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Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Switzerland
brasseriebfm.ch

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ggaughan on 06-07-2006

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blended in October 2007. First beer I can recall that suggests a serving temperature over 60. I started mid-fiddies and went up to mid-sixties thru the 'event'.

Poured into wine-style beer glass with a very limited off-white head over top of a deep copper/orange body, half-way opaque, and some visible carbonation up the middle.

Wow. Aromas of tart, dark fruits greet you, with a heavy, earthy horse-blanket cloud, light but complex spices, touch of sweet red licorice, and hint of balsamic vinegar. Go ahead - swirl it... it's worthy.

Can it be thick and tart at the same time? Wow, yes. Plenty of cabernet-like qualities and oaky/woody punch. Full of ripe, dark fruits - plums, tart cherries, and even some banana. Wish I could pinpoint everything.

Drinkability is quite brilliant - I believe it may be too brilliant at 11%. It starts slightly thick on the palate, but by the swallow, you are cleansed and ready for more.

Can't wait to run this one by a couple of my wino friends to see what they think.

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Photo of jampics2
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Jason at the Beer Engine for my B-Day. Thanks, man! Much appreciated, a pleasant surprise that allowed me to try this great beer!

750ml bottle, 2008 blended in 2009. Poured into a snifter and shared with the table!

A copper beer with no head sits in my glass. Looks a bit murky but acceptable.

Smell is one of a kind. Wow! This is going to be interesting. Tons of oak, some earthy spices, funky brett, and intense alcohol finish.

Taste continues the uniqueness. Spicey and oakey start that then evolves into a sour but not vinegary taste. The sour is defined but not overwhelming. This was really nice and wasn't a throat burner. Wood is king here - the oakey flavor makes this a winner. Sour cherry and green apple flavors were present. Everything is held together in a sophisticated way - nice warmth on the back side but not boozy, more of an expressive warmth.

Mouthfeel was another strong point. Nice carbonation without being sharp or prickly.

Drinkability suffered a touch just because this was strong and had a lot going on. But it was a pleasant beer and I enjoyed the myriad of unique flavors. A winner - now I want to try some of the varieties!

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Photo of Richardberg
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured into a pint glass. medium amber/copper, somewhat hazy -- enough to be opaque. low to moderate head at first, dies down quickly without much residue.

S - caramel malts, woody alcohol, cherry, clove, ginger

T - like the smell, but the tart flavors start to dominate. the finish, especially, is noticeably acidic & dry for an otherwise fruity concoction -- though more along the lines of apple cider vinegar, not sour cherries as you'd expect from the nose

M - moderate body, low to moderate carbonation. about right for a strong amber ale.

D - goes down nicely. you notice the 11% ABV but you don't care, assuming you dig the style.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Charleston Beer Exchange after developing a taste for the sour stuff. 2006 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours an orangey red reminiscent of a dried peach pit. Particulates floating around under a thin salmon colored head.

S - Sour green apple, malt vinegar, earthy wood.

T - First essence is malty, then tart cherry, all the while nice and spicy, with a long and pleasing aftertaste just as the bottle promised.

M - Lots of carbonation as it rolls around on the tongue.

Really good.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle (blended October 07), purchased for $22.99 cheap at Merchant's Fine Wines last year. The label has what turns out to be an excellent description of the beer on it, a rare touch: "Amazing nose of fruits & spices. Slightly sour with very long aftertaste. Low carbonation."

The beer is a murky brown color, turgid with loads of floaters and a thin film of foam. The fruit in the aroma tends towards apple, and I get spices and yeasty esters. The taste is earthy and spicy, with a sour aftertaste. I can taste a hint of alcohol but nothing objectionable. Low carbonation and light-medium body, very drinkable. A little burn in my stomache from the 11% ABV.

This beer is definitely worth the $23, not something to get too often but worth it once in a while. If I see it again that is.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing this at Stone.

2006 bottle. Blended Oct 07.

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a ring. No lace left. Color is a hazed bark hued ruby.

Aroma: Nice oak flavors with slight tart cherries. Bigger malt profile. Some nice spice flavors blend into this beer well. I really enjoy the aroma.

Taste: Oak and slightly tart cherries. Some leather flavors. It is a little funky. Big malt flavor. Again, the spice notes really tie this beer together.

