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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

168 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 57
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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Reviews by slimspady:
Photo of slimspady
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark, slightly opaque when held to the light. A thick, tan head that dissolves quickly

S - ripe fruit, and malts with slight alcohol undertones

T - sweet, ripe fruit. Hints of chocolate as well. A little more alcohol towards the bottle of the bottle. My palate is not learned enough to decipher all the complexities.

M - medium feel. Aftertaste is long but pleasant.

D - hides the 9.5 well. Easier to drink than you would think. A fantastic beer

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep mahogany color with a large fluffy lighter shade of mocha colored two finger head,it settled into a great creamy mass.Combinations of aromas abound,dark fruit,dark coffee roast,bitter chocolate,and sweet alcohol.Dark fruit really stands out on the palate from the on set with prune and raisin really hitting hard,a deeply roasted backbone thruought,a hint of anise lingers as well.Great flavors but the alcohol kicks,its a sipper,but a real good sipper.

Photo of imperialstout27
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Corked, caged and au naturel. Dark and inviting for sure, but perhaps the darkest of this style we've come across. Hints of figs, taffy, chalky yeast, brown bread and molasses cookies in the aroma. Big malty mess slams the palate, but a good mess ... some chaos can be a positive thing. Toasted and sweet, almost roasted, with undertones of coffee and cocoa. Ripe fruit and a warming alcohol are noticeable, but on the side. Modest hopping in a toasty, sweet finish. Perhaps more traditional than modern, this one is super tasty and becomes a dangerously quick sipper. Marvelous.

Photo of FadetoBock
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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 Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked bomber, $11.99 @ DeCicco's In Arsley, NY. Let me get this straight, German style beer, in a Belgian style bottle, brewed in Canada...interesting... Pours a very dark shade of brown under a quite puffy dark tan head, mid level retention then a moderate collar, tiny bubble film, spaced out light lace. The nose is full of caramel malts, and light chocolate. Malts o'plenty, caramel, dark bread, chocolate malted, good depth of flavors, complexity and malty goodness. Alcohol present but in the background. Well done, highly enjoyable brew.

Photo of ricochet173
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition. Purchased in November 2010, cellared until August. I'm sure I could have kept it longer, but I just couldn't wait!

Poured into a goblet, shared with my Quebecois friend who brought it back to Ontario for me!

Dark cherry-brown in colour, with an impressive head with scads of fluffy lacing. I can tell that the carbonation has not cooled off yet; as I don't have a beer fridge, the cellar probably wasn't cool enough. No matter.

The nose is very tasty and reminds me more of abbey quadrupels than of a doppelbock. Figs, raisins, grapes, caramel, sherry, chocolate and strong boozy smell. A pleasure to swirl and sniff.

Sweet, boozy, and with the aforementioned dark fruit, sugar and dry sherry flavor. Again, reminds me more of a Belgian quad. Slightly syrupy, but with lively enough carbonation to keep this from becoming tiresome and cloying. The bottle required about ten minutes of sitting out to allow it to settle and reduce the initially harsh carbonation.

An enjoyable brew, flavorful, diverse and well worth the extra time in the cellar. Hopefully I can score another couple bottles of this year's edition to compare.

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ohmybock
2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10 corked 750ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark, brown color with a large-bubbled, very slight, and quickly-disappearing head. The aroma is sweet-ish dark malts, but not the good German toffee-like goodness I love. The flavor is sweet dark malts up front, then turning into a lingering roastiness. Carbonation is low, and the mouthfeel is quite thick. This brew tastes like a fairly sweet, dark, strong lager (ale?) which has been blended with a roasty porter or stout. If you want to call this a doppelbock, then it's definitely a New World idea of a d-bock and nowhere close to an authentic d-bock from the Old Country. Still I think it's a good, strong, dark, "beer". For what it's worth, I found this brew to be quite drinkable when paired/contrasted with some buttermilk blue cheese! On its own, I'm not sure if I would have finished the bottle.

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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 valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ELDAVIS69
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'09 vintage poured into a Chimay goblet, the beer pours a beautiful brown/red with almost no head retention. At first the carbonation was too high to really notice some of the depth of flavors but as the beer settled it was on! The fruit flavors are big and bright(cherries & fig) with a nice malt backbone. This is by far the best Doppelbock I've had and I highly recommend it.

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Nothing like showing up to an afternoon burger BBQ, and being presented with this as a beer option by the host. Cheers, Chris!

This beer pours a clear dark red brick amber hue, with prominent cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and more or less creamy beige head, which leaves a decent array of drooping webbed lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of roasted chocolate malt, sugary, red vinous notes, like those frozen Welch's pops my Mom used to make for us, boozy vanilla, muddled dark Eastern fruit, black tea leaves, thin honey and earthy, citrusy hops. The taste is more of the same but writ so much larger - dark chocolate, bready caramel malt, boozy figs, dates, and plump raisins, acidic black fruit, vanilla cookies, watery molasses, cola syrup, sweetened nuts, ethereal citrus cream, and more subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft, but palate-challenging in its playful frothiness at times, the body a heady medium weight, with a small chalky pithiness marring an otherwise sublime smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, but well tempered at the same rate - lingering caramel malt, dark fruit and sugar, mostly - with a certain root character (beer, licorice, and weeds alike) rounding things out.

