Série Signature Kellerbier - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 08-01-2009)
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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy off golden hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and nice lacing everywhere,the smell is quite sweet with aromas of honey,fresh pollen,toffee malt and also some musty vinegar,the mouthfeel really suits the style which nice and full feeling with flavours of jarrah honey,floral hops,fresh barley,a touch of mustiness and finishes with a nice bitter kick,overall a nice drop that has some tasty flavours due to the unfiltration.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at an IGA in Ahuntsic. 750ml poured into big pilsner glass. Had breakfast 9 hours ago and now starving so this will sustain me until supper.
A- Cloudy gold topped with a big pile of delicious looking sticky foam. Thick honeycomb lacing. Great retention.

S- Great citrus in the hop profile. A bit like smelling a very ripe white grapefruit. Grain is hard to pickup underneath all the hops but I'm getting some musty but fresh(?!) barley.

T- Still some citrus in the hops but a lot more wood and boiled green which I hadn't found in the smell. The dirty hops work with the beer but I find they get kind of nauseating.

M- Very smooth. Low carbonation offers but a tiny tingle. Can't say this is dry.

D- Good. A pretty heavy tasting lager. So basically very tasty but a bit harsh to drink a whole bunch.

Good beer. I'd drink it again. Fun when you hesitate between a clean euro lager and something busier.

Photo of Gilmango
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 to a Duvel chalice. Bottle has a different label (tan not green, no signature series indication, but same beer, 5.5 abv, only kellerbier they make), this difference may just be cause Shelton Bros. is now importing it to the states. Picked up at Bottle Barn in Sta. Rosa, great price $7.99 for an imported corked 25 oz. beer, a kellerbier at that (hard to find at all, often pricey).

OK, I'm no beer reviewer but feeling inspired tonight, on with it. Looks good poured into my glass, beautiful rocky head that lingered and laced. Only slight issue on first pour was that the "unfiltered" nature of the beer was not readily apparent. But no worries, I homebrew and never filter and like when my own yeast stays out of the picture until such time as I may choose to bring it forth to my glass. Future pours reveal more of that kellerbier faint cloudiness, not a hefeweizen at all but a welcome light haze.

Smell, nice lager smell with very faint notes of yeast, bit of hops, bit of lager yeast sulfur in a good way I swear. But generally a muted smell. And yes, I searched in vain for a freshness date, hate when I cannot readily find one.

Taste, here's where the yeast and hops really shine, no it is not a super hoppy beer but the hops are much more apparent on the tasting than smelling, mostly bittering hops giving a great dry and lingering finish. More yeast than malt in their with the bittering hops, in a good way, probably why I love kellerbiers above most other lagers. Still a bit of a mystery to me is the age of this beer, I'm really enjoying it but could see this being a few months old, and really that's a testament to the beer I suppose.

Mouthfeel, well carbonated, very well attenuated (no cloying sweetness to speak of) while still balanced between malt and hops and the yeasty goodness.

Drinkability, yes, give me more, a pretty faithful re-creation of a great german/austrian style brewed here in north america, only 5.5% abv which is actually on the strong end for the style.

My first mousquetaires bottling and I'm impressed.

Photo of StephenRich
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Kellerbier is only recently coming back into fashion, but was once a very famous variety of beer in Germany. Kellerbier is pretty much an unfiltered and unpasteurized lager brewed with pale malts - it dates all the way back to the middle ages. They show a creamier and less crisp mouthfeel than a pilsner, but also offer up more warm malt sweetness.

Les Trois Mousquetaires is becoming one of my favorite Quebec breweries; their Baltic Porter is among the best porters I've ever had! This Keller is on the other end of the spectrum from the Baltic Porter - it is 5.5% abv, comes in a corked 750ml bottle, and provides creamy smooth lagered goodness. This is not usually the first beer style I will pull out of the fridge, but on the right day and occasion it fits just perfectly. Think about a hot day, but you've been inside the whole time. You want something smooth and refreshing, but don't need the absolute crispness of a pilsner or pale ale. Kellerbier to the rescue!

I opened the Keller up cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a stemmed Pilsner glass. The beer was dangerously pretty glowing a soft, slightly hazy golden orange in the center, which shined outwards to a rich transparent copper yellow with hints of brown and sun. The head was a magnificent pure white foam 2 inches on top of the beer and was filled with big airy bubbles and dense carbonation. The contrast here was sublime. It was like a silver head glimmering on top a gold plated beer - very awesome.

