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
Brewed by:
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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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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seeming a Robust Porter base beer with prominant smoked malt flavor and aroma. Both savory and challenging.

This Rauchbier pours a dark, dark brown with good clarity. A creamy tan foam rises on the beer and is slow to fade, showing good retention. Mild/moderate lacing on the glass. A solid appearance over all.

Aromas of obvious smoke stand out above lesser notes of coffee, cocoa powder, scorched toffee, and walnuts. Cream-like maltiness bring together all the distinct aromas and smoothens out the smell. No hops, esters, or much of any other character is present.

Flavors of charred woods, burnt chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee grounds, and true maltiness all weave in and out of the dominant smoke flavors. Only lightly resembling grilled meats, the beer's smokiness isn't like the melanoidin rich smoke beers of Shlenkerla. A drier, tosatier flavor is less rich, sweet, and intense than those from Bamburg.

Creamy and malty early, the beer takes a quick turn to dry, toasty, arid, and somewhat ashy. The beer just seems to empty out too quickly. I prefer the more fatty body of the beer to linger deeper into the finish before fading to a sweetish dryness.

The base beer is very dry and toasty yet well crafted and controlled. The overlap of smoke is the perfect blanket that stops shy of complete domination of the beer.

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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown that proves to be (barely) translucent with the brilliant orb of the morning sun blasting through the pint glass. Scarlet and orange highlights abound. An attractive crown of light brown sugar colored foam hangs around and leaves a decent amount of lace when it starts to melt.

The nose is an enjoyable combination of medium-dark malts and smoke, with neither one assuming the upper hand. Pungency is definitely not a problem, which will hopefully be the case on the palate as well.

Rauchbier may not be as all-fired delicious as some the Bamburg brews that it emulates, but it's still tasty beer. Or is that bier? Even though the malts are slightly darker than most rauches, we aren't talking stout (or even porter) territory.

Specifics include toasted brown bread, hints of cocoa, figs, black tea leaves, and multiple tenrils of wood smoke. This offering isn't over-the-top enough to bring comparisons with smoked meat into play, which means that it would be an excellent place to start for those who are curious about the style.

All things considered, the body/mouthfeel is fine right where it is. Sure, bigger and more creamy would have been better, but that's just my big beer bias talking. In terms of quality and quantity, the carbonation is neither a positive nor a negative.

Rauchbier is my first bier from this brewery, which means that my impression of Les Trois Mousquetaires is a positive one right out of the gate. Too bad their lineup isn't more widely available in the states, because I'd love to taste what else they can do.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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 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 TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

It always made me laugh when they advertise the "Three Musketeers" with all four of 'em. Just funny to me. This beer pours a deep brown that really wants to be translucent, but only peeks of garnet are able to be made out with light. It's all topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose consists of roasted malts behind a screen of smoked sausage. Good times had by all here, especially as the smoke is not overwhelming by any standard, complimenting the roast instead. The smoke is stronger on the tongue, but still nothing o'erwhelming. This does mean the roast is toned down, however, leaving a less balanced beer hangin' around. It's still pretty tasty, but not necessarily as tasty as it could have been otherwise. The body is medium, a bit on the thin side, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a nice rauch...not the best, but definitely under par.

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

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a wispy head. Some larger bubbles stick to the side of the glass.

Smell: loads of smokey goodness rises from the glass.

Taste: loads of roasted malts, nice smoke flavor, some bitter chocolate, prune sweetness, a hint of licorice, and a moderate bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother towards the finish. The smokey flavor lingers long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: this was very drinkable since the smoke flavors were nicely balanced and not overwhelming. Good beer for BBQ.

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

Nice to see another rauchbier on the market. This one pours very dark brown with just a slight off-white head that settles to a ring. On the lighter side, but with a definite whiff of wood smoke and some dry malt. The taste is pretty similar- some firm malt, a touch of earthy hops, and more woodsmoke, as well as a very sight thin sourness. Smooth and slightly high carbonation for what I like to see in the style, but tasty.

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

You would expect smoke beer to be black, and probably exactly this kind of sooty, coal-like black at that. This ebony beer relinquishes few highlights and is generally consistent in its solid, marble-like complexion. Even its head appears to have been cured; it is stained a dingy brown and doesn't look likely to start decomposing any time soon.

Unlike the Schlenkerla rauchbiers that are made entirely from smoked malt, this offering clearly must use a portion of "regular" malt in addition. The aroma of smoke and grain is blended with supplementary notes of raisin, black licorice, dark chocolate and even coffee. It smells like a smoked porter as oppose to the typical smoked Märzen.

