Série Signature Rauchbier - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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88
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 01-12-2009)
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Reviews by Ozzylizard:
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know about retired - purchased mine in May 2014 - it also has a different label than the photo here and is 5.9%

$ 12.99/bomber at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ ale
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of smoke and malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing OK – partial narrow rings of mostly small bubbles
Body dark brown, slight haze
Flavor begins with a light smokiness which quickly fades to be replaced by (again) lightly roasted malt. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends with a light smokiness with a good hang time.
Palate – medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Nice try, however this lacks the well-blended smokiness of the Bamburg-style rauchbiers, but isn’t as far off the mark as most. It is drinkable, but for the same price I can have two 17oz bottles of Schlenkerla.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep dark brown with some ruby colored tint,a thick foamy tan colored head atop.Hard wood smoke and brown sugar sweetness stick out in the nose,some mineral/iron from the German malts show thru as well.Sweet and smoky flavors upfront with more of a subtle smokiness with a bit of black pepper spice,the sweetness is more of a light brown sugar element,a big drying earthy finish.A solid smoked lager,a style a few years ago I wouldnt touch,this is subtle with good flavors.

Iam marinating chicked to put over charcoal tomorrow with this beer,I think its gonna be great.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, dark brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: smoked malt, dark fruit, chocolate--amazing smell

Taste: smoked wood, dark fruit, asnd chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy bodied, semi-sweet, medium/high carbonation

Drinkability: Very different from any other rauchbier I have had. This has some smoke, but also has a fruity/chocolate aspect that is appealing. I could have up to two in a sitting. Very good.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle brought back from a trip to La Belle Province.

Poured into a nonic glass. A dark chestnut brew, with bright ruby patches gracing the edges. Great billowing head, survived quite well as a thick ring with islands of foam. Sticky icicles of lacing. A fine-looking brew.

Nose is malts and smoke, with the latter reminding me of a smoked gouda or German sausage. A bit of caramel, bread and dark fruit as well.

A flavorful lager, rich and malty, and with the smoked component arriving near the finish. Smoke, peat and barbecued sausage, with a bit of chocolate and dark fruit. Finish is dry, smoky, and surprisingly sour and puckery. Several moments after each sip, I get a nice hit of dark chocolate and cocoa.

Medium bodied, smooth, mild carbonation, slightly creamy.

The "rauch" character is certainly present, though nowhere near as powerful as Aecht Schlenkerla or the other German examples. I too became acclimatized to the smoked flavors, and thus the brew could have handled a bit more umph. Still, this was atasty brown lager with a nice little smoked character. Another fine brew from LTM.

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of chickenm
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked bottle. Pours a deep dark brown color with a huge tan head. Aroma is malty with a good amount of smoke and bacon. Flavor is malty and smokey with a some chocolate. Has a dry smokey, bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this, this is a very nice Rauchbier.

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 750ml bottle, wire cage, dry cork, pain in the ass to get out.

This beer pours a solid opaque dark brown hue, with slight cola edges when backlit, and lots and lots of thin puffy, foamy beige head, that leaves a bit of thin lace as it recedes. It smells of roasted, lightly smoky malt. The taste is roasted caramel malt, some mild smoky woodiness, and a bit of milk chocolate evening things out. The carbonation is quite tame, the body smooth and creamy, moderately silky and weighty, and it finishes dry, a wee bit of smoky dark chocolate essence holding on. No noticeable alcohol warming.

This is surprising easy to drink, likely due to the mild smoke flavours, when compared to the Bamberg versions that I've previously encountered.

Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth smoked lager, very drinkable. SLight edge to the smoked malts. Sweetish smoke and also some lighter fluid. A bit of licorice, caramel and nuttiness. Pours brown with generous white head. Medium mouthfeel. Suitably carbonated. Good balance overall.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. No freshness date. Imported by Shelton Brothers. The label reads "Unfiltered Rauchbier" and bears the image of 4 men with raised swords united before a chequered tan background.

You can try to pour it carefully to avoid rousing the sedimented yeast, but you won't be able to tell if you did so anyway - it's an almost completely opaque black-brown even when held to the light. The yeast does alter the flavor slightly though, so you might want to give it a go.

