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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:
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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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mentor

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of brown head over a very dark brown liquid. Smells a bit like a saison. Spicey zip, mild clove, nutmeg, chocolate, and some fig. The wood is very mild and comes across like the smell of sun-baked wood on a summer day.

Tastes very belgian. Cardboard oxidation. Clove and spice with strong chocolate and playful fruits (white grape and pear). Very dry finish cleans the palate and leaves a sour and herbal aftertaste. Some smoke in the dark grain. Has a worrisome aromatic in the retronasal.

Interesting contrast between the light fruits, yeast spicy, and chocolatey malts. Md-light body with modest carbonation. Drinkability is meh. In regards to aging potential, this one could become something great, though I suspect the oxidation will take over and it will be yuck.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 08:09:15 | More by mentor
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zimmerbloke

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopsbreath for this bomber. Split and poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Very close to opaque with hints of a very dark translucent reddish brown on the edges. Very slight, quickly dissipating head with large, thin bubbles.

S: Interesting... hint of spices, fruit sweetness. Smooth, slightly dry. Very unique malt composition as well, very hard for me to put a finger on what, exactly.

T: Tastes strongly of pears and brown sugar. This is extremely unique, but I enjoy it. A little bit of alcohol heat. Slightly dry in the mouth as well. Grape flavors are very slight, but pretty well balanced.

M: Feels a little bit thinner than I was expecting, but as the beer warms, it fits really well. Carbonation is very low, a little to the detriment of the beer as a whole.

D: Very nice. A slow drinking beer, but the flavor is excellent and extremely interesting; fun to drink.

Really an interesting beer. Picked up a bottle to age, I'm curious to see how this develops.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 07:37:50 | More by zimmerbloke
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steelerguy

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with caramel colored highlights. Large head that faded to nothing pretty rapidly, no real lacing.

S - Dark malts give some dark fruit smells, some spice and a touch of sour.

T - Dark malts, with a citrus tartness. Some phenols and definitely some oak from the barrel aging.

M - Seems to lack a little body for the style, this knocked the carbonation and alcohol balance out a bit.

D - A pretty good example of a Belgian Dark Strong Ale/Speciality Ale...but definitely an imitation rather than the real thing.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2010 00:10:04 | More by steelerguy
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scootny

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear garnet brown with a light tan head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing but not awful. Nice nose. Belgian sour with lots of oak. Did I mention the oak?. LOTS of oak. Underneath that is a light sweet caramel malt with a bit of wine. Some Belgian funk and yeast fruit esters. A touch of floral hops. Taste is Belgian sour light. A dark malt front that transitions quickly to the oak aged percentage of the brew. Tannic and dry with vinous and earthy facets. Coconut and a subtle dark fruit combination. A nice whole grain bread in the finish. A bit of buttered toast and a hint of vanilla. The oak from the nose gives a mild sour and woody taste. No trace of alcohol. Feel is velvety and cask like with gentle carbonation. Drinkabilty is quite good. Like a good burgundy you can session slowly. Light over the tongue. This is very French in personality. Imagine a beer trying to be a holiday wine and you are in the neighborhood. Like the others in the series it begs for food. The cheddar and crackers I had with it drove the taste, fee,l and drinkability scores up. This one will slot into any place you would have a dry red. A great gateway for those who are afraid of sours. Well named and well made. It combines the BSDA, sour ale, and and French wine artfully and I expect it to age beautifully.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 05:23:40 | More by scootny
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brown color with ruby tints and a somewhat thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly subdued smell of yeast, sugar, and spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast (though not that much), malt, sugar, a little dark fruit and mild spices. This beer has a decidedly uneven flavor. It weighs down most of the flavor in the front and leaves very little in the thin finish.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, velvety finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not a bad or undrinkable beer, but definitely uneven.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 13:05:56 | More by avalon07
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served cellar temp into a goblet.

3 French Hens is a dark ruby-tinted brown with good clarity when held to the light. The head is bone white and tight but it settles surprisingly quick and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma is sweet with dark malts and toffee notes. There is an unexpected funky fruit smell that doesn't seem entirely right but it doesn't turn me off either.

Flavor is that of a slightly sour strong dubbel. Nice toasted malts, caramel, and toffee with some dark fruits and dried fruits thrown in for good measure. A little bit of sour makes me wonder if it's the barrel aging or something worse.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, full in body, and low in carbonation. Just how I like it.

