Trois Poules Francais - The Bruery
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4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
12-07-2013 22:10:45 | More by kevanb
3.31/5 rDev -16%
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.
09-30-2013 02:13:09 | More by Gueuzedude
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
09-03-2013 22:56:56 | More by TMoney2591
2.43/5 rDev -38.3%
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.
07-30-2013 00:12:54 | More by Alieniloquium
Trois Poules Francais from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.