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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 62
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Derek on 05-26-2009

Full-bodied, Bavarian-style lager with a complex malt character suggesting flavors of fresh-baked bread, molasses, chocolate, plums, and oranges. This style was originally created by monks for Lenten fasting and called "liquid bread".
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Ratings: 177 | Reviews: 96
Photo of mikemands
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

could sip this beer for days.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, caramel, toffee, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty, but it is super sweet to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Hex92
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

I had a different version of this beer. abv was only 8.6% and the bottle looks different. Got it from the rare beer club.

Amazing beer. Brings me back to some of those first German beers I drank when i started getting into drinking good beer. The smell, color, flavor are all amazing. I wish it was a bit thicker so that is the only slight detraction on this beer. I have another one of their beers in the collection. I will have to pull it out soon.

Photo of iRikal
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

This is my 1st Doppelbock so I cannot vouch for the style itself...

A- Warm reddish coppery colour. Quite nice looking in full sun.

S- Dark fruits, some maltiness, pleasant and a little sweet

T- raisins, plums, toffee, bitterness is nice-not overwhelming, actually pretty sweet

F-body is fairly present, carbonation is lower than what i'd usually like but balanced nonetheless

O- A good beer, above average for sure. Not the style i'm very fond of but it was worth the 6$ for the 750ml for sure. Knowing what a dopplebock is in the first place i would likely have given more points if I follow what other reviewers gave. If what i described above is reminiscent of the type, then it is an excellent example. I will likely try it again after comparing other doppelbock.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

SERVICE: Bottle
BOTTLED ON: 05/21/14

A:
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a nice, creamy finger and a half of beige head that settles at a middlin' film. Decent retention; sticky, even lacing. (3.75)

S:
Spiced rum. Smoke, raisins, leather, licorice, caramelized sugar, rum, wood. Lots going on. (4.25)

T:
Boozy and sweet. Smooth transitions through vanilla, rum, licorice, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and more. (4)

M:
Sticky, heavy, boozy syrup of a beer, low carbonation and a very pronounced warming finish. (3.75)

O:
Very good, pretty big Doppelbock.
This is definitely more towards the Samichlaus end of the spectrum (at least based on beers I have had). It is a big, sweet, filling, liquor-filled, malty lager that is perfect for a cold rainy day or indeed any time during the winter. That's definitely what I was going for, but it was certainly a little too big for my tastes. But that's just me.
Pours fairly nice for the ABV. It has a really nice nose and flavor to it with lots of woodsy and sweet characteristics that become WAY more pronounced as the beer warms. The palate is thick, sticky, coating and lasting and the alcohol comes through quite a bit. This is a perfect beer to take to a special occasion to share. Warms you to the soul.
Would have again; worth seeking out. (4)

Photo of mikeg67
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle from rare beer club. Pours light brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of ripe plums, sour cherries, caramel malt and hint of herbal hops. Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is very fruity (plums, cherries), caramel malt, brown sugar, herbal hops. Finish is long, sweet first then becomes dry and herbal. Very complex, interesting brew.

Photo of MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-brown color with ruby highlights, nice light brown head and good lacing

S-toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, hint of spices

T-roasted malt, raisins, plums, mocha, toffee, hint of licorice, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-delicious example of the style, thoroughly enjoyed this and hope to find it agsin

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Quite fruity in nature, there are moderate aromas of sweet candied plums in the nose.
T: The taste is almost a carbon copy of the smell and has flavors of sweet candied plums. Neither hops nor bitterness are perceptible. The flavors become stronger and more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Doppelbock is a lot fruitier and sweet compared to other beers in the style and doesn't have any of the raisin-like aromas or flavors that you would normally expect.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle produced 10/07/2013 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of sweet malt, figs, dates
Head average (4 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and a couple large islands
Lacing excellent, nearly covering the glass with small bubbles
Body deep amber, clear
Flavor begins moderately sweet with hints of figs and dates; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends with a lingering sweetness.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

A very nice doppelbock, hardly seems like I’m drinking a lager at all. This is very flavorful, dark and muddled. An excellent breakfast beer and the best I’ve had from Les Trios Mousquetaires. Well worth buying some to try to age.

Photo of hillvt4me
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: medium brown with a burgundy undertones; nice lacing.

S: prunes and dark fruits are prominent; some malty notes and hints of caramel.

T: prunes and Turkish apricots and malty notes.

M: medium body, medium carbonation. A little thick with a sweet finish.

