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

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 97
Gots: 167 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev -7.4%

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of impending
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


A 2009 750ml into a tulip. Pours a murky dingy drab butterscotch, large bubbled tiny head, no lacing.

Aroma is a delight with strong vinous qualities atop a small sour apple. Complex, great depth, delicious.

Flavor continues the complexity. The sour indeed is a small green apple married to an unripened apricot. Sour appears after an brief initial velvety caramel sweetness and disappears before mid way into the aftertaste which begins sharp and dry. Only a tiny bitter. An echo of the flavor lasts forever. Thin to medium bodied smooth mouthfeel. Achieves another level of delicious near room temp.

Photo of AndrewEmanuel
1/5  rDev -76.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

2010 Vintage

A-Pours a handsome crimson color. Brilliant when held up to the light. Filmy head that is quite light but does retain and leave lacing splotches. Very attractive.

S-Aroma is tart and funky sour with some awesome vinous notes. Oak is quite detectable. Juicy fruitiness. Light alcohol. Cherries and grapes of course. Very excited to take my first sip.

T-Flavor is rich and royal. Tartness is perfectly set. Oak slithers onto the palate after the initial tartness. Oak really lasts too. Excellent wine characteristics. Red tart fruits. Alcohol masked to a unbelievable degree of expertise. Just a ton going on here and its all great.

M-Thicker, creamier, and fuller than expected (which is very enjoyable) I can really feel the sturdiness of the body with each sip. Carbonation is mellow. Smooth but dry all-in-one.

O/D-Quite pricey, but I think this is a must try. Expertly crafted. Delicious and complex. One word synopsis: regal. Would love to try older vintages. Just a splendid beer that must be enjoyed slowly in order to truly grasp the depth and quality found here.

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Marked: bottled in April 2010, brewed 2009.

A: There is a slow forming head that cascades to surfaces seconds after the pour. It manages to muster a decent looking one finger head that recedes quickly forming a small foamy cap on the beer. The body displays perfect clarity, a burnt amber color with sienna hues.

S: Initially what wafts from the glass is tart cherries and raspberries with a bit of lactic sourness. The more it warms the funk becomes more evident with leather, and musty blanket emerging along with distinct notes of the oak barrels. Overall a very vinous complex nose.

T: The oak is much more dominant in the flavor with tannic bitterness greeting my palate first. Cherries, raspberries and other vinous fruits grab hold mid-palate. It has some residual jam like qualities for sure. It finishes with some toasted grain, chocolate and another friendly greeting of oak.

M: Medium to light bodied with subtle carbonation. All in all this is a very "wine-like" brew.

D: For me this is a beer from another world. It drinks like a sophisticated aged wine should, but with loads of complex bright flavors. A bit of a head scratcher in a good way. Next time I will be sure to pair this with a meal or some Hors d'oeuvres.

Edit: Just poured the second half of the bottle at around 64F and got a massive off-white head. This beer is not meant to be consumed below 60F. Cheers!

Photo of drtth
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a murky flat medium brown color with a bit of a reddish tinge, but with no head to speak of, only a few bubbles that quickly disappear. Sipping leaves no bubbles or lacing.

Smell: The aroma is clean and faintly sour with noticeable traces of the oak in which the beer was aged for a while. There are some ripe fruits, including cherries, along with touches of light caramel from the malts.

Taste: The single best word to describe the flavor here is “complex,” and teasing out the various components is a delightful challenge. As expected from the nose there is some oak and a variety of fruits including several types of berries

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the carbonation is almost non-existent. The finish shows no alcohol but is complex with tart fruits and traces of oak.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one easily drinkable despite the ABV. Each sip came quite easily and I often found myself sipping more rapidly than I had intended as I sought to sort out the complexity of aroma and flavor. I’d definitely have this one again. My overall impression is of a first rate beer which may come up short on appearance but more than makes up for it on aroma and flavor.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's 8th anniversary party. The surprise of the night for me.

The appearance is really pedestrian, and its dull and murky brownish body doesn't do it any favors. Nor am I impressed with the thin and almost soapy looking bubbles of what one might try to associate with head. Fairly still, not very thick, so there are no legs, and not much going on that could create any lacing.

The nose and flavor turn this around completely. The aroma is packed with oaky tannins amid a very clean and subtle lactic sourness. Tart cherries and over-ripe fruits leave the final impression. The flavor takes all of this and adds on it, bringing in toffee, some bready malty notes, and solid earthy funk and more of that delightful sourness. More fruits come through, too, with the cherries, as sweet strawberries and over-ripe pear round it out.

Lightly carbonated, and thinly bodied, for such a big beer, you would never know that it packed a punch. Insanely mellow, that 11% ABV never even makes an appearance, much less become the focal point of the beer. A masterfully crafted if we could only do something about that appearance...

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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