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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: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2012 Bottle. Pours dark almost black with tan head. Nose/taste is mostly vinegar, dark cherry vinegar, vinous notes and hints of chocolate with some vanilla/oak. Taste is heavy vinegar, some grain. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Dark amber pour with a small off-white head. Strong grape and red wine aroma on the nose. A light balsamic note, a bit of grass, a hint of alcohol, and lots of wood. The flavor is nicely tart with a strong balsamic character. Some wood, tannins, and grape skins. Mild malt sweetness, tons of grapes, and red wine. Much better than the regular version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
750 ml bottle shared at the tasting. Served in a Portsmouth tulip. A: Pours a semi muddled, but clear plum color with brown hues mixed in. A small head forms on the pour, but it quickly dissolves to nothing. S: Some sour grape skins, mild musty funk, a heavier malt body and some acidic notes. T: Sour red grapes with a subtle tartness. Grainy malt body with some slight funky aftertones. M: Medium bodied with a medium to low carb and a smooth, slightly malty finish. O: This was decent enough. It as your average dark sour that’s a little better than average, but I wouldn’t want to seek it out again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-16-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3546) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt. The beer is dark chestnut brown with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers oak, wild yeast, caramel malt, a touch of cherries, light spice. Tart and sweet cherry flavors with prevalent wild yeast. Oak and bacteria. Maybe some purple grapes. It tastes like an imperial Oude Tart, though not as tasty. Medium bodied and sufficiently tart. Overall, this was enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2012
750 ml bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR (thanks Andrew) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, basalmic vinegar, red grapes, sour citrus and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of carmel, red grapes, sour citrus and light barnyard with a crisp dry tart lingering funky grape finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle shared by Ratman. Pours clear dark amber to tawny with a small, bubbly off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is tart and acidic cherries and plums, oak and biscuit malt with earthy hops, lightly acetic. Flavor is tart and acetic fruits with supporting malt, light oak, hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown / amber with a very modest off white head in this glass. The nose is wine barrel treatment for sure, with some dark fruits, and some vinegar notes. This is a robust brew - It’s vinous, with more dark fruits, some earthiness from the oak notes, more vinegar, light alcohol burn... it is tart, but not so much so. I do enjoy this one, for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (3819) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pours into the glass a solid dark brown with faint ruby highlights when held to light and a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. The aroma is fruity and tart with a hint of oak on the edges. The flavor is quite different. Up front is a tongue piercing fruity tartness followed by some oak and a bit of sweet and a whole lot of alcohol heat. Medium to light body with a light level of carbonation and a tart sour mouthfeel. Quite acidic and tart, it kind of works, but is not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2012
75cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2011, with red wine grapes (Syrah), thx to Secret Santa!, complex sour brew, woody/vinous and slightly fruity/spicy, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, very good X-Mas brew, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4183) - California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
27 July 2012, bottle. Dark brown. Nose is really tart brown ale. Thin body and slightly fizzy. Faintly syrupy. Bitter oaky, tart, nutty brown notes. Really great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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