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

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831 Ratings
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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 98
Gots: 166 | FT: 10
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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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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abbaue de Saint Bon Chien Bottle # 00276 from 2007

Appearance: 3.5
Semi opaque caramel brown with tinge of red. Poured with 1/2 an inch of thin off-white head that almost immediately dissipated into a thin incomplete rim of covering.

Smell: 4.5
In the nose, predominantly a moderate tart sourness with notes of tart candy, with lemon/citrus. Berry fruits (cherry?). Slight perfume/floral notes from the yeast. Also a faint spiciness and dark fruit from the yeast. As beer warms, this becomes more distinguishable. Overall, a few layers that work well and leave me the impression that is it a sour beer.

Taste: 4.5
Quite a few flavors to appreciate. Moderate sourness with notes of lemon and also dry cherry and pepper. Mild soft subdues spiciness initially. Midway get a slight warmth from the alcohol, although this is quite mild given the 11% content. Throughout the whole flavor profile there is a mild caramel backbone from the malt, which offers a balancing dynamic to the other more intense flavors. Finishes with a dry sour fruit finish.

Mouthfeel: 4
Mild to moderate thickness with low carbonation (as noted on bottle). A nice dry astringency as well as a moderate/prominent sourness. Finishes with a slippery acidic feeling on palate. Overall, the mouthfeel completely appropriate for the beer and seems spot on with all the other aspects.

Overall: 4.5
This is truly one of the better beers I ever had. It’s incredibly complex, but refined in its characteristics. It’s also of an at least moderate sourness level which makes it very enjoyable. This is what I expected from the 2007 vintage and it did not disappoint. Great aspects similar to a lambic with soft features typical of a Belgian ale (almost dubbel or strong dark like). It was an expensive purchase at $27, but I would not hesitate to buy it again. The only thing comparable is offerings from Russian River.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien
BFM Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes
Style: Bière de Garde
ABV: 11.00 %

Brewed 2006 Blended 2007 Batch #?

LOOK: 25oz bottle opens with a slight fizzy pop. Pours a ruddy brown color with a bit of hissing champagne like head. No lace, some floaters are along for the voyage.

SMELL: Oaky, slightly sour, malty, wine like, sweet, boozy goodness.

TASTE: Full flavored brew with a nice lactic tangyness at first, giving way to a full on sour as the beer warms. Dusty cocoa, musty basement, nutty, oaky, pretty tasty. Astringent and lightly bitter, with some warming alcoholic heat. Belgian yeast lends subtle fruit notes that agree with the sour and wine like barrel aged aspects.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to full bodied, well carbonated, crisp, but falls flat as it warms.

OVERALL: A very impressive brew, reminds me alot of the regional sour browns of Belgium. Can hold a candle to alot of different brett/wild yeast beers, and has aged gracefully. Could hold up alot longer but drinking fine now.

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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, on-cask, served in a tulip

Appears a deep red amber with a fluffy slightly off-white cap. Thick sip marks line the inside of the glass.

The nose is of tart cherries, oak, vanilla, red wine, band-aid funk, and some fusel alcohol. Very well-balanced and bold.

A clean malt backbone with balsamic notes. Oak, cherries, band-aid funk and some fusel alcohol through the middle. The finish is clean, a touch of sugar followed by a sweeping tartness.

The cask fluffs up the body a bit. Creamy and smooth, medium feel with little to no carbonation. The finish is tart and dry.

This guy delivers on all fronts. Smooth, easy drinking with loads of tart fruit and balsamic notes that deliver the sour you crave.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered blood orange color. Very short head the color of antique lace.

Smells wonderfully sour and funky. Raspberry and dank oak.

The flavor is very sour and I found the high alcohol to drink very smoothly. The flavor shows some bitter strawberry green flavor. Also some nice funk reminiscent of dusty attic and old abandoned cobweb.

Overall an excellent beer, but sadly the price tag will edge me out of ordering this more often than I'd like.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour and tart fruit, slight vinegar, funk, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic/drying quality on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great sour presence in the aroma and taste. I just wish the carbonation level was better on this one.

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3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
2006 vintage
Blended October 07
Bottle 00276
Served in a tulip

The liquid poured a murky, crimson-mahogany color. An aggressively fizzy, caramel colored, two-plus finger tall head topped the liquid, but it disappeared almost immediately.

Tart, fruity notes came through in the nose. Funky, but not quite "lambic funky." There was an odd, plastic-like smell that reminded me of Band-Aids. Fusel alcohol notes were also detectible. Somewhat vinous. Moderately malty and sweet. I might compare this to a fruit wine. As the liquid warmed, the "off" aromas thankfully seemed to dissipate and the nose turned much more pleasant. Tart berries (strawberries and raspberries) dominated. The beer also turned funkier (almost lambic-like) but still maintained a bit of sweetness. Much smoother overall.

The flavor profile was tart and fruity up front with notes of biscuity malts and balsamic vinegar. Somewhat spicy in the center. Medicinal on the back end. Cherry cough syrup came to mind. Some strong metallic notes were also present, but they subsided as the beer warmed. The beer finished crisp, dry, oaky and tart. Overall, a bit thin and weak, except for the "off" notes. As the beer opened up, the sourness initially intensified, but it later mellowed out. The overall flavor profile eventually turned smoother and more enjoyable, with the exception of the finish, which became bitter and somehow lost its oaky dryness. The beer continued to get better with time. Tart berry notes were apparent. Good dose of lactic acid. From start to finish, the alcohol remained remarkably well hidden.

The mouthfeel was very surprisingly light, frothy and airy. Far too thin for the style, especially for a "bigger" version such as this one. The liquid initially contained a fine, aggressive effervescence that lent the beer a distinct fizziness. The carbonation eventually settled down to a more appropriate level.

At $27 a bottle, I found this beer to be hugely disappointing. Bottling beers in green glass is always risky. I would love to try a more recent vintage to see if the "off" notes are less apparent.

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

I bought this 2009 Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien in a 750c bottle from Les Halles in Zurich on April 13, 2012.

A: Amber with short-lived cream colored head. No obvious sediment.

S: The oak and tannins from the cask aging were evident, rich and funky. Dark fruits, wood, hints of sweet malt.

T: Rich malt gave way to sherry, hardwood, sour apple and stone fruit. As the beer warmed slightly, vanilla and spice appeared, mitigating the sourness. Really, really delicious.

M: Slightly carbonated, which was surprising. Bright on the tongue, but some body remained - not totally thin. Good complement to the fruit tang of the beer.

Overall: Excellent. The 2009 seems to be ideal right now. I'll save my bottle of 2010 until this time next year...

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.