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

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Switzerland
brasseriebfm.ch

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnQVegas on 05-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.19%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
6
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of BEER88
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CptBlackBeerd
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes dated 7/31/09. TR3 Version.

A very murky honeymooned body yields very little carbonation even with a strong pour. The skim of head that does develop is off-white in tone. Nose is of lemon peel, raspberry, wet stone and some dark fruit malts. With first sip the red wine tones are beautifully dominate on the palate. However, make no mistake this is great and unique beer. Fruit laced tannins really rock the taste buds with a dry berry finish. Only draw back may be that this beer could just a little more time in the cellar to develop its tartness which is already very nice. Mouthfeel is delightful and calls for the next sip. This beer is frighteningly drinkable for 11% alcohol. I wish the bottle was bigger, but if it were it would have beer a $35 beer. Bon-Chien in all its varieties really just hits the spot for me.

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Photo of Shawner
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rmm123
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got a mustard smell to start... In a nice kind of way .... A little sour, earthy ... Delicious

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Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, thanks Matt. A long time want right here. These beers are all great. Really pleased to try this one side by side with the 2006 "regular" version. So much fun.

Beer is reddish with a haze and basically still, no carbonation, no real head, no lacing, no retention.

Aroma is nice, oaky, vinous, tart, tannic but not overly so.

Beer is sour / tart, nice body, I'm always amazed how well these beers hide the alcohol. Medium to light in body, sweet with a mildly dry finish, tart in the corners on the back, tannic, succinic, lactic, no hint of acetic but the beer remains bright. A really great beer and I'd have it again. I might try to get them all now...these variants could be quite interesting.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TR3. Poured into a big wine glass at a moderately cool temperature. Deep, hazy red-brown. A mere smidgen of froth rings the glass and soon disappears. Some bubbles rise lazily to the surface, looks fairly lightly carbonated.

Smells like tart red wine along the lines of fresh red currant and cranberry, old wine barrel, damp cave, rocky riverbank, hint of vanilla. Cohesive blend of fresh and dank/musty notes, complex and alluring.

Very pleasant fruity red wine flavor, moderately sour with a slight touch of fruity sweetness, well balanced, refreshing and extremely drinkable. Old barrel and mineral notes, good complexity. I can't help wishing for a bit more acidity at first, but halfway into the glass the thought doesn't even cross my mind, it drinks perfectly as it is, with a nice easygoing tartness making it extremely refreshing and enjoyable. Long finish, old barrel and minerals, becoming completely dry and a touch bitter so I want to drink more.

This is a very nice beer, if it came in six packs I would always keep one in the fridge.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. TR 5, brewed in May 2008, bottled in January 2009.

3.5 A: Murky amber plum color. No head formed. I never know what score to give appearance when the beer is intentionally flat.

4.5 S: This smells amazing. It's at least as good as any other variant I've had. Strong, rich and vinous red grape. Big hit of mixed berries followed by plum, apple, and plenty of cherry. Tangy lactic fruitiness behind that. Caramel, light toffee, and a big hit of oak with vanilla underneath. This is extremely smooth with all the aromas integrating very well.

4.0 T: The taste is also super complex and powerful, but it has a couple issues. Like some of the other variants, this has a very noticeable tannic astringency. It's not so bad that it dominates the taste, but it does distract from the better flavors. Big tangy lactic acid twang. Again, very vinous with red grape, berries, cherries, plum, apple, and lime. Caramel, toffe, tobacco, and raisin. Again big oak and mild vanilla. The booze is well hidden.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. This one does have a bit of carbonation in it, but it's just barely noticeable. Except for the tannins, this is fairly smooth and somewhat crisp.

4.0 D: Another quality variant. While this one has some issues, it's still mighty tasty and definitely worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Trousseau Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
4.22 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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