Weizenbock Grande Cuvée - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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86
very good

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 09-21-2008

A dark wheat beer, hearty and top-fermented, inspired by the style traditionally brewed in Munich, Germany. This Weizenbock will seduce you with its lush flavors reminiscent of candied fruits, banana, and maple syrup.
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Photo of decimator
1.18/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 10.5%.

A - Poured a dark murky brown with a 2cm tan head.

S - A big whiff of balsamic vinegar... Yikes! Even with some notes of caramel and dark fruits this beer just doesn't smell good at all. I'm afraid to taste it now.

T - Roasted malts and a big dose of nasty sour with some booze in the finish. A couple gulps in and it's a drainpour.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation, syrupy, finish burns the mouth.

O - If I had aged it for a few years and it had gone bad I probably wouldn't review it. But this one was bottled on Oct 15th 2012 and it already turned bad? Normally strong ales like this can keep for a few years. I'd expect better.

Photo of e_dawg
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This review is for the 2011 vintage.

On initial pour, not much head but a good amount of sediment. Looks rich and thick. Pours a dirty pale copper color. Held up to light a light ruby red is revealed in deeper parts, with a fiery orange in the shallower parts of the glass.

Smells of fruits - cherries, fresh cut pears, and faint banana. Bready yeast and toffee is present as well. Smell overall is somewhat muted, perhaps from the 2011 vintage.

Taste is as it smells plus a large amount of sweetness, more than I'd have guessed from the nose and 10%abv.

Mouthfeel is light with the fruits but the alcohol and toffee, and overbearing sweetness weigh it down. No carbonation to speak of.

Finish is not particularly enjoyable; lingering flavors from the taste but nothing new or worth dwelling upon.

Overall not a bad offering but one I didn't particularly enjoy. To me it tastes like a fruity version of a Gulden Draak (a beer I love) that is starting to go bad.

Photo of JClark
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish brown color on pour, hazy and opaque. Head and carbonation are minimal but come in pale white.

Aroma: Mild aroma of currant. Certainly fruity but not overpowering.

Taste: Boozy above anything else. Significant fruit notes, but also highly medicinal. Incredibly busy and easily overwhelming. It attacks your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly warming owing to the high alcohol concentration. Impossible to ignore.

Overall: This beer is not for the faint of heart and it's probably best if you have someone to share it with. An entire 650ml bottle is not for everyone. I did not enjoy it but you well might.

Photo of Beelzebeer
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 bottle, making it a year-ish old.

A - Murky, dark mahogany brown. Good amount of dense light mocha head, with some lacing.

S - Toffee, burnt sugar, caramel overload.

T - Toffee, a little banana, tapioca, pudding, with some booze at the end.

M - The best part of it. Medium density, good carbonation. As it warms, it gets a little thinner.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grand Cuvee 2011. 10.3% ABV. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a medium to dark amber colour and settled opaque with only a slight ruby redness around the edges from the light. A small amount of cream coloured head formed and quickly disappeared.

S - A big hit of alcohol up front followed by a very sweet flavour profile that had toffee, dark caramel and molasses aromas. Not very inviting but definitely robust.

T - A big sweet palate full of dark caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours complimented by a decent hop bitterness and a very warming alcohol presence. After a while the malts transform in to a sweet and sticky candy-like flavour that becomes cloying, making the beer difficult to drink. Some bready malts are also noticeable in the background but are overwhelmed by the sweetness.

M - Medium body with a nice hearty chew. Light carbonation.

O - This was very difficult to drink. The bottle size made this a partial drain pour. This one is definitely for sharing.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy cherry brown color with a wispy tan head that quickly crackles into obscurity. The aroma is of vanilla, raspberries, cloves and some rummy alcohol. Raisins and crisp wheat notes mix with vanilla pods, a nuttiness and fruity yeast esters in the taste. A warming alcohol is ever-present and gets more prominent in the finish. Hops are restrained in the background, earthy. Bitterness is light. The mouthfeel is thick and nearly viscous with a spritzy carbonation. The finish is boozy and quite malty.

