Série Signature Kellerbier - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 08-01-2009

Unfiltered golden lager inspired by the Kellerbiers, or "cellar beers", found in the northern Bavarian region of Franconia. This Kellerbier marries a rich malt flavor with an herbal hop character.
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable, sessionable even for a weekend lunch. Purs a light colour with a generoud creamy head. Malty aroma. Nicely balanced Saaz hop, a mild taste. Coincidentially, Creemore releases a kellerbeer at the same time, which was more creamy, more tasty.Very Above average mouthfeel. (285 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer poured out very cloudy as the all of the yeast was poured out from the bottom of the bottle.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose along with hints of bready malts.
T: The taste has complex flavors of yeast along with notes of grassy and herbal hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This Kellerbeer seems to be happier compared to other beers I've had but still has nice complex flavors of yeast. (706 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raw, earthy, rich, and unadulturated. Somehow I think this is how real lagers were intended to be.

The pour delivers a murky orangeish/copper color with significant haze. A creamy thin head forms, laces well, and provides great staying power. Very un-lager like in appearance- more like an IPA in appearance.

Aromas are bready and tart. Malty breads/bread crust scent blends with sweet grains and modest caramel. Green apples/crabapples, lemons, and tart berries give an estery glimpse into the less clean aspects of lager beers.

Flavors are dominated by hoppy and estery notes but with the lager smoothness that is expected. Apples, lemons, and under rippened berries provide the estery zest on the light bready-caramel base. Very hoppy with lemongrass, fresh cut grasses, fresh herbs (basil, parsley, and spearment) giving a nearly tea-like flavor. Very complex, this beer shows that lagers can be hoppy- and succeed as such.

Medium weighted (maybe full compared to most lagers), but the beer's bready viscocity and malty weight is lightened by subtle carbonation, tart/lightly astringent hop bitterness, and minty alcohols.

A very delicious lager beer with more pronounced lemony/lemon grass earthiness and unadulturated heaft than usual. It's like drinking beer without training wheels. (1,296 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light amber lager with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt is totally dominating with no discernable hops. Taste is also a malt bomb with loads of malt that is easily quaffable and with some light horse grain notes also discernable. Full body with great carbonation and no noticeable alcohol. Good stuff! (377 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle, enjoyed in a smallish central hotel room in Montreal, with some tasty boulangerie/deli/SAQ takeout.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium-dark golden yellow hue, with a copious amount of bulbous, thin, puffy off-white head, which leaves some nice, sparsely-strewn fuzzy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of fresh cut hay, dandelion salad, a twinge of clover honey, and sharply biscuity, grainy pale malt. The taste is more of that pleasant aroma, writ large - crisp, crackery, biscuity malt, wet hay, acerbic grass, a bit of sour generic citrus rind, soft earthy honey, and a touch of resinous pine needle.

The carbonation is fairly understated, yet somehow barely restrained seeming, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, a certain edge from the hop and grain providing a minor burr, one easily washed over. It finishes on the dry side, still steadfast in its all-around crispness.

One in a select group of German-style lagers that just begs to be consumed, from that first moment of introduction. LTM has nailed that concept, so glad that I have more of it with which to wile a bit of warm afternoon away, as this is one equitable example of the originators of the style - hoppy, biscuity, dry, and simple in the best sort of way. Not much more to say here, I suppose, other than some big-ups to those Quebecois fellas who thought this might be a good idea to pursue in the first place. (1,465 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its always good to find a new Keller beer of good quality, and this from a Quebec brewer fits that bill.Poured into a .5 liter stein a hazed rich golden with deep burnt orange tint,a large fluffy white head that flowed over my stein atop,it settles nicely into a frothy mass.Toasty,grainy malt aromas with a little iron and leafy hop,a nice mix of the malt and German hops.Toasty and quite dry on the palate,a tinge of mineral/iron and spicy hop, with crisp finish makes for a real drinker on a crazy hot day like today down here in NC it fits the bill.A very nice keller beer crisp with good flavor,Iam gonna try the dopplebock next from these guys. (650 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clouded, darkish golden-orange body with a tall, sustained, meringue-like, white head. Thick lacing.

Smell: Toasted grains with an ultra thin edge of sugar, fresh, yeasty dough, a clean, spicy, bitter herb hop aroma, with an underlying growing fruitiness.

Taste: Subtly toasty, lightly doughy maltiness with a light touch of honey sweetness. Spicy, lightly herbal (a tad grassy) hops with a thin bit of lemony citrus. Medium-light bitterness. A bit of sour yeast character. Drying, herbal-laden finish with touches of yeast and minerality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High, tingly carbonation.

Overall: A very pronounced level of carbonation, but, still, it's a rather refreshing brew. (708 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Les Trois Mousquetaires "Série Signature Kellerbier"
$6.26 Canadian for 20 oz. on tap @ BierMarkt, Montreal

Appearance: Hazy golden body beneath a creamy head of white. Excellent retention and lacing, leaving solid walls of lace behind.

Aroma: Floral hops, basic grainy malt, yeast.

