Serie Signature Maibock - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bloberglawp on 08-22-2009

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Handsome 750mL bottle from the LCBO, part of the Spring 2013 release. It's April but snowing so a beer that fits the changing of the seasons is in order for today. $6.90.

Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy honey golden brew, with a billowing head of a couple of inches that settles into a thin sticky ring. Good lacing on this.

Nose is citrus, herbs, bread, biscuit, noble hops, a bit of honey sweetness.

Very nice indeed - the honeyed bread provides a nice counter to the citrus and noble hop bitterness. Went down extremely well, yet had some complexity to it.

Carbonation is a bit sharp, medium bodied.

Very nice brew for this time of year, like a pale spring morning still clinging to winter's chill. There's sweetness and bitterness working together. Might get another bottle or two.

Photo of chickenm
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750mL corked bottle. Pours a clear golden color, with a foamy white that doesn't last long. Has a Pilsner-like hop aroma, with some alcohol and sweetness. The taste is overly sweet with some honey and earthiness, and very alcoholic. Some light bitterness and lots of alcohol in the aftertaste. I wasn't a fan of this, and was barely able to finish one glass. The harsh alcohol in this ruins it. I usually like Les Trois Mousquetaires, but this is their weakest offering I've tried so far.

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part 1 of the Trois Mousquetaires gift pack, with two nice eponymous chalices for all my Belgian/Quebecois beer-drinking needs...

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of thin puffy white head, which leaves a pretty consistent wall of lace as it falls away. It smells of sweet floral white cracker grains, and a bit of sugary alcohol. The taste is cereal malt, herbal hops, and a fairly strong alcohol edge. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly heavy, a bit oily, and warm, and it finishes with an alcoholic cereal flourish.

This was quite the eye-opener after the Dead Guy Ale, the commonality in category a bit hard to see. The alcohol pretty much overwhelms the decent cereal and herbal hoppiness of this offering.

Photo of mintjellie
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow body. Large eggshell head, moderate retention, patchy lace. Looks like a weissbier with less foam. Floral and yeasty bread dough aroma, like an amped up pilsner or helles, with a hint of honey. Mildly sweet with doughy and cereal flavours up front, and lemon zest, then a spicy/herbal finish. Moderate bitterness. It drinks like a stronger, more flavourful helles, or even pilsner on the lower side of bitterness. Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation. Rich, substantial mouthfeel, but not heavy or thick. No alcohol heat. Full-flavoured but approachable and very familiar.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold. Two fingers bubbly head and visible carbonation rapidly rising up from the Duvel glass' etching.

Sweet aroma, honey with light grain.

Same sweet taste, honey with light sweet grain. Floral hopping present but less aggressive than I might like. Hot finish.

Despite noticeable alcohol this is actually pretty easy drinking for the strength, though I couldn't do more than a bomber.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear straw colour, bubbly, tall white head that dissipated slowly leaving ransom sticky lacing
S - wheat and corn, herbal and buttery with a light fusel-like aroma
T - corn with spicy herbal hop notes, moving to a light buttery popcorn with a definite alcohol sweetness, similar to classic czech pils flavours in many ways
M - light body and good carbonation, slightly dry and bready finish with the alcohol enhancing the feel
D - very impressed, a nice mix of light hop and grain/corn flavours, the alcohol is present but not a distraction, a very drinkable 8%

Photo of eat
2.59/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I feel like I should have learned my lesson by now to not buy randoms without knowing something about them first. I've been sufficiently impressed with the majority of Trois Mousquetaires special releases that I started picking them up on sight. I'm going to have to stop doing that after this one...

Totally clear, yellow beer with a bright white head, receding down to a the thinnest ring around the glass. No lacing. This isn't looking too promising...

Grain, yeast, light malt, earthy hops, slightly floral. Pretty weak smelling and to be honest, doesn't smell all that different from your typical lager.

I wasn't expecting this to taste anything like it does. It's like a macro lager with an added element of cloying sweetness and higher alcohol presence. Wheat, with an anonymously-bitter finish (no character). No complexity. I haven't been this disappointed by a beer in a long time!

The finish is horribly dry, leaving my tongue feeling all fuzzy. Light body and sparkling carbonation.

Rogue Dead Guy is the only other Maibock I've had. If this is also a Maibock, then I'm not even sure what a Maibock is. I thought I knew, but this has nothing in common with Dead Guy. I'm having trouble finishing this glass, never mind the 750ml bottle (about half the bottle was eventually poured down the drain). How can this same brewery be responsible for the Porter Baltique?? Worst Trois Mousquetaires Serie Signature I've had. Not recommended.

Photo of elricorico
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear, pale gold in colour with a 3 finger white head that is loose and light looking but still has some retention to it. Lots of lacing, plenty of visible carbonation, looks like it could be in a commercial.

At once a sweet grainy aroma and a slightly sharp citric smell hit the nose. Second smell becomes more flowery, but still retains an underlying malt sweetness.

