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Série Signature Sticke Alt - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: eat on 02-19-2010

Malts: Pilsner, Pale, Caramel 60, Caramel 160/
74 IBU / Hops: Magnum, N Brewer, Hallertau
OG: 15.3ºP FG:4.3ºP / SRM: 19 / 12 month aging
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Photo of VbolieuV
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red/amber in color with a nice bubbly head. Smell of sweet malts, molasses, caramel. In the mouth I instantly noticed a black fruits taste, followed by some caramel malts. I find that it's a little bit too sweet, but it'S not bad.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Veiled copper color with faint activity but light detritus. Creamy light brown 2.5 finger head lasting around 10 minutes with strong legs.

Aromas and flavors of caramel, fruits, grains, floral and herbal spices. Strong delicious sweet fruity orange and grapes/raisin taste. Pleasant bread like and biscuity feel with a perfect dose of spices.

Slick light body with moderate carbonation. Well intensified balanced finish ending with a slightly bitter herbal saaz feel and delicate caramel sweetness.

Overall an excellent craft; complex delicious flavors, appealing smell and look, good freshness, accessible...a pleasure to drink!

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a beckera deep amber brown with a full one and a half finger off white head.Big brown sugar and prune in the nose with a just a light touch of herbal hops...very light.Flavors start out somewhat sweet with brown sugar and toffee with a drying doughiness coming in halfway keeping the sweetness somewhat in check.Seems bigger than what it is to me,a little sweet but not bad overall.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear brown-amber hue with super high carbonation producing a 5+ inch off white head. About a 3:1::head:beer ratio.
S: Sweet caramel malt, toffee, fig, and a hint of spice (?cinnamon, ?nutmeg).
T: Super sweet caramel malt and several off notes. Could be this one is past date.
M: Light body. Loads of caramel sweetness. Moderate pine hop bite.
D: I believe this one is likely past its best by date. Still, this seems fairly straight forward, very malt driven, and not well balanced.

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Photo of endovelico
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This rusty brew is intense and imposing, with organoleptics of toffee, butter, caramel and yeast layered around a minty pine-y center. Some citric hints sneak through on the tongue, to unfortunate effects as it clashes with the darker flavors. Furthermore the palate is flabby and coarse with a premature finish. Extremely unfocused with some questionable choices made regarding the hops.

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Photo of Dope
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date that I see.

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown. Tall, fluffy light brown head. Great head retention and thick, substantial lacing.

S: Pleasant dark fruits and caramel sweetness. Figgy with raisins. Sugary. Some toffee and a hint of bread. Maybe even some brown sugar. Really nice sweet maltiness in general.

T: Huh, not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Up front there is some herbal hoppiness followed by a little toffee. Lots and lots and lots of crusty bread. Quite earthy too, especially towards the finish with more of that herbal spiciness. Lingering bitter, drying earthiness and herbal character.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: I expected a bit of a sweeter beer but this one is herbal, earthy and dry. I think I was expecting something more like a sticke doppelbock. This thing is seriously herbal and bread crusty. Not bad but a little too one-note at points.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A very clear darker amber color. One finger of tan beige head. Great lacing as well as retention.

S: A bit hoppy but lots of cereal malt and raisiny bready aromas are present as well.

T: Pretty interesting actually. The hops present themselves as spicey with a slight citrus zest. Malt dominates the main profile of the beer though. Raisiny, bready, and to a lesser extent toasted. Sweet but balanced accurately and has a good bitterness.

M: Very thin mouthfeel but its okay. Somewhat lower carbonation.

O: Good beer overall. I would by again if the price was right. Interesting as Alt's are one of those styles that I feel doesn't get enough exposure.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: this beer pours a deep rust red with a persistent thumbs worth of fluffy white head. There is ample carbonation visible in the beer, and the head lasts forever. As the beer goes down you are left with thick lacing and a persistent head.

S: the dominant smell is bready malts, but caramel and hops can also be detected along with some spices.

