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

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

56 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%


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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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via 12.68oz. bottle on 11/9/09, courtesy of FooFaa.

A - The liquid emerged from the bottle as a hazy caramel brown, copper-tinged color with sparse carbonation and a thin beige head that settled into a patchy retention, leaving minimal lace around the glass.

S - Initial aroma incorporates a melange of sour fruit and berries, oaky tannins and a hint of band-aid.

T - Opens with a mild fruity tartness suggesting cherries and berries, followed by a hint of sweetness, then segues into a very dry, oaky/woody character in the backend. Sourness is very subtle overall and complements the woody character quite nicely.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Finishes semi-dry with a mild tartness on the palate.

D - I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. The tartness is pretty mild overall, which really enhanced the drinkability of this fairly complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 13:07:47 | More by ffejherb
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heliosphann

Indiana

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

375ml bottle. Newer vintage TR-5 version. Served in a tulip and split with a few fellow BA's.

A: Pours with very little head. Slightly opaque, it appears a nice Crimson red in my glass. Lacing is pretty skimpy.

S: Tart cherries with strong woody undertones. Vinegar and alcohol are present along with a slight amount of sweetness.

T: Much like it smells, there is plenty of cherries, currants and dark fruit flavors. Funky oak barrel bug action is also right up front, helping to give an overall tannic, vinous taste. Very Port like. The sour and sweetness play nice, but the balance seems to be a little uneven overall. Some age will definitely benefit this beer.

M: Medium body. Feels a little syrupy. Very or little carbonation, but it fits with this kind of barrel aged beer.

D: 11%??? Seriously? I'd have thought maybe 6-7% tops. This is really drinkable, and a 375ml would be no problem for one person to consume. The lactic sourness and wood could be a bit of a burden on the palate if you drank too much though.

I've had several different kinds of the barrel aged Abbaye De Saint Bon-Cien's before, and this is just as good as the rest. However, I prefer the Bon-Chien's with some age on them and this version is no different. Also the price is pretty steep for a 375ml bottle. Around here they're like $16 a piece.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 20:36:11 | More by heliosphann
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors - version TR5. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Hazy, mostly opaque, coppery-orange color. Poured with some big bubbles that dissipate pretty quickly to a ring. There are also some big bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass that occasionally rise upwards. I didn't expect much from this, and I didn't get much! Nice color though.

S - Caramel, funk, grapeskins, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, some light citrus hops, some nuts particularly pistachio. Oddly tart as well, with some tannic woodiness and maybe a touch of booze.

T - I can't believe this stuff is 11% - the alcohol is super well-hidden. Taste is very grape and red wine, with some bready malts and a touch of burnt sugars. There's also a light amount of bretty funk and lactic flavor. Not super sour or tart - I'm actually really surprised that the taste is so mellow - you could sip this stuff all night.

M - There's some alcohol warmth in my chest, but the texture is very smooth with low carbonation, and a nice tannic and dry finish.

D - I've been reading about people pounding the magnums and totally couldn't believe it, but after splitting a 375ml with a buddy and seeing how fast it went I can totally believe it.

EDIT: Drank my TR3 bottle approximately two years later. Tastes quite similar, but with a but more vinegar and funk. Sill no bubbles - I wouldn't expect any.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 06:30:52 | More by MasterSki
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jdubjacket

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Buford Highway on Friday. Slow Saturday afternoon, so I decided to crack one open.

Pours a murky brown. No head at all, and no carbonation. Little lacing, but the beer does coat the glass very similar to wine.

Smell is alcoholic, tart, cherries and a hint of sugar.

Smells better than it tastes. Taste starts off with a puckering tartness, which quickly descends and leaves a tangy malt and not much else behind it. A bready malt presence lingers. Not exactly the complex beast that I was expecting.

Watery mouthfeel. Tough to drink more than one of these.

Overall, for the price tag, I'm a little disappointed in this one. It's not bad, just for $12 for one bottle, I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 20:57:41 | More by jdubjacket
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours out a still, amber body with no real appreciable head formation beyond the few bubbles scared up from a heavy-handed pour.

Smell: Interesting aroma, I'll say. Notes of fruit splashed with vinegar and dusted with vanilla sugar, light caramel, red table wine, polished leather bridles, and long-forgotten, decayed oak enveloped in a moderate amount of persistent earthy mustiness.

