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:
1,115
Reviews:
305
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
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138
Gots:
232
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5
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Photo of atpca
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of CharlesK
3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky, mahogany-hued body with a flourish of angry, fizzy carbonation that dies suddenly, POOF, leaving you with a slim, beige ring.

Smell: That aroma houses vague notions of bready malted barley, a round robin of lightly tart fruits, hint of lemon, and plenty of resolute, strongly aromatic phenolics, as if some sneaky joker dosed my glass with a drizzle of Italian dressing.

Taste: A predominately breaded maltiness with some minor influences of caramel, though effectively no real sweetness to it. Even early into the first opening sip those punchy, funky phenols are building up on the tongue. Various fruit flavors and tartness are interwoven into the taste, some cherries, some non-identified berries, some strawberries maybe. Small squirt of citric lemon juice. Fair degree of oak character throughout. Dry, warming, phenolic finish with one last zip of tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. The lively effervescence gives the mouthfeel a nice fluffiness.

Drinkability: Like that time I drove out to Myrtle Beach, it makes for a reasonably decent, one-time visit. However, with the alcohol, palate-wearying phenols, and hefty price-tag, I just don't see myself returning to it.

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Photo of ynnpar
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i had this at a nice little place called Beer Table in Park Slope, Brooklyn. At $18, it was by far the most expensive half pint or so that I've ever had. And while I was happy to be drinking it at the time, pretty soon after I left I knew that it hadn't been worth it. That's not to say it wasn't an interesting beer. It was served from a cask, very little (no?) carbonation, no head and no lacing. It was watery brown to red in color and had a slight sour smell and taste that was at first quite off-putting. But after a few more sips I got over this initial response and was able to enjoy it for what it is. Don't know that it's what most people would consider a beer, but it's full of complex, mixed flavors and, if you're feeling flush at least, is worth a try.

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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 Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Label read handcrafted in 2006 & blended in October 07, 11% alc./vol. Paper covering the cap read 00276. Served in my Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or goblet. Poured a translucent caramel color with a tight off-white foamy head that consumed 3/4 of the glass before settling into a thin, consistent cap. Some specks of lacing present during the tasting. Nose was vinous and oaky; reminded me of a Cabernet. Taste consistent with nose; some acidity and tartness also revealed. Mouthfeel was light and lively with some astringency and a nice slick feeling. Lots of complexity, but a little too characteristic of a wine for my general enjoyment.

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Photo of AugustusRex
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A relatively expensive ($21 for me) "Biere de Garde" that "matured in 8 different barrels of Merlot, Cabernet, and Grappa." 2004 bottling...

Dark and opaque purple-brown color, head is fairly nice, big bubbles and average duration. Laces in fat rings. Boozy aroma, seems to have a lot of grape influence, but not being an appreciator of wines, it just seems rather heavy and oppressive. Mouthfeel is almost thick, carbonation underdone but still apparent. For me, a lot of the delicate spiciness and yeastiness of the beer (at least what may have been the original beer) is overwhelmed by a heavy application of alcohol as in fortified red wine, especially by the swallow, which has a peppery tannic quality to it. The impression seems very pronounced. Some bittersweet chocolate helps out on this one. Frankly, I can appreciate the time and effort in making this brew, but I'm not particularly impressed with the profile and its not worth the cost to me, but other's mileage should vary.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of laituegonflable
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vivid red colour, flat, non-existent head, no lace either. Decent colour, but looks pretty bland.

Funky shit on the nose. Loads of sour notes, with boozey spice as well. Blackcurrant, pepperberries and raspberry, blackberry all with a touch of horse blanket. Refreshing, a bit on the off side and not quite reined in, but hey that's how I like my beers, and my women.

Taste is funky from the get-go: quite vinegary with bacteria all over it. A bit stale and barnyardy with a touch of leather on there. Bitey, acidic notes come through mid-to-late with hints of cranberry, plum and peach as well. Finishes surprisingly clean, but also with a touch of residual sugar, which is unnecessary. Not a bad palate for the style, leans a little lambic-wards but good funks and good tartness, just not quite crisp enough to really hold me.

Big and full body, quite syrupy really. Bit of strip back from the bugs in here, but not too much, leaves a coating on the mouth.

Decent cleanser; could be better. Interesting drop, but it's also good, and points for handling a difficult brief.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
Blended Oct. '07
A- This beer pours a warm, dense but clear deep brown body with a red hued glow at the base. The thin yellowish-beige head last as a thick ring for the full beer. There is a slow carbonation of tiny bubbles that kept glide to the surface.

S- The light aroma of bright tartness has a faint musty hint that almost smelled like bad breath that turned into a wet wood aroma as the beer warmed. There was a finish of soft dark cherries that grew as the beer warmed.

