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


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 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 (7129) - 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 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 (1792) - 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 (1320) - 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 (5581) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
Dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee, fruchtig herb. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, bittere Schokolade, hopfig, fruchtig bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2008
courtesy of Raphael Mettler - slightly hazy dark brown colour with a little collapsing beige foam; robust and charming flowery hoppy aroma; some biscuity notes in the background; good and rounded malt body; decent bitterness before a very long aromatic hoppy aftertaste - very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18966) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2008
Bottled, thanks Bov! Nut brown, rich airy head. Grapefruity nose. Light aroma of nutty roasty malt. Dry with good amounts of grapefruity American hops. Notes of coffee. Long resiny bitter finish. Another solid, flavourful beer from Trois Dames!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Embrouille (2803) - SWITZERLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled 33cl. Dark brown with a beautiful beige head. Beautiful hop profile. Strong bitterness. Lovely chocolate notes. Good lacework. Bitter finish with hints of chocolate. Highly pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012
2012-09-29, bottle from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier, 6% ABV, bb 12-2013, 7-4-7-4-14=37
Dark brown color, with short head retention. There is a mild but very nice aroma of fruity hops, that cover some dusty roasted malt. Good flavor of roasted malt and caramel, lean body, with a strong and quality hopping, resiny; some more roasted malt in the end. Very good.

2009-04-03, bottle from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier, 5.3% ABV, 6-4-7-3-14=34
Brown color; finally a beer from this brewery with a good head, medium sized and correctly compact. Light chocolate aroma. Good mouthfeel, quite strong body, strong chocolate flavor with roasted malt; good bitterness. Ends with more roasted malt. Quite powerful for this gravity, very good.

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