Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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3.98/5 rDev -5%
This doppelbock is dark walnut, almost black, with a modest, creamy chestnut head and a syrupy film. The highlights are dark ruby and the long-lasting head coats the glass with lace.
An antique pilsner showcases the rich, roasted malt and strong nutty tones of this beer. There are modest tones of baker’s chocolate and sweet coffee liqueur.
The flavor opens with a flash of sweetness, followed by roasted malt bitterness and a surprisingly acidic flair. Pumpernickel bread is followed by earthy flavors, licorice, vanilla, and a hint of spiced rum. The finish is subtle, long, and complex. All-in-all, the flavors are a bit mudy.
A sharp effervescence and bristling texture accompany this full-bodied beer with hot alcohol and a super-dry finish.
Tasty and enjoyable, but very assertive. Each sip simultaneously leaves one wanting more and assaults the palate. One was enough to satisfy me.
02-19-2012 13:22:57 | More by SLeffler27
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
2009 bottle. Enjoyed in a pilsener glass.
This Quebecois doppelbock has a rich, chocolate body with a thin, brown layer of foam and a lively dose of carbonation. It's a shade darker that expected and the lacing is thin, but I'll be damned if that brown foam doesn't look tasty.
Aroma boasts raisins, chocolate, berries, a hint of booze, sweet plum and mild spicing. Frankly, it smells delicious and is just subtle enough as to not overpower.
The ultra-dry conclusion is the first taste to make itself known. It's rather aggressive. Flavor profile packs a distinct smokiness with a bitter roasted malt that lingers on the tongue. Other notes include a light cocoa, a peculiar doughy/yeastiness and sugary fruit notes. It's not the sweetest DB I've ever had, but the tongue scorching dryness is a bit much... Now wait just a second! As it warms, the chocolate comes out big time, mixing extremely well with the smoke and coffee bean bitterness, making for a super delicate and complex lager. You'll even pick out some maple syrup overtime and giving this beer about 20 minutes to chill out was one of the best things I've ever done.
The conclusion is initially harsh, but let it get to room temp and it's as smooth as silk and so multi-layered. The roasted notes meld so well with the chocolate and berry flavors that you'll wish you had a 3L bottle.
I initially had my doubts, but this one is so subtle, nuanced and delicious. Give it time to warm and you'll be greatly rewarded.
02-08-2012 04:07:55 | More by deapokid
British Columbia (Canada)
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep and rich caramel red with a finger of thick, pale tan head.
Smell. Smeet caramel and brown sugar, a little booze and just a hint of plums and strawberries. Smells awesome.
Taste. Wow! Big brown sugar and caramel with some light toasty malts and raisins and a hint of smokey wood. Sweet and delicious.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with lighter carbonation.
Overall. This one blew me away. Love that sweet caramel goodness.
Big thanks to DaftCaskBC for landing this one.
02-07-2012 03:40:24 | More by Rutager
4/5 rDev -4.5%
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color bock with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet malt with some notes of banana and cloves. Taste is also dominated by some cloves and banana ester with an excellent grain bill. Full body with a creamy texture and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Probably one of the best that I have tasted form this brewery.
01-11-2012 19:19:07 | More by Phyl21ca
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours an incredibly deep and rich mahogany red. Two fingers of light egg shell white head leave thin strings of lace as it dies down. Deep amber and ruby red highlights are revealed when light hits the glass.
A bouquet of rich and sticky dark fruits ooze from the glass. Dark raisons, fig pudding, and mushy dates make a cake-like richness come to mind. This impression is furthered by fresh toasted dark bread and liquid dark chocolate. Alcohol peaks through but is not a force. Quite sweet and very rich, but not over done.
Everything from the nose is equally apparent in the taste. The overall impression given is of a sweet fruit cake generously drizzled with overly ripe dates, raisons, and figs in syrup form. Dark chocolate icing is thinly spread across the tongue. The alcohol is placed in the very back and helps to amplify the sweetness coming from the dark fruits and chocolate.
Its full body is undercarbonated, showcasing its sweetness and accentuating its syrupy and sticky feel. The alcohol comes off as mellow but helps bring attention to the fruity and chocolatey notes.
