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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnQVegas on 05-22-2009)
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Reviews by WoogityBoogity:
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WoogityBoogity

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brownish body, amber hue. Almost no head, which dissolves to almost nothing after a minute. Clarity good.

S - Complex toasty malt (not dark malt), with a musty fruit ester. Very moderate note of deep esters.

T - Medium malt profile that is riddled with complexity. Fruity caramel with alcohol and fruit esters. Little to no hop flavor. Balance titled towards malt; phenolics are limited, spice is minimal.

M - Light body with good astringency. Slight warming from alcohol.

D - Very welcoming and complex.

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I'm not too big on Bier de Garde, but love Saisons and Farmhouse Ales.... this could become a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 03:08:23 | More by WoogityBoogity
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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drabmuh

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, thanks Matt. A long time want right here. These beers are all great. Really pleased to try this one side by side with the 2006 "regular" version. So much fun.

Beer is reddish with a haze and basically still, no carbonation, no real head, no lacing, no retention.

Aroma is nice, oaky, vinous, tart, tannic but not overly so.

Beer is sour / tart, nice body, I'm always amazed how well these beers hide the alcohol. Medium to light in body, sweet with a mildly dry finish, tart in the corners on the back, tannic, succinic, lactic, no hint of acetic but the beer remains bright. A really great beer and I'd have it again. I might try to get them all now...these variants could be quite interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 03:27:06 | More by drabmuh
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Beerzebub

California

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TR3. Poured into a big wine glass at a moderately cool temperature. Deep, hazy red-brown. A mere smidgen of froth rings the glass and soon disappears. Some bubbles rise lazily to the surface, looks fairly lightly carbonated.

Smells like tart red wine along the lines of fresh red currant and cranberry, old wine barrel, damp cave, rocky riverbank, hint of vanilla. Cohesive blend of fresh and dank/musty notes, complex and alluring.

Very pleasant fruity red wine flavor, moderately sour with a slight touch of fruity sweetness, well balanced, refreshing and extremely drinkable. Old barrel and mineral notes, good complexity. I can't help wishing for a bit more acidity at first, but halfway into the glass the thought doesn't even cross my mind, it drinks perfectly as it is, with a nice easygoing tartness making it extremely refreshing and enjoyable. Long finish, old barrel and minerals, becoming completely dry and a touch bitter so I want to drink more.

This is a very nice beer, if it came in six packs I would always keep one in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 05:37:49 | More by Beerzebub
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-22-2012 01:43:23 | More by t0rin0
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

08-17-2012 01:00:26 | More by DavoleBomb
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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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New Jersey

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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

TR5 served in a 16 oz. tulip.

A- Dark amber, almost light brown color with nearly no head. Thin layer of tiny bubbles line the surface of the beer at the glass edge.

S- Some vinegar sour notes, oak, vinous, very earthy.

T- Whoa! Very different from other sours and lambics I have had. Sour/vinegar, vinous alcohol, dirt, oak. a lot going on in this beer.

M- Medium/thin feel which is very surprising for a 11 % beer. Fairly smooth with a little oily feel in there. Again, drinks very well for the abv.

O- Very different from almost anything I have had before. Have not had a ton of sours or lambics, but like the complexity of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:55:05 | More by kawilliams81
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scootny

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely bright ruby amber ale with no head but good clarity. Nose is full of malt, oak and winey alcohol. Taste is very dry white wine with a caramel malt care. Firm sourness is not too aggressive and would go nicely with most foods. Some notes of whiskey and lots of oak. Finish is dry and short with fusel alcohol with grains and whiskey. Quite nice really. As it warms notes of light cherry and mild vanilla bloom. Feel has light carbonation and a crisp light texture with mild carbonation. A superb ale that will please sour lovers and wine heads together. This one is begging for some big tasting cheese or linguini with white clams.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 03:23:39 | More by scootny
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
TR 3 Barrique No. 3
Brewed in May 2008 Hand Bottled January 09

This pours out a nice, mild, ruby color with an overtone of medium amber highlights. A thin head of light tan colored, creamy looking, foam appears on top. It maintains a solid surface covering, all through the glass. Lacing is thin, yet mildly sticky.

Green apple skins. Tart cherries. Drying hints of oak. Golden fruit flesh, along with dark berries. Light traces of caramel and vanilla. Light barnyard funk notes.

