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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Switzerland
brasseriebfm.ch

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ggaughan on 06-07-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,111
Reviews:
300
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
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138
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232
For Trade:
5
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

Photo of Danny1217
2.34/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Both times I have tried this beer it was horribly acetic with an acetone aroma.

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
2.5/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jbertsch
2.54/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I like sours but struggled with this beer. My feeling is that sours don't work well at high ABVs, at least not for my taste buds. This gets at least one thumb up from me on complexity and intrigue. But it doesnt finish well for me. Up front the mix in sourness that ranges between cranberry, apple and cherry is kinda nice, but then the malt sweetness backbone kicks in and rather than complimenting it (like how duchesse or monks cafe can do) the sweet booziness clashes just a bit. The sourness also doens't work well with the vanilla notes I got.

This was a gift I asked so i felt bad i had to dump it since it's expensive. I don't agree with the masses on this beer. Its confusing and clashes.

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Photo of heysuz
2.65/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Intro: Spilt a 750ml in a tulip glass with a friend.

Appearance: Ample head that recedes to cap but stays, deep rosewood coloring.

Smell: Strong aromas of fruit and spices with a touch of vanilla.

Taste: Tastes like spoiled cider with vinegar in it, may have been a bad bottle. Very sour like sweet tarts.

Mouthfeel: Can feel the alcohol in the chest other than that it does not have a bad feel in the mouth.

Overall: Had to drain pour it in the end, the sour and vinegar was too strong. Doubts about the beer started with the green bottle.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.68/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2005:
Reviewed on 5/16/08. 2005 bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with no head. Aroma of sour fruits. Flavor is fruity with alcohol and oak and an apple cider-like finish. This beer is very heavy and a little too sweet. Quite powerful. It was good for the first 2 oz, but after that I didn't care for it anymore as the sweetness and heavyness started to overwhelm the beer.
7/4/5/2/12 (3.0/5)

2006:
Extreme Beer Fest 2/15/08: Yum! Very sweet and fruity. Tasted of apples, tangerines, pears. It had a lambic-like quality to it. I thought it would be classified as a Belgian ale and was surprised to find out that it actually is a sour ale. An enjoyable beer.

Rating: 8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9

Update 5/12/08: 2006 Bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a white head (I remembered it being a light color, but apparently not...). Aroma of sour fruits and sweetness. Flavor is super sweet with some oak/wood notes. I don't get any alcohol per se but this is sweet sweet sweet and has a very heavy mouthfeel. It is ok for the first few sips, but then it gets too sweet and it took me forever to finish.

New rating: 8/4/6/3/13= 3.4

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Photo of shleepy
2.72/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark amber, with some sediment visible throughout. Mostly flat.

S: Sourness and mild funk, cherries, oak. It's a strong smell, but not altogether good. The combination of everything is not well-balanced.

T: Like a much less refined Red Poppy Ale. Nothing too overwhelming, but there's some bitterness, maybe even hot alcohols, followed by hardly noticeable sourness, oak, and fruitiness (cherries). A bit watery, honestly.

M: Flat, medium-bodied, acidic.

O: Well, it's somewhat sour... But it's not very good.

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Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ajm5108
2.77/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours an amber red, a little champagne fizziness but settles quickly. Aroma carries lots of lactic s
funk and phenol along with some tart apple cider / pear. I was disappointed with the lack of complexity that the taste profile offer. You could line it up to a dozen other sour / tart beers and would struggle to tell this apart. The base is a very banal lactic sour taste, with some sweet malt peeking in here and there. If you strain you can maybe find some sour apple as well, but that might be stretching it a bit. It isn't enamel-stripping lactic, but it really does overwhelm the taste and makes it a fairly one-note beer. Doesn't finish too harshly, but the lactic sour is really all it leaves behind.

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Photo of badbeer
2.94/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 Version.

Murky red/amber color with a beige head, left a ring around the glass. I get some sour and oak notes, but not too much else, maybe some dark fruits. Lightly acidic, metallic, oak, and a touch of some sour cherry or other fruits in the taste; wasn't impressed. Lighter than medium body with a dry finish, light carbonation. Don't know that I'd have this one again, it didn't seem like an off bottle, just not very good.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3/5  rDev -29.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.05/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange chestnut with almost no head. Somewhat light smell, very tannic with oak, some acetic notes, some bitter non-hoppy notes and a touch of band-aid. Strange flavor. Very tannic, rubber bands, band-aids and much bitterness along with quite an acetic quality. Not great. Mouthfeel is thin and slick. Not very enjoyable. On top of everything else, it tastes quite hot.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.06/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uncaps without any kind of carbonation hiss at all. In fact, I was almost shocked when it uncapped like it wasn't at all sealed.

Pours a completely flat, uncarbonated, but a pleasant deep ruby-brown colour. No head to speak of, and even the body itself looks disturbingly thin, and not at all a match for its purported 11% alcohol. I'm dubious and a little hesitant.

Nose is slightly acidic and surprisingly sprightly for its flatness. Some hints of oak and aromatic grains give it a lift that also hints at baseness. Booze is noticeable, but not overpowering, and most of it is attributable to the oak flavours in any case. Not bad.

Taste is also a little flat, but depressingly, not obviously oxidised—if it were, I would be happy believing that the bottle I got was improperly sealed and write it off thusly. It just has a faint, bland oaky nothingness to it, that relies much on the conditioning of the beer and very little on its innate quality. Some acidity, especially on the front, which gives it a vinous quality, and a hint of spice on the back that gives it a tonic quinine bite. Feel is quite smooth, but flat, and the booze is actually remarkably well hidden.

It's a confusing beer this one. I'm certainly not wowed by it, nor particularly enamoured of it at all, but it has enough interest to keep you hoping. That's worth something at least, even if for me, my hopes ended up in disappointment.

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Photo of nas5755
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005, 15.5% abv consumed 12/18/2010

A very aggressive pour revealed a dark reddish brown beer with a very thin head with large bubbles that dissipated very quickly into a thin white lacing of the outed edge of the glass. The nose has acetic notes laced with lactic notes, the cherries have a very minimal appearance. The taste is very similar to the 11% abv with some very distinct differences are apparent. The sour aspect of this beer is more focused towards the acetic side with some sour lactic notes, the malts are much more pronounced, with a big kick of malty goodies that slightly reminds me of a smooth sweet caramelized barley-wine; some of the other subtleties layered into the malts are dark fruits, and brown sugar. The cherries play a little part as age has subdued their presence. The mouth-feel is very smooth with a very low carbonation level that is best described as mirco-bubbles, which work very well with this beer. Overall, I was very disappointed with this beer as it was one of my personal whales. Although I enjoyed this beer, I believe the amount of malt was too much(I believe the new recipe yields a better beer) and it was nice to experience the age and a different take on my favorite beers.

When I review the current version the score will be somewhere bewteen an A- and an A as this beer is awesome

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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