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

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Reviews: 261
Hads: 922
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 116
Gots: 191 | FT: 12
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  11.00% ABV

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Beer added by: ggaughan on 06-07-2006

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby, burgundy red color; deep nice, glowing and clear. A nice frothy soft cream colored head sets up into a two finger thick cap. Finally settles into a fuzzy but persistent cap. A low head remains throughout the drink. Very nice. Little to no lacing but an overall very nice appearance.

The aroma is the highlight of this beer. Deep funky brett characteristics of must and earthy sweat coupled with a tart cherry bite and alcohol warmth that brings all these aromas together. Oak casts a a deep shadow over the whole beer into a collectively vinous smell. Very wine-like.

The taste follows from the lead of the aroma, starting with light cherry and raisin sweetness. Oak up front leads to vinous twang and malt middle palate, followed by a tart, dry finish and lingering waves of funk and oak. Fruit finishes out early but the beer has plenty of depth and complexity to make it incredibly drinkable.

A nice soft body, subtle yet present carbonation and wonderful flavors leads to an impressively pleasurable beer. (1,039 characters)

Photo of RomanW70
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/11 On tap at Julian's in Providence. Dark amber caramel color, barely translucent with medium tan lacing. Looks thick and luxurious. Aroma of apple cider, caramel, bananas, and sour cherries. Absurdly thick mouthfeel with intitial taste of sweet apples that quickly gives way to sour. Very tasty. Some cereal on the finish. Hides it's alcohol very well. (355 characters)

Photo of WilliamD
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle at Dennis Brothers, the only liquor store in MN I have ever seen it (the 2005 brew, that is).
I popped the cap off and poured it into a snifter. Looks quite nice- a copper color with a slight reddish hue. Poured flat- no head whatsoever. At this point, the run-of-the-mill meathead would spit and drive home somewhat sullen, his index finger rigid over the steering wheel, poised for the play button on his DVD player, wherein Girls Gone Wild awaited.
The smell was pleasant.
The first sip seemed a bit harsh, but after a few more sips, my palate warmed to the wonderfully exquisite taste of this great beer. This beer is much akin to a wine, in my opinion. At about the same ABV, it has the same pleasant warming sensation that a red wine has. The taste is slightly sour, with a warm, wonderully complex aftertaste. I think I served it to myself a bit too cold, but no worry- I bought another bottle yesterday, and will make sure to serve it properly in the future.
Mouthfeel is great. I hate this part. It feels like a liquid in my mouth, except it is slightly different because it contains alcohol, which my mouth particularly enjoys-or at least that is what I have coerced it into believing.
The drinkability is an exceptionally strong point. For how strong it is, it wasn't overwhelming. It drank like a good wine. As I said, I bought another bottle, which should say enough. (1,399 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.68/5  rDev -37.1%
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 (1,116 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,135 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (643 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,376 characters)

Photo of ynnpar
3.6/5  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. (765 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (1,948 characters)

Photo of soviettelecast
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of Onslow
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.. (271 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (1,291 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (602 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,979 characters)

Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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! (334 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of RixBeer
4.9/5  rDev +15%
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... (586 characters)

Photo of YankChef
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
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 (742 characters)

Photo of garcia2a
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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! (802 characters)

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
94 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.