This is a dessert in itself, no question. The skill of the brewmaster however is highlighted by the fact that this is not overdone in sweetness, impact, or feel. This edges out Ayinger's Dopplebock for me. Absolutely perfect by the fire in this early stage of winter.
12-24-2011 01:07:35 | More by ludachris
3.68/5 rDev -12.2%
Deep brown colour, a grand malting. Decent beer and drinkability based on what it is, but I like it not as much as most, regardless of vintage. Chocolate malty aroma, a bit above average mouthfeel. Chocolate, nutty, caramel, raisin, earthy. Sweetish, and perhaps too much.
12-13-2011 01:23:36 | More by Sammy
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
A: Beer pours a rich, dark reddish-brown, and quite cloudy. 1.5-2 fingers light head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.
S: Figs, prunes, and other fruit. Caramel plays a slightly lesser role. A llittle too subdued for my preference. There is an edge of alcohol in the nose as well.
T: Sweet and fruity! Dark fruit predominates, prunes and figs especiallly, though some of the sweeter notes remind me of peaches and cherries. Pleasant chocolate and caramel undertones. The bitterness takes its time making its presence known and is generally understated. Balances nicely once the initial 'impact' of flavour is past.
M: Silky smooth with a pleasant sweet viscosity on the tongue. Pleasantly dry, though the taste has a tendency to make one salivate. No bite to it whatsoever. Positively exquisite.
O/D: A very excellent beer. Besides a bit too gentle a nose and a bit too strong an initial presentation to the palate, this beer goes down easy and with pleasure.
11-16-2011 01:26:14 | More by Foddz
British Columbia (Canada)
4.73/5 rDev +12.9%
Thanks to Hoppypocket for this one.
A: 1/2" tan coloured head over brown liquid, reminiscent of a good Belgian quad.
S: Caramel malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some yeast.
T: Beautiful. Sweet caramel malt and bitter chocolate are combined with accompanying Belgian yeast dark fruit flavours including figs and cherries.
M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.
O: The best doppelbock I have had aside from Celebrator. Definitely worth seeking out. The interesting thing about it is that while cold it tastes primarily of Belgian dark fruit yeast like Belgian Strong Dark Ales like Gouden Carolus Classic, and as it warms it tastes more like a malty doppelbock.
11-15-2011 00:35:43 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
Bottled dated Spring 2011. 8% ABV.
A: Pours a clear reddish-brown (bit of a crimson red) when held up to light, with a solid two finger of brownish-tan coloured marshmallow like head. Decent retention with a collar that sticks around, and spotty lacing.
S: Caramel-like malts, lots of dried dark fruits (raisins, cherries, figs), faint chocolate notes, maple syrupy sweet smell. Quite warm and enticing aromas- Nice!
T: Loads of dried dark fruits up front (raisins, figs, dates), semi-sweet and syrupy caramel, and some bitter molasses qualities. Detecting a bit of tropical tastes with some faint pineapple and banana.
M: Full and rich body with a low carbonation, which both seems appropriate. Mouthfeel seems fuller and richer than an 8% ABV beverage. Well executed.
D: An interesting take on the doppelbock style. Personally, not sure I can drink much (>1 bottle) of this style (a bit too caramel-sweet for myself), but something I occasionally enjoy in the colder months. PS. If you have fruit flies in your house, they will find this beer!
10-22-2011 01:24:02 | More by Digimaika2
4.15/5 rDev -1%
Bottle shared with Steve and Zach, 750ml into some tulips. Spring 2011 bottling, listed at 8% alcohol.
Poured a dark brown with some burgundy highlights, and some darker reds around the edges when held to the light. Big fluffy tan head initially, but fades to almost nothing, and leaves behind an extremely thin collar. Nose has some dried fruits, sweet malt characteristics, and some earthy and woody notes - almost akin to a softer version of what I remember picking up in their Altbier. Taste continues these sweet woody and earthy notes, with some candied flavours in there as well. Big, sweet and malty - fairly appropriate and standard from what I've seen in the style. Some spicy wood comes through in the finish, with touches of caramel and alcohol. Full mouthfeel, and low carbonation. A unique take on the style I think, and something I'd easily recommend.