Flavor: Pilsner malt threaded through with noble hops, spicy and grassy. Solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Median to moderate carbonation. Gently crisp, delicately bristling the tongue, and then smooth with malt and yeast.

Overall: Pretty impressive. It stands right up there with some of the best Kellerbiers I've tried in Germany. It's components are all distinct, yet it pulls together as one. Very balanced and rounded. Remarkably drinkable in that it's easy to drink, but also offers enough character to keep it interesting. (831 characters)

Photo of mactrail
1.99/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am trying to find the slightest evidence to call this a Kellerbier. It's so strongly and peculiarly flavored, and so oddly bitter. The beer pours nicely, leaves a proper head, and seems to be normally carbonated. The smell, however, is just wrong. Something like last year's apple forgotten in the potato bin.

I am struggling to place that overwhelming and unpleasant flavor. It tastes just like some cheap and elderly sweet lager from the wrong side of the Danube, only amplified. Is it oxidized, somehow? Corked? There's no bacterial taste, just the rusty, dirty, bad fruit flavor. It's somewhat buttery, so maybe it's the diacetyl flavor gone wild. The excessive bitterness doesn't taste like hops, so maybe there are some other organisms playing in the sandbox.

Too revolting to drink more than a few amazed sips. This is the newer label that's been around for at least a couple of years. $11 for the big bottle, I'm sorry to say. (938 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Viggo for breaking this out at our Canada Day tasting. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pours with a few fingers of soapy foam that dissipates to a chunky ring and some light haze. Splotchy lace is left on the sides of the class. The body is a hazed golden color that is more orange than yellow.

S - The smell is of lightly toasted grains, zesty, spicy, noble hops, honey, and an otherwise clean lager nose.

T - The taste is more bitter and zesty without as much balancing sweetness - definitely true to style. It's more of a 3.75, but I'll round up to be supportive of both a relatively rare style and of Canadian beers in general.

M - Medium body that is bigger than you expect for a 5.5% brew. Soft carbonation, pretty smooth, and pleasant on the palate.

D - Pretty nice and easy drinking beer. This would make an excellent session brew if you could find it on-tap - stupid Ontario keg laws. At least we're getting Trois Mousquetaires bottles in Chicago now. (972 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a orange color with some yellow highlights. A short 1/2" head breaks apart quickly.

Smell: grass, lemon zest, and some fresh baked bread aroma creates an enjoyable aroma.

Taste: grainy bread, grass, lemon zest, green apples, pears, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a light dryness late.

Drinkability: this is a very easy drinking beer. This beer is nicely refreshing and makes the tastebuds happy. (470 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep orange amber, almost brown but with an opaque unfiltered appearance. Some cola sticking carbonation but also some fine sized bubbles that rise quickly through the body. The head is creamy but small, forming only about two fingers but manages some soapy pill lacing, and has a very vanilla crème to banana yellow color and foamy puck.

Heavinly fruity esters going on, with large spicy malt like base. Creamy sensing vanilla and spiced clove with a big fig like note that dominates the nose. Very fruit forward with a raisin like sweetness that comes over. Dense. Rich. Smells very inviting, almost hinting at Belgian character but definitely lighter and of course not with any sucrose naturally. Big Keller indeed, and then some real creamy banana to match.

Palate comes with a large malty base. Hints of bock like big quality and caramel malt, with light phenolic character. Crisp finish and real big spicy sensations. Large banana finish with spiced nutmeg and allspice hot dry air aftertaste. The mouthfeel at such low abv is very impressive, thick, rushing and big malt coating everywhere. A bit of a fussel warmth and booming alcohol like sensation surprisingly coming off as a bigger brew. Chewy palate with an almost nutty flavor too match.

It's very impressive, a little large and unexpected, but really delicious for a Keller. (1,418 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.

Lovely cloudy golden colour, with a frothy meringue-like head of white foam. Lacing is superb. Some languid bubbling makes it look extra-refined. Awesome.

Quite a fruity nose with hints of spice, a little German banana ester, and perhaps just a twinge of cellar mustiness. Almost Belgian hints to it as well, but with a lager sharpness. It's nice; not as classic as it could be, but very tasty.

But oh yes they have it on the palate. Fresh start, with some light fruit, before a light bitterness enters, mingled beautifully with those classic musty keller phenols. Oh yeah. Clean and crisp and amazingly drinkable.

This is a really great keller and a great beer all up. On the palate, it's spot-on stylistically. It's so fresh and clear - just how a really awesome lager should be, but it has masses of character as well to make it an interesting and enjoyable experience. Amazingly refreshing, and refreshingly tasty. Top drop. (988 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of ZorPrime, 750ml bomber shared with the girlfriend and poured into a tulip and pint glass. Thanks Eric!

Pours a hazy, golden orange with spots of clarity around the edges. About three fingers of sudsy, and dish-soaplike (not in a bad way!) head. Settles nicely, with a shit-ton of webbed lace. Nose is a bouquet of fresh floral hops, fresh cut grass and a nice organic, earthy malt; crisp biscuitiness. Taste dominated by typical german pilsner hops and again, the fresh cut 'grassiness' of this beer shines brightly. Some more lemon zest and a hint of some mint here. Fairly long, dry finish with moderately-high bitterness. Drinkability is nice, I could do this 750 solo. Again, some nice stuff from LTM. (725 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-bronze with a fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Bready malt with hints of toffee; Floral & grassy spicing.

