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BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (2009) - Vin Jaune 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: 21   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Brewed and bottled 2009. Vintage VJ2. Hand-bottled without prise de mousse.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (318) - - APR 16, 2015
Bottle. This is a biere de garde brewed in 2009 and aged in barrels that once held Vin Juane, a special type of French wine that’s matured in a barrel under a layer of yeast for exactly six years and three months, and is colored yellow. No hiss when the cap is popped; hardly any head when the beer is poured. Some watery bubbles hang out at the edges of the murky maroon liquid. Crazy nose. Barnyard funk mixed with mulled apple cider, cinnamon, pears, a hint of white vinegar. Wow. The flavor carries a little bit of the apple cider quality as well as some increased sweet cherry notes. Funky hay, a bit of honeyed oxidation, green apple, toasted oak. Flashes of cherry jolly ranchers at the swallow. Mild acidity. It’s flat as a two-by-four, carbonation-wise, but the medium-full body has nice heft. No noticeable alcohol. Great flavor, great aroma. Just needs CO2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (14779) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle shared with Austin and Terry at Trappeze. Hazi deep golden amber, very slight carbonation. Aroma of summer fruit, white wine, caramel. Taste is vanilla, butterscotch, funky caramel. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (3284) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
1500 ml bottle courtesy of Victor (non-RB). Pours hazy orangish wooden brown with a small frothy offwhite head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sour and fruity with dark grapes, lemon juice, wood, plums, grapefruit juice, moist soil, balsamic vinegar, alcohol and lemon grass. Taste is tiny sweet, sour, fruity and metallic with dark grapes, plums, lemon juice, moist soil, wood, sheet metal, cereal, vinegar, grass and alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, slightly tart and medium bodied. Finish is sour and slightly tart with grapes, plums, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, hay, vinegar, wood and sheet metal. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (12521) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle at Mumsig Miniprovning, Göteborg. Hazy orange beer with yeast, small offwhite head. Sourish fruity aroma, grapes, sour, rubber, horse blanket. Sourish fruity flavor, citrus, grapefruit, spicy, sour, leather notes, grapes, some hop notes, vinous, some rubber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this and all the other versions. Never had any of these and never even heard of them. VJ2, brewed in 2009. 2.5 A: Pours a completely still, murky plum color. No evidence of carbonation. 4.5 S: Potent vinous character. Lots of sherry, which is probably a combination of slight oxidation and the barrels used. I’m wholly unfamiliar with vin jaune, so I’m not quite sure what that contributes. Anyway, the nose on this is powerful and complex past the grape components. Lactic tanginess, strong tart cherry, apple, melon, and plenty of plum. Toffee, faint raisin, plenty of oak, and vanilla. 4.0 T: The taste is intensely oaky with a strong tannic component and a moderate astringency. Again, big vinous aspects featuring sherry. Lactic tanginess and rotting wood funkiness. Tons of cherry flavor with apple, melon, and plum falling far behind. While the nose had some sweetness to it, the taste is definitely on the drier end. Light toffee. Booze is very well hidden. Tasty and complex. 2.5 M: Medium body. While this isn’t horrible without carbonation (probably due to the grape influence), it still suffers for it. Feels pretty much like a heavier wine. 4.0 D: I enjoyed this quite a bit. Super complex and tasty. The astringency lowers the drinkibility, but all in all this is a good beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-18-2012 03:18:43

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
Thanks Eric. Hazy nut tan, small bubbled cream head, ring with wisps. Nose is vinegar, white grape, bit of tomato. Flavor is more grape skin, acid, heavy Chardonnay through finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9207) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
375mL 2009 thanks to EricE. Hazy deep orange pour. Low carbonation to none. Bourbon liquor nose we tamarind. Taste is apple sauce with muted sweet berries. Ending is dry and tea tannic. Palate is tangy and mildly citric. Nice stuff. Mild salt brine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Hazy orange brown pour with a thin tan head. Metallic malt aroma. Slightly nutty malt. Seems slightly oxidized. Flavor is dry and malty. Light tartness which lingers to the finish. Very little carbonation. A bit fruity, maybe some grape.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
VJ2, 2009 Bottling; Sampled December 2011
Pours mostly flat, though it manages to scare up a ring of large bubbled, amber tinged froth that hugs the sides of my Lost Abbey Teku glass. The beer is a concentrated red / amber color that shows a clear, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells vinous, oak like and with a port or sherry like note up front that is backed by an aged, toasty maltiness towards the finish. There is a definite, though not heavy, tartness to this beer that accentuates a white wine grape like note. Fruit notes of tart raisins, sour pear / apple and some sort of distinct, but not quite placeable, musky melon like note adds some complexity and balance to the other notes. There is a toasted character here in the nose that is a product of the oak, but also from some residual malt character; the oak also contributes a spiciness to the nose that is a mix of sharp oak, white pepper and this is perhaps joined by a touch of phenolic spicy character.

Still feeling as it hits the mouth, this makes it seem light, despite it coating the palate fairly well. The finish has an oxidized, not quite cardboard like note to it as well as a spicy, lightly astringent oak character, a touch of tartness and a dry, vinous fruit character; this last reminds me of raisins (though without any sweetness), a touch of tart berry notes, a hint of oxidized apple and some red pear flavors. There is an oak presence throughout the flavor profile; a light astringency is noticed from beginning to end, there is a definite wood / oak flavor here as well and perhaps a touch of toasted oak notes, this last suggests at some toasted character from the malt.

This is much nicer than the flat BA Santa’s that I had before this; the difference (since they both are flat and barrel aged) is that this beer is balanced, no one thing (especially the barrel) is so dominant that it gets harsh or annoying. It probably helps that this beer was flat on purpose and was designed around that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7636) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle shared with others. Pours a hazy deep ruby amber with no head whatsoever. Aroma has a good amount of dry wine with sour fruits and a bit of backing sweet grains and funk. Flavor begins with sour fruits and a good amount of funk with acid and sweet grains.

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