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

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 952
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 123
Gots: 200 | FT: 10
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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing.

S: A sweet, fragrant aroma of apples, malt, grapes and perhaps some other mild fruits.

T: An interesting taste combination of sour apples, grapes, malt and some cherries. Almost had a champagne-like character, which makes for a fascinating drink.

M: Lots of carbonation and smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. It's my first biere de garde, but hopefully not my last.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750 bottle purchased at The Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC. It was recommended to me by a friend in Belgium. 2012 with 8 notched out.

A - Deep copper with a hazy finish and a limited white head. A slow but steady rise of fine bubbles.

S - Wonderful tart and sour notes with some additional depth of oak, fruit and spices. Very inviting.

T - Loads of sour/tart flavors with great maturity, depth and variation. It's intense but not biting or harsh in any way. You get something different in every sip. The 11% alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

M - Good body with good substance yet it flows smoothly. A low to moderate carbonation.

O - A complex and intriguing beer! So glad I tried it.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lots of different variations on this one, so hope i'm reviewing under the correct category. 2009 vintage. blend of merlot, pinot noir, pinot gris and cabernet barrels the menu says. anyways... murky brown with some ruby highlights to it and a very tan head that fades quickly, yet leaves a collar that stays. nose is oak, vanilla, must, musk, currant, sour/dark cherry, prune, plum, acid, alcohol and a funky kind of wild bretty cherry pie character. woah. big, boozy and complex as they come, but warm and inviting at the same time. taste is luscious and beautiful, and exudes fantastic balance of all the flavors noted above. bretty cherry pie and oak stand out the most to me, and alcohol flavor doesn't detract a bit, it amplifies the other flavors just like it should and even comes in to play as a flavor of it's own. medium-full body is slick and silky, leaving a surprisingly clean finish that sends flavors of oaky currant booze out my nose and makes me pucker just a tiny bit. a wonderful sensory experience these ASBC beers are and a real treat to try on tap.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Brouwer's Sour Fest. Served in a snifter. Review from notes.
Color is a dark orange, like well-oiled saddle leather. Smells of bleu cheese and oak shavings. Very delicate on the palate, with no sweetness and only mildly sour. Lots of funk. Tastes of oak, cherries, and grapefruit bitterness. Little mouthfeel and no lacing. Very complex--probably other things I'm unable to put my finger on.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: ruby red. Hazy. Small off-white head.

S: sweet. Large berry notes. Vinegar.

T: tart. Oak. Cherry. Lingering tartness. Sour. Vinegar.

M: high carbonation. Medium-light body. Puckering. On the dry side? It's difficult for me to tell if this is slightly sweet, or dry; because of the tartness.

O: fantastic sour. Complex flavors that are balanced very well. Will buy again if I am lucky enough to find it.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a couple of other times but I am finally taking time to do a decent review. Once you open this beer you can immediately smell how sour it is. Almost no head to this brew. Body is a deep hazy Amber. Nose is of stone fruit and pixxy stix, just so sour. Deep red fruits and wine tannins dance with a consistent sour fell all over the palate. Incredibly complex and just a joy to partake.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plucked off the exceptional beer list at Monk's in Philly. The description of this brew was intriguing enough to warrant ponying up the $35 price of admission. 750mL bottle in a Samichlaus tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with a distinct wine-colored tint. Thin off-white head that was easily and repeatably renewed with a little agitation.

S: Wow. Holy farging wow. I'm no wine lover, but my goodness does this stuff smell good. If you weren't paying close attention, the smell could easily fool you into thinking that this was not a beer. Smell just got better as the bottle warmed up.

T: Lots going on. Obviously, strong wine characteristics abound... all those 8 different barrels are competing for attention. Hard to define it all. Is this wine? Is it a sour ale? Is it a red champagne? Not sure, but it is fascinating. Never tasted anything like this before.

M: Amazingly clean for all that wine character. Very little of the (for me) unpleasant dryness and oak taste of a red wine.

D: Smooth and very easy for 10% ABV. All that complexity makes it something to be savored. Not for everybody and certainly not for daily consumption, but a very very interesting drink.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to Knifestyles for knocking off one of my long time wants - the 2005 version that clocks in at 15.5%. Thanks for sharing this, Chris!

Ruby red with great clarity, this is gorgeous with a thin ring for a head. The nose, is quite magnificent. Big and fruity with plums, cherries, prunes and a touch of alcohol. Mildly smoky and meaty, this is vinous and slightly acetic, much like the Grand Cru versions. Excellent. The flavors are just as good, with a combination of acetic and lactic sourness up front with cherries and raspberries. A touch of oxidation is noticeable, and the way it interacts with the fruity character leads to one complex beer. Rich caramel and toffee is present as well. Finishing long and dry with acetic and a touch of lactic character, this beer hides the 15.5% ridiculously well. Big in body with low carbonation, this is quite excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed my pour and hope to try it again. This beer is a true homewrecker.

