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

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864 Ratings
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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 105
Gots: 173 | FT: 11
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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ggaughan on 06-07-2006

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Saw it advertised on the beer list as a "Swiss sour/wild ale"... never heard of that style, so felt I just had to try it. I was not disappointed in the least bit, this was one the best tasting beers I may have had in my life. High alcohol, but completely hidden, superb balance and mouthfeel, fantastic sour and cherry flavors, goes down way too smooth. Was a struggle to just drink it slowly, this one packed a flavor punch and was dangerously good.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 2007 edition up in Buffalo. First glass pours a semi-clear dark brown/amber with little head. Second pour was a murky amber/brown with little head again. Tastes sour, with dark fruits, and slight oak coming through in the finish. You can't taste the booze, but you can tell its there with each sip. Not a bad beer overall consider its quite a few years old. Its a sipper, but its not harsh. Would love to try it fresh.

Picked up a coule 2007 vintage bottles. The first bottle caught me by suprise with the big alcohol percentage, so I wasn't quite prepared. The second bottle a few months later however, was tasting delicious. Pours a slightly cleark, murky amber brownish colour. The last pour was hazy with sediment at the bottom. Got about 3 glasses from each bottle. Tastes tart, with cherries and oak coming through with a nice sour mouthfeel. I love licking my lips after each drink of this. This beer aged incredibly well. can't believe I am drinking almost 6 year old beer! Good stuff, a bit pricey though.

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of mlazzaro
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle labeled 2010 bottled 2011 #00276
purchased from Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont MA.
Served in Chouffe Tulip

No sound to cap. Beer poured completely still and viscous. They do mention low carbonation on the bottle. Really bizarre looking - no head, murky amber color. I am a little alarmed by the appearance. There is a lot of yeast at the bottom even though it has no carbonation.

Smells fantastic. Dark fruit yeast and a kick of acidity to the nose. Barrel and barrel aged yeast are very present in the aroma. Spicy yeast aroma. I am now less discouraged.

Rich flavor. Nice acid touch at the end. Odd to have sweetness in a sour beer. Works nicely though. Lots of caramel malt, spicey yeast mixed with souring agents, aged in tasty wood barrels. I would have enjoyed a little carbonation. It tastes like it was sugared but didn't bottle condition. The 11% ABV hides that well though.

I am very surprised I enjoyed this beer after watching it pour. Different beer than most. Reminds me of what I imagine ancient beer tasting like. Full of yeast complexity (& yeast), lots of ingredients and low carbonation. However the ABV is probably something proto-beer drinkers didn't experience.

Flavor profile reminds me more of a Flanders Red or a Bruin rather than a Beer De Guard.

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3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2009 vintage. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with a very thin light tan head that fizzed away immediately. There's a small amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and tart, it smells like vinegar, red wine, oak, tart cherries and some plums. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some lemon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, but I wouldn't buy it again anytime soon because it's pricey ($22.99 a bottle). With that being said, it's worth trying if you've never had it before.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single most expensive beer I have ever purchased ... by a wide margin. Purchased at River City Cellars in Richmond.

2006 vintage. Blended October, 2007. Stamped with 00276 on cap seal, but that seems to be a common number in other reviews and years so I'm not sure exactly what that number means.

Hazy Flemish red pour with 2 fingers of fizzy reddish cream head. Disappears fairly quickly, though, and I'm getting very little lace in my glass. Active carbonation. Very active.

Nose is complex. Oak, red wine, red wine vinegar, aged red meat (I'm stuck on red), sweet cherries and grapes all combine to draw you in. Very nice.

Flavor mimics the nose, with the red wine vinegar and oak taking center stage. Very tart and sour. The sweet cherries from the nose get very tart and dry on the tongue. An arid finish rounds things out. Very sour and very dry.

Feel is hard to describe. Very active, audible carbonation does not translate to a fizzy feel. Not syrupy, but still thick. Slightly resiny, but understated. Compliments the flavors well.

Not my favorite style, but this one was very nice. Still not sure it was worth the money, but a very nice treat.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Brewed in 2009 by Jérôme Rebetez, blended in October 2010. Stamped 00276.

A: No head tops this tawny, red-amber, translucent, murky beer, but there are traces of lacing. Pretty!

S: A scent in which it is a pleasure to indulge. Deep, oaken vinegars remind me of the finest balsamics. Slightly spicy and very pleasant. Bright fruit and red wine. It reminds me the Rodenbach Grand Cru, a bit.

T/M: Wow! Quite tart and unexpectedly puckery. For such a mild nose, this taste packs a lot of funk. Sour fruit, intense esters, and not much malt base. Lemon juice, light oak, and an occasionally unpleasantly tannic quality. A touch of noticeable nobleish hops. It mellows as it warms -- or maybe my tongue just gets used to it -- but it becomes less mouth-puckering and more spicy.

O: Not quite as good as I remember it on tap, but still pretty exceptional. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys sour ales of any stripe. I might should have let this one age a while, but temptation got the best of me.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, mahogany-hued color a slim, beige ring of foam that quickly recedes leaving minimal lacing.

Aroms begin with grainy pilsner maltiness with some lightly tart fruits, hint of lemon and plenty of strong phenolics.

The tastes follow the nose with the same crackery pilsner malts with some complementary light light toasted malt charcter. No real sweetness to it. As it warms the funky phenols are build up with various fruit flavors and tartness. Some cherries, non-identified berries and a small burst of lemon. Oak character throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with medium-high carbonation. The lively effervescence gives a nice fluffiness with a dry, warming, phenolic tart finish.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but it did not wow me in any way shape or form. The flavors seemed mellowed and slighly muddled together and the aroma was less than impressive. For the cost I would seek something else.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.