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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

147 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 48
Gots: 21 | 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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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

11-18-2013 02:37:33 | More by evil_liver
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy reddish/brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (mostly raisins and prunes), sweet toffee/caramel, bready malts and some nuttiness.

Taste: The sweet toffee and caramel hits your lips right away, followed by sweet raisins, some prunes, bready malts and a slight nuttiness. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 00:50:52 | More by SebD
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: deep brown with burgandy tones, this beer poured with a three finger head that Brooke rather quickly giving way to some very nice lacing.

S: grapes, prunes and dark fruits right off the bat, some biscuit and hints of toffee.

T: molasses and prunes and dark fruits. Some biscuit and malt flavor too.

M: medium body, medium carbonation. A little slick and a sweet finish.

O: a nice looking beer for sure, the aroma continues the draw, and when finally tasting, it just seems all to come together. An enjoyable sipping beer that worked nicely with sharp cheese and dry-cured sausage.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 22:27:55 | More by polloenfuego
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19%

11-13-2013 01:50:25 | More by PEIhop
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

11-09-2013 01:17:17 | More by FadetoBock
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spicelab

Australia

3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle. 2011, 8%ABV.

Blood plum mahogany with amber highlights on the pour. Modest saffron head forms to about a finger before clearing out completely over a minute or so. Light bead.

Nose shows moderate woody oxidation and dark fruits. The former imparts brooding spiritous complexity and balsamic tartness, but it's progressed enough to overwhelm much of the caramelised malty goodness you'd expect.

Less oxidation in the taste and consequently more sweetness, which is a very good thing. Sour cherries, dates, brandied strawberries, muscatels, figs, Brazil nuts, toffee fondue and more balsamic. Complex and evolving.

Mouthfeel is a bit lifeless and undercarbonated, probably because the oxidation has swept much of it away, but it's perfectly inoffensive.

This is clearly not the state the beer was in when bottled, but I suspect I'm enjoying it more than I would have in that event. The integration of the ragged woody oxidation with the deep, boozy dark fruits works well.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 08:06:49 | More by spicelab
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 750ml bottle with cork poured into a snifter as recommended on the label.

Appearance - A hazy brown colour with hints of red. Poured with 3 fingers of off white/caramel coloured head which shows no signs of dissipating. A small amount of carbonation is visible through the haze.

Smell - Strong toffee right away, as well as a good deal of chocolate malt.

Taste - Chocolate crazy. Lot's of chocolate. Caramel malt backbone. According to the bottle there's also molasses which I can definitely pick up. Not getting the prune/orange flavours so much, however there is a very faint citrus sourness towards the finish. Bitterness is mild to low and lingers a while afterwards. World class stuff.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Not terribly heavy and not all that light either. Pretty creamy. Carbonation is also somewhere in the middle. It's not overwhelming but it's certainly there.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 03:07:51 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brown like a murky river; amazing head retention, almond colour, very fine

Aroma: prune, port, toffee

Taste & Mouthfeel: sweet like candy; prune, banana; thick and syrupy, but with enough effervescence to keep it lively; root beer with that sugary caramel flavour; sweetness is overwhelming, but fits style I guess; bottle suggests molasses, which is spot on

Overall: tooth-numbing sweetness is too much for me, but flavours and body are great

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:16:51 | More by BGDrock
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Boone757

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-12-2013 19:46:36 | More by Boone757
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

10-11-2013 13:49:25 | More by peensteen
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-03-2013 04:05:52 | More by Krakpoff
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-28-2013 05:58:16 | More by jsnoek
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-17-2013 00:52:05 | More by Molson2000
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strang

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

09-13-2013 15:24:00 | More by strang
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1up

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-27-2013 15:24:40 | More by 1up
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey DC.

Faint dark red for the body with a light tan collar presented. Spider like lacing around the glass while drinking, too bad it's not in a tall pilsner or something.

Nose is very sweet. Candy licorice. Slight tobacco notes. Syrup. A slight hint of smoke with a little light roast char. Quite nice and varied but sweetness does dominate.

Palate is extremely sugary and sweet. Lots of maple like sugars but with a very thin body. Woody notes but a sawdust like feel while swallowing. Berry red qualities on the finish to match as well. Mouthfeel is very wet and there's no depth to this or malt coating.

This has a real nice complex and diverse palate, but it is just way too sweet and far too watery for a doppelbock for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 21:32:15 | More by smakawhat
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DannyBaldoni

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-01-2013 23:07:51 | More by DannyBaldoni
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-05-2013 00:27:42 | More by jzlyo
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-14-2013 02:42:02 | More by IanSpindler
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Jordantb313

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-11-2013 01:41:11 | More by Jordantb313
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-02-2013 22:15:45 | More by Kmat10
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AnitaBier

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-31-2013 14:26:29 | More by AnitaBier
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-19-2013 17:16:14 | More by tom10101
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-17-2013 14:40:15 | More by Whatup14
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.