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

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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 105
Gots: 171 | 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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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 edition, bought the bottle in the brewery

Pours slightly hazy very dark head with some soapy bubbles that stay on the top for quite a long time. Aroma is rich and complex, sour fruity, vanilla, spices, some hints of sweetness.

Taste is sour funk, oak, delicate sweet and sour fruit, mostly cherries, apples, various berries, semi-dry and warming finish and long lasting sweet, tart and slightly vinous aftertaste. No trace of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with low carbonation.

Perfect. One of the best beers I have had in my life.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful tulip at the Muddy Pig. Opaque red/brown with a driven snow head that drops fast into a ring of saintly white.

My nose is sticken with an assault of lactic acid, tart cherries, grapefruit, pineapple, an indescribably fruit cocktail of acid and sweet and sexy. Taste is deep caramel, a dry caramel, a decidedly robust and mature toffee coating deep acidic fruit.

Low carbonation for a tap brew fits perfectly, the brew appears nearly still but hits the mouth with a bright clarity of purpose. Why can't this be served everywhere? by the quart? for free?

Photo of russwbeck
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 version in an Oak-Clad Gravity Keg poured at Churchkey for Night of the Living Ales

Clear brown pour with absolutely no head. The aroma is full of oak, vinegar, funk, booze, and lighter fruits like apple. Very much like a wine. The taste has big hits of oak and booze. Dark fruits seem to balance it out, unlike the lighter fruits I got on the smell. Lots of acidity and funk lend their hands as the beer warms. It seems to be a different type of sour than the tradition lambics or American Wild Ale. Creamy body with only a small amount of carbonation, warming booze on the back. Very interesting taste, all of the flavors play nicely to create a delicious, balanced beer.

Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a snifter. I’ve already reviewed this beer from a bottle, but since this is a new vintage, new serving style, and $14, I feel that I just have to review it again.

A: Hazy deep orange body with absolutely no head. A few miniscule bubbles can be discerned clinging to the sides of the glass, but this looks essentially flat.

S: Dizzyingly potent aroma of sharply vinegary acetic acid, grapes that are both richly vinous and sweetly juicy, some light oak, vanilla, and even more grape. Lovely.

T: Purely sour and vinous at first, but as it warms the juiciness of the grapes, vanilla from the oak, and caramel sweetness from the malt all come out to lend some welcome relief from the acidity. The sourness never lets itself get overwhelmed, though, and even adds a jolt of lemony lactic acid on the tail end. Alcohol is remarkably absent for such a strong beer. This is one of the most purely grape-flavored beers I’ve ever had, and I’m loving it. A bit more oak would have made it even more amazing, though.

M: Fairly thick, lightly carbonated body. A bit sticky, but not bad at all.

O: It’s probably not a fair comparison since the recipes were clearly so different, but I much preferred the 2010 to the 2005 I had from a bottle. The sourness stuck around much better, the fruitiness from the wine barrels came through amazingly well, and the alcohol was never a factor. This is a terrific beer, and I’m glad I got to try it on tap; I won’t be paying for it again, though.


Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer doesn't have quite the same colour as red wine, but it does have the depth, similar highlighting and the overall opacity. I wouldn't want to spill any on my shirt, that's for sure. What Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien does have that wine does not, however, is a thick, glinting white layer of foam - impressive considering it's every bit as strong in alcohol.

The aroma has notes of fresh fruits as well as some that are a few days turned. There is sweet but, even more so, there is sour. There is a tremendous amount of ripe lingonberry and boysenberry flavour as well as some dried raisins and rotted cherries. Not a drop of alcohol is perceived although there's definitely some vinegar-y acetate going on.

It's actually a curse that sour beers, which I consider to be some of the most refreshing and flavourful offerings out there, are also far and away the most expensive. While this obscure Swiss brewery is hard to find, it's almost as hard to pull the trigger on it given the $20+ price tags. But I assure you, it's worth it! This is something divine.

If I were a chef my imagination would be running away from me at this point; a beer like this could pair incredibly alongside - and in - a number of dishes. (I think I'll go in the backyard and try to catch a rabbit.) It has a vivid but usual lingonberry flavour as well as sticky pomegranate reduction and balsamic vinegar-like qualities. Some of the oak can be tasted, but it's dry, woody and musty without any vanilla or spice notes.

