Noire - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
A : Pours a nice opaque black beer topped with compact beige head. Retention and lacing is medium.
S: Hum, interesting. Definitely can smell that ther seems to be good hops work in te recipe but the predominant smell is really the torefaction one.
T: Good! Reminds of fresh ground coffee and roasted nuts also. A good bitter taste but not to overpowering.
M : Light really but I guess that's alright for the style aimed.
D: Excellent. Not a so special beer, but a good localy brewed beer with flavor. That's a keeper in the fridge for these moments.
10-14-2009 04:57:03 | More by MaliciousMatt
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Second in my LTM discovery pack. Apparently, this is a three out of four "swords" on the brewer's complexity scale. We shall see.
A splendid looking brew, one of the best dark lagers I've seen in ages. Inky black, with a slight brown hue to the light. Thick, pillowy head that will not surrender. Lots of patchy lacing. Great stuff.
Nose is roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, coffee and cream. A bit of smokiness as well.
Coffee up front, smoke and nuts to the finish. Somewhat sour and puckery, probably the hop content. Quite enjoyable.
Lower carbonation, a bit watery, but otherwise fine.
Great brew, and a great introduction to the style. Easy to drink.
05-04-2010 03:35:20 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
A passable shwartz. Some toastiness, the more inetresting is the whiff of smoke. Black with lots of off-white head. Medium mouthfeel, a little sourness in reminicent of a bit of their baltic porter. Decent drinkability. Worth trying, before the big beers come out.
12-27-2009 00:06:21 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
07-27-2010 04:55:51 | More by Lork
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
A Black Lager as the Label States.
Smell - mild roasted coffee with nutts. Very creamy smell.
Taste - Light coffee, chocolate with a hint of bitterness. Very smooth and not overpowering. Almost like a light porter. A little honey and vanilla in there as well.
I like this one, could drink a few for sure. Enjoyable.
11-21-2009 03:09:54 | More by jbonapar
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
10-27-2010 03:37:56 | More by mfunk9786
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Bottle: Poured a clear black color lager with a nice medium brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee with some light roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt with some distinctive dry coffee notes. Body is slightly thin form the style with some good carbonation. Well done and something I wouldn't mind having on a regular basis.
09-17-2008 19:35:43 | More by Phyl21ca
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
Tasted on May 26th, 2009.
Pours dark black color with a brown head... nice. The head disappear quickly with no lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Chocolate with some roasted malts.
Taste: Bitterness right in front with some chocolate taste at the end. Very nice taste.
Mouthfeel is thin but I find this beer to be rich.
Drinkability: Awesome... so easy to drink gotta watch yourself...
This beer I should get more often.
05-27-2009 00:11:02 | More by ZorPrime
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
The final of 4 different styles available in this brewery's variety pack. A nearly opaque black in appearance, just a faint walnut highlight when held up to direct light. Tight spongy light beige head with great retention.
Roasted malt, almost a sweet cappucino-like aroma asserts itself.
Briefly roasted at first in the flavour, then both sweet and sourly/tart, sourness on the finish with a lingering roasted character that reappears in the aftertaste.
Medium-bodied on the thinner side, slick and a bit soapy on the finish.
Somehow it all doesn't pull it together for me in the end, an okay Schwarz but not very notable.
09-25-2009 07:03:44 | More by IronDjinn
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
12oz bottle opens with a solid pop and foam surges up, I get my glass over it, pour some out, look.... all foam in the glass. This can't be a good sign.
I let the beer sit and about 15 min in the carb has died down and I see a dark brown beer capped with thick, chunky, chocolate foam. Some sediment on the bottom of the glass, lacing down the glass.
Nose reveals a unique combo coffee beans, dark fruits, brown sugar and roasting malts.
Sweet entry followed by some dark chocolate, coffee, juicy dark fruits, slightly sour/tart finish with a bit of hop drying. Holy crap this is an interesting beer though I still have some slight hesitations that something might not be right with the bottle. That said, it's still sitting alright with me.
Not an easy drinker but a complex one that demands some attention and attention to the bouquet of flavors. A little too sweet, body on the too thin side but still interesting nonetheless.
07-30-2009 18:18:52 | More by ritzkiss
3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
This beer replaces La Folle du Roi, which is now retired. The idea of rebranding a beer and giving it a generic name based on it's color smacks a little of pandering to me, but i do understand they are trying to reach more customers and unfortunately many base their purchases on color. But if it helps more people being interested in it than i guess it's not all bad.
Poured from a 341ml. bottle.
Appearance: Very black body with a thick, 3 finger tan head.
Smell: Burnt, roasted coffee beans with bitterness, a little acrid. Not entirely inticing.
Taste: Strong bitterness in the fore, almost overwhelming. Bitter chocolate and coffee are present. Tastes a little like chewing on coffee beans.
Mouthfeel: Coarseness continues but mellows a bit as it warms. Just a little malt but coffee permeates the palate giving it kind of a rough edge.
Drinkabilty: Tough at first but as it warms it gradually gets better though i wouldn't have 2 in a row.
Overall: I was really suprised by the robust taste for a 5% ABV beer. The taste is harsh at first but get more balanced as it warms which is how it should be consumed. I started out not really liking it but found the taste grew on me. A growing lesson in learning about a style as i'm drinking it. I give this beer a nod for helping me appreciate it.
08-05-2008 14:18:39 | More by papat444
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-13-2010 22:46:48 | More by spinrsx
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
05-31-2011 03:15:45 | More by zachariaIPA
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
07-24-2010 23:05:16 | More by grub
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
I'm putting my rating here. This was from a 750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Not only was the bottle size different, the label was too.
Poured a dark, dark borwn color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, caramel, and nutty. Tastes of roast, nutty, and chocolate.
01-30-2009 14:09:24 | More by hopdog
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-16-2011 01:10:55 | More by smcolw
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
07-06-2010 00:50:02 | More by Derek
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-13-2011 00:57:10 | More by jrenihan
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-18-2010 15:43:27 | More by Viggo
Noire from Les Trois Mousquetaires
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.