Chevalier Bertrand Du Guesclin - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 43
Gots: 116 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kevanb on 07-24-2014

In order to survive in the 14th century one needed to be a force to be reckoned with. In Brittany, Spain and France this knight proved his mettle in battle. This tart blueberry ale was brewed in one of our 3000 gallon foeders in his honour.
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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Teku. Let warm up from fridge temp for 20 minutes before drinking.

Huh. Another "sour" from FFF. Not sure why I allow my need to tick their beers to punish me like this. Either way, let's see how this one did. Hopefully it's not colored distilled vinegar.

A) Pours with an inch of soapy white head that recedes quickly to a small amount of foam around the edge. Nice carb for this style. Not too heavy or light. It's a pretty normal sour brown color but with a strong purple hue. Looks like what you would expect.

S) Okay, here is where you'd usually find the rubber cement from FFF's wine barrel aging. This... isn't that. Smells of muddled blueberries poured into a small glass of chardonnay. It's actually pretty nice. No strange medicinal smells going on here.

T) Here we go, time for the vinegar and probably butter due to the blueberries!

Uhm. That.. uhm. Huh. Starts with a solid sour maltiness. A bit sweet and a bit sour but not too strong in either. Balanced. Then brings the white wine dryness and just as you think that will take over, the sweet blueberries hit leaving a very pleasant aftertaste. I took a sweet minute with this, taking sip after sip to see if I am crazy and trying to find the defect. This is actually good. I feel like my whole world has turned upside down.

M) No alcohol present, not overly sweet or mouth puckering sour. Right amount of carb for the style to keep you drinking without it becoming a chore.

O) I'm sure I'll see this review talked about as a "homer hyping his beer". That's fine. Read my review of Tiberian Inquisitor if you believe that. This is actually surprisingly good. What I thought was going to be a horrible review I would have fun with turned into a very tasty drinking experience. Congrats FFF, you made a tasty wild ale!
EDIT: This is basically La Folie with blueberries and a bit of dryness to keep it from being too sweet.

Photo of nachos
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and consumed weekend of 7/26/14

Appearance: A deliciously pretty looking blue/purple hybrid

Smell: Nicely sour with a not disappointing amount of blueberry, though I certainly would not have complained if there had been more

Taste: I would call this medium sour with oaky, vinegar, and berry notes being those most dominant. It strikes a good balance I thought, but would I would have been more than okay if thing had been more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate level of carbonation and weight to the liquid.

Overall: A very delicious beer. I was concerned with it being a sour from Three Floyd's, but I was pleasantly surprised. If I thought about what I would want from a blueberry sour, this is close to what I would imagine. Not idea what age will do to it, but it is a very good beer right now.

Photo of DeFaz
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the brewery on 07/26:

Appearance: Not the enormous head I'm used to seeing from Three Floyds beers, but this has an elegant amber color with purple hues. Waves of lacing can be found.

Smell: Funky smell, pretty typical for a wile ale except there's a touch of blueberry in there.

Taste: Fantastic. Excellent flavors. The blueberry makes an appearance and doesn't over-stay its welcome, the alcohol is concealed, and this is absolutely pleasing. Very sour and fairly sweet to provide a bit of balance.

Mouthfeel: This goes down incredibly easy. It's fairly crisp, and the flavors coat the palate nicely. Perfect level of body thickness.

Overall: There's a lot going on, and I'm not an expert in the style to say exactly what works, but there is a lot that works. This is a special beer, one that uses restraint with the blueberry flavor but manages to be quite sour. This is expensive but absolutely worth trying.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No 3 Floyds go back to brewing great beers.
This was thin, and unbalanced.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%

750ml bottle poured into Teku glass

A- First off, great label art and cool blue wax dipped top. Beer pours a deep maroon/slight purple with whisps of white head.
S- As soon as you open the bottle, a flood of berry notes hit you... blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry. After pouring slightly sweet, but big vinigar sour smell. Salivating already.
T- Lactic sourness kicking in right up front, then finished with hint of sweet berries. This is as good as any sour I'v had. Even though this is a 2014, it reminds me of the complexity of something with 2 or 3 years on it already. I think this will age well.
M- Nice and light. Very refreshing.

O- Loved this sour. Only wish is that the blueberry was bigger on the back end, but maybe as it warms the fruit will come out more.

Photo of spacecake9
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy reddish purple color with no head
S - aroma is sour and berry
T - flavor is sweet, then tart, maybe a touch of blueberry but more berry
M - thin mouth feel with low carbonation
O - not an expert on sours but i have had others i enjoyed more than this one

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep purple-ish red. Small white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Fruity. Blueberry aroma is nice, but it's more of a deep mixed berry aroma. Lots of oak and a touch of acetic acid.

