Impériale Weizen Grande Cuvée - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: biboergosum on 09-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

ABV varies year to year.
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 12/31/2009. Bottle. Pours a murky orange brown with a small white head. Aroma of stale wheat and odd sugary malt. Flavor of sweet orange chewable vitamins and old malt. Probably an old bottle (although I don't know for sure). This was pretty disgusting, but I will try to update my rating if I can get a fresher bottle. (331 characters)

Photo of kiki3drt292
2.69/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 vintage 750 ml poured into pint glass

A- Cloudy, looks a lot like apple cider. Dark copper color. About a 1" head with lots of chunky sediment floating around.

S- Wet vegetables. This strange aroma juxtaposes the other sweet and matly smells coming from the beer.

T- VERY strange, and the taste is quite similar to the smell. The vegetables come out in a big way, ending with a musty taste like if you licked the basement floor. The sweetness from the malts is what keeps this beer together. That, and the slight bitterness from hops at the end.

M- A thicker mouthfeel than expected. A bit grainy, as well.

O- Meh. This is a very strange brew that I would recommend only for the more adventurous palettes. Thick taste without thick flavor to back it all up (last sentence from my notes, I guess it is what I thought when drinking the beer). (851 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Arlington Heights, IL
Date: 2009 edition
Glass: Tulip

A very strong wheat ale that bears no relation to the "American Wheat Ale" style: syrupy malt, caramel, and ethanol flavors dominate. Further, while the label seems to suggest usage of a German yeast strain (claiming tastes of vanilla, clove, and banana), I don't notice any of these flavors. This is probably closest to a wheat wine, a bottle best shared among many friends, and generally rather average in my opinion.

A slightly hard pour produces a head of 1.5cm, dirty white in color, which has fairly average retention, lasting a minute or so. The receding foam leaves a modest amount of lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is dark copper colored, with light bringing out burnt orange, red, and brown hues. Body has a strong opacity, but is not fully opaque. Carbonation is visible, though a bit sluggish.

Aroma is fairly pleasant for the style, with notes of heavy caramel, mild toasted nuts, and noticeable, but not overpowering ethanol. Slightly oxidized by this age as well, as could be expected.

Tasting opens with plum, Bosc pear, dates, and grape-like fruity esters, all tangled up with heavy caramel sweetness and some obvious ethanol. Mid-palate finds continued caramel, heavy ethanol, a bit of bourbon character. Back of palate continues with heavy, syrupy malts; caramel; and very noticeable ethanol. Aftertaste is of syrupy malt sugars, caramelized sugar, and heavy ethanol.

Beer is heavy to medium-heavy in body, with moderate levels of carbonation. Very rich, a definite sipper. The resulting mouthfeel is smooth across the palate, with fairly high ethanol levels. The high ethanol content and resulting burn across the tongue, throat, and heat in the nostrils makes it difficult to want to drink more than half a glass of this. (1,827 characters)

Photo of crusian
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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? (488 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a red amber color with very thin lacing ring, no head from the start, no carbonation, and very viscous as it sticks to the glass like clear syrup. Appearance is thick.

S - Sweet and heavy caramel/toffee candy sugar, alcohol, and bready malt, slightly medicinal. The look or aroma does not resemble a wheat beer, smells more like a Doppelbock.

T - Medicinal, cloying sweetness with pronounced alcohol warming in the back of the throat that lingers for many minutes. Sweet caramel toffee malt that starts out on the cloying side until midway through when some faint lemon citrus bitterness surfaces as a poor attempt to keep the cloying sweet malt barely under control. There's some light oak notes buried in there as well as a little bit of clove spice at the very, very end.

M - Thick bodied, slick, viscous, and velvet as it glides over the tongue.

O - A cloying, boozy mess. Then again, this bottle is three years old, I'm looking forward to locating a 2012 and revisiting my review. If you still find a 2009 on the shelf, maybe best to pass it up. (1,064 characters)

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. (591 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"There would be no advantage to be gained by sowing a field of wheat if the harvest did not return more than was sown."

--Napoleon Hill

Ete (Summer) 2009. Marvelously murky and brassy pumpkin orange with sunny Sunkist accents. The pour produced almost three fingers of golden ecru colored mousse that is lightly creamy and looks good from creation to dissipation... which takes a while. Glass coverage could be more extensive.

The aroma is an equal combination of caramel malt, hefeweizen and alcohol. The first is a surpise (pale malt would've worked better) and the last two are pretty much as expected. Let's hope the fruitiness isn't quite so boozy on the palate.

Imperial Weizen is decent big beer that comes across as more of a BSAA (Belgian strong amber ale) at this point. The use of toasted-earthy-nutty malt partially covers up what should be the flavor focus. That is, hefeweizen yeast. A little more alcohol mellowing would have been good too.

