Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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4.19/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-05-2013 22:53:53 | More by falloutsnow
4.29/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-14-2013 05:10:17 | More by AltBock
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
03-23-2013 15:44:35 | More by lordofthewiens
4.4/5 rDev +5%
2009 bottling; 9.5% ABV
Appearance: Pours a dark russet color capped by a two inch layer of beige foam that leaves some thick strands behind
Smell: Cocoa powder, caramel, pumpernickel bread, plums and nuts; undertones of spice
Taste: Cocoa powder and caramel, up front, with undertones of pumpernickel bread, plums and nuts developing through mid-palate; subtle hints of fruit cake spices appear, after the swallow, keeping the sweetness in check; the alcohol is fairly well-hidden, though somewhat discernable in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; spot on for the style
Overall: So one of the best doppelbocks I have encountered comes from a French brewery in Quebec; who would have guessed but this one is a keeper
09-28-2012 23:06:07 | More by brentk56
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
2011 Vintage. 8%.
Dark brown with a reddish tinge. Fizzy beige head, moderate size. Dissipates quickly to a film.
Smell is quite sweet. Very malty and bready, along with a dark fruit scent, raisin comes to mind, maybe even a bit of dark cherry.
Taste is like the nose. VERY malty, a real bready flavour that is very sweet with caramel accompanying. Raisin, fig and some cherry. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would have expected considering this is apparently only 8%, but I find the alcohol works well, making the beer taste a bit like a liquor, perhaps rum or even brandy. A nice package, though a bit sweet.
Full bodied, fairly low carbonation level, very smooth.
Overall, very nice. Not always a big doppelbock fan but this is very nice. Perhaps the best I have had.
05-06-2012 21:38:59 | More by jrenihan
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
***2011 Vintage (ABV 8%)***
Poured from a 750ml. bottle.
Appearance: A deep orange-brown body with lots of foam. Lasting power is good and lace is alright.
Smell: Nuts, brown bread, lots of chewy caramel and sweet. Real nice.
Taste: Love it. A tiny but sweet but never cloying. Strong caramel mixed with a breadiness, milt nuts and some herbs. Malt rules!
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, real smooth and quite chewy.
Overall: This is never a chore to drink and easy to polish off a bottle to oneself. A real brewer's work of art.
04-02-2012 11:47:10 | More by papat444
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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