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Série Signature Rauchbier - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
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:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 01-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a mug. (Bottle art looks different, tan checkered background on the label, abv listed as 5.9%)

A: Black opaque body, dense tan head (matches the label shade). Good retention, good lacing.

S: Rich roasty notes blended with smoke. It's a natural fit. Really deep stout aroma.

T: Smoked Baltic porter comes to mind. Everything from the aroma comes through nicely in the flavor. I tend to quickly acclimate to the smoke flavor, so I wish it was a little more pronounced.

M: Maybe a little too carbonated, otherwise good.

D: Highly drinkable, nicely balanced.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 flipper2gv
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Super nice darker cola color. The head is semi creamy looking with beige color. Retention is quite good considering the alcohol, but the lacing is minimal.

S: The smell is wonderful. There is a good smoke smell in this. Reminding me a lot of maple wood smoke, and not tobacco smoke. Then, there is a good level of caramelized sweetness: dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, caramel malts, maple sugar and even some vanilla. Only issue is that the smell is a bit light.

T: Much more aggressive than the smell. Smoke is much more present and it is still about wood like smoke. The sugars are even more caramelized in the taste: powdered chocolate, strong toffee, strong molasses (both quite dry and not really sweet), caramel malts, light maple sugar and some vanilla. Some almonds in the taste too. Light earthy hops that really goes well with the caramelized sugars. Very complex for the alcohol content.

M: Medium feel with medium to high carbonation. Wish it could be at bit heavier and less carbonation.

D: The taste is quite strong and focused. Still pretty drinkable but not their best in that department.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 Sammy
4.02/5  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 ritzkiss
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Georgiabeer
3.92/5  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 danadeny
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brow body and frothy light brown head. already i can smell the smoked malt and i am not even trying. smells sweeter than i imagined. This is almost a sweet sugary smoke, not like the famous Bamberg stuff that smells more like a campfire / smokehouse. no real hop smell. again in the flavor is a sweeter smokey flavor, maybe due to the alcohol. sweet up front, blends into smoke in the middle, with a bit of a tangy finish with no real hop flavor. to me it seems this may be a smoked english brown style beer. Overall very balanced. mouthfeel is watery and thick, surprisingly not as heavy as you may think. similar to a english brown ale in drinkability.

Photo of dimitrius
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never have been a huge fan of this style, but lately it has sort of been my favorite. Anyway, Les Trois Mousquetaires pours out a very deep, dark brown, almost black. Not too much in the way of heading, and what little there is dies down quickly. After a second pour a massive amount of heading sprung up that is just barely tan. Some dark fruit and chocolate in the nose, almost porter like, and small amounts of smoke here and there. Again, it comes off very porter like in the flavor with blackberries, cherries, chocolate, char, and just a small amount of smoke. In body it almost comes off as juicy with all the fruit flavor. Besides that it is fairly heavy on the palate, with the alcohol kept well in check. Overall this brew has a lot of things to like about it. First of all it is tasty as hell, and is also sessionable. My only real gripe is that the smoke is barely there for something they are calling a Rauchbier. I wonder if they used ale or lager yeast. Either way, this is a great beer, just don't expect it to be like the authentic Rauchs you might have tried in the past.

Photo of eat
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 oberon
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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 kwjd
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown without too much head. Smell is of beatiful smoke, similar to the smoke used to make bacon. Flavour has the smokey bacon notes with some mild chocolate. I've had other rauchbiers that the smoke took over, but this one seems to blend really nicely in with the beer for me. Low carbonation made this very smooth.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +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 drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Long813
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: NA
From: ZorPrime, 750 ml, 5% ABV

A: Dark brown body with three fingers of dark mocha head. The head dissipated rather quickly, but leaves decent lacing.

S: Huge front of smokey malts and burnt wood. Not much else, no notes of pork and the like. Quite mellow compared to others of the same style.

T: Smoked malts and burnt wood, again there isn't any smoked pork scents. It's more pleasant than others because of this and it's easier to enjoy.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Frothy texture and leaves a smokey aftertaste. Although it's not a thick beer, it's very filling.

D: Thanks again ZorPrime. Not bad, it's definitely one of my more preferred beers of this style. The flavours and aromas were a little weak, but it does make it easier to drink.

Photo of Shadman
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with huge tan head.

Lot's of cool aromas. Rich maltiness with nice cocoa undertones. Definite wood smoke in there as well.

Nice! Malty cocoa flavours dominite the front end. Woddy herbal flavours the back. Smoke meat flavours lurk throughout, but don't overpower the experience.

Still a lager after all so mouthfeel is on the lighterside, but still a very smooth, almost creamy feel.

My first Rauchbier, but given the BA description this one hits the mark.

On a side note...the smoky bacon aroma had my beagle sneaking sips when I left the table for a sec.

Photo of chickenm
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 BDTyre
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5% on my bottle.

Rich ruby-brown with a very dense, thick head that takes quite a while to settle down.

Malty, mild smoke scent. The smokiness is slightly sweet, almost like an applewood or beechwood smoke. Almost no hop presence that I can detect.

Rich, somewhat acrid smokey taste. Malts in the background - the smokiness dominates, but is quite pleasant. I think this would work well with a smoked cheddar or even steak.

Low carbonation, fairly smooth and nice drinking. The big bottle limits the drinkability somewhat - this could fill you up.

Photo of pootz
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle:

Pours a lush turbid brown beer in the glass. Puffy 3 finger cap takes a while to collapse into a surface lace. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is pungent with bready cocoa and musty woody tones, light applewood smoke tone.

Rich malt spine, creamy mouth feel.

Big flavor of the bread-cocoa-smoke in the front then some musty woody hopping, long wet finish.

A smoked lager that profiles a rich malt mixture and keeps the smoke flavor as a background tone...excellent and drinkable.

Photo of andrenaline
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby red, absolutely delicious looking in colour. A little carbonation, but slow moving bubbles. Poured a thin layer of head which dissipated rather quickly leaving little in terms of lacing.

S - There's actually a bit of smoke on the nose, which surprised me. Roasted coffee beans and sweet chocolate.

T - This would be the first smoked beer that actually has a noticeable smoke flavour to it. The smoke combined with a chocolate and brown sugar flavour makes for a very unique taste. Scrumtious indeed!

M - Very light on the palette and goes down smooth. THe strong scent and flavour would lead you to believe that it would be rather thick, but its surprisingly light and bubbly.

D - Apart from their Noire, this is the one of the few Trois Mousquetaires that really took me aback and created a truly memorable experience. Definitely recommend this one to others seeking a unique smoked flavour beer.

Photo of Brad007
4.82/5  rDev +22%
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 RevereBeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL corked and caged bottle. My bottle reads 5.9% ABV. Pours a very deep brown with some really interesting red hues. Short tan head with medium retention and little lacing.

S: Smoky malts, though not overpowering. Reminiscent of smoked meats, true to style. Sweeter malts are detectable.

T: Smoky malts dominate, but sweet malts are very prominent as well. Woody and drying hops as well as a bitter finish. Very well balanced.

M: Moderate carbonation and smooth with a drying finish. Medium-low body.

D: Not bad as long as you enjoy the distinct smoky character.

Photo of tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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