This is a passable Weizonbock at best. Too sweet for me. Also the alcohol could be better hidden, or reduced more realistically. Worth a try but there are better ones out there.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark and mud colored impossible to see through. Fluffy tan head dissipates quickly

Raisins and malt its very reminiscent of wine.

Grapes and sugar are in the forefront, frankly this beer is far too sweet. Think grape juice with some dark malt backbone. There are also some interesting spices in the flavor.

Very nice the alcohol keeps the body light and drinkable.

This beer looks very nice but overall its a classic case of the Quebec sweet tooth. Much to much sugar needs to be better balanced.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says 2009...

Pours a dark brown, sediment from bttom of bottle turn it opaque. Creamy off white head.

Not a fan of the aroma. Sickly sweet and sour to the point that we thought it had gone off. Other than that, some nutty malt sweetness and a bit of plum

Dark alcohol soaked fruit throughout. Pumpernickel bread. Solid treacle-like malt backbone. Slightly peppery. Alcohol is surprisingly light for 11%.

Despite the off-putting aroma, the beer grows on you pretty quickly. It's a decent enough beer. Doubt I'd grab another.

Photo of eat
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Weizenbock Grande Cuvee Hiver 2010. I didn't think it was worth opening a whole new entry for the distinction; though this one should probably be renamed as "Weizenbock Grande Cuvee" as a catch-all.

750ml of 11% beer, this stuff is like a bottle of wine. Great mahogany-coloured body; opaque with a nice cover of caramel head, leaving some good sticky lacing. I wasn't expecting much head at 11%, for the ABV the appearance is very nice. I love the colour.

The nose is very vinous with lots of red wine grapes; prunes and raisins along with hints of molasses, chocolate and musty basement. Lots of sugary malt. Dark bread, like pumpernickel, comes out as it warms. Some quality-smelling alcohol. Smells like a huge malt bomb.

I was fully expecting this one to be too sweet and it is, though not overwhelmingly so. Borderline cloying but this is an 11% weizenbock: what did you expect? Getting past the sweetness there are wine-like characteristics as found in the nose, some mustiness as well and a decent earthy hopping, though this doesn't do too much to combat the extreme sweetness here. The malt could be filled out in the bottom end, it's not as full as I had hoped for. I guess there's some subtle spicing in there, though it's hard to pick out under all the sugar and alcohol. Alcohol is definitely noticeable; in the mouth, on the finish and all over the place. I'd say it's well-played though, never really coming off too harshly. If you're inclined to buy a bottle of this scary-looking stuff, chances are you're looking for a little booze anyway.

The feel suits the style, I suppose. Decent medium body with a medium-light carbonation. Could be a little fuller-bodied.

I think I'd only be interested in drinking this one again as an apertif; a few ounces with dessert or something like that. To open a 750ml of this by yourself is just stupid. Buy one of these, stash it away for a couple years and pull it out at a dinner party to split amongst a table of people; that seems to be what would best suit this brew. I'm going to have to drain pour some of this, it's too intense to finish alone.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from the LCBO. Nice, classy bottle design, a bit of a change from the old label style.

Poured into a Duvel goblet. Dark caramel-chestnut in colour, with a half inch of head that lasts about twelve seconds before dissolving into a thin ring.

Nose is very sweet, wheat malt and sugar, a bit of fruit - plum or currant - with spice and a slight boozy burn.

Quite sweet and potent, this is a lot to work through. Sugary sweet, fruit, a crisp tartness, then more sweetness, a nutty flavour of some origin, and assertive boozy finish.

Tart carbonation, sticky (it feels as strong as it is).

Not really my favorite - too sweet and probably could do with some cellaring.

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of some earthiness, toffee, and light chocolate. Tastes of caramel, toffee, and some earthy/wheatiness. There was also some lighter fruitiness. Medium bitter finish.

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

2011 vintage. Bottle lists beer at 10%.

Beer is very dark brown, a bit of a dark chestnut hue. Moderately sized, fizzy tan head begins to dissipate promptly but not completely. A small head remains with a bit of lacing.

Smell is fainter than expected. Dark fruit, such as fig and raisin, is the most prominent smell. Caramel and malt behind that. Not a very typical wheat smell.

