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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 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 (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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 (4869) - 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 (5696) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2011
TR 3. Thanks Levi (matsciguy). The body is Dark amber with a gold hint. Funk and wine on the aroma with a hint of basaltic. The flavor is very similar. The wine and sour characters really mesh well. Acidic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle courtesy of dkachur on 11/12/2010. Hazy amber body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet fruit, light caramel and slight tart aroma. Tart fruit flavor with some caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle up. Reviewed from notes. Pours a nice caramel amber with a pretty decent sized off-white/tan head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose brings forward pleasant scents of oak, cherry, vinegar, caramel, and a touch of brown sugar. Taste brings both acetic and lactic acid, although in fairly small doses. The underlying cherry mixes well with the caramel bready sweetness, which is quite light, but quite nice. All the components of the beer fit in well with the slight sourness, creating a nice mouthfeel. At the same time, the acetic character gets to be a bit much toward the end. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-14-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
(Sample Date: 11/12/2010 Source:Other) Aged in Trousseau oak cask. Grand Cru TR5 Cherry fruit notes over caramel and sugars. Clear amber brown with little head. Flavor is close to aroma with a light sourness. Oak and cherry fruitiness stand out. Medium body with a fizzy mouth feel. Finish is dry with the oak woodiness lingering. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle. TR5, pours an amber body with an off white head, with a light lacing and poor retention. Vinous body with oak, berries, light grape and cherry notes. Tart with medium acidity and a modest vinous sour warming. Decent sour.

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