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

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BA SCORE
4.32/5
Outstanding
1,124 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ggaughan on 06-07-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#498
Reviews:
305
Ratings:
1,124
pDev:
10.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
234
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 1,124 |  Reviews: 305
Photo of jbertsch
2.54/5  rDev -41.2%
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 +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Saviour
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weezieone
5/5  rDev +15.7%
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 -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KarlHungus
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Euroglot
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xtonytx
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitch
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 250ml pour on tap of the 2014 vintage at Moeder Lambic Fontainas into a Moeder Lambic snifter glass.

Appearance: It was a slightly hazy dark amber brown colour with a one finger tanned head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, plum, cherry and oak.

Taste: Sour, tart, balsamic, plum, cherry, oak, lightly medicinal plus hints of grape bubblegum sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: Very nice! A bit boozy and a little sweet but still delicious.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully opaque, copper-red body with a lighter, orange hue at the bottom of the glass, topped with a really dense, soft, creamy khaki head that leaves a soft creamy, unbroken wave of lace around the edge of the glass.

Really acetic aroma brings forth a woody and oaky plum and prune with some caramel. At times I get a hint of peaches and cream.

Taste is not quite vinegar, but ferociously sour at first. It quickly becomes more palatable, with cherry, plum, and cran-orange characteristics.

Finish is really dry, yet the body is crazy soft! It's an amazing feat. This definitely deserves the world class status it enjoys, a commendable beer in every regard.

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Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brew33
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnBender
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mousel
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Geosuds
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I hope this is the right one I am rating here. The one I drank was a 2013 aged in oak barrels.

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Photo of epyon396
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

08/12/2016

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Photo of robgage
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,124 ratings
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