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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: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (28448) - 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 (29687) - 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 (3869) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - JUL 16, 2009
TR3 -- "Brewed in May 2008" pours a blurry dark orange with zero head. sour aroma, with a light vinegar tinge, it’s fairly sweet and malty. a bit of horseblanket. lemon peel and a bit of wood as it warms. much smoother than expected, very low carbonation -- like none, should have waited maybe. but very nice balanced flavor that is tart lemons and somewhat watery malt. thick, almost viscous, it’s very nice. tart and slightly bitter finish, but a bit flat at the end. as it warms there’s some distinct alcohol burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (3612) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2009
TR3 bottle. Pours reddish / bronze with a minor bubbly head. The aroma has lush cherries, red grapes, oak, sourness, some vinegar, graininess and alcohol warmth. Medium smooth body that’s slick at first and then crisp with no carbonation. The taste has lots of dry red wine traits, dry berries, lots of oak, moderate sourness and pleasing alcohol bite. The finish has bits of leather, very tart cherries and sour acidity. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2051) - Petaluma, USA - JUL 14, 2009
RBSG09 TR3 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours a dark amber-orange with an off-white froth. Aroma is vinous with dark cherries and a lot of oak. Flavor is tart with lots of sour cherry, unripe grape, raisiny port, and a big woody vinegary finish. Very tasty, dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
(TR3 bottle thanks to blutt59) Maybe my highest rated beer yet, and well deserving. Pours a beautiful dark orange/red, Nose is sour cherries and very strong of oak barrel. Taste is sour cherries, can taste the oak and wine flavors, very complex. Carbonation and oily slick mouthfeel are absolutely perfect. I hope I can get more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Nose was tart with green apple skins and oak. Poured a very lucid red/orange. Taste had a slight sweetness, mostly cherry, no sourness, big oak body, and finishes with a nice tart white wine, vinegariness.

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