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

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels)
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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum 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:
Strong Sour Ale Double Wooded in Rum Barrels

Added by aasher on 06-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2011 vintage.

This one pours a still and murky brown color, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells super strongly of old funky rum, with vinegar, acidity, brown sugar, spice, and sweet malt.

This is definitely one of my least favorite entries in this series, as it's just acidic, vinegar-heavy, and harsh on the palate. The lack of carbonation dulls the good flavors here- the rum adds a nice spiciness and the malt character is great. However, the acidic, pruney, and vinegary aspects of the flavor just dominates here.

This is basically completely flat, with a lifeless mouthfeel to it. It's definitely a slow and tough sipper.

This has been the only one in this series that I've truly not liked.

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Photo of retry4z
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A barrel-aged funky Barleywine from Switzerland? Yes, please!

Pours black cherry-beige, somewhat cloudy. A bit more ruby-colored than a typical Barleywine.

On the nose, notes of cherry, nuts, lime, vinegar, berries, vineal qualities. Taste is much the same with a "punch" of funk. Oak shows through. Exceptional.

On tap at Moeder Lambic.

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Photo of Kerrrie
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of micropale
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kyle for sharing.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a haze rusty hue with next to no head, in fact, looks still.

S - Aromas of apple skins, super faint malts, no alcohol, hardly any rum at all.

T - Taste is apple skins, faint sweet malts, no rum, light sourness, no alcohol. Rather one dimensional.

M - Mouthfeel is no carbonation, flat, slick. Not much booze.

O - Overall this beer was alright. Not nearly as complex as I'm used to from these guys. Nice light tartness. No rum though.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From cellar, brewed in 2010, bottled in 2011. L: Pours hazy brown with very little carbonation and a thin tan film on top. Looks like a glass of unfiltered prune juice.
S: Tart, winey nose with ripe to over ripe fruit, citrus, and vanilla. Not much rum.
T: This is a very tart yeast driven beer featuring more fruit and wine notes with a faint malt presence with brown sugar in the background. Has some sherry to port qualities with less alcohol. The oak and rum become especially apparent in the finish. Rum and wild flavors linger.
F: Petillant with an almost grainy, unfiltered texture, medium body.
O: Tart, refreshing beer with a complex palate and an oaky, rummy finish.

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Photo of galwayjoyce
4.82/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever had, from one of the best breweries on the planet. unbelievably complex...Makes me happy my work has a cellar program.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Budinetz
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from a 37.5 cl bottle. Into a goblet. Brewed in 2010 - bottled in 2011

Pours a deep ruby red color with no head and no carbonation present. No lacing is present throughout the experience.

Smells of lactic acid, sweet malt, maple syrup, rum. Smells pretty bland compared to other grand cru sours that I've had.

Tastes of sweet brown sugar, Madeira, port wine with a sour beginning. Initial sip of this beer is sweet as pie, literally. It has the flavor of a pecan pie without the pecans...meaning straight rum. It has a sour middle due to the lacto and a dry finish with lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick on the tongue and has zero carbonation. Not sure if this is the achieved goal for this beer but it does not fit the characteristic of the Biere de garde style.

Overall...this beer was aged over 3 years, one
Of those years was in rum barrels. It's safe to say that aging beer in rum barrels is a bad idea. I would never attempt to do this not would I condone this in future brewing endeavors. The sour profile ends up losing it's diligence and becoming a sub profile of the beer.

I've heard that BFM does awesome things so don't let this be an end to all ends. If you enjoy sour persuebeers try some other offerings.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of jrenihan
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed 2010, bottled 2011.

No fizz at all when the cap is popped off. Uh-oh. Beer is dark amber in colour, brownish. No head whatsoever.

Nose contains oak, rum, balsamic vinegar, some dark fruit.

Taste is like the nose. Oak is very strong, and the rum is strong but not overpowering. Moderately sour, with a vinegary and vinous flavour. Alcohol is well hidden. Some fruit flavours. The rum adds sweetness, and works fairly well. A bit of a rum aftertaste.

Full bodied, no carbonation. Quite mouth-drying, and somewhat heavy.

Overall, pretty good. Much better than the reviews make it out to be, in my view.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of marqoid
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Dirty25
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Bouleboubier
2.36/5  rDev -35%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Sampled some a couple months ago from a bottle of the same collection - that was better than this, but still well short of amazing...

A: very cloudy/murky, dark amber or red-orange - no head, scant big bubbles pouring from a height - couldn't help some sediment falling in, fairly big flakes/chunks - totally looks bad/infected - not appealing at all...what is this supposed to be?

S: at first, it smells vaguely like an oud bruin or, better, an extra malty gueuze - certainly vinous (red) - little bit of a diaper scent - somehow, the alcohol doesn't poke through much at all

T: not good - no malt, just dull, vaguely estery flavors - near complete absence of depth or complexity - comes off as malt-wine blend that's just starting to turn awful - bordering on vinegar - ironically, not bad enough to spit out, but no enjoyment

M: like the taste, noticeably watery, primarily up front - a mellow honey-like (yet watery) roll in the finish - dry, but with a silky film coating the mouth - late alcohol warmth

O: maybe this could have been saved had they corked it? a lil méthode champenoise in this shit - I'll take the regular Bon-Chien any day over this

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Vintage Estate in Boardman, Ohio. After a poor experience with the Spirit Barrel version, I'm really hoping this is a serious step up. Served in a BFM goblet. Nose has a distinct rum presence. Flavor is moderately acidic with some cherry and white rum. Alcohol. Medium body.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, 2010 vintage. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy brown color with pretty much no head at all. Not much lacing, either. The brew smells like sweet and tart dark fruit, oak, vinegar and some rum. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some apple. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with very low carbonation. I think this is an OK brew, but it's nowhere near worth the price ($18.99 a bottle). Still, it was nice to try it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of fortierv
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. I love spelling rum as "rhum." Brewed in 2010, bottled in 2011. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. This will be my third of the series (vin jaune, merlot).

2.5 A: Pours a completely still murky plum color. No evidence of carbonation.

4.5 S: Smelling this after having two grape barrel versions is not as different as I imagined it would be. The major aromas in this beer come from the base beer itself and not the barrel treatments. Big tart cherry fruitiness. I'll say it again because it's that apparent. Huge tart cherry fruitiness. Somehow this has a good bit more cherry than the other variants. Sherry next followed by apple, melon, plum, and lemon meringue. Big tangy lactic acid. The rum, or rhum, is complementary and diverts the aroma enough from the other variants to justify the different treatments. Oh, and it works really well. Vanilla and oak to round things out.

4.5 T: I like this one just as much as the merlot barrel, which is saying something. The rum works extremely well in this adding a sweetness that is entirely complementary to the otherwise dry fruitiness and funk. Again, there's an insane amount of cherry which is easily on pace with what you'd find in a kriek. Some sherry with a subtle cardboard oxidation. This is probably the sour-est of what I've had so far offering a good pucker to it. Apple is probably the next strongest fruit, with plum, melon, lemon, and grape. Rotting wood and musty basement type funk. Vanilla and oak.

3.0 M: Medium body. Flat, but it works well enough.

4.0 D: As evidenced by the merlot version, carbonation improves this beer and I think this would be better with some. Still, it's exceptionally complex and quite tasty as well. This is the least tannic-y of the three I've had and probably the best balanced as well.

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Photo of Spartan213
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 48 ratings