Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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Reviews by Neffbeer:
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Marked: bottled in April 2010, brewed 2009.
A: There is a slow forming head that cascades to surfaces seconds after the pour. It manages to muster a decent looking one finger head that recedes quickly forming a small foamy cap on the beer. The body displays perfect clarity, a burnt amber color with sienna hues.
S: Initially what wafts from the glass is tart cherries and raspberries with a bit of lactic sourness. The more it warms the funk becomes more evident with leather, and musty blanket emerging along with distinct notes of the oak barrels. Overall a very vinous complex nose.
T: The oak is much more dominant in the flavor with tannic bitterness greeting my palate first. Cherries, raspberries and other vinous fruits grab hold mid-palate. It has some residual jam like qualities for sure. It finishes with some toasted grain, chocolate and another friendly greeting of oak.
M: Medium to light bodied with subtle carbonation. All in all this is a very "wine-like" brew.
D: For me this is a beer from another world. It drinks like a sophisticated aged wine should, but with loads of complex bright flavors. A bit of a head scratcher in a good way. Next time I will be sure to pair this with a meal or some Hors d'oeuvres.
Edit: Just poured the second half of the bottle at around 64F and got a massive off-white head. This beer is not meant to be consumed below 60F. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2011 22:54:21 | More by Neffbeer
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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.