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

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Added by ggaughan on 06-07-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,111
Reviews:
300
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
232
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Sabtos
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brew33
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnBender
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mousel
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Geosuds
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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 -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of adamtbit
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I can remember the first time I ever tried this beer, on tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, it incited a need deep within to drink more and more as I found myself coming back every day for a week or two just for this beer. I've since had it in a bottle as well, it wasn't quite as effervescent from a bottle. Only tried the 2014 edition so far.

Pour was a nice red/garnet color with about a finger of sticky lightly brown-colored foam. Nice lacing on the glass as it drank very slowly with small sips. After each sip I felt slightly dismayed that the glass was emptying so quickly.

The scent is aromatic and fruity, similar to a brandy, but with a heavy dose of balsamic vinegar, definitely betrays the flavor of the actual beer. The vinegar flavor is what makes this sour unique, it's like the finest aged vinegar from Italy.

Flavor is the aforementioned balsamic, as well as caramel, fruits, and a bit of citrus.

First review, and this is my favorite beer, as well as one of the most well-crafted beers I've ever had.

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Photo of HopSavant
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of squack
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lakamoso
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mateo2699
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a darker brown with a noticeable reddish hue without light on it. Tight white bubbled head, moderate lacing. Aroma is very musty. Plenty of grape sourness, and aged oak. Hints of wet horse blanket, with a vinager balsamic like spiciness that's nothing over powering. Taste has a hearty tartness, with a more full bodied wine like approach. More balsamic, cherry tartness and aged wood. Not your candy like sour, has more depth with the whole funkiness and tart profile. Mouthfeel is relatively palate coating with moderate carbonation. Excellent sour!

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was brewed in 2006, blended in April 2007 and has sat in my cellar until 6-22-16.

L: It pours hazy brown with a red tint under a light tan to brown very thin foam cap.

S: A wonderful range of aromas rise from the glass starting with a hint of molasses, a light tartness suggestive of lemon kombucha, traces of wet horse blanket, fresh baked goods and some earthiness.

T: The attack starts with several layers of tartness and fruit, including fig, cherry, fruit cake with some wine notes. The tartness has acetic, citrus, tart cherry elements and a hint of well aged balsamic. The rich malt cake and caramel notes supported by dark dried fruits get an assist from the oak vanilla flavors that knock off some of the rough edges. Long lingering tart flavors.

F: The carbonation is above average with a little tingle and the body is a touch less than medium.

O: An exceptional, world class beer that improved in the cellar.

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Photo of Epicfail97081
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of banshlily
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beerrat
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NilocRellim
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber colour. Smells quite sour, fruity, cherry, and pomegranate. Tastes like it smells, quite sour, dark cherry, fruity, surprisingly bitter finish. Savory and delicious.

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Photo of Ej8
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,111 ratings.
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