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

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 91
Gots: 132 | FT: 8
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ggaughan on 06-07-2006)
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Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Label read handcrafted in 2006 & blended in October 07, 11% alc./vol. Paper covering the cap read 00276. Served in my Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or goblet. Poured a translucent caramel color with a tight off-white foamy head that consumed 3/4 of the glass before settling into a thin, consistent cap. Some specks of lacing present during the tasting. Nose was vinous and oaky; reminded me of a Cabernet. Taste consistent with nose; some acidity and tartness also revealed. Mouthfeel was light and lively with some astringency and a nice slick feeling. Lots of complexity, but a little too characteristic of a wine for my general enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 01:03:15 | More by Jwale73
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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rivers Bend.

Poured hazy dark brown with an average frpthy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing.

Heavy dark tart fruit and alcohol aroma.

Medium to full body with a sticky texture.

Heavy complex balanced flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish that was long lasting.

This is a standout complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 21:24:12 | More by tmoneyba
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3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Provided by ibrew2or3

A: Pours a cloudy murky shade of brown with a small whispy head. No retention or lace which is typical of the style.

S: The aromas are very wine like. Lots of oak with notes of red fruits. Hints of tart and sour.

T: The oak plays nice against the red fruit. Hints of spice and a touch of vanilla. Nice tartness rounds things out.

M: Medium in body with a dry finish.

D: Pretty good. One tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 19:57:22 | More by tpd975
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New York

2.63/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 5/16/08. 2005 bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with no head. Aroma of sour fruits. Flavor is fruity with alcohol and oak and an apple cider-like finish. This beer is very heavy and a little too sweet. Quite powerful. It was good for the first 2 oz, but after that I didn't care for it anymore as the sweetness and heavyness started to overwhelm the beer.
7/4/5/2/12 (3.0/5)

Extreme Beer Fest 2/15/08: Yum! Very sweet and fruity. Tasted of apples, tangerines, pears. It had a lambic-like quality to it. I thought it would be classified as a Belgian ale and was surprised to find out that it actually is a sour ale. An enjoyable beer.

Rating: 8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9

Update 5/12/08: 2006 Bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a white head (I remembered it being a light color, but apparently not...). Aroma of sour fruits and sweetness. Flavor is super sweet with some oak/wood notes. I don't get any alcohol per se but this is sweet sweet sweet and has a very heavy mouthfeel. It is ok for the first few sips, but then it gets too sweet and it took me forever to finish.

New rating: 8/4/6/3/13= 3.4

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 02:49:01 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, "blended in October 2007", "00276", "11% alc./vol.", poured in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Brilliant red-amber color, small beige head. Very finely textured lace. Subsequent glasses are impenetrably hazy.

Powerful sour, sweet, savory, fruity, vegetal, funky aroma, like tart musty berries, mincemeat pie, barnyard, tomato, avocado, dried banana, and brown apple. Wild, complex, and captivating. Continuously changing aroma, very much like walking through a Vietnamese grocery store.

Tastes sour, sweet, savory, vegetal, and mineral, like tart, musty, sweet berries and dried apricot, with mincemeat, leather, and gravel. Oxidized flavor like brown apples emerges, along with a vegetal flavor, like the smell of a tomato plant. Bitterness associated with the vegetal and mineral elements, sweetness like fruit juice, and acid are all very well balanced. Fruit, gravel, and plant linger for a while, sweet, bitter and tart, with dry bitter gravel finishing last.

Smooth superfine carbonation, with some grippy acidity and minerality. Highly drinkable, over the course of an hour and a half.

Strange and wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 08:25:41 | More by Beerzebub
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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the '04, '05 & '06 vintages. The '05 was the most recent vintage and my favorite, so the notes below reflect that vintage;

750ml bottle (consumed in my hotel room after a long day at Disney World!). Bottle labeled # 00276. Poured a medium and cloudy brown color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, oak, dark fruits (cherries and raisins), musty, and light spices. Tastes of wood/oak (there but not as strong as the aromas), candi sugar sweetness, dark fruits, and apples. Light sour/tart finish. Syrupy body. Medium alcohol finish (but no where near the listed 15.5%). I slept well that night!

Notes from 4/27/07

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 14:12:00 | More by hopdog
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4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The incredible Abbay De Bon Chien 2007 on tap at Max's.

