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

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Vin Jaune Barrels)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Vin Jaune Barrels)
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4.1/5
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61 Ratings
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Vin Jaune Barrels)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Vin Jaune Barrels)
BEER INFO

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

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by illidurit on 05-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
61
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
9
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of REVZEB
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer. Has the full bouquet of of berries, apples, and funky oak as the original does, but then has a sweet acidity, almost giving a cane sugar, red win booziness to the beer in the taste. The smell is yeast and flowery fruit forward in comparison. Sour yet sneaky bready, while having intermittent acidity. Not as good as the original, but a fun twist.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had both the VJ1 and VJ2 side by side. As far as I understand, this means the '08 and '09 versions of the same beer. The VJ1 was much better, so the rating will reflect VJ1.

The VJ1 pours a light and murky amber color, with a very small head, and not much lacing. It looks still. The VJ2 pours basically completely still, with a murky brown body, and no head or lacing.

The VJ1 smells like cherry juice, apple juice, raspberry jam, toasted bread oak, bready malt, and just the slightest hint of vinegar. The VJ2 smells mostly like tart and funky apple juice, with some red wine vinegar, and vinous fruity aromas.

The tastes for each of them basically mirror the aromas. In the VJ1, I get a huge fruitiness here, a veritable fruit basket of cherry/apple/raspberry- certainly a sour and funky bramble jamminess. There's lots of oak, and a big wine character from the Vin Jaune barrels. The lack of carbonation in the VJ2 kind of flattens the flavor a bit for me, as I mostly get vinegar, apple cider and apple juice, oak, and red wine here.

The VJ1 has a nice creamy and full body to it, while the VJ2 is thin, but silky and basically uncarbonated. The VJ1 is easily way more drinkable to my palate.

The VJ1 held up incredibly well for a basically decade-old beer. The VJ2 didn't really, but both were really fun to try.

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Photo of peensteen
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red colour, no lace and no head. Smell is fruity, big cherry and berry notes, a bit jammy, funky and oak , quite vinous, very nicely layered, complex and interesting. Taste starts out quite vinous, oak and cherry, fruity and similar to the nose, more wine like flavours, a bit tart and lightly sour. Lightly carbonated, medium-full body. Quite nice, complex and interesting , worth a try for sure.

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Photo of beerrat
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark amber color with no head. Aroma is quite interesting, like a flanders ale mixed with lambic. Slight acetic notes and farmhouse funk. Taste starts with balsamic vinegar acidity, sour fruits like cherries and raspberries, dry, red wine. There is some barrel character but I get only the wood, no extra complexity. Medium to light bodied, medium to high carbonation. It's quite good but not very different from the standard version.

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Photo of HopBelT
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper body with a tan head of broken bubbles. Aromas of oak, black currant, wine, funk, well water, mineral. Sour and tangy with light to medium acetic character. Tasty.

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Photo of BEER88
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of valkyre65
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucoli
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light reddish color ale with a large off-white foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of sour notes with some oak and cherry notes that are really dominant. Taste is also dominated by oak with some sour cherry notes, some acidity and quite a bit of vinous notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Pretty solid sour with loads of vinous notes but maybe a tad too much acidity going on.

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Photo of ArtZan
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bb-magic
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemochas
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of detgfrsh
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a dark brown. Tracing of bubbles. Smells sour. Medium feel with a sour finish. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. Overall very good, reminds me of some Belgian sours I've had.

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Photo of Ken_P
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky light brown. Virtually no head. Smell is barrely and a little vineous. Very sour. Prune juice. Very reminiscent of Oerbier Reserva. Tasty but WAY overpriced at >$20 for a 375mL bottle.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budinetz
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby red color with no lacing at all. Beautiful color present.

Smells of sour cherry, lactobacillus, hibiscus. This is unreal!

Tastes of bing cherries, hibiscus, lactobacillus, sour deliciousness

Feels like sour cherry soda. The best fucking sour cherry soda you've ever had. Great puckering, great smoothness.yeasssssssssss

Overall it's an insane beer. So fucking sour and so fucking sweet back to back. I've never had anything so sour and delicious before!


Cheers,
Wade

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Photo of siege06nd
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DRBiser
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Vin Jaune Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 61 ratings