La Pasionaria | Brasserie Trois Dames

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Brasserie Trois Dames

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by eduardolinhalis on 11-04-2010

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Augustiner719:
Photo of Augustiner719
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in lausanne at la mise en biere. Really great to find this beer as it is a reasonably local brewery here in swtizerland.

Poured form a .33l bottle into a pint glass. Drink before april 2012 so not fresh at all.

Pours a nice hazy orangish on the verge of light brown color. Really nice body, not that typical orange glow color i find in american dipa's but still nice looking on the body. The head was non existent even with a fairly aggressive pour. No retention at all, probably because of the high abc.

Aroma was different, not expected at all. I get mint, not pine on this one. Lots of over ripe orange, maybe over ripe tangerine, touches of honey sweetness and an essence of rotten or overripe melon or citrus fruit.

Taste was not what i expected either but still a nice change of pace from typical DIPA flavors. I get an immediate shot of sweetness, maybe some orange like sweetness with hints of spearmint flaked throughout the initial taste. The mid palate gets the bitterness and the carbonation helps here to reset the palate for the transition to the finish. The finish is sweet and juicy with a nice clean yet refreshing finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, really good integration of the alcohol to the beer.

Overall, this would be great fresh IMHO, but getting turnover of swiss microbrewery beers against the heineken and carlsberg brewers here in europe is tough. worth a shot, wish i looked at the best by date before.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a oversized wine glass a hazed burnt orange with a frothy 1/2 finger white head atop.Boozy aromas with some overripe fruit,the hop presence is minimal being leafy and slightly resiny,the booze really stood out.Big sugary sweetness on the palate,tangerine and orange flavors mixed with that big sweet sugary alcohol,not much bitterness here.Its a big sweet alcohol driven DIPA, not what the style shoud be in my mind,in saying that its not a real bad offering.

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Photo of djripley
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, totally different label. A nice find at Belmont Station in Portland. The end of today's 'Hoppy Hour' procession. By the by - great name for a brewery...

This beer pours a cloudy, dark sediment-strewn amber hue, with one unsteady finger of foamy off-white head, which slinks away quickly, leaving but a few spices of amoebic lace around the glass. It smells of sweet fruity hops, some floral Turkish delight, and caramel/toffee malt. The taste is caramel malt, sweet, and very long-lasting, until a mild bitter, piney hoppiness pokes its head up, accompanied by a too-soft for its listing booze warmth. The carbonation is on the tame side, the body medium-full in weight, smooth, and well, forceful. It finishes still quite sweet, the residual malt swimming in an increasingly potent alcohol bath, accented by those pine and citrus American hop goodies.

It sure is nice that the Europeans are trying to emulate the recent success of stateside brewers. Growing pains and culture clashes will ensue, which is what this beer instills in me. Maybe the hops faded a bit (no bottle dating), but I'm getting a strong feeling of off-by-one, in a DIPA brewed in Switzerland. Go figure.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bold tasty DIPA, though pricey. A good hop selection. A tad of sourness, something I have frequently found in this brewery's product line, but decent balance from lots of malt.Hop aroma, solid thick head. A tad above average mouthfeel. Hits the style. Ken’s bottle.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 15, 2012.

It pours a kind of copper-orange color with a slight haze to it and small head.

The aroma is quite forward with barley malts, liquor, and hops.

The body is about medium with a creamy and smooth texture.

At first the taste makes me think of a barleywine because of that powerful malt character but it is followed by a hard liquor character and a fairly lingering hopped finish. This is more like a barleywine than a double hopped style. Not bad but not my thing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light citrus hops with tired floral aroma is not the most spectacular for the style. Taste is also a mix between some tired floral hoppy notes with some light citrus notes and a dry Belgian style malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. This one fell a bit flat and definitely missed some hops punch.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 2 finger off-white head left decent lacing while going to a broken very thin layer, beer is hazy with a lot of sediment in a brownish-amber-orange color 3.5
S – Clementine citrus with a fruity caramel date sweetness to the backing malt profile. A different DIPA aroma 3.5
T – Smooth caramel malts to start goes to a pine, earth and damp herbal notes with a bit of alcohol warmth, yeasty 3
M – Thicker and smooth, quite nice moderate body with mild small bubble carbonation 4
O – No bottled date, moderate drinkability, not a brew I enjoyed enough to try again but glad to have tried a swiss DIPA. There are too many good options to pass over in the style in America 3.5

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Ken, 11.2oz into a tulip.

Pours an unfiltered and opaque, pale gold/yellow, not a ton of head but a big bubbly collar is produced. Nose has some tropical notes, a bit of tangerine and again a hint of melon (twice in one night for this smell?); a touch of alcohol slips in there as well. Taste has all the notes of the nose amplified with some good bitterness; more of the melon, pineapple and general citrus for good measure. Not an extremely bitter take on the style I thought, and the alcohol is not there at all for the ABV. Good feel to it and definitely above average Double IPA from...Switzerland?

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Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Hazy amber color with some yeast left in bottle. Light grapefruit hop nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has malty sweetness and mellow grapefruit hops. Decent DIPA. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Modest head, but it leaves chunky lace. Lots of large clumps of yeast on the initial pour. The broth is very cloudy with an orange-amber color.

This has a dry grainy aroma. Reminds me of breakfast cereal in the box. The hop, floral in nature, is mild.

