Serie Signature - Americaine Pale Ale - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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2.88/5 rDev -19.8%
750ml corked & caged bottle purchased from Adelaide Bier Shop and split 3 ways, with my share poured into a 7oz glass. Have been sitting on this for some time - would not be surprised if it was a year or year and a half - so hop fade was a pre-opening concern.
Pours an orange copper colour with a beige head of tiny-bubbled foam that has a touch of light yellow about it. Plenty of foam present and it stays around for quite a while.
Initial aroma is of citrus and a touch floral. After opening the smell is pretty hard to come by.
Taste is quite herbal on the mid to late palate with a herbal bitter kicker at the end. Upfront there is some burnt caramel flavour. Some malty sweetness also comes in as it warms.
Mouthfeel is quite big compared to style and from what i expected. Some harsh bitterness finishes this one off.
Overall, i suspect that age was not its friend, not should it be. If that isn't the case it was a pretty average APA.
07-22-2011 06:27:30 | More by MrKennedy
3.1/5 rDev -13.6%
750ml bottle. Yet again, one of those shitty, impossible to open corked bottles, until you break out the pliers from the storage room - boo!
This beer pours a hazy, dark reddish amber hue, with two fat fingers of chunky foamy off-white head, which leaves some sparse spider web lace around the glass as it sulks away.
It smells of sharp caramelized malts, a bit of hearty menthol, and strong leafy, grassy hops. The taste is hefty bitter, herbal hops, warm pale malt, and a weird lurking booziness, given the proclaimed standard strength ABV.
The bubbles are here and there, and generally non-consequential, the body an understated medium weight, and not all that smooth, given the strange swirling indistinct and zingy new-world spiciness.
Wow, what a mind-fuck of a beer. Here I'm expecting a mellow, slightly hoppy pale ale, but instead I get a weirdly spicy affair - askew without the heat or alcohol, if you can imagine. Not really what I wanted right now, I guess.
04-15-2012 04:16:53 | More by biboergosum
3.23/5 rDev -10%
I think other reviews of this beer have been too generous.
Its a very nice looking beer, a dark copper hue with a creamy head. It definitely looks like it will be tasty.
The smell really dashed my hopes, however, as it has a distinct metallic, earthy nature. I think the fact that its slightly sweet (and oddly sour) means I must be smelling the malt. No hops smell at all. Which is disappointing considering this is supposed to be an American Pale Ale.
The taste follows suit, but isn't quite as disappointing as the smell. It almost tastes like drinking liquid bread. The malty character is strongly opposed by the bitter hop flavour. I definitely wasn't expecting the bitterness since the hops are absent from the nose.
Thankfully the beer feels quite good while drinking it. The carbonation level is just right, and it has a nice balance of oily and dry finish. I dunno. Maybe I'll try it again, but only if someone else is buying.
02-12-2011 23:56:41 | More by Intrinsic
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
A: An amber color with a very slight haze. Topped with about a finger and a half of creamy looking very slightly beige head. Lacing and retention were fantastic with each sip leaving a noticeable mark behind.
S: Slightly spicy and grapefuity. A lot of sweet malt comes through as well though.
T: Not as hoppy as I would have expected but this is good. For once a pale ale is a pale ale and not a low ABV IPA. I get a fair bit of caramel type malt along with a slight bread like note, the base of a great PA. Some grapefruit hops but also some spicy flavors come through. Very well balanced and no one thing stands out too much.
M: Creamy, smooth and pretty easy going. Carbonation might be a tad high but overall pretty good.
O: This is a great example of what a pale ale should be IMO. It has the nice malty backbone but also offers some great hop flavor and aroma too, both equally balanced and complimenting of each other.
05-02-2014 23:46:39 | More by Haydn-Juby
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from a 375ml. bottle, bottled 06/2012.
Appearance: Honey colored body with a massive head that is neither slow nor fast and leaves spotted lacing all around.
Smell: Leafy, floral hops, citrusy (think lemon) and fresh-cut grass.
Taste: White grapes, grassy and ever so mild grapefruit. Nice orange notes in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Easy to take bitterness (read: low) and ends very clean and abruptly. The feel doesn't linger very much.
Overall: Disappointed with this one. Billed as an American pale ale, i would expect more guts to it. I've had APAs that weren't aggressive but were better than this. It's ok but you can do better.
07-09-2012 11:14:50 | More by papat444
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
750 ml bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry- Pours deep orange, slightly hazed with a generous white foamy cap. The nose is simple, but enjoyable. Fresh floral hops and bready malts with apple and cookie dough. The taste is decidedly fresh green hops, nice caramel and bready malts balance the floral bitterness. Finishes bitter, with a long lived lingering aftertaste of hops and bread crust. Simple, but well made and enjoyable. Thanks for this one Harry!
02-14-2010 23:53:41 | More by mrmanning
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
750 ml corked and caged bottle, picked up at Atwater.
