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Bise Noire - Brasserie Trois Dames

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Switzerland

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: drpimento on 08-05-2010)
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Reviews by CADMixes:
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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

CADMixes, Dec 19, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +27.5%

(Served in an tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a deep black body with a garnet glow to the base where some big bubbles are stuck to the glass. There is a lumpy tan head that turns to a porous film after a bit.
S- The mellow black roasted malt has a dark raisin quality to it with no bitterness and some fruity qualities. There is a light raw grain barnyard quality that comes through in the finish and grows as the beer warms.
T- The mellow roasted black malt has a chocolate malt quality to it. There is a fruity quality in the finish with a watery taste that grows as the beer opens. Some black malt bitterness and a faint cream or cheese note lingers after the finish.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soft alcohol heat and a fizzy note in the finish.
D- This beer has well blended malt flavors with a good bitterness after each sip but it is not the big powerful flavors I think of in an imperial stout. The aroma is a bit odd but it doesn't get in the way. It says spiced on the bottle but I didn't notice any spice flavors or aromas.

rhoadsrage, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev -10.8%

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 Cookeeman
3/5  rDev -2%

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 ZiggyPop
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

ZiggyPop, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +25.2%

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 metter98
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%

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 Bryn
1.5/5  rDev -51%

Bryn, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

ygtbsm94, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.83/5  rDev +25.2%

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a dark brownish black with an off-white head. I always enjoy stouts that look this way with the black and white combo.

I like the smell of this one, it does indeed have some spices which add to the goodness, but it is primarily a sweet and cocoa-y brew with a nice bit of caramel and roasted malts. There is also a hint of hops.

The flavor is fruitier with a nice bit of roasted malt. To be honest the hops in this are a bit overt, but then again they work well. IT is reminiscent of their hoppy porter.

I would say if you like something like nightstalker, this is a bit weaker, but very tasty and similair.

crossovert, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Rojada1988
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Rojada1988, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Almost clear dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is roasted chocolate and flavor is chocolate malt. $6.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
1.7/5  rDev -44.4%

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 TMoney2591
2.64/5  rDev -13.7%

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 DCon
1.88/5  rDev -38.6%

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
Photo of Derek
3.03/5  rDev -1%

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 mychalg9
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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

Thomas_Picton, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of atis
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Pours very dark brown with brown head that slowly, slowly fades to thin, but dense layer on the top, downsliding lacing. Aroma is mostly dark fruit and a bit of roasted malt.

Taste is roasted malt, coffee with fruity and slightly astringent finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with slowly warming feel.

Overall, not bad, although not your ordinary Imperial Stout.

atis, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Naugros
3.65/5  rDev +19.3%

Well, they can make chocolate and watches, but can the Swiss make beer? If I were to guess they could do any style right it would be one that lent itself to chocolate and coffee flavors so why not an imperial stout? Let's see.

Right off the bat I'm saying no. Ruddy brown with very little head with not much retention for what it did rise. Not a good start for a stout and the nose is a bit off as well. Yes, there are roasted notes and there is certainly coffee. Dark fruits are not uncommon in an imp stout but they dominate the nose and that's why I feel it's a bit off.

The taste is an improvement. It's not often I can report that I like the taste better than the smell. The coffee is more pronounced as the bitterness hits the tongue and there is some coffee with dark fruit (plums) in the back. And I really like the mouthfeel...it's viscous without being thick with a touch of chalkiness.

Not one of the greats, but not too shabby. This barely-an-imperial is not one I'll get again knowing how many others surpass this one...and are cheaper.

Naugros, May 10, 2011
Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Kmat10, May 26, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
2.28/5  rDev -25.5%

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 marct
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

marct, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Resuin, Mar 21, 2013
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Bise Noire from Brasserie Trois Dames
74 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.