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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


on tap


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - 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 (13235) - 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 (9267) - 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 (1166) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (2652) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12885) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2010
Cloudy amber with a small white head. Aroma dominated by funk and grapefruit. Sweet fruity and funky flavour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Draft at Max’s. Opaque orange brown pour, thick. Funky aroma with tons of oak and fruit - cherry, grape, and pineapple. Mellow tart flavor with some roast and hops. Bitter creamy finish. Very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Beautiful vinous nose, a bit of acidity, lots of bright red fruit. Taste is lightly sweet, lightly tart, some cotton candy and honey, a bit of under-ripe strawberry and cherry, nicely balanced with fresh yogurt and lemon, and some dusty yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
750ml bottle shared at a tasting, not sure who brought it. Pours a hazy amber color with a one-finger white head that leaves a thick ring and swirls. Big sour and funky vinous aroma with oak -bal and a good sweet caramel base poking through. On the flavor, what I really get out of it is gruyere cheese fondue with white wine, as crazy as that is. Besides that it’s oaky and funky with sweet caramel and toffee hints. Complex. Smooth and creamy yet mildly acidic and biting on the palate, with soft, rather low carbonation. Really enjoyable brewskarooni they’ve got themselves here. I’m really starting to like the Abbey of Saint Good Dog.

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