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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 962
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.63%
Wants: 128
Gots: 204 | FT: 10
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  11.00% ABV

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Beer added by: ggaughan on 06-07-2006

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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2006 bottle. barleywinish. Very easy drinking, smooth mouthfeel, tasty with items like fish. Something special. Cognac-like colour. Taste sensation of a Flemish sour without unpleasant sourness at all. Mild spiciness.
5 years pass. Had again the 2011 version? I can only assume. Enjoyed on tap at Ebenezer's Pub. Orange, wild, yeasty, tart, A little apple cider, a sipper that was a delicious drinkable sour. Big Lace.
Had the 2009 version at Bar Volo, a great drinkable sour.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour and tart fruit, slight vinegar, funk, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic/drying quality on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great sour presence in the aroma and taste. I just wish the carbonation level was better on this one.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is rather hazy brownish red in color and resembles apple cider a bit. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of apples, grapes and oak in the nose; this becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has complex and interesting flavors of fruity yeast—apples seem to stand out in particular. There are also some hints of oak and green grapes.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: This is a very enjoyable biere de garde. The oak barrel aging definitely adds some complexity to the flavors.

Note: 2010 vintage

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Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle: This beer poured out as an interesting looking reddish color. The head came and went fairly fast. The aromas of oak, funk, sour cherries and some wine-like fumes come off of this beer. The taste of the beer gets better as it warms up. I found this beer to be very tart and sour in the beginning. As it got warmer, the funk and oak flavors came out more and took over in place of the sourness. The mouthfeel had a pretty good carbonation to it but was a little thin I thought. Overall it's a good sour for sure. I'm not a fan of the style but I feel it would please most beer drinkers.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Version (tasted 11/26/09)

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a frothy head that quickly becomes a ringlet while leaving a few dots of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Tart fruit (cherries and plums), charred wood, toffee, leather and oak

Taste: Opens with a balance between the tart fruit and toffee flavors, but the sour cherry aspect quickly drives it in an increasingly tart direction; after the swallow, the underlying wood and sweet flavors enter the picture and provide a balancing element that lasts into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but highly carbonated

Drinkability: A beer for contemplation rather than quaffing - let's see how this pairs with Thanksgiving dinner

2007 version: Very similar in the flavor profile but the exact opposite in carbonation as it is almost non-carbonated; for a beer of this style, however, the lack of carbonation works very well - I may even prefer it

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the taste of the '11 Grand Cru lingering on my memory, those flavors are so exhilarating that this standard Abbey de Saint Bon-Chien is drawing me like a moth to the flame. But this '06 vintage rewards me with its brightness and none of the burn.

Much like the Grand Cru, the beer pours a modestly carbonated hazy rust color, revealing reds, browns, purples, and mauve highlights when held to the light. Its tawny appearance releases the daintiest of foam structures that deflate from the acidity and alcohol beneath. With little to discuss in the retention and lacing department, the beer is left to look like wine.

Mouthwatering aromas abound with fruit, wine, spice, and must. Sour cherries, grapes, apples, figs, dates, and apricots strike the nose with a forceful scent. Backed by notes of Balsamic vinegar, sherry wine, and Merlot-type tangy notes the beer is savory and rich to go along with its strong acidity. Earthy tones of dried limes, leather, weathered oak, cellar musk, tobacco, and sea air keep the aromas varying and inciting.

The taste of all that sour and musty fruit that pierces the taste buds with sharp flavors that accompany dried wood, earthy sea brine, figs and dates, tobacco and leather- and all woven together by savory balsamic and sherry. It's a sublime taste that at first seems too intense with sourness, but is then softened by mature fruit sweetness. Other intangible complements to the beer reveal almonds, vanilla, and light caramel and seem to alternate with each sip.

Its elegant textures are sharp on the palate at first but then softened by ghost of maltiness that soothes the palate against vinegar-like acidity. Wood spices offer some astringency and gives the beer an almost-peppery finish. Surprisingly, the warmth of eleven percent is hardly felt as it is tightly woven into the acidic notes.

This sultry ale is a culinary delight on all fronts: it's savory, sweet, sour, and salty. Highly satisfying to taste, the beer is mature, surly, and unpredictable all at once. I simply cannot get enough of it!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-browned garnet color with a thin off white head and a tiny bit of lacing. Nose brings some lactic sourness, cherries, hints of dark fruits, and a bit of earth. Taste and feel add in a nice oak presence and the sourness becomes a bit more prevalent. The cherries and light malt fit well together bringing a nice bready character out. Drinks quite well; glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of IMtheOptimator: Poured a medium amber color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention or lacing. Aroma of oak and tart is pretty enticing. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt, oak and some vinous character. Body was about medium full with some very low carbonation. I could not detect any alcohol which is quite a feat at 14% but could feel the effect afterward. Interesting combination between the malt presence of a Biere de Garde and a Flander Red oak presence.

