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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

32 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 10-22-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

crosenkrantz, Friday at 11:07 PM
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy copper color. Fluffy, white foaminess grows after the pour. The head deflates over a dozen seconds or so. Not much lace, if any.

S-Ithas all the Bon Chien complexity I am accustomed to but they seem more muted here. Musty and funky with some tart cherry aromas. It's time in the white wine barrels has leant scents of oak and old Sauterne wine.

T-I am picking up some of that acidic white wine flavor, I also get some sweet white desert wine flavor as well. Oakiness and a semi-tart fruitiness. An overall funkified flavor with some cherry tart that is Oud Bruin-esque. Lots to pick out here.

M-Medium bodied with a subtle carbonation. Tannic feel. Booze hidden exceptionally well.

O-These are some pricey bottles so it's definitely a treat to sip some Bon Chien and/or it's variants. I like the original more than this (reviewed original in late 2012, which was the '11 vintage) but this was, of course still quite a remarkable beer.

VelvetExtract, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

speak72, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Axnjxn, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ygtbsm94, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

AlexFields, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

random846, Sep 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

TurdFurgison, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Thorpe429, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

johnsonni, Jul 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

macher0, Jun 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

ystazi, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

anhigdon, May 10, 2013
Photo of impending
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A

375ml into a tulip. Opens with a tiny hiss, pours a dead dull drab walnut. No lacing. Only in the world of BFM would anyone consider this as something "with extra bubbles". Pour from a height of two feet if you want to encourage froth.

The aroma is not particularly intense. Sour dark cherries, white grape skin, generous medieval
funk.

The taste is vastly more expressive than the scent. More tart than sour. Strong vineous qualities, exceedingly dry. The wine barrel's contribution defines the flavor. The aftertaste reverberates a low sour bitterness that lingers forever. Easy to sip tiny sips repeatedly, each a full dose, lip smacking. Thin mouthfeel that seeps into the smallest crevasses as if some goes straight into the blood, passes through the mouth. Tremendous complexity. At room temp its morphs towards a swiss barleywine.
cheers
jd

impending, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Golden Monkey Goblet. This bottle was brewed in 2011 and bottled in 2012.

Appearance: Pours a medium red/brown hazel color and leaves a minimal off-white head which fades quickly.

Smell: Oak, cherries, some tartness and acidity, and perhaps some grape-like scents. Definitely pleasant, and quite moderate.

Taste: The tartness shows a lot more in the taste than the smell. Definitely lots of tart cherry in this one. It picked up a good amount of oak from the barrels as well. It ends with a wine-like
finish which it must have picked up from its time in the white wine barrels. The alcohol is spectacularly hidden, I would've pegged this one at about 7%. Very tasty.

Mouth-feel: Feels quite carbonated - sticks a little on its way down. Not unpleasant, just interesting.

Overall: This is a quality brew. It definitely has some sour to it but is very well balanced and the alcohol is extremely hidden. I honestly don't think this one needs any more age - it is at its best now. Delicious.

Resuin, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

LambicKing, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Sean9689, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Binny's. Served in a tulip at Sean's place.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and spotty lace. Hazed burnt copper body. Thanks to Jerome for bottling this one with extra bubbles.

S - Loads of musky brett here, with some lactic acidity as well. Oak, vinous notes, sour cherry, a surprising stone fruit note - perhaps from the Swiss white wine?

T - The taste is more acetic, with a hefty dose of vinous oak, sour cherries and vinegar, some tart candy (Sweet Tarts?), grape skins, and less malt than one would expect from an 11% beer. There's a bit of the usual red fruit sweetness, but this seems more wild than other beers in this series.

M - Medium body, with medium-low carbonation. Super dry finish with tooth-coating candy-esque residuals. Moderate pucker and acidity that grows over time. No alcohol as far as I can tell.

D - An excellent wine-barrel aged sour that hides its alcohol shockingly well. One of my favorite BFM Grand Crus, and something I'd drink regularly if it weren't so darned expensive. Sean and I crushed the bottle pretty easily.

MasterSki, Mar 25, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Y'know, I might not mind the major fluctuations in taste in these BFM beers if they didn't cost so damn much (and also make themselves so unique and interesting to me...). Oh well, gonna try 'em anyway... This one pours a mostly clear sunrise ruby topped by a half-finger of dirty cream suds. The nose comprises mild red wine, wet oak, light musty greens, very light cranberry, and a vague spiciness that I can't quite put into words (though it has something of a pepper/cilantro/parsley vibe to it at times). The taste takes a sterner look at the wine, adding in a strong sourness to it, particularly throughout the finish. Behind the sour, slightly tomato-y wine character (there's a sense of Blood Mary in there on occasion) lies a bit of cilantro, a hint of light oak, and the lightest breeze of wheat that could possibly nudge a windsock for a moment. The body is a lithe medium, with a light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an interesting beer that leaves me with a divided opinion: I do enjoy the sourness and whatnot, but the whole Bloody Mary-like character puts me off a bit too much for me to call this stuff great by any measure. As of this moment, the normal AdBC is my heavy preference.

TMoney2591, Mar 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

GrindFatherBob, Mar 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

HerrKrinkle, Jan 06, 2013
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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
93 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.