The brewer says on the label that this ages well and, indeed, it certainly seems to. This is a 2006 vintage (bottled October 2007) and in October of 2011 is tasting as impressive as it did at the time of purchase. Scribbled in my notes from then are comments like "top memorable beers" and "wow-wow-wewow" which, if I'm making correct sense of them, because truthfully your guess is as good as mine, they still ring true today.

A lot of brewers nowadays experiment with wild yeasts and barrel aging and while they may present themselves as archers, it's often apparent that they don't even own a bow. They could learn a thing or two from Switzerland's Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien. I have no idea where these guys came from, but I'm glad they're here. Profusely recommended.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had a firkin of this, 2010 vintage, at Nerax at Novare Res.

Pours a hazy amber orange-red colored beer with a light fizzy head as usual for cask.

Nose has a nice tart sour fruit aroma, great tart fruits that just dance around the nostrils, berry, lots of grape skin, bit of Brett funk and lactobacillis like acidic fruit, nice funk overall.

Taste brings a great funk and sour/tart fruit, berry, light sour fruit and sour malts, bit of Brett funk as well, lactobacillis again bringing some acidic tastes, bit grainy and bready, and some interesting berry fruit with a bit of grape skin and seed. Finishes with a bready malt, tart flemmy fruit, sour but not puckering, a bit more grape skin and dark red wine, and even a hint of oak and vanilla, hint of booze.

Mouth is med bodied, bit of warming booze and acidic feel, good carb esp for cask.

Overall awesome, so tasty, great tart sour fruits, sour malts, a bit bready, not mouth puckering or over the top, very tasty and nice funk to it at the same time.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, complex, sour and vinegary, take on a saison... Extraordinary if one is into that range...

Presentation: 10 oz draft serving. The menu offers a brief and fair description. pointing to the main character of the brew and notes Alc. by Vol. (11%) Served in a snifter.

A - Deep amber serving with a nice creamy 1/3" head, moderate retention with a nice creamy surface ring and touches of lacing.

S - Things start to pick up with a nice vinegary nose... Funky, complex, tart, sour apples...

T - With an spectacular range that continues in the taste. Very complex vinegar edge, the rich sourness has fruity touches, green apples... woody complexity. Vinous touches over the tart range... Hint of spices...

M - Medium body and medium/low carbonation, very nicely balanced, long lingering dry finish...

O - Not for all palates, maybe a tad provocative and complex out of the blue, but if one is into this funky/sour range this is really a true delight.

Notes: Not the first time I have it. Always on tap... But I'd love to get hold of a couple of bottles. And I see myself revisiting it, so it is a bit of an overdue review for a brew, that maybe is not for regular consumption but definitely leaves a nice dent in the memory.

Photo of heysuz
2.5/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Intro: Spilt a 750ml in a tulip glass with a friend.

Appearance: Ample head that recedes to cap but stays, deep rosewood coloring.

Smell: Strong aromas of fruit and spices with a touch of vanilla.

Taste: Tastes like spoiled cider with vinegar in it, may have been a bad bottle. Very sour like sweet tarts.

Mouthfeel: Can feel the alcohol in the chest other than that it does not have a bad feel in the mouth.

Overall: Had to drain pour it in the end, the sour and vinegar was too strong. Doubts about the beer started with the green bottle.

Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Light brown, slightly reddish color. No head, no lacing.

Initial aroma is of acetic acid. Further sniffs reveals some spicy and fruity aromas. This is a hard beer to describe. The acidic/sour/tartness kind of greets you up front, and builds towards the middle. Towards the end is some spicy and almost bitter flavors.

Now as I drink it I start to smell and taste the oak. The flavors are complex and each taste is an adventure. Never had a BFM I didn't like. Wish they weren't so expensive.

I was worried by the giant wiff of vinegar I got when I opened it. But that smell seems to have dissipated and I am left with a very pleasant smelling beer. I will be drinking an entire bottle to my head tonight. Looking forward to trying one of the douzes I bought as well.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in DC; the 2010 blend, aged in several different kinds of barrels.

No head, garnet body.

Vinous nose, woody and mellowed.

Taste follows nose in that it is vinous and woody, but less tart. Aftertaste is decadent.

Mouthfeel isn't carby, but not thin either.

Awesome overall-- ordinarily I'd be suspect of something like this.

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.