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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (2007) - Cabernet Barrel

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


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
brewed 2007 bottled 2008

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6713) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2014
(backlog) RBSG ’11 GT Bottle. Ruby pour with white head. Touch of oak, cabernet, tart fruit, sweet malt tones. all three could have used more carbonation. Tart and sweet beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 18, 2013
my swiss beer #2000 ! Magnum bought@brewery - brown-amber beer with no foam; fairly woody with notes of vanilla and sour cherries; some sweetness and full-bodied, a fair sourness comes pretty late with long woody and vanilla notes, more notes of cherries as well

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4598) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Amber in color and hzy with a small off-white head. Aroma is tart and funky with apple, grape, oak, and caramel. Taste is heavy in wood, funk, grapes, and dark berries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Tasted on 8/23/11 from a 1.5L magnum bottle purchased at Lush Roscoe. Pours a hazy bright red wine color with a little bit of tan bubbling, but no real head, and the bubbles disappear really quickly. The nose is sour and tart, very intense, with a ton of strong vanilla oak, some brown sugar malt, funky barnyard, molasses, and red wine vinegar. The flavor is tart and sour up front with red wine vinegar, moving to the lightly sweet vanilla oak, molasses, and brown sugar malt with the funky barnyard, and a ton of even more oak. The body is full and oily with no carbonation at all and a super long, very oaky, sour, red wine vinegar, and super oaky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
Common rating for all three Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru 2007 (Bourbon, Cabernet, Pinot)
In short: A very oaky, uber-sharp vinous red ale full of mouth puckering tannins.
How: Magnums, all three versions side-by-side, consumed 1.5 year after the beer release (Grand Cru 2007 were released jan 2009). Bottles shared by Brad at RBSG 2011 grand tasting
The look: Cloudy rusty-red body with almost no head
In long: Nose is very sharp, very oaky, from the nose you can tell that this will be a tannins bomb, some cherries, woody vinous notes. Taste is uber-tannic, very astringent, lots and lots of oak, acetic acid, cherry skin, sawdust. For a sour ale this is more tannic dry & astringent & acetic than it is actually sour.
Pinot version: (8-3-8-3-16 = 3.8)A bit more fruity adding other red fruits which made it a little more round
Carbarnet version: (8-3-8-3-15 = 3.7)The most tannic and most aceditic of the three. Maybe a bit too much. My least favorite
Bourbon version: (8-3-8-3-17 = 3.9)Inexplicably my favorite of the three. Simply smoother and easier to drink. And no bourbon presence whatsoever. Maybe just more vanilla
In conclusion: Side-by-side I was surprise to notice so few differences between the three different versions. The base beer is undoubtedly so intense that it crushes most of the barrels characteristics. Saint Bon-Chien beers are an acquired taste and those were pretty much what I was expecting, true oaky-tannic sippers. It was insanely generous of my friend Brad to open these three expensive magnums at once, on top of other crazy beers he brought. I would also like to be an altruistic and very generous person myself but only if *I* have something to gain from it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2011
1.5L bottle @RBSG shared by ygtbsm94-pours a white ring for a head and hazy amber brown color. Aroma is red wine, vinuous, medium malt. Taste is red wine, vinuous, medium malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Magnum shared by ygtbsm. Thanks again Brad! Sampled alongside the bourbon and Pinot noir versions. Pours a dark chestnut/copper color with dark orange edges but it’s completely still with no head or lace. Very earthy aroma with lots of oak tannis and vinous dark fruit. The barrel character is very strong with lots of oak, vanilla and vinous dark fruit. Lots of drak grape, cherry and other berries. Flat with a slick oily mouthfeel but again the vinous fruit and red wine flavors help. Very sweet with a very prominent vinous dark fruit/red wine character. Subtle earthy oak with a touch of vanilla but it’s not as prominent as the nose suggests. A bit one dimensional with hints of grape, currant, dark cherry and other berries. Some boozy heat in the finish but overall the ABV is nicely masked. Overall this was the best of three versions that we sampled. Still if this had a bit of carbonation and a little more complexity it could be amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2011
From the 1.5L magnum, courtesy Beerlando. Pours a light red with a thin pink head. Tart cherry, slightly acidic, red wine aroma. Cabernet barrel really asserts itself. Dry tart cherry taste, grapes, with a tart bitter acidity. Light mild and easy drinking, quite an amazing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
1.5L bottle (RBSG). Poured a reddish/pinkish/amberish color with a small sized head. Aromas of wood, vinous, and grapes. Tastes of wood, vinous, and dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours a hazy iced tea color. Aroma has notes of strawberry and marshmallow with a hint of smoke. Flavor is a lovely blend of tart strawberry, sweet toasted coconut, and bourbon. More acedic in the finish. I liked the smell of the pinot noir barrel the best, but overall this was my favorite of the 2007 series. Thanks again to whomever brought these to RBSG!

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