Overall a solid strong dark Belgian but unusual in some ways. Not a bad beer by any means but not what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:58:41 | More by GilGarp
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Durty Nellies.

A: appears a dark purple with some faint light passage, razor thin white collar of head, a little bit of lacing

S: big candied fruit notes up front with notes of grapes and cherries as well as candi sugar and brown sugar, tart and acidic notes towards the back reminiscent of tart cherries or a dry red wine

T: starts out very sweet, just shy of being cloying, as this beer develops on the palate, it dries out and becomes rather tart. This is a roller coaster of flavor and is lacking a little something in the balance department. A noticable bit of booze on the end.

MF: medium body, high carbonation

D: this brew is very sweet and dry. It is interesting and all but not something I could see seeking out again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 19:00:35 | More by homebrew311
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 12/11/10 at a pre-wedding tasting party for fellow BA TCGoalie.

Pours a ruby/cherry brown color with a light tan head. The head has pretty decent retention and leaves some splashy lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is extremely fruity with tons of cherry and pear. The yeast also plays a big role with a nice peppery clove quality to it that plays off the fruit without being overbearing. Brown sugar and caramel round out the aroma, as well as some wine like notes.

The flavor strikes me as less fruity, but still has plenty of cherry, pear and a candied fruit/fruitcake sort of vibe to it. Brown sugar and caramel mix with spicy Belgian yeast and some earthy oak character. I also pick up just a little bit of musty funk that makes a nice addition. This is a pretty darn tasty beer and masks it's strength well.

The mouthfeel is medium and super smooth. The carbonation is light, but not dead, and I like how it lends to the smooth character. The finish is a bit on the sticky side, but it is not too offending.

I found this beer to be very drinkable as well as pretty unique. It strikes me as being a great Christmas beer, and I bet it would be great with Christmas dinner, or just to sip in front of the fire.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 17:32:13 | More by zoso1967
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into Delirium tulip.

A- Pours a deep molasses brown that lets a small amount of light in around the edges. A small half finger worth of head dies down quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- The Belgian yeast is pretty dominant. There is a bit of a tart note hiding in there to go with some candi sugar. I seem to pick up a little bit of cotton candy and that is about it.

T- The Belgian yeast isn't nearly as dominant but still on the forefront. The malt comes in and again, the little tart note. The alcohol never appears.

M- A little thinner than I like for the style, medium to lighter bodied. Some crisp carbonation but it just feels watered down.

D- This one becomes really sweet to the point where it is hard to drink more than a glass, which is unfortunate because it comes in a bottle that is more than 12oz. Not impressed with this beer at all. Not even going to bother getting another bottle to age.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 16:04:24 | More by Wisconsinality
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cosmicevan

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-poured as an amber but filled my oversized snifter as a ruby purple with a thin yeasty head which was gone almost immediately after forming (I find that this is what typically happens with most BA beers, but that's just what I've noticed, don't know if there is any validity to that though?). Lacing is pretty slick sliding on the glass and sparse to ever appear.

S-very festive. medley of dark and tropical fruit with vanilla peppery clove-ish spicing. the vanilla oak is very present and really adds a nice element to the beer. reminds me of Adoration Ale but sweeter.

T-not your typical BSDA. very good though. wine-like grape flavor with figs and plums. the alcohol is pretty present...sort of...it must be the barrels (which I can't pick out in the taste, but would make sense) but the alcohol has a different kind of quality to it that is a bit wine-like. kind of tastes like a cross between a BDSA and a white wine. different, but I kind of wish I could taste the beer without the artifact. the hints of normal BSDA flavors are really nice and I feel like this wine-like alcohol flavor/feel detracts a bit from it.

M/D-the first thing I noticed about this beer when I took my first sip was the drinkability. this is possibly the smoothest easiest drinking beer I've ever had. it sits in my mouth like a glass of juice and goes down like a glass of water. what the wine-like thing does to the taste, it does the opposite to the feel and drinkability (and smell). glad i tried it and looking forward to trying it with some time on it. aftertaste is like a sweet wine. leaves a bit of a tingle in my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:39:26 | More by cosmicevan
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown bordering on black, small one finger frothy tan head falls into a thin foam on top.

