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

Abbaye De Saint Bon-ChienAbbaye De Saint Bon-Chien

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%


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Switzerland

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ggaughan on 06-07-2006)
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 22:05:25 | More by mlazzaro
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bhooper

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Truly a very wild ride. Deep brown and rusty in color -it looks like a glass of french roast coffee but shows good color separation. The nose is of bing cherries with a touch of booziness (perhaps from the use of grappa barrels). It's a little floral too, lavendar and exotic spices. Awesome stuff! A great beer to lay down a while (it still shows some youthful hard edges) and definitely a favorite for wine drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 21:01:48 | More by bhooper
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage.

Appearance- Pours amrky brown.Makes me thinkof a swamp. Not a lotofvisible carbonation, but a sharp strong looing tan head. Was very fleeting though.

Smell- Grapes, grapes and some Springtime flora and fauna invades the senses. Great viney aroma mixing with the Flanders malts and hops.

Taste- Awesome. The wine barrell aging really paid off. Great dry, merlot flavor. Really blends well with the Belgian style malts and spicey flavors.Wow, this was a verycomplex Biere de Garde.

Mouthfeel- Dry vinous with a great, beautiful blend of wine and beer. A marriageof beer and wine.

Just awesome.Glad I tried this beer. I remeber this 750ml bottle was a pretty penny. But worth every cent.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 01:27:19 | More by scruffwhor
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 04:41:11 | More by mikesgroove
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 22:24:31 | More by johnmichaelsen
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with PapaEugene. 2010 vintage
Look: The beer pours a orange-copper cognac-like color, with a short lasting small head.
Smell: Intensively sour, wood, floral, citrus, grapes, green apples and funk.
Taste: Leather, funky, vinegar, sour apples, red wine, grapes, citrus, earthy, and oak. Alcohol is perfectly hidden.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation
Overall: Very complex and tasty brew. Very puckering sourness, great!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 13:53:20 | More by rvdoorn
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 03:53:49 | More by rootbeerman
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:45:01 | More by VelvetExtract
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Abbay de Saint Bon-Chien, Handcrafted in 2010, Brewed in 2011, Bottle No. 276.

A – Fluctuates from melted honey (darker in the middle and golden toward the edge) when viewed from above, to amber tanned-leather when viewed straight on, to strawberry iced tea when viewed from below. Copper. Hazy, but not completely impenetrable as one can discern a wagging finger when looking through the glass.

S – Decidedly vinous. Slightly musty sour grapes. Just a hint of caramel. Whispers of sour cherry. Wafts of what I take to be oak as it brings to mind Appletons 12 Year. Starting to understand what funk refers to.

T – Unripe white grapes, Chardonnay, rosé wine. Musty, tangy and cherry tartness. Haven’t had many sour beers but it brings to mind Petrus Aged Pale but with a richer flavour and a fuller and weightier presence. The extra aging and higher abv., give this beer a maturity which renders it the finished article. It really does taste a lot like wine, but with none of the tannins or other wine-like features I dislike about wine. Funky and slightly sweet.

M – Lightly sparkling. The slightly lower carbonation gives it more of a homespun or farmhouse feel where higher carbonation would have led to champagne comparisons. Sleek, wholesome. Part of me wishes it had finer bubbles and a little more carbonation, but that probably wouldn’t be to style.

O – This is astonishingly drinkable at 11%, both in terms of flavour and in comparison to drinking a bottle of wine; drinking a bottle of wine in under half an hourwould leave me feeling pretty ill but this is a delight. Sits easily on the stomach and the palate. This is the most expensive beer I’ve ever bought at $27.99 before tax. I’d been thinking about buying this beer for nigh on 5 months and I’m glad I finally took the plunge. I was expecting to feel cheated but I’ll be buying this again. When one considers how much people are willing to pay for a decent bottle of wine, this beer seems more reasonably priced. I loved it, and enjoyed it more than any wine I’ve ever had so when I compare it to wine I don’t feel so bad about the price. I look forward to pairing this with some hearty French-Swiss Alpine fare or a berry crumble. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 00:05:27 | More by abeeronthebeach
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at ChurchKey DC into a tumbler. I could not get enough of this beer. Listed as a Wild Ale not sure about the Biere de Garde angle here. Vintage 2010. Perhaps this review should go somewhere else?

A flat next to nothing carbonation body of glowing ruby red orange and clear. No head given whatsoever, this belongs in a wine glass as far as I am concerned. Love this color.

Nose is a cinnamon tartness, mixed with cherry. Not particularly dry funky but sense of wine viniousness, some tart, and a "meaty" backbone and smell. WOW!

Taste is a vinous almost out of the cask like texture. Soft bodied and supple bringing mild tart fruit punch sensations with cinnamon and tart sour cherries. Finish gives a slight novocaine texture.

11% abv? Could have fooled me. It feels like you could drink this till the cows come home. Just one heck of a tasty brew! I just devoured this like crazy drank it all night.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 02:59:57 | More by smakawhat
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle provided by the ever generous nchrist13 at a recent Madison BA tasting.

