Série Signature Oktoberfest - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 49
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 4.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Tim2000 on 11-21-2009

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/09/14, picked up in Montreal.

I pop the hard to open cork and without making a sound it still gushes out, most likely over bottle conditioned and not infected, pours a light fizzy airy head that fades fairly quickly, touches of spotty lacing, semi clear chestnut tan slight orange brown color.

Nose brings come cereal grain, toasty, and quickly into sweet caramel with Munich malts, too sweet on the nose at least, a candy like toffee with fruity lager aromas, and some herbal grassy hops cutting through sharply.

Taste brings more candy sweetness at first, but not as well as my mind initially perceived it. More caramel and toffee flavours, a candy biscuity note, with light toasted malt and big cereal grains, a toasted lager malt with some Munich reddish toasty malt. Mild lager note with softness and some fruity flavours. Fair hop presence too, grassy and herbal mostly, little earthy note, mild to fair bitterness. It has some nice malt flavours, a nice Oktoberfest flavor but too much on the sweet candy malts imo. Finish is sticky sweet as it attempts to dry but fails, bit more grassy herbal hop bit big fruity messy lager yeast flavor on the finish, and weird bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, little lager softness but not as light crisp and soft as I expected for a lager, decent carb.

Overall ok, better than most Americanized Oktoberfest style beers, but still falls far short of almost any German one, too much sweet candy and caramel, the lager didn't finish nicely, hops are ok but not perfect and could probably use some tweaking. But still fairly tasty and enjoyable, even drinking a full 750ml myself. (1,648 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Note: mine was 6.4%, alcohol seems to vary annually.

Amber in color and actually rather cloudy. A beige , maybe slightly khaki like head. One finger minimal retention and little lacing. Munich malt on the nose with a bit a caramel. A bit more hops than I expect in the style. Herbal and spicey. Caramel on the palate. Ever so slightly toasted. Carbonation is bit prickly and pronounces the bitterness in a somewhat harsher way. Overall fairly easy drinking, clean but pretty over priced in my opinion. Carbonation and mouth feel need some work but its nice as a whole. (571 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

SERVICE: Bottle
BOTTLED ON: 08/01/14


A:
Pours a ruddy amber-orange with a healthy beige head that settles pretty quickly from three fingers to a decent cap but is easily roused. Very good retention; some specks of lacing. (4.25)

S:
Fresh, grainy malts with a sweetness almost like licorice. Cereals, bread, slight dark fruits, bark, oats, caramel. (3.75)

T:
Rich and vaguely sweet. Hard water, oats, grain, cereals, touch of yeast; smoky, musty, aromatic finish. (4)

M:
Very nice, smooth-drinking beer. Good carbonation with creamy velvet palate and a nice lingering (but unbtrusive) finish/aftertaste. (4.25)

O:
This is a tasty Oktoberfest beer.
It is a simple, well-made, easy to drink lager that is just refreshing enough and just rich enough for the fall.
It pours very nicely with a large head that sinks but is easily excited. The aroma is pretty nice, but is pretty much just a well-done melange of flavors (it tastes likewise). That is to say, the beer has an aroma/flavor instead of a bunch of individual things that stick out. In my opinion, this characteristic is what makes German beer German beer, but I digress. The palate is exquisite as it is crisp and rich at once with nice bubbliness and a creamy feel from the head.
All-in-all this is a solid beers whose failures (it's lack of a 'wow' moment) speak to how well-put together.
Will have again; worth trying (especially seeing as QC isn't exactly awash in märzens). (4) (1,479 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nearly three fingers of creamy, dense off-white head stand on top of its rich amber orange body. Stringy legs of lace are splashed randomly along the sides of the glass.

Without being overly pronounced,the nose has quite a lot going on. There's lemon rind with a chewy, zesty orange center. A thin layer of toffee seems to coat everything. Unrefined floral and grassy hops are balled up with cracker and wet hay. Being unfiltered, some of the more delicate hop notes come through.

Caramel and orange zest make their home on the middle of the tongue. Its hop character is less pronounced than I expected. It's a bit prickly and predominantly grassy. The bite of alcohol works to amplify everything, especially its sweetness. There's some toastiness that comes through as well. The finish is slightly dry with a touch of alcohol and that caramel sweetness still pulling through. After I read the flavors on the label and "barley sugar" was written, wort-like sweetness is the best descriptor I'd use.

The feel is clean with a medium body. It's unfiltered essence gives it a bit of creaminess. The below average carbonation level really lets the sweetness pull through in the taste and adds weight to the body.

