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:
1,115
Reviews:
305
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
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138
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232
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a teku glass. Split with others. 2007 vintage. Let's do this.

Pours a brownish tinged reddish color highly resembling a pinot noir, if it weren't for the elements of cloudiness that are present in this beer. A ton of carbonation and a head about 3 fingers high (off-grey, no less) top the glass, but it recedes rather quickly, leaving behind eventually nothing at all, including no lacing to speak of. Bubbles still glide quite strong towards the top, and sediment is everywhere on this thing, just like a great Flanders red. Viscous and vinous, with a glimmer that you don't see in your everyday sour. Truly an excellent creation here - unique in its own class. (Is it *really* a bière de garde, though?)

Wow, the aromas are all over this thing - quite simply one of the most complex sours I've ever whiffed on. Notes of dried raisins, cherries, green apples, figs, dates, ripe currants, honey, caramel, sour, musty oak softened tannins, and notes of nuttiness, light baking spice, vanilla, and pepper from the wood. Unbelievable stuff - except for the light acetone note that somehow creeps through at the finish. Nearly perfect in terms of its delivery otherwise - the malts, hops, oak, and acetic acid are so well integrated here. So much, you can smell it 5 feet away from you.

The flavor is a little bit more balanced, but it is still undeniably complex and adventurous as far as beers of its kinds go. At first there's a creamy, fruity abundance of red, dried fruits, ranging from cherries to raisins, apricots to overripe apples, and white grapes to tamarind. Then, the oaky sour notes immediately come in, delivering a musty, dry, spicy, and acetic flavor that is impressive as it is definitely tart but enormously restrained in terms of being pucker-inducing. Cinnamon, baking soda, pepper, light vanilla, and musty, old oak and cedar are especially predominant at the finish. Age has done wonders to this vintage - I'd say it's not quite ready, but it's already good enough for drinking. Dry, complex, refreshing, and flavorful - although as it warms up it develops a bit of a burn at the finish. Can't dock it too much, though - this is truly special stuff.

I had the 2011 vintage on tap a long time ago, and was curious to see what age could do to it. 6 years later, a lot is most definitely going on! Unbelievably complex, this drinks like a fine pinot noir from Burgundy, but it towers above most peers of its kind - including most Flanders reds, which this is in the same league as, if not more complex. Excellent stuff, if you can get your hands on this vintage - otherwise, I'm sure most would work. One of the best candidates for cellaring in the beer world, period.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of dacrza1
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

DATE TASTED: August 8, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Chimay goblet... OCCASION: celebrating birthday #37 in style... APPEARANCE: dense, dark amber-brown body with a single-finger froth that settles swiftly to a ring around an island of softened cirrus... AROMA: incredible red wine waft--especially merlot--takes the nostrils by force; secondary fragrant hops with bubblegum yeasts make this an alluring beer to hover over...a bit of cherries and some plum too...complex...PALATE: incredibly dry, warm, full-bodied mouthfeel--definitely worth a chalice and an evening; three sips to thirty sips, just as easy drinking...TASTE: sour but comfortably palatable; deliciously reminiscent of merlot, with a yeasty component that conflates the grape and rounds it... OVERALL: As farmhouse ales go, this is one beauty that made me buy a Saison Dupont on my last shopping trip, if only because the style, when done well, is inimitable; powerful, delectable, alcoholic but sensible in its balance; bought on a whim, this exceeded my expectations...

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jrenihan
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed 2007, blended December 2008.

The beer is somewhere between brown and ruby red, allowing a bit of light through. Pour results in a small tan head that fades very quickly.

Nose is a mix of spices, malt and tartness. Lots of plum and other dark fruit, with a pronounced tartness. Yeast is there as well, along with a strong bready malt scent. Lots going on.

Quite tart, with cherry and plum playing a prominent role. A strong spice component. Quite malty, but any sweetness is drowned out by the sour. Oak is significant.

Full bodied, low carbonation. A fair bit of alcohol heat.

Overall, quite good, but not the world class beer I was hoping for. A bit extreme.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,115 ratings.
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