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

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740 Ratings
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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 98
Gots: 145 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 06-07-2006)
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Photo of harrymel
3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2006

Pours cherry red with hints of etches and a very clarified. Smell is initially inky, some acetone, some oak, some cocoa (oddly). Very rich flavor, cherries, raisins, malt, a little malt and some sweetness. Very warm, very robust. There is a hint of sherry. Thin with sharp, spicy carb and a little bit of off dry character. It's alright, I wouldn't buy a second bottle, but I'm told later vintages are better.

harrymel, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of mitlinks
4.75/5  rDev +10%

mitlinks, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev -7.4%

MaineMike, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of BigAlphas
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

BigAlphas, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of EvoJoe
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

EvoJoe, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

laituegonflable, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of bklynj
4.75/5  rDev +10%

bklynj, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Jonada
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

***Updated review***

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.

Jonada, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of n2185
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

n2185, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Sludgeman, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Robdrinx
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Robdrinx, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of ucsbmullet
3.5/5  rDev -19%

ucsbmullet, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

LambicKing, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ChuckleberryFinn
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

ChuckleberryFinn, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev -7.4%

2GOOFY, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of iKrystin
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Immortale25, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of paleoplant
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

paleoplant, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of strongaf
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

strongaf, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of cnbrown313
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cnbrown313, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

cfh64, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of sbauer
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sbauer, Dec 26, 2012
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.