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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

160 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

smithj4, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Porter, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Kerne
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Kerne, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

campfirebrew, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of FrostBlast
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle

+++***This is a 2012 VINTAGE bottle which I'm opening today on feb 2 2014 - so this brew is roughly 2 years old, we'll see how it handled a bit of aging.***+++

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Lovely reddish brown - or is it brownish red? There's almost a ruby quality to it. The head rose fairly high, a light brown-mocha colour with a surprising off-red hue. It fell back down fairly quickly and left a light amount of lacing.

SMELL : First nose has a tinge of carbonation and an almost acidic side. Some barley sugar as well as some over-ripe fruits are present. Second nose has some mocha come out from underneath what I just described, as well as some nutty aromas. Third nose brings out some chocolate and a slight hint of smoke. The acidic undertone was there through and through and really reminds me of barrel aged flanders red ales.

TASTE : First and longest lasting notes are mocha and something like those mixed chocolate boxes, except here, you take them all out of the box, mash 'em up and eat them. Bam, tastes a bit like of these chocolates. Plus some very soft spices. Plus some plums and figs and dates and stuff. Rich and complex, so many layers dancing around, beautiful.

MOUTHFEEL : Silk. Smooth silk. Slightly cloying at the beginning, but just a bit, and then it goes away before becoming overpowering. Carbonation is outrageously perfect, bubbles so fine I barely feel them individually - instead I get a feeling of rich cream. Seriously one of the most enjoyable mouthfeels I've ever experienced.

OVERALL : Oh man, patience pays. I had no expectations whatsoever for this brew, I just decided I'd forget about it and I might be surprised in a couple years. This is beyond surprise, this is one of the most enjoyable brew I've opened in months.

FrostBlast, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

yemenmocha, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of biegaman
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grande Cuvée Doppelbock has the colour of a roasted fig and enough sediment in the bottom of the bottle to muck up clarity. Still, the edges reveal cognac highlighting which provide this fairly opaque beer with a little spot of brightness. Its head looks like an old beehive, thick as honeycomb (and leaves a like pattern on the glass).

The aroma showcases lots of date and fig fruitiness as well as accompanying notes of iced tea, dried berries, purple plums, toasted almonds, cola, sarsaparilla, baking spices, honeyed-nuts, and orange zest. It's the kind of beer where it's easier to list what I'm *not* smelling.

Apparently “doppel” is German for "delicious" - where as Helles Bocks feature only one flavour (bready malt) and so-called 'Traditional' Bocks fare only slightly better, Doppelbocks offer perhaps the most multi-layered succulence of any beer style. This example tastes of dried cranberry, bruised plums, raisins, pumpernickel bread, gingerbread, and toffee and nut brittle.

Another note about Doppelbocks, they typically provide one of the longest tastes ever. Odd for a lager it's true, but this sticky-sweet mouthfeel makes for a rich, gooey, almost treacly texture that's awash with dark fruits, toasted bread, orange peel and light dustings of cocoa powder and caramel. Like the never-ending song, this taste just goes on and on my friends.

Les Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock is as classic an example of the style as iconic brands like Optimator, Celebrator, Salvator, or Korbinian. Indeed, while the Germans are responsible for the style's gold standards, this Quebecois brewery is making a push for their title. This beer is complex enough to attract the attention of a cryptologist; it's a mystery how it gets so delicious.

biegaman, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Groulxsome, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

yancot, Dec 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

dipso123, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Krypter
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich plum and brown sugar flavours with strong carbonation and a very granular mouthfeel. Beautiful taste, though for such an amount of sweetness you probably can't drink the whole 750 mL bottle by yourself. Share with a friend! Might be a bit too sweet for some and chilling is recommended to give a range of flavours from when it's cold to when it gets warmer.

Overall an outstanding beer and a fine example of a North American interpretation of the rich bock style.

Krypter, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

evil_liver, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of SebD
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

SebD, Nov 18, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

polloenfuego, Nov 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

PEIhop, Nov 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

FadetoBock, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of spicelab
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

spicelab, Nov 08, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

IdeaSpeeder, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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

BGDrock, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Boone757, Oct 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

peensteen, Oct 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Krakpoff, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jsnoek, Sep 28, 2013
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.