BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (2008) - Trousseau Barrel

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
TR3 and TR5. Ale matured in Trousseau Oak Barrels (single cask in Trousseau barrel from Arbois, France) Hand bottle, without prise de mousse in January 09. This Grand Cru’s complexity will increase with age. 11% alc./vol.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2010
A-pours a transparent ruby red (the bottom of the glass pours a cloudy grapefruit color) with virtually no head. S-some acetic acid up front, notes of caramel malt, faint oak, quite a tart aroma, notes of red fruits. T-the taste is tart and sweet, acetic acid is present, lots of tart raspberries and a good bit of oak with heat in the back from the alcohol. M-very smooth on the palate, syrupy medium body, lower carbonation and a little dry in the finish. D-plenty of tart fruits with a little heat in the back. the oak is light but present, I’d actually rather it have less than more so it works. decent sour, nothing mind blowing and a little lacking in complexity but tasty and does a decent job of hiding the booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3970) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
375mL ordered TR5 bottle. Pours a murky brown with reddish-orange hues. Very still with almost no head and no lacing. Very "sour" aroma: vinegar and some sweet fruit notes; literally mouth watering. Starts out with nothing but sour cherry flavors but that fades into some malt complexity. Not bad but not my favorite sour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (6005) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2010
This TR5 bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a uncarbonated hazy with fine particulate brown colored body. The aroma was farm house tart and sour. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of tart sour nutty lambic like and brown malt. A decent one that I would not consider drinking again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2010
TR3. Brewed May 2008 and bottled January 2009. This is beer number 1,600 for me. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a small white head. The aroma is tart cherries as well as some oak. The flavor is cherries, oak, grapes and vanilla. There is a medium level of tartness in the beer. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4701) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Amber red in color with a decent sized white head. Aroma is tart with flavors of grapes and wood. Taste is sour, woody with grapes and a heavy funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Superb big oaky vanilla aroma, extremely complex and well integrated to the base beer. Flavor is sour caramel with layers of baking spice. Quite sophisticated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAR 25, 2010
TR3 Bottle. Cloudy Apricot pour with brown center. Minimal fizz in the bottle but once poured a nice little fizzy head come back up time and time again. Aroma is sour lactic acid, some peach and white grape, some nice soft wood. Mouthfeel is lightly syrupy but relatively smooth, flavor is lactic sour wood, molasses sour malt, nice tannins from the barrel, complexity of malt character and a sharp sourness makes this really tasty. Booze is evident and warms on the way down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Poured a hazy copper color. Tart aroma. Vanilla dominates the aroma. Some wood in the nose. Tart flavor and mildly acidic in the throat. Woody finish. Light to a medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Bad bottle (TR5). Yeast didn’t do its thing, no carbonation and you can see the huge layer of yeast when pouring. Nose is acetic sourness with a touch of wood but it seems as if this had a little to much oxygen in it. Flat with a super cloudy red color. Lots of floating yeast. Flavor is very sour with a little vinegar and a lot of woody cherry flavor. Massive body saves this. I think if this had been a smaller beer it would have really had some off flavors. Instead this is quite drinkable. Nowhere near as good as the usual St Bon Chien, you can definitely tell something is wrong. Still its definitely drinkable. I love this beer, but this one sadly had some issues. Hopefully the Vin Juane turns out better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
375ml bottle. thanks to beejay who shared this at the chitown sour tasting... pours a medium cherry red brown with a thin white head... aroma of slightly tart cherry, wood, and caramel malt. nice intermingling of scents here... flavors lended itself to a sour yet sweet profile with a good balance of tart cherry and caramel toffee malts. low to medium carbonation overall with decent body. nice, mild, and drinkable.

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