Taste: Sugared caramel maltiness with a subtle hint of stale, oops-forgot-to-eat-it loaf bread. Hodgepodge of flavors pass the palate, including new leather, vanilla oils, top-shelf red wine vinegar, lightly tannic wasteland oak wood, and fruity pairings of plums and white muscadines complete with a juicy acidity. For me, there's no appreciable hop flavors of bitterness. Notable but slight touch of butyric acid within. Peppery alcohol, but it doesn't really come across as anything close to the listed 11%. Oak-laden, bone dry finish that, without any carbonation, really coats the tongue making for a long, long aftertaste. Thankfully, it's a good aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Sans carbonation.

Drinkability: For me, it's the best BFM product I've had to date. I'd politely disagree with the Bière de Garde classification, but, as it's a beer that doesn't fall very neatly into any style category, I suppose you have to put it somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 00:09:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was from Trousseau No. 3 (TR 3), Brewed in May of 2008, and Bottled on January of 2009.

A- Poured with no foam/head at all and no apparent carbonation. The body is a very hazy (opaque) aged copper brown. Disappointed with the lack of head and carbonation, but intrigued by the color and clarity... hence the average 'appearance' rating.

S- Smells sweet and tart at the same time. I am anticipating infection of acidobacter or lactobacillus based on the nose. Underneath this acidic/sour nose, I am detecting some vinous aromas and some pronounced oakiness.

T- Tartness and fruity oakiness is heavily pronounced... tastes acidic, presumably from acidobacter. Underneath all the tartness lies a substantial sweet malt character. Many other unidentifiably nuances here... just wonderful.

M- Medium to full body... yet seemingly well-attenuated. Interesting. Not very textured, but somewhat oily. The carbonation is ultra-fine... almost not detectable... just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue a bit.

D- Exceptionally drinkable despite its alcohol content. In a blind tasting I wouldn't have guessed this to be a biere de garde... rather a unique Flemish brown. Either way, this is quite enjoyable!

Note: As this beer warmed-up from fridge temperature, it's aromas and flavors were enhanced... so much so, that I needed to amend (positively increase) my review/rating. DEFINITELY DRINK WARM- Almost room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 17:24:00 | More by jgasparine
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 05:05:44 | More by corby112
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

TR3 batch... I don't know what that means... oh well. Ditmier cracked this gem at a tasting at his house a while back.. reviewed from pretty good notes... poured into my small La Trappe glass.

Bright only mildy hazy orangish/brown ... no head... no bubbles... yet still pretty.

Nose is unlike any biere de garde I've ever had.... much more like a sour.. sour cherries and some malty sweetness ... musty... a little acetic

flavor is is more vinegary with a bunch of oaky tannins.. sorta leathery.. sweet fruity maltiness pushes through with a vinous element that lets you know it has a port heritage... the funky and sour notes play a back fiddle up until about 2/3'rds of the way through this ride... then bam.. everything comes full circle... no hints of alcohol... beyond complex for my weak palate.... I would buy a half dozen of these if they every crossed the COOP shelves.... I want to let them develop for a lot longer ... wow... seriously a top shelf beer... and most people would never guess this was even a beer... just too much going on.

Eric... I truly appreciate the chance at this marvel.... I know we enjoyed some epic beers that night, but this is maybe the best in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 09:03:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Dyan the other evening. This was the TR 3 version (will try the TR 5 later).

The beer pours a cherry ice tea color with literally no head retention or lacing. As this beer is completely still, that's no surprise, though I will say the beer does look attractive. On the nose I get a lot of the usual bon chien grand cru aromas, which means the usual riot of sweet ice tea, bubble gum, watermelon and sour cherry. All of this is wrapped around some considerable barnyard funk, though it's not as intense as some of the GC bon chien I've tried. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but with a bit more funk and the tell tale acidic zip on the finish. There is also some noticable vanilla on the palate, which I assume is from the extended oak barrel aging. The sour component is also there, but in this case it's nicely balanced by all the other flavors. In this beer, it's no more then a single note in a chorus of other flavors. As always, this beer has a wonderful sweet and sour flavor component, something I really, really like. Mouthfeel is very light and lively, but with the expected long, smooth finish. Drinkability is very good, with the 11% so well disguised it's almost unnoticeable.

