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Noire - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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very good

31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 46
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: papat444 on 08-05-2008

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Photo of hopdog
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of papat444
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of ReFill31
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a Trois Mousquetaires glass.

A : Black (obviously) with some light brown reflections. There is some lacing on the glass. The head goes down quickly.

S : Really light nose, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Nothing really special here.

T : Some sweetness from the malt, the taste is light.

The beer itself is easy to drink. For a beginner, this beer would be best to discover the type.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of the 4 beers in their taster pack.

Has the Schwartz in Schwarzbier done pat. This is very black with just a hint of color and light showing on the tinyest of edges. Nice tan head and lacing.

Sweet toasted malts, a hint of woodsmoke, and a slight sourness.

Coffee bitterness in the forefront, followed by a slight toasted nuttiness, theat hint of smoke, and the slight sourness that i picked up in the aroma. Finish is, weirdly enough, a blend of cocoa/coffee/hazelnut and quite dry.

Smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

A very decent Schwarz

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the mixed pack

listening to Sultans of swing

Appearance: almost completely black,some light reflect throught. Not much head

Smell: Roasted,torrefication,smoked

Taste: Roasted malt, smoky, torrefication, and some chocolate like bitterness

Mouthfeel: long lasting chocolate bitterness
good texture. not watery,not oily, just right

Drinkability: overall everythings pretty good
its easy to drink, because its good and not an extreme beer, but its a decent stout.

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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.

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Photo of tcabrews
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

347ml bottle

A: deep almost opaque brown, finger of head falls off quickly to lace and ring on edge

S roast malt aromas of coffee, hint of chocolate

T roast malt coffee flavours open, rolls into tart mid pallet with smoothness coming through from hops and carbonation, and a tangy lingering bitter finish of coffee, chocolate

M Light-medium body, good carbonation enhances the creaminess of the mid pallet.

D An enjoyable schwarzbier, a good pairing with desert.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice thumb of head, which dissipated slowly to islands with a little lacing. Bubbles were vibrant and large, though the beer was not visibly carbonated. Poured a dark dark ruby red which was very appealing.

S - Dark mocha chocolate, with a bit of a sweet vanilla toffee scent on the finish.

T - Rich chocolate with an espresso bitterness present. The dark malt cocoa flavour is predominant, however it leaves a bitter metallic coffee aftertaste. That being said, the aftertaste is a bitter sweet finish, which is quite nice.

M - Surprisingly light on the tongue, and is foams up nicely on the swallow. Thought it would have a thicker feel, but was surprised by this one!

D - To say it is very drinkable is an understatement. If you're looking for a bold dark beer with character, this is the one for you. Would recommend this to any of my friends that appreciate a bold flavourful beer. If you prefer to drink your coffee black without any additives, this is the equivalent of a bold cup! Delicieux!!

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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.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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