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Trois Poules Francais - The Bruery

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 128
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 20
Gots: 79 | 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.

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Photo of Rjhami
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark ruby red/brown-orange. Holds a steady CM wide head leaving lacing all over the glass. This is a beautiful beer.

Red grapes and a tangy tartness are abundant in the nose. A small dose of yeast lingers in the finish.

Rich, dark, berry-fruit meet sour tart. High acidity is blended masterfully.

Effervescent & medium bodied. Have noticed some Bruery sours lately lacking in this area but this one is spot on.

Being a big fan of Syrah wines I was anxious to try this one. It lived up to my hopes and then some coming through as a big, bold, robust sour yet incredibly drinkable. This beer drinks like it's in the 7-8% range... I could drink this all night. This is what you share with a wine drinker to turn them on to craft beer. It will only get better with age, my cellar needs more.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very murky, reddish-brown color with some off-white bubbles. Not necessarily head...just bubbles. Hope the carbonation is right. Scent is very tart with some cherry and grape aromas. A very nice sour cherry scent with some sweet, dark fruit aromas. Slightly funky. Taste is initially sweet vanilla and dark fruit flavors. Wow, as this beer warms up, it becomes a deep, complex masterpiece of a beer. Amazing oak and vanilla flavors with some awesome cherry, grape, and dark fruit flavors. I don't know if it's the sweet fruits mixed with the vanilla and tartness, but there is a hint of brandy. Lovely tartness and funky yeast flavors. Finishes rich and sweet. Mouthfeel is the only place this beer falls short. It's the same as when I rated Cuvee de Tomme. I thought the beer was a complete masterpiece, but I just can't get into these low-no carbonation beers. Luckily this one leans more toward the "low" than "no". I agree this beer should not be overly-carbed...but a bit more would be nice. Drinkability is high, as this beer is delicious with the ABV well-hidden. Overall, this is an AMAZING beer with such complexity...you can just tell there was a lot of work into making this one.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of IKR
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a Bruery glass, you should try it, it heightens the pleasure.

Beer is brown and hazy with a lazy thin head of small bubbles but lots and lots of carbonation, some lacing, low retention though.

Aroma is sweet and sour, mildly acetic, mostly funk and oak though, like a flanders or a St. Lam from Cantillon, it has that character to it.

Beer is thin and funky with a dry finish, not as much fruit detected as I would hope but this beer comes off completely like a Flanders Bruin. A very nice beer overall, just not as complex as I was hoping. I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of waltonc
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brownish bergundy with light head. Smells quite similar to 3 French hens - but more vinous red wine qualities. Taste is considerably different from 3fh. Really tastes like a red wine with carbonation - quite tannic for a beer, leather, puckering tartness. Much less sweet tasting than 3fh. Medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer. But as with many offerings from the Bruery, a 750ml bottle is way too big. If I want that much or am sharing with others, 12 ounce bottles would work fine. Just open two.

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Photo of kevanb
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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

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Photo of Cinderbike
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A - reddish brown. No lacing, no head. Some bubbles that disappeared immediately.

S - citrus, stone fruit, cherries, oak, and hints of leather and tobacco.

T - lemon, malt sweetness, grapes, sweat, cherries, and plums.

M - thin with low carbonation.

O - I like this infinitely more than 3 French Hens. It's an interesting beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a fairly-dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue. Off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some nice wine notes and a bit of grape, plus some dark fruits, oak, and a very faint acidity. The flavor does not disappoint after that, with nice vinous notes plus some oak-barrel character. Some fruit and good barrel character throughout. Body is medium with a nice dry, semi-tannic finish. Good vinous character throughout. I'm a fan indeed.

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark raisin brown with a thin but fluffy head that faded into a soapy film. The nose is full of tart dark fruits, berries and grapes. Very vinous smelling. The tastes follows suit with tart but clean flavors of vinous grapes, raisin and hint of lemony citrus. I get a hint of cocoa and leather in the finish. Mouthfeel is very dry and tart and the carbonation is tight and tingly. Overall this is a mouthwatering sour, and definitely enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown with a slightly reddish/purple hue. Subtle white head that fades very quickly. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Red wine, vinegar, bell pepper.

Taste: red wine, vinegar, oak, slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, smooth, slightly tart.

Overall: A tasty beer. The syrah elements are very prevalent. Only a hint of the underlying beer comes through.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1103rd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 ml

2011 Bottle

App- Okay so this really is a mish mash of colors. Seems to be a mix of brown, red, purple. Kinda of a plum color with very little bubbles. On the second pour I get more of the cling but color is still a muddled brow/purple.

Smell- I'm not gonna go into a lot of detail but instead a list. Grape, Cherry, Spice, Sour, Sweet, Oak. Not overly balanced but still aromatic and blended

Taste- I really appreciate the BOOM of oak flavor I get on this one and then immediately I get the grape flavors coming in. The sour and sweet notes come in next and last is the remaining of the BSDA spice to it. A good beer and very large. Sneaky boozy with the sour and sweet, you never realize its 10.4%

Mouth- A thin medium with a certain low-medium carbonation. Very oaky/fruit residual flavor.

Drink- So I enjoyed it but something was just off for me. It was very good, please don't get me wrong. I think it spent too much time in the barrel and diluted some of the softness and complexity of a great base beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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?

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Trois Poules Francais from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.