L'Amoureuse Rouge | Brasserie Trois Dames

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L'Amoureuse RougeL'Amoureuse Rouge

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Brasserie Trois Dames

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GRG1313 on 07-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 76
Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle & its sister, Blanche, at the Hunger-n-Thirst bottle shop here in Lancaster, PA a while back, more for the labels than anything else. The woman depicted is very evocative of post-World War I 1920s in Paris & some of the advertising artwork of the period. The name translates to "The Red (-headed) Lover"!

From the bottle (translated from French): "Winemaker's beer with Garanoir grapes"; "Ingredients: Water, Barley and Wheat Malt, Hop Flowers, Grapes and Fresh Yeasts"; "Ale brewed with grapes"; "Winemaker Nicolas Pittet Savuit-sur-Lutry"; "Three Ladies Beer".

Mademoiselle, je suis si heureuse de vous voir! Mon amour pour ta beauté ne connaît pas de limites. Votre sœur était juste là, mais je garde mon meilleur pour vous, ma poupée enflammée! I may be 52 y/o, but no Viagra needed when a redhead follows a blonde for me. I began gently, removing her top as I sniffed at her flame-red hair, feeling its coarseness against my rather large proboscis. She is like a big, orange cat, nuzzling & snuggling against me in return to my caresses. I may have revved her engine a little too quickly as I got some foaming up through the neck, forcing a quick, gentle pour that I stopped as soon as I had things back under control. Like her sister, Blonde, Red was rather flat, but beautiful nonetheless. In the glass, she appeared as Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, and once more, the arrival of the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas was cut short by their collective embarrassment. Red had no such inhibitions & fully opened herself to me. I breathed deeply & where her sister was much more funky & evocative of their family farm, she had a soft, slightly perfumey pungency, more akin to a Saison. There was a vinousness, like her sister, but not as pronounced. She was softer and less abrasive than her sister, preferring to lay across my tongue & rub back & forth, controlling the goings-on and leading the pace. The taste was again, more tart than sour and not even all that tart. Blonde was MUCH tarter than Red, leaving this one like training wheels where Blonde was a starter bike. It was vinous, but not overpowering, much more to my liking. As we approached the climax of this get-together, I noticed her darkening & getting more aggressive, I looked down to realize that we were almost into the lees on her punt, so I backed off accordingly & allowed both of us to catch our breath. Phew! I was having a tough time not finishing her (& me) off in one deep draught, but that is not how I like to operate. I slowly drank off what remained in my glass, savoring every drop, while agitating the remnants of the bottle in anticipation of the big climax. She moaned in response, suggesting that I might be doing something right. I poured off those last dregs, which looked like reddish clay that could be kilned into brick, and drank them off as we both shuddered in delight. I wish that she had not been retired as I would love to have her again.

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Photo of pubscout
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Out of Switzerland’s Brasserie Trois Dames, L’Amoureuse is quite rare because it is no longer brewed. It’s a wild ale, tart, redolent of grapes with a very pleasant carbonation. While The PubScout is not a fanatic about sour beers, this one has just enough grape sweetness to enhance the “Wild Ale” aspect without cancelling the effect out entirely. It pours a faded orange, nearly faded pink with no head. The nose is quite interesting and the fruitiness there is also reflected on the palate. It’s a great change of pace, and i suspect it would be a favorite among brunch lovers of both sexes—were it still being produced. Hat Tip to son Kaz for picking it up.

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Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Well executed idea in a straightforward brew. The Pinot come thru nicely in the nose with the malt and tart; nothing off. For flavor, similar to nose, plus good carbonation enhances the tartness which is esthetically done. Excellent body. Nice brew.

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Photo of qchic
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sours never really appear too showy. Aroma is sour and earthy with a hint of grape sweetness. That grape sweetness is a nice contrast to the moderate sourness--doesnt quite tickle the nose hairs, but the finish is off-putting. Reminds me of those rubbery balloons that you'd blow with a straw as a kid. Eek!