Just a suggestion, but I would be careful not to serve this beer too cold. The beer was much better after 15 or 20 minutes of sitting out, as opposed to fresh out of the refridgerator.

Another impressive effort from BFM. No surprise there.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 15:06:37 | More by johnmichaelsen
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

TR3, consumed at John's last night. Thanks, John!

A: Clear ruby red, brilliant clarity. Still without carbonation and looks all the better for it (there, I said it)

S: Big, vinous, funky and sour. Sweet with caramel, candy, honey atop which there's wet hay and leather, barnyard mustiness and a very prominent sweet, fruity red wine character. Reserved tannins are present.

T: Opens with a prominent lactic sourness with a ton of complexity. The interplay between the sweetness, the sourness, the funk and the wine is exquisite. I like the honey-lactic interplay, and the vinous character brings to mind a fruity, dry red wine. Medium funk before a sweet and sour finish

M: Full in body with a great sweetness and sourness. Great, lasting finish.

D: I wish this were a magnum

**Edit 21 March 2012**
It's been a while since I've had one of the Bon Chien grand crus. The magnums were a fantastic price, and the new 375s, not so much. 2008 vintage, TR5 from State Line, $12 or so.

With a faint hiss but mostly dead, this is a brilliant, clear ruby red with a thin off-white head that falls off leaving no lace. I love the color. The nose is a riot. It's gained in acetic character, but not even close to being overdone. Rich fruit character with grapes and red plums, this is moderately vinous. The initial whiffs had a definite blue cheese character, but as it's breathed, notes of buckwheat honey, lavender and hibiscus grow. Rather floral, with the noticeable but unobtrusive alcohol presence, this makes me think of a good rose.

The palate blends honey, red wine vinegar and a moderate fruit character quite brilliantly, along with wet leather and a touch of hay. The mild funk works rather brilliantly with the acidity and the sweetness, this is a very harmonious blend right now. The fruitiness makes me think of an eau de vie, almost like a blend of pear and cherry fruits. Sourness is moderate, with a blend of acetic and lactic acids. The sourness is tempered by the fruit and the moderate sweetness. Some oxidation is present, which enhances the palate despite adding a little fattiness and an array of esters. The wine comes through on the mid-palate without Full in body with a low carbonation and moderate alcohol presence, this beer is a joy to drink. I wish I had more. 4.5x5

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 23:01:34 | More by DefenCorps
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illidurit

California

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

RBSG09 TR3 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours a dark amber-orange with an off-white froth. Aroma is vinous with dark cherries and a lot of oak. Flavor is tart with lots of sour cherry, unripe grape, raisiny port, and a big woody vinegary finish. Very tasty, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 06:21:53 | More by illidurit
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emerge077

Illinois

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

TR5 bottle, brewed May 2008. Filled right up to the cap, nice to see that, since it cost so much. I sampled a good portion of the TR3 bottle I brought along to DLD, and figured it was worth a repeat buy to try the other barrel (TR5) and properly review.

Poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip at a height of 6", producing 2 fingers of ecru foam. Miraculously it lasted quite awhile, a big difference from the stillness of the TR3 batch. It was a ruddy brown with a ruby jewel tone when held to the light. After 15-20 minutes there is still a skim across the surface, with some minimal lacing on the opposite side of the glass.

Initial acetic vinegar aroma when the cap was pulled off, but that has segued into mellower territory, some vanilla and soft cherry, lactic cheese, and traces of balsamic vinegar. Flavor is similar, but bursts with cherry tartness, and savory oak barrel funk, alternately savory and tart, getting the salivary glands working overtime. Long dry finish that has woody oak and cola spice elements. Sort of clean and tangy, not abrasively sour. After finishing an 'o6 St. Bon Chien yesterday, I can say that this is much mellower and less alcoholic in overall feel. Although it lacks carbonation, it's full bodied and so savory and complex, like a good red wine.

A top 5 Oud Bruin in my book...

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 00:21:59 | More by emerge077
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bryanbrick

California

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got the last one of these from the batch we got into work. Opened it at the behest of d0b and my desire to toast Arturo Gatti's passing. Long live the champ! From a 375ml that was filled to about a ¼ inch from the cap. Dated "Brewed in May 2008." Served this too cold had to let it warm to just about room temperature before it started to sing.

