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

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-ChienAbbaye De Saint Bon-Chien

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

688 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 688
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 92
Gots: 132 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-13-2011 11:50:26 | More by DoctorB2B
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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-09-2011 07:25:18 | More by ithinkimasofa
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tjseveryday

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-08-2011 22:09:50 | More by tjseveryday
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's 8th anniversary party. The surprise of the night for me.

The appearance is really pedestrian, and its dull and murky brownish body doesn't do it any favors. Nor am I impressed with the thin and almost soapy looking bubbles of what one might try to associate with head. Fairly still, not very thick, so there are no legs, and not much going on that could create any lacing.

The nose and flavor turn this around completely. The aroma is packed with oaky tannins amid a very clean and subtle lactic sourness. Tart cherries and over-ripe fruits leave the final impression. The flavor takes all of this and adds on it, bringing in toffee, some bready malty notes, and solid earthy funk and more of that delightful sourness. More fruits come through, too, with the cherries, as sweet strawberries and over-ripe pear round it out.

Lightly carbonated, and thinly bodied, for such a big beer, you would never know that it packed a punch. Insanely mellow, that 11% ABV never even makes an appearance, much less become the focal point of the beer. A masterfully crafted brew...now if we could only do something about that appearance...

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 18:50:42 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.6%

12-03-2011 17:43:56 | More by Blanco
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Missouri

4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-03-2011 13:49:16 | More by bsuedekum
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California

4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-01-2011 03:37:47 | More by jlb502
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-01-2011 00:28:02 | More by imperialking
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-30-2011 15:24:12 | More by brandoman63
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the 2004 edition of L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien that I found on-tap at Sergio's World Beers.

A: Pours a relatively clear amber with a thin, minimal white mousse that does not stick around all that long.

S: Aromas of mixed fruit, oak, vinegar, and lactic yeast are very present on the nose. The powerful, vinegary scent of this beer reminds me of Flemish oud bruins and red ales.

T: Hugely complex on the palate with notes of oak, cider vinegar, sweet 'n' sour, lactic yeast, port, and a melange of fruits, hinting at gooseberries, elderberries, blueberries, tart cherries, blackberries, and pomegranate. The finish is warming, complex, and sour with notes of tart fruits, oak, and port.

M: Full bodied and very gently carbonated. It is a bit livelier than I would expect, but that is not a knock. There is no alcohol burn whatsoever. For such a complex, challenging ale, it is very satisfying and goes down smoothly.

O: This is not really a beer; it is more of an experience than anything else. If you ever have the opportunity to try any vintage of this beer on-tap, do so. The beer is much livelier and much more vibrant on-tap than out of the bottle, making it easier for the reviewer to separate all of the flavors. In the end, this was a great drinking experience, and one that every beer fan would do well to seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 13:41:09 | More by mrfrancis
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-28-2011 03:37:21 | More by stevefinny
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New York

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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Kentucky

4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-22-2011 00:24:42 | More by Khazadum
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7.4%

11-21-2011 21:11:50 | More by ElGallo
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MKanaga

New York

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-21-2011 20:35:06 | More by MKanaga
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Florida

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev -7.4%

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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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atis

Finland

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 edition, bought the bottle in the brewery

Pours slightly hazy very dark head with some soapy bubbles that stay on the top for quite a long time. Aroma is rich and complex, sour fruity, vanilla, spices, some hints of sweetness.

Taste is sour funk, oak, delicate sweet and sour fruit, mostly cherries, apples, various berries, semi-dry and warming finish and long lasting sweet, tart and slightly vinous aftertaste. No trace of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with low carbonation.

Perfect. One of the best beers I have had in my life.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 19:35:27 | More by atis
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 17:54:55 | More by nmann08
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.