3 French Hens | The Bruery

3 French Hens3 French Hens
BA SCORE
71.1%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 402 ratings
3 French Hens3 French Hens
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
402
Liked:
286
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.3%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
371
Trade:
22
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brother_rebus
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuck.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

All that brown and red like a flanders, but this had a 3/5" tan head that had loads of retention. Aroma was holiday cookies and less dark fruit than expected.

Instead of dark fruit bitterness and alcohol heat, this one brings more of the sweet. Some holiday spice rack, thankfully no coriander, but it has some spice and woody vibe to it. Actually did well with 10% in the mouthfeel. A lot of caramel and toffee notes.

I like this more than most in said style.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raziel313
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one in the cellar for 5 years, and figured it was about time to break it out, since I gave up on my dream to find 2 Turtle Doves and a PIAPT, and am knocking the remainder out.

Very fruity overall between the aromas and the flavor. Nothing heavy about this beer.. quite "thin" in fact for the 10% ABV. The look is spot on - deep brown/burgundy, with short head and foamy lacing. Fruits include plums, raisins, and strawberries... in that order. Slightly oaky, and just a light spice. Wonderful Christmas beer flavors. It held up pretty darn well, but I'll bet it was a notch above this last year at this time.

If you have one, and don't plan on keeping it in a full vertical 'til the "12th day" in the series, then go ahead and take it down now. Waiting a couple more years may hurt this, unless it's been perfectly stored in 40 degree darkness.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattboyer182
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NWer
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HighRollerII
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsling
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jbrett13
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The color was hazy dark brown and light brown colored foam. Smell of brown sugar, notes of toasted nuts, oak, balanced sweetness along with great spices that you would expect from a Christmas beer.

Had this at Max's Tap House in Baltimore.

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Photo of TNeedles
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The look and smell is great, it's just past its prime.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdlb44
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3 French Hens from The Bruery
Beer rating: 71.1% out of 100 with 402 ratings
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