Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Vin Jaune Barrels) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Bottle from the Brick Store - thanks to Sachin for the beer!
Pours a hazy dark orange-copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of solid funk, green apples, dry grapes, and hints of white wine vinegar.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Earthy funky flavors with a solid tartness are augmented by mild fruit flavors - as with the smell green apples and white grapes. The ending is where the barrel comes most into play with a solid dryness and hints of oak.
Mouhtfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with surprisingly active carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.
Overall this was the first barrel-aged version of the Grand Cru and if it's any indication of how the others taste I'll certainly be coming back for more.
01-23-2010 22:10:20 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Consumed in a snifter. Thanks Chris. The beer is light amber with a one finger head, which is a departure from the Bon-Chien Grand Crus. I've had them all, and this is the first time I've seen carbonation.
The nose is vinous with buttery oak and a light tartness. I detect notes of plums and dark grapes, and alcohol becomes increasingly apparent as the beer warms.
The flavor is reminiscent of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, with notes of wood and light tannins. The beer is lightly tart and it exhibits a moderate lactic tartness. Carbonation is at an upper moderate level, but I do prefer these without carbonation. The finish is drying with lingering dark fruit notes.
This is my least favorite of the Bon-Chien Grand Crus. At $23 per 375ml I would definitely not buy this again.
01-20-2010 08:38:47 | More by HopHead84
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
As this was over $20 for the 375mL, I grabbed the one with the smallest headspace on the shelf. There was no apparent carbonation, as some others have noted, and as typical for the series. I've been reading up on the obscure Vin Jaune, and as intriguing as it was, this was a little disappointing.
Yellow orange, almost a fossilized amber color. A few large "juice bubbles" appeared when poured at a 6" height, retreating to the edge like a string of pearls. It was slightly murky and looked almost like a dark amber lambic.
Highly acetic, white wine vinegar nose, cidery, funky with musty barrel notes.
Lightly tart, red grapes, apple, some bretty/fruity intermingling. Earthy oak and damp woody mushroom. Some peppery spice from the tangible solventy alcohol. Slick and very dry in the finish.
It was potent in small doses, i'd recommend sharing a bottle if you splurge for it. Far from the best in the series, and not even an improvement over the standard issue Bon-Chien.
12-21-2009 17:18:51 | More by emerge077
3.93/5 rDev -2%
Bottle either purchased at Capone's or DeCicco's I can't remember.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a massive 4 finger dirty khaki crown that shows some retention and lace.
Smell: A touch sweet but predominantly tart and vinous. Brett like yeast (Notes of lemon and slight barnyard mustiness) is apparent but not overpowering. Not extremely complex, but not boring either.
Taste: Again like the nose the initial sip makes you think its going in the sweet direction but then you are bombarded by tartness and green grapes. A bit disjointed if you ask me. Lots of brett, white raisins, and some sweet malt. Not too much barrel in the flavor profile. Slight crushed up aspirin quality too. This is barely a 4.0 in the taste category for me. I'd give it a 3.8 if I could.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Probably the best category for this brew.
Drinkability: At 11% abv with a not too particularly nice taste profile I'm gonna score this one down.
11-24-2009 23:41:07 | More by koopa
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
At Max's Ravens and Rare Beer event this past Sunday.
Huh? Carbonation? Why? Well, unique among all the Bon Chien Grand Crus I've had, this actually has some carbonation. Mildly hazy with a thin off-white head with great retention and lacing, this is solid.
Decidedly unique among the Bon Chien Grand Crus, this is mildly sweet, vinous tart and sour with a mild aspirin-like character. Not as complex as I've come to expect, this is mildly fruity with mostly tropical fruit (pineapple). Pretty darned solid
Opening tart and sour with a mildly solventy character with very high carbonation (so high that the beer foams in my mouth), this beer is mildly fruity with golden raisins, white grapes and not as tropical as the nose suggests. Not very acidic, this has the tartness I've come to associate with berries and grapes. Not as rich, deep and vinous as the others (I'm guessing this is due to a paler base beer), this is still very good. Tart on the finish with a crisp acidic character with mild tartness. Thankfully, the solvent and aspirin character is not as prominent on the the palate as it was on the nose.
The carbonation is strange, but works OK. Medium in body, I love the long lasting finish with a great white grape character, I'm finding this to be very enjoyable. I would love to try this again.
**Edit 09 April 2012**
Drinking my lone bottle of the 09 vintage, Vin Jaune 1, that I bought for the stupid price of $22 at State Line. Oh well.
