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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2009

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

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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, pours a frothy amber Brown with a soft grape must aroma, flavors are bright pitted fruit , iodine, raw hot oaky finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
(750ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a hazy orange-brown body with a spare white head. Aroma of earth, vinous, herbs, some yogurt, and grass. Flavor of earth, vinous, berries, raisins, and grass with a dry oak finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gvmdw7 (180) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
This is a sour beer; try this beer with an open mind if you don’t know what sour beers are. Mine was served in a champagne flute and had no head, but was well carbonated. It had a dark amber hue. To be honest, it smelled of mayonaise and pine. The first taste is like a sweet tart without the sweet. It is worth trying if you’ve never had this type of beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilligoose (3120) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 2, 2011
Tap at churchkey. Big red grape, plum, dates in the nose with a hint of cherry cough medicine and a healthy dose of oaks red wine barrel. Big wine presence. Taste is woody, dark fruits with a touch of maple and a tart sour cherry snap. Great, unique, tasty beer. Booze well hidden. Low carbonation. About as close to a wine as beer gets, and I like this

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Draft. Clear garnet body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, Chardonnay, vinous, some raisin/plum, alcohol, light butter. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, Chardonnay, some butter, raisin, caramel. Medium-full body, some stickiness, no carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
Hazy-muddy amber pour - the nose is loaded with bright acetic character. Sweet and vineous grape character. The tartness is quite refreshing - but has lots of soft woody oakiness behind the darker malts. Soft sweetness toward the finish. As it warms up, the malt sweetness kind of pokes it’s nose out from behind the initial chewy tartness. Bright cherry and grape skin astringency lends an interesting quality to the palate. Man - this is solid stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1067) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Poured a hazy red color with almost no head. Aroma is very sour with fruity notes and vinegar. Taste is not as sour as the aroma suggested. Fruity and caramel flavors balance well. Some brown sugar. The hops are quite nice in the finish. They are slightly floral. Almost no carbonation but it’s not a bad thing. Alcohol is seriously well hidden. Very good.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (2111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2011 Sweet and tart aroma, a bit winey, very complex with light alochol notes...a bit of apple and wood. Hazy amber with a golden tinge. Tase is slightly tart (hints of vinnegar, grapefruit and green apple) with notes of wood and vanilla. Excellent and complex, would love to try it aged. Also tried on tap at Alvinne CBF ’11

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2010
Cloudy amber with a small white head. Aroma dominated by funk and grapefruit. Sweet fruity and funky flavour

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Bottle at the Where the Wild Beers Are event graciously hosted by Mission Dolores. Pours a murky brown caramel color with a thin white head. Spicy acid, caramel and toast. Lots of acid, but a good amount of sweetness as well with tons of caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Light carbonation, which is surprise given how flat some of the Bon Chiens come out. Warming alcohol on the finish, nice tartness as well.


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