Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2008 vintage, straight from the cellar. After being blown away by the Grand Cru, I'm really looking forward to this one. Into the Orval chalice...
A - Very like head with no lacing and very little retention. Makes since with the low carbonation of the beer. Very cloudy body that seems to jump back and forth between differing shades of orange. Honestly not the prettiest beer I have ever beheld...
S - Alcohol is present in the nose, but not overwhelming. Sour cherries dominate the nose, but with nice musty and oak tannin aromas to balance it out. Floral aromas and light smoke highlight the sour bite of this aroma and give it nice depth.
T/M - Acidic apple and cherry flavors that border on vinegar are present at the entry. The raspberry tartness and sweetness seems to help prevent the vinegar qualities from overwhelming. At the midpalate, I noted a building cherry medical quality along with oaky, coriander, strong citrus that also builds through the finish, must and a soft lactic quality. The finish combined a vinegar bite with juicy citrus and ginger. The carbonation is low, allowing the acidity to add sharpness.
D - Man, this one could you a few years. After drinking one of the Grand Cru's, also vintage date 2008, I figured this would be safe to open as well. I imagine a year or two extra in the bottle could help round out the edges on this beer, help it reach it's full potential. As for now, this beer is still tastes like a fully fleshed out example of any other brewer's Biere de Garde, and I look forward to revisiting this one in a year or two.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2009 07:17:46 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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4.01/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2007 vintage. 750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter.
Pours a course 1 finger layer of big bubbles that collapses quickly. Beer is a clear, dark mahogany. No lace and no legs. Not much to look at.
Nose is tart cherry and raspberry with hints of vinegar, soy sauce, oak and booze. Aromatic and very complex. Nice.
Opens mellow and juicy cherry, raspberry, vinegar and red fruit pulp. Amazingly complex. Layers of oak, barnyard, and a big bold tartness preside over the middle. Acidic and puckering with big fruit and funk notes. Finishes tart vinegar, red fruit and a slight bit of soy sauce. Sour finish. Awesome!
Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down puckering and dry. Finishes dry with a filmy aftertaste that coats the palate. Solid.
This is a beer that's been around for a long while and its easy to see why. Great balance and complexity and just an all around solid offering. Definitely worth seeking out and its one of those rare non-gueuze beers that ages wonderfully!
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 01:44:50 | More by SpeedwayJim
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.