A pleasantly up-sized doppelbock, the booze quite nicely integrated, making this all seem like a big ol' slice of sozzled German chocolate cake. Given that the intensity here, when compared to this style's typical component flavours, seems so heightened, perhaps the "Grand Cuvee" naming scheme should be amended with an "Imperial" designation, along the lines of some this brewery's other more jacked-up offerings.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour, a grand malting. Decent beer and drinkability based on what it is, but I like it not as much as most, regardless of vintage. Chocolate malty aroma, a bit above average mouthfeel. Chocolate, nutty, caramel, raisin, earthy. Sweetish, and perhaps too much.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a longstanding bottle, the body is a clear dark mahogany. The head rises up quite readily, forming a massive three-fingered pillow of foamy tan froth. Unfortunately the retention doesn't match the zeal with which the head initially forms, and the lacing isn't really that great either.

The nose expresses nuttiness, a hint of dusty sweet cocoa, and some soft roastiness and chocolate - it's more like bittersweet chocolate than anything coffee-like.

Rich malt is the heart and soul of Les Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock, as it should be. It's bready, toasty, sugary, caramelish, a hint cocoa-ish, and a bit chocolatey. Some leafy hops appear mid-way, and it finishes subtly roasty and nutty. As you progress through it and the alcohol builds on your palate you might find some hints of dark fruit (raisins, cherries, etc.). A solid bitterness anchors it, and although it does seem sweet at times, it never becomes cloying (probably at least partly due to the 9.5% abv).

There are better, more rounded and focused doppelbocks available (and many that mask the alcohol better), but there's also a bit of charm to the all out attack of this one. Worth trying for fans of the style.

Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma features a lot of sweet bready malt with caramel and dark fruits. 

T- Tje taste like the aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. Pretty tasty stuff.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, thus is a pretty solid dopplebock that is definitely worth picking up. Recommended!

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 2010 offering, bottle lists the ABV as 8.7%
A - an almost impenetrable deep brown amber, a tower of caramel head that retained very long, and left nice soapy lacing up the glass
S - very sweet molasses and caramel plus roasted barley malt, light semi sweet chocolate, and some fruity syrup
T - wow, strong flavours! A caramel, almost rum-like sweetness, bitter coffee and chocolate, and just a light hint of fruit cocktail
M - FULL! Thick and chewy out of the gate, very tart sweetness, and some alcohol kick
D - flavours are enjoyable, and the aspect of the beer fit the doppelbock style, but the sensory overload of sweet flavours, heavy feel, and high alcohol make this an occasion drink, not for the faint of heart or taste bud

Photo of Gmann
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a massive 2l dipple mug. Pours a deep chestnut brown with a huge fluffy tan head that slowly slowly dissipates into a rocky cap. Not sure if it is the pure volumn of beer I just poured but the head retention is awesome. The aroma is big and boozy, meaty, spot on dopplebock aroma. Big raisin and prune with a meaty soy. Quite meaty and boozy in the taste. Alcohol soaked charred beef, if there was such a thing, raisins and prunes, carob and enough of a roasted malt to keep the others in check. This is a big heavy dopplebock. The aftertaste is good, nice and woodsy with hints of chocolate. The feel is moderate to full but not chewy, nice tingly carbonation helps cut through the malt. ABV is noticable, you know it is there. A French Canadian German style brew. Well they did a great job. Authentic flavors, big and bold like a dopplebock should be along with a nice roasty malt body.

Photo of jsnoek
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of eat
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Doppelbock...I hope I like it; it was kind of expensive.

Pours a really dark brown, showing red where any light shines through. It almost looks like a stout but seems a little thinner. Decent cappuccino-coloured head to start, dissipating to a solid layer of foam.

Very bready, yeasty, lots of blackberry and blueberry and a hint of coffee. Some chocolaty roasted malt and a decent hop presence. Judging from the smell, this could be a stout if it didn't say doppelboch on the bottle. Smells great.

Wow, that's different! Tons of coffee flavour comes out up front; port, dark chocolate, roasted malt, subtle dark berries, nicely balanced hops in the background don't get in the way of anything else. Pretty strong alcohol presence, maybe more than I would like but it's not over the top. You can definitely feel the 9.5%, but it adds more of a tangyness and a warming feeling than a harshness you might find in a less competent beer of this strength. Bitter, dry coffee on the finish. I'm only taking off 0.5 for the alcohol being a little hot; this tastes awesome.

I like the feel; thin-medium bodied with a medium carbonation. While there are a number of similarities in this beer to a stout, there are also enough qualities setting it apart including the thinner consistency.

While I think this is a great beer, I think it's too intense to drink often. I can foresee having trouble with finishing this 750ml on my own, the alcohol is pretty strong. This is not the smoothest beer I've ever had but I'm enjoying this new style.

Photo of elricorico
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, opaque, with a mountain of mocha coloured head. Takes a while to recede, and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma of coffee and smoke, some dark chocolate and black licorice.

Smooth flavour starting from chocolate, passing through coffee briefly then a fairly strong licorice flavour. Licorice lingers for a while. No complaints, I like it.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, really nice. Carbonation keeps it alive but isn't coarse or prickly. Body fairly full and the beer leaves an impression all the way over the tongue.

9.5% ABV? Certainly doesn't drink like it. Dangerously easy to sip away at. This is one to check out if you can.

Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Very dark mahoghanny brown pour. Roughly 2 fingers of cream colored head.

Aroma is very malty, almost a bit boozy as it stings a bit.

Taste is heavy malt and breadiness. Caramel, toffee, wood, leather and some yellow raisin like flavors. Hint of molasses. A pleasant amount of smoke to off-set the sweetness in the finish. Alcohol doesn't seem to be too present. Really quite interesting.

Body is medium sized, but it is pretty big and sticky feeling. Alcohol is there as it is warming. Certainly worth a try for the style and one that I would think will age quite nicely.

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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.