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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ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle (Batch 5) via GAManiac, thanks Grant! Pours a deep hazy amber color with a thin wisp of a beige colored head. Aroma is fruity, oak, cherries, green grapes. Flavor is oaky, cherries, caramel, again grapes, hint of alcohol. Palate is medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth body, finsihed mildly sour and tart, with a hint of alcohol warmth. Very nice!

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009

Name: Grand Cru Trousseau
Date: August 29, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy white head
Aroma: big tart and fruity aroma
Flavor: sweet and tart flavor, caramel sweetness, fruity barrel tartness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color with slight ruby/amber hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger fizzy light beige head that instantly disappears leaving the slightest of rings. Beautiful vinous oak funk aroma. Nice vanilla presence from the oak along with some dark fruit; berries, dark grape and cherries. The sweet grapes really shine through with a healthy dose of earthy funk. The sweet vinous oak notes present in the aroma really come through in the flavor with a nice amount of earthy funk. Lots of dark fruit; berries and dark grapes. The funky oak and vanilla notes balance out the sweet vinous notes perfectly, making this a delicious extremely quaffable beer. The 11% ABV is almost completely masked with no alcohol heat or warmth in the finish. The wine/grape presence from the barrels are more present in this than any beer I’ve had before and I love it. Slightly sour and puckering without being acidic. Extremely refreshing and highly recommended.

KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2009
To celebrate my 6000th rate. Hazy orange with a tiny off white head. The aroma had sour berries, oak and lacto. The flavour was very sour with lacto, sour berries, pedio and wood. Finished sour. Nice one.

holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to Beejay at the First Annual Chicago Sour Tasting. Pours a light hazed amber with a thin bubbled head. Acidity, toasted malts, and brown sugar in the nose. Odd but interesting. Brown sugar flavors, earthy, dirty, sweet and funky. Blended together suprisingly well. Decent beer.

TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 8/7/09 - 12.7 oz bottle, TR3. Hazy brown with bubbly edges. Nose is chardonnay, oak and caramel. Medium light with a mild tang. Taste is sour peach, lemon, wood, cherry and toffee. The sourness is nicely smoothed by the barrel aging; hints of sweetness. 6/1/11 - TR5. Nose is sour cherry skins, cheese, oak and white pepper. Taste is Granny Smiths, apricot, white grape juice, lemon zest and wood. Worked as a hot weather fruit ade.

egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
[BCTC 09] Murky brown red color with no head or lacing on the glass. Aroma of wild yeast, wine grapes, cherries, vanilla oak, and dry wood. Taste of sour, dark fruit, red wine vinegar, vanilla oak, and a sour, dry, woody finish.

jrob21 (3690) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Would love a little more fizz here but otherwise a good oak, nut, and sour beer. Color is delicious and bright and deep red. Sour, funky nose. Flavor has some nice red fruits and the oakiness gives it an added depth. Cherry flavors up front that fade and are quickly drowned out by the wild yeast and sourness. I am surprised to see the alcohol content here because it is not apparent at all. I thought I was drinking a 5% typical sour. Really nice body here should have tipped me off though. Tasty and enjoyable.

malrubius (2901) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! Orange res with no head. Woody sour cherry aroma. Sweet woody sour cherry with woody finish. Flat. Excellent flavor.

Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Oaky and sour but not over the top. A bit flat. Not super but the wood finish is especially nice. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.

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