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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: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Piero1987 (686) - Iglesias, ITALY - FEB 12, 2013
Dark red amber color. Sour and fruit aroma, cherry and orange. Dry and light sweet with malt caramel flavour, also sour but a little.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3101) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
750 ml bottle shared with Mike et al, cool, tulip, bottle 276.! Hazy deep amber copper with a white rim and big chunks in the bottom. Strong, peppery, intensely funky, vanilla, nice maltiness, tart fruits, alcohol, solvent, intense, interesting. Medium body, quite low effervescence. Rich fruity malts, peppery notes, plenty of wood, red wine, some booze, a bit of funk, a bit of solvent, big and complex; dry with some tartness and a fair bit of bitterness and a long, peppery, funky, fruity, boozy, a touch of solvent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3467) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2012
Hazy red amber color. Cherries, green apples and oak in the nose. Very tart, oaky with tons of cherries and strong green apples. Big lingering sour, slightly harsh finish. Perfect until the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Overall an amazing beer I am very glad I could try. One of the most complex things I have ever tasted. Sweet like a great oak aged beer yet still very sour and tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9737) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle... Tower of Power Sour Hour 2011... Hazy amber ale with no head. The bouquet is both acidic and acetic, providing interwoven notes of sour cherries, oak and caramel with a small splash of red wine vinegar. Medium to full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and busy carbonation. The tart, malty flavor mirrors the nose, providing additional notes of crusted port and dry sherry. Finishes malty and tart with lingering caramel and dry red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3256) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Bottled at Big Beers and Barley Wines. Fairly straight forward sour. Very tart, almost astringent. Nice wine notes that lead to the dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1428) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
750 ml bottle, 2009 vintage. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with a very thin light tan head that fizzed away immediately. There’s a small amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and tart, it smells like vinegar, red wine, oak, tart cherries and some plums. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some lemon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, but I wouldn’t buy it again anytime soon because it’s pricey ($22.99 a bottle). With that being said, it’s worth trying if you’ve never had it before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (661) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Appearance was clear honey caramel with rocky diminishing tiny white head, no lacing. Aromas are sweet toasty malt, then citrus, pinot grape, herbs, spice, wood of oak with tarty tannin red wine, mild alcohol present. Taste was port-like, pinot wine, plum, cherry, red tarty wine, oak, spicey herbal hops. Palate was smooth prickly CO2 with meduim body, long woody sour dryish warming finish. Sourness abound...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4116) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
Magnum bottle @ MMP. Darn already pretty loaded and Victor pops this baby, on it then, no excuses. Pours cloudy darker amber with a minimal off white head. Aroma is subtile fruity sour acidy malty; clean and excellent. Flavor is sour dryish yet fruity sweetness pungent a bit acetone bitter and astringent. Finishes sour sweet fruity bitter and malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2012
In short: A very vinous, okay and semi-sour red ale. Some kind of vinous Flemish Sour Ale. Very good
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed when almost 2 years of age
The look: Cloudy red-amber body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is medium oaky, pleasant old-fashion Flemish sour character, Taste is oaky red-wine, tannins, caramel, raspberry seeds, vanilla, fresh red cherries. Sourness level is relatively low for the style and is the acidity level. Carbonation is on the very soft side, can be on one extreme or the other with BFM Saint Bon-Chien. This version of the Saint Bon-Chien blend is bit less oaky tannic, less sour and more fruity red-wine than any of the previous versions. Easier to drink but also lacking the “Oomph” I loved so much from the better versions. Can easily replace a wine to accompany of a piece of meat. I bought many bottles of this excellent beer thinking I would share them with my wife but she doesn’t like it, so now I’m thinking I may have to resort to eBay, but is that legal to sell my wife?

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