Fraîcheur du Soir 2011 – Brasserie Trois Dames (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)

Fraicheur du Soir (Blanche double malt) 2011 – Brasserie Trois Dames, 7% ABV, 75 cl., (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)


  • Style: Sour Ale / Wild Ale
  • Taste: Sour soft tart grapefruit apple barley malt light pukey woody clean
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $16 CAD (10% off) – 750 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
  • What was the impression: sour yet clean and composed

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours translucent marmalade orange with large bits of suspended yeast, no head, active tight clustered micro streams.

Nose: liquid barley malt, mild woody dank (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: sour, light crisp, soft-puckery

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), sour fleshy grapefruit, subdued subtle pukey, apple undertones, sweet barley malt backbone

Finish: woodiness, subtle bittersweet citrus peel, residual pukey malt

Summary: It says it is a blanche but it drinks unlike any witbier I’ve ever had. With no wheat listed in the ingredients, this one drinks darker but still has bitter orange peel nuances, though I’m not getting much coriander. Great all around balance and a unique style.

Pasionaria Double IPA 2011 – Brasserie Trois Dames (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)

Pasionaria Double IPA 2011 – Brasserie Trois Dames, 9% ABV, 75 cl., (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)


  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Heavy sweet apple-date toffee barley malt alcoholic
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $16 CAD (10% off) – 750 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah
  • What was the impression: too heavy sweet malt

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours almost opaque reddish-brown with a large suspended sediment, no head, very thin ringed retention, no activity.

Nose: brown sugar pruney toffee barley malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: dull-almost flat CO2, light crisp

Mid-palate: apple toffee malt, (lvl-7-sweetness), tangy heavy alcohol, dates

Finish: residual heavy sugars

Summary: Decent smooth drinkability but flavours are on the heavy and dull side. It needs some brightness to improve the overall balance.

Saison Houblon 2011 – Brasserie Trois Dames (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)

Saison Houblon 2011 – Brasserie Trois Dames, 6.8% ABV, 75 cl., (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: short Pukey sour / honey malt / elderflower / lime
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $16 CAD (10% off) – 750 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, 1x
  • What was the impression: balanced sour-funk, tastes lime-like

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours toffee brown with lots of suspended sediment, barely any head, thin ring with very thin layer of retention, a mix of fast and slow loose scatter streams.

Nose: pukey, soft funk’d malt, lime oil (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker-dull CO2, sour-funk malt impression

Mid-palate: subuded & controlled short pukey-sour, honey barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness)

Finish: elderflower, lime oil & peel bitter, stealth lingering bitter hops

Summary: Unlike any other saison I’ve had, this one is pukey-sour but is particularly engaging because of it. Also unique about this is the lime flavour as opposed to the usual banana-wheat malt in a saison. Very smooth and palatable, excellent to whet the appetite.

India Brown Ale – Brasserie Trois Dames (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)

India Brown Ale – Brasserie Trois Dames, 6.0% ABV, 33 cl., (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)


  • Style: (Black IPA / CDA) India Brown Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toffee roasted barley mocha chocolate milk burnt coffee bitter hops SMOOTH
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 CAD (10% off) – 375ml., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes way

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours dark root beer brown with a ridiculously large lasting foamy head, clusters of very active streams, barely visible sediment.

Nose: sweet toffee brown sugar barley malts (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-barely slick, fizzy-tingly lively CO2

Mid-palate: toffee-caramel barley malt, (lvl-5-sweetness), chocolate milk

Finish: distinctly aromatic roasted barley, mocha, very subtly smooth bitter hops, lingering roasted finish – clean.

Summary: Not quite as dark as a black IPA and has more the characteristic nutty brown ale notes, this one is masterly balanced. The roasted barley and coffee notes are integrated seamlessly, transitioning super smoothly in bitter hops which accentuate the bitter mocha experience. Numerous layers of flavour plus an engaging mouthfeel make this one of the standout beers I’ve had to date.

Espresso Stout – Brasserie Trois Dames (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)

Espresso Stout (aka La Semeuse espresso stout) – Brasserie Trois Dames, 7.2% ABV, 33 cl., (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)


  • Style: (flavoured – espresso) Stout
  • Taste: Bright coffee fruity low roast sweet barley malt coffee exhale
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 CAD (10% off) – 375ml., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: definitely a unique espresso stout

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours ultra dark brown with a superfine micro layer of head, cascading waves of micro streams all around.

Nose: sweet medium roast nutty coffee, chocolate barley malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: NO2-like flatish, immediate coffee light sour

Mid-palate: cold brew-like coffee fruity, (lvl-5-sweetness), light roasted barley malt

Finish: root beer/cola malty, dark chocolate, coffee exhale, residual roasty bittersweet

Summary: This is a cool espresso stout – not at all what you might expect. Predominately bright with fruity coffee acidity, the roasted dark notes take a back seat in this surprisingly easy 7.2%. Great stuff.

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.

Bad attitude, (Switzerland)

1) Hipster – Organic Pilsener Wine, 7.62% ABV, 27.5 IBU

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I like it: smooth and drinkable
  • Where I got it: Sobey’s (Southbrook)
  • How much: $6, 33cl, May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: can’t say I do

Tasting notes: pours darkish orange, small head, micro CO2. Some barley on the nose. Drinks pretty creamy and smooth, good bite in the mids, tastes of light barley, yeast, soft hops, mild dry bitterness in the mids, finish with progressively harsher bitterness and hoppiness. Trace amounts indistinct floralness but otherwise, low-medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, easy drinkability, med-long bitter length. A bit above average, but nothing special.

2) Hobo – IPA, 5.95% ABV, 62.5 IBU

  • My Rating: C
  • Why it’s okay: drinkable but astringent
  • Where I got it: Sobey’s (Southbrook)
  • How much: $5.50, 33cl, May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: can’t say I do

Tasting notes: pours with cola brown with a thick foamy head. A bit of roasted coffee on the nose. Drinks half creamy, half fizzy, tastes of burnt coffee, bitter dark chocolate, thick heavy malts, caramel, and some astringency near the lingering bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, okay transitions, okay carry, okay drinkability. Has some jagged edges and not exactly refined.