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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2009
(Bottle, TR3) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with no head. Aroma of wood, white grapes, vanilla, barnyard, apple, and some light herbs. Flavor of white wine, wood, peach, and light brett with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Aroma is sweet cherry, lactic, sour, yeasty, and a bit oaky. Taste is sweet cherry pit, somewhat winy and sulfuric. There is more bitter cherry in the finish with some butter notes. Mouthfeel is full, slightly bitter, and lactic flabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Sampled on 6/3/2009. TR3 barrel. This sour ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 375ml bottle. Small to no head. The aroma is tart fruit, some oak and a touch of alcohol. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruit and tart. Lots of oak with a touch of port (Trousseau?), a then a touch more sourness. Not a lot of carbonation. Nice balance. Its gets a little fruitier tasting as it warms, but still mostly sour. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is tart with some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2009
bottle, pours the color of iced tea, no head shown, aroma is woody, cherry, flavor is leathery, cherry, light spices, red wine vinegar, finsh is light

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2009
all i have to do is talk forever!! .. . honey, light sour grape, and barnyard aromas .. . no real head once settled .. . sweet playful notes, unique .. . medium tawny ruby red .. . very clean . .. tangy and strange and a bit muddled but enjoyable .. . strangely refreshing ..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2009
2009 Bottle TR3- Thanks Beernbourbon! - Pours a ruddy dk brown with a very small ring...aroma is tart oak, pie cherries, apple and earth...nicely tannic up front, more fruit and barrel as it warms a bit, a bit more vinous as well...I love the barrel and picked up minimal wine character, that being said, wow...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle TR3 from Keg Liquor. Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with virtually no lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy tart fruit and wood aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sweet&sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Maybe I just don’t get this style. Much more like a wine than a beer. 375 ml bottle, TR 5, pours a still murky orange with no head and no lacing. Aroma of musty oak, tart cherry skins, cider vinegar, and leathery tannins. Minimal carbonation. Taste reminds me of Panil Barriquee. No hop or malt characer. Sour, tart, and acidic. Leathery tannins, balsamic vinegar, and green apple skins. Lots of wet oak charatcer. Guess you have to be in a certain mood to really enjoy this...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle. Body-still murky light brown. Nose-light butter, medium sour, cherry mash. Taste-low sweetness, Chardonnay, white grape, not a lot of funk, medium acid, leather, peach fuzz, aggressive on the back end, light dust, apple juice. Great nose, overall does not quite live up to the greatness that is the nose, but the beer is still damn sold and way above average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2009
TR3 bottle. Pours a hazy dark red color with some pink tint with virtually no head to speak of. The aroma is very vinous showing notes of juicy, red berries, tart cherries and blackberries, to go with an oaky profile. The flavor is just as nice showing more tart cherries and sour red berries followed by some peppery spice. The oak imparts a soft vanilla flavor that rounds things out. The oak doesn’t overpower which is nice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very subtle carbonation leading to a lenghty tart, dry finish. This is a really nice beer.

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