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

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 105
Gots: 172 | FT: 11
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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/16/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Label says 2006, bottled in Oct 2007.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, oak, wine, tart cherries, earthy notes, and some grapes. Very nice and a lot of sour fruits, though it isn't overly tart. Like the nose a lot.

t - Tastes of sour fruity malts, dark fruits, sour cherries, oak, earthy notes, tannic. Again, very nice. Not quite as sour as the nose, a tiny bit sweeter.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not a lot of alcohol, was surprised it was 11% ABV.

o - Overall I liked this beer a lot. I've steered away from these beers because of their price tags, but I liked this one a lot. Will certainly pick it up in the future.

Photo of DCon
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL.OZ. bottle of this from the Wine & Cheese Place in Ballwin, MO for $26.99. Poured from the White Labeled bottle w/ a Cat dressed as a poet, writing in a book & the BFM logo in red into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Has 2007, Blended in October 2007 on the front. (This Edition Aged in Oak Barrels). This will be #2 on the review.

STLWill also brought a Vintage of this beer to share side by side & has 2006, Blended in August 07 on the front. (This Edition Aged in Burgundy Casks). This will be #1 on the review.

Aroma 1- Huge sourness and obvious aging. Like a flanders red with the fruit and mild cellar like attributes. Light red wine at the finish of the nose.
Aroma 2- Big sour cherries, barnyard, and a good amount of oak is in this aroma. More like a Fruit Lambic aged in oak.

Appearance 1- Pours no head and has no lacing afterwards. The body color is a dark copper color and clear.
Appearance 2- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quick. Has a dark orange body with good clarity. Leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor 1- Had a wine like flavor all the way through with plums and dark fruits included. A nice amount of malt and cask flavors are found as well.
Flavor 2- Awesome sour attributes from the beginning including barnyard and goaty notes. Has a light vinegar taste at the finish.

Mouthfeel 1- Light Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves wine, oak finish on the palate.
Mouthfeel 2- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Easy puckering on the finish and sour notes that stay favorable and doesn't overpower.

Overall Impression 1&2- While enjoying side by side, the 2007 version was much more sour and found we both enjoyed this one more. I'm not sure what I think about the price of these brews yet... There are plenty of Biere de Gardes and other Belgian/French style beers you could get for your buck besides this one. I would recommend grabbing a 2007 over the 2006 in my opinion. Happy to have finally enjoyed this after buying over a year ago!

Photo of SLeffler27
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is tawny, old copper and almost clear, with a big, quick, off-white rocky head that drops to nothing leaving no lacing. A thick viscous film is left on the glass while ruby highlights can be seen when backlit. There is some sediment as well.

The aroma is sharp and sour with strong red wine, notes of alcohol fumes and spice.

Funky, earthy flavors allow some cherry and apple for a good balance between tart and sweet. There is a suggestion of fruitcake and oak. The finish is long and tart. With warmth a background of whisky can also be found.

From a tulip glass, this one is fairly acidic with a full body that is almost dense, with lively carbonation, the texture of silk, and warming alcohol.

One would expect this style to be good with food, contemplation or reading, and Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chein delivers. I am reminded of wing chairs and leather-bound books.

Photo of theminutemen
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.06/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uncaps without any kind of carbonation hiss at all. In fact, I was almost shocked when it uncapped like it wasn't at all sealed.

Pours a completely flat, uncarbonated, but a pleasant deep ruby-brown colour. No head to speak of, and even the body itself looks disturbingly thin, and not at all a match for its purported 11% alcohol. I'm dubious and a little hesitant.

Nose is slightly acidic and surprisingly sprightly for its flatness. Some hints of oak and aromatic grains give it a lift that also hints at baseness. Booze is noticeable, but not overpowering, and most of it is attributable to the oak flavours in any case. Not bad.

Taste is also a little flat, but depressingly, not obviously oxidised—if it were, I would be happy believing that the bottle I got was improperly sealed and write it off thusly. It just has a faint, bland oaky nothingness to it, that relies much on the conditioning of the beer and very little on its innate quality. Some acidity, especially on the front, which gives it a vinous quality, and a hint of spice on the back that gives it a tonic quinine bite. Feel is quite smooth, but flat, and the booze is actually remarkably well hidden.

It's a confusing beer this one. I'm certainly not wowed by it, nor particularly enamoured of it at all, but it has enough interest to keep you hoping. That's worth something at least, even if for me, my hopes ended up in disappointment.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of stewart124
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper in color with zero head.

Nose has some dark candied fruit aromas with just a hint of sourness.

Ah there is there sourness I expected. Little carbonation with a very dry finish. This is all about age and sour notes. Very easy to drink with plenty of white wine notes and some oak/earthy characters. Easy to fall in love with this beer de garde.

The 11% alcohol is so well hidden. You could consume many of these beers before figuring out that it will sneak up on you. Lemon notes with the sourness but generally just so easy to drink. Delicious.

