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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

168 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 58
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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Photo of FadetoBock
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
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.

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

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Krakpoff
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of smakawhat
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of falloutsnow
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.

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of AltBock
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle. On the label are 2 crossed swords and a 3 Musketeers style hat on top of them. Right at the bottom of the front label is a bottled year. This beer was bottled in 2009. On the back label is a history of the style and all the mandatory US info. Poured into an ordinary Pilsner glass.

This French Canadian Doppelbock poured a beautiful deep dark cola brown with some dark cranberry highlights. On top of this dark brew was a 1/2 an inch light tan colored head of foam. It had nice retention that left a foamy film and a number of sticky streaks and spots of lace. This is a top notch Doppelbock appearance!

The aroma of this Doppelbock takes the sweet road instead of the toasted or roasted route. The aroma starts off with the rich scent of sweet roasted malts. Right behind the malts was the sweet caramel, molasses, sweet roasted nuts, rum raisins, a dash of chocolate, and a touch of wheat bread. The aroma was so sweet that I think Willy Wonka created this beer.

Despite have a super sweet aroma, the taste was not really sweet at all. It had some sweet flavors, but those aren't nearly as strong as they were in the aroma. The taste kicks off with a some lightly roasted malts. Right behind the malts was a little milk chocolate, alcohol, a pinch of berries, a scoop of raisins, a plum or two, a few drops of coffee, and then it finishes up with a subtle sweet taste of caramel and molasses. A very good and somewhat interesting Doppelbock taste.

This was a medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation, and a slightly roasted and sweet aftertaste. The aftertaste was mixed with roasted malt, milk chocolate, raisins, and caramel and molasses. This semi sweet and roasted aftertaste doesn't linger.

A 750ml corked and caged French Canadian Doppelbock? That sounds like I'm making things up as I go along. Not true! In truth, this is actually a really good Doppelbock and one of the best I've had lately. I thought the age on this beer would have not brought any good qualities to this beer, but I was wrong about that. If you like Doppelbocks as much as I do, this is one you need to try for yourself.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at When Pigs Fly.
In a snifter the beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head. There was a tiny bit of lace.

Nice aroma. Sweet fruit, bready. A whiff of chocolate.

The aroma transformed into an exceptionally tasty beer. In no particular order there was some cocoa, some plum, pumpernickel bread, and caramel. Great taste!

A complex and delicious beer. Very malty, very smooth.

Photo of GoHabsGo
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of beerdhabelly
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.