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

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-ChienAbbaye De Saint Bon-Chien

Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ggaughan on 06-07-2006

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Reviews: 300 | Ratings: 1,105
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 Tonyjenlasc
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Copper'ish/red type color
Smell - cherries, grape skin, oak, red wine
Taste - Prunes, cherries, tons of oak, sour grape candy, sweet vinegar

Overall - On tap @ Blue Monkey in NJ. A very enjoyable sour. Crushable @ 11%!!!

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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 Batch

Cloudy copper pour with a two finger off-white yellowish soapy head. Good lacing.

Tart red grape aroma, inoculated oak, fruity, fruit tingles, alcohol, grape skin, slight red wine/balsamic vinegar, balanced and awesome.

Saison cross Flanders Oud Bruin. Grape skin tannin. No alcohol. Cherry, funky balsamic, lightly sweet red wine (very wine-like), floral, earthy wood-pulp funk. Balanced sourness.

Light carbonation. Medium-light bodied. Fairly dry.

Definitely worth picking up if you see it, super interesting (and with almost no sign of the 11% ABV) and a brew I'd imagine would change greatly with age.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Lyon bière festival. More of oud bruin than a bière de garde. Tart, oak, fruit, wine in the smell. Sour in the taste but not that much. Very balanced, between the grain and fruity hops. Fine carbonation.
Great stuff, live up to the hype

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Andy last night, thanks man. '11 vintage, blend 1.

This one pours a fairly still looking darkish red, with a tiny head and no lacing.

Smells like sour dank cherry, red wine, red wine vinegar, oak, and woodsy funk.

This is a really unique sour. The taste reminds me more of a Flanders red than a Biere De Garde, but it's not a big deal. Cherry and sweet-ish vinegar are the dominant flavors, with some damp and woodsy funk, red wine, and oak. The oak is not as strong in the taste as it is in the aroma.

This is lighter bodied, with a very low but still present level of carbonation. The 11% is not noticeable at all.

One of the classic Belgian wild ales, glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Answer Brewpub in Richmond, VA on 3/29/16.

Golden-orange-red in color, minimal head and lacing, smells like grappa. Flavor is all complicated like: grape must, wine barrel, wood funk, sweet tart and vinous. Mouthfeel is hella smooth. Goes down easy for being an imposing 11%. A damn fine sour beer. Will actively seek to taste it again.

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Photo of MarieWL
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfection, was so very happy to pick up a 75 cl bottle in Basel, as this is something you'd like to bring home and share with other "sour enthusiasts"

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

This is it. So far, the 2014 Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is the closest thing to a perfectly balanced sour I've had. There's no 'candy' sour, just a full bodied bacterial oak aged sour. I find myself drinking it more like a wine than a beer. Excellent deep grape nose, full body, and tart finish. Thank you, Brasserie.

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Photo of barczar
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

Aroma is heavily tart cherry, with white balsamic notes adding acetic character, and some heavily floral notes.

Flavor is far more complex, with sour cherry and tart vinous underpinnings contrasting earthy leather notes and a muted caramel sweetness. Can't believe the abv is so high.

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

Draft pour at Moeder Lambic Fontainas (Brussels, Belgium)

Tons of oak, funk, plum, pear (shout out to all the pear!), dried dates, toffee, and vinous tannin characters. Definitely a touch of sweetness is present, with little holes of tartness peeking through here and there.

Lots of wine character initially on the tongue, heavily accentuated by oak and and acetic sourness. The sour quality is almost balsamic, but doesn't linger for too long, and allows for more of the subdued fruit mentioned above to make their mark as well. There is a negligible amount of caramel-like sweetness underneath the sour and the fruit.

Medium-light body with mild carbonation, oaky dry finish. I'm not by any means well-versed in Bière de Gardes, but this is a well-balanced beer you can jump right into without much previous experience in the style.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly delicious blend of dark fruits and candied sugars; sour and vinegar. Fruits flavors of cherry, raspberry and grape mix with the darker fruits of raisin and plum. Balsamic character mixes with an incredibly smooth tanginess. At 11% this drinks so incredibly smooth and delicious.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at HopCat Detroit.