O: nice balance and flavor profile for a boch; the ETOH is well hidden. A really solid Dopplebock.

Photo of FrostBlast
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle

+++***This is a 2012 VINTAGE bottle which I'm opening today on feb 2 2014 - so this brew is roughly 2 years old, we'll see how it handled a bit of aging.***+++

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Lovely reddish brown - or is it brownish red? There's almost a ruby quality to it. The head rose fairly high, a light brown-mocha colour with a surprising off-red hue. It fell back down fairly quickly and left a light amount of lacing.

SMELL : First nose has a tinge of carbonation and an almost acidic side. Some barley sugar as well as some over-ripe fruits are present. Second nose has some mocha come out from underneath what I just described, as well as some nutty aromas. Third nose brings out some chocolate and a slight hint of smoke. The acidic undertone was there through and through and really reminds me of barrel aged flanders red ales.

TASTE : First and longest lasting notes are mocha and something like those mixed chocolate boxes, except here, you take them all out of the box, mash 'em up and eat them. Bam, tastes a bit like of these chocolates. Plus some very soft spices. Plus some plums and figs and dates and stuff. Rich and complex, so many layers dancing around, beautiful.

MOUTHFEEL : Silk. Smooth silk. Slightly cloying at the beginning, but just a bit, and then it goes away before becoming overpowering. Carbonation is outrageously perfect, bubbles so fine I barely feel them individually - instead I get a feeling of rich cream. Seriously one of the most enjoyable mouthfeels I've ever experienced.

OVERALL : Oh man, patience pays. I had no expectations whatsoever for this brew, I just decided I'd forget about it and I might be surprised in a couple years. This is beyond surprise, this is one of the most enjoyable brew I've opened in months.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown unlike most here in the U.S. that seem to have good clarity. Thin head. Carbonation seemed low and perhaps it had something to do with the pricey packaging with cork & cage. Nose is a delight with appetizing malt, dark malt, roastyness, and some dark chocolate. Palate is a malty wonderland. Delicious. Easy drinking.

Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grande Cuvée Doppelbock has the colour of a roasted fig and enough sediment in the bottom of the bottle to muck up clarity. Still, the edges reveal cognac highlighting which provide this fairly opaque beer with a little spot of brightness. Its head looks like an old beehive, thick as honeycomb (and leaves a like pattern on the glass).

The aroma showcases lots of date and fig fruitiness as well as accompanying notes of iced tea, dried berries, purple plums, toasted almonds, cola, sarsaparilla, baking spices, honeyed-nuts, and orange zest. It's the kind of beer where it's easier to list what I'm *not* smelling.

Apparently “doppel” is German for "delicious" - where as Helles Bocks feature only one flavour (bready malt) and so-called 'Traditional' Bocks fare only slightly better, Doppelbocks offer perhaps the most multi-layered succulence of any beer style. This example tastes of dried cranberry, bruised plums, raisins, pumpernickel bread, gingerbread, and toffee and nut brittle.

Another note about Doppelbocks, they typically provide one of the longest tastes ever. Odd for a lager it's true, but this sticky-sweet mouthfeel makes for a rich, gooey, almost treacly texture that's awash with dark fruits, toasted bread, orange peel and light dustings of cocoa powder and caramel. Like the never-ending song, this taste just goes on and on my friends.

Les Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock is as classic an example of the style as iconic brands like Optimator, Celebrator, Salvator, or Korbinian. Indeed, while the Germans are responsible for the style's gold standards, this Quebecois brewery is making a push for their title. This beer is complex enough to attract the attention of a cryptologist; it's a mystery how it gets so delicious.

Photo of Krypter
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich plum and brown sugar flavours with strong carbonation and a very granular mouthfeel. Beautiful taste, though for such an amount of sweetness you probably can't drink the whole 750 mL bottle by yourself. Share with a friend! Might be a bit too sweet for some and chilling is recommended to give a range of flavours from when it's cold to when it gets warmer.

Overall an outstanding beer and a fine example of a North American interpretation of the rich bock style.

Photo of SebD
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy reddish/brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (mostly raisins and prunes), sweet toffee/caramel, bready malts and some nuttiness.

Taste: The sweet toffee and caramel hits your lips right away, followed by sweet raisins, some prunes, bready malts and a slight nuttiness. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: deep brown with burgandy tones, this beer poured with a three finger head that Brooke rather quickly giving way to some very nice lacing.

