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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours a hazy brown-orange with little head. Funky sour aroma with lots of barnyard. Very oaky. Flavor is sour and oaky with lots of chocolate. Some cherry Hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Tasted on 8/9/11 from a 375mL capped bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. This is labeled as TR5. Pours hazy burnt orange with a fiery red tint, and no head whatsoever, just a little bit of off-white lacing that disappears rather quickly. The nose is very sour with lemon and vinegar, and funky with barnyard, along with some caramel and brown sugar malt, vanilla oak, and some alcoholic heat. The flavor is a nice blend of sour lemon and vinegar with pleasant toasted malts, and a bit of oxidative oak coming through, presenting as a hint of hazelnut. The body is fairly full with just a light hint of carbonation and a long, sour, malty, and lightly nutty finish. Overall, this beer reminds me of an older oak-aged white wine that is beginning to show a bit of age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5974) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 17, 2011
TR3 Bottle shared with others. Pours a clear ruby red with an amber hue and pretty much no head. Aroma has a decent amount of oak with a hint of sourness with some earthy grains lying underneath. Flavor begins with sour fruits and sweet grains and finished with barrel and a good amount of acid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
This poured a cloudy reddish color with a biege head. Aroma was light fruits, belgina yeasty character, and some tart and must. Flavor was medium sourness, some sour cherries and dusty blueberries. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Fall 2011 Ratebeer gathering. My first beer from this brewery. +++ Sampled from a 375cl green bottle this beer poured a bright caramel-orange color with a trace white head that left no lacing. The aroma was tart, bretty and had a light caramel note. The flavor was very tart and bitter with strong notes of Sweettart candies and chalk and light ripe golden fruits. The finish was long, dryish, tart and chalky. Full bodied. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Clear red-brown, off white cover. Aroma is light tart, acetic, caramel, cherry. Taste is again acetic, nice tart cherry, lacing descriptors, but this is nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 30, 2011
500mL Bottle. Shared by Sean, Thanks! Slight buttery sour and barrel aroma. Some oak and strong wine. Tangy and vinous. Heavily vinous, unsurprisingly. The sourness is kind of one dimensional and I can’t feel much beneath. I’ve never been impressed with the complexity or breadth of their beers. Plain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4363) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2011
TR3, Tasted 6/11/2008. Thanks to MatSciGuy! Copper color with no head. Light grapey aroma. Solid malt and old oak. Sweet, port-like flavor. Moderate vanilla with a light oak. Slight vinous and a bit of tart/funk character. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Sampled from TR 3 330 ml bottle and shared by MatSciGuy. Pours a dark rosé brown colored brew with a fast dissipating off-white head. Aroma of tart apple, light cherry, and some tart funk, Taste is medium bodied, some tart red wine character with cherry and vanilla. Finish is semi tart with a white bread dough and wine vinegar aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2011
[tr3 bottle] Pours murky caramel with mostly no head. Aroma is sour apple, wine vinegar, grape, light tartness. Flavor is nice - vinous, lightly sweet, lightly tart, some acetic, nicely dry, light funk, very light but appropriate carbonation. Goes great with cheese.

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