Leave it to The Bruery to take a traditional Belgian-style ale and put their unique, decadent spin on it. Their 3 French Hens is a rich, robust dark ale filled with layers of complex malt flavors and accented by bright fruity esters. It’s a sophisticated sipper ideal for a cozy night by the fire.

The beer pours an opaque dark brown color, topped by a creamy tan head. Swirling it reveals aromas of ripe dark fruits like plums, raisins and figs along with notes of caramel, toffee, and peppery spice. There’s an enticing vinous quality as well.

One sip and you’re enveloped in a rich tapestry of malt flavors. Decadent caramel and toffee provide a sturdy backbone, accented by hints of molasses, chocolate, and nutty undertones. The dark fruit esters shine through with plum, raisin and date notes adding complexity.

While full-bodied, the mouthfeel remains lively with a zesty effervescence and just enough hop bitterness to provide balance and a crisp, drying finish. The warming alcohol provides a subtle vinous booziness as it breathes.

Typical of The Bruery, they’ve taken the Belgian dark ale style and crafted an immensely nuanced and flavor-packed version. 3 French Hens layers luxurious malt flavors and dark fruit esters into an indulgent yet approachable sipper. It’s yet another masterful spin on an Old World classic ale.

Tasting Notes:

  • Aroma: Plum, raisin, fig, caramel, toffee, peppery spice, vinous notes
  • Appearance: Opaque dark brown with a creamy tan head
  • Flavor: Rich caramel, toffee, molasses, chocolate, nutty, plum, raisin, date, vinous
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied yet lively, zesty effervescence, crisp drying finish
  • Overall: A luxurious, complex take on the Belgian dark ale style
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The Bruery 3 French Hens Belgian Dark Ale Review

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