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

Confusing entry for this one; three similarly named ales. My bottle does not have "2" on it anywhere, but the label matches the picture and the style seems right.
Gusher. I now open all Belgians and saisons in the sink and am thankful for that habit now. Quickly lost half the bottle before I could pour. The remaining pour was hazy caramel amber with an initial very fizzy white head that surprisingly settled down to an attractive two finger fine white head with good retention and lacing. Haze probably due to the gushing, rough pour. Aroma of grape, berries, vinous and sour, with light Belgian yeast and spicing. Flavor is sour, astringent white grapes, apple vinegar, light spicing. Medium bodied with active carbonation. Too tart and dry for my taste, I thought this was going to be a Belgian ale style and initially thought I had a compromised bottle, but it tasted close to what other reviewers report, so it is intended to be a lambic/sour ale. Well made with lots of tart fruit flavor, but I'm not the one to appreciate it. I wish BA still had the "had" option, so I'm not forced to rate beers that are well made but not a style I like. I like this brewery, but this is a miss. I'm rating it on quality, not my taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells nice, but the fruit presence is slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down and left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brett are present in the nose along with hints of white wine. The brett aromas become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Just like the smell, the taste is a little sour and has notes of white wine flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer didn't taste anything like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and tasted a lot more like an American Wild Ale. It wasn't overly sour, but there was enough brett to cancel out any flavors of the underlying malts or sugars.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a 11.2oz bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip. Ale brewed with grapes.

Appearance- Rather akin to a Berlinerweiss. Hazy gold with no real head or lacing. Not much going on.

Smell- Lots of tart saison-like funk. Some grape, green apple, pear, wheat. Nice and crisp smelling.

Taste- Tart grapes up front. Reminds me of chardonney or sauvignon blanc. Some lemon and apples or pears. Tart and sweet. The 8% kind of comes through, but the grapes are a nice touch. Some mild funky yeast.

Mouthfeel- Real smooth and easy to drink. Nice body and great moderate carbonation. Almost drinks like a young white wine.

Overall- An enjoyable beer, but I'd like a little more tartness to it.

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Photo of Mises85
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this at Birch and Barley in a tumbler glass.

Appearance: light brown with no head or lacing. That is a first.

Smell: Unusually muted although there is a grape character with some vinous notes. Some vinegar and touch of sourness come through.

Taste: tart, vinegary, very grapey, effervescent, musty, touch of malt, red wine, slight funk.

mouthfeel: super smooth and refreshing.

Overall: Solid beer and great thirst quencher. Is it the best tart beer I have had? No. But would definitely drink again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance is a soft bronze/amber color
with an aroma of wine and a touch of alcohol.
taste is a delicious blend of malty sweetness and vine fruit that hits your tongue initially but is followed by lactic tartness quickly. if there is any brett flavor its very subdued.
mouthfeel is dry and crisp but not sharp with very little carbonation.
overall this is not a complex brew but is hugely drinkable and delicious and maintains a great balance. i could consume copius amounts of this in the winter or summer its that good.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a quarter inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma seems a bit weak, it smells like red grapes, cherries, and grainy malt/wheat. The brew tastes like red grapes/wine, tart cherries, raisins, and grainy/wheat malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's an OK brew, but I can't say I was impressed with it. Worth a try once, but I don't think I'd buy it again. $6.49 a bottle.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt orange cloudy color in the body. Little head that quickly dissipates. Served in a tulip. A fairly lackluster appearance.

Smells gross. Like smelly cheese. Then a little lactic smell. Some light malt aroma in there as well, like a bready note.

Nothing like a lambic. Lightly tart up front. Lightly. Bitterness is more in the finish. All is run through with a strong vinous quality. Bartender told me he thought there were Pinot noir grapes added. Not sure if that is true, but with the amount of grape flavor, it wouldn't surprise me.

Lighter body. Bright carbonation. Decent.

Not the greatest but nothing terrible. I wouldn't order again. I like the tart, vinous character but the aroma was pretty rank.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C. Served alongside L'Amoureuse No. 1 (Blanche). Review from notes.

