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Impériale Weizen Grande Cuvée - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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BA SCORE
85
very good

51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies year to year.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 09-04-2009)
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Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if a 10% beer qualifies as an American Pale Wheat but hey, who am I to categorize? I picked this up after a thread on BA mentioned it.

Looks very nice from the pour. A hazy, amber brown colour with a large offwhite head that settled to a solid cap. Some lacing is left behind.

The smell is soft. I had trouble putting my finger on it and so did my wife. We both get fruit and are leaning towards peaches and pineapples.

The taste is a bit like drinking spiked fruit punch. There's so much fruit complexity blended in with some light hop bitterness it's hard to describe. Banannas, pineapple and other ripe tropical fruits are up front, middle and even in the aftertaste. It's a touch on the sweet side for my tastes but still complicated enough to keep me coming back for more. I really enjoy the vanilla notes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Silky smooth and it helps this strong beer go down quite well. Speaking of which the alcohol is hidden magnificently.

Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength.

Ralphus, Apr 17, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2009 bottle.
Poured into my Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse glass a clouded and somewhat murky burnt orange with a large fluffy off white head that settles into a creamy mass.Vanilla and candied orange aromas are quite strong,sweet alcohol notes come into play as the beer warms as well.Whoo this is a big sweet monster on the palate,clove and vanilla yeasty notes to go along with that candied orange,the sweetness is not really held in check,I would say as I drink more it rears its head more.Full and creamy the mouthfeel somewhat counter balances the sweetness but its a sipper.Anyone who thinks there getting a "big" weizen will get a shock,its a big weizen,a really big sweet weizen.

oberon, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer 2009 edition. I picked this bomber up at the Dépanneur Peluso in Montreal last month. I see now we can buy it in Edmonton - for this I further battered my poor suitcase?

This beer pours a very cloudy brownish orange, with a ton of puffy, creamy white head, which leaves a smattering of webbed lace as it slowly melts away. It smells of sweet, grainy wheat, orange and lemon citrus, and yeast. The taste is wheat, banana, citrus, yeast, and sweet alcohol. The carbonation is mild, the body thick, viscous, smooth, and solid, and it finishes off-dry, that soft, smooth wheat persisting, along with some substantial, but well integrated, booze warming.

This is one solid, in multiple senses of word, beer. Pretty heavy for summer quaffing, but better as the evening shadows lengthen.

biboergosum, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of CurtisFagan
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle with no best before date. Champagne styled brew...

Appearance is a hazy golden, with amber hues and a thick foggy wheat bier look. Enticing indeed! Good head, two fingers of thick, creamy white. Lacing is generous and sticks about the glass the whole way down.

Smells of cracked wheat, butter, peppery noted, molases and honey, some fennel and metallic.

Taste... this is an imperial wheat ale indeed! Malty upfront with an alcoholic kick, subdued by the peppery notes in the nose. A subdued but still noticeable noble hop tanging in the top of the mouth lingering spicy and floral finish, this is a balanced yet "animated" bier with tons of character!

Mouthfeel is ripe and full. Poured with agitated sediment, this is a silky and smooth brew. This is paired well with some medium cheddar and a nice wheat biscuit.

Overall: Damnit! Belgium does not have the corner on good, strong wheat beers! I say belgium as this is a wheat beer with the backbone of a belgian tripel... Maybe this is my newbyness coming through, but this is a unique brew. I will be picking up a couple more bottles for long term aging just to see what we can get out of this lovely, french canadian American Pale Wheat Ale... like a sexy one night stand, will hit again (^_^!)

-Curtis

CurtisFagan, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Festival Bières et Saveurs . Cuvee series at 10%. Orange cloudy with a small white head. A full mouthfeel that boldly hits your tastebuds, and hardly lets go. A little tart, pineapple and the wheat. Not greatly drinkable today, last beer of the day, bit could be remarkable with the right food pairing. Another well crafted beer from this brewery.

Sammy, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting so long to try partly because I've never tried an Imperial Weizen.

This Été 2010 edition is 8%

Loud, high-pitched pop of the cork.

A- So hazy it's almost opaque peach. Thick, creamy yummy off white head. The consistant centimeter thick layer that's left after a few minutes is almost gelatin like. Long strands of lace go all around the glass.

