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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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 DocJitsu
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a lifeless, nearly opaque, dark root beer brown color, with nearly no head at all. A very thin cap of nitrogen-infused-like head appears just before it goes away for good. It's quite unattractive. The aroma is comprised by a little date in the background and tart chardonnay in the foreground. The mouthfeel is wet up front, with medium body, but finishes a little dry. The flavor is very tart and causes the palate to long for something sweet for balance. There's no disguising the wine grapes used in making this beer. It finishes pretty cleanly.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ptykozoon
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The ushe, dark brown with lacing on the rim.

Grape, a light funk, raisin, very subdued oak.

A sour pang at the forefront, opens with citrus, then the sour cherry flavors hit and the finish is wine and vinegar. One of the most winelike beers I've ever had. I wonder what a wine lover would think.

Mouthfeel is strong, feels good and heavy in the mouth (that's what she said). Light carbonation.

Nice beer. The years are definitely going to alter this thing. Its very pungent and flavorful now, I think it would be a bit more delicate with age.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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