The head retention is fairly good, and the creamy tan head takes more than a few moments to fall in upon itself and form a wide collar. The lacing, however, is much nicer. It leaves solid curtains of thin, almost golden-looking lace behind.

The aroma clearly expresses smoked Beech wood, a bit of subtle roastiness, and a hint of dark caramel as well.

In the mouth it's remarkably supple and smooth with a medium body with a dextrinous edge, and a very-fine-bubbled moderate carbonation. Silky!

The flavor then, follows both the aroma and the mouthfeel. It's initially smoky over a gently sweet and softly caramelish maltiness that suggests chocolate and caramel. It's very delicately roasty, and smooth all around. Some soft apple-like fruitiness brightens it a bit. The bitterness is minimal, perking up in the finish, but otherwise just acting as ballast. Hop flavors are limited to a touch of leafiness in the end, as is to be expected. Fortunately there's a hint of smokey acidity left over to lend it a bit of a snap, otherwise the silky mouthfeel and soft, malty-balance might put you to sleep!

As to drinkability, it's nicely balanced as far as the smoke is concerned, giving it more than enough presence and flavor without going over-board; and it's nicely balanced and well rounded. Fans of the style might hope for something more aggressive, but most will find it does the trick nicely.

Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brownish color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is made up of smoked malts and caramel with very little hops. It's a pretty good aroma, however I'd like to have more smokiness in the nose.  

T- The taste like the aroma is smoked malts and caramel with a hint of chocolate. Not too bad. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not a bad Rauchbier and a pretty decent attempt at the style, however this does not hold a candle to some of the famous Rauchbiers from Bamberg. With that said, it is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. Intrigued by this beer/bottle. Had a hard time uncorking this (scared the cork would break while still inside) Once open, nice carb smoke. The bottle opening smells of cork and smoked malt which makes me think of smoked gouda. Definitely has a smokey cheese smell. As of now, I've only had a few rauchbiers so let's keep that in mind during the review.

A- Aggressive pour yields more head than liquid. Bumpy head is dark - a light brown and looks like it's here to stay. Liquid is a daaark brown. Lacing is a bit discrete but elegant.

S- Toffee. caramel. Marshmallow. Smoke of course. Chocolate (dark and milk) Alcohol.

T- Burnt wood. A bunch of types of food come to mind but they all have one thing in common: They're smoked. So you'll guess that smoke is more than present. The smoke hides a lot of the other flavors. But when I do get to the hops, they taste pretty fresh and tasty. That cheese I was talking about earlier is still around. Reminds me of emmental (which is the only cheese I don't like) Caramelized malt.

M- Average. Just feels like a general/good beer mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
D- I can't say I really like smokey beers and this is easy to drink. Maybe I'm ''acquiring'' the taste or this is just a good drink. I'm leaning towards ''this is a good drink''

If someone was looking to get acquainted with this style. I would recommend. Seems like a good gateway brew.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how old this bottle may be given that it's listed as 'retired' and I haven't seen it on a shelf for quite a while until I recently went to a liquor store that seemed to have a full stock of beers that I haven't seen recently, most likely because its overstocked in relatively pricey bomber bottles for the neighborhood, BUT I'll take what I can get!
A - nearly pitch black with faint light getting through at the bottom of the glass, thumb of head settled at a covering of random yet thick island of head, pretty respectable lacing
S - a mix of smoke and sweet caramel and candied fruit that makes for a rich and balanced odour
T - starts with sweet and slightly sour dark fruit, quickly followed by massive smoke, touch of coffee and ends with charcoal
M - fairly heavy, slightly creamy, quickly gets to a charcoal burnt feel that lasts
O - have only enjoyed this style on a few rare occasions, and actually had a small sample of this long ago at a liquor store tasting, but this lives up how the style is described on this website, it is effectively rich smoked meat transferred into beer form, not something you would want to drink everyday, but close to it

Photo of eat
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is dark brown, almost looking like root beer. The head settles to a thin cover of beige froth across the surface.

