Bise Noire - Brasserie Trois Dames

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: drpimento on 08-05-2010)
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Photo of Svingjo
3.14/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As you can imagine in a beer with Noire in its name this poured dark. There was actually quite a bit of sediment in the bottle and I was a little surprised at the lack of head but as the name suggests the malt definitely comes out on the nose, along with coffee, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. The nose actually reminded me of Coke Black, the coffee infused product they brought out a couple years ago. If you don't believe me Google it. On the tongue definitely get those same flavours but the actually dissipated quickly leaving a bit of a watery feel in the mouth. Overall not a bad beer but just wish there was a little more substance in the mouth to make it more balanced

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the rather tiny bottle in a snifter, this unique imperial stout pours a dark molasses color with a frothy light tan head of bubbles that dissipates to a ring of foam and decent lacing. Nose of dark molasses, cocoa, and dark cherries. Flavors are sweet molasses to the fore, cocoa bitterness to the back blending with a dark lightly tart pie cherry flavor that lingers into the aftertaste with a LOT of sweet malts. Not overly complex, but an interesting take on a Belgian imperial stout that borders more on a strong ale. Decent but not overly memorable.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of bulldogg915
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of R_Kole
1.75/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of davemathews68
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Another discounted bottle from my local that I couldn't turn down at its lowered cost, especially considering I've been curious about it for a long, long time. It pours a straight black-brown topped by a half-finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose comprises mild cocoa powder, light dark fruits, roasted malts, and a touch of treacle. The taste takes these ingredients and sucks most traces of flavor from them; what remains resembles wet cardboard sprinkled delicately with cocoa powder and dipped momentarily in olive oil. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this was a major letdown. There was hardly any flavor to it, and what was there wasn't all that good. I have no idea if age was a factor here (considering I found no trace of any dating system on the bottle or label), but I doubt sincerely that this stuff could fall off this badly in the likely amount of time it's been on the shelf here. Weak, man, real weak.

Photo of hilgart1
1.5/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of Rihup
1.75/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of sweemzander
1.7/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours near pitch black in color. Some decent tan bubbles formed. Decent retention.

(S)- A heavy raisin and prune profile overall. Slight sweet roast underneath.

(T)- Extremely mild. Slight cardboard with a prune, raisin, and vanilla body. An almost sour aftertaste to this. Its basically sour prune cardboard.

(M)- A slick oily mouthfeel with some really wrong flavors going on. Cardboard and the sour aftertaste to not mix well.

(O)- Extremely disappointing since their espresso stout was actually quite good. It has been awhile that I have had a stout this bad.

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy very dark brown in color (black when viewed from a far distance) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to aromas of dark fruits and malts are present in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: The taste has a little more complexity than the smell, with additional flavors of roasted malts and slight hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: To me, this beer tastes more like a hybrid between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and an Imperial Stout, but lacks the fuller body of both styles. It's an interesting beer to try, but nothing that would be interesting enough to slowly sip and savor. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Photo of Rojada1988
4/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mychalg9
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of MickeyMonk
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of ZiggyPop
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of CADMixes
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Derek
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown/black with garnet hues, light tan head, very thin ring of retention shows a little leg.

S: Licorice, brown sugar, prunes, roasted nut, light floral hopping.

T: Licorice, molasses, cocoa, raisins, modest bitterness, hint of sour acidity.

M: Moderate body has a slightly drying finish.

O: A bit odd... sort of bordering on a Belgian strong dark.

Photo of MikeBowen
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Second window in the 2012 Beer Advent Calendar. 330ml bottle with a different label than shown in the picture. The image is of a of some strange black dressed person in a dark setting.

A - Very black with a light brown head. Head is slightly stable.

S - Almost a sour beer/yeast smell that is off. Not a fan of the aroma.

T - Not what I was expecting. Lots going on. Almost chaotic. Nothing jumps out above the rest. Nice flavourful finish.

M - Overly flat, even for a dark beer with high abv.

Unique beer that is not something I would drink very often because it doesn't have a distinct flavour or two to grab onto.

Photo of Cookeeman
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is Beer 2 from the Rieder Advent Calendar. It has a different label from what is pictured above. Pours a thick dark brown hazelnut colour, with lots of tiny bubbles. The aroma is... off-putting, like a bad yeast smell. The flavour is pretty good though! Lots of roasted coffee, espresso flavour. The finish was a nice bitter, with a touch of sourness that is usually an indicator of oak aging. Not sure if this actually was or not, but that's the flavour I get. For a dark, strong, winter beer the body is actually quite light, and the effervescence makes it quite refreshing. There is another flavour in the finish, it almost tastes like mint, that makes the beer finish cool and refreshing, so neat! Not what I was expecting for over 7%, this beer is quite the deception. It's kind of a random hodge-podge of styles, making it hard to classify and thus hard to rate properly. I enjoyed trying this beer because it was quite unique, but I don't see myself ever wanting a second one. Just too chaotic.

Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, number 2 in the 2012 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. The label seems to depict a black burkha-clad figure pulling a sled through a snowscape. Ok, sure.

This beer pours a deep, very dark brownish hue, with basal cola highlights, and two fingers of foamy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some random rock formation lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of musty black licorice, that off-brand cola you find in grocery and department stores alike, a twinge of bitter cocoa, and rather mild leafy, perfumed hops. The taste is more stale cola, some uneven sour black fruit, a weirdly warming spiciness, and weak earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty tame, the body on the light side in general - even more so for the purported style, with a thin, kind of metallic stripe running through it all, a slight detraction from an otherwise adequate smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the slight fruit sweetness not really pushing the matter.

Another strange offering from this brewery - it seems to me sort of like an Irish dry stout, but, um, unnecessarily Imperialised. Not actually bad, but not really all that interesting or tasty, either.

Photo of Bryn
1.5/5  rDev -50.5%

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