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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2010

Formerly brewed at BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Saignelégier, Switzerland
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Matured in mixture of 11 oak barrels: 6 Pinot Noir, 2 Chardonnay and 1 Pinot Gris de Neuchatel, 2 Merlot du Tessin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2269) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Draft at Moeder Lambic. A dark toffee/caramel color with some ruby highlights. Decently sized off-white head that left a little lacing behind. Aromas reminiscent of vinegar, malt and honey. Not so much honey, but a certain sweetness in the nose that reminds me of it. Taste is pretty tart vinegar. There is a malted backbone that is present, but the sour is the main actor. Decent tart/sour mouthfeel that lasts well after swallowing. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle 2010. Poured cloudy reddish brown with a small to minimal fizzy off-white head that diminished with little lacing. Heavy complex tannic grape and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour grape flavor with medium tp heavy tannic & sour finish of medium to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (12470) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle at Ebenezer Kezar’s, shared with Niell and Greg. Murky amber color, scant white head. Aroma of sour plums, dates, cherries. Taste is deeply sour, more than it’s age would suggest, and aggressive port wine and stone fruits. Should age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
750ml bottle. Poured a hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of wood, vinous, cherries, some funk, and vinegar. Tastes of cherries, wood, vanilla, vinous, vinegar, grape skins, red wine, and dark fruits. Alcohol content well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle number 00276. Pours with a hazed amber body with a minimal, small, foamy off-white head. Aromas are lactic, funk, cherry, dark fruit, red wine, grapefruit acidity, vinous, oak, light caramel, biscuit, estery, with some alcohol peaking through. Flavors are malty, vinegar, acidic, lactic, lots of red wine and vinous notes, light acetic. Fresh figs. Raisiny, dark fruits, brett and funk. Medium bodied, light bubbles, warming and somewhat dry. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2011
Had this one at the ACBF 2011. Amber colored brew. Very sour, but not in a bad way. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier; Assemblage No 1
Dark amber color, hazy; small head.
Aroma of caramel, wood, some sourness, fruits, light vanilla (this mellow trait is unusual in BFM beers), light hazelnutes and a shade of acetone; wine too.
The body is lean and the mouthfeel medium-dry; the flavor is mostly wine, juicy and fresh wines, but with some additional sourness and astringency; light cherry presence; the usual, strong woody character permeates the final; also, there seems to be a light residual sweetness.
Of all BFM beers, probably the one that gets most similar to a wine.
Dynamic, fresh, harmonious. Excellent, again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2011 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber with very little head, light carbonation. Nose is floral and woody with a deep intense sourness. Strongly sour, both up front and on the backend but extremely vinous with tons of cherry, red grape and lightly bitter tannic notes, finishes with a fair amount of vanilla and wood and the sourness lingers on the back of your throat. One of the sourest bon chien’s, but this is really a good one. Maybe not as good as the benchmark 06, but its damn close. Rerate on draft at CD, clearer than the bottle with a more well defined nose. Huge cherry in the flavor, no tannic bitterness, sour but extremely drinkable. Amazing, huge props to Chung for getting this rare keg.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8578) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2011
On tap at Alvinne CBF March 2011. Nice golden color, almost no head. The smell kind of suggests it, but the taste confirms: unbelievably sour! Very nice full body and full carbonation, but way too sour for me unfortunately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5294) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Neck tag shows 00276. Murky copper pour with only scattered bubbles on the surface. Aroma strong sour fruit, red wine, grape skins, berries, wet leather, lemon juice, damp wood, and funky yeast. Taste is sour fruit, lemon, unripe berries, cherry pits, red wine, grape skins, wet oak, sweat, wet leather, soft earthy notes and yeast notes. Body is medium with faint carbonation. Moderately acidic with some dryness throughout the finish. Ends with more sour fruit, unripe berries, red wine, wet oak, yeast, leather, and sweat.

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