Beer Review: THE BRUERY 3 FRENCH HENS

Beer Review: THE BRUERY 3 FRENCH HENS

The Bruery presents the third installment in their festive “Twelve Beers of Christmas” series with 3 French Hens, a robust and spicy dark ale that intertwines vinous and oaky nuances. Happy Holidays! This 750 ml bottle, boasting a 10% abv, is poured into a goblet for a closer inspection.

Appearance

The brew cascades into the glass, revealing a hue reminiscent of iced tea brown, adorned with a modest froth cap.

Aroma

Initiating the olfactory experience with a blend of grassy, woodsy, and herbal notes, the aroma evolves into a symphony of oak, nuts, and sweet toasted malts.

Taste

A sip unleashes a medley of flavors, dominated by the assertive presence of oak, accompanied by a vinous twang, nuttiness, hints of burnt sugar, and a toasty essence.

Mouthfeel

3 French Hens graces the palate with a thin to medium-bodied texture, accompanied by a moderate level of carbonation, creating a subtly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall

In comparison to its predecessors in the “Days of Christmas” series, this offering stands out for its commendable balance and intricate complexity. The oak character is well-executed, ensuring no single element overshadows the others in this dark ale. While I refrain from sounding overly critical, it’s worth noting that this brew doesn’t strike me as one that would endure for the entirety of “12 drummers drumming.” Notably less sugary than its counterparts, it presents itself as an enjoyable drink for the present moment but may lack the fortitude for extensive cellaring over 8 or 9 years.