Photo of b3shine
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Dutch's (served in a snifter). Looks decent, although there's no head or carbonation to speak of. Smells good; nice and tart. Tastes good too; the age has helped marry all of the flavors together. Mouthfeel is the weakest link; very pedestrian. This is mostly due to the lack of carbonation. Overall, a privilege to get to try, but slightly disappointing (just because my expectations were so high). I'm not a fan of flat sours.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Dave for bringing this to my party. I knew nothing of this beer going into it.

Pours a murky orange red color with a 1/2 finger off-white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

Initial aroma is very much vinegar although as it warmed a bit a lot of the oak character came through in addition to some underlying funk with notes of hay, red grapes, apple and cherry.

Flavor is magnificent. Very biting sourness starts out with some strawberry and lots of grape. Almost wine like fruit character. A little bit of an earthy funk and a touch of spice before finishing almost bone dry with heavy oakiness.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels. I didn't know the ABV on this one until after we were well through the bottle. It hides it amazingly well as I just assumed it was around 6% until looking.

A pleasant surprise that wasn't on my radar at all. I loved this beer and will be seeking it out again. Overwhelming sour and loads of complex fruit flavors with the perfect amount of oak to balance it all out. In a night with a ton of great beer, this one ranked right up with them.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duchesse de Bourgogne goblet. Pours a dark red-orange amber. Thin, fine off-white head that has good retention and light lacing. Aroma is sour, vinegar, ripe apples, cherry. Flavor of tart light fruit, cherries, apples, apricots; sour and vinous. Flavors are well integrated and nicely supported by the oak components and the background neutral malt. Unusually well blended sweet and sour fruit and dry woody flavors. Medium to heavy bodied with nice carbonation considering the thin head. Sour beers are always a gamble for me and this was quite expensive, so I'm glad that it is so pleasant and well made. The best biere de garde I've had. 2007 bottle aged in my cellar for over a year.

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.44/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy, light apple cider color. Bubbly head is quick to fade to a thin crescent half ring then vanish completely. I guess I wouldn't be too pretty if I was sitting in a barrel since '08 either.

Smells extremely wood with hay and plenty of sourness. Tastes equally woody and equally tart. Mild copper taste. Low to non-existant carbonation. A hard to describe beer.

This one ranks high on the umami meter.

Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

“Brewed in 2009, blended in April 2010”, and opened in Jan 2012. I’m certain the bottle was mislabeled in saying “12.68 Fl Oz.”, as it looked like a 750ml (25 ½ oz) bottle.

Appearance – Pours an opaque burgundy color, with large bubbles that leave a spotty lacing.

Smell – Vinegar, sour ale, grapes, cider, cherries, oak, and spice. It’s quite pleasant after the initial vinegar hit. The more I smell it, the more I like it.

Taste – Sour with cabernet wine and a hint of oak and vinegar. Very complex. I really enjoyed drinking this – a fine example of a Bière de Garde! Far better to me than their Grand Cru.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and smooth. A bit sour.

Drinkability – I like this beer. I easily finished a 750ml bottle.

Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev -7.4%

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Served in a 13oz snifter for $9. Sampled 12/6/11.

A: Pours with nearly no head at all - just a thin incomplete ring of white whispy suds. The body is a rusty garnet color that becomes blood orange when backlit. Hazy with fifty percent opacity. Almost completely still. No lacing at all.

S: A beautiful blend of raspberry, strawberry and cherry. Plenty of aromas associated with sourness, courtesy of [what I assume to be a blend of] pedio and lacto. The malt foundation is very much in the background despite the high ABV, but caramel and toffee sneak in toward the end. Perhaps lightly oxidized.

T: Clenching sourness strains the sides of your mouth right by your jaw. I can only imagine how intense the tongue-thrashing would be if there was a normal amount of carbonation. Amply sweet but the sourness and tartness remain to be the standout flavor. The ABV is a mindfuck.

M: The low levels of effervescence probably make this beer a little easier to drink. Very thick, full and chewy body. Again, rather still and possibly even a little cloying.

O: This beer is good where it counts. Even at $9 for a small pour, I had to have another.

UPDATE: Just opened a bottle that I've been sitting on for a while. 2006 vintage (blended in August of 2007), batch or bottle number 00276. I paid $27 for the 750mL.

The appearance shows improvement compared to the tap serving. 3/4 finger head plus some visible life in the body. Not a considerable development on the nose over the last 4 years. But the older bottle is just as fantastic as the younger draft pour. Small drop off in flavor. The integration isn't quite as successful. All of the same wonderful fruit tones are there, but more pitty and approaching overly ripe. Perhaps a low level of oxidation. Sourness is slightly tamed as well. The carbonation is significantly better. Not cloying at all. It was nice to see how the age and serving type affected my impression of this beer. Both versions are great, however, fresher and from the tap is my preferrence.

4, 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.