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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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93
outstanding

160 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 56
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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Photo of Walkerjgt
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Walkerjgt, Jul 16, 2014
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.

ohmybock, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of kbutler1
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

kbutler1, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mothman, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of jeddsp
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jeddsp, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

laituegonflable, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

smakawhat, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%

spinrsx, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of ZorPrime
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 :)

ZorPrime, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Luk13
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Luk13, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

peensteen, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

smcolw, Jul 11, 2011
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.

Sammy, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of campfirebrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

campfirebrew, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

evil_liver, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of strang
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

strang, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of iRikal
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

This is my 1st Doppelbock so I cannot vouch for the style itself...

A- Warm reddish coppery colour. Quite nice looking in full sun.

S- Dark fruits, some maltiness, pleasant and a little sweet

T- raisins, plums, toffee, bitterness is nice-not overwhelming, actually pretty sweet

F-body is fairly present, carbonation is lower than what i'd usually like but balanced nonetheless

O- A good beer, above average for sure. Not the style i'm very fond of but it was worth the 6$ for the 750ml for sure. Knowing what a dopplebock is in the first place i would likely have given more points if I follow what other reviewers gave. If what i described above is reminiscent of the type, then it is an excellent example. I will likely try it again after comparing other doppelbock.

iRikal, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

tom10101, May 19, 2013
Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BDTyre, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of spicelab
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

spicelab, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of flipper2gv
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

flipper2gv, Nov 02, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MeisterBurger, Sep 25, 2009
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

joemcgrath27, Aug 21, 2010
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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.