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

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Brewed by:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spicy edition super blend from FOUR barrels. Matured in rare Swiss white and red wine barriques.
Brewed in 2011-2012.
Bottled in 2013.

Added by GONZALOYANNA on 03-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by spoony:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (tag says brewed in 2012, bottled in 2013) into a tulip.

A-The brew has no real head. Instead, there is a patchy cap of soapy, white foam that devolves to a collar quickly. The beer is clear and an interesting reddish-brown in color. No carbonation is visible.

S-The smell is tart, very vinous, and massively oaky. The dry flavors have more oak and wine-like tannin scents than perhaps any other beer I have ever smelled (or tasted). There is a fair dose of spicy alcohol, as well as some peach, and a bit of funk.

T-The taste is also massively oaked and tannic, but it works. There is a moderate tartness with white wine vinegar, green apple, and white grape flavors. Booze is noticeable, but well-integrated and slightly spicy. This is the closest thing I have tasted to "beer-as-wine" in my life.

M-The feel is light to medium body with a light, chunky carbonation. Reminds me of a light-bodied oud bruin.

O-This brew is one of the most vinous, oaky beers I have tasted. The drying oak coats my palate and pulls from start to finish. It mostly works, and the spicy notes from the alcohol are really pleasant, but to max out with the best sour beers, this brew could use a bit more fruit to add complexity and intrigue. If this beer weren't so damn expensive, I would definitely consider seeking out a few more to age.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first SBC Grand Cru. It is a different from the original SBC, for sure, but at the same time very similar. I think the aging has here a smaller impact than in other grands crues.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of oak and tart cherry notes with some very nice vinous notes. Taste is also dominated by oak notes with tart cherry notes with some vinous notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and surprisingly no apparent alcohol. Very complex notes with great drinkability but not sure I can really detect the different barrels.

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Photo of Atomicskis5
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap. ½ pt glass. Enjoyed on mar´13.Reddish amber. Foggy appearance. Off-white froth creates a close crown. Pretty good retention & spots on sides. Aroma profile shows leather, Brett, fruits, wood & mild toasted malts. Flavors as expected from aromas: sour/acidic, citric flavors are rounded by notes of fresh wood. Light to medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily texture turns slight watery in the middle while lingers into the long finish. Extreme flavors but amazingly well balanced. A great one!!

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Photo of NateF90
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lillitnn92
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Mattyb79
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of sweemzander
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass
(A)- Pours a ruby red color. Some minimal froth that dissipated quickly
(S)- Some rich velvety oak meets a tannic yet tart acidity. Hints at some cherry-like fruits
(T)- A nice acidic profile up front that flows into some sharp oak. Subtle reddish fruits combined with the faintest hints of licorice and vanilla
(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Sharp oak and acidity but balanced well with some sweetness and mild bitterness
(O)- A wonderfully complex beer with everything I look forward to experiencing in a bottle of beer.

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Photo of DustinSWB
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -6.3%

On draft, pours a nice light brown, hints of red, thin carbonation, very still sitting in the glass.

The smell is tart, acidic, blackberry and raspberry with some good funk. The oak is very present, lots of wood, vanilla, some dark fruit. The flavor is tart, but not puckering. Lots of berry, vanilla, grapefruit and orange citrus, a little lactose and sweetness that helps balance it out. Finish is smooth, easy drinking, doesn't leave that acrid feeling in your mouth. This is really good, but not sure I could down a full bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thesoundandthefury
3.27/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a slamming brett bomb.  Poured from a tap, this copper hued beer holds some serious brett.  Leather, tobacco, horseblanket, sweaty gym socks…you name it, the heavy heavy Brett is here. There is tartness, but brett still dominates. I like brettanomyces, but dang, this is way overboard.  The smokey heavy brett flavors dominate throughout. Light oak toast intermingles with the flavors as well.  10 bucks for a 7 ounce pour, I really can’t say the value is here.  Not sure if this was the intended flavor but its pure brett through and through. For the money, I’ll avoid this and pick up any number of other sours.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of guityler83
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep mahogany red color with a moderately hazy appearance. The small off white head fell fast but a lingering layer of larger bubbles layed on top of the beer. When swirled the carbonation kicked up some lacing and it streaked down the edge of the teku.

S: Very nice balance between the malty sweet and the sour aroma. Dark cherries and pomegranates with a slight musty grape character. A mellow rustic sourness with only a slight vinegar tint. A moderate level of oak character rounds everything out and makes for a very nice nose on this beer.

T: A nice strong tartness, very firm and assertive. An overall impression of tart cherries with some bread crust cowering in the background. There is some sweetness coming through in the finish along with a tiny bit of funky barnyard character and oaky flavor, but most of the flavor is all about the sourness.

M: A dry finish with carbonation on the low end of the scale. The tartness gets the full mouth in the game providing a nice puckering sensation as it is slowly sipped. Some alcohol warming, but that also might be the sourness I'm getting as it goes down.

O: This is a phenomenal beer. Huge sourness with a nice balance of sweetness, oak and cherry pie and crust. Since I made a Flemish Red yesterday I pitched the dregs from this bottle in – hopefully I get some of those magic bugs working in my favor.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru Rosé from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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