09-16-2011 15:41:42 | More by liamt07
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
Cloudy dark mahogany colour with a moderate, creamy tan head.
Rich, dark fruits with raisins and dates. Lots of bread and toast with some mild alcohol and even something that is almost citrus.
Rounded bready and toasty malt with some rich, dark fruit and caramel notes. Really good.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky and delicious.
A great, rich, complex lager with a delicious malt and fruit character. Nice.
08-29-2011 10:42:09 | More by dgilks
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
2010 edition. Purchased in November 2010, cellared until August. I'm sure I could have kept it longer, but I just couldn't wait!
Poured into a goblet, shared with my Quebecois friend who brought it back to Ontario for me!
Dark cherry-brown in colour, with an impressive head with scads of fluffy lacing. I can tell that the carbonation has not cooled off yet; as I don't have a beer fridge, the cellar probably wasn't cool enough. No matter.
The nose is very tasty and reminds me more of abbey quadrupels than of a doppelbock. Figs, raisins, grapes, caramel, sherry, chocolate and strong boozy smell. A pleasure to swirl and sniff.
Sweet, boozy, and with the aforementioned dark fruit, sugar and dry sherry flavor. Again, reminds me more of a Belgian quad. Slightly syrupy, but with lively enough carbonation to keep this from becoming tiresome and cloying. The bottle required about ten minutes of sitting out to allow it to settle and reduce the initially harsh carbonation.
An enjoyable brew, flavorful, diverse and well worth the extra time in the cellar. Hopefully I can score another couple bottles of this year's edition to compare.
08-13-2011 18:24:57 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
2009 version, no exact bottle date, just the year listed on the label.
The aromas begin with nuttiness and a hint of dusty sweet cocoa. Thick toasted bready malts and caramelized sugars in the background but are a sturdy backbone for the more complex darker maltiness. Darker fruits emerge as it warms, highlighted by figs, prune and dates.
The tastes begin with big malt flavors. Toffee, a hint of milk chocolate, brown caramelized sugars, raisins, and prunes are most notable. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is not present except in the warming quality in your stomach.
The mouthfeel medium-bodied with medium/ample enough carbonation which helps to balance the heft of the beer. Smooth throughout with a light syrupy finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last; definitely a huge malt bomb that requires enjoying over an hour or so.
Overall this is a great great example of the style and maybe the best Doppelbock I have ever had, would definitely revisit if it wasn't so rare and hard to come by; silly Canadians... Definitely recommended because its quality is world class.
08-07-2011 17:37:56 | More by claspada
3.58/5 rDev -14.6%
Impressive three-finger head; leaves some chunky, but spotty, lace. Dark amber, light brown color. A very light haze.
Silky sweet smell of maple syrup and brown sugar. No notable hop.
The flavor matches the smell. Very, very sweet like an apertif. I also note a metallic tinge to the tongue. Very rich as one might expect.
07-10-2011 23:12:09 | More by smcolw
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
A: Poured in a mug, as recommended. Dark brown color, poured a thin half inch head that fell almost completely quickly.
S: Sweet dehydrated fruits, Dark Chocolate. Alcohol as well. Really pleasant.
T: Sweet dehydrated fruits again are present, malt also. Undertones of alcool, not prominent.
M: Medium to heavy body. The finish is sweet and a little sirupy.
O : My first Doppelbock and I must admit I really enjoyed it. As for drinkability, it hides its high ABV nicely. My first beer review for BeerAdvocate. Definitely won't be the last!
06-29-2011 02:32:44 | More by ctgui
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
again... thank you flipper2gv
a very nice pour and proper look of dark mahagony with some cloudiness to it. nose is toasty malt and honey subtitles. there are some floral notes in the honey quality and the palate seems to have a what i thought was going to be a harsh tingle but which ended up being a lot like royal jelly. not smokey what so every. hints of plum preserve. the beer was sweet... but still managed to not fall into the world of syrup. even some nice maple hints. the best doppelbock i've had in north america. totally its own take... a tad bigger than expected but quite nice.
04-26-2011 06:10:46 | More by rtepiak
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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