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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2009

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Formerly brewed at BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Saignelégier, Switzerland
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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9068) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 22, 2010
from Erzbierschof - pours a cloudy copper-brown colour with some bubbles left on the side of the glass; a fair woody aroma with notes of vinegar, apples and cherries, vinous; full-bodied and slightly oily; moderate carbonation and with a fair sourness; a long sourish aftertaste with more notes of wood, vinegar and red fruits - superb vintage again from this legendary holy cat

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Magnum at Churchkey, decanted, paired with Nancy’s camembert cheese from Old Chatham Sheepherding, andport-glazed figs. The rating is for the beer. Gusher. Hazy deep amber color, large fluffy off white head. Aroma of plum, raisin and wood. Taste is sour grapefruit, cherry, vanilla, cider, spice. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Embrouille (2804) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 31, 2010
Bottled 750ml ordered from www.erzbiershop.ch. Vinous, complex and delicious. A great sour ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (18969) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Bottled, thanks Bov! Hazy copper colour, minimal head. Restrained citric tartness in the nose, but the acidity gets more pungent as it goes. Dryish and surprisingly light for an 11% beer. Citric, woody and funky. Oaky and intense. Another great BFM beer, yet not my favourite from them.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2010
75cl Bottle @ Moeder Lambic Fontaines, Brussels. Bottle # 276. Pours unclear amber with some creamy bubbles on top. Acetone, wood, cherries and brett. Very fruity and it has a fine dry tartness. Balanced. Very nice..

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours a cloudy amber with an off-white head. Tart aroma, lots of Brett and lacto. Medium body, sweet overripe fruit, Brett and funk. Sherry and wood accents.Amazingly complex. The alcohol doesn’t really show. Yummy! 110910

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010
bottle thanks to KAggie, shared at the July Houston RB Tasting. Pours a copper color with an off-white head. Nose is of sour fruit. Taste is of sour berries. Mouthfeel is sour and dry.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 4, 2010
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of frothy medium sized clear colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a hazy with lots of suspended floating particulate brown colored body. The aroma was farm house and sour. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish. The flavor contained notes of very vinous sour brown malt. Not much to my liking and one that I would likely drink again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle somehow procured by kaggie97 (rumors abound!!) and then hauled back from France just for the July Houston RB tasting. Thanks Kevin! Nose is super tart and tangy-nice start. Taste actually starts off a bit sweet (surprisingly) and then gets to a smoky, tangy, barrel taste. Extremely complex-more than I can get a handle on. The 11% alcohol is completely hidden. Body is actually thick and chewy. Wow this is one unique and great beer. Will Kevin continue to procure these rare beers by unknown means-time will tell!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle from Simon at La Cave a Bulles, Paris, France.
Pours a tea brown/amber with a thin head of white. Aroma is immediately noticeable, even from a distance. Notes of sour oak, cherry, farmhouse horse blanket, cherry leather, and a touch of lemon-soaked hay are featured in the nose. All this is noted as the glass sits 1.5 feet away. Huge nose. Flavor is slightly burnt lemon peel, orange zest, horse blanket, leather, and a touch of lemon juice. Syrupy but slightly thin. Wow. Very interesting sour, and one that I would love to have again.


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