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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: 143 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website

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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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 16, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev -12.5%

Pours a murky, mahogany-hued color a slim, beige ring of foam that quickly recedes leaving minimal lacing.

Aroms begin with grainy pilsner maltiness with some lightly tart fruits, hint of lemon and plenty of strong phenolics.

The tastes follow the nose with the same crackery pilsner malts with some complementary light light toasted malt charcter. No real sweetness to it. As it warms the funky phenols are build up with various fruit flavors and tartness. Some cherries, non-identified berries and a small burst of lemon. Oak character throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with medium-high carbonation. The lively effervescence gives a nice fluffiness with a dry, warming, phenolic tart finish.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but it did not wow me in any way shape or form. The flavors seemed mellowed and slighly muddled together and the aroma was less than impressive. For the cost I would seek something else.

claspada, Aug 22, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -12.5%

On draft at Dutch's (served in a snifter). Looks decent, although there's no head or carbonation to speak of. Smells good; nice and tart. Tastes good too; the age has helped marry all of the flavors together. Mouthfeel is the weakest link; very pedestrian. This is mostly due to the lack of carbonation. Overall, a privilege to get to try, but slightly disappointing (just because my expectations were so high). I'm not a fan of flat sours.

b3shine, Feb 25, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -12.5%

West Lakeview

2005 Vintage
15.5% abv

This monster, middle aged, Swiss beer pops open with barely any noise. A hard pour produces bubbles, not really head but bubbles that eventually fall to a thin skimming. The Lack of head is understandable with such a big brew and a few years on it, but I would have loved to see kind of life. The body is deep orange with some slight red highlights.

The nose seems to be a little dead as well. Dry, cracking cedar is the first thing that jumps to mind along with a muddled dose of random fruit; oranges, cherries, maybe some grapes all with a layer of cobwebs stretched over them. There's mousy attic funkiness that's rather enjoyable with a quick hit of light caramel and a splash of booze. As this beer sits in the glass the nose seems to really open up to better things. It's a very unique, interesting aroma to be sure.

The flavor is where things seem to come together. The barrel aging still has cedar notes off the bat but segues into dry, brittle oak rather quickly. The fruitiness is everywhere. Soft cherry plays a big role with semi-sweet orange making a grand showing as well. An orange liqueur makes its presence known with a touch of heat and the swallow brings a touch of sourness. This is one of the more interesting beers I've come across. A lingering, soft sweetness sticks on the tongue briefly after each drink.

The lack of carbonation threw me off the first couple sips but as I crawl into the glass a little deeper it seems to work very well. The body has a medium feel, which is surprising considering the abv, and the velvety smoothness is already built in without the carbonation.

15.5% is a heavy load to drink any day of the week, with that said this beer goes down surprisingly easy. The only noticeable alcohol adds complexity and there's no heat involved. The fruit and barrel aging keep it moving well with all things considered.

If you have any of the '05 vintage left I would recommend drinking them very soon. I believe they have gone downhill a lot already and just keep on rolling. This is a crazy unique and interesting beer though so it's worth trying.

joe1510, Jul 20, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -12%

On-tap at Gingerman, NYC...
Hazy, amber hue... Hardly any head nor lacing...
Smell: Sour essences abound...
Taste: Extremely sour, purple grapes, alcohol definitely present with a warming glow, yeast, lambic qualities...
Pleasantly drinkable for such a flavorful, robust, and high-alcohol content beer...
Good stuff...

dsa7783, Mar 08, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -12%

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.

tpd975, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of kawilliams81
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%

Brewed 2010, Blended 2011. Poured from a 750 ml into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark pink with a 1 finger tan head. Some bubbles and dripping lacing remain on the glass.

S- cherries, deep vinous notes, earthy.

T- tart cherries, bitter and earthy vinous notes, orange peel, alcohol.

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth start with a dry, boozy finish.

O- 5/10 sourness. More bitter, vinous notes than tart or sour notes. Not sure ifi would spend the money for another bottle.

kawilliams81, Dec 18, 2012
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.