Les Trois Mousquetaires is one of the best lager producing microbreweries in Canada, and this interpretation of a classic lager style attests to that. It's more traditional rather than innovative but there's nothing wrong with that. Very flavorful and very sessionable; two words that don't always go together. (1,523 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the LCBO, bottled August 1, 2012. Listed at 6% ABV on the bottle.

Copper red, with a semi-fluffy cream coloured head. Spots of lace and mild retention. Heavy caramel/toffee and sweet bready character on the nose, slight earthiness and a very mild hop character. A bit nutty as well. Taste has some bready and grainy character, and retains some sweetness from the malt. A decent bit of bitterness, and perhaps a touch of fruit. Carbonation is higher than I'd desire, and is impeding. Drinkable, but not exceptional. (533 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle listed ABV as 6%

Copper-amber colour, 2 fingers of dense tan/off white head, lots of lace here as well. Smell is big and bready malts, sweet caramel comes off as well as a bit of earthy-floral notes toward the end. Taste follows the nose with big bready malts, biscuity, sweet caramel followed by a drying earthy bitterness into the finish, a bit of apple juice and fruit flavours. Medium carbonation, medium body, good overall feel. Overall this a nice and tasty Oktoberfest beer but I would have apreciated a smaller serving size, pretty good drinkability. (566 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, burnt orange colour, topped by a large beige head. Excellent retention and patchy lace. Aroma is appropriate for the style, with toasted bread, nutty, and floral notes. Simple and clean but inviting. Malt-forward, showing gentle sweetness with toasted bread and nut flavours, followed by lemony and herbal hop notes, and a pronounced bitterness in its short finish. Almost medium bodies, with a moderate amount of fine carbonation. Smooth and creamy in texture. The mouthfeel on this is great, showing both lightness and richness. A flavourful and easy-drinking export-style marzen that hits all the right notes for the style. Solidly crafted. (649 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arguably more brown than orange, Les Trois Mousquetaires Oktoberfest is on the darker end of the colour spectrum for the style. Its complexion is deep enough so as to prevent transparency, although it yields some golden highlights. Later pours produce increasingly murky results but also better head retention.

The beer smells a lot of toasted malt and has distinct hints of apple peel. Swirling activates toothsome notes of toffee and brittle. The malts aren't 'sweet' per se, but have a definite nuttiness. Hops are far from dominant but gift a pungent, floral air that enhances the grainy character of the barley.

For an easy-drinking lager this has plenty of substance and a good length on the close with notes of apple peel, toasted nuts and golden raisin. The malts have a breadiness so thick you could snack on it while waiting for a meal to arrive. It is a burlier, hoppier Oktoberfest, and this more statuesque model works for me.

The hops make up a much smaller corner of the landscape than the malts, but they are significant enough. The combination of Hallertau and Perle results in an almost chamomile-like floral/herbal quality that is equally as sedative; the finish is laced with earthy forest resins and just a hint of lemon.

It's always a treat to drink any Série Signature release from Les Trois Mousquetaires, but Oktoberfest leaves exceptionally little to complain about. There's no questioning their intent: something quaffable but substantial - and that's exactly what's delivered. A delightful find now that the weather's turned chilly. (1,569 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Production date of 01/08/2012. Label states 6% alc/vol and not the 4% of past editions as mentioned below by fellow BA's.

(4.0) A: Beautiful cloudy burnt orange/rusty looking copper colour with a billowy beige foam head. Very good retention and similar lacing as it really clings to the glass.

(4.0) S: Caramel, toffee, dried dark fruits including dates and raisins, banana, spices, and hints of vanilla. Good complexity and an inviting aroma.

(3.5) T: Caramel coupled with those dark fruits, grainy herbal elements, fruity aspects including a flat grapefruit/orange juice taste, and a healthy dose of spices. Well balanced with a good herbal bitterness and a suitable slight dryness in the finish.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy texture with some resin.

(3.5) D: Not Les Trois Mousquetaires finest offering but a respectable and good Oktoberfest nonetheless. Happy to see some of their stuff in the local LCBO and hope to see more of it. (981 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked 750mL from Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau. Brewed in August of this year.

Poured into a dimpled stein. Brilliant colour on this: a deep ruby toffee, that is slightly hazy, and with a head of decent height and retention. Some lacing bits.

Nose is bread, cereal grains, toffee, caramel and perhaps some dark fruit.

Nice, easy drinking brew. Very malty, good fresh grain character, a little bit of hop bitterness and grape near the finish. Reasonably hearty for a 4%er.

