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Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien
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Style: Abbey Style
Collections: Beer, Draft, Vintage,

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Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, l'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique ale aged in wooden casks which have been used for several years before to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky and then Grappa. It manages to merge into L'Abbaye all the complex aromas of a vintage red wine along with the delicate harmony and flavors of the wood and its former contents. This process requires close monitoring of the beer's evolution. The final version is blended from different casks, to ensure optimal balance, complexity and enjoyment! A mere one thousand bottles have been earmarked for the US market in 2006.

[Thus named in fond memory of Bon-Chien, the late brewery cat, deceased in June 2005, whose antics were very popular with brewery visitors]

Try it with pan-fried duck breast or foie gras deglaced with Modena balsamic vinegar or with a high cocoa contents dark chcolate.

The beers of the Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes are flavorful top-fermenting beers, brewed according to ancestral accounts of master craftsmen brewers. Double Fermented before bottling, they are unfiltered and unpasteurized to preserve their flavors and smoothness.

They can be enjoyed before, during and after a good meal. To serve them, tilt the glass and pour delicately, while allowing a nice foam collar ensuring a good release of the flavors. The ideal temperature of serving is between 6 and 8 degrees C.

L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2005:

Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2005 was blended from 1 wooden barrel of grappa, 3 of Pinot Noir, 6 of merlot used for Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2004 It is floral with a touch of lavand oil. It just has a bit of carbonation. To give nerves to the beer.

It is of course a bit different as the other vintage, a bit more alcohol, the same pH, a good balance and a long and powerfull aftertaste. It is floral with a touch of lavand oil.

Notes from Jerome Rebetez:
"It is different from 2004, it is stronger at 15.0% Abv. and more spicy than 2004. I compared the 2 vintages and for me, it is a bit more complex in 2005 than in 2004, with a longer finish. But the balance between sweetness and sourness is definitely different."

L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2006:

Notes from Jerome Rebetez:
"For 2006, it will be more 2004-like, with less alcohol. And I guess the bouquet is going to be more fruity-winy. But believe me it is not so evident to mature in oak barrels, no one is similar and it is more a vintage than a simple batch

For my barriques supplier :
6 barriques are coming from Burgundy, they had Volnay 1er cru (Bernard Loiseau), it is Pinot Noir
2 had grappa
1 had Ron
12 came from Jura with special winegrapes developped by Valentin Blattner
The rest comes from Merlot and Cabernet – Sauvignon from Tessin, Tenuta Bally"

Limited Edition Magnums:

For 2007 we are releasing a limited edition of Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien in magnum bottles. There will be two versions available: PN (Pinot Noir) & BO (Bourbon). Both versions have been aged in a single barrel.



Tasting Notes

2004

Appearance:
Deep brick red reminiscent of a vintage Burgundy Wine. Fine crown of froth.

Aroma:
Amazing nose featuring a wide range of aromas : spices (cinnamon, wood), fruit spirits and a touch of licorice, vegetable dryness.

Flavor:
On the palate, it needs more time than your average craft beer, first velvety with just enough condition to bring it to live, followed by a slight sharp vinous note and a very subdued bitterness.

Finish:
The finish is strikingly long and port-like.

2005

Appearance:
Hazy brown body with a tan lacing.

Aroma:
Vinous aroma with an undertone of caramel and toffee.

Flavor:
The taste is fruity with a bit of tartness.

Finish:
Moderate warming finish.

2006

Appearance:
Deep red with no head.

Aroma:
Cherry and grape with a rich caramel aroma.

Flavor:
Caramel and dark fruit on the initial taste followed by a layer of sour cherry and grapes.

Finish:
Long cherry aftertaste.

2007

Appearance:
Amber color.

Aroma:
Brown sugar, maple, and some strawberry.

Flavor:
Subtle acidity, intense strawberry fruit.

Finish:
Very sweet finish with notes of caramel and vanilla.



Specifications
Alc./Vol.: 11.0 %


Formats
Version: Type: Size: UPC/EAN:
Keg 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
(PA only) Case 12 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s)
(PA only) 2014 Case 12 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s)
2006 {PA ONLY} Case 12 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s)
2007 Bourbon Cask/Pinot Noir Grand Cru Case 2 * 50.8 oz. Magnum Bottle(s) 0 62067 03073 4
2010 Keg 1 * 6.6 gal. Keg
2010, Wooden Cask Wooden Cask 30l New 1 * 7.9 gal. Keg
2011 Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s) 7 640117 630320
2011, {PA only} Case 12 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s)
2012 Keg 1 * 7.9 gal. Keg
2013 Grand Cru aged in French Champagne barrels Case 6 * 50.8 oz. Magnum Bottle(s) 0 62067 03073 4
2013, Grand Cru , Aged in Champagne Barrels Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s) 7640117630245
2013, Grand Cru , Aged in Champagne Barrels Keg 1 * 7.9 gal. Keg
2014 Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s) 7 640117 630320
2014, Grand Cru,, aged in Rum barrels Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s)
2015 Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s) 7 640117 630320
2015 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 062067029295
2015 Keg 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
2015 Keg 1 * 7.9 gal. Keg
2015 Keg 1 * 13.2 gal. Keg
2016 Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s)
2016 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 062067029295
2016 Grand Cru, Pinot Noir barrel from Neuchatel CHF Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s) 7640117630245
2016, Grand Cru, Aged in Vin Jaune barrels Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s)
20th Anniversary Edition 2017,aged in Château Latour barrels Keg 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
20th Anniversary Edition aged in Chateau Latour barrels Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 7640117631150
Bourbon Cask Grand Cru Case 6 * 50.8 oz. Magnum Bottle(s) 0 62067 03073 4
Firkin Firkin 1 * 10.8 gal. Cask
Grand Cru 2014, aged in Vin Jaune Barrels Keg 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
Grand Cru [rare 2015 barrels] Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s) 7640117630245
Grand Cru, Vintage 2010 Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 03085 7
Special Vintage Keg 1 * 13.2 gal. Keg
Vintage 2006 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 02929 5
Vintage 2007 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 02929 5
Vintage 2007 Keg 1 * 7.9 gal. Keg
Vintage 2008 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 02929 5
Vintage 2009 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 02929 5
Vintage 2010 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 0 62067 02929 5
Vintage 2010 Keg 1 * 7.9 gal. Keg
Vintage 2011 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 062067029295
Vintage 2011 Case 6 * 50.8 oz. Magnum Bottle(s) 0 62067 03073 4
Vintage 2012 Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s) 7 640117 630320
Vintage 2012 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 062067029295
Vintage 2012 Case 6 * 50.8 oz. Magnum Bottle(s) 062067029295
Vintage 2013 Case 6 * 12.7 oz. Bottle(s) 7 640117 630320
Vintage 2013 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 062067029295
Vintage 2013 Case 6 * 50.8 oz. Magnum Bottle(s)
Vintage 2014 Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 062067029295
Vintage 2014 Case 6 * 50.8 oz. Magnum Bottle(s) 062067029295
Zymatore, 2014, Aged in Chardonnay barrels Case 6 * 16.9 oz. Bottle(s)
Zymatore, 2014, Aged in Chardonnay barrels Keg 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
Zymatore, Aged in Hillrock Estate Whiskey barrel NY Keg 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
Zymatore, Aged in Moscatel barrel, "small barn project" Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s)
Zymatore, Aged in Moscatel barrel, "small barn project" Keg 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
Picture: Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 25.4oz bottle.
Picture: Brewing and bottling of Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien
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