Brewed by Trois Dames
Style: Black IPA
Sainte-Croix, Switzerland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
C’est ma version d’une porter avec un houblonnage renforcé: 50 IBU pour « seulement » 5,2-5,5 % d’alcool. Elle contient pratiquement la teneur en houblon d’une IPA, mais sa couleur brun-noir provient des malts rôtis. Je la brasse une ou deux fois par an.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kingvit (409) - - MAY 1, 2014
Aroma: yeasty, citric; Appearance: reddish brown, foamy head; Taste: medium bitterness, slight sourness; Palate: fizzy carbonation, astringent finish, slick texture Cool black Ipa, hopped generously.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sulawang (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2016
Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours dark root beer brown with a ridiculously large lasting foamy head, clusters of very active streams, barely visible sediment.

Nose: sweet toffee brown sugar barley malts (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-barely slick, fizzy-tingly lively CO2

Mid-palate: toffee-caramel barley malt, (lvl-5-sweetness), chocolate milk,

Finish: distinctly aromatic roasted barley, mocha, very subtly smooth bitter hops, lingering roasted finish - clean.

Summary: Not quite as dark as a black IPA and has more the characteristic nutty brown ale notes, this one is masterly balanced. The roasted barley and coffee notes are integrated seamlessly, transitioning super smoothly in bitter hops which accentuate the bitter mocha experience. Numerous layers of flavour plus an engaging mouthfeel make this one of the standout beers I’ve had to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Case (300) - GERMANY - JUN 8, 2014
Pours ruby red-brown with big thick head. Aroma is roasty, coffee. Taste is sharp bitterness, followed by caramel and fruit. Ends dry. A hophead’s delight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubCapt (23) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 14, 2008
Very dark brown with a cream.couloured head. Rich molasses, cocoa, treacle-like nose, with a citrusy, resiny hop edge seamlessly merged into it. Splendid rich, yet dryish malty palate, smooth cocoa, treacle, and more resinny hops leading into a long dry roasty bitter finish. Very drinkable hoppy porter, might work as a session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle as L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter: Pours a clear deep copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel malty nose with some fresh citrusy hoppy notes and a touch of toffee candy. Starts with good fullness and nice dark caramel sweetness with a good piny resiny hoppy balance before a slightly drier lingering bittersweet finish. An enjoyable and well-made India brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weark (653) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - FEB 17, 2015
Bouteille achetée "Au Grain D’Orge" - Belle couleur rousse rugby avec une magnifique mouse beige et crémeuse, longue tenue et belle marque sur le verre - Arôme d’agrume, de citron, et de grapefruit développée par les houblons, puis des notes de caramel et de malt roti font leurs aparitions, très plaisant et très équilibré - En bouche les houblons sont toujours bien présent, agrumeux sur le grapefruit, mais le corps malté et bien plus présent qu’ au nez, malt caramel et roti - Corp léger à moyen, amertume moyenne à forte, bonne carbonation, amère et un peu sucrée, final agrumeuse avec une bonne amertume qui tient longtemps - une de mes brasserie suisse préférée, très bien réalisée

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2008
Bottled, thanks omhper! Pours out in a hazy dark brown colour with a large dense tan-coloured foam. Resinous and grapefruity aroma with solid undertones of toasted malts and roasted nuts. Medium-bodied with notes of crackers, toasted malts and nuts with strong notes of resin and garpefruits. Long bitter and aromatic finish of resin, flowers, grass and grapefruit with dense undertones of roasted malts and spunned sugar. Still dry. really nice hoppy dark ale from an excellent brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2010
From notes. L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter tasted from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours muddy brown orange with a thick white head that leaves spotty lace. The nose is brown malt with some brown sugar sweetness and nice aromatic hops. The flavor displays the zesty hops a little more with the malt, brown sugar, and light yeast acting as backbone. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long hops and malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1897) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Tasted from bottle into nucleated pint glass. Mine was labelled Bière Trois Dames L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter. Poured an opaque, very dark reddish-brown color with creamy foam, somewhat lasting with Belgian lace. Aromas of toast, caramel, strong toffee, coffee with cream, some (though far fewer than expected) perfumey hops. Complex malt-sweetness with roasty and nutty notes, moderate bittering and flavoring hops. Medium-heavy body, syrupy mouthfeel, lasting bittersweet aftertaste. My bottle was labelled Hoppy Porter, but was apparently an alias for this entry which is labelled as Black IPA. It was definitely not true-to-style for either of those descriptions. Which is fine; the best, most sophisticated brews defy clear categories. If I had to, I’d say this most resembled a refined old-world bock or dopplebock (though only 5.3% ABV). My first Swiss beer, and I’m impressed. I wonder if their others are this interesting and well-balanced? Delicious. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (17284) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
Dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee, fruchtig herb. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, bittere Schokolade, hopfig, fruchtig bitter.

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