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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2009)

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


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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Biere de Garde matured in oak barrels, mixture of 11 barrels of 225 litters: 6 Pinot Noir, 2 Chardonnay and 1 Pinot Gris de Neuchatel, 2 Merlot du Tessin. L’Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, Strong sour ale, 11% vol. is a real UFO, is a beer brewed in honor of the former brewery cat, sanctified in her disappearance. This vintage shimmering red-amber is matured for months in oak barrels that previously contained wine or eau-de-vie. The drums give a very complex flavors this beer. In the mouth, she recalls the plot of a fruity red wine with a very sharp acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23001) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Bottled, thanks Bov! Hazy copper colour, minimal head. Restrained citric tartness in the nose, but the acidity gets more pungent as it goes. Dryish and surprisingly light for an 11% beer. Citric, woody and funky. Oaky and intense. Another great BFM beer, yet not my favourite from them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 31, 2010
Bottled 750ml ordered from www.erzbiershop.ch. Vinous, complex and delicious. A great sour ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (11737) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 22, 2010
from Erzbierschof - pours a cloudy copper-brown colour with some bubbles left on the side of the glass; a fair woody aroma with notes of vinegar, apples and cherries, vinous; full-bodied and slightly oily; moderate carbonation and with a fair sourness; a long sourish aftertaste with more notes of wood, vinegar and red fruits - superb vintage again from this legendary holy cat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010
bottle thanks to KAggie, shared at the July Houston RB Tasting. Pours a copper color with an off-white head. Nose is of sour fruit. Taste is of sour berries. Mouthfeel is sour and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bleeng (1654) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle somehow procured by kaggie97 (rumors abound!!) and then hauled back from France just for the July Houston RB tasting. Thanks Kevin! Nose is super tart and tangy-nice start. Taste actually starts off a bit sweet (surprisingly) and then gets to a smoky, tangy, barrel taste. Extremely complex-more than I can get a handle on. The 11% alcohol is completely hidden. Body is actually thick and chewy. Wow this is one unique and great beer. Will Kevin continue to procure these rare beers by unknown means-time will tell!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle from Simon at La Cave a Bulles, Paris, France.
Pours a tea brown/amber with a thin head of white. Aroma is immediately noticeable, even from a distance. Notes of sour oak, cherry, farmhouse horse blanket, cherry leather, and a touch of lemon-soaked hay are featured in the nose. All this is noted as the glass sits 1.5 feet away. Huge nose. Flavor is slightly burnt lemon peel, orange zest, horse blanket, leather, and a touch of lemon juice. Syrupy but slightly thin. Wow. Very interesting sour, and one that I would love to have again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
thedm (5555) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2010
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of frothy medium sized clear colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a hazy with lots of suspended floating particulate brown colored body. The aroma was farm house and sour. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish. The flavor contained notes of very vinous sour brown malt. Not much to my liking and one that I would likely drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (43244) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2010

Bottle 750ml. @ home.

Clear medium amber red color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, berry, berry acidic, wood, vinegar. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, moderate acidic and acetic with a long duration, berry, tart, vinegar, a dry dry and tart finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish fel is light alcoholic. [20100611]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24920) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 11, 2010
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is sour wood, some spices, quite acidic as well. Flavour is acidic wood, some herbs, mild alcohol as well as some grassy notes. Mild fruityness as well. Also a slight interesting very sweet peak in the middle of the sour/tart/acidic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
Dark cloudy amber. Minimal head. Sharp grape and lambic aroma. Flavour is light sour brown and wine. Like taking a wine and "beering" it up. Just different. Very cool, lambic-like but kind of barely beer.

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