T: bready malts are up front, but the hops are far more dominant on the taste than they are on the nose. The finish combines the bitter of the hops with the sweet of the malts for a nice memory on the tongue.

M: higher carbonation and a medium body.

O: my first experience with the style, I did not know what to expect. I am not sure whether I would purchase another bottle, but I am not unhappy with this beer. I think I need to enjoy more beers in the style for a better feel.

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4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Stange glass. Deep amber color, foggy appearance. Yellowish off-white froth creates a close, foamy & lasting crown leaving lacing on sides. Caramel, Munich malt & fudge chocolate intense aromas. As expected from aromas, sweet toasted upfront yields to chocolate flavors. Full body. Soft carbonation. Viscous palate. Hints of toasted biscuit & bread, herbal notes & dried nut touch. Long & smooth sweet/bitter finish. Nuts are back on the aftertaste. Solid malty backbone holds hoppiness in well balance, despite its high IBU profile. Nice spot of the Sticke Style: hoppier - but bitterness remains clean- & more caramelish maltiness -but no cloying at all- than a regular Alt & finally a well integrated ABV. Flavorful & delicious!! A masterpiece.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None (again, why do Shelton Brothers not have dates?)
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

I'm not sure Trois Mousequeitaries knows what they're doing or where they're going with this beer. They used several of the "wrong" malt styles (crystal malts, whereas original alt brewers didn't have access to these), hopped it to extreme levels (while alts, and in particular sticke and doppelsticke can be highly hopped, 70+ IBUs is a bit extreme), and I'm not sure about the yeast strain. These wouldn't matter except to the purist if the taste were either interesting or authentic, but it is neither, really. A bit of over-roasted caramel malts lend some fairly week burnt toast and cocoa elements atop a rather bland, mostly dry base that leads into light bitter and herbal hop flavor: uninspiring and unexciting. This is a fairly recent arrival in my area (past month), with the new Trois Mousqueitaires bottle labels, so I doubt it's old. Rather overrated, I'm not impressed with this, especially given the price ($11 per bottle). A shame, considering that Trois Mousquetaires makes (made?) a very good kellerbier and doppelbock.

Pours a 2cm tall head of small bubbles, frothy in appearance and beige in color, with excellent retention of several minutes. The head fades, in time, to a thin film of lace atop the body for the duration of the session. Lacing is excellent, with many dots and patterns clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a muddy brown to very dark golden orange in color, with light revealing more of the golden orange hues around the edges of the otherwise still muddy brown base. Carbonation slightly visible through the nearly opaque (70-80% opacity) body, low in number, but moderate in activity.

Aroma of light caramel, toasted that is slightly charred, a bit of herbal and floral continental hops in the close. Not bad, but certainly underwhelming for a sticke alt.

Taste of dark caramel malt, slightly charred toast, a whisp of cocoa, and moderate bitterness and herbal flavor from hops: the mixture is rather underwhelming. Front of palate is of dark caramel-like sweetness, cocoa, a bit of charred toast, and faint, herbal hops. Mid-palate of dry, slightly sweet caramel-like flavors with bitter cocoa (from the 120L caramel malt) and medium-strength hop bitterness and flavor of dry grass and herbs. Back of palate is of moderate hop bitterness mixed with acridness from the nearly-roasted malts, a touch of cocoa and mild dark caramel-like sweetness. Aftertaste of dry and mild to medium hop bitterness with a bit of dry cocoa and dark caramel-like sweetness.

