Winter Sour Ale | Brasserie Trois Dames

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Winter Sour AleWinter Sour Ale

Brewed by:
Brasserie Trois Dames

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BEERchitect on 12-14-2012

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by TruePerception:
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3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Trois Dames Winter Sour / Ale de Noel: 7% ABV; Appearance: cloudy mid-dark yellow, heff-ish; Smell: lemon, hint of banana; Taste/Mouthfeel: very subtle acid on sides of tongue, orange peel, hint of banana, back note of pine; long light pine finish; decent.

Had at a tasting, poured into a plastic cup.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RickS95
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle

Looks the style with a light orange, apricot color. Faintly hazy with a really contrasting white head, a finger and a half thick. Head has great retention, going from looking bubbly to foamy to cloudy, eventually leaving a nice thick lace.

Has some sour characteristics (vinegar), but the addition of citrus fruits is nice. Has a funky yeast smell to it, like a Belgian saison.

The taste lacks some of what the nose presents. Pepper is present and really is the dominant flavor and that might be masking some of the other ingredients, though orange peel probably has a similar taste and feel. After a few sips, the orange becomes more pronounced, but so does the pepper. When you burp, you can pick up the lemon.

There's a tartness and sourness to it that goes fairly well with the acid from the citrus fruits. A bit peppery. Slight yeasty funk. The swallow brings a pucker.

It's a good beer (though not worth $18.99 per bottle), but could be better. The pepper taste and feel is a bit strong, I'm guessing it's the yeast. Brett would make this killer. The acid cleans your palate, despite a relatively tart finish. Goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of emilylee
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of DougT
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Radiohannibal
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of dcotom
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a glass tumbler. This turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy pale amber color, with an evanescent white head that settles into a thin ring. Light crackery malt underneath yeast funk and tart orange on the nose. Nice burst of flavor on the palate. Again, yeast funk and tart orange, with some nice orange-zest bitterness. Finish is crisp and clean, with a lingering hint of orange zest and spice. Light and refreshing, this "winter sour" would be a fantastic summer drink as well. Or anytime, for that matter. Well done!

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of anhigdon
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of macher0
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Holy Grale.

Poured light straw color with a thick frothy fine bubble egg shell head. Slightly hazy. Mega laces. The nose is sharply sour with light malts and sour yeast. The taste is a little different than the nose would suggest. Mild tartness, big on the malts, and neutral oak. Minor hints of dust and grain. Smooth with high carbonation. A lot of funk rounds this beast out. I would suggest this to wild or sour fans. I could session this piece. This is like a sour bud heavy.

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Photo of Choco86
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KevT
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head. Body colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: White wine, orange and citrus lemon zest, pale malts, bretts, and spicy yeast. Crystal malt. Pleasant and inviting. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon citrus zest. Crystal and pale malts. Bretty light sourness. Balanced if simple for the style. I do like it. Refreshing and enjoyable. Nice acidity. Could use some tartness. It isn't horribly sour, but it's funky.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Suits the flavours nicely. Quite soft. Good carbonation and thickness.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like it. A tasty beer, but it's not really sour. Saison-esque. Hides its ABV well. Refreshing.

High C+

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deliciously smooth and with peps of sour fruit and light sugar balance, this Swiss beer gives a glimpse into the sour-ish notes of Belgian wild ales and the sweeter faro versions that seep our every now and then.

Pouring a russet copper hue, its rusty haze starts to frame the notion that the beer is highly rustic and old-world in appearance. A formidable blanket of ecru foam frames the beer with a long lasting foam stance and sprinkled lace with a gentle swirl of the glass.

Funky and fruity, the aromatic notes are strong of citrus fruits- dried lemons, dried limes, dried apricots, dried mangoes... basically and citrus or tropical fruit that has been dehydrated finds itself contributing to the nose. Complementary notes of sea air, savory earth, and dried wood gives the beer a describable note of salt water taffy.

A delicious taste of aged wood, dried citrus and condensed tropical flavors ensue- all contributing to an earth and tart taste. As the beer traverses across the palate, the malty sweetness arises and balances the acidity and rich earth character. It's late taste celebrates a mild phenolic spice and leather before the sugary taste extends the sweeter tastes.

Without an exact bone dryness, the beer reluctantly dives into the sour notes but prefers a semi-tart acidity with supple sweetness that rides along side of the sourness and balances it much like the sweet-and-sour balance of Thai cuisine or Chinese duck sauce. A side note of warmth and grape seed bite rises in finish, yet still is dwarfed by the lingering malt sweetness.

I'm not used to a beer, much less a sour ale to start drier and then finish sweeter but this is what this beer does. Somewhat magical, but I need more depth of complexity if this is the blueprint.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Robdrinx
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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