Bon Chiens | Beard & Brau

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Brewed by:
Beard & Brau

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 09-18-2010

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of life_of_agony
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a redgum honey hue with a creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is honey,fragant flowers,lavender and fruit salad,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little bit creamy and more fuller than most other farmhouse ales with tastes of orange zest,floral hops,biscuty malts,honey and finished with a dry fruity finish and overall a nice suprise and above average and would drink again.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a glowing orange-amber colour, head is off-white and very generous with nice dense puffiness on top but sinking in the middle. Body is quite cloudy, but there are some bubbles on the bottom that dislodge when you tilt the glass. Pretty damn nice.

Smells quite fresh, with a lot of vanilla. Slight fruit tang with some banana and citrus, and at the back is a very phenolic aroma, slightly musty but well-blended with the fruit aromas. Good.

Taste is very bitter and phenolic with lots of funk. Starts out with a bit of a citric note, tangy and fresh, quickly goes very funky-bitter and then grows far more intensely so - cheese rind, aspirin and a bit battery-acid metallic flavour dominating the finish. A big kirsch flavour on the late-mid as well, fair alcoholic flavour but yeah, that metallic character is really powerful and a bit off-putting. Not terrible but leans too heavily on all the less enjoyable saisony characters, and I don't find this very refreshing.

A bit of a sizzle on the feel with reasonable thickness. Not bad, quite smooth.

Yeah, a bit overcooked, this beer. I can imagine this being quite enjoyable for some but I don't really enjoy it a whole lot.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours toffee/amber with a stupidly huge head.
Nose is exceedingly spicy, with light fruit and floral notes also quite evident. Similar to a good tripel. Underneath is some sweet, light, bready malt.
Flavours seem to be an aggressive mix of alcohol, spice, sweet malt and a bold bitterness. Finishes very dry from the high carbonation.
Nice light body.
These guys really need to get their carbonation under control.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, deep orange colour, with a full and frothy head of white, slightly orange-tinged foam. Lacing is decent. Doesn't look as vibrant and lively as some other Saisons I've had, but it looks pretty decent.

Lightly fruity nose, with a good whiff of acidity and a welling of overripe fruit. Papaya comes most to mind for me. A bit of banana leaf freshness and a slight spice. All up, it's very good. Doesn't have some of the more rugged, rustic and organic notes, but it's got some genuinely stylistic characters.

Taste is quite phenolic, almost to its death, big welling of bitterness throughout, and not a lot of body to keep it together. Certainly some of those musty cellar characters you often get with the style, but with very little else to complement it. Leaves it very dry and very sharp. I think the alcohol presence is too noticeable as well.

I think Saisons are pushing their luck when they're this high in alcohol, and this is a prime example of why this is the case. It ends up just a little to sharp, too phenolic and too boozy, when it should be a clear and refreshing brew, with a bit of complexity to keep it interesting.

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Bon Chiens from Beard & Brau
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 6 ratings