S: Smells like coke with hints of figs, raisins, hint of booze and mocha.

T: Follows the nose with added depth of flavor especially in the areas of fruit. The coke factor is wild but pretty tasty and that combined with the flavors of raisins and a hint of bready malt.

M: Smooth medium body with light carbonation and a smooth dry finish. Would never guess this has 10% sitting beneath the rich flavors...

D: Incredibly drinkable for the strength and style, very smooth and lots of depth. Curious to see what this will be like in a decade!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 05:52:13 | More by RedBrewer83
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical Bruery bottle

Mahogony in color, minimal head, short staying, just barely a sign of a film, thinnest of collars and def. no lace after 2 minutes.

Booze, cola, raisins, smoke, sawdust and figs in the nose.

Slightly low carbonation is I problem I have with this one. Somewhat dull in the mouth. Flavorful but dull.

Rich notes of rum soaked raisins, figs, more cola, light smoke, toasted coconut. Dense and complex brew.

Nice cold weather sipper.

Not up to the hype.

Plenty of other BSDAs out there, many of em less expensive and plenty of em regularly available.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:05:11 | More by Billolick
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SkunkWorks

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, New York. Served in a small Imperial pint glass.

Look: dark red, chestnut brown, with a thin layer of head at the top that doesn't have a great amount of retention but there's still a decent amount of lacing left behind considering the fact that this is a 10% alcohol by volume beer. Looks like a nice Belgian dark and also a nice holiday beer.

Smell: smells quite fruity with dark fruits like purple grapes, some plum and fig. A bit of alcohol sneaks through but not a whole lot. Some yeasty spiciness also.

Taste: follows the nose with fruity, dark fruit and spices from the yeast. It lures you into a false sense of security because surely this cannot have 10% alcohol by volume because the alcohol is hidden so well. The alcohol only comes out when I let it get to room temperature and then it's quite warm. Very malty and I'm not getting a whole lot of hoppiness. There's a bit of oakiness but not as much as I would expect from a barrel aged beer. That is something I like; when a brewery ages only a portion rather than the entire beer, which seems to prevent the beer from becoming overwhelmed by wood. I like this beer and will be interested in seeing what some age does to it.

Feel: medium tending towards full bodied, not a whole lot of carbonation, some alcohol warmth as it warms but not a whole lot. Tends towards malty, fruitiness without much bitterness.

Drink: I could drink this all night... if I wanted to die. Quite drinkable for a 10% alcohol beer.

Overall, I liked this one. This is one of my favorite holiday beers now. I will be trying to acquire two bottles of this; one to try and compare to the tap and one to age until I can set up a vertical. The Bruery is certainly a very exciting emergent craft brewer and I was very happy to see this on tap, especially so far from California! I would give this a try! Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 21:48:20 | More by SkunkWorks
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rigdont

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a mahogany color with a cream-colored head that is about a finger thick.

S- Dried fruit, cherries, golden raisins, Belgian yeast, and oak

T- The taste is much like the smell. The taste is of dried fruit, Belgian yeast, and oak and ends with a hoppy bitterness.

M- The carbonation is well done for a BSDA, it is a smooth feel on the mouth, almost silky, but with a fair amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is very drinkable for being 10%. Almost dangerously.

This beer was good at such a young age. I am very excited to see how this beer will be in 9 years. Such a long time to wait....

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 20:56:53 | More by rigdont
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Gmann

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with ruby hightlights at the edges. A decent sized head which is dense and creamy and settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is a touch nutty with a sour cherry or cranberry essence; some medicinal notes (band-aid and clove) from the belgian yeast.

The base of the beer is of a solid brown bread malt flavor with a spicy yeasty clove character. This is followed by vinous notes as well as a sour cherry presence from the oak.

The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation, good balance between sweet and sour; finishes dry and a touch astringent.