T: Yeasty/doughy bread with plenty of grassy hop spicing. Hints of toffee with a nicely balanced bitterness. Great stuff.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has an off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. (332 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle purchased in Montreal.

Pours a lightly hazy golden, quite bright, very thick white head forms and settles down to a thick ring and layer around the glass, drops a lot of lace going down.

Smell is nice, very clean and malty, lots of floral hoppiness, biscuit, caramel, lightly yeasty, some apricot fruitiness, some malty sweetness, real neat.

Taste is similar, big and malty up front for the ABV, caramel, lots of biscuit, a touch of fruitiness, big floral hoppiness, quite perfumey, apricots, biscuit, nice minerally bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. A nice kellerbier, very balanced and drinkable. (666 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into chalice may9 2010

A a golden orange glow with a big fluffy head that had pretty good retention but only left a few small patches of lace

S a fair bit of dry cereal with some hay and hops

T what I smell but with a little citrus and some earthy woodiness to go along with a little spice, massive flavor for a lager this is no ordinary pilsner

M not overly thick but hey this is not a big ass stout after all, crisp with just a little bite and good carbonation. flavor lingers for a while too no complaints here

D big flavor for a session beer and would go down easy all day long with no issues

I can see no reason why you shouldn't try this beer, yet another winner from a great brewery. (735 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear with only a slight haze from the lack of filtration. Golden colour with a nice, creamy off-white head. Good head retention.

Herbal, spicy hop character with just a touch of sweetness and fruit.

Lots of bitterness with a touch of malt character. A bit herbal.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A nice and interesting beer on the whole. A little less bitterness would help but it is still good. (414 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thick, frothy head into my tulip. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full of hops and sweet, bready malt. Seems about right here.

Taste is sweet, chewy and full of buttery malt. Interesting flavors for the style. Lots of emphasis on chewy.

Coats the back of the throat with more of the flavors listed below. Carbonation is just right.

Very nice for a regional example. I'm just looking for something that I can drink with some pizza and they seem to work well. (498 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured partially into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber colour with a huge frothy and fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is also some great lacing and the head lasted for a while.

Smell - The beer has a very fresh and clean smell. Lots of hops, grains, floral and citrus notes.

Taste & Mouth - The beer actually has a good mouth feel, lots of carbonation that suits the beer wonderfully. First and foremost I can taste the hops, it also a refreshing mint like flavour to it that leaves a cooling feeling in your throat. I can also taste a honey sweetness and a peppery spice mix. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - A great beer that I am happy I tried. I would recommend this beer to others who like a light but hoppy beer - perfect for warm days. (855 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle from Peluso in Montreal. Bottled about 3 months ago. From notes.

A - Poured a nice hazy golden orange colour. Strong carbonation and a two finger fluffy white head. Great wall of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Orange, yeast, grass.

T - Orangey yeast, crackers, maybe wheat? Sweet fruits.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a sweet grassy finish.

O/D - A little underwhelming, but decent for the style I suppose. Enjoyed the 375mL format b/c I probably wouldn't finish a 750 of this. (515 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Poured with a nice off white foamy frothy head and good lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is a wonderful spice yeast malt . Flavor's like aroma and richer. Body is great and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short length. Definitely a session beer. (275 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to try on tap at the Local Taphouse Moose & Mountie Spectapular.

Pours a pale gold with slight orange tinge, head is white and thin but retains with nice webs of lace around the glass. slight haze with a slow, light bead showing through. Pretty good.

Smell is very fruity at first; lots of apricot, pineapple, citric hops. Very sweet with cakey caramel malt underlying but just loads of fresh tang, a hint of bitterness with a slight funky edge. Really very nice.

Lots of malt on the front palate - cakey and sweet, descends into a fruity mid-palate with hints of mango and orange zest. Bitterness starts early with lemon rind and flax kind of flavour, giving quite a phenolic flavour with a slight barnyard funk. Hops are noticeable, fresh and a bit astringent, but they clean up the palate nicely and don't leave a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thin but a good viscosity as it goes down, leaves with a decent dryness.

Really clean drinking, but lots of complexity to it as well. A great beer to start off a tasting session, but I could sink quite a few of these as well. (1,104 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very funky and complex with none of the usual cleaned up lager profile found in craft pils. The beer pours slightly cloudy with a hoppy funky nose. Takes a few sips to get used to the slightly fruity/yeasty notes that come from being unfiltered. Very unique beer (262 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/20/2009. Bottle. Pours a hazy light orange with a small, thick white head. Aroma of skunk and sweet lager malt. Flavor of sweet lager malt, some stale malt, with some spices (peppery) and some lavender. Not a great kellerbier, but perhaps it would be better a little fresher? Still drinkable and enjoyable. (321 characters)

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Série Signature Kellerbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.