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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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93
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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%


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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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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, opaque, with a mountain of mocha coloured head. Takes a while to recede, and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma of coffee and smoke, some dark chocolate and black licorice.

Smooth flavour starting from chocolate, passing through coffee briefly then a fairly strong licorice flavour. Licorice lingers for a while. No complaints, I like it.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, really nice. Carbonation keeps it alive but isn't coarse or prickly. Body fairly full and the beer leaves an impression all the way over the tongue.

9.5% ABV? Certainly doesn't drink like it. Dangerously easy to sip away at. This is one to check out if you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 04:01:03 | More by elricorico
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a longstanding bottle, the body is a clear dark mahogany. The head rises up quite readily, forming a massive three-fingered pillow of foamy tan froth. Unfortunately the retention doesn't match the zeal with which the head initially forms, and the lacing isn't really that great either.

The nose expresses nuttiness, a hint of dusty sweet cocoa, and some soft roastiness and chocolate - it's more like bittersweet chocolate than anything coffee-like.

Rich malt is the heart and soul of Les Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock, as it should be. It's bready, toasty, sugary, caramelish, a hint cocoa-ish, and a bit chocolatey. Some leafy hops appear mid-way, and it finishes subtly roasty and nutty. As you progress through it and the alcohol builds on your palate you might find some hints of dark fruit (raisins, cherries, etc.). A solid bitterness anchors it, and although it does seem sweet at times, it never becomes cloying (probably at least partly due to the 9.5% abv).

There are better, more rounded and focused doppelbocks available (and many that mask the alcohol better), but there's also a bit of charm to the all out attack of this one. Worth trying for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 01:56:57 | More by NeroFiddled
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, with a red hue when held up to the light. Nice head retention and minimal lacing.

This smells like brown sugar, maple, candied pears and rich dried fruits. Roasty too. So good.

The taste is just as nice, with rich chocolate dominating, along side brown sugar and dried black fruit, caramel, sherry, a soft vanilla rounds out the edges, with a nice roastiness throughout and an off dry finish. It has just the perfect amount of low bitterness to go up against the rich and roasty malt, as well as a slight tartness that keeps it from being cloying.

It's full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Alcohol is present but pleasant and slightly warming. Maybe a little higher than I'd like. Okay, yes, for sure they could do well to knock this down a percent or two.

It's a pleasure to drink, but at 9.5% in a 750ml bottle and a richness unsurpassed by many, you'd do well to share this one with a friend or four.

My overall impression is that this is my third beer from this brewery and I keep on being impressed by them. As for the beer itself, it's great but may be just a tad too bold and rich for its own good. Or mine. I'm completely looped man.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 02:57:05 | More by MeisterBurger
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Nothing like showing up to an afternoon burger BBQ, and being presented with this as a beer option by the host. Cheers, Chris!

This beer pours a clear dark red brick amber hue, with prominent cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and more or less creamy beige head, which leaves a decent array of drooping webbed lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of roasted chocolate malt, sugary, red vinous notes, like those frozen Welch's pops my Mom used to make for us, boozy vanilla, muddled dark Eastern fruit, black tea leaves, thin honey and earthy, citrusy hops. The taste is more of the same but writ so much larger - dark chocolate, bready caramel malt, boozy figs, dates, and plump raisins, acidic black fruit, vanilla cookies, watery molasses, cola syrup, sweetened nuts, ethereal citrus cream, and more subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft, but palate-challenging in its playful frothiness at times, the body a heady medium weight, with a small chalky pithiness marring an otherwise sublime smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, but well tempered at the same rate - lingering caramel malt, dark fruit and sugar, mostly - with a certain root character (beer, licorice, and weeds alike) rounding things out.

A pleasantly up-sized doppelbock, the booze quite nicely integrated, making this all seem like a big ol' slice of sozzled German chocolate cake. Given that the intensity here, when compared to this style's typical component flavours, seems so heightened, perhaps the "Grand Cuvee" naming scheme should be amended with an "Imperial" designation, along the lines of some this brewery's other more jacked-up offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 23:32:22 | More by biboergosum
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cjgator3

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma features a lot of sweet bready malt with caramel and dark fruits. 

T- Tje taste like the aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. Pretty tasty stuff.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, thus is a pretty solid dopplebock that is definitely worth picking up. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 04:16:13 | More by cjgator3
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ohmybock

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10 corked 750ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark, brown color with a large-bubbled, very slight, and quickly-disappearing head. The aroma is sweet-ish dark malts, but not the good German toffee-like goodness I love. The flavor is sweet dark malts up front, then turning into a lingering roastiness. Carbonation is low, and the mouthfeel is quite thick. This brew tastes like a fairly sweet, dark, strong lager (ale?) which has been blended with a roasty porter or stout. If you want to call this a doppelbock, then it's definitely a New World idea of a d-bock and nowhere close to an authentic d-bock from the Old Country. Still I think it's a good, strong, dark, "beer". For what it's worth, I found this brew to be quite drinkable when paired/contrasted with some buttermilk blue cheese! On its own, I'm not sure if I would have finished the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 18:13:40 | More by ohmybock
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, with some red hues that seem like a rusty red trying to overtake a brilliant ruby red. Head is modest, though it retains well and leaves behind some loose lattice of lace. Second pour yields a larger head, like a golden brown sugar, almost sparkling.... quite nice.

S: Roasted malts & unsweetened chocolate with a burnt brown sugar and dark fruit scent - namely raisin. There's a breadiness to it that makes me think of something like pumpernickel 'from a distance.' An odd description perhaps, but the only thing that came to mind. After tasting, the aroma is rather subdued and almost even delicate.