The nose is nice, with smoke (obviously), iron and spring water minerals, dark chocolate, earthy hops, whole-wheat bread and prunes. More complex and lighter on smoke than Schlenkerla, though of half the potency. The original wafts across the room while this one is a little hard to pull any smell off of. The smoke character is also less of the camp-fire-in-your-face sort; more of a relaxed smokiness here.

The flavour really pulls through for this one, being even a bit unexpected. This is possibly the most complex and well-balanced smoked beer I`ve found. At 5% ABV, it defintely has the complexity and feel of a bigger beer. Possessing enough smoke to be calling itself a rauchbier, it`s backed up by a light, soily hopping, iron, whole-wheat bread and prunes. Dark and interesting but still maintaining a lightness to it. I know they`re English, but I`m picking up a big similarity to the beers of Samuel Smith`s in its complexity, balance and fruitiness.

Maybe a touch overcarbonated, though not detracting much. Great medium-full body, otherwise. Some dusty dark chocolate leaves a drying finish.

I keep gaining more and more respect for what Les Trois Mousquetaires are up to, especially for their complete focus on German styles; a task not too many breweries choose to tackle. Quite drinkable and recommended for fans of the style. This is one of those beers that makes you feel stupid for not having sampled sooner.

Photo of elricorico
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque and deep brown, with a very healthy beige head that is slow to recede. Clumps of lacing all around the glass.

Aromas of smokey bacon and dark fruits. Hints of coffee. Smoke is probably the most notable aroma, but it isn't so strong as to block out the malt itself.

Sweet and smokey, rich and meaty flavours, each balanced by the other. Sweetness of a bit of caramel, richness of milky coffee. This is really nice, and suits the less than summery weather outside.

Slick, relatively light bodied, with lower carbonation. Drying to the lips and tongue, which leads quickly to the next sip. Nothing about this one slows down the drinking, it is pleasant all around.

Photo of dtx00
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Bottle says 5.9%. Into New Belgium oversized tulip.
A very dark brown pour, just some red around the edges really. Layer of very light tan head.

Pungeant malty aroma, very strong, but not all that smokey really. Some roasted malt like, caramel, some red fruit, really closer to a Doppelbock in scent.

Taste is very malty, more chocolately than caramel. Just faint fruitcake. Finishes with some faint roast and cocoa. Taste is nice, just not to style so much, still giving it a 4.

Body is milky smooth. Just a light carbonation. No alcohol. Could drink quite a bit of this. Very solid, pleasant brew, the smoked malt just really isn't there.

Photo of Rutager
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep deep brown with a little red and over a finger of frothy tan head.

Smell. Roasty malts, a little caramel and dark fruits with a hint of smoke.

Taste. Roasty, smokey malts, a little wood and soy sauce, slightly sour with hints of milk chocolate and licorice root.

Mouthfeel. A little lighter than medium body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Decent beer. The smoke isn't overwhealming like other examples of the style, which is nice.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color lager with a huge medium brown color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light bitter roasted malt with distinctive notes of smoke. Taste is a mix between some medium smoke malt with some light bitter dry roasted malt note. Full body with good carbonation. I would have enjoyed this with even more smoked notes but very good nonetheless.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of the beer is brown. Dark brown. With the light behind I get some dark red color. The head is creamy and clouds looking. Very sticky to the glass.
S: Smoke malts with some faint notes of chocolate.
T: Smoke again from the roasted malts. As the beer warms up, faint notes of chocolate.
M: Typical of a lager. Crisp and refreshing. Medium to light body beer. The taste lingers in the mouth.
D: Drinkable...

I'm not a lager type guy, however this is one good beer.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours rather dark, like porter. Huge head dissipates quickly but leaves nice lace. Aroma of caramelised sugars and only hints of smoke, no hop presence in the nose. Flavor is charred caramelised sugars and malt, a hint of hop bitterness with a balanced accrid charred malt taste that reminds me of dry irish stout.

Very good beer, want to have some of this when I smoke a slab of pork for a few hours.

Photo of dimitrius
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and cage bottle bought at Ewa Pantry.

Appearance - I really dig how this beer looks in the glass. Pours a very, very deep brown (almost black) that, when held up to the light, has hints of ruby shining through. The only minus is the almost non-existent dark tan head.