Mouthfeel: Slightly tart and a bit smooth. A medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends with a malty cherry flavored aftertaste to it, also dry.

Overall, I was really glad I got to try this one. It was a well balanced, not over the top, sour beer. Very easy drinking . Fairly drinkable, because it didn't have a lot of acidic flavors.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, straight from the cellar. After being blown away by the Grand Cru, I'm really looking forward to this one. Into the Orval chalice...

A - Very like head with no lacing and very little retention. Makes since with the low carbonation of the beer. Very cloudy body that seems to jump back and forth between differing shades of orange. Honestly not the prettiest beer I have ever beheld...

S - Alcohol is present in the nose, but not overwhelming. Sour cherries dominate the nose, but with nice musty and oak tannin aromas to balance it out. Floral aromas and light smoke highlight the sour bite of this aroma and give it nice depth.

T/M - Acidic apple and cherry flavors that border on vinegar are present at the entry. The raspberry tartness and sweetness seems to help prevent the vinegar qualities from overwhelming. At the midpalate, I noted a building cherry medical quality along with oaky, coriander, strong citrus that also builds through the finish, must and a soft lactic quality. The finish combined a vinegar bite with juicy citrus and ginger. The carbonation is low, allowing the acidity to add sharpness.

D - Man, this one could you a few years. After drinking one of the Grand Cru's, also vintage date 2008, I figured this would be safe to open as well. I imagine a year or two extra in the bottle could help round out the edges on this beer, help it reach it's full potential. As for now, this beer is still tastes like a fully fleshed out example of any other brewer's Biere de Garde, and I look forward to revisiting this one in a year or two.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Version (tasted 11/26/09)

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a frothy head that quickly becomes a ringlet while leaving a few dots of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Tart fruit (cherries and plums), charred wood, toffee, leather and oak

Taste: Opens with a balance between the tart fruit and toffee flavors, but the sour cherry aspect quickly drives it in an increasingly tart direction; after the swallow, the underlying wood and sweet flavors enter the picture and provide a balancing element that lasts into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but highly carbonated

Drinkability: A beer for contemplation rather than quaffing - let's see how this pairs with Thanksgiving dinner

2007 version: Very similar in the flavor profile but the exact opposite in carbonation as it is almost non-carbonated; for a beer of this style, however, the lack of carbonation works very well - I may even prefer it

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Photo of supernaut
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great amber/ruby color with lots of sediment, and murky appearance

Smell: Sour and more sour

Taste: Very tart, fruity, vinegary, and yes...sour - a dominant theme for me on this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but with some acidity

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for the abv. I planned on sipping it, but it was all too easy to gulp

drawback? the cost of entry was pretty high here....based on how uncommon it probably is, I'm guessing most people will pay $30 a bottle or so. I paid $35.

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Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a very cloudy brownish orange with a small collection of bubbles on the to that recedes quickly to nothing.

The aroma is fantastic with a hint of vinegar acidity up front with some cheese and tart fruits. There is some lightly toasted malts and dough in the background. There is some barnyard funk in the nose as well, though I think it'll build more over time.

The taste is noticeably sweeter than the aroma with the tart fruits taking on a more sugar-coated character with maybe some green apples as well as tart cherries. The vinegar is less pronounced and there is a slightly sugary malt backbone underneath it all. The finish is slightly dry but not extremely funky yet.

The mouthfeel is slick with low carbonation and dry in the finish. The acidity is fairly light and doesn't overpower the feel.

I just take for granted that I can buy these around here but this is the first time I've tasted one. All I can say is I will definitely be buying more of these as this is an excellent beer - very complex and drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was served at Jack's Bistro in Baltimore. It poured a hazy brown/ruby with a small off-white head and mild carbonation.
The aroma was amazingly complex, with sour cherries and bread-dough, plum, (maybe some raisin?)and mild malt.
The taste was focused on sour cherries and mild roasted malts, chocolate and alcohol. A bit of the sour character takes away from the other things I'm sure are going on in a lesser amount, which made it hard for me to distinguish.
The feel was an obvious tanic sourness up front, combined with the mild carbonation which gave way to a more sublte smoothness and finished very well. The 11% abv was wel-hidden.
This was really drinkable, which was dangerous. Before I had left Jacks, my 2 friends and I had polished off 2 of these and enjoyed every sip. Overall a fantastic beer, and a great surprise.

