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Serie Signature - Americaine Pale Ale - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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82
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 12-04-2009)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrKennedy
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Moses this corks really in here!...

A: Pours a copper shade with a foam head that quickly recedes to semi-creamy looking blanket. A foam ring sticks around on-top while I enjoy this.

S: Biscuity malts, sweet toffee/caramel, floral notes, tart grapefruit, and picking up a faint nut aroma. Very nice with well balanced aromas.

T: Similar to smell with roasted malt notes, bitter floral hops, and that pleasant syrupy toffee taste. Follows with tart grapefruit and also some clove spice. Finishes a little on the dry side, but overall a very well balanced APA.

M: Slightly oily and creamy mouthfeel with about average carbonation.

D: Delicious. Could easily drink this all night, and certainly worth a try. Definitely worth the effort put forth in de-corking this!

Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Intrinsic
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear copper colour with a large frothy beige head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it finally started to go away.

Smell - hops, caramel, biscuits, herbal/floral notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a nearly perfect mouth feel, just the right amount of carbonation that leaves the beer feeling creamy and light. The most noticeable flavours are hops, caramel, and pale malts. There are also notes of biscuit, and some pine. The beer finishes with a malt and hop bitter aftertaste.

Drink - A fairly good brew that I'm happy I tried. The type of hop flavour in this beer is not my favourite, but it's still enjoyable. This beer is worth seeking out.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Ralphus
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle picked up on a recent trip to montreal. sampled june 11/2010.

pours crystal clear deep orange, nearly red at the widest part of the glass and a nice dark amber toward the edges. a huge fluffy cream coloured head forms, dropping very slowly and leaving a bunch of chunky lace behind as it falls.

aroma is nice. multi-grain bread, biscuit, and cracker. light alcohol. pine and light candied citrus. bit of caramel and honey. i think i detect a bit of lagery twang hiding in the background too.

taste is nice. right around medium bitterness level. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. piney and herbal. caramel and a bit of buttery toffee. light alcohol. definitely a bit of that lager character i caught in the aroma, but more subdued.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced. i'd have liked a more prominent hoppy character from an APA, but liked it otherwise. i think i'll keep my eye out for another on the chance that this one has been sitting on the shelf a little too long.

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

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.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer color is copper, somewhat dark but very clear. The head is soapy like and sticks well to the glass. The aroma presents some wood notes and some floral notes too. I get some earthy aroma too but not dominant. The taste is similar to the aroma however it appears more woody. I would say there is a lack of floral notes in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium body and this one is an easy drinker. Good craft ordinary beer.

Photo of ReFill31
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought at a small specialty beer store.

A : Nice golden color, the foam looks creamy, stays a long time and leaves a nice ring on the glass. There is also a lot of bubbles.

S : We can smell some hops and a little sour smell which is appealing, looks like grapefruit.

T : The bitterness is well balanced, hops, floral notes also and we can also taste some cereal grain in the back.

M : A lot of carbonation that we can see in the first place and it is kind of refreshing.

D : Really easy to drink and the ABV is not so high so it would be possible to open another one after this. Defenitely another winner beer from Les Trois Mousquetaires

Photo of mrmanning
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL

A- cherry wood topped with tick dirty white head. Lots of tiny bubbles rise.

S- smells good. Pink grapefruit. Malt. Not a whole lot here, but a friend was smoking in the room.

T- like the smell. Wood.

M- smooth, a bit watery.

D- high.

Great beer to get people to try craft pale ale. Ordinary good beer.

Photo of Otterburn
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

superbowl beer 07/02/10

Appearance: good looking ale. nice amber color,clear offwhite foam,laces on the glass, nice light throught,alive

Smell: hop,floral,herbal

Taste: super taste. nice american pale ale, the real thing, bitter,hop,floral very smooth with a full body.

mouthfeel: low carbonation,

drinkability: pretty good brew good thing they put it in a 750ml bottle

Photo of wordemupg
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into matching (well Porter Baltique) glass dec4 2009
a big thank you goes out to hoser for this one

A clear amber with a fair amount of bubbles that pop up from everywhere. thick beige head has good retention and leaves lace well down the glass

S lots of toffee with heavy amounts of malt and hops and perhaps a little grapefruit and tangerine

T not far from the nose and that's a good thing with out doubt. there's a little more citrus then on the nose and a touch of earth, I must admit I was loving this one from start to finish

D such a well rounded beer I can't help but give it a perfect grade here. for the size of this bottle I'm impressed by how quickly I finished it, and could see myself drinking this all day without issues (well I guess issues would depend on how early I woke up that day)

this is a bitter sweet beer drinking experience for me, sweet because the beer is sweet, bitter because I will not see it again for quite some time and that sucks. after looking over my reviews I've decided I'm moving to Quebec to drink beer.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoser for sharing the love with this one.

From a caged and corked 750 ml brown bottle. Pours out a gorgeous clear amber hue, chunky fluffy off-white head with thick swathes of lacing.

Light toasted, caramel malt on the nose, with a good dose of leafy green and earthy hops.

I think the last time I experienced such a well-balanced ale, particularly of this style (or at least pale ales in general) is Fuller's London Pride. This somehow goes a step beyond. Mild caramel, toasted and crystal malt blended smoothly and skillfully with mild earthy, woody, slightly herbal hops. Sweetness of the malt pops up again in the aftertaste to meld once again with spicy, earthy hops, like ballroom dancing that goes on forever.

Mouthfeel also remains on par, smooth, on the full side for the style, good dose of carbonation on the finish, clean and dry.

Leave it to a Quebec brewery to set a precedent on this style. Perhaps a bit more akin to an English Pale Ale, they took those American hops and put them to excellent use. Thus far THE most enjoyable and balanced pale ale I've tried. This one most certainly gets a hell yeah!

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Serie Signature - Americaine Pale Ale from Les Trois Mousquetaires
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.