Thin bodied, slight creaminess, carbonation is brief but zesty.

I find it hard to review Oktoberfest brews because I feel they all taste very similar. This one is well made, to be sure, but doesn't do anything overly special. It's just a solid Oktoberfest brew. If you are able to acquire one for the season, certainly do so, but it's nothing to get too excited about. Might be a difference between editions. (885 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is toffee brown in colour. No head, just a bit of white lace around the glass.

Strongly malty smell. Caramel, raisin and cherry.

Taste is similar to the nose. Caramel, lots of malt, quite sweet. Raisin, cherry. Grassy hops.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. Irritating.

Overall, pretty enjoyable beer. Good. (315 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, hay, earthiness, pine

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a fair amount of prickly hops. There is also an earthiness and some pine mixed with a little bit of lemon. The beer finished with a malty sweet aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – The taste is reminiscent of the Série Signature Kellerbier, but with more of a caramel sweetness. I enjoyed it and for a 4.1% beer, it has a lot of taste. It really suits the season well. (791 characters)

Photo of slimspady
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, red pour with a fat white head.

Faint hoppy aroma. A little sweetness, almost honey-like.

Hops and slight fruit in the taste. I get apples.

Mouthfeel is satisfying. Much bigger than 4.1 should be.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. Perfect for a long Oktoberfest session. (281 characters)

Photo of Shadman
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dirty amber color, very good head and tons of lacing

Crisp grains and bread yeast. Grassy hops sharp on the nose

Smooth bready grains in front, followed by spicy, bitter hops. Almost dandelion in bitterness

Very smooth, creamy, full mouthfeel for a lager with an abv of 4.1%.

A very good albeit expensive take on this style. Worth trying for sure. (362 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a uniformly cloudy, medium amber hue, with one finger of creamy ecru head, which leaves a random splatter of lace around the glass as it fades. It smells of nutty, biscuty malt, and earthy, almost vegetal, hops. The taste is dry, crackery, biscuity grain, a bit of lemon citrus fruitiness, and leafy, herbal hops. The carbonation is on the sedate side of things, the body medium weight, smooth, and fairly creamy. It finishes off-dry, the latent cereal malt still most prominent on the palate, with the earthy, leafy hop bitterness on the downswing.

Wow, this is like a bowl of breakfast cereal in a glass - sweet grain, tempered only slightly with a dry biscuit edge. Very drinkable. (701 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. This version is 4.1% abv. Pours out a hazed burnished copper hue with a tall loose spongy yet creamy off-white head that slowly settles.

Dry, clean, crisp bready toasted notes on the nose, musty, spicy hops as well.

Dry malt and citrusy flavour up front, followed by musty, spicy, grassy notes in due order. Very clean all the way through. Something in me wants to say it doesn't work, and yet it does, this curious dischord works its way out in the end.

Full mouthfeel, silky smooth with a nearly hidden carbonation that seems to do a fine job all the same from the shadows, leaving its mark in all the right places. Clean and dry.

One of those beers that is greater than the sum of its parts, it works, and it works well. A little bit foreign to me with such assertive useage of hops for this style, but it's a dimension that I'm enjoying visiting. If you're looking for malt domination then walk on by this one, otherwise do yourself a favour and pick up at least a couple bottles of this if you cross its path on the shelf. (1,076 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuvée 2010 at 4.1%

Official ''Oktoberfest des Québécois'' beer.

One of the hardest times I've had pulling a cork out. My arms are actually kind of tired.

A- Looks pretty good. Chestnut with golden highlights. Four fingers of slightly yellow, airy head. Stringy lacing all over. Weak head retention.

S- A familiar smell, I'm thinking it might be the Trois Mousquetaires yeast. Dark honey. Chamomille and green tea. Wood and pine cone hoppiness.

T- Very woody. A bit too bitter for the style maybe, but I like it. Follows the smell. I've rarely said this but the taste lacks alcohol. A little bit of boiled veggie. Even with all the negative points, there's something very clean about it all... maybe they used some great water.

M- A bit sticky. Moderately dry. A little to thin to my liking but can't really call it watery. Very high carbonation.

D- I'd say it's very good but it might lack a little something to counter the woody bitterness. More sweetness or alcohol.

Fun drink but would not buy it again. Checked some other reviews and I think earlier editions might've been better. (1,096 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown beer with good beige head with good retention and lacing. The beer isn't translucent at all.

S: Well, it's a very malty beer. Tons of caramel malts with sweet smells like : vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup with a nice level of molasses. Milk chocolate also seems to be present. Tons of cereal smells, somewhat multi grain toast like. Also a bit of sharp grassy hops.

