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The Bruery Trois Poules Français

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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For our third beer in the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ series we decided to take a little creative liberty when approaching the barrel aged version. We were able to acquire an abundance of syrah grapes from the Santa Ynez Valley, which are full of rich, dark berry flavors and a wisp of black pepper which seemed almost too perfect for Three French Hens. The grapes were pressed and the juice was added to the beer which was then aged in wine barrels for one year. The result is a satisfyingly tart, dark ale with hints of oak and dried fruit that finishes with a clean, vinous character typical of a deep red wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (2366) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
A: Deep Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Sour Mash, Musty Grapes, Chardonnay T: Grapes, Sour Mash, Chardonnay M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sour Overall, a nice wine barrel aged sour ale with great sour taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2013 Bottle. Murky, red wine and brown color with a few bubbles. Aroma is heavy on the red wine with nice complimentary tart underneath. Taste is heavy red wine grapes but there’s also a clean tart, lemon, grinding sour, and spice mixed in there as well. Relatively low carbonation but it works, Very nice high ABV sour with a very heavy wine character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (8010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma of red wine and grapes – very vinous but not tart at all. Flavour is extremely vinous, with loads of red wine, some dry musty grapes, and earthy notes. Almost none of the base beer is left. The vinous quality dominates. Almost flat carbonation, with a dominating dark vinous quality. Heavy on the palate, with a fairly high warming effect. Good, but nothing spectacular – a wine bomb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4995) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy red color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of red wine notes with light vinegar with sour grapes notes. Taste is dominated by tart notes from the grapes with some oak and some vinous notes with light residual sugar at the end. Acidity level is well balanced. There are also some funky notes which work more or less well with the rest of the mix. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Average sour available for a non-average price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (4896) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark amber and ruby hue with medium beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is grape and funk. Medium mouthfeel with dark fruits, vinegar, and light tartness in the finish. A good sour from the Bruery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
Sweet lord jesus. Pours muddy and reddish brown with a thin head. Complex tart aromas with the slightest funk, smells absolutely amazing. Refreshingly tart, light cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2198) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2013
Bottle 750ml. Pours deep amber/ruby with almost no head. Aroma is of fruits, acid acetic. Taste is of fruits and acid acetic. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Not too cloying, unlike some other Bruery stuff. Alcohol well hidden. Nice fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
bottle shared by tom 10101, thanks! pours clear dark copper with a very small light beige head, little retention. acetic and dusty grapes, also grapes’ skin, tannins. very few spices, peppery and spicy notes, cough syrup. soft carbonation to almost flat, light body - somewhat syrupy, short and sharp acetic and grassy-spicy finish. relatively complex, more than decent offering but not totally enjoyable. abv very well hidden though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3353) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Thanks to SourNotes for this one! Deep amber with almost no head and no lacing. Aroma is acetic (as most The Bruery Sours I’ve tried) with grapes, red fruits, oak, winey notes and some spices. Taste is winey and acetic with grapes, red fruits and oak. Mouthfeel is dry, mouth-puckering and winey. Alcohol is really well hidden! Not bad, but a tad too acetic to be really enjoyable/drinkable. I liked it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2013
A - Dark brown-red with a thin finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades very quickly. S - Sweet dark caramel malts, grapes, oak, vanilla, red wine, Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, and other spices, candi sugars, touch of funk, and a bit of booze. T - Sweet dark caramel malts, grapes, raisins and other dark fruits, some sourness, red wine, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, other spices, candi sugars, some funk, and a bit of booze. M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, sweet, and warming finish. D - Great complex BSDA. Good overall balance and the barrel comes through nicely.

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