Excellent "round" full malt flavor on the initial sip. Lightly sweet. The hop bitterness shows up very slowly, but potently. Exceptionally well-balanced for the style. Good body and carbonation. The alcohol does not show up at all despite the 9% ABV.

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Photo of k3ve
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight out of central Europe, the fine folks from across the pond are getting their hands into the Americanized imperial IPA game with a rustic and British-cetric variety. Fruit, yeast, earth, and malt all play larger roles than what's normal for American imperial ales.

Pouring a rusty orange hue with a touch of mauve and amber, the densely looking beer separates with a low-lying cap of off white foam. Lighter than usual carbonation limits the fire power for head formation and retention as the foam recedes to a broken film, but somehow allows for nicely interspersed lace.

Aromas of caramel malt, dull fruit, yeast, and earthen woods provide the framework for the nose. Mildly bruised fruits of apricot, peach, apple, and papaya give a rich estery sweetness to accompany the broad earthy character of mint, hop stems, and spice from the hops.

Flavors are very rich with caramel and fruit tones. At medium attenuation, the beer is strikingly British as the dry malt character begins to limit the showcase for hops. Somewhat stemmy, leafy, and tobacco-like the dull bitterness of noble English hops deliver a highly herbal and grassy flavor spread that satisfies the palate with character, but limited refreshment.

Medium bodied, but likely fuller than I typical for even imperial IPAs because of the timid hop presence, the beer retains its weight deep into finish where a minty dryness and slight alcohol warmth sets in. Fruity and herbal in aftertaste, the beer continues to linger well into the next drink.

This uniquely formulated version of imperial IPA shines with a soul of British IPAs brewed to stronger strength but remains very well balanced and firmly structured from nose to finish.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wordemupg
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into tulip 1/8/12

A dark amber with just a thin film of beige head after a hard pour, just a few polka dots for lace

S sour citrus and heavy toffee and caramel covered apple but again its a little sour, smells very sweet and a little boozy

T some lime rind and pine to go on top of what I smell but not enough too save this one, I can't get over the sour apple notes

M syrupy and flat with a little heat, slightly sticky on the lips and a lousy sour fruit aftertaste

O I wouldn't bother with this one again its just nothing special, hops have faded and replaced with nothing worthy

a 2011 DIPA that just hit the shelves here in Alberta? don't waste the cash on this one

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Photo of chugalug06
2.52/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Nice tan head relaxes on top of this fine looking brew. Some moderate lacing. Brew is a cloudy orange with lots of red and brown.

S - Where's the hops? Not too much for scent... There's really not too much going on wiht the smell on this brew.

T - Bland for an IPA, Not sure why it was recommended. Below average.

M - Buttery, Smooth, great carbonation. Lots of heat!

O - Over priced. Doesn't meat the style, at all. Not impressed with this one. It's drinkable, but not enjoyable.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, copper orange with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Overripe fruits. Not really bad, but a bit odd....

T: Leads with strong, slightly bitter caramel, turning a little bit to the sweet side before a long finish. Not really the flavor profile of a DIPA, more of an American Strong Ale perhaps, but still tasty. After the first few sips the balance moves more in the DIPA direction, especially with the bitterness becoming more prominent, but it's still not quite what I expected. Towards the end of the glass, a little lavender enters the profile. Alcohol is noticeable but not out of line.

M: Smooth and creamy, no complaints here.

O: I like this-- reminds me a little bit of Double Dog. First beer I've had from Switzerland and Trois Dames, looking forward to sampling their other beers.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like a rich Imperial IPA with a dark opaque caramel color. The head is thin and light tan in color and dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: The first thought that came to mind when I smelled this beer was "Is this a Dubbel?" The nose has strong caramel notes that resemble the product of Belgium rock candi. The next wave of esters is that of malt and heat and then at the end it finishes with some hoppiness. Specifically a piney hop smell.

Taste: The taste is of musty hops and malt with some definite heat. It tastes like someone trying to make a dubbel but placing a single dose of high alpha hops during the start of the boiling process and never putting in any aroma hops or any hops after that in general.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is good. The beer runs very smooth over the palette with a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles hitting your tongue.

Overall it was a big dissapointment for an $8 bottle of beer. I'm not sure what it goes for in Switzerland but its definitely not worth it here in the States.

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Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, orange-like amber with a good off white head.

Smell is predominantly malt with a any hop aroma well-hidden.

Doughy, caramel malt taste with immediate hop bitterness dukes it out with the sweet grain. Only after a few swallows does the alcohol make its presence, but in a quiet way.

Sweetly smooth, heavy-bodied mouthfeel. Nice carbonation adding a soft feel.

Certainly a malt-forward IPA. Whatever hops used must have been more for the bitterness vice the aroma. If this one had a more pronounced hop scent, it would have been easy to bump up the overall score. Still, a fair enough beer and worth several go arounds.

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Yes, we have Double IPA! This is a exciting discover: An Imperial IPA made in Switzerland... :)

A: Orange bit cloudy color (almost amber) with a small to medium beige head. Small retention and not many lacings left
S: Delicious flowery hops as it should be. Caramel malts. Citrus and very fruity smell. No alcohol (good point)
T: Delicious bitterness. Caramel malts. Sweet upfront. Earthy, grassy and citric hops. Fruity: Strawberries mainly. Yeasts. Very bitter: Great taste!
M: Creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. Molasses
D: To a beer with such ABV, I would say that it's "dangerously drinkable". Extremely refreshing. The best Trois Dames I've had so far

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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