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Impériale Weizen Grande Cuvée - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Impériale Weizen Grande CuvéeImpériale Weizen Grande Cuvée

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BA SCORE
87
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
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:
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 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!

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.

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.

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of July2Nov
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy and murky darker orange-ish hue with a minimal head, but one that lasts the entirety of the beer.

Smell: Butterscotch, banana and orange notes come through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Has a very buttery smooth, velvet mouthfeel upfront. Tasting a bit of vanilla and slight bit of clove. Also, a very unripe banana taste hits you too. Slightly acidic orange taste hit midway through and ends with a smooth alcohol warmth. This is one excellent beer!

Drinkability: For a 10% abv beer, this one is very deceptive. It's so easy and smooth to drink that you could get in trouble...but that's a gamble i'm willing to risk. Only sad that this was the only one on the shelf, because I will be pestering the guy at my local beer store to restock this. Well worth trying!

Photo of ZorPrime
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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).

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.

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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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.

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!

Photo of Barnsley
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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.

Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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?

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.

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.

Impériale Weizen Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.