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

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736 Ratings
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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 98
Gots: 144 | FT: 8
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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
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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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

From the 2008 vintage bottle marked 00276. Sampled on July 20, 2013.

The pour has the apperance of a drak red wine more than a beer with a reddish hue, basically no head, and a lightweight texture.

The aroma has plenty of tart, red grape qualities to it with a faint whiff of malts. But it is the sourness that leads the way.

The body is around medium.

Like the nose, the taste has a kind of overripe grape flavor with a sour and sharp bite at the finish. Sour ales are not top on my priority list but for fans of the style it is probably quite delightful.

puboflyons, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

Decided to crack an '06 bottle, it was a gusher! Definitely more carbonated this time around. A glowing burnt umber red. Aroma is musty cellar, oak barrel, leather, grape and berries.

2nd pour, inital cheesy lactic yogurt notes in the nose, a finger of tan foam. The added carbonation certainly improves the feel.

Taste was tart and reminded me very much of Jolly Pumpkin La Roja. At room temperature there was a noticeable vanilla flavor, that I don't remember from past bottles. Definitely a good amount of complexity there. A sipper and one to share, though i've spent a couple hours already working on this one.

Recommended if you are into Flanders-style red/brown ales, which this most resembles.

Original review 11-06-2006:
Very interesting new entry listed on the Hopleaf bottle menu.

This is one I was excited to try...especially after trying Le Meule from this brewery. Notable quotes from the menu: "Aged in wooden casks previously used to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky, & Grappa...then blended from different casks for optimal balance & complexity." Whew.

So I convinced some wine drinkers to try it, and they were impressed, if not a little confused by it. Definite grape character, with some tannins in the dry finish. Not as woody or spicy as I had hoped, but it certainly exemplifies the cask-aging and blending described above. Nose is pleasant, subdued grape & currant, and a little boozy. Appears to be a dark garnet color in the highlights, with fizzy skim of foam that dissipates quickly. On the palate it has some fullness, like a red wine, but not in a flowery or fruity sense. Carbonation is moderate, finish is dry and somewhat tart.

Recommended for fans of Lambics, Sour Ales, or wine.
Planning to re-rate the cellared '05 "#276" to add to this bare review.

emerge077, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of LaPeste
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

750ml capped bottle, blended October 2007, purchased from Vendome in North Hollywood $24.99. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark golden brown with minimal head, looks to have some particulates floating around.

S: Cherries, vanilla, oak, slight amount of sour

T: Sour apple, cherries, persisting oak. After the second sip the tartness persists longer now. Tastes like a Flemish sour.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation, puckering

D: Definitely a sipper, it will take me a while to get through this bottle. The 15.5% ABV is very concealed and an unexpected buzz creeps up on you and warms you very nicely.

LaPeste, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. 2009 vintage.

Pours a hazy amber-copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of medium malts dominated by moderately tart currants and light vinegar. Also present are solid amounts of funk - wet hay more than anything.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Smooth and medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of funk. The funk subsides shortly thereafter and the flavor profile dries up with the addition of tart cherries and currants. The tartness lets up slightly as the fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I think this is one of the few beers that benefitted from bottle conditioning as the bottle was superb and the tap decidedly less so. Still, a very good beer that does a very good job of hiding the alcohol and melding a variety of flavors. Well worth a shot any way you can find it.

glid02, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of wedgie9
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Vintage 2007. Tasted from 750ml bottle at Lush West Town. Pours a chunky cloudy amber with a lacy light brown head. Nose of sour cherries and some funky earthiness. Flavor is sour and fruity with red berries and a lot of funk. Body is medium with light carbonation and a long funky sour finish.

wedgie9, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Served in a snifter at Local Option.

2011 vintage. I've been eying this beer (at least mentally) for years, so I'm pouncing on it here at LO while I can. It pours a hazy copper-amber topped by a half-finger of glowing lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises red wine vinegar, buttery toffee, light walnut, almond, and spicy greens. There's a lot going on here in the aroma, including a few things I can't quite put into words properly. Suffice it to say it's sour, lightly buttery, lightly nutty, and lightly spicy. The taste brings in more of the same (with the same sort of complexity), with the vinegar coming through as more of a citric-ish sourness. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda lightly gooey feel. Overall, a very nice, highly complex beer, one that's a struggle to wrap my brain around, and I'm all the happier for it.

TMoney2591, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of supernaut
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance: Great amber/ruby color with lots of sediment, and murky appearance

Smell: Sour and more sour

Taste: Very tart, fruity, vinegary, and yes...sour - a dominant theme for me on this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but with some acidity

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for the abv. I planned on sipping it, but it was all too easy to gulp

drawback? the cost of entry was pretty high here....based on how uncommon it probably is, I'm guessing most people will pay $30 a bottle or so. I paid $35.

supernaut, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

2006 vintage. Poured into a tulip. Beer is dark brown and really hazy. Carbonation is high and steady of small bubbles and forms a thick off white head of medium and small bubbles. Head staying power really nice. Lacing is moderate. Looks good.

This beer smells SO GOOD! Sweet with almost a balsamic vinegar quality. Slightly yeasty. Great.