The beer pours the color of ice tea, but with some light red hilights. The nose is of course off the charts, consisting of a blast of funky sour, but buoyed with some wine and gin aroma as well. For all the world this smells of sour apples soaked in gin and wine. On the palate.... this beer is perfection for me. This is by far and away the most complex beer I have ever tasted, with a flavor profile that includes gin, apple, sour apple candy, ginger ale and wine. I even get some pumpkin pie spice on the palate (just amazing). Each sip is a complete joy to the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but is never heavy or tiring. Drinkability is hard to guage. The abv. is up there, and after just one glass I'm starting to feel numb... but it's a numbness I embrace. So delicious, so fun and interesting to drink.... this beer is the complete antithesis of the BMC macro swill of the world.

This beer is fantastic in bottle, but is just a complete joy on draft. Also, according to the beer menu at Max's, the abv. is dialed down considerably with the draft version. Not that it's exactly a session beer, but the 10% abv. on draft is much more manageable then the 15% plus I've generally seen in bottle. Regardless. In either format, this is a beer to be sought out and revered. Simply outstanding. More please.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 22:24:31 | More by John_M
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United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i had this at a nice little place called Beer Table in Park Slope, Brooklyn. At $18, it was by far the most expensive half pint or so that I've ever had. And while I was happy to be drinking it at the time, pretty soon after I left I knew that it hadn't been worth it. That's not to say it wasn't an interesting beer. It was served from a cask, very little (no?) carbonation, no head and no lacing. It was watery brown to red in color and had a slight sour smell and taste that was at first quite off-putting. But after a few more sips I got over this initial response and was able to enjoy it for what it is. Don't know that it's what most people would consider a beer, but it's full of complex, mixed flavors and, if you're feeling flush at least, is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2008 20:24:00 | More by ynnpar
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07'. Dark orange color, unfiltered, with ample foam. La Folie-like aroma, intense funk, oak and cherries. Tremendously well balanced and very complex. Pleasant sourness, that unlike The Dissedent I tried a couple days ago, doesn't become overbearingly acidic. The oak component is really terrific and adds delicious notes of vanilla, toasted wood and also a unique vinous-like juiciness. A stunning effort and an expertly crafted ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 14:24:46 | More by Crosling
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4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 bottling, numbered 00276. Of course, not the style as previous years.

A: A beautiful rusty red hue blended nicely with the deep ambers. Head is very fizzy and short-lived.

S: A nice, complex medley of aromas. Tart cherry and apple, earthiness some sherry touches, and a 'tobacco-box' woodiness

T: A tartness of cherry, some fruity esters of apple and perhaps a little plum. Some cedar-like wood notes and a vinous character.

M + D: Marvelously dry and rich with a shimmer of carbonation giving it a quality of a sweet, high-carbonated red wine in some ways. A beautiful creation, and something of a masterpiece, imo. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 01:01:16 | More by Proteus93
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

15% 2005 Version
Very lightly carbonated, a vigorous pour towards the end of the pour scares up a quickly disappearing, frothy, at most half-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, red-plum color that shows a red stained, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has a light tartness to it as well as a Sauvignon Blanc like grape fruitiness along with a nice barrel influence that takes the form of soft vanillin notes, and some spicy oak character. Berry flavors reminiscent of a merlot are noticeable at times in the nose as well. There is a light funkiness here that provides a touch of mustiness, some cured moldy leather notes and a faint yet fruity cheese note. There is definitely a bit of alcohol noticeable here in the aroma too and it provides a touch of heat.

Lightly carbonated, with just a hint of a carbonic prickle. The beer is fairly light, certainly for a beer of this strength, and only has a medium heft to it. There is a light, grape-like sweetness to this beer that is not quite offset by a light tartness in the finish. A bit of alcohol, spicy & tannic oak, and spicy esters provide a touch of bitterness and piquancy to the finish that lingers into a very soft, throat coating burn. This picks up a lightly concentrated, jam-like fruit note that reminds me of a combination of sweet black cherries, blackberries and a rich currant note. This picks up a sweet nuttiness as it warms up, though it does not actually gain any sweetness (in fact it probably gets less so), it is just that it picks up a nut meat sweetness.

While not overly heavy, this is somehow a sipping beer. It really reminds me a lot of a fruity, berry focused, oak aged red wine of some sort (with a touch of tartness thrown in). An interesting beer that is for sure, the slight carbonation makes it seem that much more wine-like. This is definitely a good sipping beer, I certainly wouldn't want to have to finish a bottle by myself.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 01:36:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had on draft at beer table, brooklyn. would be very curious to try in a bottle, but the draft was too cool to pass up (only 3 barrels filled?!). slightly opaque deep red color with a quick dissapating head. strong sour woody smell masked the big booze almost entirely. sour grape and slight rotten fruit taste (in the best possible way). rich lingering woody aftertaste and puckering sour mouthfeel. amazing bev, ill have to get a bottle to age.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2008 16:21:21 | More by soviettelecast
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4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

..early in the sun with my boy stumac! ... pours a brown dark brown colour ... has oak, chocolate, cherries, tar and other grab bag candies ... tastes like cherries a bit ... bold yet still quite balanced, a great brew indeed ... quality and crazy mixed in a 750 bottle..

