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Trois Poules Francais - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 21
Gots: 81 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IKR on 12-30-2011)
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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Gueuzedude:
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2013
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay for opening this one up.

A: Pours a murky burgundy color with a little bit of off-white colored bubbles forming around the edges. Not much lacing.

S: Nice tartness with some cherry and a little bit of grape, some other dark fruit. A little bit of spice and funk.

T: Nice dark fruit flavors combined with some nice tartness. Fruit flavors include cherry and grape with a slight wine/tannic flavor to it. There is a little bit of vanilla and oak come out as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Easy drinking though.

O: Quite good. Hard to say what the barrels did to the base beer since I have not had it yet, but this was a tasty beer.

mdaschaf, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Liquid is a torpid mass of bole with hints of copper topped by a faint layer of wheat colored foam. Very delicate lacing and faint legs.

Rich fruity aromatics present with tremendous subtlety. Syrah grapes have a distinctive dark berry-like potency; this is accompanied by a lovely acidic note with further complexity from the oak. A touch of caramel apples and leather arrive a bit later.

Cherry, melon, rich red wine, vinuous acidity, cola, and an herbaceous/rooty element as well are all abundant on the palate. Quite complex...finishes dry and tannic with a bit of leather and wet wood. Suggestive of a Flanders Red Ale at times, though it is almost more of a wine than an ale in other ways. A touch of vanilla comes out as the ale warms.

Low but sufficient carbonation, slick, and medium-bodied. Alcohol is well disguised.

Difficult to classify (and therefore rate), but not hard to enjoy. A nice surprise from the Bruery who just keeps getting better at making sours.

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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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 30, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark reddish brown color with a small off-white head.

Smell: Tart cherry, grape and mild tobacco notes.

Taste: Tart cherry, grape, and some faint leather notes presented with a fair level of sour. The oak from the barrel and some pepper-like spices come in at the finish. Maybe I drink too many high ABV beers but for something over 10% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden.

Mouth-feel: Body is on the Medium side with a fairly low- level of carbonation, but it works well here.

Overall: I didn't hate 3 French Hens, but I really like what the Syrah grape additions, bal-aging, and souring did to the base beer. This one compares favorably to other "big" sours such as Consecration or Cuvee De Tomme, 2 other sours I'm fond of.

IKR, Dec 30, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jlb502, Dec 31, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

hoppymcgee, Jan 18, 2013
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FreshmanPour77, Jan 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sandstone for this one.

Pours a murky burgundy color, opaque against the light. The head rises to a one inch cap, and slowly settles to a collar. Fruity, peppery nose, a lot of juicy red grape with dark, semi-sweet malt, very vinous. Tastes really nice, big on the vinous fruit flavors with a moderate acidity. Peppery, spicy, a lot of tobacco and tannin. Lingering, woody finish; hint of sweetness. Pretty nice stuff, one of the better sours from The Bruery.

largadeer, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

claspada, May 24, 2012
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Trois Poules Francais from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.