The beer is reddish and fairly hazy with a small head. The aroma brings grapes, funk, acidity, bread, grains. Definitely the better of the two beers. Smoother with more going on. More pronounced fruit. Tasty grape character throughout. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy almost red/almost purple. Not much of head, but very wispy and a thin uneven collar.

Smell - Much sharper acidity than the white grape one. A touch of grain and tons of fruitiness.

Taste - Great musty grape flavor. Grainy. Medium tang to it. Better than the other version.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Feels kinda light as a result.

Overall - Better fruit flavor and a nice tang to this one. Pretty good.

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Photo of seand
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pink-ish orange-ish amber color with a bit of fizzy white head, which dissipates nearly instantly. A ring around the edge of the glass retains enough to leave a bit of lacing.

S: Sweet candy cherry and other fruit, with a bit of wheat, and a little vinous.

T: Lots to unpack. It's a bit sweet, a bit tart, has a bit of wheaty yeasty astringency, but the overall flavor is relatively subtle. It's worth going slowly and trying to notice different aspects, since there are lots of flavors there, they just don't jump out.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, an interesting and pretty good beer, but more interesting than strictly enjoyable; worth trying though.

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light fizzy head covering that leaves some lacing as it fades, mostly clear darker golden straw like color.

Nose starts with musty grape skins, juicy grape juice and white wine, fresh saison aromas with light spices, little earthy funky hint wheat like straw, plenty of fruity esters, light fluffy malt. The grapes came on initially but pretty much disappeared pretty quickly.

Taste starts with a juicy malt and fruity flavor. Over ripe slightly soured grapes, musty grape skin and light tannic seed, definite green grape flavor, and hint white wine fruity flavor. Then French farmhouse, light earthy funk like, grainy wheat and straw, hint of spices and some fruity esters and hint of warming booze. It brings a light citrus and faint dried lemongrass, and somehow a mild sweetness, and a tartness that increases slowly the more I sip, a tart lemony grapefruit rind kinda thing. The finish dries quite a bit, lingering farmhouse malts wheat and grainy flavors, citrus and fruity flavors, esters, and light musty grape skin again as well as a light lingering warming tingly booze, and more tartness.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, nice carb, warming booze.

Overall pretty nice funky French farmhouse beer, light saison funk, nice malts, booze is unique for the style, and quite an interesting musty grape skin and wine flavor. I like it.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Supplication is one of my top favorite wild beers with Pinot Noir, so this BSPA with Pinot Noir has a high hurdle to pass.

Poured into a Lost Abbey chalice, cloudy amber color, with a little foam that dissipates quickly to a ring. Leaves some scant lacing.

Nose is sweet light malt, hops, grapes, spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. Some Belgian yeast funkiness. Interesting enough, but I was hoping this would be sour and there is no hint of that.

Tastes like a Duvel with Pinot. Tastes of light roasted malt, concentrated, fresh grapes, and cinnamon & clove spice typical in the finish of pinot noir wine. A little yeast funkiness. Sourness of the grapes is held in check by the sweet malt, so it is not really sweet or sour.

It is just a little fizzy to flat on the tongue; light body. Long finish with some hop bitterness and lingering cinnamon/clove spice.

I think I would like this better if it were more sour. It is tasty enough to complete a glass, but the sweet malt and Belgian yeast funkiness seems at odds with the pinot noir rather than integrated with it. It tastes like a wine punch in which some Duvel was added to give it fizz. A lot of Pinot Noir grape must was likely used in this as it has quite a concentrated pinot flavor as well as a quite spicy finish. But I am sure I would enjoy this more if it had less malt sweetness and more sourness from the Pinot Noir.

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Photo of Nutwood
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in a served from a 330 ml bottle into a red wine glass, and warmed it with my hands a bit while taking in the aroma before sipping.

Appearance: Cloudy, virtually no head, and no significant lace. Color is a cloudy pinkish amber. The color is really hard to describe but very nice.

Aroma: Delicate fruit, soft malt, a hint of vinegar sourness, maybe just a touch of distant floral bouquet.

