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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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BA SCORE
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world-class

605 Ratings
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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%


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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:
No notes at this time.

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

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Color is slightly hazy auburn red with a rather quickly dissipating head. Aroma is sweetly stinky. Fermented grape musk, tangy cherry, sweet earthy wood, warm sunny wild flowers. Taste is clean, tart with cherry, and woody. Mouth watering and elegant. Not the slightest sign of alcohol is apparent. Very crisp, clean smoothly balanced flavors. Mouthfeel is slick and softly syrupy, and this beer is highly drinkable. Pretty excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 23:51:55 | More by tastybeer
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jonesmr

Virginia

4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had this beer on- tap at Mekong in Richmond, VA.

This wild sour beer had a tart, almost fruity taste. The lingering taste and mouthfeel made me crave more and more. This beer was good from the first sip to the last drop.

This beer is a must have if you like sour beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 02:10:38 | More by jonesmr
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. Murky brown pour with a one finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Nice woody, subtly sour, almost vinous nose with hints of balsamic vinegar, oak, and dark fruits. The taste follows suit with even more of an earthy, vinous character with hints of sour cherries, leather, balsamic vinegar, brown bread, grape skins, and vanilla. The mouth feel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation, a tart finish, and huge drinkability for the style. Overall, this was the surprise highlight of a night filled with great beers. Highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 12:16:39 | More by beerdrifter
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pimpinmidget

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2007 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown / rusty copper color with a slight red/beige head that fades quickly leaving very little lacing.

S: Reminds me of a nice wine with a champagne quality to it. Tart cherries come thorough with hints of grape, funk, vinegar, oak and slight booze.

T: Tart cherries and slight funk with a hint of a malt backbone that leads into a very nice oakiness. Much like the nose, has a very nice wine quality to it. Slight alcohol at the very end lends itself nicely. At 11% ABV, this one hides it nicely.

M: Light to medium body with a nice dry finish.

O: Very nice and very complex. As complex as this is, it is very balanced and very enjoyable. Can't wait to try other vintages to compare to this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 14:42:27 | More by pimpinmidget
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Did a side-by-side tasting of 2007 and 2010 vintages.

A: both pour an auburn-brown color, with very light, fast dissipating head. Carbonation is obvious as the head dissipates in both, although the 2010 retained on the edges a little longer

S: both have similar light notes of date or raisin malt, and some yeasty sourness. The 2007 seemed a little more on the sour side with maybe some notes of plum, as well; the 2010 a little more on the sweeter notes and the notes of alcohol were more prevalent. Overall, other than the alcohol notes, I didn't notice a huge difference between the two.

T/M: there is less of an American-style taste in both, as they tend towards notes you would expect from a sour, or even a wine. The 2007 has light malt notes, mostly earthy (I get a little root beer) followed quickly by the sour side, which is actually quite subdued. It seems mellowed out by the woodiness that takes over the ending of the taste, which does end up leaving a little dry feel. The alcohol was mildly notable with early sips of a colder beverage, little less present as the glass warmed.

The 2010 hits the mouth just a little stronger. There is a little more taste of fruit up front, some (sour) cherry it seems to me. The complexity of this vintage seems a little less to me. The note of alcohol is stronger, as is the carbonation. The dry feel of the end taste is a bit stronger and woodier, as well.

O: the 2007 seemed more "refined" as a balanced drink, with no overpowering notes. The 2010 was a little more exciting in the sense that it was bolder (to a degree), but lacked the complexity. Me and my girlfriend both enjoyed the older vintage.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:02:26 | More by cjgiant
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Zraly

Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:44:22 | More by Zraly
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brown hue with slightly reddish tints with minimal head and lace. Aroma is mostly tart cherries, touch of oak and booze, a little sweetness and dark fruit as well. Fuller body, almost sticky sweet at times, real smooth thanks to oak and the booze is mostly hidden with minor heat flashes on backend. A little bit of mild caramel or sugary sweetness, possibly sweet fruit tastes, but taste is mostly tart cherries and dark fruit with a sour edge. Everything is balanced and well-checked, though, so this beer is never overly sweet or tart/sour at times and is an enjoyable sipper throughout (the ABV starts to hit as you get near the bottom of the bottle). A good treat to have here and there.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:32:24 | More by clayrock81
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MattLBC

California

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2011 brew was served in a 5 oz glass so not much head. Color is brownish dark ruby. Nose is a bit sweet & yeasty. Immediately complex on the first sip. A blend if flavors fight to come forward, very enjoyable mouth feel. Some fruity sweetness but the tartness is not hidden either. Definitely worth having another!

