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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kappldav123 (5930) - GERMANY - NOV 14, 2011
Bottle looks really good, although a bit complex. Beer in the glass brownish, huge head. Starts modest sourish, fruity like sour apple and grapefruit. Some spicy hints. Finish drier, still sourish. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a hazy reddish tea amber looking like glowing strawberry in the glass. No head formation. Nose is big impending sourness, mild acetic presence, lots of complexities like nectarine, strawberry, raspberry, sea salt. Taste up front is pretty smack your face sour, bits of acetic "heat", big lactic presence and only hints of balsamic character. Wet oak, fatty yogurt, sea salt, lots of red wine character. Very Flemish red in profile. Berry heavy and fruity. Reminds me of a very sour strawberry smoothie. Very enjoyable. 11% only makes itself evident after you’ve demolished the entire glass. Be careful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5523) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle 75cl from Cave a Bulle bottle #276. A clear red beer without head. Nose is near a rich oude bruin like Rodenbach. Aroma is fruity, tartric, lactic, dry, near to a lambic, bit cherry like, with almond notes, wood notes, complex. Difficult to detect it’s a 11° beer on the taste, nice but a bit too dry for me, anyway a very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2011
On tap at Max’s. murky chestnut with lasting thin tan head. Nose is sweet, cherry chocolate and balsamic. Flavor is brine, cherry, chocolate, light paper. Bit soft, overly sweet, estery profile with too much acidity and darker malt clashing in the finish, though thankfully no chest burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2011
750, capped and taped. Pours an opaque dark brown with no head or lace. Big tart oaky nose, showing lots of vinous acidity. Watery medium body, no carb. Nice balsamic, plenty of vinous character, brightly acidic and showing plenty of oak. Long tart finish. Very appealing and complex showing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2011
Draft @ Moeder Lambic in BFM chalice. Allei ok, cette bière est ridiculement bonne. Couleur cuivrée, limite acajou avec un col fin mais crémeux beige. Arôme est vinaigre, avec de notes de fruits noirs, et encore ce vinaigre remonte les narines et devient un vrai bonheur. Le tout attache une pointe de malt caramel. Bière avec ample montant de vinaigre, le tout sur des notes boisées, malt et caramel, ace un immense profile de chêne, le tout sur une pointe de fruits noirs. Ce qui marque le plus; est la facilité de ce côté aigre/vinaigre d’enivrer le palais tout comme les narines avec un profile unique, laissant un fini de vin et raisins.Le tout entre cette aigreur est rappelé à ’ordre par une dose de malt grillé et caramel avec un léger picotement sur la fin venant du chêne. En effet, si il y avait qcq chose à choisir pour le style, cette BFM remporte le choix.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (3374) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2011
Vinöst rödbrun ale. Hög syrlighet, men väl matchat av fylligheten och alkoholen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
(750ml bottle blended April 2010 thanks to BMan1113VR) cloudy amber-orange with soapy bubbles. Nose is mossy, funky, currant, cranberry, and alcohol. Taste of tangerine, wet barrel, cranberry, pipe tobacco, easy to drink and smooth. One of the more complex sours in recent memory. Amazingly good linger, and a bit of alcohol on the palate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19369) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
2 years old
Cloudy dark amber color (although the bottle rested one year with no shaking); the low carbonation allows for a small head. The aroma is mild, more harmonious than the ASBC 2007 tasted side-to-side, with some gentle sourness, wood, nice red fruits (even some raspberries), and a light dusty character. The body is quite lean; the mouthfeel is soft and quite dry; there is a good blend of caramel, tart character, lemony accents, light vinous touch; the acidity is well controlled too, and the alcohol is not evident. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Pours occluded amber into a tulip. Off-white head quickly subsides to nothing. Sour cherry and oak aromas. Soft with sour cherry and summer pit fruit from front to back. Dry, lasting dark grape and oak finish.

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