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Photo of wnh
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, 15.5% abv.
750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a lightly muddled red-amber.

Nose is soured and funky and wild, with up-front tart cherry and a large dose of alcohol, though the alcohol is considerably well-hidden for a 15.5% ABV beer. Mouthwatering on the whole.
Sour and bracing on the palate, with a mouthwatering acidity, leading to a considerable alcohol warmth mid-palate and a bright fruity finish, all pulsating across my tongue in waves. Alcohol is warm, but not hot, and though readily apparent it's subdued for a 15.5% beer; perhaps a result of the age?

An intriguing beer, well worth drinking.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to Knifestyles for knocking off one of my long time wants - the 2005 version that clocks in at 15.5%. Thanks for sharing this, Chris!

Ruby red with great clarity, this is gorgeous with a thin ring for a head. The nose, is quite magnificent. Big and fruity with plums, cherries, prunes and a touch of alcohol. Mildly smoky and meaty, this is vinous and slightly acetic, much like the Grand Cru versions. Excellent. The flavors are just as good, with a combination of acetic and lactic sourness up front with cherries and raspberries. A touch of oxidation is noticeable, and the way it interacts with the fruity character leads to one complex beer. Rich caramel and toffee is present as well. Finishing long and dry with acetic and a touch of lactic character, this beer hides the 15.5% ridiculously well. Big in body with low carbonation, this is quite excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed my pour and hope to try it again. This beer is a true homewrecker.

**Edit 15 June 2012**
I'm drinking my lone bottle of the 2006 vintage (bottled 2007), bottle # 00276. I picked this up at the Perfect Pour for $17 back in 2008 (on Thanksgiving, in fact) but never got around to drinking it until tonight.

Pouring a deep crimson with a huge light brown head with rather terrible retention, and no lacing, this looks decent. Very nice legs, though.The nose is rather excellent, and more like a Flemish red than a BdG. There's a mild acetic character, quite a bit of sour cherry and black cherry aromas, a little bit of leather, gun smoke, a mild vinous character that pairs well with the leather. Complex, balanced and refined. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden.

The palate opens with a moderate sourness, with a blend of acetic and lactic acids and a pronounced cherry fruitiness. Again, there's a very nice blend of the sweeter black cherries and sour cherries, the combination of which pairs nicely with the leather. In addition, there's a lot more dark fruit , with even a moderate pomegranate note present. I never thought I'd say this in a review, but this beer tastes like it has a lot of anti-oxidants. Moderately vinous on the mid-palate with a moderate jammy, red-wine flavor. Medium-full in body with an unnecessarily high level of carbonation that dissipates, leaving a rather silky smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is stunningly well hidden here, it only appears slightly on the finish, where the cherries, lactic sourness, oak tannins are complemented by the dryness that this high ABV level confers. Excellent stuff.
4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from one of the supposedly six kegs available worldwide!

This is an interesting beer with sour and sweet elements. Cherry is the main flavor and aroma--it has both of the main flavor elements. It's a medium bodied beer, but has a carbonation that makes it feel richer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small smattering of bubbles, some lace.

S: Barnyard, hay, acetic acid, wood.

T: Interesting mix of flavours, like a mix of a biere de garde and a gueuze. There is a grassy component, also some molasses and brandy. Sour pear juice and lemon can be found, together with a significant lactic acid character.

M: Moderately acidic, nice body, no part of the 11% is shown except for a smoothness across the whole of the drink.

D: This is outstanding stuff, well worth the wait and search to try it. Drinks more like a 5% brew, tons of interesting flavour.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted the 2005 vintage that clocks in at 15.5% abv, rather than the 11% noted here.

It wasn't much too look at with no head and muddied color.

The nose was much better, though. It had sour fruit notes(mostly cherry for me), vanilla, noticable alcohol. It lets you know you're in for something big.

Similar notes on the palate with an added acidic bonus and finishing with light oaky tannins.

I thought it didn't taste terribly different from the pinot version but both were great.

This would be a great winter warmer to split with a couple of friends. Thanks nightbrew for pulling this from your secretive cellar.

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Photo of generallee
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a capped green 1pint 9.4oz bottle. The bottle reads hand crafted in 2006 at 11%abv. aged in oak and blended October 07. Also there is what I think is a bottle number or batch number on the neck label that reads 00276.

