Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels)

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Strong Sour Ale Double Wooded in Rum Barrels

(Beer added by: aasher on 06-09-2011)
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Photo of crossovert
4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I believe this is the beer I am reviewing. I believe it is the 2010 edition of this beer. I think this is the most expensive bottle i have purchased per ounce. Was gonna save it but it is my bday and i caved in.

It pours with little head, looks flat. It is a brownish grape juice color. Besides no head, not too bad.

The smell is great. There is grapes, tangy red fruits, lemon, sugar, oak, caramel, funk, and sourness. Funky berry scent seems to be the most noticeable and it is great.

The mouthfeel is flat but it doesn't matter, this beer is succulent and delicious. Much of the scents appear in the flavor, there is a bit more apple and a toned down level of sourness. The barrel aging becomes more apparent and there is a heightened level of sweetness. Rum comes thorugh a lot more in the flavor. Very vinous and winey, almost unsightly so. The flavor of this beer is just a beautiful symphony.

I have had quite a few uncarbonated (purposely) brews and this one is up there for the best.

Is it worth the price? Probably not, but this is a mindblowing brew if you can take the lack of carbonation. Maybe it was the Innis & Gunn rum cask last night that I had that is making this taste marvelous, or the Abyss I had before it, though I cleared my palate the best I could.

Photo of fortierv
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a light yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is incredibly complex. I get a ton of lemons and tart cherries, as well as some yeast, oak, tobacco and brett. The flavor is also complex but for different reasons. I get a lot of rum and oak notes, as well as some vanilla and toffee malt. There is also a nice tart cherry quality as well as some alcohol burn. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very nice.

Photo of Spartan213
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris Lively for breaking this out.

Pours no head with a maple brown color.

Nose is light tart sour malts, rum, toasted oak and vanilla, sweet candy, bit of malt vinegar and touch of fruit.

Taste has dark malts, light sweet sour malts, light tart fruit, hint of malt vinegar, light tart acidic, some light oak and vanilla, some rum barrel taste with woody barrel and light sweet rummy taste, light reddish fruit, great fruits, and a light buttery oak.

Mouth is lighter bodied but no carbonation.

Overall its a good beer, its fairly old and lacking carbonation, but great tart fruits and nice darker malts, despite that I'm not a huge rum fan it has some nice buttery rum and barrel flavors. Not sure on the date but it was a fairly old dusty bottle.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured in a Hoegaarden Tumbler.

A: Pours a cloudy brown color with practically no head and no lacings left

S: Acid and strong ABV. Woody. Quite fruity, lots of grapes and plums in the nose

T: Taste is a bless, really. Tart and fruity with a malty backbone. Very woody too. Metallic notes. You can actually feel the rhum. Fantastic

M: Heavy creamy body. Very low carbonation. Tart aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Quite tart but delicious. Another BFM masterpiece

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. I love spelling rum as "rhum." Brewed in 2010, bottled in 2011. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. This will be my third of the series (vin jaune, merlot).

2.5 A: Pours a completely still murky plum color. No evidence of carbonation.

4.5 S: Smelling this after having two grape barrel versions is not as different as I imagined it would be. The major aromas in this beer come from the base beer itself and not the barrel treatments. Big tart cherry fruitiness. I'll say it again because it's that apparent. Huge tart cherry fruitiness. Somehow this has a good bit more cherry than the other variants. Sherry next followed by apple, melon, plum, and lemon meringue. Big tangy lactic acid. The rum, or rhum, is complementary and diverts the aroma enough from the other variants to justify the different treatments. Oh, and it works really well. Vanilla and oak to round things out.

4.5 T: I like this one just as much as the merlot barrel, which is saying something. The rum works extremely well in this adding a sweetness that is entirely complementary to the otherwise dry fruitiness and funk. Again, there's an insane amount of cherry which is easily on pace with what you'd find in a kriek. Some sherry with a subtle cardboard oxidation. This is probably the sour-est of what I've had so far offering a good pucker to it. Apple is probably the next strongest fruit, with plum, melon, lemon, and grape. Rotting wood and musty basement type funk. Vanilla and oak.

3.0 M: Medium body. Flat, but it works well enough.

4.0 D: As evidenced by the merlot version, carbonation improves this beer and I think this would be better with some. Still, it's exceptionally complex and quite tasty as well. This is the least tannic-y of the three I've had and probably the best balanced as well.

Photo of Shaggy9356
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of khumbard
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed 2010, bottled 2011.

No fizz at all when the cap is popped off. Uh-oh. Beer is dark amber in colour, brownish. No head whatsoever.

Nose contains oak, rum, balsamic vinegar, some dark fruit.

Taste is like the nose. Oak is very strong, and the rum is strong but not overpowering. Moderately sour, with a vinegary and vinous flavour. Alcohol is well hidden. Some fruit flavours. The rum adds sweetness, and works fairly well. A bit of a rum aftertaste.

Full bodied, no carbonation. Quite mouth-drying, and somewhat heavy.

Overall, pretty good. Much better than the reviews make it out to be, in my view.

Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of marqoid
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of PthPndr
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jampics2
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle at Lizardville, split with my wife. 2010 Grand Cru, aged in Rum barrels. $20.

The beer looks decent enough in the glass. It's nearly flat and a bit murky, as the brownish plum liquid swirls around the glass I'm reminded of prune juice. No worries, a quick vigorous swirl reawakens a few bubbles and makes this look good enough to drink.

The smell is complex and very pleasant, but lacks the expression I would like to see. Some barrel notes, mainly booze and oak, combine with a lacto sharpness, herbs and dark fruit. I get notes of fig, tart apple skin, cherry and some rum. Not the best beer ever but certainly not the worst.

The taste is very nice, but still falls short of the best examples of either sour beers or Bière de Garde that I've had. There's a good enough base beer here, with trademark herbs, oak and non-acetic sour lacto coming through. Some cherry and dark fruit fade into oak, a touch of vanilla, rum and some heat. The beer is sophisticated and very interesting, but the treatment doesn't showcase either the beer or the rum well enough for me.

The medium bodied beer has mild carbonation that makes it a bit lifeless. Overall, I liked the flavors here but think there are better beers for $20.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Vintage Estate in Boardman, Ohio. After a poor experience with the Spirit Barrel version, I'm really hoping this is a serious step up. Served in a BFM goblet. Nose has a distinct rum presence. Flavor is moderately acidic with some cherry and white rum. Alcohol. Medium body.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks normyk for this one

Pours a clear reddish orange. No real head to speak. Smells tart and sour. Maybe a touch of oak. Tastes astringent and weird off flavours. Harsh. Bitter, overall pretty rough compared to the base beer. The moth feel is thick but no real carbonation. Not nearly as enjoyable as other brews

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jh1982
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours full bodied and very cloudy deep apricot. It poured smoothly without any bubbles or any head to speak of. The aromas are of sweet and sour dark fruits, light raisin, dehydrated apricots, perhaps light apple/Calvados, with a sour light alcohol finish. The flavors consist of funky apricots, light dark fruits, a moderate amount of alcohol, lightly sour apples, perhaps some light candied sugar. I don't actually get any rum barrel at all, which is odd. It was quite difficult to pick out the nuances of the flavors presented. It just didn't feature defined balance. There also isn't much of an aftertaste. In the middle of drinking this, we tried rum from Belize and it had the same type of aftertaste, mild vanilla and candied sugar. So that kind of put it in perspective. It has a very watery mouthfeel. Despite the thick looking pour it drinks very watery and is too easy to drink, and not in a good way. Overall this is an interesting brew but not close to being worth the $23.99 per 375ml bottle.

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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