Very strong sweetness to taste, probably the sweetest maibock I've ever sampled. Almost a syrupy corn impression. The hops that were notable to the nose don't seem to be able to stand up to the malt and alcohol, leaving the finish dominated by a liquor heat.

Body is full for a lager, and carbonation comes across as leaning towards the softer side. Mouthfeel is fine for a big lager, but I would prefer it to be just a bit lighter for this style.

This is the second time I've had this beer, and the first time I was very impressed. The first time I had this after the Baltic Porter, so my perception of the booziness was likely dulled. On its own I find this one to suffer a little from trying to be too big for the style.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle picked up on a recent trip to Montreal. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a pale straw yellow with one finger of bubbly white head.

S - Bready malts up front with some apple and herbal notes. Sweet at first with a slight bitterness from the hops evident as well.

T - Bready cereal grains, a touch of sweet caramel, some floral hops that also provide a slight bitterness and some light orchard fruit notes. The finish is dry and bitter. The ABV is fairly noticeable here which is a touch odd for an 8% beer. Still a very good beer but definitely not smooth.

M -Medium body with a bit of chew and light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of matthiasbrau
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Part of my north-of-the-border haul, purchased at La Halte A Malt in the picturesque village of L'Assomption, Quebec. Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into Spaten mug. One word: gorgeous! From the head to the aroma, from the color to the taste, a beautiful beer; three fingers of vibrant white mousse; grainy aroma with hop highlights; medium-plus mouthfeel reveals full-bodied flavor;terrific finish leaves me wanting more; even the bottle is a beauty; this one's worth the 300-mile drive alone.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't have much experience with maibocks, but this is a interesting style.

Pour light yellow, nice head and very good carbonation. Good lacing also in glass.

Aroma : Hints of corn pear and malted barley, quite literally. Very grainy taste with a sweeter finish. Lots of malt and alcohol in the aftertaste.

Interesting lager, not a light beer, but quite welcome on a Friday night.

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of sweet, bready malts along with notes of grassy hops, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This maibock has a nice body to it that coats your mouth a little and leaves you with somewhat of a filling feeling.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mwilbur
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pilsner.
A: Pours a clear under ripe banana yellow with very high carbonation producing a 3 inch bubbly white head that quickly dies down to a skim that continues to be fed by the carbonation jets.
S: Toasted cracker pilsner malt, grassy herbs, and a hint of citrus zest.
T: Follows aroma fairly closely. Hint of honey and bready malt too.
M: Light-medium body. Soft and oily feel. A bit of a carbonation prickle. ABV is well hidden.
D: Light and refreshing. Easily drinkable. Nice spring brew. Decent complexity, especially for style.

Photo of spinrsx
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear golden colour with an average size white fizzy head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there really isn't much lacing to be seen. The head didn't last for very long before it was gone.

Smell - cereals, hops, a grassiness, pale malts.

Taste & Mouth - The carbonation level is pretty average, and the beer has a nice full body. I can really taste the hops, breads and grains. There is also a pale malt flavour and a corn syrup sweetness. The beer finishes with a lightly bitter aftertaste and the corn syrup sweetness lingers.

Drink - Not one my favourite beers from this brewer; but still worth a try nonetheless. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Photo of SebD
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a beautiful deep and hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of honey, floral notes, citrus, grassy hops and bready/biscuity malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet honey, a grassy bitterness, citrus, flora hops, bready malts and some faint grains.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Wow very refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled march 25/2010.

pours crystal clear bright yellow with a big white head. the head drops slowly and leaves a nice pattern of lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and butterscotch. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. touch of biscuit. nice light bock character. touch of honey.

taste is nice. caramel and light butterscotch. bit of alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. touch of honey. light bock character. low bitterness level. light spicy herbal character.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body and slightly above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. the alcohol is a little too present, especially as it warms, but otherwise fairly well balanced. a nice bock.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a very clear yellow with a little over a fingers width of head. Moderate lacing.

S- Floral hops and alcohol are the first thing that hits the nose. There's a sweetness quality from the malt and perhaps some light fruit.

T- Lots of cereal malts in this one. Herbal hops and some honey as well. Very Sweet. I enjoyed the initial taste, but the finish turns really sharp from the alcohol.

M- Mouthfeel is nice. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. A little sticky.

D- There's no way I could have another. I find it to be just a bit to sweet and to boozy, it just seems out of balance.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a weisse vase, the beer is a bright, vibrant maize gold coloring with a ton of carbonation throughout the body. A ton of carbonation, in a furious flow up the glass, constantly feeding a bubbly, white head that doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Aromas of toasted grains, subtle hints of honey and caramel, floral highlights, and a subtle hops bitterness. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, almost sugary to start, with a rich honey and extremely bitter vegetal/grassy blend, which lays on top of a bready and heavy backbone. You get layers more along the Belgian line, with heavy banana and a blend of clove and nutmeg spicing. This is a big beer, despite the lower ABV and abundance of carbonation. The aftertaste is more of the richly sweet and heavy fruit and bread notes, leading into a smooth, crisp, clean finish. This is a tasty beer. Give the carbonation time to settle out and you will see the drinkability increase greatly, as well as the layers of flavor develop for you.

