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Trois Poules Francais - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 20
Gots: 80 | FT: 8
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IKR on 12-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 40
Photo of trippytbta
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

A: nice brown color with little head

S: wine grapes, Belgian yeast

T: the wine BArrel and the Belgian style are just both watering my mouth and fighting for the win

M: acidic but smooth, the grapes make it dry as F.

Overall: great brew that represents exactly what they were trying to accomplish, however, I don't think it's a really great style

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

A surprising beer that I actually quite enjoyed.

A huge beer that offers thick sweetness. Not much Belgian yeast for a Belgian Dark. Lots of grape and red wine character. Almost a hint of tart from the grape skins.

The beer is one of the most relevant beers to red wine I've ever had.

Photo of kevanb
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, cellared for 2 years, poured into a Bruery Tulip.

The beer pours a very dark burgundy color, hues of reds, purples and browns, very opaque. A loose, bubbly khaki head briefly appears, but vanishes quickly, leaving no lace and just a trace of film. The aroma is very red wine dominant, tannic, lightly leathery and tobacco forward, tart grape, with fruity yeast and rich malt behind it. The flavors also showcase the barrel, oak, red wine, slightly tart and acidic, but most of the tartness comes from the grapes, which are strong and fleshy, light citrus, lots of yeast, brown sugar and rich grain, but make no mistake, the red wine barrel is in full force. The body is nice, carbonation is lower, but with a nice zip to it, certainly better than previous bottles, it coats the mouth quite well and finishes with such ease.

Verdict: A lovely cellar treat. I've been sitting on this since the release and had the chance to open a bottle or two before, but time is doing this justice. The red wine character is really great, right in my wheelhouse for how I like my wine. The body could use a bit more richness, but the balance of flavors is superb.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Sampled March 2012
A steady, reasonable pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass, produces a one-finger thick, quickly disappearing, large bubbled, amber / purple tinged dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated plum-amber color that is approaching black. When held up to the light, the beer shows a bright, slightly hazy, red-amber hue. The aroma smells like a berry / fruit laden red wine that has been aged in oak; notes of currants, touches of prunes, some cranberry notes, and perhaps some tart plum aromatics are backed by notes of toasted oak, spicy alcohol accentuating wood, and some buttery oak touches. The malt character plays a supporting role here, but after some time it does become noticeable with a nice, toasted nut note, toasted whole grain crackers, and perhaps a touch of chewy brown bread character.

Quite tart tasting, almost, but not quite puckering in character and the finish has a solidly oaky toasted character that also is accentuated by some toasted grain notes. This is quite a bit more sour than I was expecting from the nose and I am surprised how sour a beer of this strength was able to get. The finish has a spicy oak character that accentuates a touch of alcohol heat. The tartness accentuates fruit / floral flavors of tart raisin, hibiscus, some general tart berry flavors, perhaps a touch of cranberry, red wine like Jam and concentrated berry noes, and, along with the general spiciness flavors of rose. The body of this beer is actually quite light, it does have a touch of viscosity to it that lets you know it is malt derived, but it almost does seem like a textured red wine. Along with the light body, the beer is actually fairly dry, it has perhaps a touch of caramelized sweetness left, but this is exceedingly subtle and is quite dominated by the tart, lactic, acidity; there is just enough sweetness here to accentuate and bring out the fruitiness though. The finish has subtle notes of fig, toasted whole grain toast, some carbonic bite, a woody oak flavor, and a lingering fruit character. The fruitiness here is definitely derivative of red wine grapes, and likely, more specifically Syrah.

