La Tentation | Brasserie Trois Dames

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Brasserie Trois Dames

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BEERchitect on 12-15-2013

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Reviews by cvm4:
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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden straw body with a billowing eggshell head. It almost seems a bit overcarbed to me, but I somewhat expect it from saisons &/or those from over seas. Great retention and lacing on the head though.

S - Really in your face sour apples, lemon acidity, really earthy funk, slightly salt and vinegar.

T - A vinegar sour apple in your face. Light oak notes along with lemon. It's definitely funky with a good bit of bready yeast.

M - Light bodied and high carbonation. It has a finish that goes from wet to dry.

O - What a funky saison! I dig it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

an expensive bottle here, some 22 or 23 bucks a go, but all of the trois dames stuff is. this one is a sour apple (probably green apple) brew, aged in red wine barrels. an odd combo to say the least. blonde beer with a brassy tint and an extremely active white head, airy and relentless. the nose shows a lot more red wine acidity and oak than it does apple. wheat malt base is light in flavor but sturdy in body. green apples add tartness and fermentables, not quite a cider, but it has some of that flavor going on. the red wine is really obvious, and may in fact be a little too much. a lot of acidity for a saison type beer here, and its intriguing, but not all the way delicious. the quality of the brew cannot be doubted like the recipe, this is expertly made, and has zero residual sugar, a very complete fermentation. white wine barrels may serve this better, not overpower the apple and the yeast as much. glad to have tried this extremely bubbly and dry curiously acidic fruit beer, but i would never but it again at this price.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With an emphasis on apple and a mention of red wine barrel aging- this Saison is very un-Saison-like but is familiar to the world of sour. With a lot of fruited Gueuze character woven into its taste, texture and aroma; the beer excites and enlivens the palate.

Its initial pour is a hazy goldenrod and carries a creamy, frothy and fluid bone-white head. Its head its billowing and creamy, like meringue as its lacing is rugged and scattered. Ok, its longer lasting foam character is much more like Saison than its is of Sour.

Its incredible aromas are sharply pungent and sour as the waft of sour apples, dried limes, under-ripened berries and sour grapes sing a Gueuzeier tone. Along with a near cider, near vinegar tone there's a briny sense of earth, salt and sweat that resonates going into that first taste.

Its soft and wheaty, bready and grainy sweetness is very short as the sour notes quickly take command of the beer's taste and shrugs its malt contributions aside. That's when the crab apple, cider, dry chardonnay and limey flavor sets in with intense sourness. Along with light salt water taffy, fruit sulfur, straw and hay the beer is only lightly musty but is intently sour to finish. Fresh grated white pepper and cumin also sings its spicy but earthen praise as the taste extends onward.

Light bodied from start to finish, attribute all that to the beer's acute acidic sourness and its resolute dryness. Its mild malt influence is kicked aside early and favors wine-like acidity, bone dryness and sulfury scrubbing effect. Mild warmth accents the dryness of the ale while dried and musty fruit follow in short-lived aftertaste.

Trois Dames simply now how to make classy sour beers! Even this Saison base recipe describes a dry and spice-forward flavor, its assertive nature pushes it into sour worlds. ...and the beer is better for it!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour malt, grain, funk, and apple aromas. Taste is much the same sour earth, funk, and apple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice sour apple presence all around.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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