T- The bright tartness had an apple skin quality to it with a soft bitter oak note that turned more cola flavored as the beer opened up. The cola note had a slight sweetness to it as the beer warmed and lead to a light tartness that lingered after the finish for just a second.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight cleaning fizz in the finish. There was no real alcohol heat until the beer was pretty warm and even then it was soft.

D- This beer had a pleasant tartness but it was soft and there wasn't any depth of flavor after that. The flavor was a bit drab and that stung a bit considering the price tag and all the hype around this beer. I don't know if age would bring out more funk flavors but I'm not willing to take the gamble.

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Photo of harrymel
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2006

Pours cherry red with hints of etches and a very clarified. Smell is initially inky, some acetone, some oak, some cocoa (oddly). Very rich flavor, cherries, raisins, malt, a little malt and some sweetness. Very warm, very robust. There is a hint of sherry. Thin with sharp, spicy carb and a little bit of off dry character. It's alright, I wouldn't buy a second bottle, but I'm told later vintages are better.

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Photo of kegger22
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blended in October 2007.

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Bière de Garde was not my cup of tea. This was my first biere de garde, so it may just be that the style is not to my liking. I do have another biere de garde in the cellar, so I will soon find out.

Saint Bon-Chien was a cloudy, medium brown with a one finger high, beige head that displayed decent retention.

The aroma was sour cherries, sour grapes, sour apricots; just plain anything sour. My mouth puckered in anticipation.

The taste was definitely sour, but not of the mouth-puckering variety. There was a bitterness attached to the sour flavor that made further description difficult. It was not a hoppy citrus or pine bitter that I've become accustomed to, but something different. I will say that the label was absolutely correct about the serving temperature.

The mouth feel was light bodied, slightly oily and modestly carbonated.

Drinkability was only fair, halfway through the 25 ounce bottle and already I'm ambivalent about whether I finish it. Quite frankly, the price did not make me want anymore either. At five bucks, I'm not impressed; at 25 bucks, even less so.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle: This beer poured out as an interesting looking reddish color. The head came and went fairly fast. The aromas of oak, funk, sour cherries and some wine-like fumes come off of this beer. The taste of the beer gets better as it warms up. I found this beer to be very tart and sour in the beginning. As it got warmer, the funk and oak flavors came out more and took over in place of the sourness. The mouthfeel had a pretty good carbonation to it but was a little thin I thought. Overall it's a good sour for sure. I'm not a fan of the style but I feel it would please most beer drinkers.

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Photo of MrDell
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

15% 2005 Version
Very lightly carbonated, a vigorous pour towards the end of the pour scares up a quickly disappearing, frothy, at most half-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, red-plum color that shows a red stained, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has a light tartness to it as well as a Sauvignon Blanc like grape fruitiness along with a nice barrel influence that takes the form of soft vanillin notes, and some spicy oak character. Berry flavors reminiscent of a merlot are noticeable at times in the nose as well. There is a light funkiness here that provides a touch of mustiness, some cured moldy leather notes and a faint yet fruity cheese note. There is definitely a bit of alcohol noticeable here in the aroma too and it provides a touch of heat.

Lightly carbonated, with just a hint of a carbonic prickle. The beer is fairly light, certainly for a beer of this strength, and only has a medium heft to it. There is a light, grape-like sweetness to this beer that is not quite offset by a light tartness in the finish. A bit of alcohol, spicy & tannic oak, and spicy esters provide a touch of bitterness and piquancy to the finish that lingers into a very soft, throat coating burn. This picks up a lightly concentrated, jam-like fruit note that reminds me of a combination of sweet black cherries, blackberries and a rich currant note. This picks up a sweet nuttiness as it warms up, though it does not actually gain any sweetness (in fact it probably gets less so), it is just that it picks up a nut meat sweetness.

While not overly heavy, this is somehow a sipping beer. It really reminds me a lot of a fruity, berry focused, oak aged red wine of some sort (with a touch of tartness thrown in). An interesting beer that is for sure, the slight carbonation makes it seem that much more wine-like. This is definitely a good sipping beer, I certainly wouldn't want to have to finish a bottle by myself.

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Photo of rbouton
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, mahogany-hued color a slim, beige ring of foam that quickly recedes leaving minimal lacing.

Aroms begin with grainy pilsner maltiness with some lightly tart fruits, hint of lemon and plenty of strong phenolics.

The tastes follow the nose with the same crackery pilsner malts with some complementary light light toasted malt charcter. No real sweetness to it. As it warms the funky phenols are build up with various fruit flavors and tartness. Some cherries, non-identified berries and a small burst of lemon. Oak character throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with medium-high carbonation. The lively effervescence gives a nice fluffiness with a dry, warming, phenolic tart finish.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but it did not wow me in any way shape or form. The flavors seemed mellowed and slighly muddled together and the aroma was less than impressive. For the cost I would seek something else.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Grant35
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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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