Taste - Blueberry flavor is strong here. A little bit of a green pepper flavor, too, which is odd. Deep caramel malt. Oak. Some vanilla in the finish cuts the sourness.

Mouthfeel - Moderate sourness. Medium body.

Overall - The blueberry is nice. Works pretty well, without being really great.

Photo of Austin32
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best sours I have ever had.

Very sour...with a slight blueberry after taste.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep pinkish hue, clear. The head is fluffy and also a light pink.

Smells heavily of vinegar and oak. Slightly fruity, white grapes.

It's extremely tart and puckering. I was expecting some sweetness from the grapes but it was more dry than sweet. Vinegar and oak, vinous.

I can't express how puckering and drying this was on my mouth. Half a glass in and I was thirsting for some water to hydrate my tongue. It's good, but maybe a bit overdone on the tart side.

A very good sour, but low on the drinkability side and really tore up my palate.

Photo of KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

The nose is waxy, sweet and candied with a fruit roll up like aroma. Dark cherry, prunes and blueberries are strong in the scent. The taste is well done and tastes and feels deliciously crafted. Balanced sour, sweet and tart cherry and blueberry flavor mix with a malty backbone. This is a fantastic surprise and a wonderful beer.

Photo of kbuzz
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%

blueberry pie - nice balance between sour and sweet. Not overly acidic.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Blue wax capped 750mL bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). No bottling date. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours grapefruit pink with two fingers of pale pinkish head. A thick halo remains and leaves a fewspots of lace.

Smells of vinegar, sweet berries, wine and barrel funk.

A big, tart cider vinegar flavor is highly prevalent with fruity tartness, blueberries, a vineous wine note, oak and sugar. Strikes a nice balance between sweet and tart. If you could infuse a blueberry SweetTart with wine I imagine this is what it would taste like.

Dry, medium feel with fairly lively carbonation. Vinegar, bluberry and Chardonnay aftertaste.

Sweet and tart, Chevalier Bertrand Du Guesclin is an interesting brew. Blueberry wine SweetTarts in a glass.

Photo of Santanax
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Had a pour of this at Darkness eve at Surly brewing in Brooklyn Center MN... It was dark and i had already had a few beers... everything from canti gueuze to biscotti break.... but this beer stood out... the rich dry notes of sour and balaced sweetness of blueberry was astonishing... before i could find out what it was the guy was gone.... took me a while to figure it out but this is the stuff.... PURE GOLD!!!!

Photo of MNishCT77
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery,

Photo of Tommo
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently people dont know what a wild ale should be. Wish i had one to age as this may get more tart, but overall disappointing. A nice flavor profile, but lacking with a sweet thin feel

Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a cloudy, dark pink/purple color. 1/3 inch head of an off-pink color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sourness, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of grass, hint of alcohol, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong tartness. Tastes of strong sourness, hint of sweet malt, hint of hop, slight yeast, hint of grass, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, great feel, great blend, and great body.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottle opened 10.20.14

Nose is off, but taste works.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright pinkish red color with a slight pink head. The beer looks like an old school kriek lambic, yet the carbonation seems even livelier. Aroma is big on funk, acidity, moldy lemons, blueberries, sour cherries, and oak. The flavor mimics a gorgeous aroma with ample sourness, layers of unripe lemon and pungent vinegar, and gives way to a subtle blueberry aftertaste. This is a very nice take on a sour blueberry ale, and reminds me of a Belgian style sour much moreso than a straight lactic bomb, This is something great. An amazing trip from funky, sweet and sour, berry, and then a kiss of alcohol and sweet malts melding with the fruit. A limited, brewery only release from what I understand, Tim and Brian both deserve a shout out for each sharing a bottle. You guys kick ass.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good fruited sour-- very impressive blend of juicy blueberry fruit with sour notes and slight funk (not uber-funky)!! Well-balanced and satisfying.....

Photo of Devman171
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, pours purple with low head. Aroma is sweet berry and tart, Taste is more of a sweet and sour, sweet blueberry and sour finish, nice beer

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Pour is deep dark purple with a lot of tight pink head. Nose has a light blueberry, notes of apple juice. Taste has a bit more blueberry, faint note of oak and vanilla, moderate sourness, faint acetic acid, light apple juice towards the back. High carb, syrupy feel, a bit slick.

Photo of adapt313
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The acetic character or this beer has faded somewhat since the first time I tried it, which allows the blueberry flavors to shine through a bit more. Still very oaky, tannic, and acetic. Overall, a solid sour, but nothong mind blowing.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%

Thanks to Bankhead for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, berry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, earth, berry, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty with nice berry characteristics that come through slightly better in the flavor to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of hambone
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great color, nicely balanced sour with a clean finish

Photo of cubs943
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this beer was pretty good.

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Chevalier Bertrand Du Guesclin from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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