RateBeer
Home >

BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2004

 (RETIRED)
overall
99
99
style
Formerly brewed at BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Saignelégier, Switzerland

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

distribution
unknown

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An abbey-style ale aged in wooden casks for 20 months including Merlot,Merlot Cabernet,Whiskey and then Grappa. The final version is blended from the different casks to ensure balance. Only 1000 bottles were sent to the U.S.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2007
3 years old
Dark brown color; thin collar. Very nice aroma, with a good mix of vanilla from the cask and the typical yeasty sourness from BFM. Good body structure, with malt and caramel flavor, some sweetness, with the medium BFM sourness and astringency, harsh but softened by the velvety vanilla notes from the cask; maybe the alcohol is too evident. A very good and complex beer. It was worth waiting a few years.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Tosa gathering and bottle provided by Captain Cougar, many thanks: Cloudy brown hue with a small lasting head and some lace. The aroma is funky and cheesy, musty and earthy, woody, mineral, and an interesting blend of cherry, apricot, and grape fruit esters.

The taste has a heavy yeast component with a bready background. Nice addition of cherry like sourness and oxidation which works within the framework of the brew. The finish shows the barrel aging with doses of oaky wood, red wine twang and a hint of alcohol. The mouth feel is lush and sticky with a shocking dry finish. This is great world-class brew indeed. I have had small samples of the 2005 but will wait to rate from my bottle in the frig, only hope it is nearly this good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
750 ml at pre-RBSG tasting

Once again, thanks to Tom for being generous enough to crack open a bottle of something rare at a tasting. I don’t know if he has a magic fridge like 1FastSti or what but everything he brings to a tasting seems to be on the list of beers I want to sample. This one is no exception - now I need to track down a bottle of 2005 to see how it compares.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep red body is the color of the sky just as the sun is on the horizon. An offwhite thin head dances around barely covering the top of the liquid. Sourness, wheat and yeast dominate the aroma but still leave room for caramel, chocolate and cherries to sneak through. This has definitely Belgian strong ale associations.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate and vanilla play off each other on the first sip. Next comes fruitiness in the form of pears, cherries and apples. The finish is a little tart but does not dry the mouth completely. I wish it had just a little more body; this was the only major flaw I found with my sample. Otherwise it was a excellent release which straddles the line between Belgian strong ale and Flemish sour perfectly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Pre-RBSG Milwaukee: Bottle shared by Tom: Poured a cloudy reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma, a nice sourness, light fruits, wine like notes, oak, and some sweet sugary notes. Flavor, fruity, lightly sour, some nice malty sweetness to it, grapes, and some oak. Really nice brew.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle, many, many thanks to Coug! Poured a deep chocolatey-amber with very little head. Aroma picked up deep, sweet vinous notes and whiskey sugars.. some candi sugar.. heavy, complex barrel influences include vanilla and toasted oak as well.. sweet and powerfully alluring! Flavor was equally deep and intriguing.. sweet grappa vinous notes and lightly-smoked whiskey ride through the first half, with toasted oak, vanilla, and alcohol warmth rising through a minute or so after the finish.. the barrels took over, but this was lovely! Medium-bodied and very well-executed. Thank you Tom!!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Thanks Tom. Dark brown color, no head. Nose is hugely complex. Wine notes really shine through. Tastes amazing, huge complexity and sour and wine notes blended into it. Both sweet and perfectly blended.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Sampled fresh, at 15 months and at 30 months, this rating is for the more impressive, older sample. Hazy dark brown pour with glints of red. A rocky tan head is very well retained and leaves spectacular lacing. A knockout of an aroma begins with vibrant red wine notes and freshly split oak. then it just takes off into realms of complexity rarely encountered: notes of figs, dates, tart tropical fruits, grappa washed barrel, sun-blasted and withering grapes, tart yeast, plentiful grain, chocolate syrup with an excess of sugar, spices, caramelized brown sugar, rose petals and a handful of cherries. Alcohol has a vast, encompassing presence and is really the only thing that keeps this from being perfect. Different notes from different casks are evident and married so well in the final blend that nosing this becomes a touch surreal; unexpected pleasures are always the most exciting. Such elaborate, entangled nuances, both subtly aromatic and forthright at once, brilliant! The flavor is just as amazing, incorporating the aforementioned elements in an incredibly drinkable amalgamation. Alcohol fades quickly after the first sip...what’s left is just as impressive as the aroma. Vinous notes are all over the board, focusing on very tart fruits and grape notes. This is as much like and as impressive as any Flemish Sour I’ve encountered. Tartness melds with sugars and becomes very intense with each successive sip. Sweetness is moderate, bitterness is heavy at times but sedated by sticky grapeskin tastes and reckless yeastiness. Acidity present dices through the malt and sweetness and preserves some balance. The finish is lightly bitter, very sweet then dry, with awesome tartness that quickly fades and leaves drying alcohol warmth and a touch of toasty malt behind. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and really soft, but interlaced with giant spikes of tartness, keeping it lively. Medium bodied and exquisitely satisfying. I would absolutely flip out if I had another chance to sample this again. BFM is a wonderful addition to the modern brewing world.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Thanks for sharing Chuck! The beer pours to a really hazy dark brown body with a creamy tan head and spotty lacing. The aroma is fantastic. Merlot wine brings the forefront to light followed by Grappa and then the Cabernet. Grapes galore in this one. Sweet barley and yeasts balance it nicely. Initial tasting yields and an alcoholic hotness. Subsequent tastes don’t have any of that. Very winey. Notes of granola on the finish. The beer has an exciting flavor that’s well brought together. The palate is tart and nicely sour. That grapey quality dissipates rather quickly and leaves a moderately malty mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown body with a small tan head. Nice dark cyrstal and chocolate malt aroma - maple syrup smoothness. The flavor brings in favorable strong tart lemon and raspberry elements over light chocolaty graham cracker. Wraps up with bittering hops, clean alcohol and raspberry. Better than the ’05 version but still not stupendous.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Muddy reddish brown color, thin bubbly light tan head. Vinous dark sourness, cherries, oak, dark meat spices in aroma. Very nice aroma... love the wine. Taste starts a little boring, but my mouth is quickly wrapped in a dry oaky wine character. It has a hidden strong and dry alcohol character that might be coming from the grappa or whiskey. Light dry cacao too. But that vinous thing is still there which wraps it up nicely. Overall... nicely done. It seems hard to find the belgian aspect... maybe that is the spices I noticed. The wine barrel character is the biggest thing, which is yummy.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3 4  5  6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50