Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2009 01:29:58 | More by DefenCorps
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4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Sampled from a 750 bottle purchased at The Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC. It was recommended to me by a friend in Belgium. 2012 with 8 notched out.
A - Deep copper with a hazy finish and a limited white head. A slow but steady rise of fine bubbles.
S - Wonderful tart and sour notes with some additional depth of oak, fruit and spices. Very inviting.
T - Loads of sour/tart flavors with great maturity, depth and variation. It's intense but not biting or harsh in any way. You get something different in every sip. The 11% alcohol is incredibly well hidden.
M - Good body with good substance yet it flows smoothly. A low to moderate carbonation.
O - A complex and intriguing beer! So glad I tried it.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 11:58:50 | More by GJ40
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.