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 02:13:55 | More by Onslow
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, labeled as 2006 vintage, and as blended in october 2007. label also claims an ABV of only 11%

poured into tulip glass

ruby brown color, almost clear and gem-like. nice head, but it soon fades to a half ring. lacing doesn't stick. later pours are very dark and murky brown with sediment.

aroma is unexpected - almost lambic or flanders red, with cider and wood notes. hint of wine or sherry. cherry fruitiness?

tastes similar(ly unexpected) as well, very tart like a wild or brett fermented ale. background sweetness has qualities of wine and hint of malt and caramel. raisin-like fruitiness? slight alcohols and phenols on aerated sips. more oak notes. moderate to gentle bitterness, blends with acidity and faint fruit tones. semi-dry finish.

not thin. smooth yet textured, layered between acidity and tannins. moderate carbonation.

very surprised at the wild/lambic/flanders quality, seems a bit out of place as a "biere de garde". but that's what it calls itself on the label as well. i'm trying not to review this strictly to style.

anyway, my main problem is that the price of admission is on the high side. you'll have to decide if it's worth it or not. considering you can get similar (or greater) complexity for less money, i'm really on the fence with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 20:54:31 | More by tai4ji2x
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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great brew I happened to be in Tully's walking around with this bottle in my hand when I spotted a tourist looking family checking out the local brews so I offered some advice and I asked him where he was from turns out he grew up a few miles away from this brewery in Switzerland we both had a good laugh and I hooked him up with some good brews and he help me out with the pronunciation on this one
Poured maroonish light head smell was funky and sour .Tasted like sour cherries with some woodiness to it a little steep on the price but thanks to Bush I bought it anyways. Quite drinkable for a sour

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 18:39:31 | More by joepais
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South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, not sure where to even start with this one. I had been looking for it for ages. Something about it I just really needed to get my hands on it, and had not had much success. Step in a wonderful trader who recently was kind enough to send me a bottle to enjoy. I took this one outo f the fridge straight away last night and used to for my long and involved nightcap. A very nice 2006 vintage, this one was listed as 11% ABV on the bottle.

The pour was very nice, a rich reddish tinted amber liquid came gurgling out of the bottle. Very nice head on this, perhaps two inches in height before settling down to a thin brown across the top that lasted throughout the rest of the session. Very nice side glass lacing as well as a good amount of haze and sediment mixed in here. The aroma was beautiful. Rich, elelgant, decadent, with notes of funk coming through straight away. Nice sour fruit notes, woody with the barrel aging in full effect from the first sips. Not much in the way of alcohol here, quite the contrary as it seemed more vibrant and alive.

The flavor was to die for. Started out with the most perfect feel I could have imagined. Rich and medium boided with the perfect amount of carbonation to balance it. I was thrilled the moment it hit my toonge. Sour funky notes riddled throughout this oak like flavor. Very woodsy and barnhouse hay like flavors coming through very nicely. Touchs of peppery spice mixed in as well. Fantastic dry, champagne like finish left this long lingering flavor in my mouth that just would not quit. I picked up no hints of alcohol in this thoughout the session, and maybe it was the couple years it had on it, not sure, but needless to say, this was beyond good.

Overall I was blown away by this one. I knew it would be good, I just did not think it would be this goo. Rich and full, vibrant and yet mellow and subdued. Easily one of the best I have had in a very long time and I would seek this one out again with no issue at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 04:41:11 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very generously shared at DLD by dankman. Thanks dude!
Pours dark and cloudy maroon with light tan head. Smell is sweet and sour, funky and fruity. Some cherry in the nose. Taste is mildish, but of quite tart cherries and is somewhat vinuous in flavor too. Very smooth, yet tart red fruit was abundant. Really enjoyable. Thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 20:37:20 | More by JDV
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3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage pours a rusty brown body with a small and fleeting beige head. No real lacing but carbonation is apparent in the body.

Aroma is musty old oak logs, some caramel, apple cider, and vinegar.

Medium body with a low, but active, carbonation. Earthy and woodsy feel.

Taste has prominent oak tones. Tannic and somewhat vinous. Tastes more like a lambic than a bierre de garde. Apple cider, cherry skins, caramel, and some herbal hops. No hint of the alcohol.

