Trois Poules Francais - The Bruery

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 80 | FT: 8
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IKR on 12-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 127
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown with a slightly reddish/purple hue. Subtle white head that fades very quickly. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Red wine, vinegar, bell pepper.

Taste: red wine, vinegar, oak, slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, smooth, slightly tart.

Overall: A tasty beer. The syrah elements are very prevalent. Only a hint of the underlying beer comes through. (393 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark raisin brown with a thin but fluffy head that faded into a soapy film. The nose is full of tart dark fruits, berries and grapes. Very vinous smelling. The tastes follows suit with tart but clean flavors of vinous grapes, raisin and hint of lemony citrus. I get a hint of cocoa and leather in the finish. Mouthfeel is very dry and tart and the carbonation is tight and tingly. Overall this is a mouthwatering sour, and definitely enjoyable and easy to drink. (476 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (890 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1103rd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 ml

2011 Bottle

App- Okay so this really is a mish mash of colors. Seems to be a mix of brown, red, purple. Kinda of a plum color with very little bubbles. On the second pour I get more of the cling but color is still a muddled brow/purple.

Smell- I'm not gonna go into a lot of detail but instead a list. Grape, Cherry, Spice, Sour, Sweet, Oak. Not overly balanced but still aromatic and blended

Taste- I really appreciate the BOOM of oak flavor I get on this one and then immediately I get the grape flavors coming in. The sour and sweet notes come in next and last is the remaining of the BSDA spice to it. A good beer and very large. Sneaky boozy with the sour and sweet, you never realize its 10.4%

Mouth- A thin medium with a certain low-medium carbonation. Very oaky/fruit residual flavor.

Drink- So I enjoyed it but something was just off for me. It was very good, please don't get me wrong. I think it spent too much time in the barrel and diluted some of the softness and complexity of a great base beer. (1,066 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brownish bergundy with light head. Smells quite similar to 3 French hens - but more vinous red wine qualities. Taste is considerably different from 3fh. Really tastes like a red wine with carbonation - quite tannic for a beer, leather, puckering tartness. Much less sweet tasting than 3fh. Medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer. But as with many offerings from the Bruery, a 750ml bottle is way too big. If I want that much or am sharing with others, 12 ounce bottles would work fine. Just open two. (531 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Cinderbike
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A - reddish brown. No lacing, no head. Some bubbles that disappeared immediately.

S - citrus, stone fruit, cherries, oak, and hints of leather and tobacco.

T - lemon, malt sweetness, grapes, sweat, cherries, and plums.

M - thin with low carbonation.

O - I like this infinitely more than 3 French Hens. It's an interesting beer. (380 characters)

Photo of slayer3604
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (600 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Rjhami
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (795 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (762 characters)

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Trois Poules Francais from The Bruery
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