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:
1,112
Reviews:
300
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
232
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 1,112 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of Takashi
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sticksroom107
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T_Hass
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rickrem
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: deep cherry wood brown, no head at all, no lacing, liquid is thick and clings to glass,
S: pepper, vinegar, and a very sharp funk, and an almost harsh maltiness and a prominent woody note
T: cherry, grape, red wine vinegar, a sharp malt character, pleasant but confusing (you know it is malt but how you know this in this case is unclear), there is another side to the maltiness as well (an oaky sweetness), I think I even get some grapefruit here
M: sticky, reminds me very much of an unpasteurized juice (like acai berry juicy, very thick)
O: phenomenal, this beer commands attention, I was actually doing something else before writing this (having had this beer before but not having reviewed it) and upon tasting it I immediately stopped what I was doing to write down notes on the beer. a must try, seek it out

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Photo of Foley67
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ajlvt
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMMillsy
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cheer4beer_
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 petrusek23
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Saviour
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weezieone
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, this is one of the most perfect beers I have ever tasted! I first had it on tap in Philadelphia just before Christmas 2011. It was wild tasting, all over the board, sour, sweet, silky, like a Flanders Red but more body.
Very little head, pours slightly hazy reddish brown into a BFM stemmed glass, has a funky smell but is balanced sweet and sour fruit, finishes solid.
Whenever I find it on tap now, and that's at least once a year, I go back as often as possible.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KarlHungus
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien pours a cloudy burgundy color. There is no head or lacing, but that is to be expected for a cellared barrel aged beer. The aroma is quite powerful. There is a nice marriage between the wood and the leathery, barnyard aromas of the beer. There is even a hint of sourness. The taste is much more sour than the aroma with a bunch of fruit coming through. Apples, cherries, raspberries, currants. The wood is a background component, but it helps balance the funky sourness of the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice beer that I would happily drink again.

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Euroglot
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tommy5
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,112 ratings.
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