Appearance: The body has a dark and murky appearance with a dark brownish burgundy color and some lighter reddish high lights. Near the edges of the glass there are some tine bubbles of carbonation. The head is a small, creamy off white layer of foam that slowly fades to just a small ring of tiny bubbles. Lacing is slick and minimal.

Smell: Its aroma has nice tart fruit, funky earthy yeast notes with a hint of oak.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor starts with a semi-sweet malty base with a wonderfully complex mix of dry tart fruit, funky earthy east and wood. Some fruit notes that pop out are sour cherries, dry wine like grapes, and tart apple skins. All these flavors work in perfect harmony and its 11%abv is well hidden. It adds another layer of complexity and mellow warmth to the palate. It has a medium body with a silky light texture and soft carbonation.

Notes: This beer shows outstanding complexity, balance and sophistication. I could sip this all night paired up with a nice plate of fine cheese and fruit.

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Photo of ricke
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008.

A: Reddish brown color, slightly hazy. A small head quickly disappears.

S: Tart berries, perhaps some lemon and tart apples as well. Subtle malts and a decent amount of funk - mud and wet hay.

T: Some semi-sweet fruity notes and malts that's quickly overshadowed by tart flavors and funky notes. The tartness is really good in this one, sharp and edgy, yet not puckering nor astringent. Perhaps a slight taste of vinegar. The finish is really dry with a decent amount of sweet alcohol, a hint of minerals and lingering tartness.

M: Medium body with semi-aggressive carbonation.

D: A good beer, quite interesting. It has an edgy character due to the way the tartness mixes with the aromas and the gentle sweetness. Would definitely have another.

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Photo of joe1510
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml
$22
West Lakeview

2005 Vintage
15.5% abv

This monster, middle aged, Swiss beer pops open with barely any noise. A hard pour produces bubbles, not really head but bubbles that eventually fall to a thin skimming. The Lack of head is understandable with such a big brew and a few years on it, but I would have loved to see kind of life. The body is deep orange with some slight red highlights.

The nose seems to be a little dead as well. Dry, cracking cedar is the first thing that jumps to mind along with a muddled dose of random fruit; oranges, cherries, maybe some grapes all with a layer of cobwebs stretched over them. There's mousy attic funkiness that's rather enjoyable with a quick hit of light caramel and a splash of booze. As this beer sits in the glass the nose seems to really open up to better things. It's a very unique, interesting aroma to be sure.

The flavor is where things seem to come together. The barrel aging still has cedar notes off the bat but segues into dry, brittle oak rather quickly. The fruitiness is everywhere. Soft cherry plays a big role with semi-sweet orange making a grand showing as well. An orange liqueur makes its presence known with a touch of heat and the swallow brings a touch of sourness. This is one of the more interesting beers I've come across. A lingering, soft sweetness sticks on the tongue briefly after each drink.

The lack of carbonation threw me off the first couple sips but as I crawl into the glass a little deeper it seems to work very well. The body has a medium feel, which is surprising considering the abv, and the velvety smoothness is already built in without the carbonation.

15.5% is a heavy load to drink any day of the week, with that said this beer goes down surprisingly easy. The only noticeable alcohol adds complexity and there's no heat involved. The fruit and barrel aging keep it moving well with all things considered.

If you have any of the '05 vintage left I would recommend drinking them very soon. I believe they have gone downhill a lot already and just keep on rolling. This is a crazy unique and interesting beer though so it's worth trying.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decided to try this at the Lion's Pride for my birthday (afterall, I wasn't paying, haha).

2008 vintage, according to their description there's only 6 kegs in the world, not sure if I believe that but hey!

Pours a red/purple/rusty color, hardly any head and no lacing along the glass at all, I can see lots of carbonation action though.

Smell is slightly sour and tart, a good fruity aroma is present and a dash of funk.

Taste is not quite like most Bière de Garde's that I've had, the sour/tart presence was delightful yet not overwhelming, at no point did I need to pucker my mouth like it got kicked in, the berry fruitiness and malt meld together quite well, carbonation is properly assertive and brings out the flavors quite well.

Flavorful and really good, not overwhelming at all, but I can think of cheaper lambics or flanders red (which is more similar in style) that I'd go for if I had to pay, haha.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to crack an '06 bottle, it was a gusher! Definitely more carbonated this time around. A glowing burnt umber red. Aroma is musty cellar, oak barrel, leather, grape and berries.

