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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: 101   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tastybeer (1780) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Draft. Pours hazy ruby with virtually no head. Aroma is funky, grape, merlot. Flavor is tart with a big cough syrup taste, overly sweet with brown sugar notes and a lot hot booze in the finish. Lack of carbonation didn’t help. Needs a few years to mellow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2011
On tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA, this obscurity tasted as complex and idiosyncratic as the bizarre processes that produce it. The barrel aging dominates both the flavor and the aroma, making for a very wine-y beer with few elements of malt or yeast present. The flavor strongly evokes merlot, while the flavor starts with merlot before fading to pinot noir and ending with the astringent bite of the grappa. This is a pleasant after-dinner sipper, but it’s hard to think of other occasions on which I would like to drink it. Tasty, but sour, and a bit less fantastic than its reputation or price would suggest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5853) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle. The cork removes with a loud pop. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the brett, oranges and lemons, and sour green apples. About what I have come to expect from the beers in this line. The flavor is also very nice. I get some caramel malt as well as some sour green apples and some light funk. Not too sour or funky since it is still young, but there is enough to make the beer very drinkable and enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice sour from a great brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6032) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gvmdw7 (188) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3269) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11635) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1125) - 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.

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