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Noire - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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BA SCORE
85
very good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Sammy, Dec 27, 2009
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 17, 2008
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 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 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
Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec21 2009

A not quite black with two fingers of fast falling tan head that left lace where the foam existed

S dark roasted coffee grinds with some mild chocolate

T again coffee and chocolate are very apparent but I also pick up on some nuts, I was enjoying this one from start to finish

M a little thin but the heavy carbonation helps to give it a creamy feel, and at the end of the day it's a lager and I shouldn't expect it to be as thick as the color would imply

D very easy drinking, looks like a stout drinks like a light beer, not to heavy but still has lots of flavor.

ya I was liking this beer with out doubt, I like the black lagers and this is a good one with little doubt.

wordemupg, Dec 22, 2009
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 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 hopdog
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

hopdog, Jan 30, 2009
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!!

andrenaline, May 16, 2010
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -21.1%

oldp0rt, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

IronDjinn, Sep 25, 2009
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 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 Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Molson2000, Sep 14, 2012
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 papat444
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

papat444, Aug 05, 2008
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
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

JohnnyBarman, May 04, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

ritzkiss, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +5.3%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of NightINgale
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown body with a tan-coloured thick foamy head. The bubbles are very visible at first.

S: Overroasted malts, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and, of course, hops.

T: Starts out with a roasted coffee bean flavour, going into moderate hoppiness, then finishing with a nice chocolate and coffee after-taste.

M: Nice, robust and roasted. The carbonation is moderate, despite the initial appearance.

D: Quite drinkable, although some people may find the roastiness a bit coarse. A proper dark lager, in my opinion!

NightINgale, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Shadman
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Shadman, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of ZorPrime
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ZorPrime, May 27, 2009
Photo of lgmol
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

lgmol, Apr 15, 2014
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Noire from Les Trois Mousquetaires
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.