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3 French Hens - The Bruery

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very good

373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 99
Gots: 373 | FT: 22
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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Photo of AlexFields
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

AlexFields, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

inlimbo77, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Hatzilla
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Hatzilla, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of lilredrocket
4/5  rDev +5%

lilredrocket, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

beagle75, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev +5%

thegerm87, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Gehrig13
4/5  rDev +5%

Gehrig13, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

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).

nickfl, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

kylehay2004, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of NickT1218
4/5  rDev +5%

NickT1218, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jkane101, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

Wetpaperbag, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

BillHilly, Oct 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

silentdonkey, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

benbjb, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Sixofsigmas, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +5%

A: Pours a dark brown with a big airy and frothy light brown head. Fades slowly, leaving only minimal lacing behind.

S: Loads of brown sugar and caramel. Get some overripe, almost tart dark fruits; some raisin, dates and even some apples. Little bit of spice in there too.

T: Sweet burnt sugar, caramel and brown sugar up front with just a hint of toffee. Turns fruity in the middle with the dark fruits mentioned above, primarily raisin with just a touch of that tart apple. Finishes with some cloves and a little earthiness and spices. Touch drying with some decent oak in the lingering aftertaste. Little bit of sting in the aftertaste, perhaps from the higher ABV.

M: Slick, smooth and fairly heavy. Carbonation helps keep it from being too thick.

O: Not a bad BSDA. Very malty, sweet and fruity. Oak is surprisingly strong for being only 25% barrel aged. Not overpowering, just a nice element of complexity in the finish. Tasty and balanced.

Dope, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of ediaz
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottle into hunahpu's snifter.

A: deep dark brown with reddish tones, white fluffy head that dissipates into a ring hugging the glass with little lacing left.

S: smells sour with spices, wood, light citrus fruits

T: initially sour, then spices (cloves primarily) come through brightly. The tartness falls away and there is a sweet fruit/clove smooth taste that is tempered nicely by the oak aging I'd assume. Ends with a little burn to show the 10% ABV. There's a lot going on here; I'm between calling it complex and calling it a mess. For the benefit of the doubt, I'll say it is complex..very complex.

M: medium with a fair amount of carbonation

O: an interesting beer. I can't tell if I'd buy it again or not, but if I did I'd hold it for a long while. It is a great experience and is fun to drink. Similar to my thoughts about autumn maple, I couldn't have this very often but it would make for an interesting bottle to pull out.

ediaz, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Kmccabe33, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

750mL into a chalice. Pours a crystal clear mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head, lazy carb.

Aroma is dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spice, and sugary red grapes. As it warms, sour cherries add to the complexity.

Taste follows nose. Dark candied prunes & raisins, spice, oak, candi sugar, warming alcohol, and a kiss of red wine grapes.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy w/ a dry finish; probably the best thing about the beer.

Overall a tasty, sweet, moderately complex sipper of a beer.

draheim, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of beergod1
4.23/5  rDev +11%

Pours a dark Mahogany with a thin tan head. A wonderful smell filled with candied sugar, dark fruits, spices, and oak. The oak really hits your mouth initially with some smooth vanilla, and a light sourness. More dark fruit - raisins, figs, dates and red grapes linger long after the sip. A touch of citrus / spice falls to the back of the mouth. Light bitter finish with sweet (almost syrupy) malts, molasses and caramel. A bit of warmth on the end.

beergod1, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

hoppymcgee, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

eawolff99, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a dark mahogany tone with a creamy finger-plus tan head. nice retention; slowly fades to a lasting cap. superb walls of lacing. high score for presentation - great looking BSDA.

really nice aroma as well: notes of fig, raisin, caramel malt, belgian yeast, and a touch of spice. definitely intrigues. flavor follows the nose with some brown sugar and a hint of oak, maybe cinnamon. very enjoyable, though it doesn't blow you away. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

originally reviewed: 12-27-2010

BostonHops, May 24, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

DarthKostrizer, May 22, 2012
3 French Hens from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.