3 French Hens | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Three French Hens is the third in the 12 Days/Years of Christmas Series. We again drew some inspiration from the name and decided that at least a portion of this beer had to be aged in French oak barrels. What we came out with is a bold and spicy Belgian Dark Strong Ale, 25% aged in oak. This beer is designed to take the journey through time until 12 Drummers Drumming, but is a delightful holiday treat right off the shelf.

Added by claspada on 10-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
401
Reviews:
229
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
371
For Trade:
22
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Photo of homebrew311
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Durty Nellies.

A: appears a dark purple with some faint light passage, razor thin white collar of head, a little bit of lacing

S: big candied fruit notes up front with notes of grapes and cherries as well as candi sugar and brown sugar, tart and acidic notes towards the back reminiscent of tart cherries or a dry red wine

T: starts out very sweet, just shy of being cloying, as this beer develops on the palate, it dries out and becomes rather tart. This is a roller coaster of flavor and is lacking a little something in the balance department. A noticable bit of booze on the end.

MF: medium body, high carbonation

D: this brew is very sweet and dry. It is interesting and all but not something I could see seeking out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of moonknight31
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Photo of younger35
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from both Gibby and Murchman, thanks guys! The first two in the series weren't bad and I'm hoping this is tasty stuff. Drank from my Surly Surlyfest stein.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish ruby with a terrific one finger creamy off-white head. A really nice cap and collar is maintained the entire beer but nothing in the way of lacing.
Smell- Not the most intense smelling beer ever. Sort of has a mixed nose that's somewhat Belgium, somewhat a English Mild. Dark fruits consisting of plums, raisins and prunes are probably the most dominate along with a light yeasty note. A bit of toasted grain and light Belgium candy sugar give a slightly sweet smell. It opens a bit as it warms but it's still fairly subtle.
Taste- Like the nose, it's just not overly potent. Starts lightly sweet with a bit of a tannic twang. Brown sugar gives way to a bit of a toasty note and some dark coffee like malts. Some dark fruits make their way in with notes of raisins and prunes. The Belgium yeasts are probably the most dominate taste and a bit of warming comes into play toward the finish. The beer finishes with a bit of lingering sweetness and a touch of toasted grain.
Mouthfeel- Surprisingly aggressive carbonation as the beer really tickles the mouth. Medium body with a touch of warming.
Drinkability- Overall not a bad beer but it's just sort of blah. The flavors just aren't there at this point but maybe in 9 years for the vertical, they will be. It's a bit warm too but considering its 10% I probably shouldn't complain. I look forward to seeing what becomes of this one for the vertical. Thanks much Jeff and Tim!

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Photo of aasher
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to try this since I've watched PiaPT and 2TD pass by. This pours a medium bodied raisin in color with little to no head. The smell is of very strong bananas and cloves and has a brown sugar sweetness to it. It actually smells like a Dunkel. The taste is of brown sugar with a yeasty, banana like after taste. It's very sweet. This is alot more carbonated than I expected. It has a bite to it. The alcohol is well hidden but this beer, at this stage at least, doesn't drink very smoothly. It was just ok.

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3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet. Brought this back from my trip to Cincinnati.

4.0 A: Looks black in the goblet, but there is brown around the periphery, so I'm thinking this is a dark brown. Two fingers of beige frothy/creamy hybrid head with average retention and moderate amounts of lacing.

4.0 S: Interesting anyway. The strongest aroma is a bit hard to interpret. I think I'll call it a "flowery pruniness." I suppose there's some goofy spice in here. Next I get healthy portions of peppery yeastiness and perhaps a touch of corriander. Malts are mainly doughy, but there is a sweet cracker component like a graham cracker. Light plum fruitiness. Pretty good.

3.5 T: The main flavor is doughy and bready malts, which gives a "rancid-type sweetness" that is surprisingly good. Flowery and herbal like many a saison. Again, light fruitiness in the form of plum and fig. Oak is initially fairly light, but definitely comes through near the end of the glass. Along those lines, the first few sips were much more enjoyable than the last, but a lot of that has to do with the mouthfeel.

3.0 M: Medium body. Spritzy carbonation is very active, but appropriate for the style. The main issue with the mouthfeel is that it is super chewy. I didn't notice at first, but halfway through the first glass, it's at the front of my mind. The chewiness manifests at the finish and even after the swallow.

2.5 D: I'm not sure if it is the overly chewy mouthfeel or flowery spice overload, but this one is hard to drink a full bottle of. I really enjoyed the first half of my first glass, but the experience goes downhill from there. This is the type of beer that would be good in a 12 oz format, but that's not going to happen and it hurts the drinkability. If I had shared this with another, I bet I would have given it a much higher score.

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3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Beer Revolution during their The Bruery event, into a tulip glass. Beer is a dark brown, with some hints of orange when held up to the light, with a finger of tan colored foamy head. Plenty of lacing as the head dissipated to the surface. Not too much is visible through the fairly dark beer so I can't tell if there's carbonation present.

I was a bit confused by the aroma. Just a bit of dark and caramel malts on there, boozy alcohol, and very very feint fig if I tried very hard. I thought it was the temperature of the beer after the pour so I waited and swirled about 20 minutes later, but the aroma didn't change, unfortunately.

Taking a sip, this beer is very dry for a Belgian strong dark ale, almost pale ale type dryness. Figs are still there on the tongue, but mostly dark malts, with hints of roasted and dark caramel malts mainly, finishing with a very dry grassy hops. Not too much sweetness in this beer.

Medium bodied and well carbonated with the soft bubbles expected from a Belgian strong dark ale, but the dry mouthfeel really throws me off. Some booze detected, but the flavor and mouthfeel combination is just a different from what I was expecting for this beer.

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Photo of mentor
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of brown head over a very dark brown liquid. Smells a bit like a saison. Spicey zip, mild clove, nutmeg, chocolate, and some fig. The wood is very mild and comes across like the smell of sun-baked wood on a summer day.

Tastes very belgian. Cardboard oxidation. Clove and spice with strong chocolate and playful fruits (white grape and pear). Very dry finish cleans the palate and leaves a sour and herbal aftertaste. Some smoke in the dark grain. Has a worrisome aromatic in the retronasal.

Interesting contrast between the light fruits, yeast spicy, and chocolatey malts. Md-light body with modest carbonation. Drinkability is meh. In regards to aging potential, this one could become something great, though I suspect the oxidation will take over and it will be yuck.

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