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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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Photo of andrewinski1
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

BeerHunter76, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

kjkinsey, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of ffOpusx
4/5  rDev +2.3%

ffOpusx, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 06, 2012
Photo of 1Adam12
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

1Adam12, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev +2.3%

roblund, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

PaulStoneAnchor, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +2.3%

klipper, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of nanobrew
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

nanobrew, May 31, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark brown color with a bit of a crimson hue. Off-white soapy head that dissipates quickly leaving a bit of spotty lacing.

Aromas begin quite wine forward with red vinous grapes, plus some solid oak and a some vinegar acidity. As it warms you get some more complexity with underlying dark fruits and extremely light amounts of toffee maltiness. I am surprised and slightly disappointed that I so so little of the base beer. Not a bad aroma by any means, just smells more like a dark sour ale than a Belgian Dark Strong aged in a wine barrel.

The flavor directly follows the nose with huge vinous fruit flavors plus some solid oak barrel as well. Some vinegar and sour fruitiness also asserts itself; you can feel it make your pucker a little. Once again, after remembering how the base beer tasted, I am surprised by how it plays so second fiddle to the oak, sour and acidic flavors. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and quite tannic.

Overall, I am torn on this beer. It is a good dark sour ale but I am not sure if this is what they originally intended. I think a whole year was a bit too long to age this beer in the wine barrel and question if they originally intended this to get as sour as it currently is or not. I am slightly disappointed that there was not more of the base Dark Strong Ale flavor; little to no breadiness or dark caramel maltiness. Reminds me a great deal of Surly Five for comparison's sake, which was a really solid beer.

claspada, May 24, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Madirish76
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Madirish76, May 13, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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

brentk56, May 05, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

dgilks, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

CelticAleMan, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of JazzIPA55
4/5  rDev +2.3%

JazzIPA55, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 jp7161
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jp7161, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of AndrewK
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

AndrewK, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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?

MasterSki, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a dark reddish/brown color, tan-colored head, wisps.

S - Dark fruits, oak, light tannins, medium level of sour/tart notes. Nothing really sticks out for me here, just kind of muted. I hate to say it's boring, but...it's boring. Kind of a watered down dark sour, if you ask me.

T - Wine barrels, sweet dark fruits, tobacco, some berries. Not overly tart or sour, but enough to keep you interested. Still a bit boring/muted for me, but better then the nose. Finish is dark fruity sour dryness.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - I really wanted to like this beer more, but I just couldn't do it. It's an average dark sour, nothing more, nothing less. A bit watery and muted to me, but easily drinkable. I think this beer is a great beer for those who are interested into getting into sours (or dark sours, for that matter).

Sean9689, Mar 23, 2012
Trois Poules Francais from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.