I'm a tad worried about the condition of the bottle. I'm sure this is meant to be a low carbonated beer but this has none. Like it didn't even hiss as I took of the cap. My review may be a tad suspect, but as a famous wine writer once wrote "There are no great wines, just great bottles" or something like that. This beer pours with a few white rimmed bubbles and then quickly nothing, a swirl of the glass, nothing. A pleasing hue of tan, chestnut maybe, with a sort of ruby tint.

The nose is meadow-y, all grass and fresh blooming flowers. Very pasture like funk with the barn animals all home for good measure. As this warms it takes on many more similarities to Trousseau, with its winy red currant and cranberry fruits and more of the warm trodden soil. It also has a highlight of redwood in there somewhere and pretty dried rose note. Very expressive stuff.

I can't say I liked this at first, but it is one that grows on you. The next thing you know you are looking around for another 375ml to down. Plus this is contemplative stuff. You have to pay attention to what is going on, this just doesn't just come out and rip off all its clothes and say look at me. You have to do some coaxing, whisper some sweet nothings.
Tobacco, whole clove, dried raspberry and a whole lot of funky lactic acid are easily apparent here. The beer is wildly complex and full of action, everything bouncing around quickly but the flavors staying with you long after it is gone. This has plenty of the sour, yet bitter qualities similar to fresh cranberries. Add the winy, earthy Trousseau qualities and it becomes something alive. I love the sour, fruity, tart mid-palate here and the bitter, earthy finish.

The carbonation, or complete lack there of hurts this for me a bit. But I really like the high off-setting puckering acid as opposed to the muscular, sinewy frame. This makes sense to me being that I love wines from the Arbois and their sneaky power and teetering acid. But that may not make sense to anyone else.

At first I was on the fence with this but you need to drink it to become sold on it. The more you drink the more it all comes together and makes sense. I could easily put back 2-3 of these just trying to dissect them. The 11% ABV is hidden well and I always feel that sours, at least for me, are sort of a restorative both to the palate and the brain.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 03:24:44 | More by bryanbrick
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HopHead84

California

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

TR3 - 375ml bottle. 2008 Vintage. Poured into my Bruery snifter. Thanks to largadeer for grabbing this for me. Pours vibrant Venetian red with ruby notes when held to the sun. The beer is uncarbonated, so the few bubbles that materialize are the result of a vigorous pour, but they evanesce quickly.

The aroma is of wood, tannins, and red wine notes. Tart and sour cherries are evident, along with grape skins and acetic acid. I notice a certain mustiness to the nose, but it's not reminiscent of Brett. As the beer approaches 60 degrees, I detect faint notes of vanilla and some lactic character. There's some sweetness but the pendulum swings unmistakably toward tartness. The 11% ABV is completely hidden in the nose.

The taste is something to be celebrated. I've loved every incarnation of Bon-Chien, but this Trousseau is possibly my favorite. It's very sour and tart, almost puckeringly so. Tannin and wood notes are quite strong. The fruit character is as it was in the nose: cherries, grapes, and possibly currants. The flavor is vinous with ephemeral sweetness that segues back to tart and sour. The lactic notes are apparent, and the alcohol is almost completely hidden. The finnish is sour, with lingering cherries and grapes.

The beer is medium bodied with absolutely no carbonation, but I've always found the absence of carbonation very well suited to the Bon-Chiens. It's really a shame they went from the 1.5L bottles to these 375ml bottles. I'd love to have a magnum of this beer. Seek this out if you've enjoyed the others, this is my favorite of the barreled Bon-Chiens.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 04:16:29 | More by HopHead84
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WeisGuy

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep rusty burgundy color. slightly cloudy on second pour, no head and very few bubbles, looks almost like wine

s - some sour apple mixed with oak up front on the nose, some alcohol evident, creamy vanilla notes, a little blackberry jam, slight leather aroma

t - nice sour cherry punch up front with some vinegar, mix of sweet, tart and sour, rounds out on the mid-palate with the oak barrels being prominent, dark fruits mixed with cream and vanilla layers on top of the oak, tartness trails into the finish with lingering oak and sour cherry, a little bit of alcohol heat on the finish, but nothing that would suggest 11+% abv.

m - medium-bodied with very low carbonation, not overly dry on the palette

d - a sipper for sure, but this one is fairly easy on the palette relative to some other sour ales, the oak aging really seems to soften the sourness and tartness

Very good beer overall, though the $17 price tag will probably keep me from getting another bottle anytime soon. Great one to split with another sour lover.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 00:09:30 | More by WeisGuy
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

TR3.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear ruby-amber, a sort of sunset hue. No carbonation and no head.

