Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 184
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 6.02%
Wants: 63
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.70% ABV

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Beer added by: Derek on 05-26-2009

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".
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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). (1,191 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Otterburn
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a brown brew top of a light brown head, leave laces. the brew looks thick

smellcomplex sweet things, fruits, brown sugar and alcool

taste is similar to the smell, mix of alcool, sweet flavors, fruity in some ways, malty

mouthfeel is round and thick,oily, similar to a syrop almost, medium carbonation,

drinkability is good. if you realise that its a 9% abv beer, you taste the alcool but the brew is wraped with so much flavors that everything go down pretty smooth (475 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Darb brown in colour, completely opaque but still a thin body. One finger of bubbly taupe coloured head formed and slowly dissipated.

S - Dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Some raisins and figs. A really nice nose.

T - Dark fruit complimented by a wonderful sweet malt taste that has notes of brown sugar, caramel and molasses. The malts are lightly roasted with some chocolate notes. The chocolate really comes out as the beer warms up.

M - Light body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

D - An excellent beer and a wonderful example of the style. Would make a perfect fall or winter beer. I will look for this one annually. Barely notice the 8.7% ABV. (702 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into 400mL Radeberger seidel. 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Very dark cola color with some ruby (re: lighter cola) coming through around the bottom edges. Large, creamy beige head dissipates very slowly and leaves behind light lace.

Smell: Rich chocolate malt with slight coffee and a hint of sweet alcohol.

Taste: Begins with chocolate and some grape flavors, finishing with even stronger chocolate flavors and a hint of coffee alongside bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with light carbonation and a sticky, warming finish.

Drinkability: This is a fantastic doppelbock- quite probably the best non-German doppelbock I have had and a beer that can give many of its German peers a run for their money. A very rich beer, but also very heavy and alcoholic, this one makes for great sipping and savoring. I would be delighted to drink this one again. (882 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my tasting snifter. Pours a caramel color...but fills the glass a completely dark brown with massive frothy, yet creamy tan head with great retention and very nice lacing! Right off the bat, a great looking beer.

Aroma is very nice. Burnt chocolate, slight hops, tobacco, toffee, bourbon-like booze, Belgina yeast and candi, and malts.

Flavor is right on key with the aroma. Great malty mouthfeel, medium body, decent carbonation, mild booziness. Picking up a bourbon characteristic here, not sure if it has been aged in bourbon barrels though. Nice wood notes...big burnt chocolate flavors, and a very creamy mouthfeel. Wow, I love this beer...was a complete blind tasting. Great dopplebock! (741 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 2010 offering, bottle lists the ABV as 8.7%
A - an almost impenetrable deep brown amber, a tower of caramel head that retained very long, and left nice soapy lacing up the glass
S - very sweet molasses and caramel plus roasted barley malt, light semi sweet chocolate, and some fruity syrup
T - wow, strong flavours! A caramel, almost rum-like sweetness, bitter coffee and chocolate, and just a light hint of fruit cocktail
M - FULL! Thick and chewy out of the gate, very tart sweetness, and some alcohol kick
D - flavours are enjoyable, and the aspect of the beer fit the doppelbock style, but the sensory overload of sweet flavours, heavy feel, and high alcohol make this an occasion drink, not for the faint of heart or taste bud (733 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown colour, almost purple tinge to it. Head is also brown-tinged at the edge but mostly beige, with pleasant snail trails of lace around. Looks pretty damned nice.

Smells bocky. Lots of dark roasted malt giving cocoa aromas and a slight vanilla character. A fair amount of caramelised grain with pearl barley and a hint of wheat, almost sourdough actually on there. Hint of red grape skin and some peppery spice as well. Pretty pleasant.

Taste is very malty and strong. Lot of espresso bitterness on the front with thick, chewy caramel malt. Huge sour German character comes through midway, giving me raw wheat, some red wine notes and a weak vanilla bean character. Sourness is actually quite off-putting, blending with the maltiness to produce a weird aioli kind of flavour. I like aioli but not in my beer. It's not overall bad, good complexity but there's this wave of unwanted flavour in the middle that just puts me off.

Good body to it, lots of texture, sticky but ends up very smooth.

I personally couldn't drink a lot of this, it's enjoyable enough, just not really my cup of beer. (1,109 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.

Cloudy deep "brune" colour, with a good and solid head of creamy cream bubbles. Very heavy in the glass. No visible carbonation, but the beer is rather opaque. Looks good.

Vinous characters on the nose, hints of oak matched with aromas of chocolate sauce and leavened with an odd crushed strawberry sweetness.

Taste is big, rich, sweet and exceptional. Bug syrupy chocolate notes, with sweetness gleaned from some fresher sugary dark-fruit characters. Boozy head is tempered by some lovely german ale yeast esters welling around through the back. It's long and languid - no dryness on the back.

A really lovely beer. It might just be a tad off stylistically, but if you take it as an interpretations, it's extremely interesting, flavoursome and delicious. (815 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a red hue with a thumb of copper brown off-white head, decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

S - Insanely chocolatey, sweet caramel and toffee, and coffee and espresso on the finish.

T - Chocolate and sweet caramel malts dominate the palette. Very sweet, and the alcohol really complements the sweetness buried in the malts. The finish is outstanding, with strong espresso and coffee flavours that linger on the tongue.

M - Perfectly balanced carbonation, though the finish is a little on dry side. That being said, it wasn't so dry as to completely take away from the experience.

D - This is surprisingly drinkable, and I was regretting having to share it. It's incredibly delicious, and highly recommended to anyone looking for a full flavoured dopplebock. Quite sweet, so would make for a perfect dessert beer, but can be easily enjoyed on any occasion. (900 characters)

Photo of Long813
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of kwjd
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of ELDAVIS69
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (1,095 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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 . (659 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.35/5  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. (531 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (977 characters)

Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
92 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.