Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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4.66/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Abbay de Saint Bon-Chien, Handcrafted in 2010, Brewed in 2011, Bottle No. 276.
A – Fluctuates from melted honey (darker in the middle and golden toward the edge) when viewed from above, to amber tanned-leather when viewed straight on, to strawberry iced tea when viewed from below. Copper. Hazy, but not completely impenetrable as one can discern a wagging finger when looking through the glass.
S – Decidedly vinous. Slightly musty sour grapes. Just a hint of caramel. Whispers of sour cherry. Wafts of what I take to be oak as it brings to mind Appletons 12 Year. Starting to understand what funk refers to.
T – Unripe white grapes, Chardonnay, rosé wine. Musty, tangy and cherry tartness. Haven’t had many sour beers but it brings to mind Petrus Aged Pale but with a richer flavour and a fuller and weightier presence. The extra aging and higher abv., give this beer a maturity which renders it the finished article. It really does taste a lot like wine, but with none of the wine-like features I dislike about wine. Funky and slightly sweet.
M – Lightly sparkling. The slightly lower carbonation gives it more of a homespun or farmhouse feel where higher carbonation would have led to champagne comparisons. Sleek, wholesome. Part of me wishes it had finer bubbles and a little more carbonation, but perhaps that wouldn’t be to style.
O – This is astonishingly drinkable at 11%, both in terms of flavour and in comparison to drinking a bottle of wine; drinking a bottle of wine in under half an hour would leave me feeling pretty ill but this is a delight. Sits easily on the stomach and the palate. This is the most expensive beer I’ve ever bought at $27.99 before tax. I’d been thinking about buying this beer for nigh on 5 months and I’m glad I finally took the plunge. I was expecting to feel cheated but I’ll be buying this again. When one considers how much people are willing to pay for a decent bottle of wine, this beer seems more reasonably priced. I loved it, and enjoyed it more than any wine I’ve ever had. When I compare it in this way I don’t feel so bad about the price. I look forward to pairing this with some hearty French-Swiss Alpine fare or a berry crumble. Must try.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 00:05:27 | More by abeeronthebeach
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