Taste: I love how this beer is so balanced, so delicate, and simultaneously really has depth and complexity. I'm just really kind of blown away by how soft the flavors are; and at the same time there is a robustness to the interplay of fruit, malt, a hint of ascetic vinegar sour. There is a slight woody presence, just ever so slight but present. It's not overtly sweet, but there is a pleasing quality to the fruit that is better than mere sweetness. The different aspects of the complex flavors here seem to occupy all parts of your senses so evenly and at the same time distinct in each part.

Mouthfeel: The body os this beer is just right in line with all the other attributes. It's medium to light, with a soft carbonation that's matches the delicate flavors. As with the flavor, it seems to equally stimulate all corners of the palate at once. The pleasing dry finish of L'Amoureuse No. 2 Rouge is crisp and well-defined without being harsh; it begs contemplation of the next sip.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer immensely, so much so that I had two glasses, and went back for another the next day. Every aspect of L'Amoureuse No. 2 Rouge plays off each of the others perfectly. If you're into beers with aggressive, in-your-face qualities, this one is not for you. But if you like balance and subtlety with depth and character, give L'Amoureuse No. 2 Rouge a try.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with an off-white head. Cherry starts things off followed by red grapes and a hint of vinegar. A nice tartness, some oak, and a bit of sweet maltiness. Just a hint of lemon peel in the background. The palate is somewhat acetic. Red wine and balsamic vinegar notes with light oak, grass, and lemon peel. Strong grape flavor with a hint of raisin and cherry. Not bad, but nothing really great either.

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Photo of tony223366
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice white head that stands about two fingers. Unfortunately it quickly dissipates to just a thin layer and then basically nothing. Very disappointing. The color is nice though, a golden amber color with some darker rose highlights.

S: Tons of really tart acidity. Some fruity notes from that tart sour notes. A small amount of musty funk that I love. Smells like a really interesting beer.

T: The taste really doesn't disappoint. Wow, huge tart acidity that I love. Really a lip puckerer. Lots of musty funkiness too. It's all balanced by some really nice fruity sweetness. I pick up some citrusy notes too. I'll be damned if there isn't some oak or woody notes too.

M: Medium smooth body with lots of puckering astringency.

O: Definitely reminds me a lot of Petrus Aged Pale Ale. I believe that's also a sour belgian pale ale. Really huge flavor and just so good. The more beers like this the better if you ask me. Wow

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose very similar to Russian River's Supplication (not surprising since that was aged in pinot noir barrels). Red wine notes, grapes, sour cherries, green apples, dark fruits, sweetness and honey. The sourness in the taste is milder than expected. Sour fruit, grapes, cherries, some notes of apple and maybe some pineapple. Sharp and acidic, but still surprisingly smooth. This is an awesome sour. Not surprised that Stone had this in their Sour Fest. There was another sour at La Bodega from the same event, even though its $22 I am now considering picking it up.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L'Amoureuse No. 2 has a swing top bottle, unlike the regular L'Amoureuse. The shop where purchased (along with the regular) indicated that this one, the No. 2 has been discontinued or was a limited one-off brewing. The website does not shed any light on this.

Label indicates that it is beer made with grapes (this label is exclusively in French)

Pours a medium dark hazy amber orange but with pink cast and pink tint. Very thin , almost non-existent white head.

Nose is apricot and light grape sour. The nose has you anticipating a sour beer or perhaps a wild ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich and very well balanced for a sour. It is a sour and a very nice example of one that is acidic, citric, lightly carbonated and very well balanced.

Flavor profile is sweet front to a big sour citric mid palate with flavors of sour apricots and tart bitter oranges. Here, the bitter orange character is very appealing and inviting. Tangerine tones at the back palate and right before the finish.

The finish is dry, crisp and tart with bitter apricot/bitter stone fruit tones.

This is a very nice drink. Would make a nice introduction to the style and is very drinkable. I could make a habit of drinking this one.

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L'Amoureuse Rouge from Brasserie Trois Dames
3.99 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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