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy and dark amber. Not much carbonation - a gentle pour leaves a small ring of head around the glass.

Smell: Very oaky, mild sourness and sweet, acidic fruit. There's a slight mustiness to it as well, which probably comes from the yeast.

Taste: The oak is very up-front here and blends pretty nicely with the sour, fruity backbone. The sweet, sugary vanilla character that I normally associate with oak-aged beer isn't very present here; it's more tannic and dry. Very minimal hop presence, but it's already a complex beer.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned above, this has very little carbonation, which sets it apart from most Belgian-style ales.

Drinkability: The high ABV is hard to detect amongst the plethora of other flavors - this is really complex stuff. That doesn't necessarily mean it's an amazing beer. While I definitely enjoyed it, at $22 a bottle I think there are better options out there. I probably would have appreciated this more at half the price. As it stands, I felt somewhat underwhelmed.

Edit: Tried this again on tap and found it quite good, so my scores have been bumped accordingly.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to crack an '06 bottle, it was a gusher! Definitely more carbonated this time around. A glowing burnt umber red. Aroma is musty cellar, oak barrel, leather, grape and berries.

2nd pour, inital cheesy lactic yogurt notes in the nose, a finger of tan foam. The added carbonation certainly improves the feel.

Taste was tart and reminded me very much of Jolly Pumpkin La Roja. At room temperature there was a noticeable vanilla flavor, that I don't remember from past bottles. Definitely a good amount of complexity there. A sipper and one to share, though i've spent a couple hours already working on this one.

Recommended if you are into Flanders-style red/brown ales, which this most resembles.

Original review 11-06-2006:
Very interesting new entry listed on the Hopleaf bottle menu.

This is one I was excited to try...especially after trying Le Meule from this brewery. Notable quotes from the menu: "Aged in wooden casks previously used to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky, & Grappa...then blended from different casks for optimal balance & complexity." Whew.

So I convinced some wine drinkers to try it, and they were impressed, if not a little confused by it. Definite grape character, with some tannins in the dry finish. Not as woody or spicy as I had hoped, but it certainly exemplifies the cask-aging and blending described above. Nose is pleasant, subdued grape & currant, and a little boozy. Appears to be a dark garnet color in the highlights, with fizzy skim of foam that dissipates quickly. On the palate it has some fullness, like a red wine, but not in a flowery or fruity sense. Carbonation is moderate, finish is dry and somewhat tart.

Recommended for fans of Lambics, Sour Ales, or wine.
Planning to re-rate the cellared '05 "#276" to add to this bare review.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, not sure where to even start with this one. I had been looking for it for ages. Something about it I just really needed to get my hands on it, and had not had much success. Step in a wonderful trader who recently was kind enough to send me a bottle to enjoy. I took this one outo f the fridge straight away last night and used to for my long and involved nightcap. A very nice 2006 vintage, this one was listed as 11% ABV on the bottle.

The pour was very nice, a rich reddish tinted amber liquid came gurgling out of the bottle. Very nice head on this, perhaps two inches in height before settling down to a thin brown across the top that lasted throughout the rest of the session. Very nice side glass lacing as well as a good amount of haze and sediment mixed in here. The aroma was beautiful. Rich, elelgant, decadent, with notes of funk coming through straight away. Nice sour fruit notes, woody with the barrel aging in full effect from the first sips. Not much in the way of alcohol here, quite the contrary as it seemed more vibrant and alive.

The flavor was to die for. Started out with the most perfect feel I could have imagined. Rich and medium boided with the perfect amount of carbonation to balance it. I was thrilled the moment it hit my toonge. Sour funky notes riddled throughout this oak like flavor. Very woodsy and barnhouse hay like flavors coming through very nicely. Touchs of peppery spice mixed in as well. Fantastic dry, champagne like finish left this long lingering flavor in my mouth that just would not quit. I picked up no hints of alcohol in this thoughout the session, and maybe it was the couple years it had on it, not sure, but needless to say, this was beyond good.

Overall I was blown away by this one. I knew it would be good, I just did not think it would be this goo. Rich and full, vibrant and yet mellow and subdued. Easily one of the best I have had in a very long time and I would seek this one out again with no issue at all.

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Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this again and it was much better. I'm not going to update appearance or Mouthfeel.

Smell: Sweet and malty with strong notes of vinegar and raspberries.

Taste: Quite sour but still very smooth. Reminds me a bit of raspberry vinegar. Along with the vinegar sourness, there is a tartness. The finish is acidic, but the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Overall: I'm really glad I got to have this again, thanks to Max's for getting rare beers over and over again. Quite smooth and very good and now that I know what it should taste like I would have another.

Old Review
I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber with a half finger of thick off white head that left a layer on top throughout the pour.

