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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

139 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%


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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".

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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 14:09:55 | More by bobsy
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cjgator3

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma features a lot of sweet bready malt with caramel and dark fruits. 

T- Tje taste like the aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. Pretty tasty stuff.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, thus is a pretty solid dopplebock that is definitely worth picking up. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 04:16:13 | More by cjgator3
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 18:23:18 | More by BeerAdvocate
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 15:41:42 | More by liamt07
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claspada

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 17:37:56 | More by claspada
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Bung

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Very dark mahoghanny brown pour. Roughly 2 fingers of cream colored head.

Aroma is very malty, almost a bit boozy as it stings a bit.

Taste is heavy malt and breadiness. Caramel, toffee, wood, leather and some yellow raisin like flavors. Hint of molasses. A pleasant amount of smoke to off-set the sweetness in the finish. Alcohol doesn't seem to be too present. Really quite interesting.

Body is medium sized, but it is pretty big and sticky feeling. Alcohol is there as it is warming. Certainly worth a try for the style and one that I would think will age quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 02:36:35 | More by Bung
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 03:40:24 | More by Rutager
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 18:48:10 | More by andrenaline
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 .

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 17:28:31 | More by pootz
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 21:38:59 | More by jrenihan
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown unlike most here in the U.S. that seem to have good clarity. Thin head. Carbonation seemed low and perhaps it had something to do with the pricey packaging with cork & cage. Nose is a delight with appetizing malt, dark malt, roastyness, and some dark chocolate. Palate is a malty wonderland. Delicious. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:12:12 | More by yemenmocha
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 13:22:16 | More by kbutler1
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown with thick white head. Very beautiful. Smell is quite malty, of grain and some raisin/plum too. Flavour has a bit more of hop bitterness to it than the smell led on, but with rich malts to go with it. It is very creamy, great mouthfeel. One of the best (although I can't think of any that is better) dopplebocks I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 13:34:38 | More by kwjd
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 05:08:31 | More by BDTyre
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 05:04:46 | More by joemcgrath27
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:29:24 | More by Proteus93
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, IL
Date: Cuvee 2011
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

This is a rich, heavy, and hearty doppelbock that is extremely flavorful, primarily with prune esters, caramelized sugars, toasted bread crusts, and, to a lesser extent, dried brown fig, date, and raisin esters. I've had this fresh on tap, and would say that the most I'd age a bottle of this is two years. While not nutty, as other doppelbocks are, and as I seem to prefer them, I still enjoyed this take on the style. While I'm not sure I'd go out of my way for a $13.50 bottle again (a 4-pack of Celebrator costs that much), this was a fairly delicious brew, one I don't think I could conduct on my own.

Pours a 1.2cm tall head of dark tan foam with a slightly above average retention of roughly two minutes. The foam descends to a 0.2cm cap atop the body of the beer, lasting throughout the session. Lacing is modest at best, consistent for the style, with a few small patches of foam adhering to the sides of the glass. The body is a deep amber-garnet color, with light bringing out deep reddish-orange highlights in the transparent beer. Carbonation is visible, though not particularly numerous and somewhat sluggish.

Aroma of caramelized sugars from dark crystal/caramel malts, heavily toasted bread crusts, dried figs, dates, and prunes, and very faint milk chocolate.

Strong caramelized sugar and prune ester flavors dominate; caramel malt and dried fruit esters most prominent. Front of palate finds strong, rich flavors of heavily toasted bread crusts, strongly caramelized sugars, prune and dried brown fig flavors. Mid-palate continues the rich bread crust and caramelized sugars, with increases in the dried fig, date, raisin, and prune esters, and the introduction of faint milk chocolate flavors. Back of palate discovers an increase in the toasted bread crust flavor, along with some continued prune, dried date and fig esters. Aftertaste is of heavily toasted bread crusts, caramelized sugars, and lingering dried fruit esters. Nowhere in this beer does its 8+% ethanol by volume content appear.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with medium levels of carbonation that foams this up substantially, yet gently, on the palate. The resulting mouthfeel is soft, smooth, and foamy, as you'd imagine a cloud of beer to be in texture; quite nice. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and palate, as to be expected for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 22:53:53 | More by falloutsnow
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AltBock

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle. On the label are 2 crossed swords and a 3 Musketeers style hat on top of them. Right at the bottom of the front label is a bottled year. This beer was bottled in 2009. On the back label is a history of the style and all the mandatory US info. Poured into an ordinary Pilsner glass.

This French Canadian Doppelbock poured a beautiful deep dark cola brown with some dark cranberry highlights. On top of this dark brew was a 1/2 an inch light tan colored head of foam. It had nice retention that left a foamy film and a number of sticky streaks and spots of lace. This is a top notch Doppelbock appearance!

The aroma of this Doppelbock takes the sweet road instead of the toasted or roasted route. The aroma starts off with the rich scent of sweet roasted malts. Right behind the malts was the sweet caramel, molasses, sweet roasted nuts, rum raisins, a dash of chocolate, and a touch of wheat bread. The aroma was so sweet that I think Willy Wonka created this beer.

Despite have a super sweet aroma, the taste was not really sweet at all. It had some sweet flavors, but those aren't nearly as strong as they were in the aroma. The taste kicks off with a some lightly roasted malts. Right behind the malts was a little milk chocolate, alcohol, a pinch of berries, a scoop of raisins, a plum or two, a few drops of coffee, and then it finishes up with a subtle sweet taste of caramel and molasses. A very good and somewhat interesting Doppelbock taste.

This was a medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation, and a slightly roasted and sweet aftertaste. The aftertaste was mixed with roasted malt, milk chocolate, raisins, and caramel and molasses. This semi sweet and roasted aftertaste doesn't linger.

A 750ml corked and caged French Canadian Doppelbock? That sounds like I'm making things up as I go along. Not true! In truth, this is actually a really good Doppelbock and one of the best I've had lately. I thought the age on this beer would have not brought any good qualities to this beer, but I was wrong about that. If you like Doppelbocks as much as I do, this is one you need to try for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 05:10:17 | More by AltBock
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rtepiak

Poland

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 06:10:46 | More by rtepiak
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 06:54:54 | More by SkeeterHawk
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 11:47:10 | More by papat444
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 18:24:57 | More by JohnnyBarman
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