2nd pour, inital cheesy lactic yogurt notes in the nose, a finger of tan foam. The added carbonation certainly improves the feel.

Taste was tart and reminded me very much of Jolly Pumpkin La Roja. At room temperature there was a noticeable vanilla flavor, that I don't remember from past bottles. Definitely a good amount of complexity there. A sipper and one to share, though i've spent a couple hours already working on this one.

Recommended if you are into Flanders-style red/brown ales, which this most resembles.

Original review 11-06-2006:
Very interesting new entry listed on the Hopleaf bottle menu.

This is one I was excited to try...especially after trying Le Meule from this brewery. Notable quotes from the menu: "Aged in wooden casks previously used to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky, & Grappa...then blended from different casks for optimal balance & complexity." Whew.

So I convinced some wine drinkers to try it, and they were impressed, if not a little confused by it. Definite grape character, with some tannins in the dry finish. Not as woody or spicy as I had hoped, but it certainly exemplifies the cask-aging and blending described above. Nose is pleasant, subdued grape & currant, and a little boozy. Appears to be a dark garnet color in the highlights, with fizzy skim of foam that dissipates quickly. On the palate it has some fullness, like a red wine, but not in a flowery or fruity sense. Carbonation is moderate, finish is dry and somewhat tart.

Recommended for fans of Lambics, Sour Ales, or wine.
Planning to re-rate the cellared '05 "#276" to add to this bare review.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Ljunkan for sharing! This has got to be one of the most interesting and inspring beers I've tried. I love sour ale/lambik/kriek and whatnot, but sometimes they may be a bit "single sided", but this is just brilliant!

The beer pours a deep brown/red color with a small and dissapearing white foam. Not too nice apperance actually, but hey, it's the taste that matters? Right?

Aroma holds lots of nice notes of sour berries, wine, oak and some nice hints of green apples. But also hints of other funky things, almost some aroma that feels like blue cheese. Amazing smell anyway!

The taste doesn't dissapoint either! Lots of thos earlier mentioned sour berries, but also unmature gooseberries and other nice things, also it is a bit oaky. The beer is extremely dry, but still well balanced. Amazing!

An extremely well-crafted and inspiring brew! More stuff like this, please!

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Photo of Casey10
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap from Lions Pride 07 version. Wanted to try a rare beer not sure if I am a fan of this style but it was interesting to say the least.

A - light shade of tan reminded me of a white russian.

S - strong sour smell

T - Very stong sour odor, very tart.

M - Strong sourfeel burning, definately felt a burn.

D - Don't know if I would drink this again. Not my style it was strong as well so can't say it has high drinkability.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME. '08 Vintage.

Pours a murky iced tea/apple cider-like rusty light brown with no head and the thinnest of off-white rings. No lacing.

Smell is sour apples, pears, sour cherries, vinegar, orange peel, oak and brandy. One of the most complex smells I've come across.

Taste pretty much mirrors the nose. Very complex, with sour cherry and apple hitting you first, with some vinegar and musty yeast. Some caramel malty sweetness barely makes itself known before being overwhelmed by more sour notes and some vinegar. Alcohol is noticeable throughout, reminiscent of fine cognac. Finishes fairly dry.

Pretty viscous, almost chewy, body.

Sours are not my favorite, and despite this one only being moderately so, the ABV keeps this one a sipper and one is enough for me.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brick Store continues to impress for its 12 Anniversary, with this one on tap. Pours a cloudy reddish brown color, with a thin, almost non existent head. As it warms, a nice sour cherry nose comes from the beer. A slight malt sweetness rests in the background of the aroma. Taste is an incredible sour cherry flavor, but does not overwhelm with sour, it is very balanced. As I continued to sip, other fruits came through, strawberries and apples most predominantly. There is a still a decent malt/caramel sweetness to it as well. Very complex, I am not sure I can even list all the flavors. Its nice that it is sour, but that does not overwhelm the other flavors. As high as it is in ABV, with low carbonation, and with 3 blends in the brew, it is still rather light in your mouth. Definitely a sipping beer, both in the heat it brings, and to enjoy all the flavors it provides. A highly enjoyable final beer for me last night.

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,081 ratings.
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