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Série Signature Rauchbier - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Série Signature RauchbierSérie Signature Rauchbier

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62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 71
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires visit their website
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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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 71
Photo of dimitrius
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of eat
4.17/5  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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Long813
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of pootz
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of RevereBeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Otterburn
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this smoked lager, 5% abv from Les 3 mousquetaire.

Appearance is black, some reddish light throught, very dark. small moka head.

Smell: smoked, spices, sweetness

Taste: taste like smoke, burned malt, a solid, medium body, smoky after taste, well balance tough

Mouthfeel:smooth texture, some after smoke bitterness, wich is good

Drinkability: pretty good, even if the taste is strong,its balance, texture of the brew is nice

i like it

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Photo of Jayli
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked and caged. This bottle says "Unfiltered Rauchbier" inspired by Bamburg style.

A: This beer pours a deep dark opaque chocolate brown with a half inch of sudsy, bubbly light brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving minimal positive lacing.

S: Nose is of caramel malt, chocolate, touch of coffee, and a hint of smoke.

T: Taste starts with an unexpected sweetness, some caramel and chocolate. Smoked notes come filtering in - extremely understated for a rauchbier however pleasant. Taste then moved in to a bitterness. Bitter chocolate and coffee come in through the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean on the tongue at first with hint of a sticky slick finish.

D: Interesting beer, decently blended, goes down easily, a bit more bitter than I expected in the beer. As a rauchbier, it doesn't necessarily hit the mark, but still a decently enjoyable beer.

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Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. label indicates this one is 5%. sampled feb 19/2010.

pours deep dark brown with a big fluffy brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. light smoke. touch of alcohol. whole wheat bread and cracker. woody and earthy.

taste is good. nice smokey character. bit of dark and milk chocolate. hint of alcohol. toasted whole wheat bread and cracker. low bitterness level, mostly coming across as chocolaty. woody and earthy.

mouthfeel is good. nice balance. good smokey character that nicely doesn't completely dominate. good stuff.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of barroomhero1234
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 750 ml.
Corked bottle, love the look. Excited for this,I have really enjoyed their other beers.

Beautiful colour and head, but dissipates really quickly not really any lacing.

Smell, clean crisp mild smoke and background sweetness.

Taste is very nice, delicious lager but not as smokey as I expected/wanted. Delicious malk sweetness that leads to a smooth clean finish with a roasted/smoke aftertaste. All and all a delicious beer, will probably buy again. I was hoping to see a bottling date and maybe buy a fresher one for the higher smoke flavour.
I do recommend.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml brown bottle with a cork.

A nice beige head tops a nice brown beer. The head last for a reasonable time. The smell of this Rauchbier is not too smoky with a hint of iode. In the mouth the beer offers a good experience, not too smoky, nice equilibrium, some malt and a long caressing finish.

The serie signature from 3 mousquetaires always offers very good products, ther'e all on the top list of quebec beers.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Série Signature Rauchbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.