2013 BFM | Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes, "Limited Edition" Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien

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Press and Tasting Notes

[96 pts Beer Advocate] From Swiss mountain spring water, this is a vintage, limited edition, unfiltered, unpasteurized ale brewed by Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes. Aged in wood barrels - rare for a beer - this ale is a blend of bourbon, rum, grappa, Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot casks. Beautifully integrated and despite the many cas ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured August 22, 2014

THE REVIEW

This is our first featured craft beer and it is worth every penny! It is a vintage Swiss Ale aged in a variety of used wood casks (whiskey, Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgundy, rum, Merlot and grappa) that is released only once a year and then it's gone. Beautifully blended, Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a delicate harmony of the wood's former contents with no one cask flavor overpowering the other.
    That said, this particular Limited Edition vintage of Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, while an amazing kaleidoscope of flavors, does have an exotic bourbon-like accent upon finish that reminds us of some Pappy Van Winkle bourbon flavors.
    Double fermented before bottling, this ale is unfiltered and unpasteurized to add complexity and a creamy body. To best experience this ale, we suggest enjoying this near perfect beer in a wine glass rather than a pilsner or shallow glass.
    From Swiss mountain spring water, this limited edition ale boasts classic malt flavors with hints of bourbon, sweet-tart cherry, spice, root beer, red wine, and tobacco. Dark in color, this is not a "heavy" ale nor is there a rich yeast component. Rather, it is a smooth, nuanced malt that begs to be paired with roasted duck, duck fried rice, and even foie gras déglacéed with an aged balsamic vinegar. Burgers and ribs will do just fine too, but this beer can stand up to a more refined meal if you choose. Enjoy before, during and after a meal, you can even enjoy it with high cocoa content foods such as bitter dark chocolate. Only 1,000 bottles imported - so enjoy it while it lasts!Read More »