Sample size: perhaps 6-8 oz (I kind of helped myself to the lions share of this one, sorry other Madison BAs). I must get some more of this in a trade to try again and expand on this review. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Wine like Burgundy but displaying ruby/copper hues when held directly to light more reminiscent of beer. Thick off white head when agitated that settles to a thin skim. Easily reagitated to a healthy looking foam.

Nose: Upfront about the barrel aging aspect that brings forth a funky, acidic, tannin rich woodiness. Strongly vinous smells of dark fruits but equally aromatic amounts of sour/tart cherries, think Supplication meets NG Belgian Red. Also precent is a background spiciness that mixes with dirt and sawdust to give this dog a really nice solid base. I got teary eyed when I smell this beer (no joke).

Taste: Style limitations be damned, this is the Best Biere de Garde of all times. Bordeaux dark fruit vinous flavors. Cherry background sourness. Earth, moss, damp wood. Much less acidic then I would have guessed from the nose. Mild amounts of caramel and vanilla. Musty.

Mouthfeel: Sublime. Vinous with mild carbonation and acidity. Light but fulfilling sourness. Woody. Medium bodied. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Perfect.

I owe Nick big time for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 16:46:35 | More by DaPeculierDane
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

gorgeous burgundy color, small, soon gone head...

aroma: port wine, sherry, sour and funky, sour cherries, nearly lambic-like, ...deep and lovely, urgin me to drink...

amazing! so many layers of flavor, there's the snap, there's the mellow fruit, lots of cherries, grape, ...there's the bitter twang, the sour smack, ...it's wine, it's whiskey, it's a liqueur, ...it's an ale. And when it hits, it's transformative, sends shudders throught the senses....once it hits the lips, it's sooo goood!

Ever since I first tasted this, never having heard of it, when Brad the Beerguy brought a bottle to Town Hall and I happened to be at the bar, he shared a little with me, another client, and Mike Hoops, ...I loved this amazing mix of gorgeous flavors. Sop few bottles, so expensive, showed up at so few stores, so far away from me. What was that, two years ago....or does it seem that long ago? And then there's the expense....$20+? Well, if this damn good, isn't it worth the expense? If there's nothing quite like...yes.

Juicy, fruity, uplifting, ...lovely, lovely, lovely...break this out at dinner with wine loving friends, and see how they react when you tell them it's beer...from Switzerland...made by cats!

15.%...not that huge in wine circles, but for beer...not so scary, either...fairly even handed...relax, it's only beer...mmmm, beer...

how many barrels was this one in? Merlot, merlot cabernet, grappa, whiskey???....I don't know, but it's beautiful...absolutely...

the Swiss French Belgian beer like wine made by cats who are saints but are named after dogs! Gotta love it!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 07:28:08 | More by feloniousmonk
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Biergotter brewday beer drinking marathon, grub cracked this bottle!

Pours a hazy red/orange, thin white head forms, leaves some decent lace spots, settles to a solid ring, looks okay. Smell is great, sour, cherries, caramel and sweet malts, oak, bread, yeast, very complex and enjoyable aroma. Taste is earthy, lots of fruit, caramel, strawberries, sugars, oak, alcohol is superbly hidden, nice sour fruits, great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with silky medium to low carbonation, super smooth, no way you can tell this is 15.5%. Fantastic beer, thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 05:04:06 | More by Viggo
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Bananaman

Sweden

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Ljunkan for sharing! This has got to be one of the most interesting and inspring beers I've tried. I love sour ale/lambik/kriek and whatnot, but sometimes they may be a bit "single sided", but this is just brilliant!

The beer pours a deep brown/red color with a small and dissapearing white foam. Not too nice apperance actually, but hey, it's the taste that matters? Right?

Aroma holds lots of nice notes of sour berries, wine, oak and some nice hints of green apples. But also hints of other funky things, almost some aroma that feels like blue cheese. Amazing smell anyway!

The taste doesn't dissapoint either! Lots of thos earlier mentioned sour berries, but also unmature gooseberries and other nice things, also it is a bit oaky. The beer is extremely dry, but still well balanced. Amazing!

An extremely well-crafted and inspiring brew! More stuff like this, please!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 13:45:42 | More by Bananaman
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 13:41:09 | More by mrfrancis
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Wadian


4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 2009 Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien in a 750c bottle from Les Halles in Zurich on April 13, 2012.

A: Amber with short-lived cream colored head. No obvious sediment.

S: The oak and tannins from the cask aging were evident, rich and funky. Dark fruits, wood, hints of sweet malt.

T: Rich malt gave way to sherry, hardwood, sour apple and stone fruit. As the beer warmed slightly, vanilla and spice appeared, mitigating the sourness. Really, really delicious.

M: Slightly carbonated, which was surprising. Bright on the tongue, but some body remained - not totally thin. Good complement to the fruit tang of the beer.