S- Green tea and chamomille is what I got right away. Mix that with some hop honey. The smell is both warming and fresh. This is different and good.

T- Quite bitter early in the taste. Very herbal hop taste bordering on boiled vegetable but still tasty. Not the booziness I was kind of expecting. Instead, a much more discrete but omnipresent alcohol. Some mint and tropical fruit but I don't know which one. Tastes right. Pretty sweet and bitter. Not much harmony in the taste with everything just poping up one at a time throughout. Green tea and chamomille make another appearance in the finish.

M- Creamy is the general feel but the high carbonation keeps it all lively. Some dryness but it's just so sweet that you tend to notice it less.

D- Drinking this offers a nice experience. The taste and mouthfeel kind of keep your senses on their toes. But I'm just not having trouble pacing myself with this one (which is often an indication of a very drinkable brew!)

A very good beer. Nothing to really blow me away but a solid product. A stronger, more concentrated Weizen. I guess they chose the right name for this one.
Not an incredible brew but I do suggest it. Will buy the next edition to see how it's imporved/changed.

Yoonisaykul, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of jbonapar
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle with cork cap.

Appearance: Beautiful murky caramel color with a hint of dried apricot.

Smell: amazing sweet English butter Toffee with Candied Strawberries. A nice mineral freshness buried amongst the sweetness.

Taste: Butter Toffee, Candied Fruits, Overripe banana. Very very rich and delicious.

Mouthfull: THICK and SMOOTH

Exceptional beer by another great Quebec brewery.

jbonapar, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a big foamy white head with good retention. Aroma of dry wheat is pretty intense and interesting. Taste is also dominated by wheat with a dry finish. Not a lot of banana and cloves notes are discernable thought. Body is slightly above average with some adequate carbonation and no alcohol is discernable. Overall, this is way more interesting then the brewery usual offering but still not as complex as expected.

Phyl21ca, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grand Reserve 2011. Only 8% ABV as per the label.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow with a small amount of white head that quickly dissipated.

S - Belgian yeast up front with almost a slight funky aroma to it. Bready malts and a touch of sweet caramel with a light floral hop presence.

T - A crisp bitterness up front from the hops. Belgian yeast, cloves, light banana & citrus flavours. The malts provide some semi-sweet bready flavours. The alcohol is not well masked at all here, which seems to be a theme in LTM beers.

M - Medium body; light to moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours yellow color and hazed just like a good weizen. The head looks like soap foam. The aroma is fruity with hops in a good quantity. Citrusy and piney. Taste is fruity just like the aroma. Dry finish. The alcohol is present in the back of the mouth. The finish is all hops. Full bodied. So easy to drink, this one is a dangerous but who cares, it is so good. Refreshing and comforting like a big abv beers. This is one hell of a good beer for those days where the temperature is hot but you want to sip on a refreshing beer.

ZorPrime, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of ecmoon3
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

ecmoon3, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

irishkyle21, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Été 2010, 750 scooped from Dépanneur Peluso in Montreal

a: unibroue tulip, rich golden-orange with a moderate haze, the pour pulls out a healthy eggshell head that recedes only slowly to leave a nice one-finger coating on the surface, good lace

s: wheat body puts forth a range of fruits - apricot, peach, and banana, spicy mango, soft doughy yeasts, delicate clove spice, bright citrus, mild grassy hops, nice

m: carbonation lively, edging towards the upper edge of the moderate range but mellowing out after sitting in the glass, body a smooth, creamy medium

t: lots of wheat carries some fruit flavors and a light-medium sweetness before transitioning to a drier finish, lots of doughy yeast and some ripe banana, honeydew melon and perhaps some fuzzy pit fruit, hops mostly grassy with a touch of citrus - imparting a moderate bitterness that lingers long with yeast and banana, nice but the flavors seem a bit muted and without much complexity

d: abv nowhere to be found until fully warmed, very much drinkable, nice flavor set, but not exactly sure about the style classification

blackie, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy orange in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is an intense aroma of fruits in the nose; apples and berries stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has mainly dominated by flavors of fruits and wheat. Some notes of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The presence of alcohol in the taste makes this a beer that needs to be sipped.

metter98, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of mwilbur
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into weizen glass.
A: Pours a dark, murky yellowish orange with high carbonation producing a 2 inch thick bubbly white head that fairly quickly recedes.
S: Bright banana, sharp citrus hops, and a hint of yeast and spice.
T: Butterscotch, banana bread, cinnamon and other spice, mild alcohol note (becomes more apparent with warming), and a hint of brown sugar and fruit at the end.
M: Initially soft and supple, but then it takes a turn toward bitterness and finishes with a mild alcohol burn.
D: An interesting take on the weizen. I'll be honest, not my favorite, but certainly an interesting brew to try. On a side note, not sure this is in the right style category.

mwilbur, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Pours a medium copper hue with a large light tan head that drops fairly quickly to a cap of foam.