T: At 5.5, this beer is very very big tasting. Very much like the smell with tastes of : vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup and good molasses coupled with milk chocolate. More cereals than in the smell, the analogy with the multi grain bread being much more present in the taste than in the smell. Some sweet grape like taste that wasn't picked in the smell are also present. Cuts at the end with the grassy hops just like in the smell.

M: Heavy, but not very heavy. Definitely the biggest brew I've ever tasted that is under 6 ABV. It really fits the taste perfectly and is highly enjoyable. Also, mid level of carbonation that keeps this one quite lively.

D: I'd take 2 please.

Definitely the best sessionable beer I've had the pleasure to taste. It's big tasting and feeling, but still is 5.5 ABV, AMAZING BREW!!

EDIT: It is now brewed in 4.1 ABV and is just as good as the 5.5 which is extremely surprising. A bit hoppier with those grassy malts though. (1,360 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Trois Mousquetaires - Ipicked this up at Mondial and hoped it would deliver...

Beautiful rich deep orange liquid with ruby highlughts, and a creamy tan head with lacing galore. Truly a great looking beer. Bready, caramel nose with hints of citrus. Flavour has caramel, bread, grass, chocolate, earth, minerals and more. Relly quite a lot of depth for a marzen, and very impressive. Medium, almost chewy body, with a medium carbonation.

Very impressive. Drinkable and well-crafted... I liked it a lot! (509 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged, brought back for me from Montreal by Bobsy - thanks man!

Pours quite a dark rusty brown with hints of amber, a couple fingers of frothy tam build and have great retention, leaving spots of lace down the glass as it slowly recedes.

Nose is very earthy, caramel and cocoa. Taste much like it. Nuts, earth, cocoa powder, bread, caramel, roast, bitter astringency in the finish. Quite a unique brew for the style, instead of letting caramel dominate, the earthy roast is prevalent and gives a biting dry edge to it.

Not to style I don't think but a tasty brew nonetheless. Perhaps a bit unbalanced but not without its many layers. Full flavored for a low, drinkable ABV. While this may not be one of my favorites from them, the Signature Series does not disappoint - Always worth a go-round. (814 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:

Poured a deep orange red clouded lager in the stein with a massive puffy white cap. Magnificent lacing on the glass

Aroma is a magnificent musty, earthy woodsy blast of German noble hops with a decent toasted malt rib.

Big chew on bready toasty amber Munich malts up front but this is quickly joined by a massive infusion of German noble varieties making this a German noble hop bomb with a rigid Munich amber malt spine.

Absolutely glorious!!!; Woody earthiness outbalances the thick bready core to the finish where light bittering takes over. Great Teutonic brew from a great brewer. (600 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent drinking beer, sent to me from all places Alberta and Presario. Pours a good sized head, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation right there,a good lager. No smoke detected.Neutral aroma, and a little complexity between some bitterness and malts, with the latter winning out. (277 characters)

Photo of Otterburn
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corkscrew

Appearance: unfiltred redish/orange cloudy with a normal offwhhite head, opaque,

Smell: fresh malt,cereal a bit sweet,floral

Taste: smooth and tasty. hops and floral
very light round and balanced. Fresh taste

Mouthfeel is smooth low carbonation

Drinkability is pretty good. Brew is easy to drink, smooth. tasty, but not aggressive. (353 characters)

Photo of eat
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked 750ml pours an opaque, reddish-brown. A good sized cream-coloured head fades to a thin covering. Poor retention and no lacing.

Bready grain, floral, earthy/grassy hops, roasted nuts, caramel. This smells pretty great.

Very flavourful. Nice balance between the roasted malt and bitter hops, which present a dry finish. Maybe a little too bitter on the finish. Some smoky, nutty flavours; some grain and caramel.

Good feel: medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty great beer, different from anything I've ever had. A pleasant, extremely flavorful lager. Too bitter to drink much of in my opinion but I would certainly enjoy a pint of this now and then. (685 characters)

Photo of Tim2000
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL brown bottle. One of their Série Signature limited edition beers.

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy, reddish brown with a nice tan head.

Aroma is of toasted grain and burnt sugar.

Lots of roasted and nutty flavours. Definite chocolate notes. Some dried fruit and a bit of tartness towards the end. Finishes with strong black tea. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and carbonation is fairly high.

A bit unusual, and not my favourite of their offerings, but a tasty and interesting beer nonetheless. (504 characters)

Série Signature Oktoberfest from Les Trois Mousquetaires
86 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.