India Pale Ale | Brasserie Trois Dames

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Brasserie Trois Dames

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chinook, Columbus et Simcoe

Added by Nickls on 11-09-2009

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by richmof:
Photo of richmof
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas this month...and they can actually pull it properly (unlike a lot of the beers they serve). A nice creamy two fingered-head that stuck around until the end of this cloudy honey orange hued beer.

I was going to say that it was the closest thing to an American IPA from Belgium I have tasted...but its not from Belgium.
Really nice citrus notes with mild grapefruit at the core.

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Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is citrus, bread and some resiny hops. The flavor is orange citrus and bread with low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not the most interesting IPA, but there is nothing wrong with it. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lubiere, via Quebec Buying Club. Pours enormous head for me, medium grapefruit body with enormous white head that leaves a symphony of whte lace. Medium, and cushioned mouthfeel, but also tingly. Aroma, after it settles, I would call neutral. Mild grapefruit flavour that leaves an orange residue. A good taste, a substantial IBU that is right there at the top of the IPA range.Drying.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark cloudy brownish / amber with a lasting medium white head and good lacing. Aroma and Taste is caramel malt, some bread yeasty notes with some sweet dark fruity esters of plum and some piney earthy hops. A medium body on the palate with some moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, some dark fruity notes some grapefruit maybe a bit of plums and raisins with a nice moderate earthy piney hops ending. It was actually a pretty good IPA although not as hoppy as an American IPA. Overall a very good nicely balanced and tasty brew

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy hazy dirty orangey color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry European style hops with light citrus notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by dry and astringent hops with light citrus notes also noticeable and some light Belgian style malt base. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Well done thought maybe a bit too astringent for my taste.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Off-white froth leaves a thin & lasting layer on top. Foamy drops on sides. Mild toasted, citric & fresh yeast aromas, hints of grapefruit & green wood hues. Crispy upfront & moderate toasted malt flavor, candy notes. Medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Pine needles in the middle open an increasing bitterness. Heavy astringency & woody touches. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

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Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

From a bottle labeled La Victorienne. Poured a cloudy grey-tinted peach color with a quickly fading head leaving behind a thin white ring.

Nice aroma of orange, Juicyfruit gum and peach with just a hint of toffee.

The taste delivers what the nose promised. Citrus and Juicyfruit gum, toffee and light caramel malts to the finish.

Medium-bodied and dry with good carbonation.

A delicious American IPA from a Swiss brewer.

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Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz brown bottle.

It pours an unfiltered amber/orange with a foamy white head that leaves some nice speckled lacing as it slowly recedes.

The smell is quite interesting. It is a unique hop bill for sure. There is a huge amount of bitter orange zest and grapefruit zest, some flowery scents, herbs, and some earthiness. The malt is bready with a hint of caramel and malt sugars.

The flavor has a bit of what the smell hinted at. IT has some caramel, some sweet dough, orange, some herbal notes, some light fruit notes, and a medium to low bitterness that lingers int eh aftertaste nicely. It could have used a bit more bitterness, but for a balanced IPA it is very good.

This brewery is a real interesting one, I think I;m gonna have to try all of their beers available. IT is nice to see Switzerland coming out with some great craft.

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Photo of k3ve
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at Pizza Paradiso the other day. This was labeled as the La Victorienne IPA.

The beer pours a amber gold color with good head retention and lacing. I didn't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light citrus, sweet tea and some sweet malt. As expected from the nose, there is some sweetness to this IPA, though there's a enough bitterness in the finish to balance the sweetness and dry the beer our a bit. The sweet malt and hoppy bitterness combination imparts some tropical fruit flavors, but it's not overdone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample (if somewhat low) carbonation. The beer isn't at all heavy or tiring on the palate, and drinkabilty was pretty good I thought. Ultimately, this beer was a bit sweeter than I normally like to see in an IPA, but otherwise this was an easy to appreciate, enjoyable IPA.

I'm assuming this beer was pretty expensive on the retail market (given what I paid for it at Pizza Paradiso), and while enjoyable, I doubt I'd want to pick up another bottle any time soon.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.33cl bottle into an An Brainblasta goblet in Belfort, France. Reviewed live. This is usually my least favourite style.

A: Half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and poor retention. Hazy murky gold colour.

