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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2009
TR3 bottle. Pours headless, pretty dead looking. Color is a glowing thick red. Aroma is very thick oaky sour, just straight up wood and sour, its a thin cherry sourness. It is doable from me, I like the oak sourness. Taste is not so sour, and really not all that oaky. Its lightly sweet, tarty, and musky with light woodsiness. Very low carbonation and a light stickiness. It definitely feels like it came out of a barrel.
375mL capped bottle, Selin’s Grove anniversary goblet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2009
TR5 bottle. 11% I had no idea. Aroma is slightly sour, some tart fruit. Taste is simple. Nice flavor but not all too complex. Some wood and acidic notes. Simple sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3551) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
TR3 bottle shared by juiceisloose. Pours hazy orange color with small white head. Aromas of tart cherries, oak, some vanilla and mustiness. Flavor is tart cherries and vinous with some woody notes and a peppery finish. Medium body with almost no carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2009
bottle with sersdf and cmubeerman. pithy sourness, woody and a little bit funky. no carbonation or hiss when opened. not worth what i paid, but drinkable despite 11%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2009
TR5 bottle, 9th rating of this brew, via trade with GAManiac. Grant rocks! Shared with bartzilla. Pours copper and cloudy with no head. Nose is quite tart, funky and vinious. Taste is sweet and tart and funky and mellow, nice sour. The mouth feel here was very thick and molassesy but not in a bad way it was just dense is all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2009
TR3 bottle, courtesy juiceisloose. Pours a lightly hazy pinkish red color. No head or lacing of note. The nose shows juicy, tart blackberry and cherry, with robust red wine tannins, earthen minerals, and soft, vanilla laden oak. The wine component is reminiscent of Cabernet Sauvignon or one of the bolder reds. Likewise for the flavor, which begins with peppery, earthy, and tannic Cabernet notes, followed by soured cherries and an assortment of tart berries. The oak influence is subtle, but sufficient. Very peppery on the finish. The palate is medium bodied, very lightly carbonated, drying, and vinous. This is a really good brew that is tailor made for pairing with a New York Strip. I still prefer the blended versions, but these single barrel Bon Chien’s are outstanding beers in their on right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10609) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle (TR3)… This beer rocks!… Pours hazy amber with no head – none needed. The vinous, funky, fruity aroma provides tanginess alongside wafts of vintage creamy cheeses and rich notes of caramel and toffee. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lifeless carbonation. The luxurious flavor is vinous, tart and malty. Finishes up tangy, tannic, and then dry. Thanks to juiceisloose for cracking this one open!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle marked as Trousseau TR3. Pours with no head and a hazy amber body. Aroma is floral and sour with notes of cheese, barnyard, liquor, vanilla and toffee. Taste is alcohol, buttery with notes of orange, light wine, bitter cherry, light vanilla, and charred wood. Syrupy mouthfeel, and light bubbles. I think this is my favorite of the three I have tried so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottles of TR3 and TR5 from Max at Andy’s tasting. We had barrel 3 first, then barrel 5. Couldn’t really detect any big difference between the two. Poured a clear amber brown with no head. Not really any carbonation to speak of. Nice wine cork and wood aromas. Light sourness, and a bit of sweetness. The abv is hidden rather nicely on these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle: Headless ruby pour- fruity aroma- some leathery funk and brett sharpness underneath a vinous, tart tannic fruit skin character. Slick body- some brett sharpness upfront- mild leather and cherry pit- tannic, vinous with only a touch of vanilla-ish oak notes. Balanced, but not quite as complex as other aged examples of this beer.

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