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Noire - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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NoireNoire

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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 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 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 ReFill31
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

ReFill31, Apr 07, 2010
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 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.

tcabrews, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Otterburn
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Otterburn, Feb 05, 2010
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 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 jbonapar
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

jbonapar, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of MaliciousMatt
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MaliciousMatt, Oct 14, 2009
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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Noire from Les Trois Mousquetaires
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.