Nitpicking aside, however, this is undoubtedly a rauchbier. And a great one at that. The smoke is far from overwhelming and, although the most prominent characteristic, is only one of many: chocolaty, bittersweet flavours including gooey fudge and dark berries are also tasted. I never thought I'd call a rauchbier finger lickin' good, but here we are.

The smoke itself is not so strong so as to be "bacon-y", as you might find in the original German examples, and you definitely won't have to worry about the smell sticking to your clothes or anything. The beer is balanced, and clearly intended to be more than just some atavistic throwback of a fringe style - it's an immensely drinkable, pleasurable lager.

Excuse my French, but Scheiße this is good! It's wonderful to see a brewery daring enough to try - and succeed! - at brewing a vast array of styles. I'm inclined to believe that if you can pull off rauchbier, you can pull off anything. Clearly these young Quebecers have already learned the ropes, found their footing and feel fully comfortable in whatever style they are doing. I can't wait to try every beer in this impressive Série Signature lineup.

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.

Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, picked up at Atwater. Label says 5%.

Pours a very dark ruby red, almost brown, very thick and fluffy light tan head forms, slowly settles down to a very thick ring and layer, lots of lacing sticks to the glass, looks pretty nice.

Smell is real nice, rich smokiness, applewood, beef jerky, lightly sweet and fruity, apples, caramel, lightly sugary, some biscuit, a light touch of roast, lightly toasty, neat woody character, nice stuff.

Taste is very nice, very rich and smokey, nice sweetness, caramel and some brown sugar, beef jerkey, smoked meat, biscuity, insane maltiness through the middle, lightly phenolic in the finish, a bit sweet but really nice smoke/wood character with a bit of raisin.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Pretty smooth, maybe a bit sweet but a really nice smoke character.

Photo of Derek
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black with a tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Bready malt with some roastedness & hints of smoke.

T: Very bready malt, pleasant roastyness, obvious smokiness, but it's light at not at all over-bearing. Really well-balanced with a slight bitterness. Darker & more roasted flavour than any Heller-trum or Spezial, which works with the light smokiness. Great stuff.

M: Moderate body is very smooth, carbonation is pleasantly on the low side of moderate. It's not dry, but there isn't really any residual sweetness either. Perfect.

D: I was BBQ'n so I cracked it open, thinking I'd save some to review later... but the majority of the 750 ml was gone before I sat down to eat. Damn good.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip aug1 2010

A near black with some cola around the edges when held to the light, three fingers of mocha head has a few minuets of retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S charred wood and milk chocolate with a little leather

T not far from the smell but plenty of earth to go along with some chocolate covered raisins, the smoke is there but its not in your face overpowering the other flavors

M creamy from the bubbles and it coats your mouth with a slick film

D very easy drinking beer great for this shitty summer night in Calgary

not sure why I waited so long to try this beer it's delicious, I'm impressed with simple yet solid flavors that mingle quite well together. This one's worth looking for, yet another winner from one of my favorite breweries in Canada

Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color with a brown head into my tulip. Standard appearance here and just right.

Aroma is full of smoke and is similar to a stout aroma in some ways, though this is not roasty.

Taste is full of body with a nice, mellow smokiness. Never overpowering and the smoked malt takes on a chewiness. Some rauchbiers taste more like alcoholic liquid smoke but not this one.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering chewiness/smokiness. Mellow. Satisfying.

Well-done and highly drinkable. Beers of this style tend to overwhelm with their smokiness but not this. Worth a try.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: smoke, caramel, roast, malts,

taste: smoke, roast, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: damn this was a nice smoke beer. I'll definitely be looking for more of this.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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 drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This very full flavored beer is masterfully done. Great integration of all the qualities. Poured with a nice tan head and a little lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is mainly smoke complimented with dark roasty malts, a hint of licorice and french roast coffee. Flavor is exactly the same. Body is great and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and taper into a nice semilong end.

Photo of tpd975
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SeaBass for this treat.

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with brown tones showing through. Above average head with okay retention. Some nice lace.

S: Mostly smoked malt, light notes of chocolate and coffee.

T: Smoke, and peat for sure. Nice chocolate notes with a touch of coffee. Nice smoked beer without being overthetop.

M: On the lighter side of medium, good carbonation.

D: Drinkable for the style.

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

Reviewed on 12/19/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, charred malts. Flavor is quite smoky initially with a smoky, meaty finish. There is a nice sweet malt backbone to complement the smoky notes. A classic smoked, very tasty!

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 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.

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