This is definitely interesting, it wasn’t at all what I was expecting; in many ways it tastes more like an oaky, fruit forward, red wine than a beer as the malt character is not all that high. It is fairly well balanced between oak notes, fruit character and tartness though, but it can seem a touch spicy and oaky in the finish at times. For me, this is definitely a beer that is a bit tastier than the sum of its components. It could use a touch more balance in the end, a roundness and melding of the components is what is really needed, and I wonder if age might help immensely with that quality.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Nothin' like drinking a beer with such a froggy moniker whilst listening to the Singing Nun serenade me with "Dominique". Truth. Anyway, this stuff pours a deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of relatively short-lived cream foam. The nose comprises dark fruits, extra fig, light Temperanillo grapes, light gingerbread, and a spice mixture that includes mace, allspice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly stronger red wine component and a darker char on the gingerbread. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy-ish feel. Overall, a solid enough BSDA, one whose red wine-ish character doesn't really jive well with its surroundings, but the rest ain't half bad at all.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.47/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky brown body. No head. A couple stray bubbles.

Appearance - Red wine. Vinous. Malty. A bit meaty from a sulfur aroma.

Taste - Sour. Decent right up front, but goes downhill. Sulfur flavor takes over. Unpleasant and even a bit bitter in the back.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium heavy.

Overall - It doesn't start off terrible, but it goes downhill quickly.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Trois Poules Francais has a hazy cherry brown sugar brown color iwth a quick-fading eggshell head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge.

Alcohol comes into the nose first, with soft brown sugar, some tart grapes, a bit of dried out brown sugar, and some lemon.

The flavor has just a ghost of its former sweet self. Some toasted bread with brown sugar quickly turns into a strong lemon flavor. Some acetic Syrah grapes contributes to the sour flavor toward the end.

The mouthfeel starts in the middle and turns light as the body moves on. Carbonation is on the light side. There is a light lemon puckering sensation throughout.

Overall the sour barrel treatment does not really add a lot of value to this beer. It was fine, but not really better than too many beers in the same style I have had.

Photo of jvillefan
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A deep golden red body with less the. A half a finger of ivory laced head.

S: A lot of grape in the aroma. There was dark fruit and roast with Belgian spice. Well balanced.

T: Too much grape. Grape juice the the dominate flavor. It is still a good be but could be great with less grape. There is a lot of Belgian character as well.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Good beer. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy red color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of red wine notes with light vinegar with sour grapes notes. Taste is dominated by tart notes from the grapes with some oak and some vinous notes with light residual sugar at the end. Acidity level is well balanced. There are also some funky notes which work more or less well with the rest of the mix. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Average sour available for a non-average price.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-red with a thin finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades very quickly.

S - Sweet dark caramel malts, grapes, oak, vanilla, red wine, Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, and other spices, candi sugars, touch of funk, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, grapes, raisins and other dark fruits, some sourness, red wine, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, other spices, candi sugars, some funk, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Great complex BSDA. Good overall balance and the barrel comes through nicely.

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.   Spotty lacing left behind.

The aroma is dominated by a strong red wine barrel presence that gives off vinous fruits such as grape, plum and raisin which are complimented by earthy oak, sweet booze and peppery spice notes.  Subtle medicinal presence along with some sweet malts but the barrel notes overpower most of the unpleasantness of the base beer.

Medium bodies with a really sweet vinous red wine flavor that lingers over the zesty spice and dark malts into a slightly dry finish.  Slightly tart with a strong barrel presence that gives off oak,meed wine and lots of vikous dark fruit.  Hints of grape, plum, date, fig and currant countered slightly roasted malt sweetness and peppery spice.  Very subtle medicinal/syrupy presence with some caramel and toffee flavor.  I found the regular 3 French Hens an undrinkable mess but the addition of stray grapes and red wine barrel aging have really toned things down.  A bit heavy on the vinous fruit/red wine flavors but the overbearing alcohol and insane spiciness are kept in check.  Complex, flavorful and pretty easy to drink considering how strong it is.  A major improvement.

Photo of DocJitsu
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a lifeless, nearly opaque, dark root beer brown color, with nearly no head at all. A very thin cap of nitrogen-infused-like head appears just before it goes away for good. It's quite unattractive. The aroma is comprised by a little date in the background and tart chardonnay in the foreground. The mouthfeel is wet up front, with medium body, but finishes a little dry. The flavor is very tart and causes the palate to long for something sweet for balance. There's no disguising the wine grapes used in making this beer. It finishes pretty cleanly.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The ushe, dark brown with lacing on the rim.