Well, wow. Delicious. Great presence of booze underlying the sour/vinegar-like flavors throughout. Nice bit of barrel as well. Nice and funky. Lots of depth of flavor. Some dark fruit and oak. Delicious stuff. Yes, it was $8 for about 6oz, but... worth it. Wish I had more of it.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.77/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours an amber red, a little champagne fizziness but settles quickly. Aroma carries lots of lactic s
funk and phenol along with some tart apple cider / pear. I was disappointed with the lack of complexity that the taste profile offer. You could line it up to a dozen other sour / tart beers and would struggle to tell this apart. The base is a very banal lactic sour taste, with some sweet malt peeking in here and there. If you strain you can maybe find some sour apple as well, but that might be stretching it a bit. It isn't enamel-stripping lactic, but it really does overwhelm the taste and makes it a fairly one-note beer. Doesn't finish too harshly, but the lactic sour is really all it leaves behind.

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

750 ml bomber, poured into a tulip glass at room temperature. Per label, brewed in 2013.

Note: This particular bottle erupted in a volcano of pale tan foam the moment the cap was cracked, which did not subside until some of the beer was poured into the glass. The foam eruption somewhat clogged the neck of the bottle, so what had been intended to be a careful pour turned into a pour that most assuredly swirled up whatever sediment the beer may have had. I'll also revisit this review at some point, with a bottle that does not gush.

Appearance: Pours an impenetrably hazy scorched-caramel brown, almost like light milk chocolate with just a tinge of redness. Forms absolutely no head, and subsequently, absolutely no lacing.

Smell: Oak wood permeates the aroma, which is redolent with a fruited bouquet. Must and mildew suffuse the various fruits, which are a blend of plum, pear, white grape, currant, date, melon, and orange. There is a vague suggestion of caramel present, underneath all the fruits, and an ever so slight tinge of a wine vinegar.

Taste: Warm vinegar opens the flavor profile, rolling over and through a delightful mix of light and dark fruits, which in turn twine about a sweet caramel base. Plum and grape are quite prominent, but allow pear, melon, date, and tart orange to have a little stage time as supporting cast members. That stage has curtains of oak, which hang off to the sides and fringes, gently framing the entire scene. At the swallow, there is a sudden spike of sharply tart citrus and dry white wine, which then fades into a blanket of vinegar, caramel, oak, and fruit lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation in a light-bodied, silky-smooth beer.

Overall: I'd almost classify this as a fantastic beer even for a Flanders Red, given the vinegar presence. It's quite good - I feel no remorse for the sticker price at all, and shall repeat.

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Photo of TJSoundguy
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some funk, with fruity/sour deliciousness. Pretty deep, right from the nose onward.
Had it on tap at the Brickwall in Asbury Park, NJ.
Really liked it!

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Photo of lochraneg
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: sour, yeast, pungent tones, oak
L: light brown pour, minimal white head that dissipates quickly
F: thin, but a slight reminisce on the tongue
T: sour yeast notes, definite oak taste
O: great beer, but really expensive, $20 in VA

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Photo of oldn00b
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper. Fizzy and not really any head.

Nose is of bright ripe fruit, cherries, currants, and rasin.

Flavor is fantastic and feel compliments it perfectly. This has a near perfect balance of fruit, funk, and sour - delicious.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick amber color with a good white head. The smell is nose is biere de garde, through and the through with some earthy funk. The taste is quite enjoyable with a good blend of funk, juicy and a hint of sour. The finish and feel are slightly acidic and harsh, but not unbearably bad. Overall a very good beer

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Photo of JackieKu
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. Poured into tulip.

A: Hazy cropper. No foam.
S: Plum, tart, and slightly balsamic. Slightly toasted.
T: Raspberry. Slightly balsamic. Medium sourness. Low bitterness. Dry (though there is a touch of sweetness).
M: Full bodied. Low carbonation.
O: Overall it's quite impressive, even I was misunderstanding it's a stout until I poured it into the glass. The aroma is so complex yet elegant. And the flavor is strong, complex, and balanced. Might be the best sour beer I ever have.

