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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (2008) - Trousseau 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: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
TR3 and TR5. Ale matured in Trousseau Oak Barrels (single cask in Trousseau barrel from Arbois, France) Hand bottle, without prise de mousse in January 09. This Grand Cru’s complexity will increase with age. 11% alc./vol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Bastardo! That will probably be my next username. So this Trousseau/Bastardo is used commonly in port, that’s freakin’ cool. The nose doesn’t exactly emit heavy notes of port or red grape - there is a balsamic vinegar and cherry character but that’s likely the yeast and malt and not this specific barrel. Low carbonation and little head formation, but thick and syrupy body is mildly tart with a medium to low level of acetic acid - woody, nutty, some caramel, some toast, and a mildly tannic French oak note that is complimentary rather than obstructive, which is generally the case with the bolder American oak. Overall it’s an interesting drink, and at 11% it comes across as a heavily acidic wine (an exotic wine, that is)... body + ABV works really well for this. I dig it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6155) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Bottle Thanks to ditmier Pours out a dark brown with some red highs topped with almost no head. Aroma was very nice oak, lots of fruit some apples, cherries and some sweetness. Taste was nice a little sour some vanilla. caramel, and more of the oak. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2009
(375ml bottle) Minimal off-white head that competely vanishes, atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, oak, caramel, some vinous, sourness/acidity. Taste is moderately sweet, oak/vinous, some caramel, alcohol, grape. Medium body, low carbonation, some acidity, alcohol well contained.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Rich vanilla oak hides the 11% ABV quite well. Nice soft tartness in the form of a cherry/pluminess. Finish is a very soft ’fade out’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11412) - Sřborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled. Orangy coloured. Unclear. Off white small head. Fruits, earth, berries and light sourness in the aroma. Flavour is fruity, sour, berreis, earth and spice. Quite complex and very balanced. Medium to full bodied. Has a grapy and acidic end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34715) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with an orangey. The aroma is acidic with notes of of grapefruit, acetone, and fruit. The flavor is sweet and acidic with notes of fruit and sour berries, leading to an acidic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is smooth fruity, citric, sour and light wooden aroma. Sweet initial flavoured, mild fruity and smooth sourish flavoured too. Ends mild citric and bitter into a dry and fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2009
bottle shared by beejay. pours hazy amber white head. nose is smokey, cheesey, dark and red fruit. flavors are cherry, wood, cheese, toffee, smoke, and rather dry. awesome brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle, TR3. Light brown orange in color with zero head. The bottle was almost full to the brim, maybe a quarter inch of airspace. Aroma is wood, light peppery alcohol, lightly spoiled / sour / funky. A little bit like moldy cheese. Flavor is the same, more sour than the aroma, more spoiled cheese and oily palate, almost zero carbonation. Pretty interesting, and alcohol is well hidden in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to Beejay tasted during the Bottle TR5. Hazy amber with small white head. Aroma is slightly sour, slightly sewage, oak, oily nuts, cheese. Flavor is sweet, oily nuts, oak, complex, a little smokey. Medium to light body with light carbonation. Pretty tasty and complex, loving on it. Even if the aroma comes off as being a little off, the flavor is pretty amazing.

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