Grape, a light funk, raisin, very subdued oak.

A sour pang at the forefront, opens with citrus, then the sour cherry flavors hit and the finish is wine and vinegar. One of the most winelike beers I've ever had. I wonder what a wine lover would think.

Mouthfeel is strong, feels good and heavy in the mouth (that's what she said). Light carbonation.

Nice beer. The years are definitely going to alter this thing. Its very pungent and flavorful now, I think it would be a bit more delicate with age.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for hooking this one up! Poured into a tulip. The color is very dark brown. There is a nice light tan head.

The aroma is very grapey. This blends well with some notes of brown sugar and molasses. Raisins really shine through also. After smelling this for longer, I get a little more vanilla.

The taste is surprisingly tart (when compared to the aroma). There is a mild sugary sweetness on the tongue.

This is medium bodied. There s mellow carbonation. This tastes pretty good, but other than the aroma, everything else is just okay.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is dark chestnut brown with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers oak, wild yeast, caramel malt, a touch of cherries, light spice. Tart and sweet cherry flavors with prevalent wild yeast. Oak and bacteria. Maybe some purple grapes. It tastes like an imperial Oude Tart, though not as tasty. Medium bodied and sufficiently tart. Overall, this was enjoyable.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a solid dark brown with faint ruby highlights when held to light and a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. The aroma is fruity and tart with a hint of oak on the edges. The flavor is quite different. Up front is a tongue piercing fruity tartness followed by some oak and a bit of sweet and a whole lot of alcohol heat. Medium to light body with a light level of carbonation and a tart sour mouthfeel. Quite acidic and tart, more sour ale than Belgian Strong. It kind of works, but is not my favorite.

Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark brown color with a bit of a crimson hue. Off-white soapy head that dissipates quickly leaving a bit of spotty lacing.

Aromas begin quite wine forward with red vinous grapes, plus some solid oak and a some vinegar acidity. As it warms you get some more complexity with underlying dark fruits and extremely light amounts of toffee maltiness. I am surprised and slightly disappointed that I so so little of the base beer. Not a bad aroma by any means, just smells more like a dark sour ale than a Belgian Dark Strong aged in a wine barrel.

The flavor directly follows the nose with huge vinous fruit flavors plus some solid oak barrel as well. Some vinegar and sour fruitiness also asserts itself; you can feel it make your pucker a little. Once again, after remembering how the base beer tasted, I am surprised by how it plays so second fiddle to the oak, sour and acidic flavors. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and quite tannic.

Overall, I am torn on this beer. It is a good dark sour ale but I am not sure if this is what they originally intended. I think a whole year was a bit too long to age this beer in the wine barrel and question if they originally intended this to get as sour as it currently is or not. I am slightly disappointed that there was not more of the base Dark Strong Ale flavor; little to no breadiness or dark caramel maltiness. Reminds me a great deal of Surly Five for comparison's sake, which was a really solid beer.

Photo of Treebs
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared at the tasting. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A: Pours a semi muddled, but clear plum color with brown hues mixed in. A small head forms on the pour, but it quickly dissolves to nothing.

S: Some sour grape skins, mild musty funk, a heavier malt body and some acidic notes.

T: Sour red grapes with a subtle tartness. Grainy malt body with some slight funky aftertones.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to low carb and a smooth, slightly malty finish.

O: This was decent enough. It as your average dark sour that's a little better than average, but I wouldn't want to seek it out again.