T: Robust flavours... a dark chocolate stands out, which is a little interesting for the style. Plenty of roasted malts in this one. Some rich toffee is there, but that bitter chocolate-like flavour keeps it fairly mellow and not as sweet as they can get. A rum-raisin taste is there as well, topped with a pleasant hopping and a little bit of alcohol... the booziness is hidden very well, but it allows a little bit of a peppery kick through.

M: Quite rich and heavy without becoming too overdone... it is perhaps a little on the syrupy side, but with the sweetness toned down a touch, it works out just fine.

D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I tend to find myself being rather critical of doppelbocks, even though I continue to consider them a favourite style. That said, this big brew was done exceptionally well, full of flavour and wonderfully balanced. I'm quite happy to have tried it and certainly recommend that others give it a shot, as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:29:24 | More by Proteus93
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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

From a caged and corked 750 ml brown bottle. Pours out a very, very dark brown, dense yet still translucent as a deep cola garnet when held to direct light. Tall, tight spongy beige head with great retention.

Aroma is light, but has it all in the right places. Toasted malt, chocolate wafer, a milky sweetness, light warming spice.

Flavour has a sweet vinuous character right from the start. Rum soaked raisins, spiced dates, light caramel, with a warm spicy finish. Alcohol is apparent, but doesn't come across as boozy. Lingering aftertaste of some sort of thin spiked hot chocolate.

The mouthfeel holds its own too, smooth and creamy, medium-bodied yet light at the same time.

An all round decent offering, I'd rate the drinkability higher but after a while this doppelbock does tend to become cloyingly sweet and the alcohol presence does start to become somewhat boozy, making a bottle this size a prime candidate to share rather than allowing it to over stay its welcome. Or rather it's not unwelcome, but does become a bit overwhelming after a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 08:33:51 | More by IronDjinn
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Doppelbock...I hope I like it; it was kind of expensive.

Pours a really dark brown, showing red where any light shines through. It almost looks like a stout but seems a little thinner. Decent cappuccino-coloured head to start, dissipating to a solid layer of foam.

Very bready, yeasty, lots of blackberry and blueberry and a hint of coffee. Some chocolaty roasted malt and a decent hop presence. Judging from the smell, this could be a stout if it didn't say doppelboch on the bottle. Smells great.

Wow, that's different! Tons of coffee flavour comes out up front; port, dark chocolate, roasted malt, subtle dark berries, nicely balanced hops in the background don't get in the way of anything else. Pretty strong alcohol presence, maybe more than I would like but it's not over the top. You can definitely feel the 9.5%, but it adds more of a tangyness and a warming feeling than a harshness you might find in a less competent beer of this strength. Bitter, dry coffee on the finish. I'm only taking off 0.5 for the alcohol being a little hot; this tastes awesome.

I like the feel; thin-medium bodied with a medium carbonation. While there are a number of similarities in this beer to a stout, there are also enough qualities setting it apart including the thinner consistency.

While I think this is a great beer, I think it's too intense to drink often. I can foresee having trouble with finishing this 750ml on my own, the alcohol is pretty strong. This is not the smoothest beer I've ever had but I'm enjoying this new style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 01:01:11 | More by eat
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on May 9, 2009.

A: Pours as a black beer with some red on the edge. Can't see through the beer. Big head with big bubbles. The head is beige.

S: I smell some chocolate with some fruits. Fruits is mainly raisins.

T: Strong taste. Some vinous taste. The taste presence in the mouth is long. Get some roasted malts.

M: Very warm in the mouth. Creamy. Rich.

D: Easy to quaff... however one 750 ml bottle is enough for one person to put a smile on it's face!! The alcohol is treacherous since it hits you when it is too late :)

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 01:19:45 | More by ZorPrime
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imperialstout27

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip. Rocky, voluminous beige head. Very dark - virtually opaque when held to the light. Some garnet hints at the edge of the glass.

S - Smells to me like a rich stout. Mocha. Malty with hints of dark fruit.

T - Wow, awesome. Sweet but not cloying, and malty as all hell. Dark fruits across the midpalate. Vinuous and somewhat boozy, but I like that. Dark, dark roasted malt flavors, and concentrated but not out of balance. To me, it seems like it tries to get a little sharp at times with the alcohol but it's blunted by the sweetness. Finish is very very long.

MF - This it where this beer shines the most to me. It's thick but supple and smooth. Very nice carbonation that tickles your mouth as you savor it.

D - Decent drinkability, although the concentrated roast flavors can be somewhat fatiguing.

Overall impression: Tastes to me almost like an imperial stout that's been lagered. Also reminds me in some ways of an eisbock albeit less vinuous and more carbonated and roasty. This is definitely not your standard doppelbock. It's the third beer I've tried from this brewery and they are impressing me more and more. All in all - this beer kicks ass and I want more.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 03:00:22 | More by imperialstout27
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany that's so deep, it's almost black; tan head, thin ring of retention, some lacing.

S: Plenty of dark fruit & raspberry candy aroma, beer-nuts, light floral & grassy spicing, hint of herbal hops & a sherry-like alcohol nose.

T: Initial impression was 'wow, this is amazing'. But after only a few sips the alcohol really takes over. Dark fruit bread, cocoa (with some roastiness as smooth as an oatmeal stout), nuts, dark caramel, peppery spicing, slightly herbal, good bitterness, assertive alcohol.

M: Fairly full body has a hint of residual sweetness, a nice protein smoothness and a very drying, alcohol finish. Well-crafted and impressive for its strength.

D: It's pretty warming.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 00:48:38 | More by Derek
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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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