Smell - Interesting. Smells earthier than it does smoky to me. My sniffer is currently a bit stuffy though, so it's hard for me to gauge this particular attribute right now.

Taste - Different. I am reminded VERY strongly of a beer I drank earlier this week, Rogue's Chatoe GYO black beer; that same earthy, musty, almost off-putting but not quite taste is pervasive in this beer as well. Also coffee, molasses, and smoke - but the smoke flavor isn't dominating, which is pretty appealing to me. It sets the rest of the flavors off nicely.

Mouthfeel - I had to dock some points here. I don't know if it's the smoking or what, but something about this beer makes my teeth feel coated, and that is off-putting to me. The beer is also thinner than I expected from something with flavor this big.

Drinkability - Overall, a pretty drinkable beer, if one can get past the mouthfeel, which for me was pretty weird. Not something I would drink every day if I had my druthers, but definitely a good beer to try and an experience unto itself.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a brown 750 ml caged and corked bottle. Pours out a cloudy and opaque deep dense brown, pretty much black for lack of light refraction. Tall sticky and spongy tan head that leaves thick chunks of lacing.

Smoked and roasted malt notes on the nose.

Roasty, toasty and smokey in the flavour in all the right amounts, chocolate cocoa in the middle blending into a somewhat slightly milky sweet finish, where it all blends into a smooth cafe au lait aftertaste.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, a bit on the light side, light carbonation on the finish.

Hell yeah, we have a winner here, a well behaved, well contained, well balanced rauchbier that does justice to the style and holds its own all the same. Worth checking out again.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Willow Park in Calgary - a little pricey but we, the next door neighbors, don't get it here...

Pours a dark brown with garnet rimming, a finger of head which dies down but maintains a thin covering on top. Some light sediment at the bottom.

This is a pretty moderate take on a rauch, as others have mentioned, perhaps not that traditional either. Light smoke and caramel sweetness in the nose. Rounds out in the flavor with a hint of dark fruits, cocoa, caramel sweetness, light minerals, cola, molasses. Really quite thin, especially in the finish, though it does manage a nice drying of the cheeks. Smoke is well integrated and mild, makes it quite quaffable, though a little sweet, for a rauch, though there just isn't a ton here to excite me that much. Would love to see the carb toned down a touch and the body beefed up a bit.

Kind of middle of the road from a brewer I expect a lot more from.

Photo of psuKinger
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into my Lost Abbey Teku glass.

A: Pours a deep dark shade of black, with a light brown head on top, moderate in size, that dissipated fairly quickly but a small ring remained.

S: Huge nose of smoky barbeque. I could smell it almost instantly after I popped the cork. No pour necessary. It almost reminds me of the rice wrapped around sushi rolls (particularly tuna) when it's drowned in a generous portion of soy sauce. I don't know that I can explain how, and I certainly can't say why. I think it has more to do with the soy sauce, but I'm not 100%.

T: Taste follows the nose. Roasted malts. Smokey bbq goodness. Slightly acidic, and reminds me of a touch of soy sauce in the taste as well. Sharp smokey oakiness arrives early, I begin to detect the roasty characteristics next, and near the finish line a touch of vanilla creaminess arrives.

M: Good carbonation. Semi-dry finish, surprisingly refreshing for such a dark beer. I think this beer would do very well on a hot summer day.

D/O: An enjoyable beer, but only in smaller quantities. 25.4 ounces is about 10 ounces more than I want in one particular session. Perhaps if paired with something like BBQ or steak, but by itself, I enjoyed it, but a whole bomber is just more than I want.

Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, found hiding away in a 'Vintage Clearance' portion of one of the stores. Never imported by the LCBO as part of any seasonal release, so I'm excited to find a few bottles of this here. 750ml into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, unfilitered with a big mocha head. Fluffy and dense that retains exceptionally and laces just as nicely. Gorgeous. Nose holds some smoke, burnt toast, sharp and brief charcoal notes, underscored with a nice caramel base. Some cream and earthy notes also. Taste has more smoke, molasses, touch of hop bitterness, a mild metallic note that disappears as the beer warms. Smoke is left lingering in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, slightly higher than med carb. Very nice, well done and something I'm glad I've got a couple bottles of to share.

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Série Signature Rauchbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.