BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2004)

Formerly brewed at BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Saignelégier, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

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CheesedMan (572) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Courtesy Bu11seye. Color is a deep mahogony brown with a delicate and dainty head. Aroma is perhaps the most complex to date. Aromas of dark fruits (notably cherries and black plums), chocolate, the vinous quality is intoxicating. I could smell this non stop. Flavor is as complex as you will ever encounter. I cannot fathom what is going on. The sour blast is wonderfull delicous. Ammazing.

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle 750ml x 2
Appearance :Deep murky brown ale with well crafted fine (velvety) top. Neat hue shown.4-
Nose :Vinous, hint of quality white vine, plum sauce. Yeasty-alcoholic top . Late sour cherry pop trough. As it warms up further hints of roasted mocha chocolate. Wow. Very complex.
Flavour/Palate :Following direction given by superb aroma. Its gentle sour character goes well with smooth aged alcohol profile. Cherry flavored chewy texture. Plum with oak chips with grappa side. Potency balanced in God mode. One of best ales I had so far in my hunting days. This one is truly “Must Have!”

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien
Date: 08/03/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2004

opaque dark brown, whispy head, creamy body, big tart cherry aroma, big body, sweet malt flavor, nice dark cherry character,
-------- /> Name: Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien
Date: 06/21/2007
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2004
Words: Tasting Pre-RBSG


Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

fiulijn (21511) - 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.

BBB63 (6567) - 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.

Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, 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.

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.

Ughsmash (7502) - 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!!!

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.

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.

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