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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2008

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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5225) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (5996) - Valdosta, 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7829) - 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.

3.9
   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.

4.1
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Foggy brown with edgy froth. Nose is sour white grapes and caramel with hints of spice and wood. Medium body with a faint sparkle. Taste is unripe peach and plum, a touch of honey, then grass and lemon peel. I’m getting a little bored with the Bon Chien series.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle, part of a vertical. Obviously more fresh than the others. More bourbon, more barrel and more fruit. Not as tangy. Still, a great brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. good carbonation for an ASBC beer. Tart, tasty, complex, vinous, a really solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 2, 2010
Bottle shared with a buddy. It pours completely flat, muddy brown, no head, no lace. Aroma--brett, funky cherries, and vanilla. Flavor--funky and sour upfront, but not too much so. The initial funk and cherry quality resembles a more mellow Rodenbach Grand Cru. This character is followed by an unexpected sweetness, a sweetness that is followed through with a nice barnyard Flemish Red funk. The alcohol is hidden UNBELIEVABLY well. It is medium bodied with only a trace amount of carbonation. I like still beers in general, so this one is good by me. Overall: no where near worth the price (17 dollars), but damn tasty, and I am glad I payed that price to try this limited release.


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