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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: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4213) - 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 (6103) - 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11783) - , 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 (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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 (1182) - 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 (3990) - 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 (4931) - 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 (5512) - 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 (10199) - 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 (7112) - 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.

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