Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique Sour Ale aged one year 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 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! Every year, the blend will be slightly different.
This beer is named in fond memory of Bon-Chien, the late brewery cat, deceased in June 2005, whose antics were very popular with brewery visitors.