This is as much like and as impressive as any Flemish Sour I’ve encountered. Tartness melds with sugars and becomes very intense with each successive sip. Sweetness is moderate, bitterness is heavy at times but sedated by sticky grapeskin tastes and reckless yeastiness. Acidity present dices through the malt and sweetness and preserves some balance. The finish is lightly bitter, very sweet then dry, with awesome tartness that quickly fades and leaves drying alcohol warmth and a touch of toasty malt behind. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and really soft, but interlaced with giant spikes of tartness, keeping it lively. Medium bodied and exquisitely satisfying. I would absolutely flip out if I had another chance to sample this again. BFM is a wonderful addition to the modern brewing world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle 750ml x 2
Appearance :Deep murky brown ale with well crafted fine (velvety) top. Neat hue shown.4-
Nose :Vinous, hint of quality white vine, plum sauce. Yeasty-alcoholic top . Late sour cherry pop trough. As it warms up further hints of roasted mocha chocolate. Wow. Very complex.
Flavour/Palate :Following direction given by superb aroma. Its gentle sour character goes well with smooth aged alcohol profile. Cherry flavored chewy texture. Plum with oak chips with grappa side. Potency balanced in God mode. One of best ales I had so far in my hunting days. This one is truly “Must Have!”

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