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Weizenbock Grande Cuvée - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 2
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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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 50
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 GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy orange-khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and a variety of dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a distinct grape juice flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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 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 WeedKing4
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle pours a dark reddish brown thats clear with no head at all really. Tastes of dark fruits with slight caramal and a light toffee finish. The big alcohol is there in body, but not in taste. It is a sipper though. Overall its an interesting beer, but I don't see anything wheat ale about it.

Photo of andrenaline
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage - 10.5%

A - Pours a nice hazy ruby red, finger of off-white head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet bananas, cloves, buttered bread, hints of cocoa and burnt toast.

T - The bananas and cloves dominated, lots of bready malts, hints of espresso linger on the finish. The ABV adds only a hint of sweetness and no real heat, and is easily masked by the bold flavours of the brew.

M - Lighter bodied ale and a tad thin, but goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A delicious example of the style, loads of flavour, and well worth seeking out. I'll be aging a bottle for sure, but this stuff is dangerously drinkable at 10.5%.

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 jsnoek
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Pours a cloudy deep orange-amber with a solid height of dirty beige foam head. Good retention and equal lacing.

(4.0) S: Dark fruits (cherries & plums), molasses, vanilla, hints of oak, bourbon, fainter grasses, and even some tropical fruit including papaya. Complex and varied.

(4.0) T: Very similar to aroma with those big dark fruits coming through along with some oaky bourbon and fresh grasses which weren’t all that detectable on the nose. Rich molasses provide depth and sweet vanilla and caramel serve to translate the alcohol into that smooth bourbon-like taste. This is good.

(4.0) M: Medium-lighter bodied with low carbonation. Nice and velvety with a mellow smoothness.

(4.0) D: New to this style but I’m really enjoying this one. The big dark fruit emphasis and oaky boozy character are the highlights for me.

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night and it put me to bed.Poured into my Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen weisse glass a deep murky looking cola color with a nice looking one finger light tannish colored head that settles into a frothy mass.alot going on in the nose with alcohol dipped dark fruit really standing out,a bit of clove spice and sweet caramel,the main thing is it's big and sweet.Flavors really hit ya with a sweet sharp alcohol bomb,alot of dark fruit and phenolic spice mixed with more sweet caramel,the alcohol really hits as it warms.It's a sweet somewhat sticky sipper that can get a bit hot but it's a well made weizenbock,just plan on drinking this and not anything else.

Photo of WeissBoy
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

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Weizenbock Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
86 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.