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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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BA SCORE
82
good

40 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 Budinetz
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured from a 37.5 cl bottle. Into a goblet. Brewed in 2010 - bottled in 2011


Pours a deep ruby red color with no head and no carbonation present. No lacing is present throughout the experience.

Smells of lactic acid, sweet malt, maple syrup, rum. Smells pretty bland compared to other grand cru sours that I've had.

Tastes of sweet brown sugar, Madeira, port wine with a sour beginning. Initial sip of this beer is sweet as pie, literally. It has the flavor of a pecan pie without the pecans...meaning straight rum. It has a sour middle due to the lacto and a dry finish with lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick on the tongue and has zero carbonation. Not sure if this is the achieved goal for this beer but it does not fit the characteristic of the Biere de garde style.

Overall...this beer was aged over 3 years, one
Of those years was in rum barrels. It's safe to say that aging beer in rum barrels is a bad idea. I would never attempt to do this not would I condone this in future brewing endeavors. The sour profile ends up losing it's diligence and becoming a sub profile of the beer.

I've heard that BFM does awesome things so don't let this be an end to all ends. If you enjoy sour persuebeers try some other offerings.

Budinetz, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +11.4%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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.

jrenihan, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

ygtbsm94, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of marqoid
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

marqoid, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Dirty25
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Dirty25, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Sampled some a couple months ago from a bottle of the same collection - that was better than this, but still well short of amazing...

A: very cloudy/murky, dark amber or red-orange - no head, scant big bubbles pouring from a height - couldn't help some sediment falling in, fairly big flakes/chunks - totally looks bad/infected - not appealing at all...what is this supposed to be?

S: at first, it smells vaguely like an oud bruin or, better, an extra malty gueuze - certainly vinous (red) - little bit of a diaper scent - somehow, the alcohol doesn't poke through much at all

T: not good - no malt, just dull, vaguely estery flavors - near complete absence of depth or complexity - comes off as malt-wine blend that's just starting to turn awful - bordering on vinegar - ironically, not bad enough to spit out, but no enjoyment

M: like the taste, noticeably watery, primarily up front - a mellow honey-like (yet watery) roll in the finish - dry, but with a silky film coating the mouth - late alcohol warmth

O: maybe this could have been saved had they corked it? a lil méthode champenoise in this shit - I'll take the regular Bon-Chien any day over this

Bouleboubier, Jan 15, 2013
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

djrn2, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

acurtis, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

SPRichard, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, 2010 vintage. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy brown color with pretty much no head at all. Not much lacing, either. The brew smells like sweet and tart dark fruit, oak, vinegar and some rum. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some apple. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with very low carbonation. I think this is an OK brew, but it's nowhere near worth the price ($18.99 a bottle). Still, it was nice to try it.

bluejacket74, Aug 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

t0rin0, Aug 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

fortierv, Aug 09, 2012
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.

DavoleBomb, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Spartan213
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Spartan213, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

ithinkimasofa, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jwat, Jun 09, 2012
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.

Mora2000, May 18, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-04-01 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy brown with no head and no lacing. Fine particulates. No lacing or alcohol legs.

S - Dried fruits like cherry, plum, fig with definite yeast funk and some malt.

T - Sour cherries, grape and oak tannins, hint of the rum flavor, alcohol, some grapefruit flesh, light spice. Very dry.

M - Light body and almost no carbonation. A bit thin.

O - A decent brew that I paid WAY too much for. I expected wonderfulness and got OK.

Tucquan, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of PthPndr
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

PthPndr, Mar 27, 2012
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

eduardolinhalis, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

pperez38, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A hard pour rouses...nothing. Seems even more still than the other BFM Grand Crus. Orange-brown body that's transparent until the last pour.

S - The expected aromas of light vinegar, oak, and sweet malts is largely overwhelmed by oak and grain alcohol. If you concentrate hard there's some spiced rum presence that's been masked. As it warms up there's a light solvent/acetone flavor as well.

T - Taste is significantly better here, with less of the harsh alcohol and more overt spiced rum and sugar cane/candi sugar flavors. Less oak, but only mild acetic tartness. Faint oxidation is also present.

M - Lightly dry and tannic texture, still, medium-full body, and surprisingly little alcohol heat considering how spirit-heavy the flavor and aroma are.

D - Drinks more like diluted rum than like a BFM Grand Cru. I think the 'double wood(ing)' was probably too much for the base beer. Without a doubt the most disappointing of the series.

MasterSki, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

AgentZero, Jan 21, 2012
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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.