BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (2009) - Merlot Piana 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: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
brewed 2009 bottled 2010

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (7148) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2015
750ml bottle thanks to rich. Pours out a hazy rust color topped with a sand head. Nose is tart fruit barrel notes and some barnyard. Taste is more of the sour tartness bread and lots of barrel notes. Plenty of grape notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2380) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JAN 1, 2014
Thanks ferris! Murky! Slightly funky cheesy vinegar cherry, orange, armpits, pear. Yummy tart and sour, lemon and cherry, mouthwatering, odd grain, bite and burn, I ran out of beer! Dammit! Really enjoyed it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (14012) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Bottle from Grassroots, Jacksonville. It pours deep red with a small white head. The nose is damp wood, sour yoghurt, sweet cherry, red grape and vinous notes. The taste is tart red berry, jam, sherbet, strawberry, red apple, red grape skin, moderate acidity, wood, lemonade, warming alcohol and light tannins with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Good balance, depth and drinkability. A rather elegent sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Light ruby, no head. Nose is sour cherry, oak, alcohol, honey. Flavor is honey, sour cherry, oak, alcohol. Sierra from being totally flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3687) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt. The beer is a light ruby hue, with very little head, appearing more like a wine than a beer. The aroma offers wine barrels, sour cherries, funk. Slightly acetic, but overall really smooth. Cherries and light funk, mild tannins. Subtle alcohol presence in the finish. Low carbonation. Very enjoyable. Very glad to have tried this. Looking forward to trying some other beers in this Grand Cru series. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-07-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Brewed in 2009, bottled March 2010. This specifically says, "ale aged in Merlot Piana vecchia barrel," in case there’s supposed to be another listing. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. 4.5 A: Murky light plum color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is good given the ABV and a great deal of lacing is left. 4.5 S: I had the vin jaune version a couple days ago and while it smelled good, it was in no way on par with this. Perhaps the carbonation in this is aiding the nose, but smells better in addition to stronger. Rich vinous grapiness. Tart cherry is just as abundant. Plum and apple round out the fruits. Big lactic tanginess that contributes to the fruits, but also holds it’s own independent of. Caramel and toffee with oak and vanilla from the barrel. This is definitely more fruit forward than the vin jaune and all around better smoother as the aromas complement each other seemlessly. 4.5 T: This has all the good qualities of the vin jaune, without the pesky tannic astringency interferring. Big fruitiness again with apple joining the cherry and grape on the main stage. Plum is also stronger than in the nose. Oak and vanilla. The lactic acid is less tangy that I would have imagined while this is much funkier than expected. Rotting wood, musty basement, and animal musk. Caramel and toffee are light and while this is quite dry, it isn’t bone dry. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This isn’t spritzy or creamy or anything other than just regular carbonation. That’s fine, but not ideal. 4.0 D: Best of the series so far after two rounds. I have four more of these I believe, so I wonder which will come out on top. If the others are as good as this one, it will be a great trip. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-20-2012 05:34:27

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (8475) - Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2012
8/1/12. 375mL bottle from Grassroots. Murky burnt sienna pour with the slightest hint of a soapy tan head, but there’s basically nothing, and what is there is gone fast. Really great aroma that shows nice almost Flanders red aspects - slightly sweet with oak, vinegar, tartness, and definite wine aspects. The flavor is good but not what I was hoping after the aroma. Light cherries, wood, wine, vinegar, and a distinct lingering yeasty bitterness. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5814) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2012
Pours clear deep gold into a tulip. No head whatsoever. Tart pit fruit aromas. Thin with yeast and tart pit fruit front to back. Warming hay finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012

Bottle 375ml. @ home.

Clear medium to dark orange red colour with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, grape, alcohol, moderate to light heavy berry, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate acidic with a long duration, wood, sweet tobacco, tart, grapes, wine. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light moderate alcoholic. [20111214]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Thanks to craytonic for opening this bottle up last night. Served in a wine glass. Pours a light rusty-red color with a few bubbles on the initial pour and not much in the way of a head or lacing. The nose carries a really nice Merlot and grape character plus a light oak character and faint acidity. Flavor isn’t quite as complex and integrated, but still fairly nice. Light body with low to medium carbonation and faint acidity. Light earthiness plus a semi-dry finish. Very nice brew.

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