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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

147 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 48
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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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imperialstout27

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip. Rocky, voluminous beige head. Very dark - virtually opaque when held to the light. Some garnet hints at the edge of the glass.

S - Smells to me like a rich stout. Mocha. Malty with hints of dark fruit.

T - Wow, awesome. Sweet but not cloying, and malty as all hell. Dark fruits across the midpalate. Vinuous and somewhat boozy, but I like that. Dark, dark roasted malt flavors, and concentrated but not out of balance. To me, it seems like it tries to get a little sharp at times with the alcohol but it's blunted by the sweetness. Finish is very very long.

MF - This it where this beer shines the most to me. It's thick but supple and smooth. Very nice carbonation that tickles your mouth as you savor it.

D - Decent drinkability, although the concentrated roast flavors can be somewhat fatiguing.

Overall impression: Tastes to me almost like an imperial stout that's been lagered. Also reminds me in some ways of an eisbock albeit less vinuous and more carbonated and roasty. This is definitely not your standard doppelbock. It's the third beer I've tried from this brewery and they are impressing me more and more. All in all - this beer kicks ass and I want more.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 03:00:22 | More by imperialstout27
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 10:57:25 | More by MDDMD
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-29-2014 12:26:30 | More by s1ckboy
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 00:41:08 | More by metter98
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 11:42:13 | More by Ozzylizard
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tobek

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-01-2014 23:14:30 | More by tobek
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-30-2014 02:04:12 | More by lgmol
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Texsuds

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-25-2014 03:00:44 | More by Texsuds
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-02-2014 19:40:11 | More by JonnyBeers
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +7.1%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +2.4%
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 +7.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +1.2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-02-2013 17:02:51 | More by dipso123
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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.