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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: 124   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11492) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Systembolaget.
Pours clear red with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has oak, caramel, viniousness, red apple peel, calvados notes. Lowish carbonation, dry and lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is light, good tartness, caramel, red apples, red wine. Delicious, elegant, balanced and with a good zestiness to it. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (5099) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle thx to hjalmar cons 2011-01-08 Göteborg AR: sour, horse blanket, nuts AP: dark amber, wee white head F. nutty, cherries (almond liqure) maderia, sourness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10827) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours reddish brown. Nose and taste of very tart fruit, wine, fermented cherries and oak barrel. Taste is tarter than most other Bon Chiens I have tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5931) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
The beer pours a hazy brown color with only a few white bubbles. There is really nothing you could consider a head on the beer. The aroma is a mix of brown sugar, caramel malt and some light tartness. The flavor is sour apples, brown sugar and some oak. Thin, watery mouthfeel and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5570) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Crown tag shows 00276 and the front label shows 2008 - Blended in January 2009. Murky brown pour with only spotty bubbles on the surface. Aroma is very funky yeast, strong tart berries, lemon juice, sweat, wet leather and wet wood. Taste is big wet woody notes, strong, funky yeast, wet leather, sweat, tart fruit, damp earth and fading malt. Body is light-medium with little to no carbonation and s lick feel. Acidic dryness throughout and a very slight warmth from the 11% ABV. The finish is more wet wood, funky yeast, earthy flavors, sour fruit, lemon juice, sweat, and a light malty note. Nice sour ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle that I took to a tasting at Paul’s place. Pours a ruby hazed brown with a thin white head. Big fat sour notes, acid and malt, caramel and soft acid. Almost carbonated, which is more carbonation than most of the Bon Chiens I’ve had. Long big sourness, but not overly harsh. Lingering slow acid and tartness. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2010
10/9/10. Thanks, Coleman! 750mL bottle. Huge sweet and woody aroma with a dash of sour. Big sweet up front followed by a big cherry pucker and lots of tannic wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Aged 750 from State Line. Pours turbid ruby copper with a lot of carbonation and a fairly big and clinyg head for a beer this big, although the head goes away and stays away as it warms. Aroma of malt, sour mashy cherry, caramel oaky earthy notes, and spicy yeasty funk. Tastes lively and very carbonated with a tart cherry taste, with some malty caramel, oaky, fruity, and cobwebby estery notes as it warms.Very complex, with an evolution toward brown sugary sweetness and more fruity cherry berry red wine grapey notes late, plus tinges of oak, spice, and old aley dank basement. These vintage ADSBC beers are expensive, but they never let me down, and as such I consider them worth every penny.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2010
750ml Bottle (Bottle #276): Aroma of tart fruit, tart cherries, light barnyard, light funk, oak, slight vanilla, light Brett, and some acetone. Poured brown/amber in color with a tiny, tan head that lasted around the edges only. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Flavor is heavily tart and heavily sweet. Tastes of tart cherries, lots of funk, lots of barnyard, oak, slight acetone, slight blue cheese, a bit of malt, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Medium tart, heavily sweet, cherry, barnyard, funk, and light oak finish is slightly dry. 11%ABV is very well hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2010
750ml bottle, aged 2+ years and consumed as part of a 2004-2008 vertical tasting. The pour yields a dark and rusty reddish-brown body with a hazy appearance. A swirly, beige to khaki colored film coats the surface, leaving virtually no lace behind. As Bon Chien’s go, this one sports perhaps the fruitiest nose, showing notes of lush cherry and sweet, concentrated grape, hinting at a dry porto. Less acetic than all the others, yet still tart, there’s a softness to the aroma that is enhanced by backup caramel notes, along with subtle whiskey and wine barrel characteristics. Flavors follow suit, balancing deliciously sweet-tart cherry and red grape with a soft kiss of acetic acidity against semi-dry caramel and vanilla-laden oak. Bourbon and port wine define themselves clearly. The palate gives some alcoholic warmth, sporting moderate heft and appropriately soft carbonation, with a vinous, lightly tannic finish. Excellent beer. This stands proudly amongst the best vintages of the Bon Chien series.

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