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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

811 Ratings
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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 102
Gots: 159 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ggaughan on 06-07-2006)
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Photo of clayrock81
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brown hue with slightly reddish tints with minimal head and lace. Aroma is mostly tart cherries, touch of oak and booze, a little sweetness and dark fruit as well. Fuller body, almost sticky sweet at times, real smooth thanks to oak and the booze is mostly hidden with minor heat flashes on backend. A little bit of mild caramel or sugary sweetness, possibly sweet fruit tastes, but taste is mostly tart cherries and dark fruit with a sour edge. Everything is balanced and well-checked, though, so this beer is never overly sweet or tart/sour at times and is an enjoyable sipper throughout (the ABV starts to hit as you get near the bottom of the bottle). A good treat to have here and there.

clayrock81, Sep 07, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2011 brew was served in a 5 oz glass so not much head. Color is brownish dark ruby. Nose is a bit sweet & yeasty. Immediately complex on the first sip. A blend if flavors fight to come forward, very enjoyable mouth feel. Some fruity sweetness but the tartness is not hidden either. Definitely worth having another!

MattLBC, Sep 05, 2013
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Buckeye982, Sep 02, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a teku glass. Split with others. 2007 vintage. Let's do this.

Pours a brownish tinged reddish color highly resembling a pinot noir, if it weren't for the elements of cloudiness that are present in this beer. A ton of carbonation and a head about 3 fingers high (off-grey, no less) top the glass, but it recedes rather quickly, leaving behind eventually nothing at all, including no lacing to speak of. Bubbles still glide quite strong towards the top, and sediment is everywhere on this thing, just like a great Flanders red. Viscous and vinous, with a glimmer that you don't see in your everyday sour. Truly an excellent creation here - unique in its own class. (Is it *really* a bière de garde, though?)

Wow, the aromas are all over this thing - quite simply one of the most complex sours I've ever whiffed on. Notes of dried raisins, cherries, green apples, figs, dates, ripe currants, honey, caramel, sour, musty oak softened tannins, and notes of nuttiness, light baking spice, vanilla, and pepper from the wood. Unbelievable stuff - except for the light acetone note that somehow creeps through at the finish. Nearly perfect in terms of its delivery otherwise - the malts, hops, oak, and acetic acid are so well integrated here. So much, you can smell it 5 feet away from you.

The flavor is a little bit more balanced, but it is still undeniably complex and adventurous as far as beers of its kinds go. At first there's a creamy, fruity abundance of red, dried fruits, ranging from cherries to raisins, apricots to overripe apples, and white grapes to tamarind. Then, the oaky sour notes immediately come in, delivering a musty, dry, spicy, and acetic flavor that is impressive as it is definitely tart but enormously restrained in terms of being pucker-inducing. Cinnamon, baking soda, pepper, light vanilla, and musty, old oak and cedar are especially predominant at the finish. Age has done wonders to this vintage - I'd say it's not quite ready, but it's already good enough for drinking. Dry, complex, refreshing, and flavorful - although as it warms up it develops a bit of a burn at the finish. Can't dock it too much, though - this is truly special stuff.

I had the 2011 vintage on tap a long time ago, and was curious to see what age could do to it. 6 years later, a lot is most definitely going on! Unbelievably complex, this drinks like a fine pinot noir from Burgundy, but it towers above most peers of its kind - including most Flanders reds, which this is in the same league as, if not more complex. Excellent stuff, if you can get your hands on this vintage - otherwise, I'm sure most would work. One of the best candidates for cellaring in the beer world, period.

magictacosinus, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.