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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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel)Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Vin Blanc Barrel)

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:
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Added by John_M on 10-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by macher0:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Y'know, I might not mind the major fluctuations in taste in these BFM beers if they didn't cost so damn much (and also make themselves so unique and interesting to me...). Oh well, gonna try 'em anyway... This one pours a mostly clear sunrise ruby topped by a half-finger of dirty cream suds. The nose comprises mild red wine, wet oak, light musty greens, very light cranberry, and a vague spiciness that I can't quite put into words (though it has something of a pepper/cilantro/parsley vibe to it at times). The taste takes a sterner look at the wine, adding in a strong sourness to it, particularly throughout the finish. Behind the sour, slightly tomato-y wine character (there's a sense of Blood Mary in there on occasion) lies a bit of cilantro, a hint of light oak, and the lightest breeze of wheat that could possibly nudge a windsock for a moment. The body is a lithe medium, with a light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an interesting beer that leaves me with a divided opinion: I do enjoy the sourness and whatnot, but the whole Bloody Mary-like character puts me off a bit too much for me to call this stuff great by any measure. As of this moment, the normal AdBC is my heavy preference.

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

Sampled the other day at Max's.

The beer pours the prototypical bon chien color of reddish amber, with brown overtones. The bottle notes that this beer was made with extra carbonation (bubbles), but if so, it's certainly not greatly over carbonated. The color of this beer is quite lovely, but as always, there is not much head retention or lacing in this beer. The nose is all bon chien, showcasing considerable wine, sour, vanilla and grape aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose very closely, with something of tannic, slightly bitter finish. This beer is quite vinuous, and the fruit flavor and vanilla blend well with the sour component. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, sour, wine infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and again, is typical of bon chien.

Excellent beer as always.... just wish the price wasn't getting so high for these grand cru beers from BFM.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Every so often, a visit to the beer glass comes as close to changing my life as a beer can. Ok, it doesn't cure cancer or solve world peace but as soon as the nose eclipses the rim of the glass, all my worries flee from my mind and my heart. This is one amazing beer!

Rusty mauve in color, the beer carries a tawny hazy appearance with chestnut and garnet hues as well. Slight foam releases from the beer below and slowly forms a mesh of white across the beer's surface and seems to prefer a wine-like appearance as to beer. With no real lacing to mention, remote specs form on the glass before floating into the beer fairly soon after.

As the nose hovers over the glass, immediate mouth whetting and sweat braking reflexes ensue because of the savory tartness of citric and acidic fruits, savory dark dried fruits, and well aged ciders and oaked vinegar. Blackberry, blueberry, red grape, white grape, crabapples all play into the super fruity realms while musty notes of saddle leather, balsamic, sweet tobacco, and sea brine keep the waves of aromas coming.

Acidic fruit flavors of crab apples, white grapes, cider, vinegar, cherries, and limes dissolve into the taste buds for a hapless saturation of taste. The sheer intensity of flavor is too much to thoroughly explore, yet is so inviting as the session lasts mere minutes as well. Richer support of dark dehydrated fruits of sultans, prunes, figs, and dates all provide supple richness and complex oxidized balsamic notes that satisfies the "meaty" components of savory needs. Somewhat salty, briny, and earthen oak, almonds, vanilla, and pepper, the beer continues to offer varying degress of taste with each and every sip.

Its complex elegance is met with a medium-light body that's more suited for full bodied red wines than of beer. Once the acidity pierces the soft tissues of the mouth, a soothing candied malt texture apologizes and then delivers the more savory textures of oxidized sherry fruitiness. Though pleasantly sour and not-so-shyly astringent, the wood spices hides well the beer's strength and keeps the taste of super glue alcohol from burning out of control.

Salty, savory, sour, and rich- the beer simply does all that sour ales are expected to do. It's sour intensity favors that of well blended gueuze while the savory notes speak to pleasantly oxidized Flanders red ales.

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2012 bottle

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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