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La Tentation - Brasserie Trois Dames

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La Tentation
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88
very good

27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Trois Dames visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 12-15-2013)
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Reviews by cvm4:
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4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden straw body with a billowing eggshell head. It almost seems a bit overcarbed to me, but I somewhat expect it from saisons &/or those from over seas. Great retention and lacing on the head though.

S - Really in your face sour apples, lemon acidity, really earthy funk, slightly salt and vinegar.

T - A vinegar sour apple in your face. Light oak notes along with lemon. It's definitely funky with a good bit of bready yeast.

M - Light bodied and high carbonation. It has a finish that goes from wet to dry.

O - What a funky saison! I dig it.

cvm4, Jan 28, 2014
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With an emphasis on apple and a mention of red wine barrel aging- this Saison is very un-Saison-like but is familiar to the world of sour. With a lot of fruited Gueuze character woven into its taste, texture and aroma; the beer excites and enlivens the palate.

Its initial pour is a hazy goldenrod and carries a creamy, frothy and fluid bone-white head. Its head its billowing and creamy, like meringue as its lacing is rugged and scattered. Ok, its longer lasting foam character is much more like Saison than its is of Sour.

Its incredible aromas are sharply pungent and sour as the waft of sour apples, dried limes, under-ripened berries and sour grapes sing a Gueuzeier tone. Along with a near cider, near vinegar tone there's a briny sense of earth, salt and sweat that resonates going into that first taste.

Its soft and wheaty, bready and grainy sweetness is very short as the sour notes quickly take command of the beer's taste and shrugs its malt contributions aside. That's when the crab apple, cider, dry chardonnay and limey flavor sets in with intense sourness. Along with light salt water taffy, fruit sulfur, straw and hay the beer is only lightly musty but is intently sour to finish. Fresh grated white pepper and cumin also sings its spicy but earthen praise as the taste extends onward.

Light bodied from start to finish, attribute all that to the beer's acute acidic sourness and its resolute dryness. Its mild malt influence is kicked aside early and favors wine-like acidity, bone dryness and sulfury scrubbing effect. Mild warmth accents the dryness of the ale while dried and musty fruit follow in short-lived aftertaste.

Trois Dames simply now how to make classy sour beers! Even this Saison base recipe describes a dry and spice-forward flavor, its assertive nature pushes it into sour worlds. ...and the beer is better for it!

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an expensive bottle here, some 22 or 23 bucks a go, but all of the trois dames stuff is. this one is a sour apple (probably green apple) brew, aged in red wine barrels. an odd combo to say the least. blonde beer with a brassy tint and an extremely active white head, airy and relentless. the nose shows a lot more red wine acidity and oak than it does apple. wheat malt base is light in flavor but sturdy in body. green apples add tartness and fermentables, not quite a cider, but it has some of that flavor going on. the red wine is really obvious, and may in fact be a little too much. a lot of acidity for a saison type beer here, and its intriguing, but not all the way delicious. the quality of the brew cannot be doubted like the recipe, this is expertly made, and has zero residual sugar, a very complete fermentation. white wine barrels may serve this better, not overpower the apple and the yeast as much. glad to have tried this extremely bubbly and dry curiously acidic fruit beer, but i would never but it again at this price.

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at "Super Kegs" at The Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

"Saison fermented with Dupont yeast, and secondary fermentation with wit bier yeast. Aged a year in oadk barrels, then refermented with wild yeasts from apple skins."

Smells like a staph infection, complete with bandages and antiseptic. A little sauerkraut juice too. Holy crap.

In mouth, the funk quickly dissipates, leaving nothing but nice tight mildly cidery quenching sourness (totally in nose, not throat). Surprisingly clean and non-sulphury finish.

I can understand someone appreciating the funk in the nose...but they'd be disappointed by the low profile of the flavor and finish. And I can imagine someone putting up with the funky nose to get to the nice, tight, cidery flavor and finish. But whoever you are, and whatever you want, one side or the other of this beer will annoy you, even though it's all well done.

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On tap at the Bridge Taphouse in St. Louis.

A: Clear gold body; fine off-white head; ok retention and good lace. Pretty nice.

S: Tart apple, musty funk, and some hay. Nice balance of cider and saison aromas.

T: Follows the nose, with the addition of some up-front sweetness ahead of the dry, mildly bitter finish - herbal hops and apple skin. Tasty and complex.

M: Soft, well-carbonated medium body. Pleasantly substantial for the style.

O: Great balance of fruit with saison dryness. Very enjoyable.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Apr 13, 2014
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La Tentation from Brasserie Trois Dames
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.