Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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District of Columbia
4.48/5 rDev +3.7%
The beer appears fairly hazy and auburn colored with only a faint trace of head that dissipates hastily. The aroma brings acetic and lactic funk, sourness, cherries, oak. A terrific smelling beer. The flavor is both tart and sour, with a lovely balance of oak, fruit, wine. A nice tannic, vinous chcracter throughout. Alcohol presence is there but well hidden. Carbonation is light with an acetic yet smooth feel on the palate. An elegant beer. I would happily have this again.
12-19-2012 03:38:46 | More by Huhzubendah
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
Every so often, a visit to the beer glass comes as close to changing my life as a beer can. Ok, it doesn't cure cancer or solve world peace but as soon as the nose eclipses the rim of the glass, all my worries flee from my mind and my heart. This is one amazing beer!
Rusty mauve in color, the beer carries a tawny hazy appearance with chestnut and garnet hues as well. Slight foam releases from the beer below and slowly forms a mesh of white across the beer's surface and seems to prefer a wine-like appearance as to beer. With no real lacing to mention, remote specs form on the glass before floating into the beer fairly soon after.
As the nose hovers over the glass, immediate mouth whetting and sweat braking reflexes ensue because of the savory tartness of citric and acidic fruits, savory dark dried fruits, and well aged ciders and oaked vinegar. Blackberry, blueberry, red grape, white grape, crabapples all play into the super fruity realms while musty notes of saddle leather, balsamic, sweet tobacco, and sea brine keep the waves of aromas coming.
Acidic fruit flavors of crab apples, white grapes, cider, vinegar, cherries, and limes dissolve into the taste buds for a hapless saturation of taste. The sheer intensity of flavor is too much to thoroughly explore, yet is so inviting as the session lasts mere minutes as well. Richer support of dark dehydrated fruits of sultans, prunes, figs, and dates all provide supple richness and complex oxidized balsamic notes that satisfies the "meaty" components of savory needs. Somewhat salty, briny, and earthen oak, almonds, vanilla, and pepper, the beer continues to offer varying degress of taste with each and every sip.
Its complex elegance is met with a medium-light body that's more suited for full bodied red wines than of beer. Once the acidity pierces the soft tissues of the mouth, a soothing candied malt texture apologizes and then delivers the more savory textures of oxidized sherry fruitiness. Though pleasantly sour and not-so-shyly astringent, the wood spices hides well the beer's strength and keeps the taste of super glue alcohol from burning out of control.
Salty, savory, sour, and rich- the beer simply does all that sour ales are expected to do. It's sour intensity favors that of well blended gueuze while the savory notes speak to pleasantly oxidized Flanders red ales.
12-06-2012 06:25:28 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
Sampled the other day at Max's.
The beer pours the prototypical bon chien color of reddish amber, with brown overtones. The bottle notes that this beer was made with extra carbonation (bubbles), but if so, it's certainly not greatly over carbonated. The color of this beer is quite lovely, but as always, there is not much head retention or lacing in this beer. The nose is all bon chien, showcasing considerable wine, sour, vanilla and grape aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose very closely, with something of tannic, slightly bitter finish. This beer is quite vinuous, and the fruit flavor and vanilla blend well with the sour component. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, sour, wine infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and again, is typical of bon chien.
Excellent beer as always.... just wish the price wasn't getting so high for these grand cru beers from BFM.
10-22-2012 19:14:27 | More by John_M
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
93 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.