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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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93
outstanding

147 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 48
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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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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SLeffler27

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This doppelbock is dark walnut, almost black, with a modest, creamy chestnut head and a syrupy film. The highlights are dark ruby and the long-lasting head coats the glass with lace.

An antique pilsner showcases the rich, roasted malt and strong nutty tones of this beer. There are modest tones of baker’s chocolate and sweet coffee liqueur.

The flavor opens with a flash of sweetness, followed by roasted malt bitterness and a surprisingly acidic flair. Pumpernickel bread is followed by earthy flavors, licorice, vanilla, and a hint of spiced rum. The finish is subtle, long, and complex. All-in-all, the flavors are a bit mudy.

A sharp effervescence and bristling texture accompany this full-bodied beer with hot alcohol and a super-dry finish.

Tasty and enjoyable, but very assertive. Each sip simultaneously leaves one wanting more and assaults the palate. One was enough to satisfy me.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 13:22:57 | More by SLeffler27
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ricochet173

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-10-2011 00:05:47 | More by ricochet173
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brown like a murky river; amazing head retention, almond colour, very fine

Aroma: prune, port, toffee

Taste & Mouthfeel: sweet like candy; prune, banana; thick and syrupy, but with enough effervescence to keep it lively; root beer with that sugary caramel flavour; sweetness is overwhelming, but fits style I guess; bottle suggests molasses, which is spot on

Overall: tooth-numbing sweetness is too much for me, but flavours and body are great

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:16:51 | More by BGDrock
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a longstanding bottle, the body is a clear dark mahogany. The head rises up quite readily, forming a massive three-fingered pillow of foamy tan froth. Unfortunately the retention doesn't match the zeal with which the head initially forms, and the lacing isn't really that great either.

The nose expresses nuttiness, a hint of dusty sweet cocoa, and some soft roastiness and chocolate - it's more like bittersweet chocolate than anything coffee-like.

Rich malt is the heart and soul of Les Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock, as it should be. It's bready, toasty, sugary, caramelish, a hint cocoa-ish, and a bit chocolatey. Some leafy hops appear mid-way, and it finishes subtly roasty and nutty. As you progress through it and the alcohol builds on your palate you might find some hints of dark fruit (raisins, cherries, etc.). A solid bitterness anchors it, and although it does seem sweet at times, it never becomes cloying (probably at least partly due to the 9.5% abv).

There are better, more rounded and focused doppelbocks available (and many that mask the alcohol better), but there's also a bit of charm to the all out attack of this one. Worth trying for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 01:56:57 | More by NeroFiddled
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color bock with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet malt with some notes of banana and cloves. Taste is also dominated by some cloves and banana ester with an excellent grain bill. Full body with a creamy texture and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Probably one of the best that I have tasted form this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 19:19:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a caged and corked 750 ml brown bottle. Pours out a very, very dark brown, dense yet still translucent as a deep cola garnet when held to direct light. Tall, tight spongy beige head with great retention.

Aroma is light, but has it all in the right places. Toasted malt, chocolate wafer, a milky sweetness, light warming spice.

Flavour has a sweet vinuous character right from the start. Rum soaked raisins, spiced dates, light caramel, with a warm spicy finish. Alcohol is apparent, but doesn't come across as boozy. Lingering aftertaste of some sort of thin spiked hot chocolate.

The mouthfeel holds its own too, smooth and creamy, medium-bodied yet light at the same time.

An all round decent offering, I'd rate the drinkability higher but after a while this doppelbock does tend to become cloyingly sweet and the alcohol presence does start to become somewhat boozy, making a bottle this size a prime candidate to share rather than allowing it to over stay its welcome. Or rather it's not unwelcome, but does become a bit overwhelming after a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 08:33:51 | More by IronDjinn
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RepMichigan

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-26-2012 21:05:42 | More by RepMichigan
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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-17-2013 14:40:15 | More by Whatup14
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. 2010 vintage, which has a brown label and rings in at 8.7% this time around. purchased on a recent trip to montreal. sampled june 14/2010.

pours deep dark red-brown with a big fluffy light brown head. the head drops very slowly and leaves spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. date, fig, plum. bit of sour cherry. alcohol. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. cracker and a bit of biscuit. loads of caramel and toffee. bit of dark chocolate.

taste is good. dark chocolate. toffee and caramel. date, fig, plum, raisin. hint of sour cherry, but less sourness than i caught in the aroma. lightly toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. cracker and a bit of grain. lightly warming alcohol. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is great. as it warms it really fills out and comes to life. i also appreciated it a little more as the carbonation started to dissipate to a lower level. i'd be curious to try this with a little time in the cellar, so i'll definitely be looking for more of this. good stuff

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:29:50 | More by grub
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spoonhawk

Iowa

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-23-2011 23:11:15 | More by spoonhawk
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours the darkest shade of brown, probably the darkest dopplebock I've ever seen with a massive 4 finger tan head that leaves some spotted lace as it settles.

