Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
07-11-2009 04:16:29 | More by HopHead84
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
06-29-2009 00:09:30 | More by WeisGuy
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
06-21-2009 22:08:36 | More by largadeer
District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
06-21-2009 18:15:51 | More by craytonic
3.65/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
06-10-2009 20:46:47 | More by merlin48
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
06-09-2009 05:11:58 | More by grayburn
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
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!
05-22-2009 20:59:40 | More by JohnQVegas
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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