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Trois Poules Francais - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

125 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 20
Gots: 81 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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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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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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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.

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Trois Poules Francais from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.