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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2013)

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Brewed by BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Saignelégier, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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L’abbaye de St Bon-Chien est une bière acide de fermentation mixte mûrie durant un an dans des barriques ayant contenu du vin. Nous utilisons plusieurs fois ces barriques provenant des meilleurs vignerons suisses. Après cette longue période d’élevage, je déguste toutes les barriques tentant de les assembler au mieux pour parvenir à la fois à un équilibre et à la fois à une ligne de bières d’exception. Cette cuvée aux reflets rouges-ambrés est mûrie pendant de longs mois dans des fûts de chêne ayant déjà contenu du vin ou des eaux-de-vie. Ces fûts donneront des arômes très complexes à cette bière. En bouche, elle rappelle la trame d’un vin rouge fruité avec une acidité très marquée. Mais attention, je vous vois venir, pas question de me descendre une bouteilles de St Bon-Ch’ sortant du frigo dans des verres à moutarde Pingu, non ! Servie à 16.5 °C environ, dans un beau verre à pied accompagnant une souris d’agneau confite ou un bon Epoisse, vous apprécierez pleinement ce nectar. La légende veut que nous avions une chatte particulièrement sympathique qui répondait d’un petit miaou au nom de Bon-Chien. Lorsqu’elle nous quitta à jamais, pétris de tristesse nous organisâmes une cérémonie de sanctification décidant de dédier une cuvée incroyable à l’animal fraîchement disparue. L’Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien était née. Grâce à notre chatte disparue, notre bière fait maintenant le tour du monde. Elle connaît un franc succès aux Etats-Unis, au Japon, en France et Scandinavie par exemple


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15714) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
2015-03-02, bottle from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Cloudy amber color with small head. The best here is the full body; there is enough residual sweetness, food fruity presence, a bit too much acetone.
Excellent nevertheless.

2015-02-27, draught at Pibar, Lausanne, 8-4-7-3-16=38
Hazy amber color with copper hue, small head. It has the classic, excellent aroma of the Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, vinous, oaky, sour. Good body strength; it still has enough left sugar; malty, fruity, sour, this is excellent; it has a bit too much acetone though, hence the final is aggressive.
Very good.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4996) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle from Drinks of the World Winterthur. Pours cloudy red copper with a thin head. Sour cherries nose, hints of marcipane. The sour fruit flavours are quite overwhelming, but balanced somewhat by dry wood, even hints of nuts. Delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sokolinski (1) - - MAR 20, 2015 does not count
Robe ambrée. Un nez plein de fraicheur que l’on retrouve sur les grandes Lambics, un pointe de fermentation, de fruits rouges acidulés et de la fraicheur. La bouche est d’une fraicheur et d’une longueur impressionnante.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ysok02 (179) - MOns, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2015
Robe ambrée. Nez superbe de puissance et de complexité sur des notes de cerise griotte, d’épices douces, des notes balsamiques, fraise aciidulée, Bouche à l’attaque ample, riche, puissante, une superbe trame, une longueur kiométrique. Une bière inouïe de puissance, de complexité et de longueur

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gegwilson (1679) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle from Drinks of the World, Geneva. Pours cloudy ruby coloured with a thin cream head. The aroma is sour cherry with a touch of balsamic vinegar. The taste starts with lots of tart cherry flavour. Sherbet notes come in before sharp citrus, red grapefruit perhaps, and a touch of balsamic. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (6056) - ITALY - MAR 12, 2015
Thanks Alex Bottle ramata torbida piatta legno acetico frutta vinoso buona acidita discreta secchezza molto interessante

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (998) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 28, 2015
750ml bottle served in a tulip glass. A: Pours a cloudy amber color forming a small yellow bubbled head with small retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass. S: Strong fruity notes: cherries, apples and grapes mainly. Notes of sweet grains, oak, leather, wild yeasts. Notes of apple vinegar. Some light metallic notes in the very end. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Very fruity and woody. Notes of sweet pale malts, caramel malts, oak, cherries and grapes. Wild Lambic-like yeasts. In overall, a slightly sweet upfront followed by a sour taste. Light hops bitterness which makes it a perfect bitter-tart combination. M: Heavy molasses body. Low carbonation. Fruity and tart aftertaste. O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect sour beer. Reminds a good Cabernet wine. Masterpiece.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2048) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Tap at Toronado

I finished off a night of sours with this one, and it was a great way to end. Deep dark pour, viscous appearance with minimal head. Huge rich flavors, sour with strong but lovely balsamic notes, leather, and dark fruit. Intense, with a lot going on, but not taxing at all to drink. Delightful.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rammer (302) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 3, 2015
On tap at the store Chez Alain in Rennes. Very carbonated. Pleasant tartaric acid, berries, a little sweetness. Great!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ej (878) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours a viscous looking, hazy orange producing a small and shortlived head. Never leaves the top of the liquid tho. Has definite hints of amber in the glass, looking light coppery. Aroma is vinous tart cherry notes with hints of balsamic vinegar and hay. Complex and quite nice. Also find notes of leather, stables, plums and citric acid. Taste is also quite complex. Semi sweet at first quickly rounded of by a mellow sourness. Again plums, leather, vinegar and grass. Lightly toasted malts and apples as well. Full bodied and a creamy, almost slick texture. The carbonation is just about avg which is perfect. Lasting mellow sourness.


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