Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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93
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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 59
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of bigred89
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of spoonhawk
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jimctin
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Foddz
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
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 -3.1%
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 -0.7%
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
4.43/5  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
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -14.4%
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.

Photo of ctgui
4.33/5  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 +0.5%
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
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
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
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +7.7%
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
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

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.

Photo of tbeckett
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

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.

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.

Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.