Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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Reviews by Phatz:
4.22/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This was a terrific treat. Thanks much to mugghugger for sharing a bottle of Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien (2005) with me.
I have had some experience with the Bière de Garde style and I must say this one is the stand out. I found it magnificent.
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous burgundy into my tasting snifter; (yes I had a share of this 750 ml but it left an impression on me). Even in my small snifter a beautiful head rose out of that deer red/brown body.
Smell: Immediate delightful tannic with a nice tart nip of sour cherries and aged wood with and earthy must about it that leads into a raisin/grape vinous attribute a just a touch of wine like alcohol that is not invasive on the senses.
Taste: Like the nose a tart berry flavor and aged woodiness and some slightly sour funk. A huge red wine like vinous element and a then a balance of sweetness as well. The spices are aged and mellow so that the barrel, the oak and the malt can stand forefront with the sprinkle of bitterness hiding deep beneath. It starts and finishes with a dry grape (Cabernet) attribute but is all beer from top to bottom. Exceptional.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry with a Flemish Red like tartness left on the lips and a long lingering aftertaste.
Drinkability: The only inhibiting factor in the drinkability of this beer is the price tag. The alcohol is high but like a bottle of wine you can sip on this sucker all night long. I hope to find more of this in the near future.
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2007 23:33:23 | More by Phatz
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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 685 ratings.