The flavor profile is akin to caramel-dipped bananas covered with toasted nuts and bitter tea leaves... with a splash of brandy. This is a unique ale if nothing else, but it doesn't rise to the heights of the world's best Imperial weizens. Warming takes off some of the rougher edges, but doesn't otherwise change things.

The mouthfeel is actually a co-highlight. It's at least medium-full, lightly slick, lip-sticky, and the bubbles add just the right amount of energy. Not Belgianesque, but solid.

Les Trois Mousquetaires Imperial Weizen Grande Cuvee is interesting beer that doesn't quite make it over the hump. Fresher might have been better, but then again, an even more raw alcoholicity would not have done it any favors. Not recommended. (1,707 characters)

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. (868 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewery that just started distributing to VT.

Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head into my tulip. Good presentation for the style.

Aroma is full of clove, banana and has alcohol warmth as well (It's 10%). Seems about right but I'm not sure about the style classification on here.

Taste is full of clove, citrus and if I'm not mistaken, seems to use belgian yeast? Interesting mix of flavors.

Finishes dry with a hint of alcohol warmth and lingering wheat and clove.

Certainly is an interesting take on the style. (528 characters)

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. (694 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sydney's Local TapHouse Canadian SpecTapular.

Pours opaque, really cloudy, looking like guava juice; a trubby golden light brown colour with a huge and frothy head of pocked creamy white. Looks genuinely awesome.

Nose is extremely weizeny, with big banana esters doubled or tripled to a confusing and confronting boozy extremity. Spice gets up my nose in a tingling tangled mess. What delicious anarchy.

Taste is big and boozy, with the layers of fresh weizen mingled with big, almost Belgian phenolic characters on the back. Finish is surprisingly clean considering the body, and the heaviness of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is almost too tingly, although I can see they're going for the leavened and lively hefe palate, but it seems out of place with this one.

Very heavy, but it's quite amazing how close they managed to get this 10% monster to a regular 5% hefe - it's as though they were trying to downplay everything except the number next to "ABV".

Still, this is a huge beer, and unsurprisingly, it takes its toll after a while. (1,046 characters)

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. (1,599 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange with a fluffy, two finger white head. Very vibrant orange colour.

S - Very zesty with orange notes. Slight alochol aspect.

T - Slight booziness again. Lot's of orange and zest in there. Same components of aroma are present but just alot more intense. There is a slight yeast flavour present with a nice punch of fruitiness.

M - Floods the mouth with every gulp. Slight bitterness in the finish. Mild carbonation.

D - As the alcohol makes itself present this is held back. Having a 750mL bottle of this ABV would be way too much to session obviously. You could most definately go for a few glasses of this no problem. Nice and refreshing. (657 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Opaque burnt orange color with tan head. The is head looks creamy and stays for quite some time.

S: Very floral and fruity. Orange, pineapple, pear, plum, green apple skin, lemon zest and banana are there. Strong malty smell. Caramel, honey and brown sugar as well as toffee are present.

T: Follows what the smell indicated. Lots of fruits, pretty much the same as mentioned above but the dominant tastes would be: lemon zest, green apple skin, pineapple and banana. The malts give it a GREAT foundation. Lots bread like taste, wheat, buckwheat. Lots of sweetness too: honey and caramel and brown sugar are still present. Cuts dry at the end with some herbal/floral hops. Some alcohol.

M: Medium/heavy body. Medium carbonation to keep the "fresh" feel of this beer.

D: Very powerful brew and since the alcohol is a bit present, I don't think I'd take more than one of these. (883 characters)

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. (723 characters)

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. (790 characters)

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 (1,093 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (604 characters)

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. (313 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a weird candied orange colour, completely opaque haze to it. Head is very decent, sudsy, retaining a thin film with masses of thick lace. Can't quite get past how opaque that is. But it looks great, so don't care that much.

Smell is very malty but with a very pleasant clovey character to it as well. Lots of fruit with apricot, peach and pineapple, slight lychee on there as well and of course some banana notes lingering at the back. Standard weizen notes, only sweeter. Pretty nice.

Taste is ramped up even more. Lots of sweetness on it but a huge phenolic spice cuts through early. Lots of caramelised pears, some apricot and light banana providing some acid. Then coriander, pepper and clove notes combine to cut through, giving a slight mediciney flavour and a large boozey wham that serves to warm the cockles on the back. Almost a bourbon flavour, sweet but strong and bold. Overall, this is very refreshing, oddly enough, and the boldness of the flavour is one I definitely like and respect.

Feel has a slight carbonation sizzle but a great texture and a lot of body that manages to go down smoothly. Pretty good.

This is too strong to down, but a really nice beer is always pleasant to sip. This is one. (1,223 characters)

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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (448 characters)

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Impériale Weizen Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.