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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2011
375ml bottle (VJ2). Brewed in 2009 & bottled in 2009 375ml bottle. Poured a hazy amber color with almost no head. Aromas of yeast, wood, and some grapes. Tastes of grapes, wood, and light funk. Flat body. Side x side with the 2008 vintage which was livelier and just all around stronger smelling and tasting. This one was flat and, compared to the 2008, ’boring’,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5734) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
(375ml bottle marked VJ2 brewed 2009 thanks to bu11zeye) clear medium orange and honey color, still with no carbonation. Nose of moss, cranberry, wet barrel and cherry. Taste of wet barrel, tart tangerine, currant, cranberry, still with no carbonation. Nice wet barrel/tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2011
2009 VJ2 vintage. The beer pours a reddish-amber color with no head. The aroma is heavy on the sour apples and toffee. The beer smells a lot like a heavy oaked chardonnay. The flavor is more of the same. There is some caramel malt, but the two main flavors are slightly sour apples and a lot of white wine notes. There is also some oak in the flavor. Not as sour as some of the other BFM sours I have tried. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A good, not great sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6211) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 29, 2011
2009 bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Clear amber color/ no head. Vanilla, cherry, mild barnyard aromas. Sweet tart flavors of vanilla, cherry, lemon, wet wood bug, earthy barnyard--good--.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3242) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2011
3750ml Bottle 2009 vintage VJ2. Pours out amber/orange with a ring of a head. Aroma was cherries, barnyard, lemon zest, oak, and some light grape. Taste was as the aroma with a good anount of oak and barnyard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2009 vintage VJ2 bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazed copper body and no head. The aroma is packed with alcohol, fruity and a bit earthy. Very vinous. Flavors are vinous with hints of suntan lotion, cidery with alcohol. Somewhat smooth considering the ABV. No bubbles, a bit thin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle, VJ2 barrel, thanks to bu11zeye, ruby brown pour with a vinous, balsamic aroma, flavor is sweet dirty cherry, berries, malt vinegar, grape peel, my favorite of the three

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
375ml bottle, 2009 vintage thanks to bu11zeye. Pours somewhere in between orange and amber. Tart cherry aroma and a bit of oak - tastes somewhat like a wine, sour and alcoholic. Very interesting and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
(375ml bottle, 2009 vintage, VJ2) Pours a still, clear golden body. Aroma of vinous, florals, herbs, barnyard, subtle yogurt, and earth. Flavor of herbs, vinous, and grass with a dry wood, alcohol finish. Needs time to age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (10911) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle from Secret Santa, thanks! Dark amber color, no head. Vinous, oaky aroma with hints of yoghurt, lemon and vanilla. Malty, slightly sour oaky flavor with vanilla, sherry, lemon, salt and cognac. Amazing complexity, moderate sourness. Absolutely brilliant!

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