Weizenbock Grande Cuvée - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
08-09-2010 02:34:25 | More by eat
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
A: Poured with a large, thick, moussy tan head that is extremely long-lasting before finally settling to 1/2-finger. The body is dark brown and cloudy from the yeast sediment.
S: Strong aroma of dark fruit that almost comes across as over-ripe. Some spiciness is present as well (cloves), as is a moderate scent of alcohol.
T: The dark fruit is extremely prevalent in the taste as well. Overall, the beer is quite sweet with the fruit and melanoidin flavors. No roastiness, as to style. No hop flavor, and hop bitterness is extremely low.
M: Full-bodied, very creamy, with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warmth is present.
D: A really big weizenbock that hits the style very well. Too high in alcohol to be a regular drinker, but a very nice sipping beer on a nice evening on the deck.
07-07-2010 15:31:21 | More by berley31
British Columbia (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-22-2010 00:13:59 | More by Derek
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
750 ml Bottle:
Clouded chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Puffy beige cap that lasts and laces
Rich and complex with flavors; cocoa, roast, berries, smoke, earthyness dried fruit, tobacco, hrbacious hopping and a long wet complex finish.
Like a lighter version of a dark barley wine, Wonderful winter warmer.
06-08-2010 17:36:54 | More by pootz
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
Well it's a 2010 bottle, but I think they should rename it only Weizenbock grande cuvée.
A: Deep ruby red color, perfectly translucent. Head is tan, foamy, quite big and has a strong retention. Strong level of lacing.
S: Big malts come from the nose. Lots of caramel, molasses and toffee. A bit toasted. Also, huge presence of biscuit malts. Some bread. Also, very fruity. There is red apples, dark cherries, grape, raspberries. A bit of nuts present in the smell. Alcohol is very present though. Sweet and juicy smell. Powerful
T: Yet again, malts dominate here. Very bready taste with a lot of sweetness: caramel, toffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice. Strong fruits presence too: red apples, dark cherries, raisins mostly. Biscuit malts are still very present but the toasted characteristics come out more than in the smell. Nuts are still present as well as some buttery taste. Some spices are there too: nutmeg, cinnamon. Too much alcohol present, but that's somewhat expected from a 11 ABV brew. In short, sweet, malty and fruity, well executed and quite balanced.
M: Big, huge, chewy, syrupy, bold. The words lack. One of the most impressive and intimidating beer I had the chance to drink. Low carbonation.
D: Immense beer, very sweet and lots of alcohol. One 750 will be plenty enough.
They say on the bottle it's a winter beer, I couldn't agree more.
05-05-2010 03:00:47 | More by flipper2gv
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
09-14-2009 23:58:24 | More by notdan
4.38/5 rDev +15%
Malty, rich, alcohol well cloaked.
Pours Deep red copper, thick head, dissipates slowly to a thin film, some lace.
Aroma of malt, alot of malt. Rich, and clean. Flavor, oh my... alot of malt, caramel and burnt sugar, awesome. A faint chocolate bitterness in the finish. Alcohol present in the finish, but not overwhelming, I'll admit I'm not sober reviewing this. I'm listening to that show that has no beer content ever.
Thanks! BN for life!
08-10-2009 02:05:37 | More by bloberglawp
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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
07-29-2009 02:11:58 | More by deereless
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
Got this bottle from PhylCA21, thank you.
Poured into a flute glass at 46 degrees.
Appearance: A 2 finger medium tan color head that is foamy and bubbly. The retention on the head is medium. The color of the beer is a dark copper color with reddish hues. The clarity of the semi opaque. There are some effervescence in the beer when light is present.
Nose: A heavy biscuit toasty aroma. The malt is toasted, a medium citrus, some floral esters and solvent. There are in the background of the beer alcohol/phenol.
Taste: A very nice toasty aroma with some grapefruit, floral esters, biscuit/toast flavor a sublte sweetness and some caramel like flavors. There is a touch of vanilla on the end.
Overall: The body of the beer is medium to medium thick. The finish on the beer is medium. The mouth feel of the beer is slightly astringent and carbonated. I think that this beer is a little rough around the edges. Aging this beer would definetely help. Overall this is a pretty good weizenbock.
05-28-2009 23:01:28 | More by colts9016
3.43/5 rDev -10%
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.
05-03-2009 20:25:33 | More by CanuckRover
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
11-26-2008 17:52:23 | More by hopdog
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a nice colour, with a moderate head. The aroma draw you in of wheat, dark fruit, some chocolate. The taste is a good full carmel mouthfeel, its rich, nails the style but must it be at 10%? A tad of sourness in some sips, some sips with bitterness too.
09-21-2008 02:24:05 | More by Sammy
Weizenbock Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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