Sm: Cream. Malt. Barley. What else is new? Mild esters. I like the cream.

T: Creamy malted barley (with restrained malt), thankfully held back bittering hops, and a pleasant unplace-able ester after the climax and through the finish. Pleasant and more complex than expected. Very well built for the style and quite nicely balanced. I'm fairly impressed. I love the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet, a nice departure from most IPAs, which tend to be the opposite. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Fairly high ABV, great drinkability (especially for an IPA), a fairly affordable price point by Zürich standards, and good quality. Certainly worth a go for any beer fanatic, even if like me you normally despise IPAs.

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with some sediment on the bottom of the glass. It had a small, thin head of white foam that left no lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast and some odd fruitiness that you don't normally associate with an IPA.

T - Spicy and yeasty with a malty backbone. There was this odd fruitiness here, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was an okay ale but not a good IPA.

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Photo of caribou43
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is a nice I.P.A with a taste of citrus, grapefruit and hop, bitter. The color is red-orange and nice sensation in the mouth.

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

Poured a nice hazy amber into a tulip with a half inch head. Nice balanced aroma of snappy hops and malt. Bright scrisp bitter hops taste that mellows into a malty sweetness. Taste and bouquet reminds me of a well-crafted Tripel. For guy who wasn't too keen on beer, Mr. Mettler has done a great job in just 8 years of craft brewing (check out the Biere Trois Dames website.) Would really like to try this fresh at the source someday.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Drinks of the World in Zürich, at the recommendation of @headlessclown.

Pours a rather light yellow colour, with a fine, but pocked head of white. Body looks very light. Minimal lacing. It's a bit lacklustre, but fits the style well enough.

Nose is very sweet, with paw-paw the most dominant character, almost steamrolling everything else. It's an organic, tropical sweetness, but I'd love a bit of acidity or sharpness to cut through it. When swirled vigorously, it gives a slight greenness and a whiff of marzipan, but then settles down to that paw-paw sweetness again. Alright, interesting in its way.

Taste is a little better, because the hoppiness comes through more strongly, giving a pleasant bitterness through the centre of the palate. The lack of body is noticeable here though, meaning the hop characters dominate too much, along with a back palate of bitter almond (did someone slip cyanide into my beer?).

Eh. It's not a bad beer, but it's a sub-par IPA. Doesn't have the flavour or the balance of the best examples.

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Photo of Nickls
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a huge 3 finger frothy eggshell colored head that held really well and has curtains of sticky lacing; really hazy burnt orange color; all very much on point for the style

S - Light sweet fruits; some citrus notes; a little grass; decent malt presence

T - Decent enough hop bitterness; a little soapy and a touch of hop burn on the back of the throat; a bit floral and citric as well; nice enough; but just not quite there yet with what I really like best about the style

M - Medium; a touch oily and dry toward the end; subtle but present carbonation

D - Not bad at all, and I had pretty low expectations coming into the brew; still pretty tasty and a decent stab at the style.

Overall, it doesn't seem as though any corners were cut in making the brew, but it just needed to be a bit tighter and have a little more bitterness for me to rate it higher. It was a pricey pickup, so that would keep this from being a regular rotation in my fridge right now.

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Photo of headlessclown
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours amber with medium head and good retention but low lacing.

S: Fruity. A bit laid back, but pleasant.

T: Good balance between malt and hop characters. Classic American IPA.

M: Medium body but pretty low carbonation.

D: I like it. Not amazing, but a sessionable IPA.

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Photo of drpimento
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good beer; so far, the best I've had out of Switzerland. Poured with a small to medium sized off white head that fades to a light soapy cover and some lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is hops, caramel, malt, toffee, grain, grass, and a bit of barn. Flavor is like aroma, not overly sweet, or overly bitter - just right. Body is on the soft side, full, and good carbonation. Finish is bitter, then sweet, then sweet on the edges of the tongue, bitter on top and has some length. Session beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Drinks of the World, Basel (5.40 CHF):
A nice change up for a Swiss beer after a lot of lagers & spiced beers. Good bitterness & hops with a caramel sweetness to back them up. The balance was good & the alcohol was well hidden which made it an easy one to drink & one of the better Swiss offerings I've tried.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On the "1001", but so hard to find that I may not have it again.

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