Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
12.68 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Brewed in May 2008.
Appearance: Slightly hazy raspberry-colored body with not a lot of carbonation coming to the top. Mildly off-white head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a few scant bubbles on the bulb of the glass.
Smell: A good mix of raspberries, sour cherries, and oak sourness. Highly effervescent and bright, which makes up for the possible lack of complexity.
Taste: I really like this, and I wish the bottle was bigger than 12 ounces. A good mix of sour fruits and oak, which I had hoped for and was expecting. The sourness levels mix quite nicely with the sour fruit, strawberries, raspberries, and cherries, and maybe some granny smith apple in there. I'm not exactly sure what the Trousseau grape is, but the barrels seem to work nicely here with the yeast and the brew.
Mouthfeel: This is probably being generous, as the look of it in the glass told me what was going to happen, but there's a fight from the carbonation that helps not seem as watery as I thought it was going to be. And for 11%, it does maintain a semblance of effervescence and doesn't seem cloying in the least, thankfully.
Drinkability: I admit, I probably shouldn't have paid -- yes -- $16 for this bottle, which is pretty ridiculous, but alas. Is it worth that price? To me, absolutely not. And that's what has to take this down to my current rating. A solid brew, but for the "VERY LIMITED EDITION" stamped on the back label, in addition to the label saying that it would keep for many years, I wonder, "Really? How many years?" With the carbonation already seeming like it's lost its edge, my advice would be to drink this sucker now, unless I was somehow supposed to wait at least 5 years down the road?
06-04-2010 18:36:07 | More by asabreed
3.43/5 rDev -18.7%
Drank from a 12.68 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods, New York, NY
Brewed in May 2008
Served in a tulip
The beer poured nearly flat. A thin mass of light tan bubbles covered the murky, crimson-amber liquid.
Musty and tinny in the nose. Fairly reserved overall. A touch malty and sweet. Slightly fruity. Some barnyard funk and fumey alcohol aromas appeared as well. The alcohol presence became more prominent as the beer warmed.
Metallic notes again came through strong in the taste. Dry and steely. Fruity in the center. Sour cherry notes were noticeable. Semi-sweet with an acidic, vinegar-like twang. Quite vinous. A touch funky. The finish was super dry and oaky. Crisp, clean and moderately sour with a touch of alcohol warmth.
As I anticipated from the pour, the mouthfeel was nearly flat. The liquid itself was medium bodied and somewhat syrupy. Slightly creamy.
Drinkability was a mixed bag. Although this beer was disappointing in nearly every sense, the 11% ABV was incredibly well masked. The alcohol really sneaked up on me and made this much more tolerable.
This beer falls somewhere between a biere de garde and a wild ale. Whatever it is, I most definitely would not recommend it (especially considering that I paid $15 for my bottle).
05-16-2010 20:27:37 | More by Damian
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
A - Amber pour with little to no white head.
S - Oaky, vanilla dominate the standard funky, sweaty barnyard aroma.
T - Complex and sophisticated. Sweet caramel base flavor with layers of sour apples, citrus, vanilla and oak.
M - Bubbly, medium carbonation.
D - Overall a very well put together beer.
05-16-2010 15:35:06 | More by muttyd
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
Thanks to jedwards for sharing. Poured the color of cider with a hazy clarity and no head. Nose reveals vinegar, a hint of oak, a cideresque quality and a little bit of must. Flavors are consistent with nose; however, not as sour as anticipated by the nose. Mouthfeel is light, with a fairly still carbonation and a hint of astringency that stimulates the salivary glands. I have to say that I am surprised that this is classified as a Biere de Garde. Regardless, this is not a crazy sour beer, but has a nice balance that contributes nicely to its drinkability
05-16-2010 00:32:10 | More by Jwale73
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
gregc hooked me up with this one. thanks greg!
375ml bottle. TR3, brewed may 2008, bottled jan 2009. sampled may 26/2010.
pours deep orange, not quite brown, and crystal clear except for where the sediment at the bottom of the bottle obscures clarity. pretty much no head except for a very thin ring of fine white bubbles that clings to the edge of the glass and manages only a few spots of lace.
aroma is neat. light alcohol. lemon. malt vinegar. leather and a bit of horse blanket. a little more barnyard than i've had in the other abbaye de saint bon chiens. touch of butterscotch. white bread. cracker. grain. bit of biscuit. red and white grape lending shades of wine to the background. salty and almost spicy character.
taste is wacky. i get very little sourness out of it, but maybe it's just really well balanced. lots of different fruity character. white and red grape. bit of lemon and orange peel. butterscotch and a bit of toffee. woody. very little of the barnyard character i got in the aroma, just faint hints of it. light alcohol and a touch of sourness in the finish. white bread. cracker. bit of grain. light vanilla.
mouthfeel is great. medium body with a nice dry finish. low carbonation level. i'd like just a little more carbonation, but i'd rather see it low than high.
drinkability is great. very well balanced, hiding its alcohol well. balanced sourness too. nice depth and complexity from the barrel, without just slamming you in the head with it.
03-27-2010 02:25:20 | More by grub
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
375 ml capped bottle, batch TR3. Big thanks to grub for sharing this rarity.
