L'Exploratrice Hoppy Porter | Brasserie Trois Dames

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Brasserie Trois Dames

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mora2000 on 08-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by crossovert:
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3.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle. A new import from Switzerland.

It pours a nice coca-cola brownish red with a foamy off white head. The head sticks for a while and leaves some nice lacing behind. little hop bits can be seen suspended in the beer.

The smell is kind of sterile. When I think of hoppy porter I think of Alpha Klaus which this does not rival in terms of smell. There are some hops peeking through but the general smell I'm getting is lightly roasted chocolate and sweet caramel.

There is a definite tartness to the flavor and the hops are also evident in the flavor. The main flavor is of bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate. The beer smells rather sweet but tastes very bitter and pronounced.

It has a bit of a weak body for a porter, I would have liked it a bit chewier.

Overall it is a decent "porter", hoppier than most, but not as luscious as say an alpha klaus. Reminds my of the clumsy "black" IPAs, black IPA lovers will put this in their pipe and smoke the shit out of it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is trash, earth, dirt and roasted malt. The flavor is roasted malt with some toffee. I also get a little bit of trash in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is definitely a porter, but it is not hoppy as the label proclaims.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.23/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin head, dark brown with lots of chunky sediment.
Faint scent of roasted malt and sour milk.
Taste is roasted malt, sour, mild bitterness.
Light body, moderate carbonation.
This could be borderline skunked. I've had skunked beer before and it was undrinkable, this is still drinkable but not enjoyable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cola-coffee exit from the bottle, antique walnut while in the glass. The khaki head forms a whispy and creamy slight cover before dissipating rather quickly. Faint effervesce creeps up along the glass walls while the sides were fairly clean of lace and head foam.

S: Dried fruit, light mild coffee along with dark fruit of plums first present themselves on the nose. Overall light in strength, though the label promised me a hoppy porter. Mild bakers chocolate on the finish, not bad but fairly linear in complexity and light in terms of hoppiness and roast leaning more towards average regards here.

T: Chocolate and coffee appear with a fairly rich sense, think swiss warm cocoa, but comes off a bit thin substance wise. Alcohol and mild coffee mix together with a bit of dough. The bitterness gets going late in the game on the swallow of earthy moist coffee grounds but maybe a bit to late and vanishes just as quickly as it came.

M: Medium body at best, with a bit of oily slickness. Quiet carbonation, light earthy roast bitterness upon the swallow.

D: Ok flavorwise but the beer just doesn't deliver on what it was marketed as. Not quite hoppy or as roasty and chocolatly as a porter, but this does come from Switzerland so maybe their drinking habits are a bit different from our extreme nature. Drinkable, though not tasty enough to warrant seconds and drinks perhaps a bit bigger then its 5.3% abv.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts to foam slowly when opened. Pours a solid three finger head. Lots of yeast seen at the end of the pour. The head settles in a rocky dome fashion. The liquid is ruby brown and cloudy.

Strong milk chocolate and floral hop bitterness to the nose. Some notes of vanilla and cream.

Sweet, but not as much as the smell suggests. Cocoa flavor but it leans toward a brown ale than a porter. Good hop finish as advertised. Thin bodied but still has a chewy feel due to the low carbonation. Excellent vanilla overtones.

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Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of rinhaak
3.29/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark red (nearly black) with an airy white head of one finger. It faded very quickly, and what was left looked pretty ordinary and not entirely inviting (though by no means uninviting either).

The nose is the highlight, and is right on the cusp of 3.5 & 4. Cherries, prunes, grapes, yeast, port, and syrup all come together. It is almost vaguely reminiscent of a Bock.

The taste is a little bland, and the mouthfeel quite syrupy (but highly carbonated). Coffee, pumpernickel, bread, and lots of malt are present, though there isn't much in the way of a hop presence (unusual given this is a "Hoppy Porter"). It's a pretty unbalanced beer: the flavors all seem to be in battle with each other rather than harmony. Perhaps they tried to do a little too much?

Overall an adequate beer. I wasn't averse to it, but I certainly wasn't terribly excited by it either. I've had hoppy porters, and this wasn't really it. Not worth trying.

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Photo of drpimento
2.03/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I let this warm a bit from the fridge. I think this is another beer that is turning. Poured with a slightly thick and creamy, light tan head that soon subsided to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a hazy brown amber with trub particles floating. Aroma is funk, yeast, fruit, musty. Flavor is similar but is dominated by a tartness. No trace of hop in nose or flavor. Body is decent and carbonation soft. Finish is like flavor and I'm dumping the rest of it.

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Photo of MexicanSkittel
2.64/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured straight from the cellar into a 'TION' glass.

Poured a bright copper, brown, with a hint of maroon. The half inch creamy tan head sits soft and fluffy. Has all the looks of a great beer....

Had more like it,
The smell was very tired. The hops seemed to lack any flower or pine character. More stale dried hints. A little sweetness maybe pancake syrup, "log cabin" I think.

Not very hoppy on the taste, a little bitter, more slight tannin ish rather than hops. No big distinct flavors, maybe choc, a little malt but all very minimal.

Finish is light and a little tart.
All in all...eeehhh!

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L'Exploratrice Hoppy Porter from Brasserie Trois Dames
Beer rating: 3.07 out of 5 with 10 ratings