Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 62
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.70% ABV

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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 brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. 8%.

Dark brown with a reddish tinge. Fizzy beige head, moderate size. Dissipates quickly to a film.

Smell is quite sweet. Very malty and bready, along with a dark fruit scent, raisin comes to mind, maybe even a bit of dark cherry.

Taste is like the nose. VERY malty, a real bready flavour that is very sweet with caramel accompanying. Raisin, fig and some cherry. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would have expected considering this is apparently only 8%, but I find the alcohol works well, making the beer taste a bit like a liquor, perhaps rum or even brandy. A nice package, though a bit sweet.

Full bodied, fairly low carbonation level, very smooth.

Overall, very nice. Not always a big doppelbock fan but this is very nice. Perhaps the best I have had.

Photo of papat444
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of deapokid
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of ludachris
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Foddz
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a rich, dark reddish-brown, and quite cloudy. 1.5-2 fingers light head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Figs, prunes, and other fruit. Caramel plays a slightly lesser role. A llittle too subdued for my preference. There is an edge of alcohol in the nose as well.

T: Sweet and fruity! Dark fruit predominates, prunes and figs especiallly, though some of the sweeter notes remind me of peaches and cherries. Pleasant chocolate and caramel undertones. The bitterness takes its time making its presence known and is generally understated. Balances nicely once the initial 'impact' of flavour is past.

M: Silky smooth with a pleasant sweet viscosity on the tongue. Pleasantly dry, though the taste has a tendency to make one salivate. No bite to it whatsoever. Positively exquisite.

O/D: A very excellent beer. Besides a bit too gentle a nose and a bit too strong an initial presentation to the palate, this beer goes down easy and with pleasure.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with Steve and Zach, 750ml into some tulips. Spring 2011 bottling, listed at 8% alcohol.

Poured a dark brown with some burgundy highlights, and some darker reds around the edges when held to the light. Big fluffy tan head initially, but fades to almost nothing, and leaves behind an extremely thin collar. Nose has some dried fruits, sweet malt characteristics, and some earthy and woody notes - almost akin to a softer version of what I remember picking up in their Altbier. Taste continues these sweet woody and earthy notes, with some candied flavours in there as well. Big, sweet and malty - fairly appropriate and standard from what I've seen in the style. Some spicy wood comes through in the finish, with touches of caramel and alcohol. Full mouthfeel, and low carbonation. A unique take on the style I think, and something I'd easily recommend.

Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition. Purchased in November 2010, cellared until August. I'm sure I could have kept it longer, but I just couldn't wait!

Poured into a goblet, shared with my Quebecois friend who brought it back to Ontario for me!

Dark cherry-brown in colour, with an impressive head with scads of fluffy lacing. I can tell that the carbonation has not cooled off yet; as I don't have a beer fridge, the cellar probably wasn't cool enough. No matter.

The nose is very tasty and reminds me more of abbey quadrupels than of a doppelbock. Figs, raisins, grapes, caramel, sherry, chocolate and strong boozy smell. A pleasure to swirl and sniff.

Sweet, boozy, and with the aforementioned dark fruit, sugar and dry sherry flavor. Again, reminds me more of a Belgian quad. Slightly syrupy, but with lively enough carbonation to keep this from becoming tiresome and cloying. The bottle required about ten minutes of sitting out to allow it to settle and reduce the initially harsh carbonation.

An enjoyable brew, flavorful, diverse and well worth the extra time in the cellar. Hopefully I can score another couple bottles of this year's edition to compare.

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 version, no exact bottle date, just the year listed on the label.

The aromas begin with nuttiness and a hint of dusty sweet cocoa. Thick toasted bready malts and caramelized sugars in the background but are a sturdy backbone for the more complex darker maltiness. Darker fruits emerge as it warms, highlighted by figs, prune and dates.

The tastes begin with big malt flavors. Toffee, a hint of milk chocolate, brown caramelized sugars, raisins, and prunes are most notable. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is not present except in the warming quality in your stomach.

