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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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Reviews: 24
Hads: 44
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 18.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: aasher on 06-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Strong Sour Ale Double Wooded in Rum Barrels
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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 44
Photo of Tucquan
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
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 (480 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.69/5  rDev +32.1%
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. (1,280 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
2.54/5  rDev -28.5%
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 another bottle 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). (839 characters)

Photo of Patrickbrusil
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,489 characters)

Photo of julian
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
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 (929 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got to try this courtesy of normyk (thanks Rob!), side-by-side with 2006 & 2009 un-treated versions of Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (those courtesy of both Rob and Brad).

This poured nearly still, dark brown color with no head. There's a lot going on in the aroma, but unfortunately for me the rum and barrel seem to take away the funk. Boozy smelling, with some plums/raisins and oak.

The taste is again nice but nevertheless a let-down, no funk left in this beer. Just rum, barrel, dark fruits, maybe some cough syrup too. Pretty flat too, I guess that's somewhat appropriate for the style?

The final verdict from the vertical: The 2006 was sublime, my favorite by a mile. Next was the 2009 which was very good but definitely a level beneath the 2006, and finally this Rhum version was clearly the bottom tier. Not horrible, just not worth the very high coin it demands in stores. (884 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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 (316 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,233 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,016 characters)

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.