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

Enjoyed form the 750 ml bottle in a snifter---a birthday brew a week late.
Pours a rustic deep mahogany with a light head of off white foam that quickly settles to a thin ring, thin pooling layer, and spotty lacing. Nose is complex with brown sugars, raisins, yeasty funky goodness, leather, and a white wine cask note. Flavors exceed the nose with light brown sugars and grapes dancing about an oaked note with vanilla and yeasty funk. A heavy dose of oaked zinfandel comes through on the back with a strong dryness that lingers long with medium sour tartness. Little carbonation makes for a coating and dry ale. Very Flemish, but solid for the style and one of the best ones I have tried. Alcohol is not noticeable at all except a it goes down in the back of the throat.

A great example of the style.


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Photo of SABERG
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at Foundry in Northampton MA.
A - Deep mahogany, red, clay, fine thin layer of off white cap. Carbonation was surprisingly strong.
S - Burgundy, tobacco, toffee, Autumn,
T - Interesting base, added wine characteristics, push this to the dessert level.
F - Thick in body, carbonation cleans up the pieces.
O - Wonderful offering that has hide the 11% while keeping the palate rocking.

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky reddish-brown appearance, seems fairly clear. Essentially no head, just some light, quickly disappearing bubbles, but that's not a surprise for the style. Rating somewhat in the middle: looks fine for the style, but ultimately does not look appealing.

Big, complex sour nose: huge whiff of oak right off the bat, followed by big sour notes, vinous fruit, slight must, caramel grains, tannins, light toast, a bit of barnyard funk, and a touch of sweetness that is difficult to place. Sour, tart, funky, sweet - everything blends together quite well on the nose.

Flavor follows, at first light and delicate on the palate, but quickly building to a sour peak, followed by fruits, that followed by a cloying sweetness, and finished with fresh plums and berries. Softer oak - vanilla and tannins - lingers throughout. Very little vinegar to the sourness, although there is a touch of it, marking this as a cousin to a Flanders red ale.

I often review beer flavors in halves or thirds (not unlike a cigar review). This brew seems to have four distinct flavor phases, waves that come over discretely, followed by the finish. They follow one another closely, the result of which is that there is a lot going on seemingly at once; while your mind and palate are grappling with the flavors they just experienced, newer ones are already coming in and asserting themselves.

Very active and slightly puckering on the palate; cloying, long finish. A bit watery on the front end.

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

An absolute pleasure to drink, a true master piece.

I'm always torn on some of these sours. Brown and somewhat dirty water looking. Light carbonation, but i've seen similar foam in mudd too. That said, I really like the look. Perhaps because I've had so many great beers with this yeasty acidic body, with less than stellar colors and clarity. I'll score it well (in large part because looks should NEVER be a negative unless something is wrong with the beer).

The beer gives off sour esters, apples, apple cider, grapes, some vinegar, and a lot of tart sour fruit notes. Really nice.

The taste is more of the same. Sour apples, apple cider, some grapes, a bit of vinegar, and a lot of just wonderful sour notes. Almost forgotten are the yeast and malt which are hidden by the intense sour notes, but at the same time they are clearly keeping the beer in line and complementing the experience, truly perfectly.

This is just wonderful beer and worth every bit of the 20+ you'll likely pay.

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

My face doesn't know what to do while drinking this beer. It is sour, sweet, and savory. Umami, I don't want the taste to end and luckily it doesn't end quickly. Fantastic!

It is a murky red color, just light enough to see the delicious bits floating around. A terrific sour cherry flavor coats the tongue combined with a tingle of the bubbles is a fantastic experience. It has an ever so slightly oak caramel after taste hitting all the taste receptors.

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Photo of Burg
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be one of my top five beers. I'm a big fan of sours and this is one of the most balance tart beers I have had. Easy pour with a nice reddish color, hazy. Great aroma that is indicative of it's tart and malty flavors. Complex flavors from green apple to tobacco. Sturdy smooth mouth feel. This beer has it all.

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,105 ratings.
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