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Trois Poules Francais - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 20
Gots: 82 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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1/5  rDev -74.4%

Rlhinson2104, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.43/5  rDev -37.9%

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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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

harrymel, Mar 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

topdown, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of DocJitsu
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

DocJitsu, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of andrewinski1
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

andrewinski1, Oct 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

dgilks, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

Phyl21ca, May 01, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

johnnnniee, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%

Pours a brownish, orangey red. Yeah. The nose is cherry and grape tartness, but also regular flavored bubble gum and a bit of oak and spice. What a strange and interesting smelling beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't taste as intriguing as the nose. The tart fruit flavors (predominantly grape) sit alongside a substantial spice and bubble gum sweetness. It comes together as a confused hodgepodge of flavor - the grape experiment doesn't work for me because it is layered on a beer that is too big and has too much sweetness already, such that the grape tartness is more in competition with the BSDA base than in harmony with it. It has a medium-light mouthfeel with a medium-light carbonation. Overall, this doesn't come together for me. Interesting experiment for sure, but generally speaking, this was not a success. As a dark sour beer, the Wanderer more successfully embraced the concept.

seeswo, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of slayer3604
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%

Wasn't impressed by this one...:(

I'm a huge Bruery fan, but this one just wasn't a favorite...

Head disappears immediately, no lacing, no trace but some prickly white bubbles on the rim of the glass. I had to TRY to get a nose off of this, too. Little bit of grape juice, prickly zest, very muted dark fruit.
Taste has an up front tangyness that I enjoyed, and there is some nice spice, warmth and a complex Belgian dubbel aspect, but then it cuts off and leaves a 'day-after-a-wine-tasting' feel in my mouth.

Overall, it is very smooth for its alcohol content, but did not warrant the price tag.

slayer3604, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%

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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3.4/5  rDev -13%

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.

ptykozoon, Nov 26, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

HopHead84, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -11%

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.

Treebs, May 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

CelticAleMan, Apr 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

baybum, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

xnicknj, Jan 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

rmaste6282, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

ObeMaltKinobee, Mar 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

tom10101, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

craytonic, Mar 29, 2012
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Trois Poules Francais from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.