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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 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 (8526) - 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 (7786) - 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 (6585) - 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 (3028) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1262) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2009
TR 5 edition enjoyed outside by the grill. Pours a murky brown with a tiny white head that discipated quickly. Aroma is wood, earth, acidic funk, and fruity notes of red grapes, figs, and prunes. Also a faint hint of molasses, black pepper, and alcohol. Flavor starts funky sour, then bitter greens and finished oaky. Sweetness comes out much later with a touch of butterscotch and dried fuits. Very complex but sourness and strong wood are main players.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3235) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 Bottled. Big, wheaty, sour and red wheat tart aroma, vinegar while being fairly light. Grainy, slightly sweet, mostly tart flavor, body is a touch thin, vegetal/broccoli finish. Bitterish, a good amount of barrel flavor. Not nearly as crazy about this one as the Cabernet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 8, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 unlabeled bottle, courtesy of Jérôme Rebetez - pours a hazy bright bordeaux colour with absolutely no foam; vinous aroma with notes of vinegar, mint, mustard and fruits (prune and apple); the woody notes are well integrated in the other factors of the aroma; very low carbonation, slightly oily and with a surprisingly moderate malt body for its alcohol content; a robust sourness, quite dry and long fruity and woody finish - complex; another masterpiece from Jérôme

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