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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thirdeye11 (6074) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
(TR3 bottle thanks to blutt59) Maybe my highest rated beer yet, and well deserving. Pours a beautiful dark orange/red, Nose is sour cherries and very strong of oak barrel. Taste is sour cherries, can taste the oak and wine flavors, very complex. Carbonation and oily slick mouthfeel are absolutely perfect. I hope I can get more of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at home with Mario and Warren.
First things first. Grant, you fookin’ rock hard mate. Thanks so much for sending me this.
Hazy amber and just about managing to hang onto a slim off white head. Big fruity funk and charred wood on the nose. Brown sugar on top, citric acidity and chewy malt in the background. The flavour is just so incredibly juicy. It’s a really assault on the palate. The marriage of charred yet damp wood and lactic sourness is just sublime. Effortless balance, really well integrated, utterly sublime finish of sweet juice and sour wood. A bloody incredible beer. The regular Bon Chien is exceptional, this shifts the goalposts somewhat...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (5895) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2009
TR3 bottle. Pours reddish / bronze with a minor bubbly head. The aroma has lush cherries, red grapes, oak, sourness, some vinegar, graininess and alcohol warmth. Medium smooth body that’s slick at first and then crisp with no carbonation. The taste has lots of dry red wine traits, dry berries, lots of oak, moderate sourness and pleasing alcohol bite. The finish has bits of leather, very tart cherries and sour acidity. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (12581) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2010
TR3 bottle, kindly provided by SoLan. Thanks! Brown color. Hazy. Red berries, raspberry, lemon and a hint of oak in the aroma. Vanilla, oak, and lemon in the slightly sour but also malty flavor. Almost no carbon. A good complexity and an almost perfect balance between sweet, sour and alcohol. Lovely!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4889) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Cloudy burnt orange pour. Aroma of oak, mustard, vinegar, and cherry. Tastes sweet and sour (or sweet, then sour) with oak and cherry, and other stuff that I failed to take notes on late in the night. Very good and incredibly balanced! Great blend of sour and non-sour flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
RBSG09 TR3 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours a dark amber-orange with an off-white froth. Aroma is vinous with dark cherries and a lot of oak. Flavor is tart with lots of sour cherry, unripe grape, raisiny port, and a big woody vinegary finish. Very tasty, dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color with slight ruby/amber hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger fizzy light beige head that instantly disappears leaving the slightest of rings. Beautiful vinous oak funk aroma. Nice vanilla presence from the oak along with some dark fruit; berries, dark grape and cherries. The sweet grapes really shine through with a healthy dose of earthy funk. The sweet vinous oak notes present in the aroma really come through in the flavor with a nice amount of earthy funk. Lots of dark fruit; berries and dark grapes. The funky oak and vanilla notes balance out the sweet vinous notes perfectly, making this a delicious extremely quaffable beer. The 11% ABV is almost completely masked with no alcohol heat or warmth in the finish. The wine/grape presence from the barrels are more present in this than any beer I’ve had before and I love it. Slightly sour and puckering without being acidic. Extremely refreshing and highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Rating #700. Bottle. Pours a reddish-amber with no head to speak of. Aroma is sweet - I detected some strawberry, raspberry, cherry, with vanilla sugar, malt, and oak slightly detectable too....and an astringent characteristic, even in the aroma. Taste is vinious with an explosion of flavors, including the aforementioned fruit, earthy notes to ground it, an astringent sour taste at the end to pull it all together. I love the original, and this is another wonderful twist on that. Well-done.

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