Photo of simonsays2k9
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml bottle.

App: bright yellow straw color, slightly hazy with a thick, creamy, bright white head and leaving some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell: Freshly baked bread, biscuit, cracker, malt sweetness, suddle fruity yeastyness, grass and hay.

Taste: very bready, malty with an herbal and grassy hop finale and residual sweetness from the malt without being cloying at all and remaining somewhat clean and crisp. It is very well balanced. Edit: The last glass really brings out alot of the bananas, cloves and pepper from the yeast settling at the bottom which i wasnt getting as much from the first glass, adding complexity to the beer. Very well done.

Reminiscent of the lager you might have had with your dad back in the day but 10 times better, tastier and more complex. A great example of how good a lager beer can be. It kinda reconciled me with the style. I wish i would see more local craft brewers do good lagers like this. This is a perfect intro beer for people new to craft beer and will please beer connoisseur aswell. I will buy again. Highly recommanded. 8.3/10 (overall) - 9.5/10 (lager)

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 750ml caged and corked bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pours with a light and fluffy head that rapidly fades with a small mass of lace. The body of this beer was a very big surprise compared to what I was expecting. No cloud or haze at all, just a bright crystal clear golden straw color.

The aroma is light but the notes are definitely very Germanic. The yeast is very well suited and reminds me of just about any German lager that has registered high on my list. Chewy malts and the grain of uncooked dough round out the aroma.

Taste is also very much in line with German lagers however slightly sweeter than most and with a thicker, heavier weight. Sweet honey caramel flavors are very smooth and compliment the grainy yeast, hops and roasted barley.

The body carries a moderate weight with with an equal, perhaps even light, degree of carbonation. Well balanced and the alcohol, whilst notable, is soft given the abv.

Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Surprisingly clear, yellow with a white head, good retention, excellent lace.

S: Minty, herbal, grassy, steelie with hints of bready malt & sponge toffee.

T: Quite herbal and minty, steelie grass, sponge toffee, bready, light caramel, balanced bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Moderately full body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, grabbed from Atwater.

Pours a clear light golden, some amber highlights, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace sheets stick, decent retention.

Smell is neat, very perfumy, pretty big malt character, lots of caramel and honey, on the sweet side, lightly grainy, alcohol, some breadiness, biscuit, very clean aroma, some apricot, nice.

Taste is similar, sweet up front, sugary almost, some honey, light roasted barley, grainy notes through the middle, a bit sharp and acidic, toasty, a bit sugary in the finish, pretty boozy going down but I dig it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Some warmth going down but pretty clean. Maybe not very standard but a tasty and drinkable beer.

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale golden colour, thumb of light fluffy head with solid retention and nice sporadic lacing.

S - Nice sweet grassy notes, sweet corn, wheat, hints of citrus rind and a hint of apple juice.

T - Much like the nose with the grassy notes dominating, surprising amount of bitter citrus rind, toasted crackers, bready wheat and a the touch of apple juice comes through on the finish.

M - Lighter bodied ale, a tad prickly and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A fantastic brew, light and refreshing yet surprisingly bold for the style. Flavours are pronounced and are certainly a great way to ring in the spring. Well worth a try and I will snatch up a few extra bottles before they disappear.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Yellow, fully translucent with pure white, creamy, lasting head.

S: Lots of cereal like smell. Some malty sweetness: honey mostly. Floral hops and some citrus peel.

T: Very cereal focused. Lots of barley and corn. A little bit of honey and maybe maple syrup. Some herbal/grassy hops. A hint of citrus. A bit funky.

M: Quite big actually. Mid to low carbonation.

D: Not that easy to drink. The alcohol is quite present and its big nature doesn't help too.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden urine colour with nice light white head of dense foam. There's a bright golden haze on the body and a slow but persistent carbonation. Lacing is very clingy and nice. Looks like a pleasant beer indeed.

Smells very fruity and malty. Quite a boozey aromatic strength to it, with some golden wheat character and plenty of apricot, peach and a fair vinous note as well. Slight grain husk dourness just at the back is the only hiccup, with it otherwise smelling like a nice, sweet brew.

Taste is quite malty on the front with a strong and liqueury base, but a very effervescent mouthfeel to remind me it's lagery. Fruity on the mid, with more apricot character and some marzipan bitterness. Noticeable phenols towards the back, with a slight medicinal note and a touch of nuttiness, then finishes fairly dry, with a tickle of heat from the alcohol. Nice beer, strong and sweet but with a nice refreshingly bitter finish.

A good beer to bridge the Summer/Winter divide. A bit strong to be thoroughly quenchable but more refreshing than your average big beer.

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Serie Signature Maibock from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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