The nose was very delicate with soft floral aromas of lavender, fresh herbs, cut grass, and whole hops. Malts are not totally devoid here though; gentle biscuit and pale malts shine in through the back and bring a very light caramel and slightly warm toffee along with. There is a touch of citrus here also, but overall the nose is elegant and reminiscent of fresh flowers and blooming whole hops.

This is a smooth and juicy beer - if you are looking for gentle, clean, but creamy and flavorful, this is a delicious treat. All that floral aroma which is so soft on the nose comes in here right away and just washes over your tongue in a balancing act of pale and light caramel malt, and the distinct flavor of fresh bakes bread and biscuits.

While the malt is here, really a round hop bitterness greats you first showing herbal notes of hay field, light citrus zest, and a touch of spice. The bitter is wide and smooth and just powerful enough to clean your palate with ease. Malts to come back though and bring some sweetness that I didn't initially expect. There is honey, banana, peaches and plums all lightly touching my cheeks and finishing with a hint of toast and again biscuit.

The mouthfeel is very silky with medium carbonation, but fine and precise bubbles. This beer melts across your mouth and brings much more flavor than 5.5% suggests. That being said, it is generous, not powerful. This is a Keller, and by definition is soft and juicy, not large and aggressive. The hop freshness at the front and back of the beer makes it very refreshing, and the mellow balance of malts helps it remain purely delicious.

I would keep this beer away from more intense foods like Indian, Mexican or Chinese food - it will just be overwhelmed. But it will work wonders with grilled meats, soft cheeses or fish. I feel like the winter will wash it away, so enjoy it in the sun, and it will treat you right.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of chickenm
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright hazy copper color with a lasting white head. Aroma of bready malt, lemon, and an earthy mustiness. The taste is lemon, honey, peppery spices, yeast, and floral/grassy hops. Medium bodied, really good creamy mouthfeel. This is my first beer of the style so I had no idea what to expect. A 750mL bottle is a bit difficult to finish off but this is a well-done, interesting beer.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicate sweet aroma of concord grapes and honey is quite inviting. Dense off-white head sits atop the hazy golden beer. Delicate flavor is a mix of concord grape and with faint floral/grassy and lemon accents all wrapped up in a mildly bitter finish. Moderately light body with mild carbonation and light flavors make for a very drinkable beer.

Photo of meeekyh
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am only 99% sure this is actually the beer I am reviewing. I am sure of the brewery, style, ABV and so I am betting this is indeed the beer so here goes.

I chose this beer mainly for the style as I have found I like it quite a lot, also the bottle was new at the LQ and new beers tend to draw my attention.

My bottle is the 750ml type with cork and cage. The label is brown and yellow and has four guys with raised swords on it.

I opted to use my Fin Du Monde tulip for this tasting. As I pour the beer I note the orangeness, and the huge head. Golden orange, cloudy beer with a generous and fluffy near-tan head that leaves popcorn lacing. Very nice looking beer here.

I read as I poured that the brewer considers this a pilsner... I guess we'll see what that means. Smell is strongly yeasty with notes of orange and cut grasses. Not very pleasant or inviting. It actually reminds me of the old beer smell of frat houses and house parties on the day after. There is some complexity and spice back there but that up front yeastiness is hard to get around.

Taste is strong by comparison to most of this style I have had, bitter and tart but not as refreshing as I would like. There is a taste that makes me think of much higher ABV beers. Some earthy tastes make their way into the palate and remind me that not all things are as good when stronger. I am a bit disappointed at the flavor of this beer. I really liked the subtlety of the style and this one is quite brash.

Mouthfeel is big and the finish is very dry but aftertastes linger unpleasantly.

I was ready to award this very high marks, and maybe someone who knows the style better would, but I am not pleased. Not a drain pour but not the elixir I was hoping for.

Slainte and better luck next time.

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged, brought back from Montreal by a good friend - thanks Bobsy!

Pours a lightly hazed deep gold with a big fluffy two finger off-white head which leaves chunks of lace down the glass.

Floral and grassy hops in the nose, hints of citrus fruits, biscuit and caramel malt, juicy bitterness.

Oh man, this is a tasty beer. Big juicy floral and grassy hop profile with a bracing bitterness - not entirely unlike Victory's Prima Pils but feels fresher (due to it being unfiltered?), lightly spiced, hints of peaches, biscuit and honey, light caramel, citrus zestl. Sharp but not over the top carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Feels much bigger than the stated 5.5%. Perhaps a bit thin in the malt section but anything bigger would hurt the drinkability.

