Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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Reviews by Zraly:
4.61/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2006 vintage. Poured into a Teku glass. Burgundy with mahogany tinge, off-white head in appearance. Nice looking. Smells are very complex and wine-like; very pleasant and fragrant.
I've had this on tap before on more than one occasion at The Birch in Norfolk. However, now that I am at home and have more room to collect my thoughts, this is a good time to write a review.
Very wine like in terms of the flavor complexity. The sourness adds a very defined, acidic tone for the rest of the flavors. Upfront, dried fruits and tart cherries take center stage, with a hint of malt lingering in the back. Vanilla from oak comes through mid-palate. Soft carbonation gives enough lift to keep this from cloying or becoming too much due to the presence of the vinegar notes; balanced appropriately. Interesting spice notes accompany the funk in the finish. The finish is fairly dry and the body is medium, although it has a lightness to it that is airy surrounding a slightly boozy note; quite the feat in terms of notes going together. Finally, I pick up on a herbaceous note throughout, like a combination of thyme and lavender. So in addition to what is already a very complex ale, a floral note ends the flavor composition. Really pretty and a treat to have both in the bottle and on tap.
The biggest piece, for me, is how easy this goes down. I can drink more than one of these, which is not necessarily the case for most ales in the Biere de Garde or Flemish Ale categories. It's definitely not training wheels for the style by any means, but if you know you like that style, you really should try this.
As for food, something very tasty and well-crafted will work. I can see everything from a shepherd's pie to pate to coq au vin pairing well with this. I don't think a nice berry cobbler is out of the question either. A slight stretch could be venison stew, but really, I think the key is something that is full-flavored and can stand up to some acidity and sour notes.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2013 22:44:22 | More by Zraly
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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.