**Edit 15 June 2012**
I'm drinking my lone bottle of the 2006 vintage (bottled 2007), bottle # 00276. I picked this up at the Perfect Pour for $17 back in 2008 (on Thanksgiving, in fact) but never got around to drinking it until tonight.

Pouring a deep crimson with a huge light brown head with rather terrible retention, and no lacing, this looks decent. Very nice legs, though.The nose is rather excellent, and more like a Flemish red than a BdG. There's a mild acetic character, quite a bit of sour cherry and black cherry aromas, a little bit of leather, gun smoke, a mild vinous character that pairs well with the leather. Complex, balanced and refined. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden.

The palate opens with a moderate sourness, with a blend of acetic and lactic acids and a pronounced cherry fruitiness. Again, there's a very nice blend of the sweeter black cherries and sour cherries, the combination of which pairs nicely with the leather. In addition, there's a lot more dark fruit , with even a moderate pomegranate note present. I never thought I'd say this in a review, but this beer tastes like it has a lot of anti-oxidants. Moderately vinous on the mid-palate with a moderate jammy, red-wine flavor. Medium-full in body with an unnecessarily high level of carbonation that dissipates, leaving a rather silky smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is stunningly well hidden here, it only appears slightly on the finish, where the cherries, lactic sourness, oak tannins are complemented by the dryness that this high ABV level confers. Excellent stuff.

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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage:

Poured a brownish ruby color with a mounded 3 finger white head after a fairly soft pour. Head retention is just insane. Tons of lacing.

Such a complex nose. It is sour smelling and herbal. Some vegetal notes with citrus as well. No alcohol to speak of.

Layer on layer of flavor. A fair amount of sourness without any barnyard flavors. Tons of green herbs, soft citrus. Just an insanely long finish. I don't know where the alcohol is. It is completely masked, making this a very dangerous beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and full without and sticky qualities. Nice carbonation. One of the most drinkable beers I have every had.

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4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a teku glass. Split with others. 2007 vintage. Let's do this.

Pours a brownish tinged reddish color highly resembling a pinot noir, if it weren't for the elements of cloudiness that are present in this beer. A ton of carbonation and a head about 3 fingers high (off-grey, no less) top the glass, but it recedes rather quickly, leaving behind eventually nothing at all, including no lacing to speak of. Bubbles still glide quite strong towards the top, and sediment is everywhere on this thing, just like a great Flanders red. Viscous and vinous, with a glimmer that you don't see in your everyday sour. Truly an excellent creation here - unique in its own class. (Is it *really* a bière de garde, though?)

Wow, the aromas are all over this thing - quite simply one of the most complex sours I've ever whiffed on. Notes of dried raisins, cherries, green apples, figs, dates, ripe currants, honey, caramel, sour, musty oak softened tannins, and notes of nuttiness, light baking spice, vanilla, and pepper from the wood. Unbelievable stuff - except for the light acetone note that somehow creeps through at the finish. Nearly perfect in terms of its delivery otherwise - the malts, hops, oak, and acetic acid are so well integrated here. So much, you can smell it 5 feet away from you.

The flavor is a little bit more balanced, but it is still undeniably complex and adventurous as far as beers of its kinds go. At first there's a creamy, fruity abundance of red, dried fruits, ranging from cherries to raisins, apricots to overripe apples, and white grapes to tamarind. Then, the oaky sour notes immediately come in, delivering a musty, dry, spicy, and acetic flavor that is impressive as it is definitely tart but enormously restrained in terms of being pucker-inducing. Cinnamon, baking soda, pepper, light vanilla, and musty, old oak and cedar are especially predominant at the finish. Age has done wonders to this vintage - I'd say it's not quite ready, but it's already good enough for drinking. Dry, complex, refreshing, and flavorful - although as it warms up it develops a bit of a burn at the finish. Can't dock it too much, though - this is truly special stuff.

I had the 2011 vintage on tap a long time ago, and was curious to see what age could do to it. 6 years later, a lot is most definitely going on! Unbelievably complex, this drinks like a fine pinot noir from Burgundy, but it towers above most peers of its kind - including most Flanders reds, which this is in the same league as, if not more complex. Excellent stuff, if you can get your hands on this vintage - otherwise, I'm sure most would work. One of the best candidates for cellaring in the beer world, period.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at holy grale Louisville ky. 2009 vintage. Not sure if this is the correct listing...menu says this was aged in a mixture of 11 diff wine barrels...
Look is a deep brown amber with thin rim of head. Aromas of raison, grape vine, oak and dried fruity earth. Taste is superb...raisony dried fruit, cherry fruit, oak and wine. Wow.
It is just superb bitter and sweet mellow. This is fantastic!

