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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: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (992) - 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 (2034) - 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 (295) - 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 (856) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8186) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
750 from Capone’s. Pours turbid, ruddy brown with off-tan head. Nose is a complex medley of earthy malt, figgy and vinous fruit, lactic tartness, and spice. Complex flavor with fruity, tartness, and earthy notes. Like a quad/sour ale hybrid. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun (942) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle. Grape, oak, floral, perfume, bubble gum. Almost wine like. Sour yet sweet. Medium smooth body. Floral, bubbly, oaky, sour sweet finish. Complex yet relaxing

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2316) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2015
Sample at Vini Birri, shared with Mathieu87 and 77ships. APPEARANCE: brown beer with very small head. NOSE: very fruity, oak, quite sour, grapes? TASTE: sour, fruity, oak, quite malty as well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (960) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Very respectable offering, darker murky amber with light off white head that doesn’t last. Nose is light funk with some raspberry and other berry notes. Flavor is tart and sweet, with berry fruitiness. Tart but definitely enjoyable. A little soy or balsamic, somewhat dry but a little sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anstei (128) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 21, 2014
37,5cl bottle from Erzbierschof. A classic among Swiss craft beers, and well earned at that. Its sourness is a challenge to the newcomer, but it is not out of bounds and actually well harmonized with everything else this beer has to offer. One of the best beers for a hot summer day.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ldu73 (9) - Herschberg, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
I bought this beer on the recommendation of owner of a craft beer store in Belgium. Good thing I read the description or I would have been shocked. It is a very complex taste which comes from the wine barrel aging. Highly recommended for a very nice meal. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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