Tart, sour gets me in the back of the mouth. Almost a woodsey musk to the whole thing. Some sweet / sour in the front, no bitterness to speak of. Beer is a little thin. Second taste, slight alcohol and a growing bitterness that time. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is good as well. I would recommend this beer.

drabmuh, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of NoLiberty
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

NoLiberty, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Etan
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%

2006 bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque walnut color with a soft light beige head.

S: Light acetic character, cherry, deep cooked caramel maltiness, plenty of smooth oak tannins, a bit of lactic acidity.

T: More tart cherry, floral, caramelized grain, pleasant vinous notes from the barrel, slight brett gaminess, toffee, a bit of mild oxidation, a hint of warming alcohol in the throat.

M: Medium-bodied with active carbonation.

O: This is pretty nice. Pleasant barrel character with a good balance between the maltiness and acidity. I have a feeling a fresh bottle would be even better, but this has not aged badly at all.

Etan, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

This was a terrific treat. Thanks much to mugghugger for sharing a bottle of Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien (2005) with me.

I have had some experience with the Bière de Garde style and I must say this one is the stand out. I found it magnificent.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous burgundy into my tasting snifter; (yes I had a share of this 750 ml but it left an impression on me). Even in my small snifter a beautiful head rose out of that deer red/brown body.

Smell: Immediate delightful tannic with a nice tart nip of sour cherries and aged wood with and earthy must about it that leads into a raisin/grape vinous attribute a just a touch of wine like alcohol that is not invasive on the senses.

Taste: Like the nose a tart berry flavor and aged woodiness and some slightly sour funk. A huge red wine like vinous element and a then a balance of sweetness as well. The spices are aged and mellow so that the barrel, the oak and the malt can stand forefront with the sprinkle of bitterness hiding deep beneath. It starts and finishes with a dry grape (Cabernet) attribute but is all beer from top to bottom. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry with a Flemish Red like tartness left on the lips and a long lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: The only inhibiting factor in the drinkability of this beer is the price tag. The alcohol is high but like a bottle of wine you can sip on this sucker all night long. I hope to find more of this in the near future.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

From a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
This bottle looks like the example in the picture but has an abv of 11% and says aged in oak. Also was bottled in 2006.

Pours a deep plum color with a solid off white head that leaves a nice bit of lacing.

Smell is fantastic. First is very sour with notes of cherries and wild yeast. Gradually becomes a bit more spicy. Black pepper and even a bit of strawberry jam in there.

Taste is quite good. Sour cherries and apples with a slightly sweet undertone. The only reason I didn't score it higher was because the nose was so inviting I wanted the flavors too mirror all I got in the aroma.

Mouthfeel was very nicely balanced. Good carbonation level keeps this one from getting bogged down even after a couple of glasses.

Overall, a delightful beer that I would be happy to have at anytime. Would love to try some fresh to compare with this aged version.

bluegrassbrew, May 15, 2009
Photo of Rifugium
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

First had: 750ml bottle at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA, at the recommendation of the brewer. Had a 2006 batch in 2010, and a 2008 batch in 2011 at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME. The following applies to the 2006, which was definitely the better of the two:

Dark amber color with a moderately foamy head. Very tart aroma, with the smell of winy fruits taking over. Taste of winy grapes, dry fruits, earthy undertones. Medium body, rich, but not too syrupy. Moderate carbonation. Very tasty and drinkable, though hard to find, and a bit pricey.

The 2008 batch was much more sour and somewhat metallic. Not quite as good.

Rifugium, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Sammy
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

2006 bottle. barleywinish. Very easy drinking, smooth mouthfeel, tasty with items like fish. Something special. Cognac-like colour. Taste sensation of a Flemish sour without unpleasant sourness at all. Mild spiciness.
5 years pass. Had again the 2011 version? I can only assume. Enjoyed on tap at Ebenezer's Pub. Orange, wild, yeasty, tart, A little apple cider, a sipper that was a delicious drinkable sour. Big Lace.
Had the 2009 version at Bar Volo, a great drinkable sour.

Sammy, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

Mahogany with parchment froth at the edges.
Earthy, barnyard nose with bits of vanilla.
Sugary, fruity, woody, w/sandalwood spice, mild sour bite, some tannins and a bit of peach chutney.
Crisp, medium, smooth.

2011 vintage.

Beautifully balanced and mellowed. Almost like Consecration. Transcends the fact that it’s even sour.

More Swiss craft please!

StJamesGate, May 05, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

A 2006 bottle split with oglmcdgl at the compound served in a wine glass.

This was a beauty in the glass, dark brown with some plum red when struck towards the light. A nice half inch of faded tan with no sticking on the sides. It dies leaving a small skim around the glass and some sediment seen in the glass. Smell is very big and bold with a wine characteristic, berries, apple and some underlining funk. About the farthest thing from beer I've tasted. Not getting a whole lot of the base biere de garde, but berries, wine, oak, grape and a hint of balsamic vinegar make for a great bouquet. Acidity is at about medium with some tang on the end, about medium build, light carb within a half hour. Pretty great stuff and something to sip on for an hour or so.

BARFLYB, Aug 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

supa0525, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

warnerry, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

JakerLou, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

sourdog, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

jtladner, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

deuce9259, Jul 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

mdaschaf, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Griffith, Jan 08, 2014
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.