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 Radome
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a goblet. This was the 2009 vintage aged 1 year.

A - The beer is a murky, opaque orange-amber. The head is off-white, thick and fluffy and long-lasting.

S - Very interesting aroma that does not jump up and immediately say "wheat beer". It is a big malty, alcoholic smell that reminds me most of a Belgian special strong beer of some type. There is some fruit, but it is dark like plum and raisin, not banana. There is also some musty leather or barnyard aroma, although it is not "soured". The only hint of wheat is a graininess that hits right at the end of a whiff.

T - Tastes similar to an English Barley wine, but with an extreme nuttiness. There is some banana taste, making it like biting a banana nut muffin soaked in strong beer. The taste, like the aroma reminds me of a strong Belgian farmhouse ale more than wheat.

M - Body is thick and cloying, but does not seem overboard for this beer. Carbonation is not a major factor.

D - The beer is so strong and thick that even sipping it is not easy. The flavors and aromas are complex and enjoyable, but it is not a beer for chugging. Still, it is a good experience. (1,158 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 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 uturn
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Augustijn Grand Cru glass

Bottle is dated Été 2009.

A: The bottle opened with a nice "pop". It poured a deep amber and hazy with a nice light tan 3 finger head, which was less then you might have imagine from a wheat beer with a moderately aggressive pour.

S: The nose was sweet with honey and clove with a drop of banana and a whiff of pleasant alcohol.

T: The initial taste is a bit of a shock, as it didn't taste like your everyday wheat beer. It had the normal banana and citrus notes you find in a German Wheat, but also the warmth and sweetness you would find in a Barleywine. I also tasted a bit of bitterness midway. Near the finish I could swear I tasted grape lollypop.

M: The mouthfeel was thick and slick and was extremely pleasant.

D: At 10% this was a sipper and improved as it warmed up.

Glad I found this brew. (885 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 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 scott451
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Swirl poured into a glass mug. Huge bubbly tan head on a hazy, nearly opaque yellowish brown. Good head retention. Big sweet malt smells. Lots of fruit and bread notes. Rich multilayered flavours. Bread banana, citrus. A non cloying sweetness. A nice dry hoppy finish. The 10% alcohol is not apparent. A medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. Only the high alcohol keeps it from being a session beer. An outstanding and original wheat. (503 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)

Photo of bobsy
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mondial de la Biere, and a clear winner for everyone who worked at our booth. Big kudos to the guys at 3M.

Cloudy amber pour with a fluffy white head. Great retention and lace. Big citrus aromas, blending with other esters and sweet spicy yeast. Flavour has an intriguing mix of fruit with pineapple, lemon and banana all playing their part in a nice malty body, which is capped by a beautiful hoppy bite of citrus and grass. Some caramel and candy notes also, which work well with clove-like spice. Alcohol is AWOL, and masterfully hidden. Medium body and carbonation work well.

A beautifully created imperial weizen, and the best I've come across. Congratulations on another success! (697 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle:

Poured a a clouded, spritzy amber ale with a large fluffy cap into my weizen glass....modest retention on the cap but it reduces to a surface lace that clings to the glass. Decent effervescence appears to be natural from bottle conditioning

Definitive aromas of ripe bananas, musty-yeasty bread and woody hops ( very nice!)

Rich malted wheat backbone, creamy mouth feel, medium bodied and bready-fruity in character

Rich mouthfull of non-cloying banana bread up front...absolutely glorious!...layered tones of spice ( clove, cinnamon) and delicate fruits in the middle fuse with wonderful herbal/woody Franconian noble hopping.... lightly drying in the finish which is punctuated with bubblegum-salted taffy tones mixed with medicinal bittering...bready after taste.

This is a brewed nectar that hides its substantial alcohol almost completely. I love this more substantial weizen!!! Probably the best brew from this brewer and certainly a brew that cinches them as my favorite Quebec micro brewer. (1,016 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 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 kjyost
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from 'Ete [Summer] 2009', poured from a corked 750mL bottle into tulip glasses. A rich and hazy reddish orange beer that left a decent head with a moderate pour which left nice lacing throughout the session. A very intriguing looking beer. The nose on the beer was delectable. A light maltiness sat underneath prevalent esters of banana and spicy cloves. The alcohol was on the nose, but not at the forefront.

Quite a nice beer, with flavours of sweet malt and banana along with other fruit with the cloves all on the palate. The beer was well balanced without any lingering bitterness. There was a sweetness to it that was in no way cloying. Well balanced. The beer seemed maybe a little under-carbonated that left a bit to be desired, but overall a very drinkable imperial. (785 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 wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Aventinus glass jan3 2010

A hazy orange amber with lots of bubbles popping up from all over the glass. two fingers of light beige head has great retention and leaves a fair bit of lace

S lots of wheat/cereal along with some citrus fruits and some banana

T not far from the smell but some booze and perhaps some bubblegum and a little yeast come out in the mouth

M medium bodied but foams up a bit in your mouth

D well rounded beer not lacking in any areas, for the strength it's a little too easy to drink.

this is an interesting beer unlike others I've tried being so strong in alc%. I can't think of any reason for anyone not to try this beer if you can find it. (716 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, caramel-orange, topped by 1" of head that retains and laces wonderfully.

The aroma is incredible, like a freshly opened can of pineapples, like peaches and cream, honey, apricots drizzled in caramel, just really unlike anything else I have ever had.

The taste follows, and is reminiscent of peaches and cream with a sweet malty caramel. Almost like candy but with a lightly herbal hoppiness to keep things at bay. Slight butterscotch. Sweet nectarine flesh. A hint of Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and precipitable, slightly warming alcohol.

As for drinkability, in a word this is delicious. And moriesh. But, at 10%, it's probably best to pace yourself.

I have yet to have a beer from this brewery that didn't impress me.

My bottle had a different label. Black and white with two handprints on it. I'm pretty sure it's the same as this though. It got it from notdan through CanBif5. Thanks man! (953 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of CurtisFagan
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 (1,276 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 jbonapar
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (396 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)

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Impériale Weizen Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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