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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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93
outstanding

156 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 54
Gots: 20 | 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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

jimctin, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

PEIhop, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of TomStew
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%

2009 750ml Bottle, tasted in November 2010 (from notes),

Dark Brown-red color, thanks to my best friend for offering me this beer!
Incredible taste of figs and chocolate, great beer. A lot of dark fruits and caramel.

The mouthfeel is great, almost syrupy but not quite. Benefits greatly from aging.

TomStew, Mar 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ecmoon3, Aug 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

rogerdandy, Apr 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

cozmo, Jan 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

afsdan, Apr 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

GoHabsGo, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%

Thanks to Hoppypocket for this one.

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over brown liquid, reminiscent of a good Belgian quad.

S: Caramel malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some yeast.

T: Beautiful. Sweet caramel malt and bitter chocolate are combined with accompanying Belgian yeast dark fruit flavours including figs and cherries.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The best doppelbock I have had aside from Celebrator. Definitely worth seeking out. The interesting thing about it is that while cold it tastes primarily of Belgian dark fruit yeast like Belgian Strong Dark Ales like Gouden Carolus Classic, and as it warms it tastes more like a malty doppelbock.

DaftCaskBC, Nov 15, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%

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

slimspady, Mar 16, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

FrostBlast, Feb 03, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from 750mL bottle into 400mL Radeberger seidel. 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Very dark cola color with some ruby (re: lighter cola) coming through around the bottom edges. Large, creamy beige head dissipates very slowly and leaves behind light lace.

Smell: Rich chocolate malt with slight coffee and a hint of sweet alcohol.

Taste: Begins with chocolate and some grape flavors, finishing with even stronger chocolate flavors and a hint of coffee alongside bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with light carbonation and a sticky, warming finish.

Drinkability: This is a fantastic doppelbock- quite probably the best non-German doppelbock I have had and a beer that can give many of its German peers a run for their money. A very rich beer, but also very heavy and alcoholic, this one makes for great sipping and savoring. I would be delighted to drink this one again.

Mosstrooper, Aug 26, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

'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.

ELDAVIS69, Jul 22, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

Dated: NA
From liamtt07, via trade

A; Dark cloudy brown body with a huge amount of back mocha head. The carbonation is insane here and the head retains for quite some time. Also leaves great lacing.

S: Sweet fruits, caramel, chocolate loads of biscuits and brown sugar. Extremely good aroma

T: Much like the aroma, the taste is outstanding. Pleasant mixture in caramel, chocolate and sweet fruits. Biscuit notes give it a nice full flavour.

M: Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. The alcohol is not that pronounced,but still evident.

D: This is an extremely pleasing drink. Thanks again to liam for this great brew. Wish I could get this often.

Long813, Aug 04, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

IdeaSpeeder, Oct 21, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my tasting snifter. Pours a caramel color...but fills the glass a completely dark brown with massive frothy, yet creamy tan head with great retention and very nice lacing! Right off the bat, a great looking beer.

Aroma is very nice. Burnt chocolate, slight hops, tobacco, toffee, bourbon-like booze, Belgina yeast and candi, and malts.

Flavor is right on key with the aroma. Great malty mouthfeel, medium body, decent carbonation, mild booziness. Picking up a bourbon characteristic here, not sure if it has been aged in bourbon barrels though. Nice wood notes...big burnt chocolate flavors, and a very creamy mouthfeel. Wow, I love this beer...was a complete blind tasting. Great dopplebock!

ShadesOfGray, Aug 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

FadetoBock, Nov 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

valkyre65, Apr 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JonnyBeers, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep and rich caramel red with a finger of thick, pale tan head.

Smell. Smeet caramel and brown sugar, a little booze and just a hint of plums and strawberries. Smells awesome.

Taste. Wow! Big brown sugar and caramel with some light toasty malts and raisins and a hint of smokey wood. Sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with lighter carbonation.

Overall. This one blew me away. Love that sweet caramel goodness.

Big thanks to DaftCaskBC for landing this one.

Rutager, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, near black with red tones. Massive light brown fine head with massive lacing. Rich caramel and sweet malt, dark fruit aroma. Sweet caramel malts, dark and dried fruit, hints of cherries. Some distinct sherry elements to the finish. Medium bodied with slight creaminess. Somewhat on the sweet side, but complex enough to be a delicious, full flavored dark bock. Really enjoyed this.

LiquidAmber, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.