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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 187
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 65
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of TomStew
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (302 characters)

Photo of slimspady
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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 (455 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (679 characters)

Photo of FrostBlast
4.69/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,870 characters)

Photo of Long813
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (659 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (882 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (741 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of ELDAVIS69
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (498 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (440 characters)

Photo of Hex92
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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. (451 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of Krypter
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of deapokid
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle. Enjoyed in a pilsener glass.

This Quebecois doppelbock has a rich, chocolate body with a thin, brown layer of foam and a lively dose of carbonation. It's a shade darker that expected and the lacing is thin, but I'll be damned if that brown foam doesn't look tasty.

Aroma boasts raisins, chocolate, berries, a hint of booze, sweet plum and mild spicing. Frankly, it smells delicious and is just subtle enough as to not overpower.

The ultra-dry conclusion is the first taste to make itself known. It's rather aggressive. Flavor profile packs a distinct smokiness with a bitter roasted malt that lingers on the tongue. Other notes include a light cocoa, a peculiar doughy/yeastiness and sugary fruit notes. It's not the sweetest DB I've ever had, but the tongue scorching dryness is a bit much... Now wait just a second! As it warms, the chocolate comes out big time, mixing extremely well with the smoke and coffee bean bitterness, making for a super delicate and complex lager. You'll even pick out some maple syrup overtime and giving this beer about 20 minutes to chill out was one of the best things I've ever done.

The conclusion is initially harsh, but let it get to room temp and it's as smooth as silk and so multi-layered. The roasted notes meld so well with the chocolate and berry flavors that you'll wish  you had a 3L bottle.

I initially had my doubts, but this one is so subtle, nuanced and delicious. Give it time to warm and you'll be greatly rewarded. (1,486 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Darb brown in colour, completely opaque but still a thin body. One finger of bubbly taupe coloured head formed and slowly dissipated.

S - Dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Some raisins and figs. A really nice nose.

T - Dark fruit complimented by a wonderful sweet malt taste that has notes of brown sugar, caramel and molasses. The malts are lightly roasted with some chocolate notes. The chocolate really comes out as the beer warms up.

M - Light body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

D - An excellent beer and a wonderful example of the style. Would make a perfect fall or winter beer. I will look for this one annually. Barely notice the 8.7% ABV. (702 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredibly deep and rich mahogany red. Two fingers of light egg shell white head leave thin strings of lace as it dies down. Deep amber and ruby red highlights are revealed when light hits the glass.

A bouquet of rich and sticky dark fruits ooze from the glass. Dark raisons, fig pudding, and mushy dates make a cake-like richness come to mind. This impression is furthered by fresh toasted dark bread and liquid dark chocolate. Alcohol peaks through but is not a force. Quite sweet and very rich, but not over done.

Everything from the nose is equally apparent in the taste. The overall impression given is of a sweet fruit cake generously drizzled with overly ripe dates, raisons, and figs in syrup form. Dark chocolate icing is thinly spread across the tongue. The alcohol is placed in the very back and helps to amplify the sweetness coming from the dark fruits and chocolate.

Its full body is undercarbonated, showcasing its sweetness and accentuating its syrupy and sticky feel. The alcohol comes off as mellow but helps bring attention to the fruity and chocolatey notes.

This is a dessert in itself, no question. The skill of the brewmaster however is highlighted by the fact that this is not overdone in sweetness, impact, or feel. This edges out Ayinger's Dopplebock for me. Absolutely perfect by the fire in this early stage of winter. (1,361 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany with a finger of light tan head that drops to a film and leaves some good lace spots.

Sweet malty nose has a large bread component, strong coffee notes and hints of dark fruit. Its quite intense and gets more so as the beer warms, and this sets the table wonderfully for the flavour. Huge brown bread body, overlaid with coffee, chocolate and vinous fruit. Molasses and brown sugar in the finish. Its a big, sweet malty beast and I love how its drinking so smooth with a year of age on it. Greta complimentary mouthfeel is medium-full, low carbonated and slightly sticky.

I've been fortunate to have some of the best doppelbocks in the world, and this deserves to be up there punching with the big boys. Its a great beer, and a year of aging has taken it to the next level. (797 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, with some red hues that seem like a rusty red trying to overtake a brilliant ruby red. Head is modest, though it retains well and leaves behind some loose lattice of lace. Second pour yields a larger head, like a golden brown sugar, almost sparkling.... quite nice.

S: Roasted malts & unsweetened chocolate with a burnt brown sugar and dark fruit scent - namely raisin. There's a breadiness to it that makes me think of something like pumpernickel 'from a distance.' An odd description perhaps, but the only thing that came to mind. After tasting, the aroma is rather subdued and almost even delicate.

T: Robust flavours... a dark chocolate stands out, which is a little interesting for the style. Plenty of roasted malts in this one. Some rich toffee is there, but that bitter chocolate-like flavour keeps it fairly mellow and not as sweet as they can get. A rum-raisin taste is there as well, topped with a pleasant hopping and a little bit of alcohol... the booziness is hidden very well, but it allows a little bit of a peppery kick through.

M: Quite rich and heavy without becoming too overdone... it is perhaps a little on the syrupy side, but with the sweetness toned down a touch, it works out just fine.

D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I tend to find myself being rather critical of doppelbocks, even though I continue to consider them a favourite style. That said, this big brew was done exceptionally well, full of flavour and wonderfully balanced. I'm quite happy to have tried it and certainly recommend that others give it a shot, as well. (1,592 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***2011 Vintage (ABV 8%)***

Poured from a 750ml. bottle.

Appearance: A deep orange-brown body with lots of foam. Lasting power is good and lace is alright.

Smell: Nuts, brown bread, lots of chewy caramel and sweet. Real nice.

Taste: Love it. A tiny but sweet but never cloying. Strong caramel mixed with a breadiness, milt nuts and some herbs. Malt rules!

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, real smooth and quite chewy.

Overall: This is never a chore to drink and easy to polish off a bottle to oneself. A real brewer's work of art. (531 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750ml bottle cellared from last year.

Decants a hazed chestnut-orange color with ruby highlights. Massive puffy cap...fair retention, laces well.

Aroma is dominated with bready-cookie dough malts, cocoa, figs, herbal woodyness, some mustiness....wonderful complexity.

The front is thick and rich with toasty-roasted malts some sweetness ensues like toffee, balance is achieved with a pervading noble hop herbal bite,....center is complex with coffee-dark fruits, cocoa, nuts, pipe tobacco, earthiness....finish is long and rich, like liquid bundt cake.

Excellent rendition of the style...really a rich satisfying drink without being too sweet . (659 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark mahogany colour with a moderate, creamy tan head.

Rich, dark fruits with raisins and dates. Lots of bread and toast with some mild alcohol and even something that is almost citrus.

Rounded bready and toasty malt with some rich, dark fruit and caramel notes. Really good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky and delicious.

A great, rich, complex lager with a delicious malt and fruit character. Nice. (425 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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. (489 characters)

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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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