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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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160 Ratings
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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 Long813
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated: NA
From liamtt07, via trade

A; Dark cloudy brown body with a huge amount of back mocha head. The carbonation is insane here and the head retains for quite some time. Also leaves great lacing.

S: Sweet fruits, caramel, chocolate loads of biscuits and brown sugar. Extremely good aroma

T: Much like the aroma, the taste is outstanding. Pleasant mixture in caramel, chocolate and sweet fruits. Biscuit notes give it a nice full flavour.

M: Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. The alcohol is not that pronounced,but still evident.

D: This is an extremely pleasing drink. Thanks again to liam for this great brew. Wish I could get this often.

Long813, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

kwjd, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of ELDAVIS69
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'09 vintage poured into a Chimay goblet, the beer pours a beautiful brown/red with almost no head retention. At first the carbonation was too high to really notice some of the depth of flavors but as the beer settled it was on! The fruit flavors are big and bright(cherries & fig) with a nice malt backbone. This is by far the best Doppelbock I've had and I highly recommend it.

ELDAVIS69, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Viggo, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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

grub, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of pootz
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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 .

pootz, Jun 08, 2010
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 ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged, I bought it last summer in Montreal and it has been in my cellar for the past year, so 2009.

Pours a rich dark chestnut/cola color with a finger of head which leaves small spots of lace down the glass.

Loads of malt, hints of coffee and cocoa powder, earth, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar. Light drying, smooth silky body. Light sweetness, hint of booze still in there but quite mellow for being a beast, have to think the age has done it some good.

Drinking pretty damn good, a pleasant, warming brew.

ritzkiss, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

bobsy, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Bung, May 30, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Really outstanding. Poured with a huge tan thick foamy frothy head that slowly settles down and some lace. Color is a clear (?) very dark cherry wood. Aroma is excellent with roast malt licorice pipe tobacco caramel rye. Flavor is like aroma plus even more: cocoa nutmeats. I like the sweetness of it pretty much as that's according to style; however, it is perhaps just a tad too sweet. Body is superb and so is carbonation just according to style. Finish is like flavor and again perhaps a tad sweet, but still great. Proly not session.

drpimento, May 25, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild brown color with a brown, one-finger head into my glass. Looks good for the style.

Aroma is full of sweet, appealing malt with a decent plum/raisin component to it.

Taste is chock full of rich, chewy malt that never gets too sweet but still manages to take on a feel of molasses, finishing sweet at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, chewy malt. Very nice mouthfeel.

Overall, a nice regional example of the style. Certainly worth partaking in.

Brad007, May 24, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep mahogany color with a large fluffy lighter shade of mocha colored two finger head,it settled into a great creamy mass.Combinations of aromas abound,dark fruit,dark coffee roast,bitter chocolate,and sweet alcohol.Dark fruit really stands out on the palate from the on set with prune and raisin really hitting hard,a deeply roasted backbone thruought,a hint of anise lingers as well.Great flavors but the alcohol kicks,its a sipper,but a real good sipper.

oberon, May 16, 2010
Photo of Dawkfan
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Dawkfan, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked bomber, $11.99 @ DeCicco's In Arsley, NY. Let me get this straight, German style beer, in a Belgian style bottle, brewed in Canada...interesting... Pours a very dark shade of brown under a quite puffy dark tan head, mid level retention then a moderate collar, tiny bubble film, spaced out light lace. The nose is full of caramel malts, and light chocolate. Malts o'plenty, caramel, dark bread, chocolate malted, good depth of flavors, complexity and malty goodness. Alcohol present but in the background. Well done, highly enjoyable brew.

