Bise Noire – Trois Dames (Switzerland)

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Bise Noire – Trois Dames, 7.2% ABV, 33cl., (Sainte-Croix, Switzerland)

ratebeer’s definition of Foreign Stout:

“Foreign Stout began with the beer that would become Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. This was a stronger, extra-hopped version of the basic Guinness Extra Stout, brewed to survive long journeys overseas. The classic FES still exists in a few different forms, but many of the original destination countries (Jamaica, Sri Lanka, etc.) now have their own, locally-produced versions. Foreign stout occupies a position between basic stout and imperial stout. It is sweeter than a basic stout, but not as robust as an imperial. It is less fruity and less hoppy as well. Foreign stouts are sometimes made with local grains and adjuncts – sugar is not uncommon. Alcohol ranges from 6-8%.”

  • Style: Foreign Stout
  • Taste: Light roasted bitter malt citrus sour/acidic
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 33cl., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours dark brown with a slight purple hue, small & lasting very creamy head, a bit of lacing, a decent layer of retention, lots and lots of active streams.

Nose: light roasted brown sugar malts, hints of chocolate and coffee. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming acidity

Mid-palate: unexpected sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) cola, light roasted bitter malts, lemon-grapefruit citrus acidic-sourness

Finish: soft bitter hops mixed with lingering malty bittersweet sourness.

Summary: Decent flavour but I just can’t fall in love with such a sour stout.