Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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4.48/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
12-02-2013 02:12:17 | More by Krypter
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
02-08-2012 04:07:55 | More by deapokid
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
09-06-2010 02:19:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
12-24-2011 01:07:35 | More by ludachris
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
06-03-2010 14:09:55 | More by bobsy
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
06-14-2014 11:42:13 | More by Ozzylizard
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
03-23-2013 15:44:35 | More by lordofthewiens
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
08-17-2009 03:29:24 | More by Proteus93
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
***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.
04-02-2012 11:47:10 | More by papat444
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
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 .
06-08-2010 17:28:31 | More by pootz
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
08-29-2011 10:42:09 | More by dgilks
4.4/5 rDev +5%
Pours a mild brown color with a brown, one-finger head into my glass. Looks good for the style.
Aroma is full of sweet, appealing malt with a decent plum/raisin component to it.
Taste is chock full of rich, chewy malt that never gets too sweet but still manages to take on a feel of molasses, finishing sweet at the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, chewy malt. Very nice mouthfeel.
Overall, a nice regional example of the style. Certainly worth partaking in.
05-24-2010 04:16:25 | More by Brad007
4.4/5 rDev +5%
2009 bottling; 9.5% ABV
Appearance: Pours a dark russet color capped by a two inch layer of beige foam that leaves some thick strands behind
Smell: Cocoa powder, caramel, pumpernickel bread, plums and nuts; undertones of spice
Taste: Cocoa powder and caramel, up front, with undertones of pumpernickel bread, plums and nuts developing through mid-palate; subtle hints of fruit cake spices appear, after the swallow, keeping the sweetness in check; the alcohol is fairly well-hidden, though somewhat discernable in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; spot on for the style
Overall: So one of the best doppelbocks I have encountered comes from a French brewery in Quebec; who would have guessed but this one is a keeper
09-28-2012 23:06:07 | More by brentk56
4.39/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
12-31-2013 02:37:42 | More by biegaman
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
750 corked and caged, I bought it last summer in Montreal and it has been in my cellar for the past year, so 2009.
Pours a rich dark chestnut/cola color with a finger of head which leaves small spots of lace down the glass.
Loads of malt, hints of coffee and cocoa powder, earth, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar. Light drying, smooth silky body. Light sweetness, hint of booze still in there but quite mellow for being a beast, have to think the age has done it some good.
Drinking pretty damn good, a pleasant, warming brew.
06-03-2010 20:58:11 | More by ritzkiss
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
A - Pours a very dark brown with a red hue with a thumb of copper brown off-white head, decent retention and a little bit of lacing.
S - Insanely chocolatey, sweet caramel and toffee, and coffee and espresso on the finish.
T - Chocolate and sweet caramel malts dominate the palette. Very sweet, and the alcohol really complements the sweetness buried in the malts. The finish is outstanding, with strong espresso and coffee flavours that linger on the tongue.
M - Perfectly balanced carbonation, though the finish is a little on dry side. That being said, it wasn't so dry as to completely take away from the experience.
D - This is surprisingly drinkable, and I was regretting having to share it. It's incredibly delicious, and highly recommended to anyone looking for a full flavoured dopplebock. Quite sweet, so would make for a perfect dessert beer, but can be easily enjoyed on any occasion.
08-08-2010 18:48:10 | More by andrenaline
District of Columbia
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Dark maroon color with a medium tan head that settles slowly to leave good lacing.
S: Aroma is reminiscent of a Hershey bar.
T: Flavor starts with cola, progresses to milk chocolate, then roasted coffee, and finally a finish of burnt espresso.
M: Good body.
D: Very nice subtle, complex, smooth doppelbock.
01-12-2010 03:10:05 | More by Travlr
4.36/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
11-18-2013 00:50:52 | More by SebD
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
06-09-2009 03:00:22 | More by imperialstout27
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
06-19-2009 01:01:11 | More by eat
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.