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Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer offers a big punch of tart quality in the front of tart cherry and green apple. There's a musty funk and cork flavor throughout. The beer does not drink like 11%, but there is a bit of alcohol on the back and flavors of a spicy liquor and oak drying.

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4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance : dark auburn to brown in color. Some Haze. Low cream/auburn head that disappeared very quickly.

Aroma: some Grape musts, sour cherry, and wood . No alcohol or hops present. some funk. I think some floral notes as well behind the sour cherry

Flavor: Some malt sweetness comes through in beginning,leading to sour cherry and grapes flavors, gives way to sourness and some oak and vanilla in the finish, no hop flavor

Mouthfeel: med light body, med carb, some alcohol warmth but very smooth, dry finish

Overall: Very drinkable. The alcohol is hidden well with this one.

on tap at Max's Taphouse

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4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decided to try this at the Lion's Pride for my birthday (afterall, I wasn't paying, haha).

2008 vintage, according to their description there's only 6 kegs in the world, not sure if I believe that but hey!

Pours a red/purple/rusty color, hardly any head and no lacing along the glass at all, I can see lots of carbonation action though.

Smell is slightly sour and tart, a good fruity aroma is present and a dash of funk.

Taste is not quite like most Bière de Garde's that I've had, the sour/tart presence was delightful yet not overwhelming, at no point did I need to pucker my mouth like it got kicked in, the berry fruitiness and malt meld together quite well, carbonation is properly assertive and brings out the flavors quite well.

Flavorful and really good, not overwhelming at all, but I can think of cheaper lambics or flanders red (which is more similar in style) that I'd go for if I had to pay, haha.

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4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

biergotter club brew/tasting 2007. i got this one in a trade with pugman and was waiting for a special occasion to drink it, so i pulled it out and threw it into the mix. thanks larry!

750ml bottle. 2005 vintage, bottle #276. label shows 15.5%.

pours deep red, slightly hazy, with nearly no head.

aroma is great. lemon. funk. horse blanket. bit of leather. hints of cherry and date. bread and cracker malts. just a hint of alcohol. i could smell it all night. the depth to the fruit and the funk is great.

taste is great. lemon. horse blanket funk. cherry and date. low bitterness level. a hint of alcohol, but more like 5% than 15.5%. bit of leather. tobacco. bread and crackers. again, the depth and complexity to the funk and fruit is excellent.

mouthfeel is great. amazing how something this light bodied and dry can hide the alcohol so well. low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. complex, balanced, with almost no trace of the 15.5% abv. it has the funk but without the acidity and sourness, and the fruit without lingering sweetness. an interesting and truly excellent beer. definitely looking forward to trying other vintages (or more of this one if i can find it).

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4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8-10 oz pour in an inverted cone shaped glass (i.e., a short squatty version of a pilsner). Cloudy dark red-brown with no noticeable head or carbonation. Yeast and fruit in the nose. Light on the tounge with some acidity. Not overly sour. Heavy on the esters with a pleasant sweet caramel finish. Slight back of the throat acidity. Light enough and not overly sour to have a second.

I am amazed that this is 15.5 ABV. Where do they hide it?

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4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle labeled 2010 bottled 2011 #00276
purchased from Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont MA.
Served in Chouffe Tulip

No sound to cap. Beer poured completely still and viscous. They do mention low carbonation on the bottle. Really bizarre looking - no head, murky amber color. I am a little alarmed by the appearance. There is a lot of yeast at the bottom even though it has no carbonation.

Smells fantastic. Dark fruit yeast and a kick of acidity to the nose. Barrel and barrel aged yeast are very present in the aroma. Spicy yeast aroma. I am now less discouraged.

Rich flavor. Nice acid touch at the end. Odd to have sweetness in a sour beer. Works nicely though. Lots of caramel malt, spicey yeast mixed with souring agents, aged in tasty wood barrels. I would have enjoyed a little carbonation. It tastes like it was sugared but didn't bottle condition. The 11% ABV hides that well though.

I am very surprised I enjoyed this beer after watching it pour. Different beer than most. Reminds me of what I imagine ancient beer tasting like. Full of yeast complexity (& yeast), lots of ingredients and low carbonation. However the ABV is probably something proto-beer drinkers didn't experience.

Flavor profile reminds me more of a Flanders Red or a Bruin rather than a Beer De Guard.

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4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Each time I drink this, I am reminded of how lovely it is.

Depending on which one I've had (I've sampled '06/1x, '09/2x, and '11/2x) and how it is served (the '06 and '09 I've had from bottle only while the '11 I've had on tap only) the appearance is different mostly in head and its retention (the '11 had a much more voluminous, defined, and lasting white foam). The color I can only call (a deep) brown-orange (maybe some rose tint?)