S- This may sound strange, but the beer smells better out of the bottle than it does out of my Duvel Tulip. Anyways, big rich flavors on the nose. This is all about the malt. Lots of chocolate, molasses and caramel. Mild aroma of coffee and booze. I think I can detect some dark fruits, can't really put my finger on it though.

T- More coffee roast flavors than in the nose. Lots of sweet malts still but not a malt bomb like I thought it would be. There's some hop bitterness on the backend and some heat from the 9.5% abv.

M- I agree with some of the other reviewers in that the carbonation is a bit to high, but it's not off putting. Medium body and quite sticky.

D- One is plenty enough for me. A solid beer that I'll revisit again, I've got a couple more in the cellar that I'm already looking forward to.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 01:38:54 | More by Dawkfan
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-18-2011 01:30:55 | More by nmann08
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-30-2014 02:04:12 | More by lgmol
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mungus

Australia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-20-2011 14:38:52 | More by mungus
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-02-2013 22:15:45 | More by Kmat10
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AnitaBier

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-31-2013 14:26:29 | More by AnitaBier
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: incredibly dark brown, near opaque color
S: very, very good - traditional doppelbock with roasted malts and an added kick of 9.5%!
T: very good, has all the hallmarks of a trad doppelbock of roasty, toasty malts, well-balanced - alcohol covers some malt flavors - more of an imperial doppelbock with 9.5%, well done
M: smooth and easy drinking
D: too easy!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:07:39 | More by wisrarebeer
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-04-2013 04:20:01 | More by yancot
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-13-2011 05:27:37 | More by sliverX
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-29-2012 01:15:19 | More by KalanM
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer. Dark brown, almost like a stout but more like a porter. Corked top, held down with wire.
I shared the bottle with two other guys, giving it a definite three musketeers kind of vibe. The first glass came out well, the second had a bit more head to it and the third was really foamy. But it receded after a few sips.
The nose is pure candy. Sweet and caramel-like. No hops that I could detect.
The taste was quite a mouthful. This one is kind of syrup-y and it sticks to your tongue a bit longer than a normal brew. It tasted sweet, with notes of chocolate and grains, but mostly just sweet.
So a third of a bottle was about right for me. While good, I don't think I'd want a whole 750 ml of it at one time. Especially at 9.5% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 17:51:46 | More by MAB
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany that's so deep, it's almost black; tan head, thin ring of retention, some lacing.

S: Plenty of dark fruit & raspberry candy aroma, beer-nuts, light floral & grassy spicing, hint of herbal hops & a sherry-like alcohol nose.

T: Initial impression was 'wow, this is amazing'. But after only a few sips the alcohol really takes over. Dark fruit bread, cocoa (with some roastiness as smooth as an oatmeal stout), nuts, dark caramel, peppery spicing, slightly herbal, good bitterness, assertive alcohol.

M: Fairly full body has a hint of residual sweetness, a nice protein smoothness and a very drying, alcohol finish. Well-crafted and impressive for its strength.

D: It's pretty warming.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 00:48:38 | More by Derek
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 8.7%.

Pours a crystal clear dark ruby red, some brownish highlights, huge and fluffy light tan head forms, this needs some careful pouring, big chunks of lace stick, huge layer, looks nice.

Smell is neat, very sweet and fruity, big iron note, dark cherry and some spice, caramel, biscuit, very malty, brown sugar, raisins, a bit of alcohol, pretty solid.

Taste is nice too, very sweet and malty but not overly so, raisin and some iron, caramel, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit, dates/raisins, cherries, nice sweet finish, very rich.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Carbonation was definitely a distraction but the beer became a lot more enjoyable over time when it dropped out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 01:51:24 | More by Viggo
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with medium carbonation and a cap of off white head. Hazy.

S - Booze is there slightly with alot of raisins and dates. Really big aroma which is great for the style.

T - Bready. Rich fruits and a little booze. Raisins and dates are there in a big way again too.

M - Nice carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

D - I can definately see myself having a few of these over the course of a night. The ABV isn't outrageous and I shared the bottle. Not the greatest dopplebock but it's quite good.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 03:57:14 | More by tbeckett
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled dated Spring 2011. 8% ABV.

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown (bit of a crimson red) when held up to light, with a solid two finger of brownish-tan coloured marshmallow like head. Decent retention with a collar that sticks around, and spotty lacing.

S: Caramel-like malts, lots of dried dark fruits (raisins, cherries, figs), faint chocolate notes, maple syrupy sweet smell. Quite warm and enticing aromas- Nice!

T: Loads of dried dark fruits up front (raisins, figs, dates), semi-sweet and syrupy caramel, and some bitter molasses qualities. Detecting a bit of tropical tastes with some faint pineapple and banana.

M: Full and rich body with a low carbonation, which both seems appropriate. Mouthfeel seems fuller and richer than an 8% ABV beverage. Well executed.

D: An interesting take on the doppelbock style. Personally, not sure I can drink much (>1 bottle) of this style (a bit too caramel-sweet for myself), but something I occasionally enjoy in the colder months. PS. If you have fruit flies in your house, they will find this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 01:24:02 | More by Digimaika2
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.