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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: 89   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.

TheCrowsNest's rating

   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyit (3671) - Vadum, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2015
Unclear brown of color with an off white head. An aroma of prunes, sour, sugar and candy. A flavor of prunes, sweets, sugar and sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2722) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. The aroma is dominated by a strong red wine barrel presence that gives off vinous fruits such as grape, plum and raisin which are complimented by earthy oak, sweet booze and peppery spice notes. Subtle medicinal presence along with some sweet malts but the barrel notes overpower most of the unpleasantness of the base beer. Medium bodies with a really sweet vinous red wine flavor that lingers over the zesty spice and dark malts into a slightly dry finish. Slightly tart with a strong barrel presence that gives off oak,meed wine and lots of vikous dark fruit. Hints of grape, plum, date, fig and currant countered slightly roasted malt sweetness and peppery spice. Very subtle medicinal/syrupy presence with some caramel and toffee flavor. I found the regular 3 French Hens an undrinkable mess but the addition of stray grapes and red wine barrel aging have really toned things down. A bit heavy on the vinous fruit/red wine flavors but the overbearing alcohol and insane spiciness are kept in check. Complex, flavorful and pretty easy to drink considering how strong it is. A major improvement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
Bottle at a dinner hosted by Patrick Rue at the Gingerman in NYC. Although this was quite fun to try, it is miserably over the hill. The fruity vinuous notes have degraded into a vinegar-ish tartness. The beer is nearly flat and a bit harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (734) - - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle, aged a few years. Deep purple hue, a short-lived medium-tan head. Raisiny aroma, molasses, marzipan, dates, booze. The acidity diesnt show up much in the nose, but it’s definitely there in the flavor. Dark dried fruits are prominent again, but paired with strong balsamic David and tart apple acidity. This bottle’s about three years old now, and it seems that the friity Belgian flavors are smoothing out while the tartnessaintaims its intensity. More time probay won’t do the beer any favors; drink it now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7878) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"a surprise appearance since i didnt even know this existed. i like the 3FH, but this took that beer to a whole nother level. big juicy syrah fruit and leather flavors atop an already pretty nice dark belgian strong. vinous and a little tart (though I would not class is as a sour as RB did)...just a barreled BSA. Good stuff. If I’d had this solo I may have even scored it higher."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Ruby tinted, dark brown chestnut body with a foamy beige & khaki head that quickly turns into a mild collar. Aroma of vinous red wine, red grape, soured dates & raisins, light vinegar, funky & musty oak, a light caramel malt base, hints of plum, & a slight lactic tartness. Flavor is tart, vinous, full of red wine reminders, red grapes, plums, raisins, all sorts of dark fruits underpinned by a lightly acetic & vinegery sourness. A touch of boozy wine near the finish, turning more sweet as the tartness fades. Unattenuation is apparent; mostly sweet & sticky dark fruit finish with light oaky must. Gotta say, much better than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7462) - Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle shared by b3shine in late December ’13. Pours a hazy amber/copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some sweet malts, tart berries, red wine, oak, hints of pepper, herbal character, interesting and I will try this again and update my rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Old Ale Alpharetta rate. Big ripe fruits/berry, red wine, oak, a bit spicy, vinegar. Nice depth of flavors, but the vinegar touch isn’t my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle... Pours murky and brown with a brief, off-white head. Funky, sour aroma - oak, acidic red wine, caramel and sour cherry. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is a balanced blend of sour notes, bitterness and roasted malts. Short, tart finish. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1588) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2014
750 mL bottle shared by Trey at Ale Alpharetta. Pours a dark, cloudy brown, with a thin film of tan head. The aroma is light chocolate, cloves, tart grapes, with only a hint of tannins. Sweet, with a mellow, vinous sourness. MEdium body, sticky, and fairly astringent. Overall, this is a nice, well-made dark sour, with good wine-ish notes, but doesn’t really seem that special.

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