Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
01-18-2014 01:12:12 | More by yemenmocha
4.39/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
12-31-2013 02:37:42 | More by biegaman
4.48/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
12-02-2013 02:12:17 | More by Krypter
4.36/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
11-18-2013 00:50:52 | More by SebD
4.11/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
11-16-2013 22:27:55 | More by polloenfuego
3.86/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
11-08-2013 08:06:49 | More by spicelab
4.55/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
10-21-2013 03:07:51 | More by IdeaSpeeder
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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
10-15-2013 00:16:51 | More by BGDrock
3.4/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
08-15-2013 21:32:15 | More by smakawhat
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
93 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.