Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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3.65/5 rDev -15.5%
Pours a vivid red colour, flat, non-existent head, no lace either. Decent colour, but looks pretty bland.
Funky shit on the nose. Loads of sour notes, with boozey spice as well. Blackcurrant, pepperberries and raspberry, blackberry all with a touch of horse blanket. Refreshing, a bit on the off side and not quite reined in, but hey that's how I like my beers, and my women.
Taste is funky from the get-go: quite vinegary with bacteria all over it. A bit stale and barnyardy with a touch of leather on there. Bitey, acidic notes come through mid-to-late with hints of cranberry, plum and peach as well. Finishes surprisingly clean, but also with a touch of residual sugar, which is unnecessary. Not a bad palate for the style, leans a little lambic-wards but good funks and good tartness, just not quite crisp enough to really hold me.
Big and full body, quite syrupy really. Bit of strip back from the bugs in here, but not too much, leaves a coating on the mouth.
Decent cleanser; could be better. Interesting drop, but it's also good, and points for handling a difficult brief.
02-04-2013 10:51:06 | More by laituegonflable
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
12.68oz bottle brewed in 2011. Blend 6
Appearance: Murky red-brown color with almost no head. Large off white colored bubbles form a colar around the edges of the glass.
Smell: Tart, acidic, sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, grape. This smells more like a Flanders Red.
Taste: Tart cherries, oak, lactic sourness. Booze is hidden extremely well at 11%.
Mouthfeel: Light, dry, low carbonation. Gentile warming sensation in the back of the throat.
Overall: Excellent sour. Extremely complex and flavorful. I would consider this more of a Flanders Red than a Biére de Garde though. Glad I got the chance to try this.
750ml bottle. Brewed in 2006. Aged in burgundy casks ans blended in August 2007. Served in a wine glass.
Appearance: Same as the 2011 thought slightly clearer. Less than a finger of head settles to a very thin ring. Carbonation appears low (as stated on the bottle). (4.00)
Smell: Acidic, sour cherry, black currants, leather, oak, hearty red wine, lacto. Really nice save for a slight acetone presence that's not overwhelming but still noticeable. (4.25)
Taste: Earthy red wine, tobacco, sour cherry, slight lacto character, some dark fruit and a mild belgian candi sugar character as well. (4.25)
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel with low-ish carbonation. Gentle warming sensation in the chest, but very smooth going down. Finishes dry. (4.5)
Overall: Not as intense as the 2011, but probably more complex and interesting. Either fresh or aged, this beer is worth picking up. (4.25)
In hindsight my original ratings for the 2011 were probably too generous, but they represented my feelings on the beer at the time, so I'll leave them.
01-28-2013 02:48:20 | More by Jonada
4.1/5 rDev -5.1%
Had on tap at The Local Miami. Served in a Palm snifter.
A- A rubyish light brown with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain much before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam.
S- Very sweet and boozy with a sharp fume of cleaner-like astringency. Sour cherry notes.
T- Swift kick of booze that mellows out into notes of dark fruit and toasty malts. A lot of sweetness that seems to be cooperatively attributed to the high alcohol, yeast and fruitiness. Also some notes of oak and a tartness that's very welcome among the myriad of flavors and strength of the booze.
M- Very thin and dry but also sticky. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.
O- Wowee. This'll put hair on your chest. Not high on the drinkability scale, but it's good for when you want a slow sipper to contemplate with or enjoy while having a one-on-one intimate conversation with a friend.
01-11-2013 03:19:46 | More by Immortale25
4.58/5 rDev +6%
2006 Vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into tulip glass
A - Beautiful light ruby red color with a very small head that dissipates quickly. There is actually some really nice carbonation on this bottle for it being over 6 years old too...
S - Tart cherries, vinegar, spices, herbs
T - Nice sour cherry flavor up front. Followed by some earthy oak-like flavors, and it finishes with some herbal / spices that are hard to identify. TONS of flavors going on and very complex. On a sourness scale of 1 to 10 I would give this a 6 too.
M - Light, dry, crisp mouthfeel which complements the flavors well.
O - The price tag was a little steep (I think it was $27), but this is a world class beer that I would suggest giving a go if you are looking for something unique and complex.
01-04-2013 14:28:45 | More by cnbrown313
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
Served in a 37.5cl bottle. Brewed in 2011, bottled in 2012. Aged in white wine oak barrels.
A: Beautiful ruby, amber appearance. Minimal lacing and head.
S: Cherry, vanilla, herbal.
T: Young cherry tart, oak vanilla, herbal bitters balanced nicely with the tartness. Green bell pepper. Long-lasting flavor sticks around.
M: Full bodied. Coats the mouth.
O: Very complex oak-aged ale, lots to taste, would avoid pairing with food given the complexity and stand-alone qualities.
12-26-2012 19:29:05 | More by sbauer
3.83/5 rDev -11.3%
Brewed 2010, Blended 2011. Poured from a 750 ml into a Lost Abbey chalice.
A- pours a dark pink with a 1 finger tan head. Some bubbles and dripping lacing remain on the glass.
S- cherries, deep vinous notes, earthy.
T- tart cherries, bitter and earthy vinous notes, orange peel, alcohol.
M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth start with a dry, boozy finish.
O- 5/10 sourness. More bitter, vinous notes than tart or sour notes. Not sure ifi would spend the money for another bottle.
12-18-2012 03:47:23 | More by kawilliams81
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.