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

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877 Ratings
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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 108
Gots: 175 | FT: 12
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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Ratings: 877 | Reviews: 258
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look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A

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.
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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.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4.32/5  rDev 0%
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 brew...now if we could only do something about that appearance...

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4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the 2004 edition of L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien that I found on-tap at Sergio's World Beers.

A: Pours a relatively clear amber with a thin, minimal white mousse that does not stick around all that long.

S: Aromas of mixed fruit, oak, vinegar, and lactic yeast are very present on the nose. The powerful, vinegary scent of this beer reminds me of Flemish oud bruins and red ales.

T: Hugely complex on the palate with notes of oak, cider vinegar, sweet 'n' sour, lactic yeast, port, and a melange of fruits, hinting at gooseberries, elderberries, blueberries, tart cherries, blackberries, and pomegranate. The finish is warming, complex, and sour with notes of tart fruits, oak, and port.

M: Full bodied and very gently carbonated. It is a bit livelier than I would expect, but that is not a knock. There is no alcohol burn whatsoever. For such a complex, challenging ale, it is very satisfying and goes down smoothly.

O: This is not really a beer; it is more of an experience than anything else. If you ever have the opportunity to try any vintage of this beer on-tap, do so. The beer is much livelier and much more vibrant on-tap than out of the bottle, making it easier for the reviewer to separate all of the flavors. In the end, this was a great drinking experience, and one that every beer fan would do well to seek out.

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.