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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2013)

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


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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3181) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Refrigerated 75 cl green bottle poured into a tulip. Clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is tart, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is sour and caramel malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Sample during the "Collaboration Beers on Deck!" tasting on 07/08/2016. Pours a murky brown color with a medium thin tan head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of fruit, wood and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of vinous oak, ripe fruit, yeast and malt. The finish is oak and Belgian yeast. Good beer all around.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silvan7 (1105) - Samarate, ITALY - JUL 12, 2016
On tap @ Arrogant Sour Festival 2016. ambrato carico, opalescente, schiuma beige minimale, fine e poco persistente. Aroma complesso e fine. intenso. acetico, fruttato di agrumi (acido citrico) legno, vaniglia e speziato di zenzero. Gusto fine e pieno. abboccato con legno ed il dolce della vaniglia, acido, sia citrico che lattico. Spigolosissima, astringente, carbonatazione finissima, calda. Equilibrata e di grandissima armonia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benzai (14269) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2016
Bottle [from Euro Swap] @ home shared with Countbeer. Muddy red-brown color, small off-white head. Aroma is hard to describe but you’ll know what’s coming... Taste is incredibly sour, acidic, very fruity as well but so so sour. Way too much for me unfortunately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2016 Bottle: Thanks Rene: Served in a Duvel glass: Cloudy amber with a lively and quick disappearing head. Nose fears the drinker of a vinegar ish sourness. Happily not true... Also some funk, wood and fruit... Flavour is lovely tart, yet on the edge, with some malts, funk, sour candy, sour fruit, etc... Aftertaste is malty, sweet tart with some fruit, funk, wood and a hint of malts... Low carbo, tart mouthfeel, more than medium bodied. Nice sour with a complexity!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taboada (950) - Compostela (Galiza), - JUL 5, 2016
Bottle sample tasted at BBF Lab Madrid 2016 on the 02/07/2016. Ruby brown colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of berries, caramel, oak and some vainilla. Taste is red berries, candy sugar and light wood. Sour aftertaste. Next one please!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianza_ale (205) - ITALY - MAY 27, 2016
2013 Edition / Assemblage #10 / 37.5 cl bottle. Pours an off-white small head which forms a thin and very persistent layer; orange to copper colour, hazy but in a certain way clear appearance. Aroma of orange and red fruits, like strawberry and peach, lots of ribes, cherries, wow... the fruitiness is on the top level, really juicy, vivid and complex. Then all the wood, basement and wild yeasty fragrances to finish off, on a very subtle and delicate vinous and light balsamic background. Tastes again berries and ribes fruits (remembers me the ones I used to grow in my garden), forest wood, winey notes (Chardonnay), sweet lemony hints. Both medium and very pleasant sour and sweet notes, which blend together in a unique bouquet. Bitter notes are almost non perceivable, just there to give the overall balance, which in my opinion is outstanding, the really focal point of this brew. You can find some of the aromatic and taste notes of the Saint Bon-Chien also in other sour/lambic/gueze brews, the real big difference with this one is how perfectly, how harmonious are blended together. The body is medium, the carbonation just low enough as it should be and the alcohol perfectly masked in my opinion, it really doesn’t feel like 11% abv compared to other beers of the category,very "drinkable"(most sours are not). The finish is extremely clean, with the acidic notes completely gone and fruitiness that fades away progressively. Actually I wouldn’t almost call this, beer, except from the ingredients. I haven’t tried yet all of the top shelf and rare Cantillons, but without doubt this best “sour” I’ve ever had. Incredible stuff!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Emeister84 (2161) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2016 Aromas of cherry, vinegar, surface-ripened cheese. Murky brown with a fully fading white head. Dry, sour, fruity, funky, got a sting to it. Medium bodied, finishes pretty clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (4140) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 3, 2016
750 ml bottle shared by Sebilinz, thanks! Amber color, off-white head. Aroma is sourly-fruity, cider, lemon notes, dark sugar. Flavor is sourly-sweet, cider, light sugar notes. Salty, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (2389) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle. Opened 3-27-16. Hazy dark ruby brown, no real head. Balsamic vinegar sweetness, okay, woody, minerals, dark sour cherries in the aroma. Flavor has an early sweet-sour dynamic that dries out into a more oaky and minerally rocky finish with dry sour bite at the end. Medium body. Lovely.

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