BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (2009) - Spirit 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: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This Grand Cru edition aged in a spirit barrel for only 7 weeks end of 2009. The wooden cask contained Merlot for 3 years, then Grappa for 5 years, then our beer spirit-la Gnôle for 7 years. The wood was like a sponge and the flavours came so suddenly and intensively that I decided to bottle it, even if the fermentation was not over. That’s why there’s a bit of CO2 (like in VJ1).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (2825) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Backlog. Bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event. Orange/amber with small offwhite head. Tart cherry, vinegar, acetone, vinous notes. Not a big fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (2571) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle with mR_fr0g at his place on 12 October. Poured a hazy amber with absolutely no head. Interesting aroma of orange rind, merlot and candy sugar. Full mouth feel, very smooth. Flavours of apples, tart fruits some candy sugar. Flavours turn to vinegar and a very balanced tart / sweet fruit finish. I think this may be new favourite sour beer. Perfectly balanced, no unpleasant astringency, but lots of powerful sour flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (11439) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle at home thanks to Beese. Aroma is rodenbach vinegar, acetic. Tart cherry. Onion skin colour no head. Peppery tickle in the finish. Flavour is tart cherry, light acid and vinegar. Some wine quality. Full body . hides the high alcohol pretty well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (11012) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle... Murky dirty-orange ale with a huge, frothy, white head. Excellent, tight retention. The aroma is an unpleasant conglomeration of must, mold, dust, paint thinner and/or metal lubricant and sour cherries. Nothing wrong with the dust, must or sour cherries, but the mold, paint thinner and/or metal lubricant I could have definitely lived without. Full-bodied and creamy with spritzy carbonation. The flavor leans bitter and unsavory with musky, moldy weirdness and an acute element of paint thinner and/or metal lubricant. Finishes raspy and harsh with only a whisper of pleasant caramel. This is WD40 in a bottle. I don’t know what type of liquor occupied the barrel that was used to age this beer, but it must have been pretty nasty. Not at all my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle at Redlight. Generous share by hopscotch. Muddy, tawny orange pour with a bubbly white head with traces of lace. Musty, dusty, old dough, oak hints of acetone with lingering cherry. Flavor is alcohol fussels, old port wine, acetone, over ripe dried fruits and bad yeast. Extremely weird body and flavor. I don’t know about this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Poured into a tulip. Brewed in 2009 and bottle December of the same year. Big thanks to stevefinny for this. 3.5 A: Opaque ruby red plum color. Two and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is decent and a few spotty whisps of lacing are left. 3.5 S: Lots of funk like the other iterations. Musty basement, dry barn wood, and rotting wood lead the way. Vinous grapey fruitiness with something along the lines of a persimmon. Musky wilderness, apple orchard, and hints of tart cherry. Slightly tannic astringency and a slight booziness. Complex, but not as deep as the aromas in some of the other ones. Still, quite nice. 2.5 T: Flavors burst out in the taste. Much more potent than the nose suggests. However, the bad come out with the good. Very noticeable tannic astringency and also a medicinal punch. Vinous grape and mixed berries from the barrel. Some tart cherry as well. All the funk mentioned in the nose is there. Very dry with just a hint of acidity. Booze is quite noticeable. The barrel seems to have taken over here and the results aren’t that great. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Nice spritzy carbonation. Light creaminess. The astringent pucker is what prevents this from having a higher score. 2.5 D: Of the five of these I’ve had, this is easily my least favorite. It’s the booziest and easily the most astringent. This one I can’t recommend. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-06-2012 05:41:39

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MikeLuke23 (83) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2012
375ml bottle with no carbonation. Pours a hazy amber is color with no head. Aroma is of oak and booze, with a hint of sour. Taste is slightly sour mostly booze, oxidation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Served in a BFM goblet. Smells like a combo of gin and whiskey, more toward the former. Light acidity and touch of cherry. Dry and gin-like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Wow, this is a big boy! Big gusher as expected, but we were prepared for it over the sink even before reading the excerpt. The aroma and flavor bring delicious apples, perhaps granny smith tart and sweet. The flavor goes from apples right to the boozy grappa/grain notes hitting intensely. Quite the flavors from such a unique barrel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle courtesy of brainlair. Very boozy aroma with notes of toasted malt and bread. Strong alcohol note. Sweet, lightly tart at first. Strong booziness dominates. Bitter finish. Not very drinkable.

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