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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - SEP 3, 2010
I was very underwhelmed by this beer. Aroma is very cherry apple with maybe some cheesy hints. Color is a nut brown with no head. Taste is very apple with some barnyard hints and something weird that must come from the barrel. Palate is very thin and flat, and this kind of ruins the beer for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (8645) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Wonderful. Comes together with a great movement on the palate, from sweet Belgian strong at beginning with florals and some raisins and finishes with a sour citrus zing. Pours dark brown without much head or lacing. Bottle thanks to Maniac at the Epic Sour Tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (7066) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle shared at DC Annual Epic Sour Tasting, thanks maniac! Hazy dark brown. Aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit. Tasting notes of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (6837) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
From a bottle shared at the DC Epic Sour Beer Tasting. Pours a cloudy brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of oak and dark cherries. Flavors of tart plums and pie cherries. Tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7906) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2014
’Very limited edition’ - poured a hazy red color with a small white color. Aroma is light dark fruits, funk notes. Flavor was dark fruits, funk. Alcohol is a little noticeable. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2014
12.7 oz. bottle. Tastes like ASBC, but with more sweetness from the dessert wine. Pretty good, but I prefer the harsh aggressiveness of the regular version. Still, very cool to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2013
Brun med röd ton i färgen, inget skum. Doftar sur-sött, funky, körsbär, lingon, vinbär, karamell, vinöst, ekfat. Smakar surt, funky, vinöst, lingon vinbär. Vinöst funky öl med fatkaraktär.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2013
28th June 2011
Cloudy brown beer, zero head. Zero carbonation smooth palate! Lightly sour beer. Mild sour fruits and well integrated wine and wood. Finishes semi dry. A nice sour because it ain’t too sour and it has vibrant well joined up flavours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Rating #2100 : This has been sitting around for a while now. A heady sour from the masters at BFM it is a fine beer whose only drawback is the price point. I understand why it costs what it does but it does stretch the budget if you pick up too many with so many local / regional alternatives on the shelves.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep caramel brown base is thick and creamy. As expected it has no head retention. Vinegar, red cherries, and menthol spice up the profile of a sour that holds nothing back. Three or four years of aging has left it in prime condition.

Flavor / Palate - Vinegar rubs against the throat attempting to scrub away previous beers. Chocolate, plums, and tart sweet cherries sparkle as they drag across the palate. The long lasting sour bite is strong and balanced. For special occasions I would not hesitate to pick up more BFM releases. For daily drinking look elsewhere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Poured into a snifter. TR 5, brewed in May 2008, bottled in January 2009. 3.5 A: Murky amber plum color. No head formed. I never know what score to give appearance when the beer is intentionally flat. 4.5 S: This smells amazing. It’s at least as good as any other variant I’ve had. Strong, rich and vinous red grape. Big hit of mixed berries followed by plum, apple, and plenty of cherry. Tangy lactic fruitiness behind that. Caramel, light toffee, and a big hit of oak with vanilla underneath. This is extremely smooth with all the aromas integrating very well. 4.0 T: The taste is also super complex and powerful, but it has a couple issues. Like some of the other variants, this has a very noticeable tannic astringency. It’s not so bad that it dominates the taste, but it does distract from the better flavors. Big tangy lactic acid twang. Again, very vinous with red grape, berries, cherries, plum, apple, and lime. Caramel, toffe, tobacco, and raisin. Again big oak and mild vanilla. The booze is well hidden. 3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. This one does have a bit of carbonation in it, but it’s just barely noticeable. Except for the tannins, this is fairly smooth and somewhat crisp. 4.0 D: Another quality variant. While this one has some issues, it’s still mighty tasty and definitely worth a try. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-17-2012 01:00:26

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GMCC2181 (1606) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle via SL... Pours a murkey red color, no head at all... Decent aroma of some tart grapes, strong alcohol. Taste is very nice... slight dark fruit notes, grapes, yeast, slight alcohol presence. Big malt body, sawdust. Not sour but still a very nice sour/wild beer, more of a strong grape tartness to it. Oak presence is nice with out being over the top. Body is light, plenty of carbonation despite the lack of head. Overall; Glad I kept this in the cellar for a few years. For a 11 percent beer this was pretty smooth.

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