The funk and the oak are dominating the flavor. A light touch of earthiness, almost dirt-like. Lots of dark fruit notes, especially the skins, which come across as a vibrant, yet light, tartness. The oak notes come back out to provide a very dry finish.

It has a medium body and a high level of carbonation. It is very sharp and crisp, yet still mildly refreshing.

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Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 04:22:52 | More by coldmeat23
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.75ml capped bottle from batch TR 3. drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a bright cherry colored body with some slight golden highlights. the beer has no head on it other than a small crown of reddish hued head. no lacing is left behind.

S- the main attraction here seems to be some vinegary sweetness. there is also a definite fruit presence. lemons, grapes and cherries. maybe a little bit of green apple. there is also some sweet caramel malts and a touch of toasted bread. light musky funkiness. the nose is pretty complex.

T- the taste starts out with some ripe fruits (apples, lemons, cherries, and grapes). after that i get some red wine vinegar and some sweet caramel and toasted bready malts. mildly sour. no trace of the alcohol. lightly funky and musty. a little bit of vanilla from the oak barrel. wow.

M- light bodied with a very low level of carbonation that really works with this one. the high level of alcohol (11% ABV) is really well hidden. theres only a slight warming from it.

D- wow. this beer is a sleeper hit. very reminiscent of a flanders bruin. a great mix of sweet and sour with exceptional balance. if it wasnt for the price, rarity, and strength i would want one of these several times a week. man. check this one out. its great.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 03:45:21 | More by jwinship83
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle up. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice caramel amber with a pretty decent sized off-white/tan head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose brings forward pleasant scents of oak, cherry, vinegar, caramel, and a touch of brown sugar. Taste brings both acetic and lactic acid, although in fairly small doses. The underlying cherry mixes well with the caramel bready sweetness, which is quite light, but quite nice. All the components of the beer fit in well with the slight sourness, creating a nice mouthfeel. At the same time, the acetic character gets to be a bit much toward the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 11:05:55 | More by Thorpe429
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uturn

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml capped bottle poured into my Oerbier glass.

This is batch TR5, which was Brewed in May 2008 and Bottled in January 2009.

A: This beer pours a brownish red with a minimal white head on an aggressive pour. There is no lacing in the glass and the head dissipated rapidly. If you try to look through the glass you can't, but at an angle you have a clear "rim" around the glass.

S: The nose is of sour cherries, oak and a mild bit of funkiness.

T: The taste is a refreshing mild sour cherries, oak, hint of vanilla, some mild acidic vinegar and a bit of sweetness; this could be mistaken for a fine wine.

M: The mouthfeel is light & refreshing with no carbonation, as no carbonation is needed in this beer nor was intended to be in this beer (as it was bottled without prise de mousse).

D: This is an extremely drinkable beer, no hint of the 11% abv, I could drink this all night long.

I have Batch TR3 hidden away and will try that one in about 2 years.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 01:20:23 | More by uturn
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fear025

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

TR3 Bottle.

Aroma:Sour vinegar smell.

Appearance:Reddish brown, almost no head.

Taste:Lots of sourness in this beer, but at the same time, sweetness comes through as well. There is some oakyness as well.

Mouthfeel:A little bit harsh on the back of my throat accentuates the sour.

Drinkability:A great sour beer that doesn't push the limits of my taste buds. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 03:30:01 | More by fear025
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a transparent ruby red (the bottom of the glass pours a cloudy grapefruit color) with virtually no head.

S-some acetic acid up front, notes of caramel malt, faint oak, quite a tart aroma, notes of red fruits.

T-the taste is tart and sweet, acetic acid is present, lots of tart raspberries and a good bit of oak with heat in the back from the alcohol.

M-very smooth on the palate, syrupy medium body, lower carbonation and a little dry in the finish.

D-plenty of tart fruits with a little heat in the back. the oak is light but present, I'd actually rather it have less than more so it works. decent sour, nothing mind blowing and a little lacking in complexity but tasty and does a decent job of hiding the booze.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:40:21 | More by cpetrone84
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TR3. Brewed May 2008 and bottled January 2009. This is beer number 1,600 for me and it didn't disappoint.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a small white head. The aroma is tart cherries as well as some oak. The flavor is cherries, oak, grapes and vanilla. There is a medium level of tartness in the beer. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 01:57:41 | More by Mora2000
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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
92 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.