Darker than the 08 vintage, this is a beautiful burnished copper with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention. The nose is a lot more muted than the other beers in the series. In place of a big, leathery red wine character, there's a more delicate honeyed and floral fruit character, with pears, light-fleshed plums, and a rather spicy Brett character, with cloves and a little plastic.
The palate has taken on a whole new level of sourness. A blend of medicinal and raw stone fruit (particularly the flavor of unripe peaches and grapes). As it breathes, it gains quite a bit of an oxidized, sweet white wine character, which is what I guess a vin jaune is. Quite fruity with light sherry, unripe peaches, apricots and pluots (no, really), this has taken on a lot of barrel character, and sourness too. The sourness has a lot of fruit character, once the medicinal character dissipates. Despite my initial impressions, acetic character is quite low, and the sourness is predominantly lactic. However, there is a little bit of bitter-sweet-sourness all rolled into one (like a sour candy) that I would guess is a combination of malic and succinic acids? Alcohol is quite well hidden, this finishes dry, lightly carbonated and plenty of fruit on the finish. Quite impressive and unique, but over-priced. Worth buying once IMO. 4.5/3.5/4/4/4
10-21-2009 13:14:14 | More by DefenCorps
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Well I'll be damned. A bon chien beer with carbonation in it.
The beer pours a brownish rose color with (shock!!!) very good head retention and lacing. The nose otherwise is all bon chien, with some lovely sour apple, cherry, wine and a touch of funk. The sour and funk seem to be dialed down a bit more then usual in this beer, which was something I (naturally) appreciated. Otherwise, the flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but as is always the case with bon chien, the beer really delivers a boatload of flavor. There is also a nice hint of gin in this beer, that works well with the wine flavor and soft mouthfeel. Alcohol is well disguised and I would call this one of the more drinkable bon chien beers I've come across. This is just lovely stuff.
10-20-2009 12:30:30 | More by John_M
4.72/5 rDev +17.7%
First let me say out right that the cost of this beer is higher than what most people will pay, however the beer is really something special.
The appearance was a mirky ruby with a decent head.
The Nose was great not overly sour, slight pear and pineapple rind with some fusel alcohol.
The taste was crazy good with sweet Pear, apple core, hints of pineapple and coconut. The finish was long dry and more tart than sour or acidic, with a the slightest amount of heat.
The mouthfeel was pleasantly delicate and soft on the pallet.
Drinkability would have been a 5 if not for the price as it is far to easy to reach the end of this bottle, but as I said well worth it.
10-18-2009 16:48:08 | More by JSHenryChinaski
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
Ditmier (Eric) poured this one on Friday night.. I'm glad I took good notes, because with some later pours, he was starting to make me question what I was tasting. Eric.. It does NOT taste like cocktail onions. :-)
Hazy dark gold/orange ... foamy head with good lace and only descent retention.
Nose lends itself to peaches and only mildly sour.. a little vineous... mild oak.. a little musty as it warms up with later pours.
The flavor is much more oakey.. and the same white peach essence seems to dominate.. a little lactic elements add some sour and tends to dry it out a bit. apple skin on the finish.. more tannic than sour... again a little musty.. more acetic as it warms.
I don't know... I think this one was pretty good.. certainly okay... Ditmier got inside my head. :-)
Thanks again to a fucking great BA and thanks again for another beer that was so far off my radar that I NEVER would have tried trading for it..
10-13-2009 07:36:28 | More by JohnGalt1
4/5 rDev -0.2%
At $23 for 375ml, this is one of the most expensive beers I've ever bought.
This incarnation of the Bon Chein grand cru series seems to actually have carbonation, as I was greeted by a fluffy two finger head upon pouring this beer. The body itself is hazy reddish-amber, cloudier than other batches I've had, but that may be because I didn't give the sediment much time to settle before opening it.
The aroma is vinous, and, surprisingly, a bit solventy. There's light funk beneath the alcohol, but I'm amazed at how dominant the solvents are. As it warms, the booziness becomes all-consuming.
The taste is tart, fruity, vinous, and again, surprisingly boozy. I'm guessing this is the influence of the Vin Jaune barrels, because I haven't picked up much heat in other batches of this beer. Sourness is more lactic than acetic, with mild fruity sweetness adding balance. Medium-full body with fairly crisp carbonation. The finish is hot, sour and semi-dry.
This is good, but really, $23? Per oz, it's roughly twice the price of the bourbon barrel Bon Chien, and not nearly as good. Disappointing.
10-07-2009 04:59:45 | More by largadeer
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Vin Jaune Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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