Overall a good beer. It is a bit too dry on the back end and perhaps a touch too sour for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:44:14 | More by Gmann
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dirtylou

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split and paired with some fresh pasta

appearance: served in my great lakes christmas chalice (this glass is the most interesting thing that brewery has released in a while), dark mahogany body, light tan cream head with no retention

smell: lots of dark fruit - plum, grapes, figs, booze, raisins, wood, spice, rye

taste: Big flavor profile - plums soaked in rum, figs, dates, brown sugar, belgian yeast, caramelized sugars and lots of alcohol. I really liked 2 turtle doves - this is a dissapointment by comparison

mouthfeel: boozy, medium-heavy

drinkability: ok

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:06:25 | More by dirtylou
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets and a small snifter. Special thanks to HeatherAnn and HollyAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy, reddish-brown with a short lived layer of creamy, light-tan foam. No lace was left behind and there was a bit of suspended sediment visible in the glass.

S: Neat mixture of caramel/tootsie roll, tart berry, fruity Belgian yeast, cocoa, dark fruit, cherry, and citrus.

T: Just as above with the addition of oak and more emphasis on the tart berry/tangy fruit flavors.

M: Starts off like a typical Quad. Big, sweet, and delicious. This quickly turns a bit tangy and dry. A slight hint of a white pepper finish? Fantastic.

D: A excellent winter treat with nary a hint of its' 10% to be found. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 00:58:54 | More by GbVDave
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Beerenauslese

California

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/almost black with a slight head that dissipates to a ring of fat bubbles.

Nose has malt, sour cherry, vanilla, oak, toffee, sugar, and spices.

Taste is malty and a bit sour, chocolate, holiday spices. Sweet finish. This is so much better as it warms up with the vanilla and oakiness coming through.

Body is light and carbonation is light, giving this a spritzy mouthfeel.

A nice holiday ale, although not exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 05:14:29 | More by Beerenauslese
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gford217

Georgia

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

750ml bottle.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick tan head that doesn't leave much lacing except when swirled a few times.

Aroma is sweet with lots of caramel malts and dark fruits, raisins, plums, and some candi sugar. There is some spiciness but it's very subtle as is the oaky notes.

The taste seems a little spicier. It starts with the sweet sugary fruits with vanilla and caramel but the finish is where the spices come out, almost herbal, with some oaky tannins.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and very sticky sweet overall.

It's a decent beer though not all that drinkable due to the overwhelming candied sugar character.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:23:45 | More by gford217
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emmasdad

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I was not at all impressed with Partridge, I enjoyed 2 Turtle Doves, and with that in mind, I was really looking forward to trying this one. Saw it on the shelf at Argonaut the other day, picked it up, and here we are.

A mildly aggressive pour straight into the snifter yields a ruddy brown beer, with a quickly disapating finger of tan head on top. Aromas of oak, caramel, rum soaked raisins and baking spice. On the palate, medium bodied and lightly tart, with Belgian candi sugar, wood tannins, caramel apples, leather and tobacco. A very enjoyable and somewhat complex beer. These holiday beers seem to get better every year.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 04:53:03 | More by emmasdad
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a tannish colored head. Head has pretty good retention, turns into a layer of bubbles on top and leaves very little lacing.

S- Smells of toasted bread and brown sugar. Caramel and toffee come through as well. Some belgian yeast fairly dominante and give off some scents of cherry, raisin, fig, and dates.

T- Quite a bit of taste comes from Belgian yeast. Cherries, dates, figs, and plums shine through along with raisins and toffee. A bit of woody and spices also come through.

M- Medium in body and a bit higher in carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink. We'll see how this one is in 9 years.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 02:36:04 | More by nrbw23
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

Tonight I reached for a new glass in my collection, a super cool Westmalle Belgian goblet that was made just for these styled ales. It has all different kinds of leafs and designs cut into the very thick glass which just adds to the overall beauty. As I popped the cap off there was a generous amount of hissing coming from the large bottle. On the pour I decided to go a little slowly because this glass has etching on the bottom to help entice a thick head. It appeared I was slightly incorrect, there really was not much of a head forming and I was left with a cocoa colored one finger thick prickly head that diminished quickly. As I hold it up to the light the color reminds me of root beer with some reddish and orange tints thrown in and comes off pretty clear. As I give a slight swirl the viscosity appears to be pretty low and it is not sticking to the walls of the glass.

Smell:

In the front end there is a load of brown sugar with some of that wood from the barrel pushing through. There also is a large amount of plums, raisins, and some cinnamon spice wrapping around all the caramel and specialty malts. Very solid but there isn't anything outrageous here, very typical for the style.