Smell: Mild vinegar sourness with sweet malt. There is a mild off smell.

Taste: Really disappointed. There is an initial taste that reminds me of overly ripe/rotten fruit. Kind of taste like fruit that was left outside in 100 degree heat. That went away and even more so as the beer warmed. After that was a pleasant barrel aged strong sour ale. Vinegar and mild bourbon flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with mild carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: I just couldn't get past that initial taste. I was bummed out by this.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Richard for sharing this bottle from 2006.

A: The pour is a nice copper color with a light tannish head and some nice streaks of lacing.

S: A lightly tart nose with notes of cherries, grapes, and maybe even some strawberries. A slight sweetness from the fruit aromas, too.

T: There is an interesting combination of tartness and sweetness, almost similar to a Flanders Red/Brown ale. Nice lactic sourness with slightly sweet cherries and grapes and a bit of leather and earth.

M: The body is medium with a moderate but lively carbonation to it.

D: I have enjoyed all the bottles of this that I've tried, but for the price I have a hard time buying them. Still a good beer, however.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky, mahogany-hued body with a flourish of angry, fizzy carbonation that dies suddenly, POOF, leaving you with a slim, beige ring.

Smell: That aroma houses vague notions of bready malted barley, a round robin of lightly tart fruits, hint of lemon, and plenty of resolute, strongly aromatic phenolics, as if some sneaky joker dosed my glass with a drizzle of Italian dressing.

Taste: A predominately breaded maltiness with some minor influences of caramel, though effectively no real sweetness to it. Even early into the first opening sip those punchy, funky phenols are building up on the tongue. Various fruit flavors and tartness are interwoven into the taste, some cherries, some non-identified berries, some strawberries maybe. Small squirt of citric lemon juice. Fair degree of oak character throughout. Dry, warming, phenolic finish with one last zip of tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. The lively effervescence gives the mouthfeel a nice fluffiness.

Drinkability: Like that time I drove out to Myrtle Beach, it makes for a reasonably decent, one-time visit. However, with the alcohol, palate-wearying phenols, and hefty price-tag, I just don't see myself returning to it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had a firkin of this, 2010 vintage, at Nerax at Novare Res.

Pours a hazy amber orange-red colored beer with a light fizzy head as usual for cask.

Nose has a nice tart sour fruit aroma, great tart fruits that just dance around the nostrils, berry, lots of grape skin, bit of Brett funk and lactobacillis like acidic fruit, nice funk overall.

Taste brings a great funk and sour/tart fruit, berry, light sour fruit and sour malts, bit of Brett funk as well, lactobacillis again bringing some acidic tastes, bit grainy and bready, and some interesting berry fruit with a bit of grape skin and seed. Finishes with a bready malt, tart flemmy fruit, sour but not puckering, a bit more grape skin and dark red wine, and even a hint of oak and vanilla, hint of booze.

Mouth is med bodied, bit of warming booze and acidic feel, good carb esp for cask.

Overall awesome, so tasty, great tart sour fruits, sour malts, a bit bready, not mouth puckering or over the top, very tasty and nice funk to it at the same time.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Local Option.

2011 vintage. I've been eying this beer (at least mentally) for years, so I'm pouncing on it here at LO while I can. It pours a hazy copper-amber topped by a half-finger of glowing lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises red wine vinegar, buttery toffee, light walnut, almond, and spicy greens. There's a lot going on here in the aroma, including a few things I can't quite put into words properly. Suffice it to say it's sour, lightly buttery, lightly nutty, and lightly spicy. The taste brings in more of the same (with the same sort of complexity), with the vinegar coming through as more of a citric-ish sourness. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda lightly gooey feel. Overall, a very nice, highly complex beer, one that's a struggle to wrap my brain around, and I'm all the happier for it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Saw it advertised on the beer list as a "Swiss sour/wild ale"... never heard of that style, so felt I just had to try it. I was not disappointed in the least bit, this was one the best tasting beers I may have had in my life. High alcohol, but completely hidden, superb balance and mouthfeel, fantastic sour and cherry flavors, goes down way too smooth. Was a struggle to just drink it slowly, this one packed a flavor punch and was dangerously good.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**11/24/13: I intend to re-review this beer as this review isn't up to par.

75cl green glass (ugh!) bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Westvleteren goblet in Belfort, France. Served at a cold temperature straight from the refrigerator. Reviewed live. My expectations are high for this one.

A: There's no head whatsoever. This is a disappointment. Nontransparent solid amber-copper colour. Generally appealing.

Sm: Wine-esque. Grape, dark fruit, and caramelized malt. Some alcohol. Mild strength aroma.

T: Sourness aplenty, grape, caramelized malt, and fringe esters. It's nicely complex, though the sourness may turn many away. Well balanced in spite of the sourness dominating. Well built for the style (a style which seems to have a very loose definition anyway - I've had five in a row here in France and none are even remotely the same).