Smell: Big vinous red wine notes from the barrel along with a good bit of esters from the yeast; cherries, figs, plums. A bit of mustiness and vanilla come out as it warms.

Taste & mouthfeel: A melange of sweet and tart fruits (strawberry, cherry pie filling, figs) hit the palate first, slowly transforming into more vinous, tannic and earthy/leathery flavors. There's a bit of balsamic-like acetic acid in the otherwise clean finish, lending a touch of tartness. The lack of carbonation brings this one step closer to wine; a true hybrid beer, and an amazing one at that.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 22:08:36 | More by largadeer
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

TR3:

Appearance: Pours a still ruby/mahogany

Smell: Some sort of red wine, leather, vinegar, tart cherry, balsamic vinegar with honey.

Taste: Delicious. Red wine, leather, vinegar, tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, honey. Like a barleywine on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry and Still

Drinkability: Exceptional; much better than I expected. Hard to put the glass down. Wish this one was in the larger bottles.

It is hard to rate this one, so much of the appearance and mouthfeel of a beer comes from the carbonation; but this one is intentionally still. I wished it had a bit to it and rated it as such. I prefer this to the regular version.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 18:15:51 | More by craytonic
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

335 ml handbottled in January of 2009, served slightly chilled. Pours into a tulip a murky orange/brown body with no head or lacing. The body is still.

Aroma has musty oak, tart cherry skins, cider vinegar, leathery tannins, and a pronounced vinous note.

Mouthfeel has a light medium body with minimal carbonation.

Taste reminds me of Panil Barriquee, an Italian version of a Flanders Red. This one is much more akin to a wine than a beer. Sour and tart green apple skins accented with balsamic vinegar, is how I would sum it up. Leathery tannins add an acidic note. No real malt or hop character. Lots of musty oak aging character. Finishes very dry.

This is not a biere de garde. It's a Flanders Red or, possibly, a lambic. The aging in trousseau casks adds a pleasant musty oak character. I wish I had laid this one down for a couple of years so I might have gained more of an appreciation for its complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 20:46:47 | More by merlin48
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grayburn

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this based on a recommendation despite the price tag....worth every freaking penny.

The beer pours a hazy orange with some yellow edging, little head to speak of goes away quickly, doesn't lace per se, but leaves some nice vinous legs.

The smell and taste start off very funky, but there are some hidden green apple notes that end up dominating and really playing a good role front and center.

The mouthfeel is so complex, bouncing between sweet, sour, and bone-dry. Excellent transitioning between.

I could drink this all night, freaking amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 05:11:58 | More by grayburn
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle into red wine glass. Cask ID TR3.

Pours hazy copper with a reddish glow, no carbonation or head, just a rim of big bubbles around the outside of the glass.

Nose is nicely tart, bit of vinegar, lactic, brown sugar, red grape skins, a sharp red fruit note - sour cherries or (closer) currants. Rich and vinous underneath the lightly acidic tart note. Jesus is it hard to make out everything going on in this one. The barrel definitely comes out as well, but lightly.

Taste is surprisingly smooth. No real sour bite up front. Instead, you a get a softly sour lactic note and a metric ton of round, mellow red fruits (red grapes and currants are prominent), some brown sugar, with the Trousseau barrel coming out quite prominently in my opinion. There's a light butteriness to it in both taste and feel that's so unique. Some tannins on the finish, a bit musty, a bit of wet leather on the exhale. Utterly fantastic. Possibly my favorite single experience with Bon-Chien, and I've had quite a few. An absolutely sublime beer.

Mouthfeel is still, but a bit silky and buttery, round. Delicious, with just a bit of acidic bite in the back of the throat.

Going all out on drinkability. Not a hint of booze, and tasting like this, I could drink this forever and ever. Phenomenal.

My love of Bon-Chien isn't hidden, but this may be my favorite variant yet. Get it while you can!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 20:59:40 | More by JohnQVegas
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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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