Taste:

Right off the start I am pulling out a lot of fresh cut apples that have been sprinkled with cinnamon and caramel. The carbonation in this beer is very sharp and almost tingles when it hits your tongue, then it delivers the dark fruits that I mentioned in the aroma. The oak aging that was done is very faint but it is still there and it adds a certain amount of earthy spice complexity to the overall package. In my opinion the mouth feel comes across as a little bit thin for the style but it is still a well made Christmas ale. In the finish you are left with no signs of the alcohol and a very dry taste which makes you want to keep coming back for more.

Drinkability:

Overall this was a great addition to the twelve beers of Christmas series and I think this has great potential to age. Based off a fresh tasting, compared to the other two this one fell a little short in my opinion. If you are collecting this series be sure to go out and grab this one before it all goes away because as the trend catches on they will become much harder to get. I hope I get to keep posting a review every year until I hear the twelve drummers drumming and complete my personal collection.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 18:01:23 | More by Bmoyer0301
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

3 French Hens | 750 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: The Bruery
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Glass: Duvel tulip

[The third brew in a 12-part annual installment]
75% Belgian-style dark ale
25% ale aged in French oak barrels

Presentation:
The Bruery's signature label design is eye-catching. And the pale green and pastel orange color scheme works remarkably well. This is one of those beers that you would choose solely for its good looks. But does it live up to the label?

Appearance:
A vigorous pour produced one heck of a towering cream head. It frothed and seethed for about a minute before it was in any shape to drink. The body was chestnut brown and just a bit translucent. Decent lacing, mediocre head retention.

Aroma:
I was very impressed with the aroma from the moment I popped off the cap. It's light and airy, with teasing hints of fig, raisin, plum, and Belgian candi sugar.

Taste:
There's a wonderful interplay of flavors from the get-go. The figs, raisins, plums, prunes, dates, caramel, and Belgian candi sugar deliver a sweet and warming taste (that's the alcohol) that begs to be swished and savored in all its complexity. The aftertaste is a touch herbal, oaky, and flecked with hints of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel:
As enjoyable as the taste is, it's hampered by a subpar mouthfeel. The carbonation bursts and crackles at the back of my throat, but aside from that bit of liveliness, the requisite heft just isn't there.

Harmony:
A very palatable brew, 3 French Hens has a complex flavor profile and a subdued sweetness that keeps me coming back for more. However, there are times when it verges on cloying, and the thin mouthfeel leaves something to be desired.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, but it's unlikely considering this is a one-off brew.

Bottled: ? unfiltered/bottle-conditioned
Served: December 6, 2010

Will it age gracefully?:
Yes. Allegedly it can be cellared for up to nine years (i.e. from Dec. 2010 to Dec. 2019).

Price = $10.99 at Witherspoon Wines

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 06:43:19 | More by BeerNemesis
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codewarrior

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL Bomber poured into a snifter. No freshness date, but I know this was bottled in 11/2010.

Was happy to find a lot of this at Lukas Liquors, and snagged an appropriate 3 bottles of the 3rd installment of the 12 years of Christmas.

L: Deep nut brown, like a cross between autumn maple and rochefort 8. Tiniest bit of wispy yet thick head. Looks a touch under-carbonated, but still good. Touch of sediment in the glass (my pour could be off here).

S: Delightfully sweet and deep in its spices. Yeast adds that trademark bruery funk, resolves in the middle to a bold boozy fatness and fades into a lingering sweetness.

T: Sweet up front, wonderfully rich in spice and booze. Middle is a roasted rich booziness fading into a lingering funkiness.

F: A might under-carbonated, but smooth.

D: Damn good beer here. Wonder how it will hold up to 9 years in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 06:31:51 | More by codewarrior
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 french hens pours a deep garnet red color with a off white head that fades pretty fast for a bsda. No lacing to speak of. Very familiar bruery yeast aroma on the nose coupled with dried fruits, cherries, and a faint bit of woody grape aroma. The flavor is dominated by chewy malts, nice spice notes, and alot more dried fruit raisins, plums and cherries, figs etc. I do detect some vinous oak, but faintly. 3 french hens drinks surprisingly well for the size of the beer, and has a nice full and round mouthfeel. A nice offering from the bruery overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 02:19:57 | More by pmlondrigan
3 French Hens from The Bruery
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