Quite a price tag on this one and although good I doubt I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 13:28:22 | More by merlin48
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3.03/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange chestnut with almost no head. Somewhat light smell, very tannic with oak, some acetic notes, some bitter non-hoppy notes and a touch of band-aid. Strange flavor. Very tannic, rubber bands, band-aids and much bitterness along with quite an acetic quality. Not great. Mouthfeel is thin and slick. Not very enjoyable. On top of everything else, it tastes quite hot.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 00:02:40 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky brown orange with 2 fingers of head. lots of little yeasties floating around.

Raisin and maybe some plum smells overwhelm with a hint of cocoa. Yeah I said it Cocoa.

Tatses like heaven. Thank you BFM! Sweet raisiny and plum flavors. MMM...this is so damn good. God I wish I had more of these [but for less money].

It's very smooth but has a little kick of alcohol. I love this beer. I can't stop praising its' glory

Very drinkable. But you can only have 1 bottle. Otherwise you'll fall right over! No serious it'll hurt you or someone you love if you don't watch it...

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 04:08:01 | More by RixBeer
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4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: hazy ruby red with a rust like haze in it. Foamy white head that unfortunately dissipates very quickly.

Aroma: Funky cheese is the first thing that comes to mind like some really stinky brie rind, there is also some fruit such as cherry

Taste: Well I would say this tastes like a flemish sour actually, strong sourness although not on the same level as rodenbach GC with some fruit in there as well, oh so very complex why does this beer have to be so damn expensive...

Overall: This is an amazing beer that is ideal to put in front of a wine snob and say oh yea? beer can't be as complex as wine can it. I thank the beer gods (along with the brewer) for crafting this delicious liquid

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 06:31:50 | More by YankChef
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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a caramel color with pale reddish tones in the light. A fair amount of cloudiness with, at least in my glass, small amounts of sediment. A thin whispy head remained during my tasting. Ta boot, very little carbonation.

The bouquet is heavy on tart, mashed cherries. Secondary notes of bready malt, light spice and oak. This transitions all too well to the taste. Lots of dry cherry and currant on the front of the tongue with a nice oaky finish that is reminiscent of earthy cranberry meads from the Finger Lakes. The finish is big, but wonderful!

Mouthfeel is great and this is a very drinkable beer, the tastes are complex, the carbonation light and the experience damned near perfect. Hopefully this brewmaster will once again return to Monk's and bring more of these Swiss tasties!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 14:59:57 | More by garcia2a
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 vintage, listed as "Limited Edition" and 11% abv. Beautiful bottle, thanks Faustgeist for sharing!

A. Pale, hazy copper cherry red. A small off white dusting of foam lingers.

S. Funky, sour fruit (cherry!) oak and wood, in turns fruity and strong, complex and lively to the senses.

T. Tart cherries and variations thereof are the star here. There's a delicious oak undercurrent and a tannic, earthy note that adds to the interesting factor. Sugary sweetness helps balance out the sour rush; think sweetened cranberries. It's a little dirty and rough, but you can tell it's been lovingly crafted. Reminiscent of a stronger, more oaked Rodenbach; but unlike their Grand Cru, this is enjoyable.

The finish is sour, cleansing and a bit lactic. Oak sits on the tongue for a bit. I'm not entirely sure this is a Biere de Garde....

Abbaye Bon-Chien is a delicious and complex woody sour cherry beer. I don't believe I'd pay the $25 asking price a second time, but this is still good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 03:58:11 | More by kkipple
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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from my notes and I don't have the vintage. Sorry.

This beer pours a nice caramel color with light purple highlights when held to the light. The head is but a pale off white collar.

Smells of sour musky funk, old wool, tart cherry, cork, oak and dry wheat bread with some cinnamon and banana in the background.

Tastes surprisingly sweet considering the dryness I anticipated from the smell. There's lots of cherry here with some pumpkin, cider and a faint banana. The dryness is supplied by a corky tart oaky funk. The sourness is a quick touch and go of sour that plays well with the palate.

Fells big and heavy with a light dusting of carbonation. Also leaves a slight film in my mouth.

A nice sipper and a great experience. It's quite easy and gentle, but not too funky.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 04:16:51 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage:

Poured a brownish ruby color with a mounded 3 finger white head after a fairly soft pour. Head retention is just insane. Tons of lacing.

Such a complex nose. It is sour smelling and herbal. Some vegetal notes with citrus as well. No alcohol to speak of.

Layer on layer of flavor. A fair amount of sourness without any barnyard flavors. Tons of green herbs, soft citrus. Just an insanely long finish. I don't know where the alcohol is. It is completely masked, making this a very dangerous beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and full without and sticky qualities. Nice carbonation. One of the most drinkable beers I have every had.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 03:23:10 | More by brantadid
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.