Like the smell, the taste is immediately full of juicy dark fruit. Raisin, grape, plum. Alcohol is noticeable, giving a bit of a bite to the otherwise very sweet beer. Some caramel as well. Does not have the typical characteristics I associate with either a Hefeweizen or a bock. Nice but the sweetness is intense, making it hard to drink too much of this.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, noticeable alcohol.

Overall, tastes fairly good but only for so long. Not what I expected, although I am not upset.

Photo of deg
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice brown color with a head that dissipated quickly. I smell something, I think fruit like fig. The taste is rich: fruit, a little malt. I don't notice any hops, which is OK, instead I get a little spiciness though I can't pin down the spice. I don't pick up anything I'd associate with wheat, the fruit flavors dominate. Overall, it's a tasty beer.

Photo of crusian
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Awesome girlfriend in Quebec... somewhere. Gatineau i think.
Pours a dark brown with a hint of red and a nice finger of head that looks really creamy and sticks around a while. Beautiful.
Nose is alcohol, hints of toffee, chocolate, and a nice sweet fruitiness.
Taste follows the nose, but the fruitiness is more prominent, followed by the toffee and alcohol... finishing with some chocolate and a lot of fig.
Mouthfeel is much thinner than the head lead me to believe. I was hoping for a thick monster, and got a medium kitten.

Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy cola colour with a light tan head (looks a bit like a root beer float), some retention & lace.

S: Cloves with a light floral & grassy spicing, bready, cocoa, yeasty, christmas cake.

T: Dark bread, cloves, caramalized raisins, fresh-baked bread (very yeasty), hints of candied fruit, modest bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Fairly full body, almost milky, has a light residual sweetness.

D: It's a big one.

Photo of SebD
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange/copper color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of raisins, sweet caramel, brown sugar, molasses, bready yeast, some banana and faint cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dark fruits (mainly raisins), candied sugar, sweet caramel, bready notes, some banana, cloves and wheat.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of Electros
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ruby red pour, a very low if not faint in hops. Malty and sugary this is, and this very much masks the abv content of the brew. Apricot and dates, caramel, grainy, this is a tick taste! The surprising thing about this brew it is strong & surgery in taste, the time at which it leaves the palette is a snap. This is a very drinkable beer, I would recommend only a medium chill.

Photo of Dope
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No sign of a bottle date. I assume this to be a couple months old, tops.

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a tall, frothy light brown head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Splotchy lacing.

S: Lots of sweet malts. Thick, liquid bread. Heavy caramel and dark fruits. Brown sugar. Pretty typical of what you'd expect from a weizenbock.

T: Big, big dark fruits up front. Raisins, grapes, fig, pomegranate and some berries even. Really nice fruit flavors. Heavy bread in the middle and finish. Sort of a bitter, dusty graininess in the finish and aftertaste. Maybe signs of oxidation?

M: Fairly heavy, very smooth.

O: A nice malty weizenbock for sure. The highlight here is all of the dark fruit flavors. Really bright, bold and tasty. Great sweetness and smoothness too. Drinkability is high. Light signs of oxidation in the finish (or just some odd flavors?) but it doesn't detract TOO much.

Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hard and unyielding style, Trois Mousquetaires Weizenbock presents an uncharacteristically cheery tawny face to the world, one that is replete with bubbles as well as a clarity that is highly unusual (but appreciated). The bottom of the bottle may hold sediment, but the first pour is nothing short of gorgeous.

The strain of yeast used is commanding and utilitarian, imparting a musky odor that evokes images of a middles-ages spice route; clove, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, and who knows what else can be deduced from the piquant and highly seasoned aroma. It's spicy enough to season a steak (provided you don't mind a little bubble gum and bruised banana).

While it contains a spiciness that has my pantry beat, hidden deep within Grand Cuvée is a sweet, fruity maltiness that smacks of cognac, golden raisin, and banana cream pie. Notes of tart lemon, vanilla and bubblegum are also buried in there somewhere, though they're difficult to pry out of the garish pepper and clove-like spice.

