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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2008

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


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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of fruit and malt. The flavor is acidic and sweet with notes of acetone, malt, lemon, and fruit, leading to a tart acetone finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (13529) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 Bottle, 11%. Good vanilla aroma, has some citric and funky notes. Cloudy orange colour. No head. the flavour is nicely citric, good sourness, lactic. But still balanced. Bites a bit in the finish and has a little paint thinner in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (4956) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2009
750 ml bottle, 2008 vintage (assemblage January 2009), bought at Systembolaget, Sweden. Bottle No. 00276. ABV is 11.0%. Sediment in the bottle. Hazy orange-brown colour, moderate to low off-white head. Some of the haziness might be chill haze, I started drinking it too cold. Very nice sourish-fruity aroma with a distinct brettanomyces character. The flavour is distinctly sour but not extreme, very fruity and tart (notes of sour cherries and Bramley apples), hints of oak, with just the right hoppy bitterness in the dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden - if someone had told me that this was a 6% beer, I would gladly believe it. A very fine beer, but it requires that you are into the sour stuff (a "sourhead") to really appreciate it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe. A soft, delicate sour ale, in the spirit of Panil Barrique or Duchesse de Bourgogne. Silky, delicate palate, cherries, tartness, nice brett character, tight strawberries, caramel, bitter chocolate. Very good, but not exceptional. A bit of worchestershire sauce in the finish is slightly offputting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2468) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2009
Pours dark, hazy copper with a very small, bubbly head. Aroma of sour apples. No carbonation. Almost as sour as a Gueze and has vinous notes of sour apples and oak barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2265) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2012 Bottle. Ap: Copper color. Hazy (thick). No head. Ar: Sour. Natural funky spiciness. Flowers. Fla: Some serious sourness! Although not in an one dimensional way. Add some red berries, some oaked vinous bitterness... Ov: I love how this beer is extremely complex and yet very drinkable... how it is extremely sour without being only just that. Masterpiece!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (2110) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2009
750 ml Bottle. Pours dark copper, some yeast, without any head. Sour rasberries, some bitterness and winegumms.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - JUL 3, 2009
75 cl bottle from Systembolaget. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin head which dies, color is nice though. Aroma is funky and acidic with lots of unripe gooseberries, green apples, lemon, cherries, red currants, oak, hints of barnyard and even some interesting cognac-like notes. Flavour is really tart and sour with lots of lemon, unripe gooseberries, green apples, cherries, red currants, funky barnyard, cheese and oak. Really dry, no sweetness at all. Lovely medium to fullbodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft. Very similar to a gueze or fruit lambic - in fact it is drinkable as an 5% gueze or fruit lambic. Dangerous, utterly tasty brew actually. One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Only thing which isn’t perfect is the appearance in my opinion, but I can live with that... This is why beer is so fun. A masterpiece! Probably in my top-5 or so of all time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Draft - Max’s. Hazy turbid copper, thin white fizzy head. Red wine and booze ride big currents of musty lemony oak and cherry. A soft acidic tartness sways towards just a touch of funky cheese and cherry balsamic vinegar that’s enveloped by a near perfect warming wooden vinous tone. Medium bodied with cask-like carbonation. A fantastic sipper…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (6791) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2009
Bottle. High and lasting off-white creamy head. Hazy dark orarnge body. Powerful spicy fruity lemon grapefruit alcohol aroma. Wonderful sour lemon grapefruit spicy vinegar flavor with low carbonation and a long bitter aftertaste. Sour ale? In a blind tasting I would definately have said gueze. Lovely and surprising. Alcohol: Seldom have I felt anything being hidden that well.

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