Fantastic vibrancy on the nose and on the palate - a rich, dense mix of rosé and gueuze (more mellow on the tart the newer it is).... choice balance in the malt selection - suggestion of dark crystal malt in flavor and body upfront... brief roundness and sweet/sour before slipping away with mild silkiness and a tiny fizz-buzz, leaving behind a lasting bold vinous (red/white hybrid) fruitiness and mild yet insanely complimentary soft sourness - not front and center, but in ideal concert... hmmmm....

...ugh... I'm finding this one difficult to dissect because I always drink the damn glass too fast and/or drift off into dreamland while savoring.... won't be the last time visiting this, I'm sure

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4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare gem once again procured from The Lion's Pride in Brunswick, Maine. This vintage 2010 brew has a hazy brown color with rusty edges, a polite scattering of off-white bubbles that surround an inner island on top, leaving a respectable lace. The aroma offers a beautiful blend of tart red wine and deep, woodsy malt and intense yeast. A beer you can enjoy just smelling. Wow. The flavor follows with a deliberate lemon sweet tart and briney brown bread malt. Absolutely to be savored! Suggestions of a nice chianti tempered by the deep earthy malt and lemony sweetness. This is so divinely balanced: sweet, tart, seaweed, mellow, sharp. And goes down so easy but you don't want to rush these flavors. There's an underlying vanilla that pushes the malt and other complexities tease the senses. Body is medium-plus, with a somewhat heavy feel, with low carbonation, but just right for this brew. I'm highly pleased and would say this was one of the best flavorfests I've enjoyed for many months. Don't pass on this if you are a fan of the sour/Flanders side of beer love!

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into tulip glass

A - Beautiful light ruby red color with a very small head that dissipates quickly. There is actually some really nice carbonation on this bottle for it being over 6 years old too...

S - Tart cherries, vinegar, spices, herbs

T - Nice sour cherry flavor up front. Followed by some earthy oak-like flavors, and it finishes with some herbal / spices that are hard to identify. TONS of flavors going on and very complex. On a sourness scale of 1 to 10 I would give this a 6 too.

M - Light, dry, crisp mouthfeel which complements the flavors well.

O - The price tag was a little steep (I think it was $27), but this is a world class beer that I would suggest giving a go if you are looking for something unique and complex.

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Poured into a Teku glass. Burgundy with mahogany tinge, off-white head in appearance. Nice looking. Smells are very complex and wine-like; very pleasant and fragrant.

I've had this on tap before on more than one occasion at The Birch in Norfolk. However, now that I am at home and have more room to collect my thoughts, this is a good time to write a review.

Very wine like in terms of the flavor complexity. The sourness adds a very defined, acidic tone for the rest of the flavors. Upfront, dried fruits and tart cherries take center stage, with a hint of malt lingering in the back. Vanilla from oak comes through mid-palate. Soft carbonation gives enough lift to keep this from cloying or becoming too much due to the presence of the vinegar notes; balanced appropriately. Interesting spice notes accompany the funk in the finish. The finish is fairly dry and the body is medium, although it has a lightness to it that is airy surrounding a slightly boozy note; quite the feat in terms of notes going together. Finally, I pick up on a herbaceous note throughout, like a combination of thyme and lavender. So in addition to what is already a very complex ale, a floral note ends the flavor composition. Really pretty and a treat to have both in the bottle and on tap.

The biggest piece, for me, is how easy this goes down. I can drink more than one of these, which is not necessarily the case for most ales in the Biere de Garde or Flemish Ale categories. It's definitely not training wheels for the style by any means, but if you know you like that style, you really should try this.

As for food, something very tasty and well-crafted will work. I can see everything from a shepherd's pie to pate to coq au vin pairing well with this. I don't think a nice berry cobbler is out of the question either. A slight stretch could be venison stew, but really, I think the key is something that is full-flavored and can stand up to some acidity and sour notes.

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4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 brewed, 07 blended according to the bottle. Chilled on an A/C vent to close to what the bottles states for serving, 61-64°

A: pours with a very short lasting head, no lacing just a quick showing then gone. Body is brown a touch cloudy, with a light red hue when held to the light.

S: a little funk, a touch of fruit and dry malt sweetness. Also oaky wine.

T: doesn't taste anything like 11% abv. Sweet a touch of oak and wine, a little red wine dryness. Light funk but not the main flavor. A little bit of yeast spice. Some dark fruit. Amazing.

M: a little coating upfront but drying on the back end, similar to red wine. A bit fizzy at first but I've been sipping on it for over an hour and carbonation is nearly gone.

O: very good, not a starter into craft, I could drink this daily if only my wallet could handle it.

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
95 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.