Beer is medium to meidum-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is lightly foamy (1/3) and otherwise smooth (2/3). Generally soft and smooth, this manages to fit well with the profile of the beer and the style. Closes very dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of SebD
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice rusted brownish/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, caramel, floral hops, a slight nuttiness and some earthiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has bready malts, sweet caramel, floral/earthy hops and faint nuts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Since Mexas Ranger didn't exactly light my world on fire, it's up to this stuff to salvage the latest BotM shipment. It pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, mildly-buttery caramel, a spit of booze, and a touch of toast. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a small contingent of dark, tobacco-like greens. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid sticke alt, nothing really all that special, but an enjoyable, malty little brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some deeper red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are light amounts of toasted malts with a hint of sweetness. Light to moderate amounts of herbal hops towards the finish.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of toasted caramel and grainy malts with a very light hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal and floral hops that contribute a light amount of lingering bitternes.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Interesting in that this beer is slightly more hoppy than I have come to expect for the altbier style (especially having spent a couple of weeks in Dusseldorf). The flavors are a little more bitter and more complex than others in the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down a bit, leaving a thi head covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing on one side.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors toasted malts and herbal hops with a light amount of bitterness. Hints of raisins are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather bitter for the style but is interesting nonetheless and quite complex to other altbiers.

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Photo of papat444
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml. bottle, bottled 06/2012.

Appearance: A hazy copper body with a thick bubbly head that really clings to the glass ans has a gorgeous cascading effect as it's poured.

Smell: Resiny hops a bit with a nutty overtone and some herbs.

Taste: Mix of nuts, caramel, dry leaves and a light earthy bitterness. Raw hops that is not overdone and a tingle of spiciness on the tongue after the sip. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Starts out gentle then segues into a low-lying bitterness.

Overall: Really enjoyed this one. Worth your time for sure.

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Photo of BarrelSelect
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color copper-orange with a nice foam when poured. Aroma of bread, cereal, and nuts. Hops aromas resin with a little floral. Medium bodied with a good hops attack. Taste cereal, little caramel, toasted malt. Bitter finish. Like all Signature Serie product from Trois Mousquetaires, it's a really good creation.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle with no freshness date poured into pint glass. Purchased at Marche Cosmopolitan in Montreal's Centre-ville.

Pours a bright, clear amber with red hues. Head is a cream yellow, a bit foamy, and leaves chunks and lacing on the glass as it slowly settles. Good retention. Clarity of the beer shows lots of fine bubbles streaming up the glass.

Toasted caramel, fruit esters, and a bit of lemon and bright floral hops on the nose.

Lots of smooth, toasty malt flavours here; bready, caramel, touch of cereal grain, then some almost dark-fruit esters, giving way to the lemony and earthy hops and a slightly bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and creamy with a nice bit of ebullient, fine carbonation to keep things lively and well away from cloying sweetness.

Overall, I'm really digging this beer. Flavours mesh well together, and find a nice balance. Mid range of complexity, and nothing overdone.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been eyeing this one up for some time and finally decided to splurge.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour with an amber hue, two solid fingers of big bubbled beige head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Metallic caramel, some leafy hops, very earthy.

T - Very unique flavour, strong bitterness off the top that lingers. The hops are very earthy and sour, reminiscent of fresh lime rind. A caramel malt backbone is undermined by the hops.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - This beer is bold, and certainly not for the faint of heart. It packs a strong bitter punch and catches you off guard. Certainly more hoppy than I expected, and the bitterness was quite memorable. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm not certain I would run out for another bottle in the near future.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with a friend. From Broue HAHA.

A - Pours a really dark red with a three finger beige head. Strong carbonation. Bright. Good one finger head retention and a good amount of lacing.

S - Strong hop presnce. Dusty. Really bready. Citrus.

T - Strong dusty, hoppy, bready character. Dark fruit a bit too.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Just sort of lacking in ways. I like it, yet its dusty character leaves room for improvement. Good, but not great.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy orange colour with an above average size frothy beige coloured head. I can't really tell how much carbonation there is due to the haziness and there is some really fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, floral/herbs, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy on the tongue. The beer has a very sweet flavour consisting of malts, caramel, and some hops. It has lot of herbal/floral notes to it. It finishes with a sticky sweet floral hop aftertaste.

