Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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2.98/5 rDev -28.9%
$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.
08-23-2009 18:13:40 | More by ohmybock
3.2/5 rDev -23.6%
Bottle. Pours a dark red brown color with a nice 2 finger head. Good lace on the glass. Lots of dark fruit flavors and aroma including raisins, plum, and fig all backed by a pretty hefty malty backbone. Pretty sweet. Not bad but just a little too sweet for me and tough to finish my whole glass. Medium mouthfeel.
09-27-2010 13:22:16 | More by kbutler1
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.23/5 rDev -22.9%
Poured into snifter.
Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is dark brown.
Aroma: Caramel, plums, cherries, chocolate. Malty and sweet. Dark dried fruit flavors.
Taste: Roasty and malty. Sweet flavors. Cherries, plums, raisins, caramel, toffee. Pretty malty.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends sweet and malty.
Overall, decent doppelbock, but fairly average. Decent drinkability. Some decent flavors.
10-02-2010 15:41:08 | More by mothman
3.3/5 rDev -21.2%
Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and head. The smell was heavy on the dates and raisins, Almost had the smell of a Quad to me. The taste was also heavy on the dates and raisens and played off the alcholhol fairly well. I agree with what most people have said. Drinkable, could certainly have a few, but not best represenation of this style.
12-14-2010 16:42:18 | More by jeddsp
3.38/5 rDev -19.3%
Pours a hazy brown colour, almost purple tinge to it. Head is also brown-tinged at the edge but mostly beige, with pleasant snail trails of lace around. Looks pretty damned nice.
Smells bocky. Lots of dark roasted malt giving cocoa aromas and a slight vanilla character. A fair amount of caramelised grain with pearl barley and a hint of wheat, almost sourdough actually on there. Hint of red grape skin and some peppery spice as well. Pretty pleasant.
Taste is very malty and strong. Lot of espresso bitterness on the front with thick, chewy caramel malt. Huge sour German character comes through midway, giving me raw wheat, some red wine notes and a weak vanilla bean character. Sourness is actually quite off-putting, blending with the maltiness to produce a weird aioli kind of flavour. I like aioli but not in my beer. It's not overall bad, good complexity but there's this wave of unwanted flavour in the middle that just puts me off.
Good body to it, lots of texture, sticky but ends up very smooth.
I personally couldn't drink a lot of this, it's enjoyable enough, just not really my cup of beer.
08-20-2010 03:53:38 | More by laituegonflable
3.4/5 rDev -18.9%
Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey DC.
Faint dark red for the body with a light tan collar presented. Spider like lacing around the glass while drinking, too bad it's not in a tall pilsner or something.
Nose is very sweet. Candy licorice. Slight tobacco notes. Syrup. A slight hint of smoke with a little light roast char. Quite nice and varied but sweetness does dominate.
Palate is extremely sugary and sweet. Lots of maple like sugars but with a very thin body. Woody notes but a sawdust like feel while swallowing. Berry red qualities on the finish to match as well. Mouthfeel is very wet and there's no depth to this or malt coating.
This has a real nice complex and diverse palate, but it is just way too sweet and far too watery for a doppelbock for my tastes.
08-15-2013 21:32:15 | More by smakawhat
3.45/5 rDev -17.7%
Tasted on May 9, 2009.
A: Pours as a black beer with some red on the edge. Can't see through the beer. Big head with big bubbles. The head is beige.
S: I smell some chocolate with some fruits. Fruits is mainly raisins.
T: Strong taste. Some vinous taste. The taste presence in the mouth is long. Get some roasted malts.
M: Very warm in the mouth. Creamy. Rich.
D: Easy to quaff... however one 750 ml bottle is enough for one person to put a smile on it's face!! The alcohol is treacherous since it hits you when it is too late :)
06-12-2009 01:19:45 | More by ZorPrime
3.58/5 rDev -14.6%
Impressive three-finger head; leaves some chunky, but spotty, lace. Dark amber, light brown color. A very light haze.
Silky sweet smell of maple syrup and brown sugar. No notable hop.
The flavor matches the smell. Very, very sweet like an apertif. I also note a metallic tinge to the tongue. Very rich as one might expect.
07-10-2011 23:12:09 | More by smcolw
3.68/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
12-13-2011 01:23:36 | More by Sammy
British Columbia (Canada)
3.8/5 rDev -9.3%
2010 edition, at 8.7%
Exteremly vigorous head - it took me about 15 minutes to actual pour the whole thing. Cloudy mahogany-brown.
Rich malt, banana, chocolate and spice in the nose. Spicy, sweet malt and bread, banana and cinnamon tastes. Very rich and filling - very much liquid bread. Slight Belgian character in the spiciness and suggestions of candi sugar - something I find common in Quebec micros.
A little high on the carbonation, but not completely unacceptable. Drinkable, even at 8.7%. Alcohol is well hidden.
