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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
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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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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
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

t0rin0, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of fortierv
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
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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
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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
Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -16.4%

AgentZero, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Shaggy9356, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jh1982, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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.

crossovert, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

khumbard, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – A dark red-amber color, with a few bubbles that appear for a few seconds then disappear. No carbonation visible.

Smell – Cider, vinegar, oak, and a hint of rum and cherries.

Taste – A sour, cidery flavor with a fair amount of rum and alcohol present.

Mouthfeel – Flat. Very flat. Too flat . Not a hint of carbonation. The 11% abv is apparent, and not hidden at all.

Drinkability – I’ve had decent beers this flat. However, it doesn't seem to work for this one. It feels like a soda that's been left out a few days.

There's some decent flavors here, but the sour cideriness takes away from that. Not worth the $23.99 I paid. I tried it twice to ensure my review was fair, but it tasted the same the 2nd time as well. However, I really like their Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Bière de Garde (non-Grand-Cru).

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Patrickbrusil
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Zero carbonation. Not a hint. Reminded me of a mild apple cider vinegar.

Can't believe I paid $25 bucks.

I suppose the flavor profile would be ok if it had bubbles. The sour component is present. However, this failed in my mind.

If given a different batch option I might be tempted again but I'm a freak.

Patrickbrusil, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks again, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a flat, opaque, amber color with almost no head.

S: Smells a bit funky and tart, some definite red wine vinegar with a bit of green apple and cherries. Some oak and vanilla with a definite rum aroma. Maybe a little bit boozy.

T: Vanilla and spicy oak with lots of rhum flavor. There's maybe a little bit of chocolate and tannins to it. Quite a bit of booze, maybe some light vinegar sourness, green apple, and lemon zest.

M: Medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

O: Way too boozy with the barrel dominating, and it doesn't really work out this way.

womencantsail, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Smoked for sharing this with me. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears copper in color. When held to the light, it looks more of a clear ruby through the body with orange through the edges. A rough pour yields a few large bubbles that fade quickly. Som faint spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell of this brew is sour with cherry quality. Oak is present imparting a bit of caramel sweetness and lots of vanilla. As the brew warms up, more cherry comes out mixed with solvent, burning alcohol that makes the nose change to something that is quite medicinal smelling.

The taste is fusel with alcohol with a very bold display of solvent character. A bit of aceytone comes out tasting of nail polish remover. Herbal at times with a very warming kick. Cherry makes itself known at times with some earthy notes before the onset of more burning alcohol. As the brew comes up to temperature it gets to be a chore to finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with almost no carbonation. The 11% abv is not hidden in this offering at all. The lack of carbonation really doesn't help any. There is an unrecognizable spirited accent to the booze quality of this brew making it solvent. It isn't "bad" but hardly compares to some other offerings I've had from this brewery. More carbonation would have gone a long way perhaps some aging and colder serving temperature would make this experience more enjoyable. Regardless, I am thankful for the opportunity to try it. Thanks again Dan.

stakem, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of julian
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: No “hiss” or “pop” when I cracked the cap off. Color is dark orange/brown almost like maple syrup. There was also quite a bit of visible sediment in the bottle during the pour. No lacing 3

S: Smell is slightly sour, tart brown sugar like sweetness and a bit of funk with some wooded musk. 3

T&M: This is almost like drinking wine. It’s flat and boozy. The sourness is mostly out weighed by the high amount of malt and sugar. What little tartness there is, is of a sweet fermented fruit variety. Unfortunately, this is just not that good. Perhaps some age would help it but I doubt it. The lack of carbonation is also not helping it. 2.5 / 2.0

O: No carbonation, average aroma, appearance is OK and the taste is just too sweet for what it’s trying to do. It’s also pretty high in ABV so it drinks more like a flat barleywine or straight up wine. Would not drink again. It’s not terrible, just not for me. 2.5

julian, Aug 29, 2011
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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.