Pours a clear dark orange/reddish, pretty neat, medium sized off white head forms and slowly settles down to a thick ring, some lace spots stick.
Smell is interesting, very malty for a pale ale, biscuit and some toast, honey, caramel, a bit bready/crackery, very light citrus, a touch of floral, almost a burnt graininess, interesting.
Taste is similar, all malt, very grainy, bread and biscuits, a bit of honey and caramel sweetness, lightly fruity, a touch of floral and citrus, solid bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not much of an American pale ale, but a decent beer.
07-11-2010 22:40:23 | More by Viggo
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
On tap at Mondial de le Biere.
Copper pour with a white head that dropped to a film and left some lace spots. Floral hopping mixes with some grapefruit, bread and caramel. Flavour is okay, but a little washed up and tastes more like an Ontario stab at the style than anything. Agains the hops are floral and citrus, but they are very subdued , and the sweet malt body is overly dominant. Mild bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.
Not up to the high standards of their other Serie Signature beers. I love them, but I'll give this one a miss.
06-08-2010 17:47:17 | More by bobsy
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
750ml corked and caged, courtesy of viggo - love trying this signature series but sure wish ones like this had a bottling date on them.
Pours a dark orange caramel, almost amber color with a couple fingers of head that leave sticky chunks of lace on the glass.
This beer has a unique malt profile that I find somewhat similar to their Oktoberfest - husky toasted grains, hints of dark fruits, slightly mineral astingency but still tasty. A grassy, subdued citric hop profile which leaves a sharp bitterness. Hints of smoke, coffee and a slight mustiness in the nose.
Not your typical APA, quite a hefty malt base makes this feel like an amber or even slightly lager-ish like a hopped up alt or oktoberfest. The hop profile is not overly exciting nor complex, but provides a pleasant bitterness. Certainly not their best offering but still worth trying.
07-09-2010 16:16:01 | More by ritzkiss
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
The colour of this one is brownish red bordering on amber. The poofy offwhite head sticks around for a while and leaves chunks of lace down the sides of the glass.
The smell is light with biscuits, grain, honey and floral hops.
In the taste there is medium level of malts, lots of grain, honey and the familiar floral hoppiness. It's decent and the levels are right for drinkability, but it's not going to knock your socks off.
Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and soft. Drinkability is good. This is an easy drinker.
08-15-2010 21:40:21 | More by Ralphus
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
A pleasant surprise! Purchased after Mondial in June and should probably not have been stored this long, but waiting for "a special occasion" and it has held up remarkably well.
Orange-hued amber with decent cappuccino-coloured head. Mouthfeel is decent, but unremarkable. Aroma of caramelized malts and citrus hop elements is really nice, but unfortunately these same hop flavours don't translate into the taste.
Flavour is pleasant, but not as well balanced as I'd choose. The finish is sharp and bitter, without the anticipated tropical fruit. Would have liked to try this fresh, as if it has sweetened and/or mellowed with age, it must have been quite a beast to start!
11-04-2011 01:36:06 | More by hopsolutely
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Bottle from Broue HAHA. From notes.
A - Poured bright. Gold to dark gold with strong carbonation and a two finger off white head. Very loose head with soapy bubble bath appearance. Good half finger of retention with good chunks of lacing.
S - Pine and crackers. A little floral. Strong pine.
T - Pine and a little caramel with creackers and citrus. Grapefruity. More complex than the aroma.
M - Apropriate carbonation, should be a little more bitter with just about none there. Medium body.
O/D - Quite nice. No complaints, just a good APA.
07-25-2011 01:39:31 | More by tbeckett
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
This brew pours a toffee hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a fast receding two finger head that reforms to a nice rim,the smell is definately bittersweet but mostly sweet with aromas of orange zest,honey,paw paw,caramel and toffee,it has a light-medium bodied mouthfeel which is averagely carbonated and has tastes of caramelized malts,ginger snaps,caramel,toffee and finishes with a nice citrus bitterness that is quite bitter and takes away those sweet tastes pretty fast and overall its a nice drop that probably wouldnt buy again at the price but would not knock back if on tap or offered.
02-18-2011 12:02:14 | More by ADZA
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
A: Superb nice color. Amber fully translucent. Goof off white foamy head with medium retention and low lacing.
S: Biscuit malts pretty much dominate here with toasted bread. From the sweets there are: brown sugar, maple syrup, slight toffee and molasses. Light herbal/floral hops detected.
T: Again, very malty and the biscuit malts and toasted bread tastes are very much dominating here. Still quite sweet with good brown sugar, maple syrup, honey and the very slight toffee and molasses. Light herbal and floral hops at the end. Again, quite maltier than expected, but no less enjoyable.
M: Quite big for an APA actually. Rare are the times I say that but I would have preferred a lighter body with the same amount of carbonation (medium).
D: Quite easy to drink, but since the body is a bit bigger than most APA, it ranks average here.
09-14-2010 02:09:00 | More by flipper2gv
Serie Signature - Americaine Pale Ale from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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