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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2005)

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


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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
Brewed in 2005, oak-aged for about 20 months and bottled in October 2006; limited to 2837 bottles (837 for Switzerland and 2000 for the US market).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is strong oak, dark fruit, caramel. Thin mouth,vinegar, leather, oak, tart, boozy finish, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle. Deep red, hazy. No head. Nose is apples, pennies, strawberry, slightly oxidized. Taste is slightly hit. Twigs and old apples. Somewhat papery and knackered. A shoe covered in ham. Medium body, musty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnokk (465) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Tasted ’14. APPEARANCE - light brown, a bit under carbonated due to age. NOSE - nice & light fruity. slightly sour. FLAVOR - slightly sweet & fruity with sour notes. NOTES - maybe the rarest beer I’ve tasted. Overall excellent beer. "that’s a sneaky 16%"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2014
10/10/2014: Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2005... Amazing aroma with SO much going on it it... I smell cherry heading toward raspberry, along with some oak, balsamic, and red wine. At first the flavor reminds me of a Shiraz and then turns more fruity (cherry) with a touch of caramel. The finish is dry and tart, but not really overbearing. Absolutely DELICIOUS! Brilliant golden brown color, clean, not much carbonation. Medium-light, a bit thin, but apropos for the style. Wow, that’s a sneaky 15.5%! This is a great beer. I am very happy with it even after 9 years. 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. Alc./Vol. bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
oakbluff (437) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
2005 vintage- pours a lifeless muddy brown. No head or lacing to speak of. Nose- strong vinegar and cheery, Taste- cardboard, weird chemicals and boozy burn on the finish for good measure. Sadly a drainpour and a reminder that age doesn’t do most beers any favours. Average in body. Yuck

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle shared by GT. Murky ruby colored pour with little to no head. Aroma is sweet port wine, red grape, and alcohol. Some cardboard a hint of red wine vinegar, and sweet caramel. Flavors of charred oak, port, grape, and caramel. Cardboard, some light vinegar, grass, and booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
750mL thanks to BrewtopiaofPJ. Pours a low haze cherry red with bubbles, no foam. Flat as expected. Nose is tomato, caramel, cinnamon tea, flashes of acetic acid, fortified wine. Taste is not sour whatsoever- just very woody, oversteeped cinnamon tea, spicy raw wood. Dusty, older body. Perfume oil mouthfeel. Eh, over the hill and not even sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Holy cow, amazing beer, thank GT2, oak aged for 20 months, are you kidding me, no head, but beautiful sour ale.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
drsordr (2336) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Whoa, this I hope was a bad bottle. Nose and taste of old lady perfume, roses and funk. Hope it didn’t mean to taste like this. 2005 bottle drank in 2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14406) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a murky dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of massive wood, oak, vinous notes, and tart dark fruits – no hint of 15.5%. Flavour brings out loads of wood, vinegar, some slightly tart dark fruits, oak and some mildly vinous notes. Quite vinegary and oaky. Surprisingly, no slight hint of the 15.5% - seems like 7 or 8% max. Finishes on moderately vinegary notes with quite a bit of oak. Great stuff.

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