3 French Hens - The Bruery

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very good

382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 105
Gots: 374 | FT: 23
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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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2010
Mini snifter

A: Deep murky amber brown color. Thin layer of off white head. Good carbonation. Lots of tiny bubbles coming off bottom.

S: Candied sugar. Vinous notes. Definitely spicy notes.

T: Might be a touch of mild oxidation. Strange off flavor. Definitely getting some vinous flavor from the French Oak. Candied sugar notes. Belgian spice. Good carbonation, prickly. Dry finish.

M: Medium to full. Big carbonation.

Photo of Hatzilla
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark amber pour with a beige head and minimal lacing. S - Strong notes of grapes, plums, cherries, raisins, chocolate and Belgian yeast. T - More dark fruits with chocolate, spices, brown sugar and definite alcohol as the beer warms, M - At the low end of medium carbonation with a tart, dry finish and slight alcohol burn. O - A nice BSA for the holidays, Glad I got to try this one.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium brown color with over one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark fruit is spirituous while yeast is also evidenced, yet clean. Unctuous and richly bready, overall. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined aromatic malt and dark vinous fruit. Acidity is mild into the middle where a trace of chocolate pudding is detected, channeling the heavy qualities of the smell. Anise is strong soon after being poured into the glass, but the spiciness fades. Flavors taper off into the finish, leaving a whiff of earth. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This strong dark ale is an enjoyable winter seasonal that opts to not employ a predictable profile of baking spices. While not world-class in either case, the flavor matches the smell well and makes this earthy, mellow beer greater than the sum of its parts.

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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of dense, khaki colored foam on top of a dark brown body with a touch of muddy amber showing through. The foam fades gently and leads nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - dark bread, caramel, a little bit of clove, and some gingerbread.

T - Dry, dark sugar (maybe!?) up front with some clove and anise. Slightly tart dark malt in the middle with a touch of cherry and a finish of sour chocolate, clove, and licorice.

M - moderately thick body, aveage carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This beer is much dryer than I would have expected it to be. This is both good and bad in that it is somewhat more easily drinkable for it, but less flavorful and robust. The lit tartness is a nice counterpoint to the malt but it doesn't play that well with the spice notes. Lastly, the barrel character is largely lost amoung everything else th just a touch of oak and the tart character to vouch for it. Probably my least favorite of the beers of Christmas so far (having had #2-#5).

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger white head with little retention and some lacing on a clear deep amber body.

S: lots of dark fruit mostly with cherry, strawberry and plum the primary notes. hint of chocolate. overall the aroma is a little mild.

T: pretty tart dark fruit with mostly raisin, plum and cherry for dark fruits. peppercorn, milk chocolate, belgian yeast, brown sugar.

M: medium body, a little syrupy and moderate carbonation. pretty dry.

Overall: again, very complex, the ABV is well hidden. smooth with excellent belgian character with good tart and sweet balance.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- When I popped this bottle you could tell it was excited to join the glass. Lots of initial carbonation, I'm guessing due to an infection. Nice dark red brown color.

S- Oh yeah this has something in it the brewers probably didn't intend on having. I'm picking up a lacto sour bacteria. Dark fruits, cherries, figs, pineapple.

T- This tastes infected for sure, nice sour hit with good BSDA type flavors. This actually makes for a nice subtle sour beer. I'm glad I have another one somewhere in my beer collection.

M- Good feel, but the sourness leads a bit of a slight dryness at first, but after a while it goes away.

O- I know the infection isn't what was intended, but the beer is tasty.

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3 French Hens from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.