S: grapes, prunes and dark fruits right off the bat, some biscuit and hints of toffee.

T: molasses and prunes and dark fruits. Some biscuit and malt flavor too.

M: medium body, medium carbonation. A little slick and a sweet finish.

O: a nice looking beer for sure, the aroma continues the draw, and when finally tasting, it just seems all to come together. An enjoyable sipping beer that worked nicely with sharp cheese and dry-cured sausage.

Photo of spicelab
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle. 2011, 8%ABV.

Blood plum mahogany with amber highlights on the pour. Modest saffron head forms to about a finger before clearing out completely over a minute or so. Light bead.

Nose shows moderate woody oxidation and dark fruits. The former imparts brooding spiritous complexity and balsamic tartness, but it's progressed enough to overwhelm much of the caramelised malty goodness you'd expect.

Less oxidation in the taste and consequently more sweetness, which is a very good thing. Sour cherries, dates, brandied strawberries, muscatels, figs, Brazil nuts, toffee fondue and more balsamic. Complex and evolving.

Mouthfeel is a bit lifeless and undercarbonated, probably because the oxidation has swept much of it away, but it's perfectly inoffensive.

This is clearly not the state the beer was in when bottled, but I suspect I'm enjoying it more than I would have in that event. The integration of the ragged woody oxidation with the deep, boozy dark fruits works well.

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 750ml bottle with cork poured into a snifter as recommended on the label.

Appearance - A hazy brown colour with hints of red. Poured with 3 fingers of off white/caramel coloured head which shows no signs of dissipating. A small amount of carbonation is visible through the haze.

Smell - Strong toffee right away, as well as a good deal of chocolate malt.

Taste - Chocolate crazy. Lot's of chocolate. Caramel malt backbone. According to the bottle there's also molasses which I can definitely pick up. Not getting the prune/orange flavours so much, however there is a very faint citrus sourness towards the finish. Bitterness is mild to low and lingers a while afterwards. World class stuff.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Not terribly heavy and not all that light either. Pretty creamy. Carbonation is also somewhere in the middle. It's not overwhelming but it's certainly there.

Photo of BGDrock
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brown like a murky river; amazing head retention, almond colour, very fine

Aroma: prune, port, toffee

Taste & Mouthfeel: sweet like candy; prune, banana; thick and syrupy, but with enough effervescence to keep it lively; root beer with that sugary caramel flavour; sweetness is overwhelming, but fits style I guess; bottle suggests molasses, which is spot on

Overall: tooth-numbing sweetness is too much for me, but flavours and body are great

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey DC.

Faint dark red for the body with a light tan collar presented. Spider like lacing around the glass while drinking, too bad it's not in a tall pilsner or something.

Nose is very sweet. Candy licorice. Slight tobacco notes. Syrup. A slight hint of smoke with a little light roast char. Quite nice and varied but sweetness does dominate.

Palate is extremely sugary and sweet. Lots of maple like sugars but with a very thin body. Woody notes but a sawdust like feel while swallowing. Berry red qualities on the finish to match as well. Mouthfeel is very wet and there's no depth to this or malt coating.

This has a real nice complex and diverse palate, but it is just way too sweet and far too watery for a doppelbock for my tastes.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, IL
Date: Cuvee 2011
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

This is a rich, heavy, and hearty doppelbock that is extremely flavorful, primarily with prune esters, caramelized sugars, toasted bread crusts, and, to a lesser extent, dried brown fig, date, and raisin esters. I've had this fresh on tap, and would say that the most I'd age a bottle of this is two years. While not nutty, as other doppelbocks are, and as I seem to prefer them, I still enjoyed this take on the style. While I'm not sure I'd go out of my way for a $13.50 bottle again (a 4-pack of Celebrator costs that much), this was a fairly delicious brew, one I don't think I could conduct on my own.

Pours a 1.2cm tall head of dark tan foam with a slightly above average retention of roughly two minutes. The foam descends to a 0.2cm cap atop the body of the beer, lasting throughout the session. Lacing is modest at best, consistent for the style, with a few small patches of foam adhering to the sides of the glass. The body is a deep amber-garnet color, with light bringing out deep reddish-orange highlights in the transparent beer. Carbonation is visible, though not particularly numerous and somewhat sluggish.

Aroma of caramelized sugars from dark crystal/caramel malts, heavily toasted bread crusts, dried figs, dates, and prunes, and very faint milk chocolate.

