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

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853 Ratings
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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 105
Gots: 172 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  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%

Photo of beer2day
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%

Photo of AgentMunky
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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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of claspada
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is rather hazy brownish red in color and resembles apple cider a bit. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of apples, grapes and oak in the nose; this becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has complex and interesting flavors of fruity yeast—apples seem to stand out in particular. There are also some hints of oak and green grapes.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: This is a very enjoyable biere de garde. The oak barrel aging definitely adds some complexity to the flavors.

Note: 2010 vintage

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2006, blended in April 2007. Bottle #00276.

Served slightly chilled into a chalice, Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a deep, murky, redish brown ale with thin long-lasting head.

The aroma of this beer is not far from that of a Zinfandel. It has subtle, fruit, spice, and oak characteristics. The yeast also contributes greatly here.

Flavor is intense and impressive in equal measure. Sweet, sour, tart, and funky. There are cherries, red grapes, and black pepper. The oak barrels used for aging I imagine would have to have been previously used for a red wine. Lots of oak, tannins, and winey elements. Complex and unique for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It doesn't have the feeling of an 11% ABV beer, probably because it has been aged for so long. Very mellow and fairly well balanced. It finishs dry with a long tart aftertaste.

Overall an amazing and memorable beer. One that certainly bridges the gap between fine beer and wine.

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2006 bottle split with oglmcdgl at the compound served in a wine glass.

This was a beauty in the glass, dark brown with some plum red when struck towards the light. A nice half inch of faded tan with no sticking on the sides. It dies leaving a small skim around the glass and some sediment seen in the glass. Smell is very big and bold with a wine characteristic, berries, apple and some underlining funk. About the farthest thing from beer I've tasted. Not getting a whole lot of the base biere de garde, but berries, wine, oak, grape and a hint of balsamic vinegar make for a great bouquet. Acidity is at about medium with some tang on the end, about medium build, light carb within a half hour. Pretty great stuff and something to sip on for an hour or so.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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1/5  rDev -76.9%

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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 853 ratings.