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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

Doppelbock Grande Cuvée PrintempsDoppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

139 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%


Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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".

(Beer added by: Derek on 05-26-2009)
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Reviews by evil_liver:
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

11-18-2013 02:37:33 | More by evil_liver
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

04-16-2014 14:15:28 | More by rogerdandy
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

04-16-2014 03:54:18 | More by afsdan
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valkyre65

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-07-2014 13:14:09 | More by valkyre65
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hillvt4me

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2014 22:14:55 | More by hillvt4me
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smithj4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-15-2014 23:44:07 | More by smithj4
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Porter

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-09-2014 00:22:13 | More by Porter
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Kerne

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

03-04-2014 01:50:49 | More by Kerne
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campfirebrew

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

02-15-2014 03:08:28 | More by campfirebrew
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-03-2014 03:15:35 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:10:41 | More by FrostBlast
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:12:12 | More by yemenmocha
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-15-2014 04:26:27 | More by mattmarka1
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:37:42 | More by biegaman
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-04-2013 23:58:48 | More by Groulxsome
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.5%

12-04-2013 04:20:01 | More by yancot
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dipso123

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-02-2013 17:02:51 | More by dipso123
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Krypter

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:12:17 | More by Krypter
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 00:50:52 | More by SebD
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 22:27:55 | More by polloenfuego
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-13-2013 01:50:25 | More by PEIhop
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-09-2013 01:17:17 | More by FadetoBock
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spicelab

Australia

3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 08:06:49 | More by spicelab
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 03:07:51 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:16:51 | More by BGDrock
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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.