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 04:23:32 | More by MattLBC
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magictacosinus

California

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 04:25:47 | More by magictacosinus
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

DATE TASTED: August 8, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Chimay goblet... OCCASION: celebrating birthday #37 in style... APPEARANCE: dense, dark amber-brown body with a single-finger froth that settles swiftly to a ring around an island of softened cirrus... AROMA: incredible red wine waft--especially merlot--takes the nostrils by force; secondary fragrant hops with bubblegum yeasts make this an alluring beer to hover over...a bit of cherries and some plum too...complex...PALATE: incredibly dry, warm, full-bodied mouthfeel--definitely worth a chalice and an evening; three sips to thirty sips, just as easy drinking...TASTE: sour but comfortably palatable; deliciously reminiscent of merlot, with a yeasty component that conflates the grape and rounds it... OVERALL: As farmhouse ales go, this is one beauty that made me buy a Saison Dupont on my last shopping trip, if only because the style, when done well, is inimitable; powerful, delectable, alcoholic but sensible in its balance; bought on a whim, this exceeded my expectations...

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:00:57 | More by dacrza1
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed 2007, blended December 2008.

The beer is somewhere between brown and ruby red, allowing a bit of light through. Pour results in a small tan head that fades very quickly.

Nose is a mix of spices, malt and tartness. Lots of plum and other dark fruit, with a pronounced tartness. Yeast is there as well, along with a strong bready malt scent. Lots going on.

Quite tart, with cherry and plum playing a prominent role. A strong spice component. Quite malty, but any sweetness is drowned out by the sour. Oak is significant.

Full bodied, low carbonation. A fair bit of alcohol heat.

Overall, quite good, but not the world class beer I was hoping for. A bit extreme.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 18:29:32 | More by jrenihan
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 13:55:02 | More by puboflyons
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage:

Beautiful burgundy body with an appropriate half finger of beige carb - plenty of legging and minimal lace.

Extremely potent on the nose... fig, red apple, rum, spice and clean alcohol warmth.

Far more palatable than I was anticipating. The booze is prominent but not overwhelming. Papery sour fruit flavors, astringent grape and plum, vinegar, a bit more spice... faint, tasteful oxidation. Really an intriguing beer. Faintly sour, a bit hot, oaky... sweet and tart... incredibly complex.

What a unique treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:06:23 | More by yamar68
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill .

dark brownish red. no head. mild sourness and cherries on the nose. taste is tart, but not hugely sour. good amount of cherry flavor. vinegar. flemish red characteristcs. extremely drinkable. alcohol undetectable. medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall exceptional. would never turn this down.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 21:56:12 | More by Axnjxn
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2013 04:37:58 | More by Bouleboubier
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beerloverofbham

Washington

4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 08:25:11 | More by beerloverofbham
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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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a murky hazy brownish orange in color with a light amount of visible carbonation and a fait amount of brown + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a very thin sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness with moderate aromas of grapes, apples, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of the sweetness of pale malts with moderate to strong flavors of gren grapes and apples. Light to moderate flavors of oak from the barrel aging and a moderate amount of sourness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. LIght to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a lightly dry finish.

O: Both the complexity and the strength of the smell/taste of this beer really intensify as the beers warms up. Quite enjoyable and a nice palate cleanser in the middle of a good bottle share.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 19:05:12 | More by dbrauneis
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 02:23:32 | More by Etan
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jtd1969 for this pretty incredible share.

A - murky brownish amber with a thin, off white head that leaves good lacing

S - tart, cherries, fruity

T - sour cherry, oak, woody, a bit lactic, tart, alcohol

M - full bodied, warm, well carbonated

This was a really nice beer. I haven't had many in this style, but I found this beer to be very complex and yet approachable. I was impressed with it's depth and character. This was a nice beer sit around and sip on amongst friends. This is probably a beer everyone should try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:39:19 | More by tdm168
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the taste of the '11 Grand Cru lingering on my memory, those flavors are so exhilarating that this standard Abbey de Saint Bon-Chien is drawing me like a moth to the flame. But this '06 vintage rewards me with its brightness and none of the burn.

