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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16342) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
A: The pour of both batches is amber in color with a slight cloudiness. There is some slight carbonation, but noting in the way of head formation. S: TR3 has a very lactic, lemony nose with a bit of white grapes an only a touch of oak. TR5, on the other hand has a fair amount of oak character with a more reserved tartness and a bit more sweetness. T: While the fruit character in the nose of TR3 was not all that sweet, there is some definitely sugar and caramel on the palate. The tartness gives the beer a nice balance, as do the slight presence of tannins. TR5 is a bit more heavy on the wine and grape character, and again, has more oak to it. The dryness and funkiness are present, but moderate at most. The tartness is on the lower side as well. M: Both beers exhibit a medium body with very mild carbonation and a very dry finish. D: Despite the surprisingly high alcohol percentage, both beers are very easy to drink. The flavor profile is very different from the two batches, but quite complex and kept me coming back for more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at home with Mario and Warren.
First things first. Grant, you fookin’ rock hard mate. Thanks so much for sending me this.
Hazy amber and just about managing to hang onto a slim off white head. Big fruity funk and charred wood on the nose. Brown sugar on top, citric acidity and chewy malt in the background. The flavour is just so incredibly juicy. It’s a really assault on the palate. The marriage of charred yet damp wood and lactic sourness is just sublime. Effortless balance, really well integrated, utterly sublime finish of sweet juice and sour wood. A bloody incredible beer. The regular Bon Chien is exceptional, this shifts the goalposts somewhat...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (6179) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle: Poured medium murky amber color ale with a small bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of oak and sour notes with some light white wine notes. Taste is also a complex mix of sour notes with some oak and vinous notes and well balanced acidity. Body is quite full with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex and another winner from a fine brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (47110) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle 12.68fl.oz.
Light unclear medium red orange amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is heavy malty, caramel, sour berry, berry, wood, lacto. Flavor is heavy sweet, acidic and light moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Lovely ;O) [20090724]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (5051) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Bottle and brewed in May, 2008. Very small head that fully diminished, lots of floaties, no lacing, hazy, no visible carbonation, and an orangish hue. The aroma is sour, acidic, vinous, fruity, oak, and a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet, acidic, oak, fruity, hint of caramel, sour, tart, vinous, and a fruity, dry finish. The mouthfeel is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this is a sipping beer IMO, and was very sour tasting almost to the point of being a bit over-the-top sour tasting. If you enjoy sour tasting beers, you will probably enjoy this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Lucked out and got the very last of this at the Mekong BFM tasting. Much like the others from this event, with sour cherry and light caramel dominating. This one had an additional sherry-like note running through that was quite appealing, although you could argue that it muted the fruitiness somewhat. But good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (12992) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2010
TR3 bottle, kindly provided by SoLan. Thanks! Brown color. Hazy. Red berries, raspberry, lemon and a hint of oak in the aroma. Vanilla, oak, and lemon in the slightly sour but also malty flavor. Almost no carbon. A good complexity and an almost perfect balance between sweet, sour and alcohol. Lovely!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (9827) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2009
12.7 oz bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy orange amber with a small off white head. Even after a couple thousand beers, I still find beers that I lack the language to describe but enjoy very much. This is one of those beers. The aroma is both sweet and sour at the same time which interests me very much. The cherry fruitiness stands out. The flavor is more of the same sweet sour blend with cherry fruitiness playing a prominent role. The mouthfeel is smooth throughout displaying the effects of the barrel aging. Virtually no signs of the alcohol. This was a real treat to be able to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle (TR5) I shared with the Indy crew: Hazy amber with a minimal head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of cherry pits, oak, light brandy, grainy and biscuity malts, some mineral water. The taste has a nice twang of fruit. Woody with a nice soft balance of malt, earth and pitty with an interesting salty undertone. The mouth feel is soft yet lively, refreshing. Mikey Likey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2009
TR3 bottle. The top comes off with no sound at all and the pour is a hazy, deep amber with a collection of big bubbles along the top that collect around the edges as a collar that ends up lasting longer than I was expecting. The aroma is tart with sour cherries and an emerging funk that’s not too prevalent in the nose. There is definitely some oak tannin presence and maybe a hint of vinegar and brown sugar. The taste is better and more complex than I was expecting. The fruit presence is still there but is more sugary sweet than the aroma with the tartness being balanced well. There is a big overarching wine/oak character that lends itself to a very dry vinous finish with a little funk thrown in. The mouthfeel is slick and almost still but with just enough carbonation to make the beer work. It’s medium to full-bodied for the style. This is a very impressive and complex beer from BFM and I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to try one of the Grand Crus. It’s exceptionally drinkable given the ABV which I never would have pegged at over 10%.

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