3 French Hens - The Bruery
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4/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - Pours a 75% opaque very dark brown color with mahogany accents when held to the light. The light that does get thru reveals this to be a pretty clear body. Three fingers of khacki tan head, very dense and tight bubbled with good staying power, rises agressively above the beer. Falls slowly and surprisingly with fairly little lacing left behind.
S - Spicy and fruity up front - no shortage of Belgian yeast character here. Oranges and cloves mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, maybe some molasses, caramel. Light citrusy hoppy aroma and some roasted and toasted malts at the base.
T - Very Christmasy to go along with the aromas. Flavors follow the aroma nicely - fruits - oranges, currents, prunes and spices - cinnamon, nutmeg are in abundance. Sugary sweetness - candy, caramized and brown sugars throughout. Light to medium booziness with alcohol warmth easily noticed. Mild astringency in the background and on the swallow. Roasted malts underneath that continue into the finish where they are most noticeable. Hop bitterness also makes the most impact after the swallow with a good crisp bitterness that just continues to linger.
M - Medium bodied - maybe a touch on the light side which is a bit surprising, although it seems fairly well attenuated with the lingering sweetness more as a result of the spices than anything else. A bit warm and boozy - really mostly get the alcohol feel after the swallow when breathing and a mild tingle on the lips.
O - This is a pretty good winter beer. I'm drinking this a bit out of season, but it still pretty much hits the spot. Not an easy drinker, not a sipper - just somewhere in the middle asking for good sized gulps along the way. Pretty good accompanyment to food too. Glad I have a couple left in the cellar - one for the big vertical years from now, and a couple for sampling along the way.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2011 23:46:00 | More by portia99
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