Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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Reviews by csmiley:
4.47/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Many thanks to bhalter8 for sending this my way.
Blended October 2007
A - Color is mostly copper with a slight reddish tint. The off white head looks pretty good for an 11% brew. Retention isn't bad either. It settles to a moderate sized ring. Lacing is minimal.
S - Tart and warm are the first two words that come to mind. Apple and lemon start it all off. A hint of sweet caramel comes in around midway. Wet hay and oak quickly follow the sweetness. It ends with black pepper and warm alcohol. The nose is quite impressive.
T - Wood stands out a little more in the flavor that the aroma. It mixes pretty well with the caramel sweetness. Tart fruit pounds away at the middle with hints of cherry and apple. The oak really permeates the flavor all through this one. Alcohol is definitely present but stays well under control at all times. Finishes with some warm spices.
M - Fuller bodied. Very mild carbonation that just barely tickles the back of the throat. Seems that helps cut down on the heat from the abv as well. Finish is sweet, hot, tart...it's all over the place really. I like it though.
D - Drinkability is very good. I would never guess this beer to be at 11%. Even though the alcohol is masked well, this one is still a sipper. The abundant flavors guarantee that. It starts out pretty tart but as it warms, the tartness really starts to mellow. The oak really comes through as well. I must say, I'm quite impressed with my first brew from BFM. Very highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2010 03:06:52 | More by csmiley
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is #00276, brewed in 2007 and blended in Dec 2008. The beer is a murky, amber-brown coloring with a peppering of small carbonation bubbles throughout and no head. Aromatic as soon as you pry the cap off. Wow. Aromas of tart cherry, tannins, old world fruit sweetness in the backbone, apples, roasted notes, and an abundance of spices, including cloves, coriander, and nutmeg. Very layered nose, and more and more comes out as you drink. Great. Flavors are fruit rich forward, with a blast of berries and cherries enveloped in tart and slightly acidic notes, keeping a perfect balance across the palate. Darkly sweet plum and fig backbone, with a spiced blend that warms a bit, as well as provides some edge to all the smooth and rich notes. The tart turns slightly sour towards the tail end of the palate, which does a solid job of cleaning up all of the majorly rich and heavy characteristics. Smooth, mid-bodied in mouth, with a tart and fruity aftertaste that has a slightly astringent feel to it. The finish is crisp, with a slightly sour linger. Very delicious beer worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 00:45:30 | More by GarthDanielson
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
375ml bottle Brewed in 2011
I'm gonna keep this one short even though this beer deserves a little more detail. Pours a murky brown color with no head. Looks and smells like apple cider and jammy fruits with a bright acidity. The taste follows suit; sweet fruits up front (mostly apple with a hint of grape or berry) with a bright acidity. The acidity is moderate and pleasant with a hint of acetic acid/vinegar. A musty earthiness follows with a touch of oak and acetic acid and just a hint of booze at the end of a long finish. The taste is sweet up front and finishes tart. The mouth is dried by some oak tannins. Carbonation is light, enhancing the drinkability. This is a very interesting beer that hides its alcohol content very well. Expensive but highly recommended, especially if you enjoy cidery flavors.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 23:03:19 | More by brianmandell
4.66/5 rDev +8.4%
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 tannins or other 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 that probably 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 hourwould 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 so when I compare it to wine 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
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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