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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (11012) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, dark brown ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Great retention. Boozy, vineous aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla, oak and red wine. Big flavor! Lots of tangy and dark fruit, caramel, wood and wine. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and faint carbonation. Rich, boozy, tangy finish. Warming. Spendy beer at $25/bottle retail, but I got lucky and stumbled across Jerome, the owner, president and brewmaster, pouring $5 samples at Max’s in Baltimore... and I thought the highlight of my evening would be taking in a ballgame at Camden Yards. NOT! World class brew, this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (4103) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a brown hazy body topped with a decent beige creamy head. Very nice malty/hoppy aroma with brown sugar and vineous notes. Taste reveals a strong presence of alcohol that is, however, not too agressive. It carries fruity, vanilla, and woody hints. Leaves a lovely warming aftertaste. Wonderful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 Resourceful grapes emerge from the barrel, married to well-proportioned caramel...Alcohol has a firm hand on the fruit bowl, but never gets agressive...A crafty mouthfeel unites all participants, and evokes lightly carbonated port wine and ouzo...Knowledgeable eccentricity, for sure...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (3024) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
Bu au Mondial de la Bière 06., à la température de la piece. Brune brumeuse, beau collet. Arome de cassonade et de noix Goût réchaussent, un peu de porto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
Robe brune voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige mince. Arômes aigres de malt caramélisé. Saveurs de vinaigre, de malt caramélisé, de levure et d’épices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
750ml bottle... Aroma:Cherry aroma,vanilla,sour,wine... Appearance:hazy dark redish-brown,no head.. Flavor:cherry sour flavor,some wood-vanilla flavor....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2006
750 ml bottle. Very dark brown beer, almost no head. Nose is incredibly oaky and rich. Light dill herbal aromas aroma with the rich tannins, caramel, vanilla, some faint soy and some dark cherry aroma. Flavour is also well-oaked, soft tannins, very vineous. Medium-bodied with some sweet vanilla flavour throughout the drink. Soft fruity malts with a hint of acetic notes adding complexity. Strong oaky finish with a bit of light sourness. Peppery alcohol cleans the palate getting you ready for the next taste. A real treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 Matured in 8 different barrels, including Cabernet, Merlot and Grappa. Pours dark brown and mostly still. Smell is of oak, figs, blueberries, butterscotch, lots of dark fruits. Taste is incredibly complex with more oakiness, lots of fruits, buttery, cognac, whisky, some sweet lemony elements. Mouthfeel is very viscous. Finish is semi-alcoholic. An amazing over the top complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
Extra special thanks to Bov for this! Dark brown colour. Big aroma is oaky, alcoholic and yeasty. Full body. Lots of chewy maltiness but moves dextrously across the palate. Depth of fruitiness lends style, while wood and alcohol notes provide the backbone. Fat, tangy, complex finish. This is really cool stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12556) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 27, 2005
2004 vintage (brewed between january and march), oak-aged in grappa barrels; bottled in october 2005; limited to 1’000 bottles - it pours a hazy dark bordeaux colour; don’t look for the foam here, you have no chances to see any; it shows a complex aroma where the fruits appear first (prune and cherry), some honey and licorice too; vinous; low carbonation, very thick and sticky, robust initial sweetness sonn met by a powerful bitterness; solid malt body; long woody finish with notes of licorice and alcohol - the low carbonation impacts on its structure and prevents it to be a really great beer ... but a pleasant experience it still is !

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