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Noire - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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BA SCORE
85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: papat444 on 08-05-2008)
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

BrunoPettipas, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A black color but some ruby and brownish highlights coming through when palced to the light. A finger of dark tan head appears but is gone a bit soon. Lacing is minimal.

S: Dark malts with the most prominent being munich, a bit of roast.

T: Sweet maltiness backed by some roast character along with a proper dose of hop bittering. Raisin like malt character , I'm guessing from heavy amounts of munich or maybe some special B. A bit to much roastiness for a black lager IMO. It feels like the middle ground of a stout and black lager instead of being true to style. Coffee like roast. No real present hop flavor.

M: Pretty thin and a bit lack luster.

O: Not really my deal. Its in a bit of an awkward place though. The malt character seems between a stout and BL but the mouth feel is definitely a BL. Decent but probably wouldn't buy again.

Haydn-Juby, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

rogerdandy, Apr 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

lgmol, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Krakpoff
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Krakpoff, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Peluso in Montreal. From notes.

A - Deep ruby pour, one finger off white head. Can't see much carbonation. No lace, film retention.

S - Some coffee, dark fruit, very mild roast.

T - Much of the same with more dark fruit. The term sulfuric comes to mind.

M - Decent carbonation, medium body, coffee and fruit finish.

O/D - Not too shabby. Decent enough but not overly impressive. Wouldn't seek it out but it's worthy.

tbeckett, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More depth than a typical schwarzbier and overall a very pleasant surprise!

Pours a clear and attractive dark chestnut colour with a creamy cappuccino coloured head with impressive retention. A more fulsome and creamy mouthfeel than typical for such a 5% lager. Aroma has an impressive variety of roasted dark and chocolate malts, including coffee and hickory tones. That smokiness is also present in the taste along with the full spectrum of "roasted malt" possibilities, plus a clean bitterness to the finish.

Lacking the simple sweetness that's the body of many German schwarzbiers, this is a beer I would highly recommend.

hopsolutely, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Nabai, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Mattgruv, Jul 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

DannyBaldoni, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Molson2000, Sep 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

oldp0rt, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

wizo, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly translucent black (quite dark). A finger-width or two of head that is somewhere in between off-white and tan. Recedes to a thin layer that stays fairly well.

Coffee is the most noticeable scent, a bit of cocoa. A general roasted scent. Smells quite like a stout, though a noticeable difference is present that is hard to articulate.

Taste is quite similar to the nose, but is sufficiently light that it becomes very clear that this is not a stout. Coffee, cocoa, a bit of vanilla. Very mild bitterness. Lighter than it all sounds. Enjoyable.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth feel.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. Quite flavourful.

jrenihan, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest, but long-lasting head. It leaves spotty, blanketing lace. The color is deep, dark brown where light shines through the edge.

Chalky, dark malt toastiness to the nose. Mild metallic aroma in the background.

The taste features some mildly burnt malt flavors. The body is quite thin compared to dry stouts even though it has a lot of those elements. The finish has enough peppery hop bitterness to create balance. Overall, a very easy drinking beer.

smcolw, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of zachariaIPA
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours noire with a finger of creamy tan head. Aromas of creamy chocolate malt, burnt toffee and faint hops, a little sourness. Full-bodied yet crisp and refreshing with plenty of malt sweetness and a bitter bite of dark chocolate at the end. Lots of flavor and nice carbonation and at 5%ABV it’s not too heavy. I probably wouldn’t drink more than one but it’s not a bad beer.

zachariaIPA, May 31, 2011
Photo of Matt1516
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this in a pint glass and allowed it to warm for approximately 10 minutes out of the fridge. An excellent example of the style. Minimal lacing and head. Distinctive chocolate and caramel notes. Wonderful as a dessert beer to pair with dark chocolate,dates, figs or spiced nuts.

Some have suggested it as a session beer but I'm not sure that I would want more than two bottles of it at a sitting. I whole-heartedly recommend you try it. Cheers

Matt1516, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown colour with hints of amber, nice thick white head with mild lacing. Smells of mild roast coffee, and maybe a hint of sourness. Flavour is better than the smell, full roast bitterness flavour. Smooth mouhtfeel. A nice black lager, but not one of my favourites form Les Trois Mousquetaires.

kwjd, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of mfunk9786
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My fiance brought this back from Montreal. Even though I got a lot of beer out of her vacation, I'm already wishing I'd have asked for more than just a bottle of this one, what a pleasant surprise!

A: Dark brown with a light caramel brown head. Looks very nice and just right for the style.

S: An inviting roasty-toasty aroma with definate chocolate and coffee aromas.

T: Very intense for a 5%er. Smooth coffee and milk chocolate that is reminiscent of hot chocolate powder mixed into an iced latte.

M: Starts creamy, with a dry finish with a little bit of a farm fresh milk lactose tang. Lovely.

D: I could easily session this beer. I'm hoping that 3M sees fit to export this the same way they do some of their bombers, I could definitely see buying a 6-pack of this if I were to see it on the shelf.

mfunk9786, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at bobsy's, not sure who brought this one!

Pours a clear dark orange/brownish, very thick tan head forms, quite rocky, settles down to a thick layer and ring, great retention, some lace spots stick to the glass.

Smell is nice, very roast, some chocolate wafer and biscuit, toasty, lightly fruity, a touch of raisin and some caramel sweetness, a bit of brown sugar, balcned roastiness thats quite nice.

Taste is similar, very roasty up front, wafer and biscuit, toffee/caramel, a bit of brown sugar sweetness, some dark fruit, chocolate and dry cocoa powder, nice dry roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable, a nice beer.

Viggo, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a dark brown (almost black) with a huge fluffy caramel colour head. This is accompanied by slight lacing. There seems to be some good carbonation.

Smell - hops, toffee/caramel, coffee, cocoa and vanilla. Also some roasted oats.

Taste & Mouth - tastes much lighter than it looks. Sweetness of cocoa and vanilla comes through first, and then some hops. Then you are left with a sweet yet dry after taste. Reminds me slightly of Kahlua

Drink - This has the look of a great winter beer, but strangely comes across as refreshing and something that can be enjoyed any time of the year. An above average beer that is worth a try.

spinrsx, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Lork
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this as part of the Les Trois Mousquetaires mix pack in Quebec.

A : A nice dark color with a beautiful three fingers creamy brown head. Look very appealing and looking forward this taste this one.

S : I smell a roasted coffee aroma right off, maybe also some woody character.

T : Dark chocolate feel with just enough bitterness. Touch of coffee toward the end

M : Very fluid and light body, not as thick I one could expect when pouring, carbonation is good

D : Very drinkable, I'd grab another any time.

Lork, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of grub
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another courtesy of bobsy. thanks rob!

12oz bottle. sampled july 3/2010.

pours deep dark brown, crystal clear, with a small dark tan head. the head drops fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. caramel and toffee. light smoke. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. light alcohol. earthy and woody.

taste is nice. caramel and toffee. whole wheat bread. lightly toasted. light biscuit and cracker. bit of alcohol. dark and milk chocolate. bit of lactic character.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance. interesting, but not great.

grub, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown-black, light tan head, thin ring of retention & light lacing.

S: Floral, grassy & peppery hops with a light roast.

T: Good hopping, dark bread, light roast, caramel & cola, good bitterness, light astringency.

M: Light to moderate body, well-attenuated with an off-dry finish.

D: It's alright, but I really expected more from this brewery.

Derek, Jul 06, 2010
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Noire from Les Trois Mousquetaires
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.