Overall: Excellent. The 2009 seems to be ideal right now. I'll save my bottle of 2010 until this time next year...

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 21:16:31 | More by Wadian
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Saw it advertised on the beer list as a "Swiss sour/wild ale"... never heard of that style, so felt I just had to try it. I was not disappointed in the least bit, this was one the best tasting beers I may have had in my life. High alcohol, but completely hidden, superb balance and mouthfeel, fantastic sour and cherry flavors, goes down way too smooth. Was a struggle to just drink it slowly, this one packed a flavor punch and was dangerously good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 18:54:55 | More by marlinsfan4
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nkurz129

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this yesterday at the Seattle International Beerfest. It is really hard to pin down what exactly was going on with it. First of all, it pours a translucent brown with a reddish tint to it. The tan head disappears almost instantly. Smelling it, one gets a wiff of fruit before beer, kind of an apple-grape mixture. There is no bite to it, the taste being incredibly smooth, and it feels almost like champagne on the tongue. Really toes the line between sparkling wine and beer. Aside from being exorbitantly pricey, manages to be a very drinkable beer despite the slight sourness and overall conglomerate of tastes.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 16:26:33 | More by nkurz129
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 vintage, clocking in at 15.5% ABV. This is amazing. Drinks like it's about 4.

The beer pours to a slightly hazy, peachy amber color. No apparent carbonation and very small head. No retention. No lacing. With a beastly 15.5% ABV, I don't really expect these things, however.

The smell is great. Very light sour aroma bearing some great fruity esters. The oak aroma is intense. A light vanilla and coconut, but mostly saw dust.

The taste is unbelievable. Very smooth. For such a huge beer, it seems fairly dry. It seems the bugs have been quite busy eating sugars over the past few years, though I would think it would have more of a pronounced sourness. The oak really rounded this one out very nicely. Not even a hint of alcohol. If I didn't know better, I would think this was alcohol free. Surely not 15.5% ABV! Light tart funk up front, very clean. No vinegar and low acidity. Light juicy sweetness with a dry oaky finish. The aftertaste drops off almost immediately. Doesn't have that warming effect that often comes hand in hand with beers over 10 percent.

The body is surprisingly thin. Silky smooth. Rounded out nicely in the oak. Little carbonation to speak of. Not even a hint of alcohol. Would be just as refreshing in the heat of summer as in the cold of winter. Highly recommended if you can get your mitts on this rare gem.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 04:30:11 | More by neonbrown82
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Beerzebub

California

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 08:25:41 | More by Beerzebub
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

2011 Edition.

A: Pours a light and bit fuzzy amber color forming a small yellow bubbled head witb small retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Absolutely delicious in the nose. Sweet grains, wood, grapes, wild yeasts. A bit sour and vinegar but not agressive

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Fruity and woody. Notes of sweet malts, dark fruits, mainly grapes. Wild Lambic like yeasts. In overall a slightly sweet sour beer. Hops bitterness is also there to make it perfect

M: Medium molasses body. Low carbonation. Sour aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect beer. Close to a Flanders Red Ale, I would dare. Even better than the 2010 version

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 06:58:33 | More by eduardolinhalis
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle (blended October 07), purchased for $22.99 cheap at Merchant's Fine Wines last year. The label has what turns out to be an excellent description of the beer on it, a rare touch: "Amazing nose of fruits & spices. Slightly sour with very long aftertaste. Low carbonation."

The beer is a murky brown color, turgid with loads of floaters and a thin film of foam. The fruit in the aroma tends towards apple, and I get spices and yeasty esters. The taste is earthy and spicy, with a sour aftertaste. I can taste a hint of alcohol but nothing objectionable. Low carbonation and light-medium body, very drinkable. A little burn in my stomache from the 11% ABV.

This beer is definitely worth the $23, not something to get too often but worth it once in a while. If I see it again that is.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 01:48:19 | More by TurdFurgison
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 18:35:49 | More by olympuszymurgus
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage shared graviously by mughugger. Thanks Karen.

Appearance: The first pour reveals some head but my taset was left with hardly any at all. The beer itself is dark copper in color with lace lingering around the miniscus.

Smell: Oaky and full of an alcohol aroma. I can already tell this is going to be a treat. Raisins, plums, orange marmalade and fresh ground pepper smack me in the face.

Taste: Outstanding. Initially oak and sour funk. I soon realize that the sour funk is probably the grapes/wine aged in the barrels previously before bottling. Raisins, old plum and berries, cabernet and other complex wine-like flavors.

Mouthfeel: Awesome. Plenty of oaky dryness and alcohol tingle. Quite sweet and watery in the mouthfeel. Begs to be paired with a savory meat like lamb.

Drinkability: This reminds me of a big, bold cabernet. The drinkability is great. I can't see myself refusing something so complex and bold. This was probably an expensive bottle, but seek it out if you wish.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 13:00:02 | More by Risser09
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WilliamD

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 05:19:14 | More by WilliamD
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
95 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.