Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) | BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)
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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)

Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DefenCorps on 01-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of psumjl269
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MichaelLamb
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Dwkasper
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of billyshears
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JohnQBeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Nuggethops
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Yabev15
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly murky brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, wine, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and pretty interesting.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of woosterbill
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnum #70 split 8 or 9 ways at Cask Republic in New Haven. Big shout-out to JAHMUR for organizing this.

A: Hazy deep orange body with just a thin whisp of short-lived tan foam. Pretty still, but acceptable for what it is.

S: Harshly acidic, with nothing but raw sourness apparent at first. An interesting mixture of lactic, citric, and acetic tartness, this nose just piles sourness on top of sourness. Vanilla and bourbon are noticeable, but distant. This just smells sour, and I'm a fan.

T: Sweet vanilla and cherry, some malt, and lots of fruity sourness. Red wine vinegar, sour pineapple, sour cherry, butterscotch, and lemon/lime. Some booze on the finish, but not too much. Tasty, but not mind-blowing - a bit too acetic.

M: Slick, smooth full body with no carbonation whatsoever. Feels like a thick spirit, which is kinda cool.

O: I'm really glad I got a chance to try this enormous bottle of enormous beer, but I certainly wouldn't pay the bar price for it again - each ~7oz share of the magnum came out to $17. This was a very good beer, but by no means a phenomenal one. I won't be seeking out the other barrel versions, just since my beer budget is better directed elsewhere.


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Photo of corby112
2.94/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Magnum shared by ygtbsm. Thanks again Brad! Sampled alongside the Cabernet and Pinot Noir versions.

Similar to others in the series.  Pours an opaque dark copper color that's completely still with no head or lace.

Smokier than others with a stronger barrel presence.  Lots of toasted oak and wood with a very prominent boozy bourbon character and a subtle hint of vanilla.

Sweet with some bourbon but not as much as the aroma suggested or I had hoped for.  Still/flat with no carbonation, just vinous with subtle dry oak, vanilla and boozy heat.   This beer is all about the barrel making it one dimensional and pedestrian.  The ABV is well masked at 11% so the drinkability is good but I don't understand the high ratings here.  This was the worst of the three that we sampled and a below average bourbon barrel aged beer.  

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Photo of craytonic
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE, huge shoutout to Kkipple for sharing this monster of a bottle.

Appearance: The bottle itself is just an enormous thing of beauty. The size is breathtaking, it dominates everything else at the table. Pour is a russet-mahogany-amber that is slightly murky, a touch of lacing.

Smell: Earthy barnyard notes of wet hay, tart apples, currants, blackberries, raspberries, dark cherries, brandy and bourbon along with some rich cheese and burgundy red wine notes. Very complex.

Taste: Similar to the nose, very earthy with wet hay, tart apples, vanilla, balsamic vinegar, bourbon barrel, oak, vanilla, leather and spice

Mouthfeel: Not very carbonated but it doesn't detract, very soft

Overall: Very drinkable, a tasty beer that was fun to split. The 11% ABV sneaks up on you from the enormous bottle. Preferable to the regular Bon-Chien.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to Alex for lugging this gem over for the pre-DLD festivities. Shout out to Bryna for the cheesecake! Review from notes.

From the big honkin' magnum it pours out into a snifter fairly still... murky, with a russet tone that becomes sunrise orange at the edges of the rim. A string of pearls cling to the edges.

Mild acetic funk, earthy, wet hay, organic stable aromas.

Flavors of funky apples, vanilla, tart and fruity, almost juicy. Fruit cocktail/Hawaiian Punch impression at one point. Vanilla and a dry, woody aftertaste. The bourbon barrel is well integrated, with hints of vanilla and a spicy nuance.

Smooth and mellow, dry and puckering in the finish. A sense of mild oxidation or age, still this is quite a unique sipper. Thanks again Alex!

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

2007 Vintage. Can't remember the bottle number, but it was in the double digits somewhere. Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors.

Going to recycle some bits from previous ASBC Grand Cru reviews, as the look and feel of these beers tends to be the same. Shared at the pre-DLD tasting at Dave & Joe's place. Served in a Schlafly taster glass.

A - Looks like typical Bon-Chien. Pours mostly still with a few big bubbles that quickly dissipate. Slightly hazed orange-red cider color. Seems to be less sediment in this one.

S - Vinous fruits, light funk and lactic notes, spicy wood, vanilla, light overt bourbon flavor. Shockingly little alcohol flavor is present.

T - Spicy wood, vanilla, vinous fruits, a kiss of bourbon, light funkiness, tannic barrel character, slight oxidation and sherry notes, and a bit of lactic sourness. Nary a trace of the 11% ABV on the label - it's actually quite mellow.

M - Incredibly well-hidden booze, with only minimal heat. Medium body, red wine-like texture with some tannic dryness in the finish, and a bit of stickiness as well. Obviously there is no carbonation.

D - With no carbonation, and incredibly well-hidden booze these magnums are a hospital trip waiting to happen. I had a few pours throughout the night, but it's probably for the best that I brought it to a larger tasting. Didn't feel quite as drinkable as the Cabernet, but that might have been due to mood or context more than objective measures.

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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle.

A: Pours a hazy garnet/reddish color. A very minimal, bubbly, white head forms and recedes in a second. Almost no lace. Though the color is very appealing and inviting.
S: Heaven. This is incredible. Tart cherries up front with some vanilla sweetness. Plenty of other fruits. Grape tannins and apple skins. Some oak aromas linger. Awesome.
T: Again, just amazing. Tart cherries, white grape tannins, apples. Sweet vanilla and oak. Mouth watering.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Incredible clean and crisp. Very dry. So smooth and easy to drink. I could never get enough of this.

Not like any Bière de Garde I have had. Though that does not matter. This is one incredible beer. I am so excited to be able to try this. I can't recommend this enough. This is more than a beer, this is an experience.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 L bottle 38. 2007 Vintage. Pours sun-kissed dark orange, nearly copper, with no head or visible carbonation - still.

The aroma is sweet and of plums, grapes, and berries with lactic character. Some oak and vanilla notes are present, and the bourbon character is subtle. After the beer warmed up a bit the bourbon was more apparent, but you might not even notice it if you aren't paying attention. Tannins and earthy notes accompany pungent and musty acetic acid.

The flavor is sweet with a lactic tanginess. The dark fruits that were present in the nose are also in the flavor: berries, plums, and grapes. The bourbon is a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but it's still subtle. Some barnyard mustiness is evident and the sour and tart character are at a medium level. The alcohol is very well hidden. Left to my own devices, I might have finished the magnum myself. The low carbonation makes this incredibly drinkable.

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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