Oh how I wish I was closer to a regular supply of this beer. It could be a regular drinker, easily quaffable, plenty of kick. These guys do a MEAN lager. Compared to Creemore Keller this is 10 times meaner. Damn tasty, big flavor for a session beer.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It's a nice yellowish gold color, a bit hazy, very big bubbles but not very big itself with bad retention. Not much lacing though.

S: Very big flowery nose. A nice level of citrus zest. Good caramel malts with good biscuit. Lager yeast along with wheat bread are more in the back. Good smelling beer.

T: More hops than I thought. This might be the beer that has the biggest level of flowery hops I've ever had. Also good level of citrus zest. Very good level of biscuit malts and caramel malts. Wheat bread is there but more hidden than in the smell. Very different and interesting brew.

M: Medium light body with medium high level of carbonation. Fits real well with the feel of the brew.

D: It's easy to drink, it's balanced.

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased on a recent trip to montreal. sampled june 14/2010.

pours lightly hazy deep gold wiht a big fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is good. light alcohol. big herbal, floral, and lightly spicy hop character. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. honey and a bit of caramel. light lager yeast character.

taste is good. big hoppy presence. herbal and lightly spicy with a floral background. just over medium bitterness level. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. honey and caramel. light alcohol. slightly powdery hops. nice lager character.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body with a fairly dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. liked the big hop presence. good stuff.

Photo of PSUDREW
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Stanley Cup BIF from SliverX, and I gotta say, this is a really nice beer

Pours a nice medium golden color. Foamy white head, and some lacing.
Nose is straw. a little earthy, and maybe sweet. Nothing super potent here
Taste, is surprisingly refreshing. Like a lot of pils, there is a clean crisp hop upfront, followed by a dose of sweet malt, and then clean finish. There is a lot of spicy yeast character to this as well, but it does not over power anything
Pretty even mouth feel. not light, not heavy.
Really drinkable, interesting session beer. after a really humid day this was a pretty refreshing deer.
Really interesting enjoyable beer. Not my favorite style, but I enjoyed the hell out of this

Photo of drpimento
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of pootz
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged-corked cellaring bottle:

Pours a lush hazy unfiltered amber-gold lager into the stein with a 3 finger sticky white cap. Fantastic lacing on the glass. Soft carbonation

Aroma is pungent bready sweet malts with some fresh green apple and musty woody tones from noble hopping.

Rich silken mouth feel with an incredible amber Munich malt spine in perfect balance with both bittering and aromatic noble hopping.

Flavour profile starts with a big chew of thick bready malt in the front which is quickly balanced by Hallertauer and Hersbrucker bittering, mid palate some sweetness and light apple tones get a musty woody undertone from the Spalter and Tettnanger hopping, then a clean dry finish with a biscuity after taste.

...bloody awesome lager

Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of bludtek
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This, my first Keller, was poured from a 750 mL bottle. It was a slightly hazy deep gold. With a puffy white, long lasting head.

I smelled grassy hops, some spice, and dough.

I was taken back at first by the taste as it was more pronounced from what I was expecting. It was a sweet bready malt, followed by nice hoppy bitterness, yeast and grapefruit. Not your usual pilsner! A, slight fruitiness was more apparent in the smell after my first taste.

Modertatly bodied, dry finish.

This was flavourful and refreshing. I Will definitely have this one again.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's really nice to see a brewery that specializes in lager beers!

A: very light brown-orange color - great creamy head
S: clean, crisp and nice malt backbone
T: nice malt with pretty bitter hop finish - good beer but too much bitter hops for a keller beer, a bit of a metallic sharp finish also
M: the bitter metallic finish really distracted from an overall decent beer
D: decent but the finish really bothers me

Photo of elricorico
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden colour, and fairly clear considering it is unfiltered. Big fluffy off-white head is generated, and leaves many patches of lacing behind as it falls.

Flowery aroma, with a base of biscuity malt. A real freshness to the smell, some newly cut grass in there.

Taste is fairly sweet up front, quite malty. The hops quickly start to kick in, there is a sharp grapefruit rind flavour over a good dose of peppery spiciness. Lingering pink grapefruit. Quite unique, at least amongst beers I've had.

Fuller bodied than most lagers, and a medium level of carbonation. Works with the fuller flavour.

This is a great beer with a full flavour that is far from the norm. Certainly worth checking out, and makes me want to find more in this style.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Série Signature Kellerbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
88 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.