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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


on tap

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (7141) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2009
On tap at Max’s in Baltimore: I had this alongside the 2007 version and found this to be a little bit thinner and more acetic. Still had a good oaky vinous nose and cherry fruitiness. Body has some crisp, tart citric and acetic acid flavors with a touch of light sweetness before a tart finish that hides the alcohol fairly well. This could use a little more age, but should turn out pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (5487) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle (75 cl), thanks deft. Shady mahogny, thin head. Red and green apple aroma with cranberries, with some vanilla and coconut oak notes as well. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Very dry and sour, with some churny bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7934) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 First rating
75 cl bottle, thanks to deft!
Bottle 00276 (out of 1276?)
On June 22, 2009
Hazy reddish color, small orange to tan head. Acidic, dry, mienral, solvents, alcohol scent. Acidic to sour, some cherry, dry taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Cherry aftertaste, also salty. Gut warming alcohol.

750 ml bottle on January 8, 2011.
Thanks to Hjalmar (non ratebeer)
Cloudy copper to brown color, small off-white head. Acidic, lactic and wood scent. Sweet, lactic, tart taste. Puckering mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2009
(Bottle) Pours hazy dark amber to red with almost no head. The aroma is wood dry with a slight touch of residual sugar. Tones of tart cherries, rhubarb, unripe gooseberries, unripe green apples, basement, sharp mold, tiny barnyard, dry red wine/dry port, white grapes, citric acid, dried plums, vinegar and a light whisper of cheese. The nose is concentrated and well balanced but a bit out of focus. A whisper of almond paste-like alcohol is present. The flavour is dry and tiny bitter with tones of cherries, rhubarb, basement, light horse blanket, mold, wood, vinegar bitter grapefruit peel and lemon. The mouthfeel sticky without any sweetness. Light to medium carbonated. Long, super dry finish with notes of citrus, wood and wild yeast. Medium bodied. This is a fantastic example of strong sour ale with a lot of personality!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2009
Hazy hazelnut brown colour with a small bubbly grey head. Colour is interesting to stare at but overall it’s just ok looking even in a clean wine glass. Aroma is superb with both malty fruityness and acidic oaky berry fruits alongside mild grape, cherries, pure oak and dirt! Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, slightly sticky but still going down fairly easy. Flavour is a lovely blend of sour oak, malty fruit, bitter grape and a dry, warming finish with acid similar to a red wine. Very complex and fun to drink but perhaps a tad too much bitterness in the finish.. I still appreaciate the grape characteristics though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2009
Bottled. Pours out in a hazy deep red colour. Small tan-coloured head. Distinct strong aroma of black cherries wood, lingonberries, plums and port. Full-bodied with strong and balsamic notes of over-riped cherries, oak, yeast, mild spces and red berries. Long fruity and woody finish og tart red berries, lemon-zest and balsamic vinegar. I must say that this nearly beats the top examples from Liefmans and Rodenbach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Poured a clear amber red with a slight beige head. Aroma of a flanders red, tart, with some wood, fruit, and light spice. Taste is also tart, some dark fruit, grape/wine, light alcohol, mild malt. Finish is also tart and fruity. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - APR 30, 2009
beautyfull hazy copperish brown smells sourish-sweetish, and of wood-resins, a hint of good old port tasts both woody and fruity, and of warm alcohol, fruityness like dried plums, maltyness too aftertaste a good sourness ( not harsh) warm alcohol, bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Embrouille (2829) - SWITZERLAND - APR 27, 2009
Bottled at Solothurner Biertage 2009. Similar to the Saint Bon-Chien 2007. Possibly slightly more sour. Excellent.

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