06-08-2010 05:08:31 | More by BDTyre
3.86/5 rDev -7.9%
750mL bottle. 2011, 8%ABV.
Blood plum mahogany with amber highlights on the pour. Modest saffron head forms to about a finger before clearing out completely over a minute or so. Light bead.
Nose shows moderate woody oxidation and dark fruits. The former imparts brooding spiritous complexity and balsamic tartness, but it's progressed enough to overwhelm much of the caramelised malty goodness you'd expect.
Less oxidation in the taste and consequently more sweetness, which is a very good thing. Sour cherries, dates, brandied strawberries, muscatels, figs, Brazil nuts, toffee fondue and more balsamic. Complex and evolving.
Mouthfeel is a bit lifeless and undercarbonated, probably because the oxidation has swept much of it away, but it's perfectly inoffensive.
This is clearly not the state the beer was in when bottled, but I suspect I'm enjoying it more than I would have in that event. The integration of the ragged woody oxidation with the deep, boozy dark fruits works well.
11-08-2013 08:06:49 | More by spicelab
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
A: deep deep brown/red ale. Head is good, tan and lasts ok.
S: Lots of malty sweetness: molasses, caramel, brown sugar. Cocoa, coffee, smoke, dried fruits. Some alcohol character.
T: That is MALTY! Lots of bread, very cereal. Also sweet: maple, molasses, brown sugar. Cocoa is still present, as well as the smoke. Dried fruits, pears, cherries are very present. A bit of nuts. A bit of tart. Some nice hops that combines well with the roasted malts to give a nice dry finish to the brew.
M: A bit too much carbonation for this style IMO. Otherwise, bold and syrupy, as expected. The dryness at the end reminds me somewhat of the dry feel you get after smoking a cigar, weird...
D: This one is heavy. You won't drink another one after this 750 ml. The alcohol is present and it's a bold and heavy brew.
11-02-2009 02:08:39 | More by flipper2gv
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours pitch black, with a red hue when held up to the light. Nice head retention and minimal lacing.
This smells like brown sugar, maple, candied pears and rich dried fruits. Roasty too. So good.
The taste is just as nice, with rich chocolate dominating, along side brown sugar and dried black fruit, caramel, sherry, a soft vanilla rounds out the edges, with a nice roastiness throughout and an off dry finish. It has just the perfect amount of low bitterness to go up against the rich and roasty malt, as well as a slight tartness that keeps it from being cloying.
It's full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Alcohol is present but pleasant and slightly warming. Maybe a little higher than I'd like. Okay, yes, for sure they could do well to knock this down a percent or two.
It's a pleasure to drink, but at 9.5% in a 750ml bottle and a richness unsurpassed by many, you'd do well to share this one with a friend or four.
My overall impression is that this is my third beer from this brewery and I keep on being impressed by them. As for the beer itself, it's great but may be just a tad too bold and rich for its own good. Or mine. I'm completely looped man.
09-25-2009 02:57:05 | More by MeisterBurger
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
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
08-21-2010 05:04:46 | More by joemcgrath27
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
pours a brown brew top of a light brown head, leave laces. the brew looks thick
smellcomplex sweet things, fruits, brown sugar and alcool
taste is similar to the smell, mix of alcool, sweet flavors, fruity in some ways, malty
mouthfeel is round and thick,oily, similar to a syrop almost, medium carbonation,
drinkability is good. if you realise that its a 9% abv beer, you taste the alcool but the brew is wraped with so much flavors that everything go down pretty smooth
09-07-2010 15:34:17 | More by Otterburn
3.98/5 rDev -5%
A massive Dopplebock with deep toffee flavors at the forefront.
This Dopplebock pours an onyx dark, dark brown (nearly black) with crimson highlights. A froathy off-white head forms on the beer and never lets go. Rings of sticky lace adhere to the glass in stubborn and convincing fashion.
Rich toffee, malt, and dark/dehydrated fruits give a rummy, brandy-like impression. Subtle chocolate and nutty aromas round out the robust and rich scent.
Flavors of toffee and malt lead the way while fruity flavors of plumbs/prunes, raisons, cherries, figs, and about anything else that could be dug out of a fruit cake add layers of complexity and sweet tastes. Spicy cinnamon, black pepper, and alcohol help to balance the sweet/fruity flavors and add complexity to the rich brew. No real off flavors, but the toasty/alcoholic balance can be questioned.
Sweet and malty early on but the sugary feel gives way to at dry toasty/cocoa powder finish. Spciy notes and alcohol warmth help to temper the malts but in the end the beer finishes more malty than dry.
A delicious and savory Dopplebock but the malty/sugary weight causes it to be more of a sipper than a drinkable brew (think Barleywine).
11-06-2010 07:04:46 | More by BEERchitect
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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