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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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (9074) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of toffee, caramel, tart dark fruit, wild yeast and cherry vinegar. Moderate tartness. Finishes slightly tart and woody. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6752) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Aaron for opening this! Dark reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of some vinegar, funky notes with dusty basement, red wine, slight toffee, caramel, dark fruits, some lactic notes as well. Taste is pretty nice funky notes with basement, vinegar and lactic notes, some nice oak, red grape, hints of other dark fruits and caramel/toffee, finishing fairly tart, slightly sweet, and dry.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dinkle50 (1033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Brown pour with no head. Aroma has some sour hints to it, but is almost aroma-less. Mouth is very light and thin. Taste has some vinegar and sour fruit notes to it. Flavor is pretty mild though overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Sampled at the mekong beers gone wild. Side by side with the 07 and 11. Had the most flavor of all. All the normal "sour" qualities and "bon chief-ness", but with a much larger representation of fig and plum and raisin. Also, more of a balsamic vinegar note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3982) - Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Bottle sampled at Sour Fest, poured an amber color, aromas of tart cherries, damp wood, some funk and hay. Flavors are the same light leather, but overall thhe most flavor is tart cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5073) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Thanks to adneilsen for sharing - hazy amber - zero head - aroma is fairly mild - wine barrel, light acetic notes, red grape skins, light vinegar - zero carb, watery texture - moderately acidity/vinegary flavor up front, followed by a very sharp acidity late - much of the other character is washed out by this - some earthy funk, damp oak - sour apple, mild vanilla - some leathery character - pales in comparison to earlier vintages of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9536) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle @ Matt’s house. Cloudy, reddish brown appearance with a tan head. Tangy, dark berry, acetic, funky earthy aroma. Quite acetic, red apple, rich berry, tangy, sour, oud bruin-like, vinous, vinegar flavor. Kind of fun to drink but WAY TOO EXPENSIVE.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6281) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2012
6/16/12. Bottle at the Cajun Sourfest. Clear amber pour with a small head. Funky aroma with a bit of alcohol, cherry, and leather. Big flavor with lots of cherry and a bit of funkiness. Also some lingering bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2399) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Pours a flat murky rusty brown... Aromas are of funky mossy oak, sour cherries, tart apple cider all wrapped into a slighty sweet maltiness. The flavors are spot on with the nose but a complex vinous touch of fruity acidity plays well with the sour funky flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11680) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours hazy dark ruddy-orange amber with a few whiteish bubbles. Aromas of oak and light pitted fruits. Underlying vinosity. Med body. Flavor is tart, oaky and has a fair amount of light pitted fruit arguably accompanied by citrus. Orange even. Some of that fruit may actually be red berry. Certainly some red wine comes forth. And it shows sour. Heat is hardly noticeable. Finishes deliciously fruity, oaky, sour and astringent. All quite mellow.

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