BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2004)

Formerly brewed at BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Saignelégier, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
An abbey-style ale aged in wooden casks for 20 months including Merlot,Merlot Cabernet,Whiskey and then Grappa. The final version is blended from the different casks to ensure balance. Only 1000 bottles were sent to the U.S.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2011 100th Rating!!! Had to make this one a special one! 750ml bottle into a Snifter glass (only 1,000 bottles available in the USA!). Pours a very thick and murky reddish amber brown with very little head. What head there is is tannish and it hugs the rim of the glass. Aroma is almost identicle to merlot with spices added. Grapes and cabernet also perfume off the brew. This is basically like drinking a fine wine. As it warms up (and please let it!) the flavor is heavy on grappa, merlot, and hints of the cab. Cherryish beer comes out more towards the finish. Very complex. Hits the palate like wine going down the throat. Has the lingering of wine in the back of the mouth. The alcohol is present but not forward. If you can find one of these, grab it and split it between two people. Absolutely incredible! Reconsumed a few days ago, August 1stish, 2011. Dank. Pure dank. Tastes almost fully like wine at this point with a small hint of carbonation at the back end. Beautiful creation here!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Thanks to jimmack. Cloudy mahogany body with a grayish, beige head. Nice sour aroma with some appealing apple cider and red wine vinegar qualities plus some old woody characters. Medium tart, balanced flavor like sour cherries and apple butter. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Super Big THANKS to Notalush for sharing this delicious bottle with me. I would like to have a bottle on hand for a special occasion, myself. This beer is very, very winelike, so if you don’t like wine, you probalby won’t care for this. There is a pleasant, yeasty sourness and an interesting tartness. I wonder what kind of yeast they use. Slightly sweet and slightly woody. Nice earlth tones. Maple syrupy aroma, but this doesn’t show in the flavor. It’s hard to equate this as a barleywine since it lacks the typical overly sweetness, but the alcohol makes quite a statement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2006
750ml. bottle that cost a whopping $19. Had pretty high expectations for this beer and it did not disappoint. Sour, vinous, woody aroma of granny smith apples, cherries and vanilla. I saw this was listed(apparently incorrectly) as a barleywine so I was slightly thrown off by the aroma, but pleasantly so. Flavor was mildly tart cherries, green apples, oak and a bit of brown sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (5856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Thanks to jimmack for (most-generously) bringing this to the HW Open House - I was expecting something along the lines of BA Leviathan, but what I was greated with instead was a whole different beast - very tannic aroma, with loads of oak, hints of grape, strawberry - very wine-like throughout (the other barrels it was aged in seem to be drowned out by the Merlot), which makes for a very interesting ale, with more in common with a fine lambic or flemish sour - really, really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6437) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Poured a hazy brown color with a small, amber head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, port, dried fruits, grapes, cherries, and oak. Taste of more cherries, some vanilla and caramel, with chocolate, oak, strawberry, and light alcohol as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3261) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Thanks to whoever brought this one to the HW open house. Pours out a nice medium hue of brown with a lacing head. Aroma is of oak with some plum in the aroma. The tste is complex and multi-leveled. First is the up front alcohol followed by some dried fruit and some oak here and there. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Cloudy chocolate brown pour displaying a mostly lasting beige head. The barrel comes across strong in the nose, though obviously original types are used, supposedly grappa amongst them? And it makes sense from the smell. Grapes and chocolate are multi-faceted, covering themselves with nuances of anise, peat, rye bread. The malt is gently toasty, yet cloaks a vast fruity range, if they’re hard to pinpoint individually, there’re certainly berries suggestions in there. Alcohol comes across with strength, luckily the BFM soft house acidity keeps it from being annoying. After swallowing, a certain astringence leaves a souvenir on the mouth sides, but it’s not unpleasant, potentially a side effect from the various barrels. Salty, meaty, boney richness. Cocoa and exotic fruits abound as it warms (kiwi, pomegranate). Bubblegummy yeastiness is bursting with esters. Moderate carbonation helps to attune the sweetness down, while the medium body suffices to give it the authority it deserves. Craftmanship at work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2006
Bottled. Hazy brown colour, minor white head. Strong alcohol, fruit and plum in the aroma. Flavour is alcoholic and plummy with hints of pepper and some other spices. Interesting beer, which has clear strong hints of alcohol, but not disturbing at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13689) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
Dark hazy brown with a thin white head. Rosewood and lactic acid, horseblanket and cherries in aroma. In mouth, a Grand Cru with kick, cerry, tannins, alcohol. Rich bodied and pleasnt. But this isnt a flemmish sour???Mondial 2006.

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