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Certainly not the most attractive beer I have ever poured, the liquid presents a muddy brown color with a russet edge; there was not much of a head to begin with and, after a few seconds, all that was left was a bubbly ringlet that leaves plenty of dots on the tulip glass

Smell: Tart and vinous, with the dark berry aspect of the Syrah grapse quite prominent; there is an interesting jammy character that joins the tart element, however; buttressing the fruit is a strong whiff of the oak barrel

Taste: The berry fruit of the Syrah grapes assert themselves, up front, with the tart aspect developing by mid-palate and even more prominently, after the swallow; loads of oak flavors intermingle with the sweet and tart grape tones, with tobacco showing up in the finish; long after the swallow, the tartness continues to pucker the mouth

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; very tannic and dry, with a puckering sensation on the finish

Overall: Perhaps a bit too tart and vinegary, the beer is a good, but not great, sour; to my palate, the flavors never quite come together - maybe time will help

Thanks, nicks6217, for the opportunity

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of Retsinis.

Pours a murky brown with a tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour and tart fruits, wood, and some wine aromas. Taste is the same with a nice tartness on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour version of 3 Calling Birds that is quite tasty.

Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4/7/2012

A: Very dark brown with a reddish hue. Fast fading beige head.

S: Grape blends with vinegar and sweet malts. There's a little raisin in there with a touch of earth and oak.

T: Pronounced grape notes with a moderate acetic acidity. Vinegar is pretty strong. Oak is present throughout.

M: Medium body with low carbonation (again, with the low carbonation on the sours).

Overall: A run of the mill dark sour. I've been disappointed in the Bruery's sour offerings as of late. They just aren't that interesting. I'm not sure if it's a lackluster house strain or what. This is a big step down from Barrel Aged Partridge and Barrel Aged Two Turtle Doves, which are great.

Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark-brown pour, smallish head

Smell: a bit sweet with some oak and dark fruits, nothing special

Taste: A bit sweet and spicy with dark fruits and barrel. Slightly vineous

Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, a bit tannic

Overall: nothing impressive, wouldn't try it again.

Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't remember who shared this one - was it Chris? Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - White foam settles to wispy patches, a thick collar, and spotty lacework. Dark brown body that is somewhat murky.

S - Oak, red wine, musky and sweaty funk, hint of plastic, touch of vinegar. Perhaps a faint appearance of the base beer's flavors, but largely dominated by bugs and barrel.

T - It's your standard dark sour - red wine, oak, mild cocoa and dark fruit malts, and perhaps a bit of residual Christmas spice in the periphery. Finishes very tannic and vinous. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Medium body, dry, lower carbonation, plenty of barrel tannins and oaky textures. Somewhat like a big red wine but with a modest amount of bubbles. Alcohol doesn't really make itself known.

D - Solid effort from the brewery, but nothing outstanding. I much preferred the first two barrel-aged offerings in this series, while this comes off a bit understated and muddled. Why does every Bruery beer I've had in recent memory feel rushed and incomplete? Perhaps the sourness and acidity will strengthen over time, or perhaps this will just mellow and become bland and even less interesting - who knows?

Photo of Sean9689
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a dark reddish/brown color, tan-colored head, wisps.

S - Dark fruits, oak, light tannins, medium level of sour/tart notes. Nothing really sticks out for me here, just kind of muted. I hate to say it's boring, but...it's boring. Kind of a watered down dark sour, if you ask me.

T - Wine barrels, sweet dark fruits, tobacco, some berries. Not overly tart or sour, but enough to keep you interested. Still a bit boring/muted for me, but better then the nose. Finish is dark fruity sour dryness.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - I really wanted to like this beer more, but I just couldn't do it. It's an average dark sour, nothing more, nothing less. A bit watery and muted to me, but easily drinkable. I think this beer is a great beer for those who are interested into getting into sours (or dark sours, for that matter).

Photo of yourefragile
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Thanks to Thorpe429 and Drabmuh for hooking me up with this.

Pours a murky, fairly dark crimson mahogany with an off white head and minimal lacing. Strong, fruity aroma of red grapes and wine, with minimal oak, vanilla and acidity. Sweet fruity flavor as expected but also a much strong sour, slightly acetic presence that wasn't in the nose. Mild, thin body with a tannic, dry finish. Very little alcohol presence surprisingly. Didn't enjoy the flavor as much as the nose, but was surprised how much I enjoyed this.

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Trois Poules Francais from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.