Much like the Grand Cru, the beer pours a modestly carbonated hazy rust color, revealing reds, browns, purples, and mauve highlights when held to the light. Its tawny appearance releases the daintiest of foam structures that deflate from the acidity and alcohol beneath. With little to discuss in the retention and lacing department, the beer is left to look like wine.

Mouthwatering aromas abound with fruit, wine, spice, and must. Sour cherries, grapes, apples, figs, dates, and apricots strike the nose with a forceful scent. Backed by notes of Balsamic vinegar, sherry wine, and Merlot-type tangy notes the beer is savory and rich to go along with its strong acidity. Earthy tones of dried limes, leather, weathered oak, cellar musk, tobacco, and sea air keep the aromas varying and inciting.

The taste of all that sour and musty fruit that pierces the taste buds with sharp flavors that accompany dried wood, earthy sea brine, figs and dates, tobacco and leather- and all woven together by savory balsamic and sherry. It's a sublime taste that at first seems too intense with sourness, but is then softened by mature fruit sweetness. Other intangible complements to the beer reveal almonds, vanilla, and light caramel and seem to alternate with each sip.

Its elegant textures are sharp on the palate at first but then softened by ghost of maltiness that soothes the palate against vinegar-like acidity. Wood spices offer some astringency and gives the beer an almost-peppery finish. Surprisingly, the warmth of eleven percent is hardly felt as it is tightly woven into the acidic notes.

This sultry ale is a culinary delight on all fronts: it's savory, sweet, sour, and salty. Highly satisfying to taste, the beer is mature, surly, and unpredictable all at once. I simply cannot get enough of it!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 20:02:56 | More by BEERchitect
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a Rodenbach flute.

Appearance - Reddish body. No head. Thin collar but surprising lacing. Cloudy verging on murky.

Smell - Low acidity. Big oak. Vanilla and nice barrel character. The acidity is acetic mostly.

Taste - Acetic acid tempered by sweet malts and vanilla barrel character. Oaky flavor is strong, but never overpowers the beer.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Low carbonation. Difficult to drink, which is normal for BFM, but one of the easier BFM beers to drink

Overall - Complexity is the best aspect of this. Always a fascinating beer from BFM.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 00:36:19 | More by Alieniloquium
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Thirsty Monk.

Pours a clear deep, dark ruby with just a thin wispy head.

Cherries are very prominent in the aroma along with some funkiness and a little bit of wood.

More cherry and dark fruit in the flavor along with a healthy dose of alcohol and some funk. Hints of molassas and brown sugar along with a moderate tartness leading to a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, an interesting but pretty heavy beer. Not one I would enjoy very often but I'm glad I got to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 19:04:57 | More by rangerred
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harrymel

Washington

3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2006

Pours cherry red with hints of etches and a very clarified. Smell is initially inky, some acetone, some oak, some cocoa (oddly). Very rich flavor, cherries, raisins, malt, a little malt and some sweetness. Very warm, very robust. There is a hint of sherry. Thin with sharp, spicy carb and a little bit of off dry character. It's alright, I wouldn't buy a second bottle, but I'm told later vintages are better.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 05:59:15 | More by harrymel
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vivid red colour, flat, non-existent head, no lace either. Decent colour, but looks pretty bland.

Funky shit on the nose. Loads of sour notes, with boozey spice as well. Blackcurrant, pepperberries and raspberry, blackberry all with a touch of horse blanket. Refreshing, a bit on the off side and not quite reined in, but hey that's how I like my beers, and my women.

Taste is funky from the get-go: quite vinegary with bacteria all over it. A bit stale and barnyardy with a touch of leather on there. Bitey, acidic notes come through mid-to-late with hints of cranberry, plum and peach as well. Finishes surprisingly clean, but also with a touch of residual sugar, which is unnecessary. Not a bad palate for the style, leans a little lambic-wards but good funks and good tartness, just not quite crisp enough to really hold me.

Big and full body, quite syrupy really. Bit of strip back from the bugs in here, but not too much, leaves a coating on the mouth.

Decent cleanser; could be better. Interesting drop, but it's also good, and points for handling a difficult brief.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 10:51:06 | More by laituegonflable
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
95 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.