1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bise Noire - Brasserie Trois Dames

Not Rated.
Bise NoireBise Noire

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

33 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Trois Dames visit their website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drpimento on 08-05-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of davemathews68
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

davemathews68, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
2.64/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

TMoney2591, May 01, 2014
Photo of hilgart1
1.5/5  rDev -51%

hilgart1, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Rihup
1.75/5  rDev -42.8%

Rihup, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
1.7/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

sweemzander, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

metter98, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Rojada1988
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Rojada1988, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Kmat10, May 26, 2013
Photo of mychalg9
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

mychalg9, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of MickeyMonk
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

MickeyMonk, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Resuin, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of ZiggyPop
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

ZiggyPop, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of CADMixes
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

CADMixes, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Derek, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of MikeBowen
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

MikeBowen, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Cookeeman
3/5  rDev -2%
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.

Cookeeman, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Bryn
1.5/5  rDev -51%

Bryn, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Thomas_Picton, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

marct, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
2.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 25/9/12

A dark cola pretty light for a stout, a large noisy tan head just fizzes out in seconds leaving zero lace

S anise and root beer, that is all

T sour fruit and cold coffee on top of what I smell, some strange spices and lots of cola, not really working out all the well

M thin and over carbonated, weird spiced aftertaste and a couple chunks of yeast here and there

O not really sure what they were attempting here but it just didn't work for me, not a drain pour but I have no use for a second

Strange brew more of a spiced winter warmer then anything but no matter how you label this one it just doesn't work

wordemupg, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

ygtbsm94, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Brewing flute glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown. Thin medium brown head that dissipated immediately, leaving a thin ring and light lacing. Faint aroma of roasted malt. Flavor is subtle roasted malt, a hint of dark fruit and a hint of charred coffee. Extremely subdued flavors, although what is there is pleasant. I enjoyed this, but it is very lightly flavored. This is a satisfactory stout, but not really an Imperial stout, in my opinion.

LiquidAmber, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of DCon
1.88/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought a 11.2 FL OZ bottle of this from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO for $5.69. Poured from the Purple/Yellow Labeled bottle into my 0,3l La Fin Du Monde Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date to be found on the bottle/label.

Aroma- Starts with HUGE fruits, malt, and caramel with a slight sour note on the finish. What style are we talking about here? Not finding the correct match-ups.

Appearance- Pours no even a .5 finger head which means no retention. Has a medium caramel colored body with good depth but not quite dark enough. Leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- The flavor comes almost in the same form as the aroma... Tons of sweetness and caramel from the beginning. Has a slight amount of spice and hop on the finish with a small amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, Fruity, and then has more sour notes on the finish...

Overall Impression- While enjoying the Oud Bruin from this brewery last month, I went back to see what their Imperial Stout was all about. Not at all what I was looking for. I'm a big time fan of sour beers but not when I open a beer that is labeled "Imperial Stout" underneath the name of the beer. Didn't find even a slight roast or burnt character anytime during this drink. Wouldn't go back to again but will give this brewery another chance with some of their other styles without a doubt.

DCon, Jan 31, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Bise Noire from Brasserie Trois Dames
74 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.