Strong caramelized sugar and prune ester flavors dominate; caramel malt and dried fruit esters most prominent. Front of palate finds strong, rich flavors of heavily toasted bread crusts, strongly caramelized sugars, prune and dried brown fig flavors. Mid-palate continues the rich bread crust and caramelized sugars, with increases in the dried fig, date, raisin, and prune esters, and the introduction of faint milk chocolate flavors. Back of palate discovers an increase in the toasted bread crust flavor, along with some continued prune, dried date and fig esters. Aftertaste is of heavily toasted bread crusts, caramelized sugars, and lingering dried fruit esters. Nowhere in this beer does its 8+% ethanol by volume content appear.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with medium levels of carbonation that foams this up substantially, yet gently, on the palate. The resulting mouthfeel is soft, smooth, and foamy, as you'd imagine a cloud of beer to be in texture; quite nice. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and palate, as to be expected for the style.

Photo of AltBock
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle. On the label are 2 crossed swords and a 3 Musketeers style hat on top of them. Right at the bottom of the front label is a bottled year. This beer was bottled in 2009. On the back label is a history of the style and all the mandatory US info. Poured into an ordinary Pilsner glass.

This French Canadian Doppelbock poured a beautiful deep dark cola brown with some dark cranberry highlights. On top of this dark brew was a 1/2 an inch light tan colored head of foam. It had nice retention that left a foamy film and a number of sticky streaks and spots of lace. This is a top notch Doppelbock appearance!

The aroma of this Doppelbock takes the sweet road instead of the toasted or roasted route. The aroma starts off with the rich scent of sweet roasted malts. Right behind the malts was the sweet caramel, molasses, sweet roasted nuts, rum raisins, a dash of chocolate, and a touch of wheat bread. The aroma was so sweet that I think Willy Wonka created this beer.

Despite have a super sweet aroma, the taste was not really sweet at all. It had some sweet flavors, but those aren't nearly as strong as they were in the aroma. The taste kicks off with a some lightly roasted malts. Right behind the malts was a little milk chocolate, alcohol, a pinch of berries, a scoop of raisins, a plum or two, a few drops of coffee, and then it finishes up with a subtle sweet taste of caramel and molasses. A very good and somewhat interesting Doppelbock taste.

This was a medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation, and a slightly roasted and sweet aftertaste. The aftertaste was mixed with roasted malt, milk chocolate, raisins, and caramel and molasses. This semi sweet and roasted aftertaste doesn't linger.

A 750ml corked and caged French Canadian Doppelbock? That sounds like I'm making things up as I go along. Not true! In truth, this is actually a really good Doppelbock and one of the best I've had lately. I thought the age on this beer would have not brought any good qualities to this beer, but I was wrong about that. If you like Doppelbocks as much as I do, this is one you need to try for yourself.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at When Pigs Fly.
In a snifter the beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head. There was a tiny bit of lace.

Nice aroma. Sweet fruit, bready. A whiff of chocolate.

The aroma transformed into an exceptionally tasty beer. In no particular order there was some cocoa, some plum, pumpernickel bread, and caramel. Great taste!

A complex and delicious beer. Very malty, very smooth.

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottling; 9.5% ABV

Appearance: Pours a dark russet color capped by a two inch layer of beige foam that leaves some thick strands behind

Smell: Cocoa powder, caramel, pumpernickel bread, plums and nuts; undertones of spice

Taste: Cocoa powder and caramel, up front, with undertones of pumpernickel bread, plums and nuts developing through mid-palate; subtle hints of fruit cake spices appear, after the swallow, keeping the sweetness in check; the alcohol is fairly well-hidden, though somewhat discernable in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; spot on for the style

Overall: So one of the best doppelbocks I have encountered comes from a French brewery in Quebec; who would have guessed but this one is a keeper

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. 8%.

Dark brown with a reddish tinge. Fizzy beige head, moderate size. Dissipates quickly to a film.

Smell is quite sweet. Very malty and bready, along with a dark fruit scent, raisin comes to mind, maybe even a bit of dark cherry.

Taste is like the nose. VERY malty, a real bready flavour that is very sweet with caramel accompanying. Raisin, fig and some cherry. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would have expected considering this is apparently only 8%, but I find the alcohol works well, making the beer taste a bit like a liquor, perhaps rum or even brandy. A nice package, though a bit sweet.

Full bodied, fairly low carbonation level, very smooth.

Overall, very nice. Not always a big doppelbock fan but this is very nice. Perhaps the best I have had.

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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.