3 French Hens

750 mL capped bottle in the usual “The Bruery” presentation.
Now I’m confused. Bought six bottles of this because I was sure I would like it, and after sharing bottle #1 I felt REALLY good about my purchase, however as I drink bottle #2 I feel less confident than I did a few weeks ago.
I had this for the first time about three weeks ago and absolutely loved it. Now I try it for the second time and I feel a little less enamored with it, but above all there seems to be a slight carbonation issue!
The beer pours with a lightly, chill-hazed brown-garnet pour. As I say, on this occasion the beer is poorly carbonated and lacks life. There is a little carbonation at first, but by the time the beer has sat in the glass for about ten minutes, it’s completely flat. Disappointing, and not something that I experienced when I drank it three weeks ago.
Nose and tastes deliver plenty of honey, sugared alcohol and some light fruit. Good depth on the Belgian yest and fruit elements and the brew gives some nice fig and plum character. The beer finishes with a dry note that reminds one of the oak element, and a touch more drying ethanol. Aftertaste lingers and reinforces the dry character with some evaporating alcohol.
Definitely some woody, dry fruit in there too.
Interesting beer and I’m a little conflicted here. The carbonation worries me a bit, and it’s confusing since I don’t recall it being low a couple of weeks ago!?

01/02/2011
Brewery:
The Bruery
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.0 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 3.93
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