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

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BA SCORE
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world-class

674 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 89
Gots: 130 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 06-07-2006)
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

05-14-2012 05:37:20 | More by drewone
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

06-24-2013 00:09:00 | More by SocalKicks
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RoyFokker

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-04-2014 05:14:04 | More by RoyFokker
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jryanj927

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

11-23-2013 21:27:18 | More by jryanj927
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dkw0063

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

02-03-2014 16:46:24 | More by dkw0063
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

01-20-2014 19:54:49 | More by wiltznucs
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

04-29-2014 01:47:53 | More by baybum
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 01:36:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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Liberatiscioli

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

02-22-2014 05:26:00 | More by Liberatiscioli
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

03-07-2014 16:33:41 | More by millerbuffoon
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volta

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

12-24-2012 06:05:46 | More by volta
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kiki3drt292

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

06-02-2012 15:42:22 | More by kiki3drt292
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Farnswurth

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

05-29-2014 03:42:39 | More by Farnswurth
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roblund

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

08-17-2012 14:21:38 | More by roblund
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claspada

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 17:39:26 | More by claspada
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b3shine

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 23:24:51 | More by b3shine
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joe1510

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml
$22
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 03:22:44 | More by joe1510
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 15:48:37 | More by dsa7783
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tpd975

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 19:57:22 | More by tpd975
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 03:47:23 | More by kawilliams81
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Casey10

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap from Lions Pride 07 version. Wanted to try a rare beer not sure if I am a fan of this style but it was interesting to say the least.

A - light shade of tan reminded me of a white russian.

S - strong sour smell

T - Very stong sour odor, very tart.

M - Strong sourfeel burning, definately felt a burn.

D - Don't know if I would drink this again. Not my style it was strong as well so can't say it has high drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 23:31:53 | More by Casey10
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2007) pours up very effervescent creating a pillowy, tannish-rouge head that envelopes the glass, but fades quickly leaving lace in its wake above the hazy, deep reddish-brown body. The aroma is amazingly complex with notes of cherry brandy, cinnamon, hazelnut, oak, treacle & vanilla which carry wonderfully over the fruity, sour cherry maltiness. The flavor starts off just as fruity with some caramel sweetness before the sourness catches hold to carry this one through to a dry, puckering finish that warms the cheeks. A bit one dimensional regarding the sourness/tartness, but lively nonetheless! This most certainly drinks like a wine or even an apertif. Great with a cave-aged cheese e.g. Mimolette & crusty bread!

CHEERS! Beertracker

**Retro review from 11/09**

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 19:04:52 | More by Beertracker
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tsboera

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(a) 2009 served in a tulip glass. Deep copper color with a beautiful orange glow. Slightly murky, but definitely appropriate for the eccentric style.

(s) Aroma is olfactory overload. Funk from brett yeast, lactobacillus, grape, lemon, fig, pear, apple, sweet caramel, spice, alcohol and earth/wood.

(t) Extremely warm alcohol taste on the tongue. Stale apple juice (I actually like this) and lemon start things off while a hint of caramel malt shows up to balance out the tartness. Wood/oak, earth/dirt finish off this very unique offering.

(m) Quite low carbonation. Body is light to medium-light with a very dry finish.

(d) A fantastic beer from the Swiss!?!The delicate balance of tart/sour, warm alcohol, malt sweetness and wood was right on. I would definitely recommend this beer and I would certainly drink it again...well, if I can afford to. $30.00 a bottle is a bit steep. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 01:17:49 | More by tsboera
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 13:28:22 | More by merlin48
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with minimal head. A brisk pour yielded a moderate, big-bubble foam, but this was more a product of a very aggressive pour, rather than any genuine head.

Aroma is interesting -- funk, barnyard, fruit, malt, caramel and as it warms, booze. The flavor brings a lot of these same notes. Sour, tart, fruit, caramel, vinegar, malt and a fairly healthy booze presence. The sourness on this beer doesn't ride the sides of the tongue like a typical sour -- rather, it's a sort of tart bitterness that rest on the center rear of the tongue. Mouthfeel is fine.

Interesting beer. I felt the booze was a bit more prominent than I would like. Perhaps it's because my bottle was relatively young? I think this is one that could be aged for years -- I may buy another and throw it in the cellar for a few years. Really interesting, dynamic brew. Something about it made me think of Consecration -- but this has a lot more going on, with a thicker syrupy mouthfeel. I felt like it was a bit unnecessarily abrasive however. I'm really interested to see if that changes some with age.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:09:15 | More by Mavajo
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
96 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.