Billolick, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Gmann
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a massive 2l dipple mug. Pours a deep chestnut brown with a huge fluffy tan head that slowly slowly dissipates into a rocky cap. Not sure if it is the pure volumn of beer I just poured but the head retention is awesome. The aroma is big and boozy, meaty, spot on dopplebock aroma. Big raisin and prune with a meaty soy. Quite meaty and boozy in the taste. Alcohol soaked charred beef, if there was such a thing, raisins and prunes, carob and enough of a roasted malt to keep the others in check. This is a big heavy dopplebock. The aftertaste is good, nice and woodsy with hints of chocolate. The feel is moderate to full but not chewy, nice tingly carbonation helps cut through the malt. ABV is noticable, you know it is there. A French Canadian German style brew. Well they did a great job. Authentic flavors, big and bold like a dopplebock should be along with a nice roasty malt body.

Gmann, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of daledeee
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this 750 ml bottle from my favorite store with the recommendation that this is the best doppelbock they have. They also carry Celebrator! I am glad I bought it because the stock was gone next time I returned.

It poured a nice light tan head with an extremely dark body for a doppel bock. I can see it is brown but no light goes through so let's call it black. The head went away and lacing remained.

The nose is malty and a little spicy. I

Taste is exceptional with chocolate, malts and molasses or syrup. This is a complex beer. There is also some spice and hops with roasted malts and a hint of smokiness. This beer could pass as a sweet stout. That may be the only drawback. It is a little sweet, but that makes it appealing as you drink it. The mouth feel contains some nice bite and it is very smooth as you drink it. This is a desert beer due to it's richness. I should have invited someone over. Drinking this bottle by myself will be fun but I will be full!! It is also quite strong ABV for the style, but I could not tell it by the taste; just the after effect. I can't wait to try some other beers from this brewery, it appears they really know what they are doing. Beer this nice is hard to come by.

daledeee, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of Shadman
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bomber with the cork and wire safety device.

Dark mahogany with some reddish undertones when held to a bright light. Massive head build up, retention however is so-so, lacing good.

Chocolate, dried fruit of some sort...can't put my finger on it...sweet bread malts.

Very rich and smooth flavours. The dried fruit is cherry as in Black Forest Cake which would sum up the flavour of this brew nicely. A chocolatey black forest cake, easy on the Kirch. Some nice bitterness toward the end cleans the chocolate away and leaves you wanting more.

Smmoth, not too heavy mouthfeel.

As some have mentioned, a very bold, in your face Doppelbock, but one I'd certainly recommend trying...delicious.

Shadman, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Travlr
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark maroon color with a medium tan head that settles slowly to leave good lacing.
S: Aroma is reminiscent of a Hershey bar.
T: Flavor starts with cola, progresses to milk chocolate, then roasted coffee, and finally a finish of burnt espresso.
M: Good body.
D: Very nice subtle, complex, smooth doppelbock.

Travlr, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged poured into matching glass (well their Baltic Porter glass actually) on dec8 2009

A darkest brown almost black with a massive tan head that has fair retention and leaves a couple rings of lace

S cherry with a little booze and some dark malts

T all I smell but heaps of chocolate I didn't smell, the booze is well concealed but I can taste it. I pick up on a little raisin but chocolate is the main flavor here.

M almost too carbonated but the operative word is almost, if it was a tad flat I think it would have worked a little better but quite good nonetheless

D a little dangerous if you ask me, at 9.5%alc this one is frightening

another great beer from this brewer, one of the best brewers in Canada without doubt. I'm very happy all these great beers from Quebec are making it out to Alberta. A cultural void may exist here in Alberta but at least we have a great selection of beer.

wordemupg, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

wisrarebeer, Nov 12, 2009
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
Photo of MAB
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

MAB, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of elricorico
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, opaque, with a mountain of mocha coloured head. Takes a while to recede, and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma of coffee and smoke, some dark chocolate and black licorice.

Smooth flavour starting from chocolate, passing through coffee briefly then a fairly strong licorice flavour. Licorice lingers for a while. No complaints, I like it.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, really nice. Carbonation keeps it alive but isn't coarse or prickly. Body fairly full and the beer leaves an impression all the way over the tongue.

9.5% ABV? Certainly doesn't drink like it. Dangerously easy to sip away at. This is one to check out if you can.

elricorico, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 09, 2009
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
91 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.