Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.8/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
06-08-2010 05:08:31 | More by BDTyre
4.38/5 rDev +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.
06-03-2010 20:58:11 | More by ritzkiss
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
06-03-2010 14:09:55 | More by bobsy
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
05-30-2010 02:36:35 | More by Bung
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
05-25-2010 00:24:35 | More by drpimento
4.4/5 rDev +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.
05-24-2010 04:16:25 | More by Brad007
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
05-16-2010 21:58:08 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
04-04-2010 01:38:54 | More by Dawkfan
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
03-16-2010 01:33:13 | More by Billolick
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
03-13-2010 05:04:43 | More by Gmann
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
02-28-2010 01:01:53 | More by daledeee
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
01-13-2010 05:34:22 | More by Shadman
District of Columbia
4.38/5 rDev +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.
01-12-2010 03:10:05 | More by Travlr
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
12-09-2009 03:43:41 | More by wordemupg
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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!
11-12-2009 01:07:39 | More by wisrarebeer
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
11-02-2009 02:08:39 | More by flipper2gv
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
10-20-2009 17:51:46 | More by MAB
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
10-18-2009 04:01:03 | More by elricorico
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
10-09-2009 01:56:57 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours pitch black, with a red hue when held up to the light. Nice head retention and minimal lacing.
This smells like brown sugar, maple, candied pears and rich dried fruits. Roasty too. So good.
The taste is just as nice, with rich chocolate dominating, along side brown sugar and dried black fruit, caramel, sherry, a soft vanilla rounds out the edges, with a nice roastiness throughout and an off dry finish. It has just the perfect amount of low bitterness to go up against the rich and roasty malt, as well as a slight tartness that keeps it from being cloying.
It's full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Alcohol is present but pleasant and slightly warming. Maybe a little higher than I'd like. Okay, yes, for sure they could do well to knock this down a percent or two.
It's a pleasure to drink, but at 9.5% in a 750ml bottle and a richness unsurpassed by many, you'd do well to share this one with a friend or four.
My overall impression is that this is my third beer from this brewery and I keep on being impressed by them. As for the beer itself, it's great but may be just a tad too bold and rich for its own good. Or mine. I'm completely looped man.
09-25-2009 02:57:05 | More by MeisterBurger
4.23/5 rDev +1%
750ml bottle. Nothing like showing up to an afternoon burger BBQ, and being presented with this as a beer option by the host. Cheers, Chris!
This beer pours a clear dark red brick amber hue, with prominent cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and more or less creamy beige head, which leaves a decent array of drooping webbed lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.
It smells of roasted chocolate malt, sugary, red vinous notes, like those frozen Welch's pops my Mom used to make for us, boozy vanilla, muddled dark Eastern fruit, black tea leaves, thin honey and earthy, citrusy hops. The taste is more of the same but writ so much larger - dark chocolate, bready caramel malt, boozy figs, dates, and plump raisins, acidic black fruit, vanilla cookies, watery molasses, cola syrup, sweetened nuts, ethereal citrus cream, and more subtle earthy, leafy hops.
The carbonation is fairly soft, but palate-challenging in its playful frothiness at times, the body a heady medium weight, with a small chalky pithiness marring an otherwise sublime smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, but well tempered at the same rate - lingering caramel malt, dark fruit and sugar, mostly - with a certain root character (beer, licorice, and weeds alike) rounding things out.
A pleasantly up-sized doppelbock, the booze quite nicely integrated, making this all seem like a big ol' slice of sozzled German chocolate cake. Given that the intensity here, when compared to this style's typical component flavours, seems so heightened, perhaps the "Grand Cuvee" naming scheme should be amended with an "Imperial" designation, along the lines of some this brewery's other more jacked-up offerings.
09-09-2009 23:32:22 | More by biboergosum
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
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!
08-28-2009 04:16:13 | More by cjgator3
2.98/5 rDev -28.9%
$10 corked 750ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark, brown color with a large-bubbled, very slight, and quickly-disappearing head. The aroma is sweet-ish dark malts, but not the good German toffee-like goodness I love. The flavor is sweet dark malts up front, then turning into a lingering roastiness. Carbonation is low, and the mouthfeel is quite thick. This brew tastes like a fairly sweet, dark, strong lager (ale?) which has been blended with a roasty porter or stout. If you want to call this a doppelbock, then it's definitely a New World idea of a d-bock and nowhere close to an authentic d-bock from the Old Country. Still I think it's a good, strong, dark, "beer". For what it's worth, I found this brew to be quite drinkable when paired/contrasted with some buttermilk blue cheese! On its own, I'm not sure if I would have finished the bottle.
08-23-2009 18:13:40 | More by ohmybock
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
08-17-2009 03:29:24 | More by Proteus93
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
06-20-2009 08:33:51 | More by IronDjinn
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.