Overall - This one reminded me a lot of their Kellerbier; which I also enjoyed. The Sticke Alt has a touch more sweetness however. This is a solid beer; I'm happy with my purchase.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A complex brew with a real live rustic feel to it that seems to be a constant for the Signature series from Les Trois Mousquetaires. The beer is full of nuances including a real interplay from the hops and malt in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and makes the beer feel like a higher ABV . Great beer of a style not often seen outside Dusseldorf

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A slow pour reveals deep shades of copper, mahogany and gold capped by a thick, billowy head of white foam that just won't quit. The lacing and retention are world class.

Bright pears dominate the aroma at first, but as things die down lemony floral notes reveal themselves as does some malt and nuttiness.

Steely herbal bitterness meets a wash of fruity caramel sweetness, all the while having something of a Czech pilsner meets a Vienna lager thing going on in terms of hops and malt, respectively. There are some great hop flavors here without being overly bitter. Bready malts. Just a tinge of lemon rind lingers in the finish. Full flavored without going overboard. Very nice.

There's ample carbonation, and good body. No complaints here.

Another winner in a long line of winner from Les Trois Mousquetaires. These guys have German styles down pat.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish brown color that is hazy, but not to the point that it can't be seen through. The head is amazing, retaining it's two plus inch thickness and whipped cream texture....it's also a beautiful cream color. The lacing is also very impressive, leaving behind lots of foamy goodness on the side of my pint glass!

S- It has a rich malty character, being of toffee and dark brown sugar initially. There is also a subtle fruitiness that is of peach and/or nectarine, mixed in with dark fruits such as plum or dates. Also, the finish is nice and earthy, smelling somewhat of soil and somewhat woody.

T- Good strong malts are balanced by a roasted charm that is of toasted bread/biscuits on the front. The second half of the flavor profile is dominated by hops, and there's lots of it! I usually don't have a real hopped up brew but this one is welcome, as the two phases of flavor are distinct and well rounded.

M- Medium-full bodied and a good load of carbonation glides over the palate, although the bubbles aren't zippy and help bring out the bitterness of the finish. The earthy, leafy character really comes to life in this brew.

D- While I do like this beer, one bottle is more than enough for me, as it's a powerfully flavored beer and the hops are more than enough to satisfy my tastes! The alcohol is very well hidden I think this would pair really well with salty foods and think I'd get this one again, as long as I have someone to share it with.

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Photo of liamt07
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled courtesy of ZorPrime, 750ml bottled corked and caged poured into a pint glass. Thanks Eric!

Pours a ruby red/light mahoghany with a generous 3 finger head. Lovely lace from a soapy head. Nose is of dark breadiness, and woodiness, grassy and floral hops and some general spicing. Taste is similar, general woodiness and a grassy/mossy/herbal feel with a touch of light caramel. Taste like the Boreal forest? lolwut? Finishes dry and bitter, with tons of dark bread and grain here. Medium carbonation, and lasting bitterness from teh hops. Relatively drinkable, and well crafted. Certainly quite different from anything I would typically pursue.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The only other Altbier I've ever had is Schlösser, which was OK, but this is completely different so far so I might have a hard time rating to style.

Pours a reddish brown with a finger and a bit of tan head. Tons of lacing on the sipping side of the glass. The Schlösser was darker but I don't remember it looking this good. Hazelnut, toffee, malted milk and green woody hop aromas jump out of the glass.

Doesn't taste as overwhelmingly malty as the nose suggests. Nutty with peppery and boozy phenols, dark fruit and a bitter and slightly metallic finish. An undertone of sweetness from the malts which is hard to pin down. Something like bubblegum or possibly a scented eraser. A lot of flavor.

Full mouthfeel with just a hint of tingly carbonation. This beer has a lot going for it but the flavors are all a bit too prominent - it never really gels - which is fine for one or two but I couldn't drink more of it. Very nice in small doses, though.

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Série Signature Sticke Alt from Les Trois Mousquetaires
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.