Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel) | BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel)
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4.28/5
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38 Ratings
Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel)
BEER INFO

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

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 John_M on 10-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
38
pDev:
7.71%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

'11 vintage, released in 2012. This is listed as "extra bubbles," which means it's lightly carbonated rather than flat.

This smells funky and dusty, with lots of fruitiness, with a dry and vinous aroma.

The little bit of carbonation does help this one, as the fruit and funk come to the forefront. It's mildly sour, lots of oak, and a nice malt backbone.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly low level of carbonation. It's definitely a slow sipper.

This is yet another fun variant here- it's not the best I've had, but it's good like most of the rest.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crosenkrantz
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Its is almost a wine rather than a beer. A very different product from the original SBC.
It has a lighter body thant the SBC (which I miss), and has some secondary flavors that reminds me to some dry sherry or "palocortado" (wich I don't like). Eve though, it is amazing.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy copper color. Fluffy, white foaminess grows after the pour. The head deflates over a dozen seconds or so. Not much lace, if any.

S-Ithas all the Bon Chien complexity I am accustomed to but they seem more muted here. Musty and funky with some tart cherry aromas. It's time in the white wine barrels has leant scents of oak and old Sauterne wine.

T-I am picking up some of that acidic white wine flavor, I also get some sweet white desert wine flavor as well. Oakiness and a semi-tart fruitiness. An overall funkified flavor with some cherry tart that is Oud Bruin-esque. Lots to pick out here.

M-Medium bodied with a subtle carbonation. Tannic feel. Booze hidden exceptionally well.

O-These are some pricey bottles so it's definitely a treat to sip some Bon Chien and/or it's variants. I like the original more than this (reviewed original in late 2012, which was the '11 vintage) but this was, of course still quite a remarkable beer.

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Photo of speak72
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AlexFields
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of random846
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of johnsonni
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of macher0
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ystazi
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of anhigdon
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of impending
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A

375ml into a tulip. Opens with a tiny hiss, pours a dead dull drab walnut. No lacing. Only in the world of BFM would anyone consider this as something "with extra bubbles". Pour from a height of two feet if you want to encourage froth.

The aroma is not particularly intense. Sour dark cherries, white grape skin, generous medieval
funk.

The taste is vastly more expressive than the scent. More tart than sour. Strong vineous qualities, exceedingly dry. The wine barrel's contribution defines the flavor. The aftertaste reverberates a low sour bitterness that lingers forever. Easy to sip tiny sips repeatedly, each a full dose, lip smacking. Thin mouthfeel that seeps into the smallest crevasses as if some goes straight into the blood, passes through the mouth. Tremendous complexity. At room temp its morphs towards a swiss barleywine.
cheers
jd

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Resuin
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Golden Monkey Goblet. This bottle was brewed in 2011 and bottled in 2012.

Appearance: Pours a medium red/brown hazel color and leaves a minimal off-white head which fades quickly.

Smell: Oak, cherries, some tartness and acidity, and perhaps some grape-like scents. Definitely pleasant, and quite moderate.

Taste: The tartness shows a lot more in the taste than the smell. Definitely lots of tart cherry in this one. It picked up a good amount of oak from the barrels as well. It ends with a wine-like
finish which it must have picked up from its time in the white wine barrels. The alcohol is spectacularly hidden, I would've pegged this one at about 7%. Very tasty.

Mouth-feel: Feels quite carbonated - sticks a little on its way down. Not unpleasant, just interesting.

Overall: This is a quality brew. It definitely has some sour to it but is very well balanced and the alcohol is extremely hidden. I honestly don't think this one needs any more age - it is at its best now. Delicious.

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 38 ratings