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours on the body pretty generally. It's certainly not tailored to them.

Dr: High ABV is incredibly well concealed. It's well built for the style, but suffers from an unfairly high price. Very drinkable, especially considering the ABV. The sourness may be off-putting to some, but fans of the style will be pleased.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/3/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a coppery red color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart berries, wild Belgian yeast and very light malts.

T: The taste starts out tart with flavors of cherries, grapes and raspberries. Then some wild Belgian yeast comes in. The malt character is thin but on-target for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage mughugger gave me the opportunity to taste. Many thanks.

A - Poured a hazed amber with a thin white head

S - Sweet w/ vinegar notes of fruity sourness.

M - Smooth and engaging feel. Light beer feel with an initial twang that gets mellower w/ each sip. More spice and light candy-like sweetness follows.

T - A sweet cherry vinous taste w/ light woodiness of oak. Citric flavors and gentle spice w/ dark sugar in warming tastes. Very well blended flavor, but still tart at first taste. This is intense and shares a lot of wine qualities perhaps due to the wood aging. Tannic and a puckering tart sour the eases up and echoes into the finish.

D - An easy to drink well balanced and slightly sour ale. This would probably benefit well from aging. Perhaps some of the edges would round out. I kept coming back to this with a new appreciation in each sip.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: 750ml bottle at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA, at the recommendation of the brewer. Had a 2006 batch in 2010, and a 2008 batch in 2011 at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME. The following applies to the 2006, which was definitely the better of the two:

Dark amber color with a moderately foamy head. Very tart aroma, with the smell of winy fruits taking over. Taste of winy grapes, dry fruits, earthy undertones. Medium body, rich, but not too syrupy. Moderate carbonation. Very tasty and drinkable, though hard to find, and a bit pricey.

The 2008 batch was much more sour and somewhat metallic. Not quite as good.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3500th review! 375 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2013 vintage, blend #6. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with small off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, raisin, plum, prune, berry, red grape, apple, vanilla, toasted oak, brown sugar, toffee, leather, light red wine vinegar, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark bamt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, raisin, plum, prune, berry, red grape, apple, vanilla, toasted oak, brown sugar, toffee, leather, light red wine vinegar, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/tannic/acidic tartness and slight oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, raisin, plum, berry, red grape, apple, vanilla, toasted oak, brown sugar, toffee, leather, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a fantastic sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly acidic/tannic, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible sour biere de garde style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly amazing offering all around.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from one of the supposedly six kegs available worldwide!

This is an interesting beer with sour and sweet elements. Cherry is the main flavor and aroma--it has both of the main flavor elements. It's a medium bodied beer, but has a carbonation that makes it feel richer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/16/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Label says 2006, bottled in Oct 2007.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, oak, wine, tart cherries, earthy notes, and some grapes. Very nice and a lot of sour fruits, though it isn't overly tart. Like the nose a lot.

t - Tastes of sour fruity malts, dark fruits, sour cherries, oak, earthy notes, tannic. Again, very nice. Not quite as sour as the nose, a tiny bit sweeter.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not a lot of alcohol, was surprised it was 11% ABV.

o - Overall I liked this beer a lot. I've steered away from these beers because of their price tags, but I liked this one a lot. Will certainly pick it up in the future.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

gorgeous burgundy color, small, soon gone head...

aroma: port wine, sherry, sour and funky, sour cherries, nearly lambic-like, ...deep and lovely, urgin me to drink...

amazing! so many layers of flavor, there's the snap, there's the mellow fruit, lots of cherries, grape, ...there's the bitter twang, the sour smack, ...it's wine, it's whiskey, it's a liqueur, ...it's an ale. And when it hits, it's transformative, sends shudders throught the senses....once it hits the lips, it's sooo goood!

Ever since I first tasted this, never having heard of it, when Brad the Beerguy brought a bottle to Town Hall and I happened to be at the bar, he shared a little with me, another client, and Mike Hoops, ...I loved this amazing mix of gorgeous flavors. Sop few bottles, so expensive, showed up at so few stores, so far away from me. What was that, two years ago....or does it seem that long ago? And then there's the expense....$20+? Well, if this damn good, isn't it worth the expense? If there's nothing quite like...yes.

Juicy, fruity, uplifting, ...lovely, lovely, lovely...break this out at dinner with wine loving friends, and see how they react when you tell them it's beer...from Switzerland...made by cats!

15.%...not that huge in wine circles, but for beer...not so scary, either...fairly even handed...relax, it's only beer...mmmm, beer...

how many barrels was this one in? Merlot, merlot cabernet, grappa, whiskey???....I don't know, but it's beautiful...absolutely...

the Swiss French Belgian beer like wine made by cats who are saints but are named after dogs! Gotta love it!

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
95 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.