Aromas of banana, wheat, alcohol, toffee and caramel. Bready wheat.

Flavors of sweet caramel, wheat, toffee, warming alcohol. Golden raisins. Green apples and pears. A little on the boozy side. Some alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky malt, low bitterness, good level of carbonation.

Overall a very nice effort. Not an american pale wheat ale. Actually a wheat wine. Good none the less.

JamnesCameron, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mondial, 2010. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Sign at the Mousquetaires booth indicated that this beer was weighing in at 8%, matching the abv of its predecessor, now listed as retired. I suppose that they had the abv wrong on the board at the booth. Either way, golden in color, unfiltered looking with a white head. Yeasty, Belgianny, fruity, hoppy aromas. Unique taste, spicy, fruity and "zippy". Ton of flavor, really quite remarkable.

KickbacksSteve, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat/grains, lemons, bananas, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste wheat mixed with lemons, bananas, and a bit of caramel sweetness. There are also some notes of cloves and/or coriander. It finishes with a sweet lemon/banana aftertaste.

Overall – I was expecting this one to be overly sweet, but it was actually quite drinkable. Another solid beer from this brewer that is well worth the 6.99 price tag. I'd buy it again.

spinrsx, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy nectarine color with one finger of off-white head.

Aroma of pineapple, lemon zest, honey, candy sugar, herbal notes, and Belgian yeast.

Tastes of banana, lemon, bubblegum, yeast, sweet malts, candy sugar and a wheaty finish. The 10% alcohol is definitely present and delivers a warm tingle to the tongue.

Medium bodied, very smooth, and brightly carbonated.

I continue to be amazed by the fine Belgian-style beers coming from the neighbors to the north. A must try if given a chance.

Monkeyknife, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of crusian
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always fun to review regional beers...
pour is golden a shit.. honesty. I expected this to be a nice bottle conditioned beer, and it is the clearest goldenest color I have seen in a beer.
nose is full of hay and grass...
taste is exactly what I would expect from the nose... hay... boring hay. booze comes through, to break up the boring... but it is ultimately boring.... this is just an average imperial whit... though I can think of any other imperial whit... so I guess this is great?

crusian, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Spice and yeast nose. Flavor is spicy yeast and hints of banana. High ABV is hidden. $10.99 for a 750mlbottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Krakpoff, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2011 bottle. 8%. Probably past its prime, but I'd rather try it than not!

Light golden in colour with a large white head. Good retention.

Wheat is clearly present in the nose, to no surprise. Some breadiness and some floral and grassy hop scents. Lemon. A bit of caramel.

Taste is pretty faithful to the nose. Wheat, grassy hops, lemon, caramel, bread. Some banana but not a lot. Alcohol is noticeable. Somewhat unusual. I wouldn't call this an APWA, though neither is it a traditional weizenbock. Not bad but not a real winner, in my view.

Pretty highly carbonated, medium bodied, alcohol noticeable.

Overall, pretty good but not great. I expect that it would be better if I had managed to get a fresher bottle. It's not bad but could use some work. I imagine the 10% version must have been far too boozy, because even the 8% comes across quite strongly.

jrenihan, May 12, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange colour with a two fingers of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus notes, but some caramel and cloves come through nicely.

T - The citrus notes dominate, much like the scent, and certainly very fruity with orange and lemon coming through nicely. A caramel malt comes through, but it is nicely complemented by the fruit notes.

M - Medium bodied with solid carbonation that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - I can understand why this is so highly rated. The drinkability of this 10% ale is incredible and could be easily disastrous. If you have the opportunity, you will not be disappointed.

andrenaline, Jul 24, 2011
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Impériale Weizen Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.