Trois Poules Francais - The Bruery
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4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
01-08-2012 08:22:09 | More by augustgarage
4.72/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
01-07-2012 05:17:21 | More by Rjhami
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
01-03-2012 07:00:59 | More by DovaliHops
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-30-2011 02:12:10 | More by IKR
Trois Poules Francais from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.