Foret Noir - Brasserie Trois Dames

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 46
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 31.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: jtladner on 03-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle to a snifter. Reviewed from notes date August 21, 2015.

A-My pour produces one finger of tan head with little retention and no lace, although a film sits on top for a while. The beer is dark brown with purple and ruby highlights. Pretty coloring.

S-The aroma is more tart than I was expecting with lots of sour cherry, some cranberry, some cola flavors, cocoa, and a strange bit of vanilla in there. Interesting for sure.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with lots of acidity and sour cherry flavor. As the beer warms and my palate adjusts to the acidity, I start to pick up more earthy chocolate flavors like cocoa and some light char or smokey notes. The finish is slightly bitter and oddly herbal with woody notes.

M-The feel is lighter than average with a chunky active carbonation. Think wild ale, not stout.

O-This is quite a unique beer. The cherries are obvious and if you like sours this might be worth checking out, but if you want a creamy, robust, gut busting stout you should check elsewhere.

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Photo of cbutova
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks MRP-ROBD for sharing this bottle so generously.

A- 11.2oz bottle poured into a large goblet revealing a crimson-brown brew; very much on the light end of the spectrum considering it says Imperial Stout on the bottle. The head is very thick with a foamy consistency and amazing retention. The massive foam stays around for the entire experience dropping a sheet of lace that is thick and plentiful and looks like the Loch Ness monster atop a small island.

S- Instant blast of sourness with a large lactic acid aroma as well as a noticeable presence of acetic acid giving it an Flanders Red character. The star for me is the sour cherries and how they integrate with such an acidity. Searching reveals a hint of cocoa beyond the sour bugs but it plays well off of the cherry.

T- Just about a carbon copy of the smell with a bit more toasted and nutty character coming from the malts here. Acidic blend of both lactic and acetic acid coming down at about a three to one ratio for me leads to fresh sour cherry fruit flesh and then a hint of the aforementioned malt tones and some cocoa notes. Perhaps just the cherries and vinegar combining but I can't help of think of both Flanders Red ales and red wine.

MF- Puffy and foamy light-medium bodied overall. The carbonation is very high but comes down rather smoothly with a certain slickness on the palate. Finishes off pretty sour.

I am glad I opened this beer today while it is still the Summer. I figured it would be somewhat rich but the brew inside is not what someone might expect when seeing the words 'Imperial Stout' on the label. Lactic and vinegar acidity leads to fresh sour cherries and it all ends with toasty and cocoa malt tones making a slight push into the mix. An exemplary Fruit Beer which reminds me a lot of good Flanders Reds.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Foret Noire*. Label describes it as a "Swiss Kirsch Imperial Stout" - I don't think this is brewed with the Kirsch liquor, but like it, this does use sour cherries. Definitely not retired....

A - 330ml doesn't gush/explode/take anyone's eye out, always a good thing. Very dark red color when held to the light, looks black otherwise. A healthy ~2 fingers of tan head form, a solid half-finger remains for the duration and leaves some nice lace.

S - All about those tart dark cherries, reminiscent of a Flanders. Earthy tones, vanilla, kinda vinegary. Hard to tell it's a stout base at first, but there is some light roasted+cocoa tones coming out with warmth.

T - Taste delivers solid sourness and decently deep cherry flavors. Here the stout base is even more obscured, this could easily pass as a Flanders red to me (if not for the color). Vinegary vinous tones.

M - Very smooth, solid body, good sourness, medium carbonation, maybe a touch of alcohol, easy drinking, tasty lingering finish.

O - Doesn't really accomplish the 'cherry chocolate cake' thing they were going for - not much of a stout to be found here, and even the straight 'fruit beer' here is kinda misleading - but as a dark cherry sour this is quite nice. Good all-around and holds it own against more complex+truer fruit sours.

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Photo of KriekKrazzed
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Didn't seem to be especially heavy like an Imperial, much lighter and very tasty stout to drink with a super sour cherry kick in the roof of your mouth. Nice combination of many things going on to delight. Expensive, exquisite and hard to just sip.
One of my favorite all time cherry beers!

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Photo of dar482
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

The beer comes in a dark brown color with some red.

The aroma has dark cherries, rich sweetness, a hint of tart.

The flavor follows with a tart dark cherry in the front. A medium plus sweetness comes through in the middle as medium roasted malt cleans up the beer. A lighter malt character and towards a soured porter. A good amount of fruit flavor throughout.

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Foret Noir from Brasserie Trois Dames
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