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3 French Hens - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

371 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 371
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 97
Gots: 373 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Three French Hens is the third in the 12 Days/Years of Christmas Series. We again drew some inspiration from the name and decided that at least a portion of this beer had to be aged in French oak barrels. What we came out with is a bold and spicy Belgian Dark Strong Ale, 25% aged in oak. This beer is designed to take the journey through time until 12 Drummers Drumming, but is a delightful holiday treat right off the shelf.

(Beer added by: claspada on 10-08-2010)
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first beer from my RS shipment. Thank you, Andy.

Pouring a dark reddish brown with the red highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and moderate lacing. The nose is interesting. I recently had an unintentionally infected St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence, and this has similar characteristics. A mixture muddled Brett funk, spices (mostly a blend of yeast and some alcohol) and that characteristic Bruery sweetness, the one that was present in Two Turtle Doves, this is oddly compelling. Mild cocoa and cream are present, and as it warms up, it grows increasingly vinous. The oak really comes out as it warms up, and in a good way, working nicely with the vinous notes While sweeter than it needs to be, this still smells good.

The palate opens with a sweet, vinous funk, with wet hay and leather, along with sugar, brown sugar, red wine and some spices. The alcohol is present mostly in conjunction with the vinous character and as a spice component. Moderately fruity, there's some plum character here. Again, the yeast is pretty spicy, and even a little muddled. Sweet in the mid-palate, almost like a brown ale in some regards, there is no hop presence here. Drying on the finish, thanks to the alcohol, this beer has a mild sweetness, a little cocoa and some wine that lingers. Medium in body with moderate, creamy carbonation, this feels quite enjoyable on the palate. No tannins are present. Ultimately, this is just too sweet and suffers from a lack of definition. That does not get in the way of enjoyment, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:43:29 | More by DefenCorps
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3 French Hens from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.