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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4880) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2011
750ml bottle pours a hazy, light brown with zero head. Nose has lots of sweetness, some wood, cherry, lemon, raspberry. Flavor is tart, acidic, sweet, wood pulp, vinegar, sugary. Full bodied, very tart, acidic finish. Has tons of barrel character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Thanks BeerandBlues2! Murky orange brown pour with a huge dark head. Toffee, oak tannins, and wicked acidity give way to dark fruits and hints of brine. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2227) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2011
750 ml, thanks to BeerandBlues2 for bringing this one! Classic awesome sweet dark fruit funk, with plum, fig, raisin, apple, oak, toffee, and huge vinous presence. The fruity funk is just wonderful, and the 11% is hard to feel... until afterward. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9701) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours light hazy tawny with a bubbly off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, toast, and cookie malt, lactic, dates, cherry, oak, vanilla, and light alcohol. Flavor is oak, dark cherry, plum, dates, vinous, lactic sourness, light hops, barnyard and a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3288) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2011
hazy red amber, thin tan ring. Balsamic, cherry light brown sugar. Flavor similar, few acetic or acetone, bit of sting. Thin, oily, and light alcohol burn, few off notes in light elmers/paper dryness. The sugar and cherry singular qualities actually help here, probably my favorite bfm from memory, most of the common flaws masked a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
750mL at Sour Epic Part 2. The pour is a tepid, hazy, deep strawberry. No head formation like a lot of these BFM sours. Fruit juice aroma, sweet strawberries and red cherries. Taste is rose wine, cherry juice box, evident alcohol heat. Small paperiness. Nice acidic balance. Soft mouthfeel- easy to drink for 11%. These BFMs are dangerously easy to enjoy so be careful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Capped 750 shared by Marcus. Pours garnet garnered amber with no head. The aroma is very sour and oaky. A touch earthy. Near med body. Flavor is earthy, sour, fruit with a lot of oak astringency. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6511) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle from Monument Wines. Pours amber with no head, just a few bubbles, and a sour vinegar and fruit aroma. There is a full-bodied winey fruit flavor that jumps onto the palate immediately. This is a very well-aged beer that goes well with cheese.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3437) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Bottle at a tasting at paul’s. Amber pour with white head. Funky sour, almost acetone like aroma. Flavor is less extreme with sour tones, cherry and other fruit, oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
In short: A very oaky, full of tannins, very sour and very astringent copper ale. Great sipper
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed approximately 2 years after the beer release (2 years after first rating)
The look: Cloudy rust color body topped by a small beige head
In long: The strong nose is very oaky, cherry-sour and very vinous. Smells like a classic Flemish Sour that would have spent extra time in red-wine barrels. Taste is equally oaky. All Saint Bon-Chien are oaky but this one takes the cake. It probably has to do with the age at which you drink them but I thought this one was fantastically oaky. A lots of mouth puckering tannins, cherries, oak and more oak, toasted almonds, cherry skin. This is the type of saliva-sucking beer you need a sip of water between each sip of beer. 11% rather well hidden. Carbonation is appropriately relaxed as in most St-Bon-Chien. Those Saint Bon-Chien beers are an acquired taste, a taste I have acquired. Those Saint Bon-Chien really are excellent beers but also very expensive, but it’s alright because I will save a bunch of money on my car insurance by dying young of liver failure.

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