Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien (Zymatore) - Moscatel Barrel | BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dar482 on 03-09-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of ShanePB
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Hazy ruby colored body with no head, lacing or retention. Appears quite still. Aromas are sweet and fruity, oak, red wine, and a defined sourness. Flavors have a nice sourness up front, red fruits, oak, vanilla and finishes with a dry red wine note.

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Photo of YeastInception
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lambpasty
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured: Into a Libbey tulip, because I’ve yet to get one with a brewery logo on it.

Sight: Medium amber, reminiscent of freshly brewed Lipton’s tea in a glass jug outside in the sun. A cream-white head sits low and tight on top, but recedes quickly.

Aroma: Bright and tangy. A little musty or what someone might call “damp cellar.” A hint of spicy something. Not much malt or hops in the nose. My wife gave it a sniff and called the high alcohol content.

Taste: Wow. Tangy, tangy, and more tangy. The classic bière de garde taste. I think I also get the grape-y-ness. It spent a year in Moscatel barrel. Maybe it finishes like brut champagne? Drier than the Namib Desert. I also get a tartness… is that the same as tangy? Despite the barrel time, I don’t get a whole lot of wood.

Feel: Light, or maybe Medium minus. Tiny, tiny bubbles and wonderful carbonation. Combine that with the folded-steel full tang flavor, and it’s very refreshing. The finish is on the top of your mouth.

Overall: Great bière de garde. Cool find in an independent bottle shop in Nanuet, NY. This might be an interesting “crossover” for a wine drinker.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dar482
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a garnet color.

The beer tastes very similar to the base. It hits up front of cranberry, apple, or simply Cran-Apple tart qualities. It evolves with hits of grape and fruit flavors. Touches of sweetness and then a dry finish.

Despite my lack of familiarity with Moscatel, there is a possibility that the fruit character is expanded onto grape by the barrel, along with the beer's dry finish.

An excellently balanced beer offering fruit, medium tartness, red wine complexities.

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien (Zymatore) - Moscatel Barrel from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 6 ratings