Each sip seems to have its own character, though each is characterized as being either fruity or spicy. There's very little cloyingness, as all the sweet fruit notes (banana in particular, though mango and papaya can be tasted) serve only to calm the heavy clove and nutmeg spices. Alcohol is far, far from shy.

No chef's palate could ever conceive of a more diverse beer than a Weizenbock, arguably the strongest, most fruity, spicy style in the world. For such a heavy-duty ale this Trois Mousquetaires beer has a significant claim to the cellar - it's the kind of offering you can sit on for as long as you like, until you're fully prepared for its thundering, forcible presence.

Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut, ring of tan head, no lace to speak of really. Deep dark bread notes, raisin, dark fruits, clove, light banana, fig. Taste is quite bready, light alcohol taste, mildly yeasty, dark fruits as well. Med-high carbonation, full body, decent feel, nice full body. Not bad but didn't knock me out, would like to try this with 6 months to a year on it to see if it rounds out some of the rougher edges.

Photo of deereless
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Thin layer of head, slight lacing up the sides of the glass, dark hazy brown color, no carbonation noticeable in the beer - 3.25, S: Thick smells of caramelized molasses, lots of aromas of prune juice and ironically soy sauce or teriyaki, dark fruits and dates, hops are hard to discern on the nose - 4.00, T: Alcohol is very evident and at 11% that shouldn't be a surprise, some noticeable hop bitterness, a touch of tartness, prune puree and/or other dark fruits, some burnt espresso grounds, lots of spice as well as some earthiness, a hell of a lot is going on in this beer - 4.25, M: Syrupy and silky - 4.00, D: A powerhouse of a weizenbock, extremely complex and enjoyable but not one I would be able to drink frequently, I would recommend this beer - 3.00

Photo of BGDrock
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: murky, prune juice brown, w/ orange/red hue when held to light, like a filtered sunset; any head comes and goes quickly

Aroma: toffee, toasted malt, butterscotch, banana; sweet, ripe fruit esters of yeast; captivating all in all

Taste & Mouthfeel: sweet like candy, if it was buttery and full of banana, toffee, and lightly burnt caramel; just a touch of heat from alcohol in the finish; soft & silky mouthfeel a little light on carbonation and somewhat cloying; reminiscent of bananas foster but with a stronger caramel flavour in the finished; hints of apple juice, clove, brown sugar

Overall: pleasant and warm flavours, interesting if not of incredible variety, but the sweetness is a little too much and needs to be cut by something, more carbonation might even help; definitely worth a try, but maybe not a return visit

Photo of notdan
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 750 of this with a friend at the cottage this past weekend.

Poured a nice dark cherry-tinted brown with a decent head. Smells quite sweet and malty. Taste confirmed, holy malt. This is pretty damn sweet; molasses and a bit of chocolate, mixed in with a bit of spice, though not as much as I would prefer in this style. Thick and rish, though still a pleasant mouthfeel. This goes down remarkably well for an 11% beer as well.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, it just wasn't quite what I was hoping for in the style; the Weizen characteristics didn't come though enough for me.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Nice head; deep brown colour.

S: Super sweet. Loads of malt. Sugars. Candied fruit. Hint of tart fruit intrigues me.

T: My god. This is just dripping with syrup -- mostly maple, some demerara. Caramelized sugars. Distant, distant stewed plums, apples, and spice. There is an undertone of wheat, but it's hard to discern.

M: Robust, thick, and sticky.

O: An enjoyable experience, but not an oft-repeatable one. Would recommend to fans of weizenbocks.

Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark mahogany colour that is almost black with a fluffy tan head. Good head retention.

Big fruity aroma with some mild alcoholic notes. Lots of bready melanoidins. Raisins and some (are they) roasty notes.

The flavour here is a bit odd. Slightly drawn out fruit with a tart red currant note, dried under ripe grapes and some burnt toffee. Mild roast. Very interesting with the tartness not quite obvious as being either from the wheat or the fruit notes.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. A touch thin for my liking.

I think I like this beer and I note that this is a newer vintage than loaded into BA at 10.3%. The aroma is fairly enticing and the flavour isn't bad but the tartness detracts just a touch for me. Good but not great.

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Weizenbock Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.