Beer #136 Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels)

 

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels)

Name:  Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels)  TR5

Style: Bière de Garde on Beer Advocate & is listed as a Sour Ale on Rate Beer but it tastes more like a Flemish Red to me.

Brewery: BFM Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes website.

Country:  Switzerland

Region:  Saignelégier

ABV: 11.0% Abv

How served: 375ml capped bottle poured into my Oerbier glass.          

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: Grilled Tilapia which has been brushed with olive oil, splashed with lime jucie & sprinkled with pepper & salt.  It was served with a watermelon gestapo and a butter squash.  This pairing was excellent.

Tasted on:  Monday August 16th, 2010. 

Note:  This is a Very Limited Edition. This is batch TR5, which was Brewed in May 2008 and Bottled in January 2009. 

This beer pours a brownish red with a minimal white head on an aggressive pour.  There is no lacing in the glass and the head dissipated rapidly.   If you try to look through the glass you can’t, but at an angle you have a clear “rim” around the glass.  The nose is of sour cherries, oak and a mild bit of funkiness.  The taste is of refreshing mild sour cherries, oak, hints of vanilla, some mild acidic vinegar and a bit of sweetness; this could be mistaken for a fine wine.  The mouthfeel is light & refreshing with no carbonation, as no carbonation is needed in this beer nor was intended to be in this beer (as it was bottled without prise de mousse). This is an extremely drinkable beer, no hint of the 11% abv, I could drink this all night long.  I have Batch TR3 hidden away and will try that one in about 2 years.

On the Label: Ale Matured in Trousseau Oak Barrels (single cask in a Trousseau barrel from Arbois, France). Hand bottled, without prise de mousse in January ’09.  This Grand Cru’s complexity will increase with age.  11% alc/vol.   Ingredients: Swiss Mountains’ spring water, barley, malts, sugar, hop, yeast.  Tasting temperature about 60°F.  Barrique No 5, Brewed in May 2008.

From their website:  L’Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is an antique beer, a strong sour ale with 11% vol., brewed in honour of the ol’ brewery cat who has been sanctified upon its decease. This Cuvee, luminous amber in colour, matures for months in oak barrels that previously contained wine or other spirits. It is the oak barrels that give this beer the manifold complex aromas. On the palate the brew reminds one of fruity red wines with a pronounced acidity. (note this is for the “base beer”, not this Grand Cru).

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1st Post!

Well after tasting well over a 1000 beers I have finally gotten around to document what I’ve tasted.  There isn’t a better way to get started on this blog than by watching a New York Giants football game and drinking an IPA. 

 

AleSmith IPA

AleSmith IPA

Name: AleSmith IPA

Style: IPA

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Co.  website

Country: USA

Region: San Diego, California

ABV: 7.25%

How served: 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.   Great brew to have while watching a football game

I paired this beer with: Mediterranean style sardines and pretzels.  This IPA paired very well with this meal.

Tasted on: Sunday October 4, 2009

    

Juxaposition Black Pilsner

Juxaposition Black Pilsner

Name: Juxtaposition Black Pilsner 

Style: Imperial Pilsner

Brewery: Collaboration between Stone Brewing Co.  website,   BrewDog Ltd website and Cambridge Brewing Co website.  Brewed and Bottled by the Stone Brewing Co.

Country: USA

Region: Escondido, California (Stone), Fraserburgh, Scotland & Cambridge, Massachusetts (Cambridge)

ABV: 10.00%

How served: 12 oz bottle poured into a Stone Levitation glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.   Alcohol is well hidden and very smooth.

I paired this beer with: Habanero cheddar cheese.  Not the best pairing, but acceptable.

Tasted on: Sunday October 4, 2009

Note:  Limited and brewed only once.

 

 

Cuvée Du 7ème

Cuvée Du 7ème

Name: Cuvée Du 7ème

Style: Bière de Garde

Brewery: Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes.  website

Country: Switerland

Region: Saignelégier

ABV: 7.50%

How served: 33cl bottle poured into a Straffe Hendrik glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.   Great brew to have while watching a football game

I paired this beer with: Chocolate pasta with chicken.  Very good pairing, but the meal might have been better paired with a “chocolate” stout or RIS.

Tasted on: Sunday October 4, 2009

Note:  Limited and brewed only once for the 7th anniversary of the Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes.

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