Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a hazy reddish brown / rusty copper color with a slight red/beige head that fades quickly leaving very little lacing.
S: Reminds me of a nice wine with a champagne quality to it. Tart cherries come thorough with hints of grape, funk, vinegar, oak and slight booze.
T: Tart cherries and slight funk with a hint of a malt backbone that leads into a very nice oakiness. Much like the nose, has a very nice wine quality to it. Slight alcohol at the very end lends itself nicely. At 11% ABV, this one hides it nicely.
M: Light to medium body with a nice dry finish.
O: Very nice and very complex. As complex as this is, it is very balanced and very enjoyable. Can't wait to try other vintages to compare to this one.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2013 14:42:27 | More by pimpinmidget
District of Columbia
3.91/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Did a side-by-side tasting of 2007 and 2010 vintages.
A: both pour an auburn-brown color, with very light, fast dissipating head. Carbonation is obvious as the head dissipates in both, although the 2010 retained on the edges a little longer
S: both have similar light notes of date or raisin malt, and some yeasty sourness. The 2007 seemed a little more on the sour side with maybe some notes of plum, as well; the 2010 a little more on the sweeter notes and the notes of alcohol were more prevalent. Overall, other than the alcohol notes, I didn't notice a huge difference between the two.
T/M: there is less of an American-style taste in both, as they tend towards notes you would expect from a sour, or even a wine. The 2007 has light malt notes, mostly earthy (I get a little root beer) followed quickly by the sour side, which is actually quite subdued. It seems mellowed out by the woodiness that takes over the ending of the taste, which does end up leaving a little dry feel. The alcohol was mildly notable with early sips of a colder beverage, little less present as the glass warmed.
The 2010 hits the mouth just a little stronger. There is a little more taste of fruit up front, some (sour) cherry it seems to me. The complexity of this vintage seems a little less to me. The note of alcohol is stronger, as is the carbonation. The dry feel of the end taste is a bit stronger and woodier, as well.
O: the 2007 seemed more "refined" as a balanced drink, with no overpowering notes. The 2010 was a little more exciting in the sense that it was bolder (to a degree), but lacked the complexity. Me and my girlfriend both enjoyed the older vintage.
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2013 22:02:26 | More by cjgiant
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
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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