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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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
TR 5 bottle huge thanks to davinci! Sample #24 at 1st CST. Pours an unclear orange/brown with a light head. Smokey almond aroma, cheesy, sugary, deeply woody. Fantastic flavor, cheesy woody, big barrel, lightly salty and smokey, nutty, perfect amount of alcohol, wow 11%!, lightly soapy like cashews, soooo good cheesy barrel. Medium bodied, a touch watery, faint but big soft bubbled carbonation. Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Brewed in Switzerland... Courtesy of FooFaa, thanks Dan. Pours a light caramel color with zero head. Aroma of sour apples, malts, oak and other dark fruits. Taste of sour cherries, malts, oak and some vinegar. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, smooth and finishes with some lingering bitterness. Overall, very well balanced and you should try this one if you can find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle of TR5 shared by Dan (FooFaa) at the Beer Advocate - Brass Rail tasting. Poured caramel colored with no head. Sour oaky nose that has some oxidized sherry and vinegar notes to it. The flavor is similar with some minor funk making a presence as well. I couldn’t believe this beer was this smooth for being 11% abv. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Tried at 11/07/09 Socal Sour tasting at Dr Bills/Stone. Bonus bottle from pwoods. Rock on! Oxidized cardboard aroma initially. Fruity, sweet malty. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3705) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Not really any head. Cloudy look and amber in color colored. The smell is wine like, nice slight tartness, fruits, a little wood, and a little funk. The taste is tartness, wood, fruits, and wine. Good but just not quite there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle shared by argo0 on 7/26/09: Transparent mostly still amber orange with a few stray bubbles. Aroma of complex sweet and tart cherries and vinous oak with a touch of caramely malt. Starts with good fullness and light finely-dissolved carbonation with sweet caramel and tart cherry flavors along with good vinous oaky complexity. Very well-balanced and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Bottle. Very enjoyable. Brown pour. Cheesy aroma. Really cheesy. Almost too much. Also some mild vinegar, woodiness, and some tart cherries/apples. Flavor is tart and fruity with a good dose of wood and tannins. I liked this a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2009
TR5...ice tea looking pour with medium tan head. Smokey oak, mild purple grapes, mild cheesyness some warming alcohol. Where the aroma lacks a little the flavor makes up for. Mild smokiness compliments the sourness perfectly. Rodenback type yeastiness with hints of grape. Warming alcohol is a pleasant addition. Nice medium smooth body. Very Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2009
375ml bottle. TR3. Immediately after pouring, the aroma stings with funky, rotten cheese. This eventually subsides and brings on scents of wine soaked wood, perfume and some acetone. There is a bit of tart fruit skin... maybe some red grape tannin. Vanilla and blackberries. Decent... A vigorous pours yields a muddy dark amber/brown with no head, no lacing and minimal signs of carbonation. Flavor has plenty of tart grape tannin. Some wet wood. The alcohol shows itself much more here than on the nose. Very light acetic acid with some acetone mid-palate back. Lots of creamy lacto character. Vanilla wood tannin which seems kind out of place as this is from a wine barrel. Quite vinous. Mildly acidic. Greasy and flabby body with a big bite of acetone and alcohol on the finish. A very odd beer. Really all over the place. I think time will temper this one, though. Thanks Gabe!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottles from SL, shared on opening NFL Thursday for 2009. This rating is for both the TR3 and TR5. Pour was ligh red-brown-amberish, hazy, nothing significant on the head front. For the TR3: The aroma was tart cherries, strong sawdust, some sour apples. The flavor followed, heavy wood elements, light caramel, not enough of the base brew shining through. TR5: Much less wood and sawdust (in a great way), the base beer shining through, good vinous/dark fruits delicately placed underneath, strong tanin bite and faint acidity in the finish. Both of these were amazing for 11%ABV, had no idea the alcohol was that jacked, very smooth drinkers. Nice brews.

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