Pours a clear dark reddish amber, some orange highlights, thin off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, a big of chunkiness but pretty bright looking.
Smell is neat, similar to the original 07 batch, lots of caramel and light funk, pretty neat sweetness, lemons, really rich and intense, a bit of biscuit, lots of funky fruit, sourness is light, lots of vanilla and oak, a bit of grapiness, pretty cool.
Taste is really neat, sweet up front, very fruity, some funkiness, lemons, light spice, some alcohol, grape juice, earthy, very oaky, some vanilla and caramel, more fruit, sour and tart in the finish, boozy and spicy, very oaky, real neat.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, too low for the style. Some significant alcohol heat going down. This is cool stuff though, the barrel is unique and comes through in the character. I think I prefer the regular Abbaye de Bon Chien, but this is a fantastic treat. Thanks Russ!
03-27-2010 02:24:28 | More by Viggo
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours clear and copper in color with modest amounts of head. Oaky aroma with a vinous quality and burnt sugar. Oak and vinous flavors along an alcoholic and tart finish. Appropriately moderated carbonation keeps the mouthfeel nicely full and smooth. I prefer the more prominent wood flavors here over the Vin Jaune barrel.
03-10-2010 01:17:48 | More by vacax
4.22/5 rDev 0%
Bottle: Poured medium murky amber color ale with a small bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of oak and sour notes with some light white wine notes. Taste is also a complex mix of sour notes with some oak and vinous notes and well balanced acidity. Body is quite full with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex and another winner from a fine brewer.
02-15-2010 03:09:04 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
Side by side comparison of TR3 and TR5
A: The pour of both batches is amber in color with a slight cloudiness. There is some slight carbonation, but noting in the way of head formation.
S: TR3 has a very lactic, lemony nose with a bit of white grapes an only a touch of oak. TR5, on the other hand has a fair amount of oak character with a more reserved tartness and a bit more sweetness.
T: While the fruit character in the nose of TR3 was not all that sweet, there is some definitely sugar and caramel on the palate. The tartness gives the beer a nice balance, as do the slight presence of tannins.
TR5 is a bit more heavy on the wine and grape character, and again, has more oak to it. The dryness and funkiness are present, but moderate at most. The tartness is on the lower side as well.
M: Both beers exhibit a medium body with very mild carbonation and a very dry finish.
D: Despite the surprisingly high alcohol percentage, both beers are very easy to drink. The flavor profile is very different from the two batches, but quite complex and kept me coming back for more.
02-03-2010 00:41:50 | More by womencantsail
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
Vintage 2008, TR3
Pours a hazy amber with a thin beige head.
Nose has wild yeast, red wine, oak, ripe plums, sour cherries, musty barnyard funk and vanilla.
Taste has tart cherries, figs, raisins, candy malts, earthy wood, leathery funk and red wine.
Medium body is well carbonated. Dry, acidic finish. Tasty stuff, may need to seek out the bourbon version next.
01-31-2010 05:50:43 | More by rye726
2.23/5 rDev -47.2%
TR 3. Pours absolutely flat, with no carbonation and no head. Dark amber with some sediment floating around. Smells tart, perhaps a bit musty, and vaguely fruity, but a little tired. Tastes astringent, watery, maybe even a little soapy. Watery weak, and astringent- not really a great combination. Disappointing.
01-18-2010 01:35:29 | More by Georgiabeer
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
The top comes off with no sound at all and the pour is a hazy, deep amber with a collection of big bubbles along the top that collect around the edges as a collar that ends up lasting longer than I was expecting.
The aroma is tart with sour cherries and an emerging funk that's not too prevalent in the nose. There is definitely some oak tannin presence and maybe a hint of vinegar and brown sugar.
The taste is better and more complex than I was expecting. The fruit presence is still there but is more sugary sweet than the aroma with the tartness being balanced well. There is a big overarching wine/oak character that lends itself to a very dry vinous finish with a little funk thrown in.
The mouthfeel is slick and almost still but with just enough carbonation to make the beer work. It's medium to full-bodied for the style.
This is a very impressive and complex beer from BFM and I can't believe I've waited this long to try one of the Grand Crus. It's exceptionally drinkable given the ABV which I never would have pegged at over 10%.
12-11-2009 03:27:03 | More by gford217
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-11-2009 13:07:47 | More by ffejherb
4.05/5 rDev -4%
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.
09-28-2009 20:36:11 | More by heliosphann
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
09-22-2009 06:30:52 | More by MasterSki
3.63/5 rDev -14%
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.
09-13-2009 20:57:41 | More by jdubjacket
4.22/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-05-2009 00:09:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.6/5 rDev +9%
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.
08-30-2009 17:24:00 | More by jgasparine
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-29-2009 05:05:44 | More by corby112
4.6/5 rDev +9%
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.
08-27-2009 09:03:29 | More by JohnGalt1
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-24-2009 15:06:37 | More by John_M
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
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
08-23-2009 23:01:34 | More by DefenCorps
4.22/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-14-2009 06:21:53 | More by illidurit
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
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...
07-13-2009 00:21:59 | More by emerge077
4.6/5 rDev +9%
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.
07-12-2009 03:24:44 | More by bryanbrick
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.