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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4.5/5 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.