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: 121   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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1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Thanks for sharing Chuck! The beer pours to a really hazy dark brown body with a creamy tan head and spotty lacing. The aroma is fantastic. Merlot wine brings the forefront to light followed by Grappa and then the Cabernet. Grapes galore in this one. Sweet barley and yeasts balance it nicely. Initial tasting yields and an alcoholic hotness. Subsequent tastes don’t have any of that. Very winey. Notes of granola on the finish. The beer has an exciting flavor that’s well brought together. The palate is tart and nicely sour. That grapey quality dissipates rather quickly and leaves a moderately malty mouthfeel.

DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown body with a small tan head. Nice dark cyrstal and chocolate malt aroma - maple syrup smoothness. The flavor brings in favorable strong tart lemon and raspberry elements over light chocolaty graham cracker. Wraps up with bittering hops, clean alcohol and raspberry. Better than the ’05 version but still not stupendous.

JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Muddy reddish brown color, thin bubbly light tan head. Vinous dark sourness, cherries, oak, dark meat spices in aroma. Very nice aroma... love the wine. Taste starts a little boring, but my mouth is quickly wrapped in a dry oaky wine character. It has a hidden strong and dry alcohol character that might be coming from the grappa or whiskey. Light dry cacao too. But that vinous thing is still there which wraps it up nicely. Overall... nicely done. It seems hard to find the belgian aspect... maybe that is the spices I noticed. The wine barrel character is the biggest thing, which is yummy.

MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
BFM Abbaye De Saint Sampled side by side 04 & 05 04 pours a very dark kind of mahogony color w/ a nice whispy tan head (4) notes of alcohol, overripe green apples definatly like a flemish sour, some good tartness maybe a hint of cherries definate wine qualities w/ hints of wood notes a touch of vanilla and maybe even a hint of chocolate. (9) Full well coated palate a little creamy (4) Flavor is a little hot (alcohol) has some interesting mouth watering qualities from the tart fruits and dry woodiness. I can definatelly taste a touch of whiskey in the after taste and a hint of a realy pungent and deep red wine. (8) Very nice (17) and as you sip this and warm it more and more wine notes start to come out... mmmm. 05 pours a reddish hugh almost burgandy w/ a whispy white head and good visable carbonation. (4) Doesn’t smell nearly as strongly as the 04 hints of alcohol some definate fruit notes touch of apple some sweet sugars livens up a little with warmth pulling out more sweetness (8) Palate is smaller on the front but still coats well lightly creamy (3) Flavor is definatelly not a BW (mis-listed). But very good. Lots of big oaky notes some definate fruits (beer de guard in my head now). Some lightly tart apple and cherry some more oak definatelly complex w/ very well hidden alcohol notes. (8) Very nice (16)

Ungstrup (38958) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
Bottled. A murky dark red-brown beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma is sweet and sour like a Flemmish sour ale with notes of berries, alcohol, and apples. The flavor is malty with notes of apples and berries, leading to a dry woodey end, and the body is thick. Interesting but a bit weird.

FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2007
750mL bottle. Opaque dark brown-orange with a thin film of light tan head. Doughy malt, caramel, dark alefruit smells under a heavy grapeskin and slight must bracing. Caramel, chalky chocolate, raisin, and plum flavors up front with a delicate spiciness. Slight buttery toffee character with a heavy grape skin/wine flavor that manifests afterwards. Phenols and a musty tartness in the finish, with lingering residual vinous components. All in all rather "winey". Mouthfeel is a medium, approaching heavy. Somewhat drying.

drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 750ml, brewed 3 years ago. pours a sorta muddy ruby with a thin off white head. nose is bursting with red wine, sour cherries, oak, vanilla, and hints of caramel. a really nice wine smell for sure. flavor has lots of tannins, oak, vanilla, caramel, red grapes and apples, toffee, sour cherries, and subtle earthy whiskey note in the finish. body is a tad thin. alcohol very well hidden. i’m surprised more ratings down play the wine characteristics cuz this comes off being pretty winey - in the nose, flavor, and finish. you really forget it’s beer. this reminds me of something Russian River would put out. pretty close to one of their flemish sours without the brett. man this is really tasty.

Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
pours a deep ruby brown hue with alight slight off-white head. Aromas of apples,whiskey, rum, grapes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with flavors of toffee, coffee, vinuous in flavor and finish. extremely complex brew.

JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Big thanks to boboski for this one. Hazy dark brown color with ruby tints within. Thin white head. Aromas are plentiful and remarkable. Aggressive yeast and lambic/funk aromas, dark musky oak/wine/grape/black cherry aromas, freshly cut apples, raisins. Palate is medium-bodied and the carbonation is well-done, not being noticed. Dark, dry, sweet cherry and grape flavors throughout with some spiciness. Sour finish, which shifts around (as do the aromas) as the beer sits. Excellent.

SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Very dark ruby/brown. Small, frothy, tan cap. Nose of dry red wine, sour grapes, oak, and light doses of chocolate, smoke, vinegar, alcohol. Same flavors. Additions: sour cherries, sweeter grape grappa, subtle vanilla, zesty yeast. Very complex. Full body, balanced. Truly excellent brew. How the hell is the average only 3.9?

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