The mouthfeel medium-bodied with medium/ample enough carbonation which helps to balance the heft of the beer. Smooth throughout with a light syrupy finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last; definitely a huge malt bomb that requires enjoying over an hour or so.

Overall this is a great great example of the style and maybe the best Doppelbock I have ever had, would definitely revisit if it wasn't so rare and hard to come by; silly Canadians... Definitely recommended because its quality is world class.

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of ctgui
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured in a mug, as recommended. Dark brown color, poured a thin half inch head that fell almost completely quickly.

S: Sweet dehydrated fruits, Dark Chocolate. Alcohol as well. Really pleasant.

T: Sweet dehydrated fruits again are present, malt also. Undertones of alcool, not prominent.

M: Medium to heavy body. The finish is sweet and a little sirupy.

O : My first Doppelbock and I must admit I really enjoyed it. As for drinkability, it hides its high ABV nicely. My first beer review for BeerAdvocate. Definitely won't be the last!

Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

again... thank you flipper2gv

a very nice pour and proper look of dark mahagony with some cloudiness to it. nose is toasty malt and honey subtitles. there are some floral notes in the honey quality and the palate seems to have a what i thought was going to be a harsh tingle but which ended up being a lot like royal jelly. not smokey what so every. hints of plum preserve. the beer was sweet... but still managed to not fall into the world of syrup. even some nice maple hints. the best doppelbock i've had in north america. totally its own take... a tad bigger than expected but quite nice.

Photo of TomStew
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of slimspady
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at Knightly Spirits while I was in Orlando about 10 months ago. I have had it for a while, but tonight seems like the night to give it a shot.

Appearance: I poured the beer into a tulip glass, though it said it was a DoppelBock. I am glad that I did as there is a solid 1" head of tan foam on top that doesn't look like it is going to go anywhere anytime soon. When holding the beer to a bright light, you can see that the beer is actually clear and a dark garnet color as it should be. There is some thick tan sheets of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of melanoidins and toasty malts that definitely reminded me of a DoppelBock. There is a hint of oxidation playing with the melanoidins, and as you get deeper into this beer, you can pick up a dark cherry that is malt derived. There are some dark malt notes, with some bitter chocolate in particular. The alcohol is there and is adding noticeable spice.

Taste: The flavor is also a strong contender for a DoppelBock. This is one of my favorite styles, so this is no light comment from me. I get tons of melanoidins and mixed with toastiness and a decidedly malty balance. The beer is somewhat sweet overall with the alcohol only contributing a bit of warming late after the sip and a subtle spice to the overall flavor profile. The beer is medium bodied with high carbonation for the style, so it comes across quite creamy on the palate for a Doppel. There is a little bit of cocoa left on the palate to linger for a while after the sip. It is quite sweet for the style, but the carbonation makes up for it in balance so that you don't notice.

Opinion: I am really happy with this beer and am glad that I drug it all the way back from Florida on my motorcycle. I would like it to be a bit more attenuated so that it didn't try to finish slightly toward the syrupy side of things. Otherwise, to be honest, it was a bit hard for me to think that this beer was really going to be a DoppelBock when it was coming out of a caged bottle with the words "Grand Cuvee" on top of the label. I thought for sure that this was going to be a "Bock" that uses a Belgian yeast as a lot of them are doing. That was not the case here...this REALLY IS a DoppelBock. It is just packaged a little weird for the style, but I am sure that you can get over that like I did. It isn't Weihenstephaner Korbinian, but it is no chump either. I would definitely recommend this beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness is up front with a hint of alcohol tones.

Taste: big malt profile here. Toffee, a hint of milk chocolate, cherries, raisins, and prunes are most notable. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout with a light syrupy finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last.

Drinkability: this is a malty beer that is hearty but is to be sipped over a long session. Flavors improved as it warmed.

Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.