The Bruery Trois Poules Français

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


on tap


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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3460) - 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 (8558) - 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 (5760) - 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) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1872) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a lifeless, nearly opaque, dark root beer brown color, with nearly no head at all. A very thin cap of nitrogen-infused-like head appears just before it goes away for good. It’s quite unattractive. The aroma is comprised by a little date in the background and tart chardonnay in the foreground. The mouthfeel is wet up front, with medium body, but finishes a little dry. The flavor is very tart and causes the palate to long for something sweet for balance. There’s no disguising the wine grapes used in making this beer. It finishes pretty cleanly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (23757) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
9th June 2012
Dark brown - red beer. Small off white head. Cream and sour fruit on the nose. Dry airy palate. Tart sour fruits - raspberry. Sour red wine. No real barrel smoothness here! Finishes semi dry and tart. A bit much with tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10305) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 15, 2013
Botella. Hazy amber colour, small white like head. Pleasantly fruity berry tart sweet aroma. good mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet and fruity, really nicely tart with berries and some wood to it too. Niiizee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (4517) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2013
25-JAN-2012, bottle @Papsø tasting, @Yespr. Dark, clear amber with almost no tan head. Tart, malty, brown sugar aroma. Taste is sour berries, malty, sugary. Tart, wood, cherries. Long sour aftertaste. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy brown-red with almost no head. Aroma is dark malt, red berries, grapes, medium balsamic vingeary, overripe fruit, woody, grassy, and some funk. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter and medium(+) tart. Body is medium textures is oily/crisp, carbonation is soft. Finishes clean, tart grape and funky. Mesmerizing beer, I’ll have to drink this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (3544) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2013
Sample from 75 cl. bottle. Dark brown colour with a very small, off-white head. Fruity and tart aroma with ripe fruits, red grapes, peppery, spicy notes, a good amount of wood. Taste is light sweet. Medium to full body with a flat carbonation. Fruity, tart finish with red grapes and ripe fruits. Good sour.

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