Trois Poules Francais - The Bruery
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4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2012 07:00:59 | More by DovaliHops
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2011 02:12:10 | More by IKR
Trois Poules Francais from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.